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Spear attacks lawmakers, pledges action

October 3, 2016 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV – The president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) launched a blistering attack on the record of U.S. lawmakers on Monday, pledging to take action on issues ranging from taxation to Hours of Service.

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U.S. unveils federal self-driving vehicle guidelines

September 22, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the first federal guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, proposing new regulatory authority and outlining a 15-point “safety assessment” process aimed at ensuring safety compliance.

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U.S. truck tonnage surged in August

September 21, 2016 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – Truck tonnage in the U.S. rose 5.7% in August, following a 2.1% drop in July, according to the American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index.

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ATA appoints new chief financial officer

September 13, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations has announced the promotion of Rusty Duckworth to chief financial officer.

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ATA video warns of distracted driving over long weekend

September 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of one the busiest travel weekends of the year, the American Trucking Associations latest instructional video touches on the 21st century’s most prevalent dangerous driving habit: distracted driving.

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of one the busiest travel weekends of the year, the American Trucking Associations latest instructional video touches on the 21st century’s most prevalent dangerous driving habit: distracted driving.

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Trucking tolls in NY shouldn’t finance canal: Court

August 15, 2016 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Associations is applauding a federal court ruling against New York State for using the tolls paid by interstate truckers to finance unrelated tourism and recreation projects around the New York Canal System.

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ATA names four members to senior team

July 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ARLINGTON, VA — American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear announced the Federation has named four individuals to senior leadership positions within the organization.

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Hyundai’s Spear to serve as next ATA president

July 4, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ARLINGTON, VA – American Trucking Associations has announced that former ATA senior vice president of legislative affairs, Chris Spear, will serve as the federation’s next president and chief executive officer effective July 9.

Spear succeeds Bill Graves, who is retiring after more than 13 years with ATA.

“It’s been my honor to lead ATA as president and CEO for almost 14 years. I’ll always appreciate the opportunity ATA members afforded me in 2001 when I was chosen for the position and the support they’ve provided since 2003 when I moved to Washington to assume that role,” Graves said.

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ATA survey finds $9.5B spent annually on trucking safety

June 30, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ARLINGTON, VA – A new American Trucking Associations (ATA) report shows that some $9.5 billion is being spent annually on industry safety – from on-board technology to driver training, safety pay and regulatory compliance.

ATA collected detailed spending data through two surveys, with the longest one covering 120 questions on a wide range of safety expenditures for 2014.

The $9.5 billion figure does not include general and routine maintenance costs such as purchasing new brakes, tires or trucks, which would increase the total significantly, the report states.

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VIDEO: ATA President Addresses New US Highway Bill

January 20, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ARLINGTON, VA – For years, securing passage of a long-term highway bill has been a top priority for ATA and its members. That goal was met on Dec. 4 when President Obama signed the FAST Act – a five-year bill with $281 billion in guaranteed funding for the nation’s roads, bridges and other surface transportation needs. ATA will now vigilantly monitor the bill’s implementation because it contains a great deal of important items for trucking.

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Truck Tonnage Hits Second Highest Level on Record

August 18, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – The amount of for-hire truck tonnage moved in the U.S. jumped significantly, hitting its second highest level on record last month, according to newly released figures.

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Survey Wants to Know Your Biggest Trucking Concerns

August 5, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA — Do you think a lack of qualified drivers is what’s dragging the trucking industry down? Do truckers pay too much tax? Now is your chance to have a say.

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Freight Transport Future Remains ‘Bright’

July 27, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA — A new report released on Monday shows the amount of freight that’s expected to be moved over the next decade should increase by nearly 30% from its current level.

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Truck Tonnage Falls in June from May, Up Over Last Year

July 21, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. fell slightly in June, as manufacturing and retail sales also declined, according to the latest survey of carriers by one fleet group.

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Reasons Unclear For Lower U.S. Trucker Turnover

July 14, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – Truck driver turnover rates at large and small U.S. truckload fleets each fell 12 percentage points in the first quarter of the year, according to figures released Tuesday by the American Trucking Associations.