Trucking safety practices will be looked at closely in a study of the industry being undertaken by the American Trucking Associations. The goal of this study is to gather information regarding the costs associated with safety programs in place. Motor carriers are being sought by the ATA to participate in the study. Once the data is collected and evaluated, the results will be published. Companies will then have a benchmark for investments related to safety issues in the trucking industry. Those fleets which choose to participate in the new study will complete a questionnaire online.
In return the participants will receive a copy of the publication, and free registration for a future webinar which will discuss the results of the study. All data is confidential and no company information will be released. The mission of the ATA is to advocate and communicate efforts in the trucking industry to improve safety and profitability. The ATA strives to be the recognized leader in transportation advocacy, “representing the safest, most responsible and financially successful motor carriers.”
American Trucking Associations in the News
In addition to the proposed safety study, the American Trucking Associations is involved in many other issues related to America’s trucking industry. At the end of July of this year, the ATA released a report which predicted continued growth in the trucking industry. In fact, the ATA predicted the volume of freight being transported across the nation will increase my almost 30 percent over the next eleven years. In the words of ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, “The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright.” Costello believes expansion in the energy sector, as well as the continued growth in population and foreign trade, will boost rail and trucking shipments in particular.
According to Forecast, there is a projection of a 28.6 percent increase in freight tonnage as well as a whopping 74.5 percent increase in freight revenues during the next decade. The President and CEO of ATA, Bill Graves, believes knowing where the industry is headed will assist fleets and shippers in making the best business decisions for the future. Forecast found trucking will remain the dominant mode of freight transportation, and that the number of Class 8 trucks in use is expected to grow from 3.56 million in 2015 to 3.98 million in 2026.
ATA to Host Upcoming Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference
On November 2-4 the ATA will host the 2015 Safety, Security & Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Little Rock, AR. The meetings and sessions will be held in the State House Convention Center and the Awards Reception and Banquet will be held in the Clinton Presidential Center on Wednesday night. General sessions will be held in the exhibit hall. The ATA expects this upcoming conference to be the “biggest and most significant safety, security and human resources education and networking event of the trucking industry in 2015.
The conference will also have some fun interspersed in the form of the Annual Golf Tournament at the Chenal Country Club on Monday, November 2nd. Some of the topics for the upcoming sessions include load securement, defensive driving, pre-trip inspection, pre-employment testing and screening, CSA monitoring compliance, driver qualifications and cargo theft. Those who would like more information regarding the upcoming safety study will be able to have any questions answered during this conference.
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