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ATA News
Thursday, July 11, 2024
Texas relaxes hours and weight regs for storm relief efforts
Acting Texas Gov. Dan Patrick has issued a disaster declaration for Hurricane Beryl, effective July 5, 2024, which suspends certain vehicle registration, size, and weight requirements for commercial vehicles aiding disaster relief. Suspensions include International Registration Plan requirements,... Read more
Sunday, July 07, 2024
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week is July 7-13: What you need to know
Mark your calendars for Operation Safe Driver Week, happening from July 7-13, 2024. This initiative focuses on enhancing road safety by improving driving behaviors through education and law enforcement engagement. For professional truck drivers, this is an opportune time to reflect driving habits... Read more
Wednesday, July 03, 2024
From The CEO: Member-driven advocacy reaches key milestones in latest Legislative session
As a leader in Alabama’s trucking industry, you have every reason to take pride in our collective achievements during the 2024 Legislative Session. Specifically, you helped spark a new era for lawsuit fairness in Alabama with the introduction of the Lawsuit Fairness for Alabama Act of 2024. This landmark... Read more
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Legislative News Roundup
Thursday, April 20, 2023
New ATA-backed bill to improve fleet safety while protecting driver independent contractor
The Alabama Trucking Association is actively advocating for House Bill 256 by Rep. Rhett Marques, R-Enterprise, and Senate Bill 183 by Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Culman. These bills would remove a significant barrier to the implementation... Read more
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Trucking groups call on Congress to repeal Federal Excise Tax on commercial vehicles
Transportation groups and other stakeholders are calling on Congress to repeal the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on heavy-duty commercial vehicles. This century-old tax is impeding the deployment of cleaner, more environmentally friendly trucks on our nation's roads, according to a letter from the American... Read more
Friday, December 30, 2022
With focus on the courts, Alabama Trucking already gearing up for 2024
Editor's note: This article appears with the permission of Alabama Daily News. By Todd Stacy It may sound silly, but in the wake of the 2022 elections, politicos in Alabama are already gearing up for the 2024 cycle. Not the presidential contest, mind you, though that will... Read more
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Safety and Maintenance News
Friday, March 15, 2024
Celebrating Safety: Alabama Trucking shines at SMMC Fleet Safety Awards Banquet
The Alabama Trucking Association honored its members' commitment to industry safety and professionalism during the Safety & Maintenance Management Council’s Fleet Safety Awards Banquet on March 14. About 200 attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham to celebrate the excellence of Alabama... Read more
Friday, March 01, 2024
FMCSA asks for comments on electronic rear-view systems exemption
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking public feedback on Convoy Technologies, Inc.'s request for an exemption to allow the use of its Electronic Rear View System (ERVS) in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), as an alternative to the standard two rear-vision mirrors mandated... Read more
Thursday, February 01, 2024
Join the SMMC in February for discussions on navigating litigation
In an increasingly litigious environment, the trucking industry faces unique challenges. To address these concerns, the Safety Management Council (SMMC) has organized a series of meetings aimed at empowering fleet owners and managers with crucial insights and strategies to navigate... Read more
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Press Releases
Tuesday, July 02, 2024
Alabama Trucking backs the National Human Trafficking Database Act
On June 13, the National Human Trafficking Database Act (S. 4534) was introduced and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), authorizes $50 million a year through fiscal 2028 to advance a human... Read more
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Alabama Trucking mobilizes support Texas cattle farmers amid wildfire crisis, more trucks needed
In a remarkable display of solidarity and prompt action, the Alabama trucking community, led by ATA member firms DMT Trucking and Boyd Bros. Transportation, has taken significant strides to assist Texas cattle farmers grappling with the aftermath of catastrophic wildfires. Last week marked the commencement... Read more
Wednesday, November 01, 2023
Trucking groups call on Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to address truck parking shortage
Several trucking groups, including the Alabama Trucking Association, have joined forces in a collective effort to address the growing truck parking shortage issue in Alabama. On November 1, coalition leaders co-signed a letter to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, urging her to... Read more
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Special Announcements
Friday, March 27, 2020
ATA postpones 2020 Convention due to COVID-19 pandemic
Due to the state of Florida recently extending its emergency order for the hospitality industry through May 9, the Hilton Sandestin will be unable to host the Alabama Trucking Association’s Convention. "Postponing our biggest event of the year wasn't a decision our leaders took lightly, and are they... Read more
Friday, March 20, 2020
Special Message from ATA President & CEO Mark Colson
Amid this current health crisis, one of the most important messages to share with the trucking community is a sincere expression of gratitude and thanks. Thank you to the men and women keeping America moving. Truckers are dealing with the social and practical aspects of this crisis just like everyone... Read more
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Work Smarter: Tips for conducting bulk queries in Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
Did you know that the DOT’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse provides options for employers and consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) to conduct queries individually OR upload multiple queries at once? It’s true. How do you conduct such a bulk query?  First, download and complete... Read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
ALDOT to close Birmingham’s I-59/20 bridges starting Jan. 21
Starting Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, the Alabama Dept. of Transportation (ALDOT) will shut down the I-59/20 bridge system that runs through Downtown Birmingham for 14 months while it replaces the aging structures. Designed in the 1960s, Birmingham’s Interstate 59/20 bridges were originally... Read more
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Alabama’s best truck drivers to vie for honors at safe driving competition
Professional truck drivers from across Alabama and representing two dozen trucking firms will compete at the Alabama Trucking Association’s State Truck Driving Championships Friday, June 10 at the Pelham Civic Complex in Pelham, Ala. The annual event is produced by the Association’s Safety & Maintenance... Read more
Monday, January 30, 2017
Alabama: Governing again by ‘that really grinds my gears’
By John Archibald, How does a bill become a law in Alabama? It's gotta start with a question: "You know what grinds my gears?" That has to be it. How else do you explain the rat-a-tat peppering of bills pre-filed in the Alabama Legislature? There's one - HB18 by Jackson County Rep.... Read more
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