Trucking Advocacy

It's our job to ensure lawmakers understand the trucking industry and enact policies that support its future.

Overview

The trucking industry depends on smart, data-driven government policies that enable motor carriers to keep the U.S. economy rolling safely and efficiently. The American Trucking Associations is proud to be the industry's leading voice on Capitol Hill and across the federal regulatory agencies, ensuring our nation's top policymakers have the necessary understanding to make sound decisions that support our member companies.

ATA is an 86-year-old national federation with affiliates in all 50 states and a footprint in every congressional district. We represent more than 34,000 motor carriers, moving & storage companies, and trucking suppliers throughout the country, comprising every segment of the  industry -- from truckload to LTL; agriculture and livestock to fuel and auto haulers; and large fleets on down to the independent contractor and small, family-run operations.

As the supply chain's most central and critical link, the trucking industry is affected by a broad range of public policies. ATA's subject matter experts, Capitol Hill staff and national network of grassroots advocates work around the clock to educate Members of Congress and federal regulators on how specific issues impact our ability to meet the economy's freight demands. 

After all, if you bought it, a truck brought it. And without a viable trucking industry, our economy would come to a grinding halt within days.

The Issues

As a member-driven organization, ATA's official policy positions are decided by our member companies through a formal committee process. Policy committees are composed of companies of all sizes focused on specific truckling-related issues, including:

Issue Spotlight: Infrastructure Funding

​ATA strongly supported passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), signed into law on November 15, 2021.  Commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, IIJA authorizes $477 billion in new funding over the next five years for surface transportation programs, including $351 billion for highways — a 38% boost above the baseline levels set in the last highway reauthorization bill, the FAST Act.

As the trucking industry stands to benefit from many aspects of this law, we are closely tracking its implementation. Visit our IIJA page, The Rollout, for more information on state-by-state formula funding, competitive grant applications, funding, truck parking projects, and other related highway programs.