Tuesday, January 24, 2017

National ATA seeks input from industry on safety commitment, charitable giving

As President Trump begins his first week in office and a new Congress is hard at work, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear is asking for the industry’s help to educate our elected officials not only on how safe we are as an industry, but also on what a caring and compassionate industry we are.

“When we begin a meeting with those in office and share how we spend over $9.5 billion on safety enhancements each year to help bring highway fatalities to zero, we will follow by citing the billions spent by our industry on charity,” he wrote in a recent email to the ATA membership. “In order to tell our story, we will need your help in putting those numbers, and charitable efforts, together.”

ATA has commissioned the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) to survey the industry to quantify how much trucking gives to charity each year, and to identify what types of charities the industry supports.

With those results, National ATA will begin identifying – through a newly established industry foundation – the top charities that best reflect our industry’s charitable giving priorities. “We will invite industry representatives and elected officials to serve on the foundation Board of Directors and use the foundation to further tell our story and take credit for all the good work you already do,” Spear stated. “This new foundation will continue to allow trucking’s voice to be heard.”

Alabama Trucking Association leaders request that its members take a few minutes to complete the confidential survey below to add your charitable giving to the trucking industry’s total for 2016. We are collecting not just corporate giving of the industry, but also individual giving, so please encourage your employees to also participate.