ATA Criticizes CNBC’s Highly Exaggerated Portrayal of Trucking Safety

Published: Aug 7, 2014
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Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association (ATA), sent a letter to CNBC “to express “disappointment” over the depiction of the industry in a recent series of reports on trucking”. He also urged the TV network to abandon its one-sided approach and delve deeper into all the effort the trucking industry has put into keeping roads safe.

In his letter, Bill Graves outlines some of these efforts. For example, the industry spends $7.5 billion each year on safety-related technology and has helped decrease accidents involving trucks by 22 percent in the last decade. He also pointed out that out of the nearly 4,000 annual deaths caused by truck accidents, 70 percent of the times it was not the driver’s fault. Some truckers do break the rules, but ATA’s CEO thinks it’s wrong to speak as if these practices are endemic to the whole industry.

Additionally, “outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro, in a segment defending her agency’s efforts, echoes trucking’s position that the uptick in truck accidents during her tenure was the result of economic growth and increased traffic.”

Read the full article in the Commercial Carrier Journal.

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