Tuesday, February 01, 2022
ATA Foundation Titans light the way to a brighter trucking industry
By Will Bruser ATA Chairman of the Board It’s no secret to those of us in the trucking industry that the COVID-19 pandemic amplified the challenges we were already facing in our workforce. A shortage of qualified professional drivers and diesel technicians,... Read more
Monday, January 31, 2022
Least of All Saints: A trucker’s road to redemption
Twenty years ago, Jason Webber was addicted to meth and living under a bridge until a job in the trucking industry helped him get sober, change his ways, and set him on a career path he never imagined possible. By Ford Boswell Driving a truck helped save Jason Webber’s... Read more
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
A Year into a Pandemic, Truckers Continue to Deliver for Alabama
By Tom McLeod It’s difficult to believe that it has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit America, closing businesses, stalling commerce and keeping people home. For frontline workers, like truck drivers, the pandemic has only intensified their work, and one year may seem like... Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
ALDOT prepares for Fourth of July traffic
As an added precaution during the Fourth of July holiday, the Alabama Dept. of Transportation is doing its part for highway safety by having no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5. Although ALDOT construction work zones... Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2020
ATA and Dothan Chamber co-host industry roundtable discussion
ATA President Mark Colson and leaders from the Dothan Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a round table discussion with several industry members at the Chamber’s headquarters Monday, June 15. The event was impactful with significant topics brought up for discussion, including hours of service, high insurance... Read more
Monday, June 22, 2020
Carriers needed to distubute eggs to local food banks
As the coronavirus continues to leave its mark on the state, our industry has continued to prevail. When the world was slowing down, we continued to move quickly to keep the economy rolling. Now, as we shift from crisis to recovery, we have opportunities to give back to those in need.  The Dept. of... Read more
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Feds extend CDL licensing relief through September 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a new waiver extension from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle. The... Read more
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Feds issue 90-day waiver on pre-employment drug screens amid COVID-19 delays
In recent weeks, as businesses began reopening following widespread shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, trucking fleets have struggled to bring back furloughed drivers or hire new ones due to limited pre-employment drug testing availability. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration... Read more
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
FMCSA to employ remote compliance reviews during health crisis
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is turning to remote safety compliance reviews because of COVID-19 health risks and restrictions. In a guidance issued May 20, the agency said its officers will conduct compliance reviews under 49 CFR part 385 “leveraging all available technology” to access... Read more
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Legislature approves General Fund Budget, adjornes 2020 Session ‘sine die’
Earlier this week, both the Alabama Senate and the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan for spending federal Coronavirus relief funds, the only major issue in question going into the Regular Session’s final day. Here's a final look at the Alabama Trucking Association's... Read more