What is the ATA and what you need to know about it
American Trucking Associations
Founded in 1933, American Trucking Associations is the single largest nationwide trade organization overseeing the trucking and transportation industry. With chapters in all 50 states partnering with various transport-related conferences and boards, the ATA has become the authority and governing body for the entire industry.
ATA's stated objective and mission statement is to effectively advocate and communicate efforts that are designed to improve safety and profitability for our members through strict adherence to the association's strategic plan and vision. The ATA's has set the standard as the leader in transportation advocacy, and providing representation for only the safest, most responsible, and fiscally lucrative carriers.
Not only has the ATA set forth its goals, it has also instituted a five step plan to make sure that they are not only reached, but exceeded. These steps include:
ATA also organizes members into a number of different policy committees, a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee, and a large number of conferences, councils, and other related groups designed to handle various issues and achieve shorter term goals on a state by state level.
ATA councils exist for the express purpose of aiding and assisting trucking professionals who are seeking to develop and maintain industry best practices, as well as providing technical advice and assistance to the various policy committees. Policy committees and advisory boards are comprised of elected members who are responsible for setting policies and priorities for carriers of all sizes and specialties, as well as charting the course for ATA when it comes to addressing those issues that can and often do affect these businesses.
ATA also remains active in the legislative arena, working to influence various directives on both the state and federal levels, and electing candidates for public office who understand issues relevant to the industry and supporting the trucking community.
ATA continues to provide outreach and information programs designed to positively enhance the public image of the trucking industry, along with providing litigation assistance to protect providers' interests through first rate legal counseling and advocacy.
With the passage of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, which effectively deregulated the trucking industry, the ATA has become the self-governing body in the US, providing accountability for transporters and carriers as well as peace of mind for customers and clients who may have problems, questions, or concerns.
ATA's policies are constructed around three basic core components:
Trucking as an essential part of the nation's economy
Ongoing efforts on the part of the industry to improve and refine highway safety
The continued commitment to reduce emissions and carbon output
The ATA also recognizes a Driver Of The Year, acknowledging and celebrating operators for excellent driving habits and customer service. Contestants start out winning at the company level and then move through the ranks to national recognition. This is the highest honor that a commercial driver can receive.
American Trucking Associations continues to work diligently in order to promote and represent the best that the transportation industry has to offer through the provision of accountability and self-improvement resources, as well as proper branding for safety and responsibility in what is often a misunderstood field.