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    Spear goes on offensive in ATA address

    October 29, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.

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    FMCSA chief paints picture of a truck-friendly Trump administration

    October 27, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    AUSTIN, Texas – The head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) painted the picture of a federal government friendly to the trucking industry today, as he delivered a broad-ranging address for members of the American Trucking Associations.

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    ‘It’s the dream job,’ says Mack’s top dog

    August 21, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Martin Weissburg has not been the top dog at Mack Trucks for very long. He was named president June 1, succeeding Dennis Slagle who had been in the role since 2008. But Volvo Group’s senior-most executive in North America is no stranger to boardroom tables in the trucking industry.

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    Testing our Metal: Tariffs hit Canada’s trailer makers, upfitters hard

    August 17, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. – Falcon Equipment had eight to nine months of trailer orders on the books as a July 1 deadline for steel and aluminum tariffs approached. The B.C.-based manufacturer waited as long as it could. But eventually there was no choice.

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    Future glider kits will have more restrictions

    August 14, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. — Glider kit trucks have been around for decades, and by the look of the regulatory landscape, they will continue to be available to consumers in years to come. But with a few more restrictions than we have

  • ATA signs on to Trump worker training pledge

    July 20, 2018 8:40PM by Truck News

    Arlington, Va. – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) intends to provide 50,000 people enhanced career opportunities as part of a Trump administration plan to provide pathways to better careers for those in the U.S. The ATA joined 22 other companies

  • Ad aimed at Trump takes swipe at Gordie Howe bridge

    June 22, 2018 3:22PM by Truck News

    WINDSOR, Ont. – The Moroun family has stepped up their media campaign in their fight to have the Gordie Howe Bridge project come to a stop. The owners of the Ambassador Bridge – which serves as one of the crossings

  • Tariffs are ‘illegal’, manufacturing group says

    June 12, 2018 3:34PM by Truck News

    WINDSOR, Ont. – The Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA) is adding to the voices against steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, and is calling on the federal government to defend Canada and Canadian companies. “This action

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    Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

    June 8, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”

  • Fleet reps tout U.S. tax cuts

    April 12, 2018 4:11PM by Truck News

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from three carriers belonging to the American Trucking Associations (ATA) visited the White House Rose Garden today, touting tax relief under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The executives and employees from Werner Enterprises, Crete Carrier

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    Mulroney talks trade, leadership at OTA

    December 1, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney brought a message about the importance of leadership and free trade to fleet executives in Toronto today, at a time when the trade agreements he championed are being challenged and renegotiated.
    In a speech to the Ontario Trucking Association’s annual meeting, Mulroney referred to NAFTA discussions as “the most important international negotiations in modern history” for Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. And he drew on a series of statistics to prove his point about the value of trade.
    “The statistics alone speak to the success of the (Canada-U.S.) Free Trade Agreement,” he said, noting how trade between the countries has tripled since 1989. “With less than 7% of the world’s population, NAFTA produces 29% of the world’s wealth.”
    While U.S. President Donald Trump has referred to NAFTA as a terrible deal, Mulroney stressed that our southern neighbors have “done extremely well”, referring to the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1% as an example.

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    ATA leader applauds Trump plans

    November 10, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ORLANDO, FL – The U.S. Trump Administration clearly has a friend in America’s trucking industry.
    Chris Spear, president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), delivered a wide-ranging state of the industry address at an annual meeting today – promoting everything from proposed tax reforms to a pending mandate for Electronic Logging Devices, and Trump’s commitment to raise funds for infrastructure.
    In the past year, the group has met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and all 10 House and Senate Committee leaders and ranking members. But a clear highlight, demonstrated through pictures around the convention hall, was an appearance at the White House with 12 America’s Road Team captains.
    “ATA in now fully engaged in reforming our country’s decaying tax laws,” he added, referring to the associations hosting a recent meeting with Trump in Pennsylvania. Citing trucks as “the barometer for the nation’s economy”, Trump at that meeting introduced a proposal for a 20% cut in corporate tax rates and eliminating estate taxes.

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    “I only see good news for the trucking sector”: BC economist

    June 5, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    KELOWNA, BC – Canada’s economy appears to face a “tsunami” of risks and concerns, but Ken Peacock continues to project a growing economy for British Columbia — and ongoing growth for the trucking industry that serves it. “I only see good news for the trucking sector,” said the vice president and chief economist of the Business Council of British Columbia, during the annual meeting of the BC Trucking Association. He’s bullish on the potential growth because of factors such as exports to both the U.S. and other provinces, increasing construction, strong consumer spending, and rising activity in the Pacific Gateway.

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    Trump, Trudeau commit to pre-clearance, Gordie Howe Bridge

    February 15, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The inaugural meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resulted in a joint statement by the two leaders. And while the statement didn’t mention NAFTA, it did mention the importance of deepening the relationship between Canada and the U.S.

    The statement touches on some issues pertaining to the trucking industry, namely the quick completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit, which is cited as a vital economic link between the two countries.

    In addition, it commits to implementing pre-clearance operations for cargo.

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    CTA releases joint statement ahead of Trump, Trudeau meeting

    February 13, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance released a joint statement this morning addressing principles on how the world’s biggest security, trade and cultural relationship should be managed — just as U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were meeting for the first time.