Besides the individuals states and federal Departments of Transportation (USDOT), who else has their finger on the pulse of the Trucking Industry? Trucking depends on our country’s infrastructure, thus several organizations and associations exist to monitor and oversee the trucking industry and the government entities that regulate it.
The USDOT oversees everything having to do with transportation in America. Sub-agencies of the DOT are:
- Aviation – FAA
- Roadways and Bridges – FHWA
- Trucking and Motorcoaches – FMCSA
- Railways – FRA
- Public Transit – FTA
- Maritime – MARAD
- Automobiles – NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- Inspector General – OIG
- Pipelines and HazMat – PHMSA
- Surface Transportation – STB
All of these areas are interconnected – literally. A load can come in by sea at a port (MARAD), get loaded onto a truck (FMCSA), be taken to a cargo train (FRA), then get picked up again by a truck to be delivered to its final destination. On the way the trucker has to share the roadways with the cars and public transportation.
One of the organizations that steps in between truckers/trucking companies and the government is the American Trucking Associations (ATA). There is a chapter in each of the 50 states.
“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.”
In this video from the ATA’s President and CEO, Chris Spear, on Sept. 3, 2016, spoke on the state of the trucking industry.
“The state of our industry cannot be driven by Washington…. Don’t mess with trucking!”
Here are the ATA’s 5 Core Objectives (Source: ATA):
- To position trucking as a recognized safety-first industry.
- To increase the industry’s efficiency and productivity
- To brand ATA as “The Voice of the Trucking Industry.”
- To provide thought leadership that engages and educates the trucking industry and the public
- To responsibly grow financial and human resources to fulfill our mission.
Then there’s Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). It’s an international trade association run by owner-operators and professional truck drivers. They have a fully-staffed Government Affairs office in Washington, DC. Their directors and leadership all have been or still are truck drivers. OOIDA publishes Land Line Magazine and produces Land Line Now for Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s The Road Dog on Sirius XM Channel 106, the first daily news and info program for the trucking industry.
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Top photo screenshot from USDOT website.
Bottom photo screenshot from ATA’s YouTube Channel.