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August 26, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Puts Support Behind Driver Hair Testing Option

In a letter, the ATA urged congress to move forward with legislation that would allow fleets to use hair samples in a federally mandated drug screening program for drivers.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Tonnage Index Jumps in July, Second Highest on Record

Graph courtesy ATA

The American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 2.8% in July, following a revised drop of 0.4% during June.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index

August 17, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Driver Wins Truck Driving Championship

Ronald Emenheiser, 2015 Bendix Grand Champion

Walmart driver Ronald Emenheiser was named the 2015 Bendix Grand Champion at the 78th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships in St. Louis.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Bendix, Walmart

August 7, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driving Championships Set to Kick Off Soon

Competitors at last year's Truck Driving Championships.

The 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships hosted by American Trucking Associations are set to kick off on Aug. 13 in St. Louis.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Competition, Driving Safety

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Disappointed in Proposed CSA Changes

The American Trucking Associations, in its comments on the FMCSA's proposed changes to the CSA, says the agency didn't go far enough.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CSA

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Growth in Freight Volumes

The forecast predicts growth for intermodal.

Freight volumes are projected to grow nearly 29% over the next 11 years, according to a report released by American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Forecast, Intermodal, Freight

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Dismisses Reason Foundation Call for Tolls

Photo: Jim Park

A report from the Reason Foundation outlining the benefits of tolling for infrastructure has been denounced by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Falls Again In June

Graph via ATA

Flat production and dropping retail sales dragged down truck freight in June, with the American Trucking Associations' seasonally-adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index falling 0.5% to 131.1.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Falls 12 Percentage Points in First Quarter

Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

July 7, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Sets Fall Meeting Date and TMCSuperTech

Photo via TMC.

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its 2015 Fall Meeting TMCSuperTech technician skills competition on Sept. 21-25 at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Competition, Awards, Events, TMCSuperTech

July 2, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names Supply Chain Security and Operations VP

Boyd Stephenson

American Trucking Associations promoted Boyd Stephenson to vice president of supply chain security and operations.

Tags: Security, ATA, Leadership, People, Supply Chain Management, Associations

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

May Truck Tonnage Increases But Remains Weak

Graph via ATA

Soft manufacturing numbers are still affecting truck freight, with the American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rising only 1.1% in May following a 1.4% loss in April.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, American Trucking Associations

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Looking for Trucking Image Boosters

The ATA is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award, recognizing those who are creative in increasing positive awareness for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign, Image, American Trucking Associations

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam Rhode Island Tolling Plan

A recent proposal in Rhode Island for a truck-only toll to pay for the state’s ailing road and bridge conditions has been met with blowback from several trucking industry groups.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Rhode Island, OOIDA, Infrastructure Funding

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

April Truck Tonnage Decreases, Weakening GDP Outlook

Graph via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% to 128.6 in April to the lowest level in a year.

Tags: ATA, Freight, GDP, Truck Tonnage Index

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Wants Highway Bill Patched But Fast

Source: American Trucking Trends 2014/U.S. DOT Image via ATA

The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Tops $700 Billion for First Time

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking brought in over $700 billion, the highest revenue ever for the industry, according to an American Trucking Associations report.

Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Outlines Truck Safety Recommendations to Congress

Tom Kretsinger testifies before Congress on behalf of ATA. Photo via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

American Trucking Associations outlined three strategies to improve truck related traffic accidents in testimony before Congress.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ELDs

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Positive Going into Spring Season

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased by 1.1% in March marking the 5th monthly increase in the past 6 months.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Urges Fast Action on Speed-Limiter Rule

ATA is urging completion of truck speed-limiting rule and calling for a national 65-mph speed limit for all vehicles.

The American Trucking Associations is again urging the Department of Transportation to “move forward” with a rulemaking requiring installation of electronic speed-limiting devices on Class 7 and 8 trucks.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, NHTSA

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Provides Safety Tips for Distracted Driving Month

The American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to put cell phones away and focus on safe driving behind the wheel as part of National Distracted Driving Month.

Tags: driver safety, ATA, Distracted Driving, America's Road Team

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Department of Labor, Employment

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover Still Over 90% at Truckload Fleets

ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA

Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

The ATA urged the FMCSA to make common sense changes to the CSA scoring following re-introduced legislation from Congress addressing the same issue.

Tags: FMCSA, driver safety, Legislation, ATA, CSA

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Winter Weather Impacts Truck Tonnage

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.1% in February to 131.6, the lowest level since September of last year. Winter weather, slow retail sales, and other industries were to blame for the slow month.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economic Conditions

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