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November 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, is the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safe Driving, Safety

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Only Fuel Tax Hike Can Deliver on Infrastructure Promise, ATRI Says

Photo: Jim Park

It will take nothing less than an increase in the federal tax on motor fuels if President Trump’s vision for a trillion-dollar investment in the nation’s infrastructure is ever to be realized. That’s the stark conclusion of a new report just issued by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Joins American Trucking Associations

Photo: USA Truck

The American Trucking Associations announced that USA Truck Inc. has joined the industry group as its latest member.

Tags: ATA, USA Truck, American Trucking Associations, Associations

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Research Advisory Chair Tapped to Lead OSHA

Scott Mugno, ATRI's research advisory committee chairman, has been nominated to lead OSHA as an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

Tags: OSHA, ATA, Department of Labor, ATRI, Safety

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Issues First-Ever Autonomous Truck Policy Guidelines

ATA has issued 21 policy points aimed at smoothing the eventual deployment and operation of autonomous trucks. Photo: Freightliner

ORLANDO – The American Trucking Associations issued its first-ever policy guidelines concerning the deployment of autonomous trucks in interstate commerce operations.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Autonomous Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Workforce Development Subcommittee to Tackle Worker Shortages

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations announced the creation of its Workforce Development Subcommittee to address the issue of recruiting, training, and retaining personnel to work in the trucking industry.

Tags: Technician Shortage, ATA, Training, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Joins American Trucking Associations

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has joined American Trucking Associations as the federation's newest member.

Tags: ATA, J.B. Hunt, Large Fleets

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Trucking Image Award Winners Honored at ATA Conference

Winners of the 2017 Mike Russell Trucking Image Award, honoring individuals and organizations that have worked on behalf of the industry, were announced by American Trucking Associations at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Image, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Elects Dave Manning as 73rd Chairman

New ATA Chairman Dave Manning (c) and outgoing chairman Kevin Burch (l) listen as ATA President & CEO Chris Spear introduces Manning to the media at the closing press conference of the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

American Trucking Associations’ board of directors has elected Dave Manning, president of TCW from Nashville, Tenn., as the federation’s 73rd Chairman.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Expert: Truck Safety Begins and Ends with All of Us

Volvo's Carl Johan Almqvist: “The multimillion dollar question is why do accidents happen?” Photo: David Cullen

ORLANDO – Getting beyond the always sobering yet stultifying dry facts and figures that safety experts often recite to make their case, Volvo Trucks’ Traffic and Product Safety Director Carl Johan Almqvist presented a common-sense take on why vehicle accidents occur and what we can all do to help prevent them.

Tags: Volvo, Driver Safety, Highway Safety, ATA, Safety

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Praises Trump for Championing Trucking Interests

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations chief Chris Spear praised President Trump for his administration's work to improve trade policy, reform tax law and criticized the culture of obstruction in Washington toward trucking industry legislation during ATA's annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Legislation, Taxes, ATA, Infrastructure, NAFTA, ATA MC&E, Donald Trump

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking’s Best Honored at ATA MC&E

President's Award winners on stage at ATA MC&E. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of several of the industry’s top honors as part of the association’s Leadership and Awards Luncheon at its annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, Awards, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Names Fifth Class for LEAD Program

The 2018 LEAD ATA Class. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations named its fifth class to the LEAD ATA industry leadership program at the Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, ATA MC&E

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Nominates Martinez to Head FMCSA

Raymond Martinez Photo: NJ.gov

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator Raymond Martinez has been nominated by the Trump Administration to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Leadership, New Jersey, People, Donald Trump

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Continues to Beef up Lobbying Team

The American Trucking Associations has added two more hires to its Capitol Hill team, announcing Ed Gilroy as the federation’s new senior vice president of legislative affairs and Jay Lim as vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Lobbying

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Community Outreach, Drivers, Image

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Cites Washington Policy Gains

ATA's Chris Spear

Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, says Washington is hearing the voice of the trucking industry. In a keynote address that offered praise for the Trump administration, Spear told the 2017 In.Sight user conference about several policy wins that have been secured.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Sleep Apnea, PeopleNet, Speed Limiter, TMW Systems, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Revenue Hit $676.2 Billion Last Year

American Trucking Associations has released the ATA American Trucking Trends 2017 annual compendium of data on the trucking industry, revealing trucking’s place as the leading mode of freight transportation.

Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

ATA to California: Don't Mess With Trucking

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Jim Beach

State governments, especially California, need to understand they can’t “mess with trucking,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, at the TMW Systems and Peoplenet in.site User Conference + Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, California, Driver Shortage, Autonomous Vehicles

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Gear up for National Truck Driving Championships

The 2016 National Truck Driving Championships winner, Charles White Photo: ATA

The trucking industry’s top truck drivers are set to compete in Orlando for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

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

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Food Transporter Group Launches Food Safety Compliance Tool

Photo via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference has launched an online self-assessment tool to help fleets stay compliant with new Food Safety Modernization Act rules for food handling and safety.

Tags: ATA, Online Tool, Food and Beverage Fleets, FSMA

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Aide to Lead Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference

American Trucking Associations has named Tyler Rushforth as executive director of the Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference.

Tags: ATA, Intermodal, People, Lobbying

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

'LEAD ATA' Class Attending Key Congressional Meetings

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the 2016-17 class of LEAD ATA to the nation’s capital for a round of key congressional meetings.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, U.S. Congress

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Steady Rise in Truck Tonnage Over Next Decade

Image via ATA

The ATA Freight Transportation Forecast is projecting steadily increasing freight tonnage overall and for the trucking industry for the next ten years.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Tonnage, Economic Forecast

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Falls 4.3%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4.3% in June. That's in contrast to a 6.9% gain the month prior.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

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