Organization

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.

Policy Committees

Communications and Image Policy Committee

Provides member input to ATA leadership and Office of Public Affairs in their efforts to improve the image of the trucking industry and enhance ATA’s communications with its members, the news media and the general public and to develop communications strategies for ATA policy and legislative initiatives. The committee monitors the Good stuff. Trucks Bring It national trucking industry image campaign and the administration of ATA’s top outreach programs: Share the Road, America’s Road Team, and National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. – ATA staff liaison: Elisabeth Barna.

Environmental and Energy Policy Committee

Directs ATA’s activities on environmental and energy matters including air pollution rules, vehicle emission standards, anti-idling and diesel engine retrofit measures, fuel standards, hazardous waste issues, storm water and vehicle washing requirements, fuel storage, and energy efficiency improvements. Membership includes trucking company executives, attorneys, senior environmental and energy managers, and state trucking association executives. It currently has one working group: Fuel Efficiency Working Group. – ATA staff liaison: Glen Kedzie.

Hazardous Materials Policy Committee

Is responsible for developing ATA policy governing the transportation of hazardous materials. Committee members provide direct input on ATA's comments to the executive agencies and help develop position papers for use in ATA's lobbying efforts. The current agenda includes implementation of hazardous materials safety and security initiatives, harmonization of international standards governing the transportation of hazardous materials, and ensuring uniform regulations to promote the safe, secure and efficient transportation of these critical materials. The committee receives additional support from the Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council’s hazardous materials committee. – ATA staff liaison: Megan Bush.

Highway Policy Committee

Is responsible for considering and recommending policies and actions on all issues relating to highways and bridges, highway access, commercial vehicle size and weight, Intelligent Vehicle System technology and highway user fees, tolls and taxes that impact the efficient movement of commercial truck traffic on the nation’s highways. –ATA staff liaison: Darrin Roth.

Independent Contractor Policy Committee

Recommends the development, advocacy, and implementation of strategies and solutions to protect the independent contractor truck driver workforce model. The committee makes policy recommendations as well as manages the issues that develop nationally and helps to formulate a cohesive national independent contractor protection strategy. – ATA staff liaison: Jennifer Hall.

Highway Policy Committee

Is responsible for considering and recommending policies and actions on all issues relating to highways and bridges, highway access, commercial vehicle size and weight, Intelligent Vehicle System technology and highway user fees, tolls and taxes that impact the efficient movement of commercial truck traffic on the nation’s highways. – ATA staff liaison: Darrin Roth.

Labor and Regulatory Policy Committee

Addresses legal, legislative and regulatory issues related to labor and the financial operations of trucking companies. Issues within the committee’s jurisdiction include: independent contractor classification, workers’ compensation, ergonomics, insurance and risk management, driver shortage, tort reform, transportation contract matters, transportation brokers, cargo liability, and multi-employer pension plan reform. The Committee receives support from the National Accounting & Finance Council and the Safety and Loss Prevention Council for research, analysis and policy development. – ATA staff liaison: Rich Pianka.

Safety Policy Committee

Is responsible for developing ATA policy on driver, carrier and occupational safety and health issues. The current agenda includes hours of service, electronic logging devices, FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, CDL regulatory and programmatic changes, improvements to the medical certification program, distracted driving, drug testing, and many others. . The Committee also receives support from the Safety Management Council for research, analysis and policy development. – ATA staff liaison: Mike Cammisa and P. Sean Garney.

Tax Policy Committee

Is responsible for developing ATA policy relating to federal and state taxes affecting the trucking industry. The Committee addresses business taxes, such as corporate income and franchise taxes, excise taxes, estate taxes, sales and use taxes and license fees. In addition, the Committee considers operating taxes such as fuel taxes, tire taxes, vehicle registration fees and heavy-vehicle use taxes. The Committee coordinates with the Highway Policy Committee on highway user fee and tax issues. The Committee receives support from the National Accounting & Finance Council for research, analysis and policy development. – ATA staff liaison: Robert Pitcher.

Technology and Engineering Policy Committee

Develops and recommends ATA policy on issues related to information technology, vehicle engineering and design, intelligent transportation systems, telecommunications, and related topics. The Committee oversees the efforts of ATA staff in these areas as they respond to federal government legislation, rulemakings, and other actions. The Committee has two advisory groups, The Technical Advisory Group and the Technology & Maintenance Council and one working group, Fuel Efficiency Working Group. – ATA staff liaison: Mike Cammisa

Small Carriers Committee

The Small Carriers Committee (SCC) is an advisory committee to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA). The mission of the SCC is to focus ATA leadership and staff on the needs, attitudes, influence, and political strengths of the ATA small carrier constituency; to recognize the importance of small carriers to ATA and the trucking industry in general; and, to identify and advance issues, programs, and services that will assist small carriers. - ATA staff liaison: John Lynch

Supply Chain Security Policy Committee

TThis committee acts as ATA’s clearinghouse for all strategy related to the Department of Homeland Security and related agencies. The committee directs ATA’s advocacy efforts regarding all issues pertaining to transportation security and international trade via commercial motor vehicle. Current issues include the NAFTA border opening, customs automation, driver immigration, security background credentialing, and trusted trader programs. The Committee also receives support from the Transportation Security Council’s homeland security committee for research, analysis and policy development. – ATA staff liaison: Megan Bush