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November 24, 2015 - Industry News

Mostly Flat Truck Tonnage Index Posts Small Increase

American Trucking Associations seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.9% in October following a slight decrease in September.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, Inventories

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

48-Year Trucking Vet Wins Safety Director of the Year

Allan Hicks Photo via BR Williams

Allan Hicks of BR Williams Trucking in Oxford, Ala., was honored with the 2015 National Safety Director Award, which is presented annually by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Fleet Safety, Awards, Safety & Compliance

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Trucker Named National Driver of the Year

James Hylan Grise Photo: Courtesy of ATA

James Hylan Grise of Walmart Transportation in Hopkinsville, Ky., has been presented with the National Driver of the Year Award by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, Awards

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Scores High with Americans, Poll Shows

New poll reveals that 81% of Americans believe truckers are safer drivers. Photo courtesy Haldex

A new nationwide poll indicates Americans look favorably on how truckers drive and how trucking supports the economy.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Graves to Step Down from ATA Post in 2016

Gov. Bill Graves, president of ATA, at the trucking lobby's 2015 annual meeting and expo in Philadelphia. Photo: David Cullen

The American Trucking Associations has confirmed a published report that Bill Graves has advised the truck lobby that he will leave his post as president of ATA when his contract expires at the end of next year.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, Associations

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names UPS Exec its 71st Chairman

Pat Thomas Photo via ATA

The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Pat Thomas as the federation’s 71st chairman, the association announced. Thomas is the Sr. VP of state government affairs for UPS.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

‘See-Saw’ Truck Tonnage Index Shows Increase

After decreasing in August, the ATA's Truck Tonnage Index rose again in September, though the gain didn't quite make up for the losses.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Trucking Champions at Annual Conference

Photo via ATA

American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of some of the industry’s top competitions and safety awards as part of its annual Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, TMCSuperTech, ATA MC&E

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

Graves Cites Carriers’ Health, Decries Congressional ‘Disarray’

Bill Graves speaks at ATA MC&E in Philadelphia. Photo: Evan Lockridge

PHILADELPHIA – “Most motor carriers have had a pretty good year – not great – but pretty good for 2015,” said Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations, in his annual report on the state of the industry.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Congress, Politics, Bill Graves, ATA MC&E

October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Hits 87% at Large Truckload Carriers

Driver turnover at large truckload fleets rose to an annualized rate of 87% in the second quarter of 2015. Despite the increase it is below recent averages.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload, Large Fleets

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Hits Highest Recorded Level in 2015

Photo: Pride Transport

An ATA report is projecting a shortage of 48,000 drivers by the end of 2015, marking the highest recorded level in trucking's history.

Tags: ATA, Aging Fleet, Driver Shortage, Hiring, Women Drivers

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Dips Slightly in August

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell by 0.9% in August when compared to strong July numbers.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Hears Ideas on How to Add Members, Activities

Online tech sessions and recruiting younger fleet managers are among suggestions gleaned from a recent survey of members and non-members of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, TMC, Technology & Maintenance Council, Associations

September 14, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Kicks Off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is the week of Sept. 13-19, honoring drivers for their hard work and commitment.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Events, Image

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

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