The ATA claims to be “The Voice of the Industry that Moves America’s Freight.”
I always thought the ATA was for the truck drivers.
It was not until I really started paying attention to some things that the ATA has said did I realize they are not for the drivers.
I am convinced that ATA stands for Anti Trucking Association after reading a few articles about how they support NAFTA as it stands.
Brandon Borgna, spokesman for the Arlington, Va-based American Trucking Association, said that the group supports restarting the pilot program previously in effect.
“We do support the (pilot) program and we would like to see it implemented,” Borgna said.
Borgna said that the association believes that Mexican trucks and operators can safely operate within the US.
Really? That is just great. Let the Mexican trucks come in here and take American jobs. Let’s take some of the safest drivers (American Truck Drivers) off the road to allow these Mexican trucks to operate – and put all these 4 wheeler drivers in harm’s way.
From Congressional Research Reports for the People concerning: Mexico-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress:
In recent years, U.S.-Mexican relations have grown stronger as the two countries have worked together to combat drug trafficking and secure their shared border. President Obama met with President Calderón in Mexico on April 16-17, 2009, to discuss counter drug cooperation, immigration reform, and climate change.
To date, Congress has appropriated some $1.3 billion in assistance for Mexico under the Mérida Initiative, an anti-crime and counter drug package first funded in FY2008. Congress is likely to maintain a keen interest in how implementation of the Mérida Initiative and related domestic initiatives to improve border security are proceeding, particularly as it considers the President’s FY2011 budget request.
The Mérida Initiative (also called Plan Mexico by critics) is a security cooperation between the United States and the government of Mexico and the countries of Central America, with the aim of combating the threats of drug trafficking, transnational crime and money laundering. The assistance includes training, equipment and intelligence.
Something else interesting to know about the ATA – Anti Trucking Association. They are all for anti-idling for truck drivers. In a press release yesterday: “When truck and bus drivers turn off their engines when they’re not needed, they do more than avoid fines and cut fuel costs,” ATA Vice President and Environmental Affairs Counsel Glen Kedzie said. “They take an important and easy step toward improving air quality.”
What about the truck drivers keeping warm in the winter and staying cool in the summer? EPA SmartWaySM Transportation program, which works to reduce greenhouse gases and save fuel. Funny that this program allows trucking companies to join even though they don’t 100% have alternative solutions to keeping the drivers comfortable – such as auxiliary power units which allow the trucks A/C or heat to work without the truck’s engine idling. Trucking company’s have gone so far as to CHARGE drivers for idling their trucks to either stay warm or cool depending on conditions.
Nice job ATA you are part of the problem – not the solution within the trucking industry.
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