The following statement concerning driver assisted and fully automated commercial vehicles was released today by the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance. The Trucking Alliance Board of Directors unanimously supports the following statement:
“The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, supports the development of advanced vehicle technologies that enable commercial drivers to utilize highly automated driving systems, enhancing their safety and security. The Trucking Alliance also supports the use of these technologies to achieve safety performance levels that rival commercial airlines and support other initiatives that focus on drivers and their safety, such as the following:
1. Supports advanced driver assisted technologies in commercial vehicles, rather than commercial vehicles that rely solely on full automation.
2. Believes that commercial drivers are an indispensable asset to the safe operation of commercial vehicles.
3. Maintains the principle that commercial drivers are necessary to improve the safety and security of the general public.
4. Believes that commercial drivers are integral to supply chain accountability, as well as managing unforeseen weather events, emergencies, detours, vehicle conditions, computer software programs, cybersecurity disruptions, cargo security, and in providing efficient customer services.”
About the Trucking Alliance: Created in 2011, the Trucking Alliance is a coalition of transportation and logistics companies, as well as supporting businesses, that are committed to ensuring greater safety and security for commercial drivers in the freight transportation industry. Trucking Alliance companies have adopted six safety principles, all of which exceed federal requirements for operating as a motor carrier in the United States.
Further, Trucking Alliance companies support regulatory and legislative proposals that, if adopted, could reduce large truck accidents, injuries and fatalities that occur each year on the nations’ highways.
Trucking Alliance companies and the states they’re headquartered in are: Cargo Transporters (North Carolina), Dupré Logistics (Louisiana), JB Hunt Transport Services (Arkansas), KLLM Transport Services (Mississippi), Knight Transportation (Arizona), Maverick USA (Arkansas), and US Xpress (Tennessee). Affiliation in the Trucking Alliance is by invitation.
Trucking Alliance companies operate more than 38,000 trucks, 110,000 semitrailers and containers, and employ 46,475 professionals who manage the safe and efficient delivery of products each day throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and globally.