Trucking Industry Policy On Automated Trucks Emphasizes Role For Drivers

American Trucking Associations established a 21-point policy for the development of automated trucks that includes solutions maintaining roles for drivers. The trade organization’s board of directors approved the policy Tuesday (Oct. 24) at the ATA’s annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

“Over the past year, ATA has been active in this debate, advocating for recognition of the importance of the trucking industry when it comes to the development of automated vehicles,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO for the ATA. “The adoption of this policy gives a clear direction about what our industry will expect and require as policymakers establish a comprehensive framework for automated vehicles.”

Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, said she’s reviewing this and all the other policies the board adopted at its meeting Oct. 24. These policies are “used to direct the advocacy efforts of the industry in legislative and regulatory arenas. So the policy doesn’t have an immediate impact on the trucking industry in Arkansas.”  MORE

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