GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's two leading trucking industry trade groups - American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association - came together at the conclusion of ATA's Management Conference & Exhibition to call on policy makers to allow for increased truck productivity.
"The trucking industry, like any family, sometimes takes a while to reach a consensus, but we're happy that we have been able to bring our respective policies on truck productivity in line," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "It is critical that we petition our elected leaders with one voice and this brings us closer to our industry unity."
"Considering all of the challenges we face as an industry, it should always be our priority to find common ground on as many issues as possible," said TCA President Chris Burruss. "I applaud the leadership of TCA and ATA for finding common ground on this difficult issue."
The ATA Board of Directors voted to add 88,000-pound, five-axle combinations with enhanced braking capability, to its list of preferred productivity improvements. This new component joins 97,000-pound, six-axle combinations and harmonization of longer-combination vehicles on the menu of productivity improvements ATA will advocate for in Washington and state capitals across the country. ATA endorsed increasing truck weight limits to 97,000 pounds in 2006.
Also this week, TCA voted to approve a two-tiered productivity policy of supporting combinations of 88,000 pounds on five axles as well as 97,000 pounds on six axles.
"With possible hours-of-service changes threatening to limit capacity, congestion choking our highways and the driver shortage worsening, we need to find ways to improve our industry's productivity in order to continue delivering the nation's essential goods," ATA Chairman Dan England, chairman C.R. England, said. "Studies have shown that more productive trucks are safer, more efficient and greener than conventional combinations without causing more wear and tear on our roads, and now that we and TCA have come together on this issue, we're in a better position to continue to make that case to policymakers."
"Given the advances in brake technology, an 88,000-pound, five axle truck using enhanced brakes will meet federal rules limiting commercial vehicle stopping distance," said TCA Chairman Gary Salisbury, President and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, Hope, Ark. "By amending our policies and compromising, TCA and ATA have set the trucking industry on the road to success."
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Good stuff. Trucks Bring It!
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.
SOURCE American Trucking Associations