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ATA expandssafety agenda

The American Trucking Association (ATA) safety agenda has been extended with 18 new recommendations made by the organization’s Safety Task Force that was established earlier this year, according to ATA information.

The new safety policies are designed to result in improved performance of both commercial and non-commercial drivers, safer vehicles, and safer motor carriers. ATA’s aggressive safety agenda follows and compliments the organization’s recent initiative designed to result in a sustainable and environmentally responsible trucking industry.

A synopsis of the 18 recommendations follows:

Improving Driver Performance:

  • Policy on the use of non-integrated technologies while the vehicle is in motion
  • Policy supporting uniform commercial drivers license (CDL) testing standards
  • Support for a CDL graduated licensing study
  • Support for additional parking facilities for trucks
  • Support for a national maximum 65mph speed limit
  • Strategies to increase the use of seat belts
  • Support for a national car-truck driver behavior improvement program
  • Support for increased use of red light cameras and automated speed enforcement
  • Support for graduated licensing in all states for non-commercial teen drivers
  • Support for more stringent laws to reduce drinking and driving

Safer Vehicles

  • Support for targeted electronic speed governing of certain non-commercial vehicles
  • Electronic speed governing of all large trucks made since 1992
  • Support for new large truck crashworthiness standards Safer Motor Carriers

Safer motor carriers

  • Support for a national employer notification system
  • Creation of a national clearinghouse for positive drug and alcohol test results of CDL holders
  • Support for a national registry of certified medical examiners
  • Policy supporting access to the national Driver Information Resource
  • Support for required safety training by new entrant motor carriers

ATA has long pursued a safety agenda including: promoting greater safety belt use by commercial drivers, re-instituting a national maximum speed limit, speed governing of all new trucks, and a decade long initiative to create a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results.

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