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Economy

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 0.6% in March

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.6% in March, after jumping 1.9% the previous month. February’s gain was less than the 2.8% reported on March 18, 2014. In March, the index equaled 127.3 (2000=100) versus 126.5 in February. The all-time high was in November 2013 (131.0).

Winter Weather Pushed ATA Truck Tonnage Index Down 4.3% in January

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 4.3% in January, after edging 0.8% lower in December. In January, the index equaled 124.4 (2000=100) versus 130.0 in December. The all-time high was in November 2013 (131.0). Compared with January 2013, the SA index increased 1.2%.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Edged 0.6% Higher in December

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.6% in December, after surging 4.7% in November. The increase pushed the index 6.2% higher for the full year making it the index's best year since 1998.


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Safety

Elite Drivers Urge Motorists to Stay Focused

Today, as part of National Distracted Driving Month, American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to put their cell phones away and focus on safe driving while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

Elite Drivers Provide Tips for Work Zone Awareness Week

Today, American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zone areas. With National Work Zone Awareness Week 2014 marking the 15th anniversary of this life-saving safety campaign, elite drivers with millions of accident-free miles are educating the public on how to stay safe.

ATA Encourages Others to Comment on FMCSA's Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal

On February 20, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to create a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). Though ATA supports the Clearinghouse proposal, we have some concerns about the details of its design and operation. In order to stress the importance of these issues, ATA is asking ATA members and other interested parties to also file comments discussing them.


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Sustainability

ATA Receives Top Honoree EPA SmartWay Award on Earth Day

Today, American Trucking Associations is proud to be recognized as one of three top honorees among an elite group of 10 SmartWay Affiliates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award.

Trucking Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.


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