"Trucking's Safety Advocate"
In 2010, the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors created the "Alliance for Driver Safety & Security" in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Truckiing Alliance (as it became known) was to lobby Congress to mandate three proposals. These three issues were languishing in various stages of rulemaking at the US Department of Transportation. The Trucking Alliance launched a strategy to persuade Congress to mandate these measures:
- 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.
Few observers gave the Trucking Alliance any chance of success. In fact, when introduced in Congress, no other trucking organization endorsed the bills. But just two years later, Congress passed two out of three - to require ELDs in all commercial trucks and to create a drug clearinghouse legislation. President Obama signed them into law.
In 2014, the Trucking Alliance became a stand-alone organization. But unlike broad-based industry associations that have meetings, committees, trade shows, etc., the Trucking Alliance is focused on being the trucking industry's safety advocate. The coalition relies on the knowledge of its corporate experiences to set policy, rather than hiring staff. Most importantly, the Alliance supports policies to lower the number of accidents involving large trucks. As importantly, we must improve the safety and working environment of the nation's commercial truck drivers. Today, the Trucking Alliance is recognized as Capitol Hill's leading trucking industry safety advocate.
“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
"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 moral and ethical responsibility to keep the public's trust."
The Trucking Alliance
The Trucking Alliance Board of Directors
The board of directors set all policy and objectives, based on recommendations of its Advisory Group. The Alliance does not employ any personnel, but contracts with professionals to implement the group's legislative and regulatory goals.
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 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
Regulatory and Legislative Advocacy
The Kidd Group LLC
The Gill Group