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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Cargo Transporters to Join Trucking Alliance in 2017

Cargo Transporters, a full truckload freight transportation company, has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka Trucking Alliance) beginning in 2017.

“Cargo Transporters leads by example in the way the company embraces technology and driver training to make sure their men and women deliver goods and return home safely,” said Steve Williams, Chairman/CEO of Maverick USA and Trucking Alliance president. “We’re pleased that Cargo Transporters will join us in our effort to pass federal policies to reduce truck accidents and improve highway safety.”

John Pope, Chairman of Cargo Transporters, will represent the company on the Alliance Board of Directors. “We have a saying that safety is in our DNA and the Trucking Alliance companies are the same way,” said Pope. “We are excited to work with this exclusive group of carriers to achieve more safety reforms for the industry.”

Meredith Priestley, Cargo Transporters’ Corporate Counsel, will join the Alliance Advisory Group that provides the board of directors with analysis and recommendations.

The Trucking Alliance asks its carrier members to support six operating standards that exceed federal regulations and can ensure greater safety for their corporate drivers:

1. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – Install ELDs in company owned interstate trucks to verify hour-of-service compliance.
2. Truck Speed Limiters – Regulate trucks with speed limiters at a maximum speed of no more than 68mph.
3. Hair Testing – Support hair testing as a recognized part of the commercial driver pre-employment drug testing process.
4. Public Liability Insurance – Be sufficiently self-insured or if fully insured, carry a minimum of $5 million in public liability insurance.
5. Onboard Truck Safety Technologies – Install Forward Collision Warning Systems technologies on all trucks purchased.
6. Driver Hiring and Training Programs – Utilize the FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program and additional entry level and continuing driver training systems that exceed federal standards.

Williams explained that the Trucking Alliance is expanding the group with a small number of carriers in 2017. “The Alliance is small by design, but we are growing the coalition with a few excellent carriers like Cargo Transporters that can help us better achieve our safety objectives,” said Williams.