"Freight Transportation's Safety Advocate"
Corporate affiliation with the Trucking Alliance is by invitation. Fees are proprietary. These freight transportation companies must support six operating principles:
1. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – Freight carriers should have certified ELDs installed in their interstate trucks to verify hour-of-service compliance.
2. Truck Speed Limiters – Carriers will regulate their truck speed limiters at a maximum speed of no more than 68mph.
3. Hair Testing – The business will include hair testing as part of its commercial driver pre-employment drug testing process.
4. Public Liability Insurance – The affiliated carrier will be sufficiently self-insured or have $5 million in public liability insurance.
5. Onboard Truck Safety Technologies – The business will install Forward Collision Warning Systems technologies on all trucks purchased after 2016.
6. Driver Hiring and Training Programs – The company will utilize pre-employment screening methods and conduct continuing driver training that exceed federal standards.
2010: The Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors organized the "Alliance for Driver Safety & Security", a 501(c) 6 business league, but soon became commonly referred to as The Trucking Alliance. The Trucking Alliance's purpose was to petition Congress to expedite three regulatory rule making policies that had been languishing at the US Department of Transportation for many years.
These three directives were to:
- Mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) in all commercial trucks to verify a truck driver's on-duty hours;
- Create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse (mirroring an Arkansas law) to catch job applicants who had previously tested positive on a drug test;
- Recognize hair testing as a viable method for pre-employment drug testing.
2011: The Alliance worked with a coalition of consumer safety groups to secure sponsors in the U.S. Senate. These Senators introduced bills to try and pass these three objectives. Committee hearings were subsequently held on two of them (the ELD and drug clearinghouse bills) and both received a 'do pass' recommendation from the Senate Commerce Committee to the full U.S. Senate.
2012: The Senate and later, the House of Representatives passed bills to 1) require ELDs in all commercial trucks and 2) create a drug clearinghouse legislation and President Obama signed them into law.
2014: The Trucking Alliance became a stand-alone organization and broadened its truck safety and regulatory agenda to support policies that can improve the safety and security of commercial drivers.
“Freight Transportation's Safety Advocate”
More than 10 million trucks move 13 billion tons of freight across America’s highways each year. Over the next three decades, these shipments will increase by 45 percent, intermodal (truck & rail) shipments will double and home deliveries will grow exponentially. US highways are already congested, increasing the risks of accidents. In 2013, freight transportation companies were involved in 300,000 accidents, 13 percent of all traffic accidents. These accidents killed 3,944 people and another 100,000 people were injured. While large trucks are less likely to crash than are passenger vehicles, an accident involving a large truck is almost always more severe to truck drivers and motorists alike.
Freight transportation companies must do more to reduce large truck accidents. The Trucking Alliance is working to spearhead progressive efforts to achieve that goal.
The Trucking Alliance fully supports the "Road to Zero" national initiative. Announced in October 2016, and comprised of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the National Safety Council, these federal agencies are working with the private and public sectors to design plans that can eliminate all highway accident fatalities.
“The Alliance is committed to safety objectives that make sense for our country first, the trucking industry second, and our companies third. We shouldn't’t tolerate 300,000 trucking accidents that kill upwards of 4,000 people each year, and 600 of those fatalities are truck drivers. We can do more as an industry to help lower risks for our truck drivers and all motorists.”
President, The Trucking Alliance
Chairman and CEO, Maverick USA
"The public doesn't have a choice to share the highways with millions of commercial trucks each day. For that reason, freight transportation companies have a moral and ethical responsibility to keep the public's trust."
The Trucking Alliance
The Trucking Alliance Board of Directors
The board of directors sets all policy and objectives, based on recommendations of its Advisory Group. The Alliance does not employ personnel but relies on its corporate affiliates to provide analysis and knowledge of issues and to formulate policies. The Alliance contracts professionals to implement media relations and advocacy.
Steve Williams - President
Chairman and CEO
Little Rock, Arkansas
Kevin Knight - Vice President
CEO and Chairman of Executive Committee
Reggie Dupre´ - Secretary and Treasurer
President and CEO
Dupre´ Logistics, LLC
Craig Harper - Director
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
JB Hunt Transport Services
The Alliance Advisory Group evaluates proposed rules and regulations affecting the trucking industry and recommends policies and positions to the Alliance Board of Directors that best reflect the Alliance goals.
Executive Vice President
Boyle Transportation, Inc.
Vice President of Safety & Driver Training
Little Rock, Arkansas
Vice President of Safety & Risk Management
Vice President of Safety and Security
J.B. Hunt Transport
Little Rock, Arkansas
Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Advisory Group
The ELD Advisory Group, chaired by Greer Woodruff of JB Hunt Transport, advises the Trucking Alliance Board of Directors on the relevant issues and concerns regarding full implementation of ELDs throughout the trucking industry. The ELD Advisory Group limits its opinions to matters specific to ELDs only.
Continental Automotive Systems Corporation
Auburn Hill, Michigan
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Media Relations and Advocacy
The Kidd Group LLC
The Gill Group