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Freight Trucking Industry
The American Trucking Association (ATA) is widely considered the nation’s leading authority concerning safety, employment, economy and engineering within the industry and have supported the use of fuel tax to improve highway standards and infrastructure. But it is this infrastructure which is in dire need of reforming according to ATA official Chris Spear. He claims industry losses in the area of $50 billion on an annual basis as a result of transgressions in maintenance and overcrowded highways.
Driver frustration is at an all-time high. Truckers often work long shifts and congestion and a lack of adequate parking facilities for the large freight vehicles keep tensions mounting. It has been suggested that this extra on the job stress can lead to distraction from safety protocol and drivers becoming increasingly tired, behind the wheel for up to hours longer than they should be.
In a hearing with the surface transportation subcommittee for the U.S. Senate Committee of Commerce, Science and Transportation, of Congress, Mike Ducker (FexEx Freight Pres and CEO) and Derek Leathers ( Werner Ent. Pres and CEO) discussed the need to invest in the country’s roads and bridges to make the industry safer and more efficient, as well as addressing other pressing issues.
More specifically the aim is to educate officials in concentrated problem areas. Certain highways where traffic congestion is especially high and freight bottlenecks, which reduce the flow of all traffic, largely hamper freight progress and increase risks.
Without this attention, which ATA and other organizational representatives say is crucial, companies such as FedEx, Landstar and XPO are ill equipped to continue growing our national economy, and without their services thousands more organisations will remain grounded. The ATA continues to work closely with its affiliates and the government to spread awareness of the need for higher road standards and greater networking opportunities. If this sounds like the career for you, visit Drive Armellini.