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At a ceremony at Volvo Truck North America’s assembly plant in Dublin, Va., the American Trucking Associations and Volvo Trucks North America recognized the newly inducted captains of America’s Road Team. America’s Road Team, started by ATA in 1986, is an industry outreach and public image program led by a group of 18 professional truck drivers who share million-mile accident-free safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on our nation’s highways.
“These gentlemen have more than 470 years of combined driving, and have driven 38 million miles accident-free,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. “These are the finest professional drivers on America’s roads today. They are going to give two years of their time to travel the country in this beautiful tractor-trailer and talk to people about our industry.”
In support of America’s Road Team, Ron Huibers, Volvo’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Patrick Collignon, general manager of Volvo’s Dublin plant, turned over the keys of a brand new Volvo VN 780 tractor to Bill Graves, president and CEO of the ATA, and ATA Chairman Barbara Windsor, president and CEO of Hahn Transportation in New Market, Md.
The captains then learned about key features of the vehicle, including Volvo SCR and three key safety and productivity technologies: Volvo I-Shift, Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology and Volvo Enhanced Cruise.
“With safety as a core value, Volvo Trucks is proud to be associated with the dedicated professional drivers that make up America’s Road Team, and to give them a powerful new tool for accomplishing their mission,” said Huibers. “We’re extremely grateful to Bill Graves, Barbara Windsor and all of the captains for taking the time to visit our NRV plant, where we’re committed to setting a new standard for industrial production. We particularly enjoyed sharing with them all of the safety technologies built into our trucks – something we call safety by design – making a world of difference to truck drivers, their families and all motorists.”
“At ATA, we believe that education is the key to making our roads safer for everyone,” Graves said. “With Volvo Trucks’ ongoing support, we have been able to bring America’s Road Team programs across the country and positively affect countless lives. With the new Volvo VN 780, our drivers will be able to show how the technology in trucks today is providing additional safety and greater peace of mind.”