The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) has announced the 19 truck drivers that will comprise the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team.
The 19 new captains have 453 combined years of experience and have logged more than 30.3 million accident-free miles. They were selected over the past three days from among 31 finalists and overall from hundreds of applicants, ATA said.
“America’s Road Team represents the best of what trucking can be: dedication to safety, professionalism and pride in an industry that delivers life’s essentials every day,” said Bill Graves, ATA president & CEO. “These 19 outstanding professionals join a select fraternity. Since 1986, America’s Road Team has delivered the message of safety to millions, and I’m proud that these individuals will now be representing our industry.”
Founded in 1986, and sponsored by Volvo Trucks since 2002, America’s Road Team represents the country’s 3.2 million professional drivers and serves as an example of the dedication and teamwork needed to deliver America’s freight safely and on time, ATA explained.
“We are proud to congratulate and support the top-notch professional drivers who have been selected as Captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. “As industry ambassadors, their work in educating the public and policy makers on safety, sustainability and the essential role that trucking plays in our economy is vital. We also thank and applaud the companies that support the Road Team Captains and this program.”
While maintaining their jobs as full-time professional drivers, the new Captains will now travel the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry to communities, news media and public officials. The Captains will address transportation and safety issues, speaking at community events and anywhere they can reach the motoring public to share safe driving tips and offer advice on how to safely share the road with tractor-trailers.