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The Arkansas Trucking Association is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship Fund. High school seniors Konner Hodges of Gentry High School Conversion Charter and Colt Dickard of Har-Ber High School will both receive $7,500 to pursue training for a career in medium/heavy duty truck technology.

Read more: ATA Announces Technician Scholarship Recipients

Focus Drive Stay Alive initiative Arkansas Trucking

Little Rock, Ark., April 2, 2018 – The Arkansas Trucking Association launches today a statewide initiative to educate the public about the dangers of driving while distracted.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined Arkansas Trucking Association officials, along with officers from the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Highway Police, to announce “Focus. Drive. Stay Alive.” at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.

“One of our goals is to make Arkansas’s roads and highways safer for all drivers,” said Arkansas Trucking Association President, Shannon Newton. “’Focus. Drive. Stay Alive.’ will help educate Arkansans about the dangers of driving while distracted and safely sharing the road.”

Read more: ATA Launches “Focus. Drive. Stay Alive.” Initiative

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The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) applauds the introduction of the DRIVE-Safe Act, a critical piece of legislation introduced yesterday that aims to address the massive driver shortage affecting the delivery of commerce in our country, while also promoting enhanced safety training for new members of the workforce.

The trucking industry is hindered by federal law which prohibits the movement of goods across state lines by individuals under the age of 21. This arbitrary restriction on interstate deliveries is particularly problematic in attracting young people to the opportunities available in the trucking industry.  Most states, including Arkansas, allow individuals to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) at age 18.  An 18 year-old driver may then legally deliver a load from Fort Smith to West Memphis, but is prohibited from delivering just nine miles further in Memphis, Tenn.

The proposed legislation would create a graduated two-step program for 18–21 year-old CDL holders to train with experienced drivers before earning credentials that would allow them to legally make interstate deliveries.

Read more: Arkansas Trucking Association Praises DRIVE-Safe Act

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Arkansas Trucking Association
PO Box 3476 (72203)
1401 West Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 372-3462 | Phone
(501) 376-1810 | Fax

Our Mission

  • PROTECT the collective interests of trucking companies in the political and regulatory arenas.
  • PROMOTE the dynamics of trucking so that people have a better understanding of the link between America's primary freight delivery system and the standard of living they enjoy.
  • SERVE our members to help them to grow their business and their profits
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