The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is taking this week, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, to extend a national “pat on the back” to the 3.4 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely everyday.
“Professional truck drivers deserve a national thank you for their dedication to safely and securely delivering our nation’s freight,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “As a result of their commitment, our nation’s highways are the safest they’ve ever been and our economy is the most productive in the world. We as a nation owe a great deal to the truck drivers out on our nation’s roads everyday.”
During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week August 26-September 1, ATA and its state affiliates will mark the celebration by handing out free 60-minute telephone calling cards to truck drivers at local weigh stations, rest stops, and travel plazas all across the country.
President Bush joined ATA in congratulating the nation’s professional truck drivers, along with motor carriers, state trucking associations, and trucking industry manufacturers and suppliers. The celebrations include million-mile and safety awards, cash bonuses or gifts, an extra paid day off, a cup of coffee or windshield cleaning at truck stops, and loads of company picnics, some lasting all week until every driver cycles through company headquarters. Office personnel at some companies are also encouraged to spend a few days out on the road to see the driver’s side of their business.
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