“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 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
Alliance Board of Directors
Secretary Treasurer, The Trucking Alliance
President and CEO
Dupre´ Logistics, LLC
Director, The Trucking Alliance
COO and EVP
JB Hunt Transport
Vice President, The Trucking Alliance
CEO and Chairman of Executive Committee
President, The Trucking Alliance
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Alliance Advisory Group evaluates proposed rules and regulations affecting the trucking industry and recommends to the Alliance Board of Directors those policies and positions that best reflect the purposes of the Trucking Alliance.
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
Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Advisory Group
The ELD Advisory Group, chaired by Greer Woodruff of JB Hunt Transport, advises the Trucking Alliance 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
Rand McNally Corporation
The Kidd Group LLC
The Gill Group
Safer Trucks Mean Safer Highways
In 2010, a coalition of leading U.S. transportation and logistics businesses organized Alliance for Drivers' Safety & Security (aka as "The Trucking Alliance.") The Trucking Alliance is singularly focused: to advocate for equitable and safer working conditions for commercial truck drivers and the hundreds of millions of motorists they share the highways with each day.
Commercial truck drivers were involved in 330,000 accidents in the last reportable year. More than 600 truck drivers lost their lives in these accidents and another 25,000 truck drivers were injured. Among motorists, more than 3,000 were killed in accidents with large trucks and another 75,000 people were injured. These are not numbers for which any U.S. industry should take pride. The Trucking Alliance is working for tougher regulations and legislation that can reduce truck accidents and injuries.
The Trucking Alliance supports coalition building - reaching out to all transportaiton stakeholders - law enforcement agencies, consumer groups, truck safety coalitions, and industry associations - to build broad based agreements on progressive safety regulations and to embrace new technologies that can reduce accidents.
For example, in 2011 the Alliance was joined by a coalition of highway safety organizations to build support for congressional legislation to:
•Require electronic logging devices (ELDs) in all commercial trucks. These ELDs use technology to track the number of hours a truck driver has been on duty, rather than paper logbooks. ELDs verify compliance with hours-of-service rules, and thereby reduce truck driver fatigue, a leading cause of truck accidents. (In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed this legislation.)
•Create a national drug and alcohol database. This clearinghouse will identify truck driver job applicants who have previously failed a drug and alcohol exam and help keep drug abusers out of trucks. (In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed this legislation.)
In 2015, the Alliance member companies are working with national trucking associations and safety groups to support congressional legislation that will:
•Recognize hair testing as a viable option in assessing commercial truck driver job applicants. Drug testing in the pre-employment phase of hiring truck drivers is a federal law. Hair testing is one of the most effective ways to identify lifestyle drug users and keep them out of commercial trucks. Yet the federal government doesn't recognize hair testing, and in fact, freilght transportation companies that utilize hair testing cannot submit the positive results to the new drug and alcohol clearinghouse that Congress created in 2012 (see above).
The Alliance supports other regulatory and legislative measures, each of which can improve highway safety and reduce accidents involving commercial truck drivers:
•Require speed limiters on trucks to reduce excessive speed. Excessive speed is a leading cause of truck crashes. Installing speed limiters will lower that risk.
•Increase the minimum insurance requirement for trucking companies to operate on U.S. highways. Trucking companies should have adequate liability insurance to maintain the public's trust and cover the medical costs associated with truck crash victims, the singular purpose for which Congress created this minimum insurance level in 1980.
•Support federal tax exemptions and minimum standards for commercial truck safety technologies. Carriers should have tax incentives and receive safety rating credits for investing in truck safety technologies that can lower the risk of accidents.
•Support user based fees and taxes to repair roads and bridges. Paying a higher federal fuel tax and other fees will help maintain the nation's roads and bridges, most of which are woefully underfunded and presenting a safety risk to all motorists.
Moving the nation's freight efficiently is paramount to a strong U.S. economy. The trucking industry is indispensible in this process. While the transportation modes of rail, air and water are also essential elements of a true intermodal system, it is the tractor and trailer delivering goods on our highways that enable the other modes to work. In fact, commercial trucks account for almost 90 percent of the manufactured components, finished goods, food, online purchases and retail products upon which businesses and consumers depend. More critically, every U.S. manufacturing sector depends on trucks and the more than 4 million people who work in the trucking industry and make it all happen.
But serious challenges are looming…converging factors that threaten the way this important industry has functioned for more than 100 years and unless addressed, threatens the safety of motorists and the ability of our nation's primary freight transportation mode to function.
The public doesn't have a choice whether to share the highways with millions of commercial trucks each day. For that reason, freight transportation companies have a responsibility to keep the public's trust. To obtain a license to operate as a commercial carrier in interstate commerce should not be a "right", to be given easily to anyone who buys a truck and a semitrailer, but rather, an earned privilege. Transportation companies should be held accountable for their operations. They should comply with all federal, state, and local laws in order to keep the public’s trust and continue to operate. Safe transportation companies are almost always the most efficient and successful.