Today's Trucking

American trucking head calls for infrastructure spending

December 20, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – The head of the American Trucking Associations has called on the U.S. government to invest more in highway infrastructure to help the trucking industry keep up with growing demand for freight transportation services.


ATA leader applauds Trump plans

November 10, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – The U.S. Trump Administration clearly has a friend in America’s trucking industry.
Chris Spear, president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), delivered a wide-ranging state of the industry address at an annual meeting today – promoting everything from proposed tax reforms to a pending mandate for Electronic Logging Devices, and Trump’s commitment to raise funds for infrastructure.
In the past year, the group has met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and all 10 House and Senate Committee leaders and ranking members. But a clear highlight, demonstrated through pictures around the convention hall, was an appearance at the White House with 12 America’s Road Team captains.
“ATA in now fully engaged in reforming our country’s decaying tax laws,” he added, referring to the associations hosting a recent meeting with Trump in Pennsylvania. Citing trucks as “the barometer for the nation’s economy”, Trump at that meeting introduced a proposal for a 20% cut in corporate tax rates and eliminating estate taxes.


Trucking a key to autonomous vehicles: Spear

February 28, 2017 by John Smith

PHOENIX, AZ — According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.


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.


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.