18 Tips For Improving Driver Safety

Oct. 8, 2008
The Board of Directors of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) today voted to expand the organization's aggressive safety agenda

The Board of Directors of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) today voted to expand the organization's aggressive safety agenda with the goal of further reducing the number of highway-related fatalities and injuries. During ATA's annual Management Conference and Exhibition, the Board voted to adopt 18 recommendations made by the organization's Safety Task Force, which was established earlier this year.

The new recommendations are expected to further reduce highway crash statistics, although large truck crash fatality rates and injury rates are already at their lowest point since the federal government began reporting those figures three decades ago.

"I am proud that the ATA's Safety Task Force and our Board of Directors have taken this step to improve safety for all vehicles and travelers on our nation's highways," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "Today the trucking industry raised its campaign for safety to a new level."

The new safety policies adopted by ATA's Board are designed to result in improved performance of both commercial and non-commercial drivers, safer vehicles and safer motor carriers. ATA's aggressive safety agenda follows and compliments the organization's recent initiative designed to result in a sustainable and environmentally responsible trucking industry.

A synopsis of the 18 recommendations:

  1. Improving Driver Performance

  2. Policy on the use of non-integrated technologies while the vehicle is in motion
  3. Policy supporting uniform commercial drivers license (CDL) testing standards
  4. Support for a CDL graduated licensing study
  5. Support for additional parking facilities for trucks
  6. Support for a national maximum 65mph speed limit
  7. Strategies to increase the use of seat belts
  8. Support for a national car-truck driver behavior improvement program
  9. Support for increased use of red light cameras and automated speed enforcement
  10. Support for graduated licensing in all states for non-commercial teen drivers
  11. Support for more stringent laws to reduce drinking and driving
  12. Safer Vehicles

  13. Support for targeted electronic speed governing of certain non-commercial vehicles
  14. Electronic speed governing of all large trucks made since 1992
  15. Support for new large truck crashworthiness standards
  16. Safer Motor Carriers

  17. Support for a national employer notification system
  18. Creation of a national clearinghouse for positive drug and alcohol test results of CDL holders
  19. Support for a national registry of certified medical examiners
  20. Policy supporting access to the national Driver Information Resource
  21. Support for required safety training by new entrant motor carriers