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.

National Affiliates


The Affiliates are trucking trade associations having their own direct membership, but with a formal relationship recognizing ATA as the national representative for legislative, regulatory and political matters. The Affiliates include all 50 state trucking associations, plus three national trade associations. The national trade associations pay ATA a fee roughly related to the percentage of ATA non-members in their midst. On the other hand, a prerequisite to motor carrier membership in ATA is membership in at least one state trucking association.

Trucking Association Executives Council (TAEC)


Broadly referred to as the “Federation,” TAEC is a coordinating structure for the professional staff of all the State Trucking Associations, but formally including executive leaders of the three ATA-managed Conferences and the other ATA Affiliates. TAEC holds regional meetings and an annual summer gathering. John Hausladen is the current TAEC Chairman.

ATA Liaison:
John Lynch, SVP, Federation Relations & Industry Affairs
(703) 838-1954

American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)


The American Transportation Research Institute and its predecessor organization the ATA Foundation, have been engaged in critical transportation studies and operational tests since 1954. ATRI, part of the American Trucking Associations Federation, is organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research trust headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. ATRI's primary mission is to conduct and support research in the field, with an emphasis on the trucking industry's essential role in a safe, efficient and viable transportation system.

Contact ATRI:
American Transportation Research Institute
950 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203
(770) 432-0628

Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)


A former Conference of ATA, TCA focuses on business and operational needs of the truckload segment, such as driver recruitment and training, carrier benchmarking, and safety education. TCA manages the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), which certifies driver training school curriculums, and the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), an educational arm. Both PTDI and NATMI were once separately affiliated with ATA. Chris Burruss is the TCA President.

ATA Liaison:
John Lynch, SVP, Federation Relations & Industry Affairs
(703) 838-1954

National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)


A former Conference of ATA, NTTC focuses on matters specific to the tank truck industry, such as bulk hazardous materials transportation, tanker equipment regulations, inspection standards and tanker roll stability. Dan Furth is the NTTC President. For information on NTTC publications and meetings, click here.

ATA Technical Issues Liaison:
Please call (703) 838-1801

ATA Liaison:
John Lynch, SVP, Federation Relations & Industry Affairs
(703) 838-1954