International conference eyes more productive truck transportation

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The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will host transportation experts from around the globe, June 15-17, for a conference on efficient, safe and sustainable truck transportation systems.

“The intent of the conference is to explore international ‘best practices’ in constructive regulation promoting heavy truck productivity, efficiency and safety,” says John Woodrooffe, conference chair and director of UMTRI’s transportation safety analysis division.

The three-day event, “Building the Policy Options Roadmap,” features speakers from around the world, plenary sessions on the extent and future direction of domestic and international freight, and technical sessions focusing on technologies and operational practices that address productivity, the environment, safety and infrastructure.

Notable speakers at the conference include Charles “Shorty” Whittington, chairman of the American Trucking Associations; Dan Murray, vice president of research for ATRI; and Steve Williams, chief executive officer of Maverick USA Inc., based in Little Rock, Ark.

“Building the Policy Options Roadmap” is co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Con-way Freight and ATA. To register for the conference or to view more information about each session, go to