Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, released the results of a national poll and detailed five years of progress, in a press conference during their fifth anniversary at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show.
TMAF commissioned new research last month to determine perceptions of the industry from the motoring public. The results confirm that the industry has been successful in shifting public perception toward a more positive image.
A new poll has confirmed that a campaign to improve trucking’s image has been successful in nudging public perception toward a more positive image over the past five years, leaders of Trucking Moves America Forward said at a March 28 news conference here.
Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express Inc., said TMAF was founded five years ago to help shift the public’s perception of the trucking industry, which had suffered from an “outdated and tarnished reputation.”
Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) commissioned research in February 2019 to measure the impact of the awareness and education campaign over the past four years among American motorists.
- The image of the trucking industry remains very positive. Motorists not only give the industry credit for moving more freight than railroads or airlines, but they overwhelmingly believe that the industry plays a very important role in the country’s economy.
- Americans describe the industry as the “backbone of our country” and say that “if the trucks stop rolling, the country stops rolling.”
- Many motorists have positive things to say about truck drivers and the industry, complimenting their commitment to safety and hard work.
- Americans describe the industry’s safety record as positive and having improved over the last twenty years.
- Americans believe that truck drivers are not only professionals, but safe drivers, with higher standards for safety than others on the road.
He’s earned the nickname ‘Trusty Trucker’ and rightly so.
Larry Spiekermeier of Plains, Montana has logged 4 million accident-free miles carrying heavy truck loads.
Angela Marshall takes you on a ride to meet this week’s Montana Treasure.
You might recognize this smile and laugh.
Larry Spiekermeier became an instant celebrity as the ‘Trusty Trucker’ to haul the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree.
His call to the open road began in 1968 as a way to pay for college.
“And once I’d seen how much money I could make driving truck, I never went back,” Larry Spiekermeier said. “And here I am, driving truck, for 50 years.”
The U.S economy added over 300,000 jobs in January, marking the best monthly performance in nearly a year. Transportation and logistics employment continued to increase at an impressive pace, led by healthy gains in warehousing, parcel and trucking jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the economy added an impressive 304,000 workers to payrolls in January, up from a downwardly revised 222,000 gain for December 2018. January’s gains far exceeded consensus estimates of 170,00 and is the strongest monthly gain since the 324,000 jobs added in February 2018. Job growth has averaged 241,000 per month over the last three months and 234,000 per month over the last year.
A new team of 18 professional truck drivers were named to the 2019-2020 class of America’s Road Team, the American Trucking Associations announced this week. The drivers will immediately begin their service as trucking industry ambassadors to the general public, elected officials and members of the media.
“These drivers represent the diverse experiences of the 3.5 million professional drivers across the country and will be able to bring their unique stories to new, critical audiences as part of America’s Road Team,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “ATA is very excited to begin working with this group of professional, respected drivers and see them continue spreading the positive image of the trucking industry. We are extremely proud of them, as are their companies and families.”
Even as authorities have advised the public to avoid traveling amid forecasts for a record cold snap across the Midwest this week, truck drivers are pushing through the bone chilling weather.
“We’ll still be out there,” said truck driver Alan Brooks. “We’ve got to. I mean, if we don’t, everything shuts down.”
He settled in for the night on Tuesday at Iowa 80 Truckstop in Wallcott, Iowa after a short haul route from central Illinois. But even as temperatures plummet into the -50 degree range with the windchill on Wednesday, he said he’d be back out on the road.
“We’ve got loads to deliver,” said Les Ball, who stopped in Iowa on a long haul trip from North Carolina to the north Chicago suburbs to Kansas. “We’ve got customers to serve,” he said.
Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), an industry-wide education and image movement, is sharing the industry’s honorable charity efforts during this holiday season after an industry-wide call for submissions through email and social media.
“From participating in efforts to feed the hungry and support our veterans, to collecting and delivering toys, shoes and other donations for those in need, the trucking industry has always taken great pride in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express.
While we reflect on our blessings, we don’t always stop to think about those who make the holidays possible, such as the truck drivers here in Louisiana, delivering the holidays to our communities.
Many consumers may be surprised to learn that all of the goods that make the holidays so special were delivered to us by a truck. The coat on your back, food in your fridge and presents under your tree traveled sometimes thousands of miles in a tractor-trailer to the store and then to your home. Sometimes they bring it straight to your home. And behind the wheel of that truck is one of 3.5 million professional truck drivers who goes from one stop to the next, making deliveries door-to-door at local stores and then getting right back on the road to travel to the next destination. These hardworking professionals work throughout the winter to make sure we have everything we need for our holiday celebrations.