"Freight Transportation's Safety Advocate"
The Trucking Alliance is a leading proponent of safety reforms in the freight transportation industry, supporting policies to
- Increase the safety and working environment of commercial truck drivers,
- Reduce the number and severity of large truck accidents, and
- Improve highway safety for the general public who share the road with the freight transportation industry.
A select number of freight transportation carriers created the Trucking Alliance around a core set of operating principles. These principles exceed current federal minimum requirements for motor carriers. The Trucking Alliance member companies also believe that if the industry adopted these principles, the number and severity of large truck accidents can be reduced.
These core principles are:
1. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – Have certified ELDs installed in all interstate trucks to verify hour-of-service compliance.
2. Truck Speed Limiters – Regulate trucks with speed limiters at a maximum speed of no more than 65 mph.
3. Hair Testing – Recognize hair testing as an alternative to a urine exam in conforming to federal commercial driver pre-employment drug testing processes.
4. Public Liability Insurance – Be sufficiently self-insured or if fully insured, have liability insurance significantly higher than the federal minimum requirement.
5. Onboard Truck Safety Technologies – Install Forward Collision Warning Systems technologies on all new interstate trucks purchased.
6. Driver Hiring and Training Programs – Utilize the extensive federal pre-employment screening program and conduct continuing driver training that exceed federal standards.
History of the Alliance
2010: The Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors organized the "Alliance for Driver Safety & Security", a 501(c) 6 business league, the purpose of which was to persuade 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 Trucking Alliance (as it became commonly known) 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 agenda to support policies that improve the safety and security of commercial drivers and the motoring public.
“Freight Transportation's Safety Advocate”
The US freight transportation industry must do more to reduce large truck accidents. The industry operates more than 10 million trucks to deliver more than 13 billion tons of freight across America’s highways each year. But the industry was also involved in 300,000 accidents, 13 percent of all traffic accidents. These accidents killed 3,944 people and another 100,000 people were injured.
Over the next three decades, these freight shipments will increase by 45 percent! Intermodal (truck & rail) shipments will double. Home deliveries will grow exponentially. US highways are already congested, increasing the risks of large trucks accidents. 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.
The Trucking Alliance is working to advance safety reforms that can reduce these accidents. For example, 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 to fully 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
Executive Chairman of the Board
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.
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
CEO of Transportation and Logistics Team
Aon Risk Solutions
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 and Industry Relations/Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy
The Kidd Group LLC
The Gill Group