American Trucking Associations Invites Fleets to Participate in the 2015 Safety Expenditure Study





ATA invites all for-hire and private motor carriers - regardless of their membership in ATA - to take part in the 2015 Safety Expenditure Study. The 2015 study is the first of its kind and addresses the investments made around drug testing, driver safety incentives, training, onboard safety technology, safety personnel compensation, and consulting fees.

The goal of this project is to determine how much the trucking industry invests in ensuring the nation's highways are safe. The results will help ATA's safety-related educational and advocacy activities and will lead to the publication of a safety investment tool for carriers to evaluate company expenditures with peer groups. 

Carriers can participate in the study by completing a questionnaire available HERE, and those that do will receive:


  • A complimentary copy of the benchmark guide; and
  • An invitation to an exclusive webinar to discuss the results of the study and answer your questions.


Your company's response is vital in developing an accurate representation of today's trucking industry!

Complete the questionnaire and return it to Laurel Leitner, Economics Research Assistant, at, no later than Friday, August 14, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, or if your company intends to participate and requires additional time, please feel free to email Laurel or call 703-838-1935.

Please note that all data collected will be help in strictest confidence. No individual company's data will be released; all data will be aggregated by operations type; and no individual carrier will be identifiable. For those wishing to enter into a non-disclosure agreement, please see the Safety Expenditure Study web page HERE.




Truckers hope I-10 closure is ‘wake-up call’

Casa Grande Dispatch, July 27

Arizona Trucking Association President Tony Bradley says one good thing may have come out of the closure of a section of Interstate 10 this week — it could point up the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure. Sunday’s collapse of the eastbound span of the Tex Wash Bridge on I-10 comes as Congress debates the transportation trust fund, the $40 billion fund that builds and maintains the nation’s roads, rails, ports and other transportation projects. More


2015 Arizona Trucking Association Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference registration is open!


This year’s conference will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona from October 1, through October 3, 2015.


Because of our amazing sponsors, ATA’s annual conference is nationally recognized as a top rated event. Trucking executives travel from all over the country to attend our business education meetings, championship golf, excellent entertainment, and three days of networking and relaxation.


Now is the time to reserve your hotel room. September 4th is the hotel reservation deadline but it is a first come first serve so reserve early.


For more information and conference links click here.



The 2015 National Truck Driving

Championships August 11 - 15

America's Center Convention Complex, St. Lous Mo.


Join us in wishing Team Arizona the very best of luck. You can follow the NTDC on Facebook with this link we will also be posting updates whenever possible on the ATA facebook page.






Red Diesel is NOT Street Diesel

Submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation


What you need to know about Red-Dyed Diesel Fuel use in Arizona

Select industries in Arizona are allowed to use a special diesel fuel in vehicles and equipment according to federal and state law requirements. This fuel, called “red-dyed diesel” because it has a special red dye added to visually identify it from standard diesel, is exempt from motor fuel taxes.


Red-Dyed Diesel Fuel Has a Specific Legal Use
Per Arizona law, red-dyed diesel fuel may be legally used only in vehicles and equipment that is not driven on public streets or highways. Red-dyed diesel fuel is not taxed because the vehicles that legally use it are not putting wear and tear on public roadways.

Money collected from motor fuel taxes is critical to Arizona’s economy. Those funds are used to build and maintain the state’s safe and reliable transportation system.

That’s why the Arizona Department of Transportation is engaged in a public outreach program to educate Arizona’s transportation system users about how to comply with the regulations regarding the proper use of red-dyed diesel fuel.


There is a Problem
ADOT is driving this customer service effort because there is a problem statewide concerning the use of diesel fuel. Red-dyed diesel fuel is being illegally used in vehicles and equipment which should be using standard diesel fuel while traveling on public streets and highways. Violations of the red-dyed diesel regulations result in Arizona losing millions of dollars in revenue that is needed to pay for roadway maintenance and improvements.


Law Enforcement and Penalties
ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, along with other state and federal agencies, is responsible for the enforcement of federal and state laws governing the use of dyed diesel fuels. ADOT officers can inspect vehicles and business operations to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations governing diesel fuel.

There are significant penalties for the illegal use of red-dyed diesel fuel. Per state law, the first offense has a minimum penalty of $1,000 or $10 per gallon of red-dyed diesel fuel involved, whichever is more. For multiple offenses, the first offense penalties are multiplied by the number of occurrences. There can be criminal charges and civil penalties as well.


What Can You Do?
Everyone should play by the same rules and pay their fair share. Public awareness, education and involvement are essential in eliminating fuel tax evasion. Either of the following methods can be used to report suspected violations of Arizona’s fuel tax laws:

Fuel tax evasion tip line: 877-293-8357


Online reporting of any fuel tax violations:





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August 6: Safety & Maintenance Council Meeting - Trooper A. Azbill is the Guest Speaker. Topic: Medical Marijuana 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Please RSVP to


August 27: How to Prevent CSA Intervention Audits - This seminar will review the most common questions and concerns that carriers ask on how to avoid a CSA onsite intervention audit. Click here for more information and registration form. 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ATA


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