Photo: Cargo Transporters

Photo: Cargo Transporters

Cargo Transporters has accepted an invitation to join The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (Trucking Alliance) in 2017. The Claremont, N.C.-based truckload carrier will be among a “small number of carriers” joining the Trucking Alliance next year, according to Chairman/CEO of Maverick USA and Trucking Alliance President Steve Williams. 

The Alliance is small by design, but we are growing the coalition with a few excellent carriers like Cargo Transporters that can help us better achieve our safety objectives,” said Williams. 

Williams said Cargo Transporters “leads by example” by embracing technology and driver training “to make sure their men and women deliver goods and return home safely. “We’re pleased that Cargo Transporters will join us in our effort to pass federal policies to reduce truck accidents and improve highway safety.” 

John Pope, Chairman of Cargo Transporters, will represent the company on the Alliance Board of Directors. “We have a saying that safety is in our DNA and the Trucking Alliance companies are the same way,” said Pope. “We are excited to work with this exclusive group of carriers to achieve more safety reforms for the industry.” 

In addition, Meredith Priestley, Cargo Transporters’ corporate counsel, will join the Alliance Advisory Group, which provides the board  with analysis and recommendations. 

The Trucking Alliance noted that it asks its carrier members to adopt six operating standards that “exceed federal regulations and can ensure greater safety for their corporate drivers":

Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – Install ELDs in company owned interstate trucks to verify hour-of-service compliance.

Truck Speed Limiters – Regulate trucks with speed limiters at a maximum speed of no more than 68mph.

Hair Testing – Include hair testing as part of the commercial driver pre-employment drug testing process.

Public Liability Insurance – Be sufficiently self-insured or if fully insured, carry a minimum of $5 million in public liability insurance.

Onboard Truck Safety Technologies – Install Forward Collision Warning Systems technologies on all trucks purchased.

Driver Hiring and Training Programs – Utilize the FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program and additional entry level and continuing driver training systems that exceed federal standards. 

Asset-based Cargo Transporters specializes in Just in Time schedules and expedited freight deliveries as well as providing shippers with third-party logistics suppliers. The company employs 675 persons and operates more than 500 tractors and 1600 trailers in the Lower 48.

In 2012, Cargo Transporters earned the American Trucking Associations “President’s Trophy” for companies operating from 25- to 100-million miles per year.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Trucking Alliance is a proponent of safety reforms in the freight transportation industry. Companies currently represented on the Alliance board of directors are Maverick USA, Knight Transportation, JB Hunt Transport Services, and Dupré Logistics.

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David Cullen

David Cullen

[Former] Business/Washington Contributing Editor

David Cullen comments on the positive and negative factors impacting trucking – from the latest government regulations and policy initiatives coming out of Washington DC to the array of business and societal pressures that also determine what truck-fleet managers must do to ensure their operations keep on driving ahead.

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