The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday, Oct. 7, adopted 18 recommendations aimed at reducing highway-related fatalities and injuries through improved safety performance of drivers, vehicles and motor carriers. The recommendations were among 23 items identified for consideration by ATA’s Safety Task Force, which the group established earlier this year.
“Today the trucking industry raised its campaign for safety to a new level,” said ATA President Bill Graves.
On several occasions during ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Graves referred to the pending package of safety policy recommendations as one of three critical steps – a “three-legged stool” as he calls it – the trucking industry needed to take in order to show that it is deserving of greater consideration in upcoming federal legislation – especially the reauthorization of the highway program. The other two elements are establishing the essentiality of trucking – through programs like “Good Stuff Trucks Bring It,” for example – and environmental responsibility through the sustainability initiative ATA launched recently.
A majority of the 18 recommendations address the performance of drivers – both commercial and noncommercial – and include support for:
The remaining policies address vehicles and motor carriers and include support for: