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Spear goes on offensive in ATA address

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.

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FMCSA chief paints picture of a truck-friendly Trump administration

October 27, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – The head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) painted the picture of a federal government friendly to the trucking industry today, as he delivered a broad-ranging address for members of the American Trucking Associations.

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‘It’s the dream job,’ says Mack’s top dog

August 21, 2018 by John Smith

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Martin Weissburg has not been the top dog at Mack Trucks for very long. He was named president June 1, succeeding Dennis Slagle who had been in the role since 2008. But Volvo Group’s senior-most executive in North America is no stranger to boardroom tables in the trucking industry.

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Testing our Metal: Tariffs hit Canada’s trailer makers, upfitters hard

August 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Falcon Equipment had eight to nine months of trailer orders on the books as a July 1 deadline for steel and aluminum tariffs approached. The B.C.-based manufacturer waited as long as it could. But eventually there was no choice.

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Future glider kits will have more restrictions

August 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Glider kit trucks have been around for decades, and by the look of the regulatory landscape, they will continue to be available to consumers in years to come. But with a few more restrictions than we have […]

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Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” […]

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Mulroney talks trade, leadership at OTA

December 1, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney brought a message about the importance of leadership and free trade to fleet executives in Toronto today, at a time when the trade agreements he championed are being challenged and renegotiated.
In a speech to the Ontario Trucking Association’s annual meeting, Mulroney referred to NAFTA discussions as “the most important international negotiations in modern history” for Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. And he drew on a series of statistics to prove his point about the value of trade.
“The statistics alone speak to the success of the (Canada-U.S.) Free Trade Agreement,” he said, noting how trade between the countries has tripled since 1989. “With less than 7% of the world’s population, NAFTA produces 29% of the world’s wealth.”
While U.S. President Donald Trump has referred to NAFTA as a terrible deal, Mulroney stressed that our southern neighbors have “done extremely well”, referring to the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1% as an example.

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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.

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ATA standing with Trump on health insurance reform

October 18, 2017 by elizabeth

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is standing behind President Trump’s latest healthcare initiative.
Last week the group issued a statement saying it was in support of the executive order Trump signed allowing individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans.

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Trump stumps to truckers on taxes

October 13, 2017 by elizabeth

HARRISBURG, PA – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) was on-hand in Pennsylvania this week to support President Trump in calling on the United States congress to ease the corporate tax burden on the trucking industry.
ATA president and CEO Chris Spear said the group supports the President’s plan to reform the U.S. tax code and hopefully have it passed into law by the end of 2017.

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U.S. regulators drop mandatory sleep apnea testing

August 9, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON D.C. – Federal regulators in the United States will no longer be looking to make tests for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea mandatory for truck drivers or railway engineers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) revealed last week that they are withdrawing their March 2016 notice seeking the changes for those in safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation.

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White House agenda loses speed limiter law

July 27, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Neither the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be looking to make speed-limiters mandatory in the U.S. in the near future.

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“I only see good news for the trucking sector”: BC economist

June 5, 2017 by John Smith

KELOWNA, BC – Canada’s economy appears to face a “tsunami” of risks and concerns, but Ken Peacock continues to project a growing economy for British Columbia — and ongoing growth for the trucking industry that serves it. “I only see good news for the trucking sector,” said the vice president and chief economist of the Business Council of British Columbia, during the annual meeting of the BC Trucking Association. He’s bullish on the potential growth because of factors such as exports to both the U.S. and other provinces, increasing construction, strong consumer spending, and rising activity in the Pacific Gateway.

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Trump, Trudeau commit to pre-clearance, Gordie Howe Bridge

February 15, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The inaugural meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resulted in a joint statement by the two leaders. And while the statement didn’t mention NAFTA, it did mention the importance of deepening the relationship between Canada and the U.S.

The statement touches on some issues pertaining to the trucking industry, namely the quick completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit, which is cited as a vital economic link between the two countries.

In addition, it commits to implementing pre-clearance operations for cargo.

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CTA releases joint statement ahead of Trump, Trudeau meeting

February 13, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance released a joint statement this morning addressing principles on how the world’s biggest security, trade and cultural relationship should be managed — just as U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were meeting for the first time.