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Basic References



Basic References: Industry Overview

America’s Private Carriers – Who Are These Guys? Fredericksburg, VA: Transportation Technical Services, Inc.

Takes a look at the private carrier segment of trucking in charts and analysis, focusing on markets served, equipment operated and their role in the nation’s economy. 

American Trucking Association. American Trucking Trends. Alexandria, VA: ATA, annual. OCLC #: 1480923.

Almanac of trucking facts and figures that provides a general profile of the dynamics shaping the trucking industry over the past several years.  Presents industry data such as industry size, trucking employment, earnings, safety, taxes, retail sales of equipment, diesel prices and operating expenses.

American Trucking Association. Establishing Benchmarks: Metrics, Equations, and Ratios for Performance Evaluation: Benefits, Financials, Maintenance, Operations, Safety. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 2002. 49 pages. ISBN: 0887114180.

Provides simple, standardized equations for calculating all relevant industry benchmarks.  Also provides sources of industry data to help carriers assess their financial and operating performance. Tool for calculating operating and financial benchmarks.  Provides standardized equations and formulas for computing all relevant industry benchmarks and provides sources of industry data to help carrier gauge their operations.

American Trucking Association. Facts for Drivers. Alexandria, VA: ATA. OCLC #: 16963799.

Contains questions and answers designed to increase the competence of the professional truck driver and to expand drivers’ knowledge of basic principles of safe driving, and general rules of the road.

American Trucking Association. Twenty from the Top: A Benchmarking Guide to the Operations of For-Hire Truckload Carriers. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Detailed benchmarking tables for 120 of the best managed and most profitable fleets within six industry segments.

Glaskowsky, Nickolas. Effects of Deregulation on Motor Carriers. Washington, DC: Eno Transportation Foundation, 1990. OCLC #: 21208141.

Reflects latest observations of what is happening in the areas of carrier/shipper relations, rate/service trade-offs, and other aspects of the deregulated motor carrier industry.

Intermodal Association of North America. Intermodal Freight Transportation. Greenbelt, MD: IANA.

Comprehensive overview of freight intermodalism. Discusses terminal operations, transport equipment, containerization, documentations, liability rules, and technology trends. Looks at interrelationships between modes, third parties and government agencies. 

Hours of Service: A Driver's Guide Interactive CD-ROM. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

The Interstate Truck Driver’s Handbook. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Handbook that gives plain-English summary of key regulations. Helps drivers better understand their compliance responsibilities.

Motor Carrier Industry in Transition: A Graphic Review of Major Trends Affecting the Motor Carrier Industry in the Post-Deregulation period, 1978-1998. Fredericksburg, VA:  Transportation Technical Services, Inc., 2000. 165 pages. OCLC #: 46638119.

Presents trends on the for-hire motor carrier industry. Contains almost 100 graphs, plus analysis, covering everything from modal comparisons to growth in number of carriers, and from price trends to changes in operating expenses.

Rand McNally Motor Carriers' Road Atlas: The Comprehensive Directory & Atlas for the Trucking Industry. Chicago: Rand McNally. OCLC #: 9615942.

Updated annually. Road atlas that offers detailed full-color maps of the US, Canada, and Mexico, plus an extensive directory designed specifically for the trucking industry. 

Nationwide Trucker’s Profile: a Survey of Trucker Habits, Practices and Preferences.   Lombard, IL: Newport Research, 1992. 85 pages.

Results of the Nationwide Truckstop Survey concerning the likes and dislikes of truck drivers on a broad range of subjects. 

Owen, Diane. Deregulation in the Trucking Industry. Washington, DC: US Federal Trade Commission, 1988. 41 pages. OCLC #: 18038064.

Perry, Charles. Deregulation and the Decline of the Unionized Trucking Industry. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Industrial Relations Unit, 1986. 131 pages. (Labor Relations and Public Policy Series no. 28). ISBN #: 0895460513.

Robyn, Dorothy. Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1987. 295 pages. ISBN: 0226723283.

American Trucking Association. Tractor Trailer Driver Manual: a Guide for Professional Drivers. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 1989. OCLC #: 21165777.

Trucking Permit Guide. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., 1979. ISBN: 0934674000.

Guide that addresses major regulatory areas: federal and state, interstate and intrastate operating authority procedures, vehicle registrations, and fuel mileage taxes. In loose-leaf format with update service available separately.

United States. Department of Transportation. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  Characteristics and Changes in Freight Transportation Demand: A Guidebook for Planners and Policy Analysts. Washington, DC: USDOT, 1995. Electronic document accessed 2006: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/4000/4300/4318/ccf.html

Guidebook to assist transportation planners and others in conducting analyses involving freight demand.  Prepared for National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Project 8-30, by Cambridge Systematics, Inc. with Leeper, Cambridge and Campbell, Sydec, Inc., Thomas M. Corsi and Curtis M. Grimm.



Basic References: Operations/Finance

American Trucking Association. Driver Compensation Study. Alexandria, VA: ATA.  OCLC #: 70950879.

Looks at total compensation by type and size of carrier, area of operation, carrier segment and other categories.  Also examines driver requirements, solo and team pay, owner-operator pay practices, driver bonuses and incentives, and annual turnover.

American Trucking Association. Guidelines for Total Vehicle Alignment. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Comprehensive guide on alignment training resources for Class 6-8 vehicles. 

American Trucking Association. Motor Carrier Industry Bar Code Implementation Guide. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 1999. ISBN: 0887113974.

American Trucking Association. Motor Carrier Industry Guide to Electronic Data Interchange Implementation and Conventions. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 1998. 1,986 pages. OCLC #: 40255397.

Updated annually. Includes 31 commonly used transaction sets which include load tenders, bills of lading and shipment status messages. Available on CD-ROM  also.

American Trucking Association. National Motor Freight Classification. Alexandria, VA:  ATA, 2000. OCLC #: 5540284.

Pricing tool that compares commodities moving in inter- and intrastate transport. Groups commodities into one of 18 classes based on an evaluation of their density, stoability, ease of handling, and liability.

American Trucking Association. Profitable Trucking: A Guide for the Independent Contractor. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 2002. 153 pages. OCLC #: 52390354.

Designed to help the small business owner and owner-operator become better at the business side of trucking.

American Trucking Association. Trucking Industry Guidelines for Recording Fleet Vehicle Accidents & Determining Preventability. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. Federal Excise Tax Guide for the Motor Carrier Industry. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Covers the key excise tax areas, including the retail tax on equipment, telecommunications, heavy vehicle use tax, fuel, and tires.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. Motor Carrier Credit & Collection Practices Manual. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Addresses practical aspect of the credit and collections procedures, with guidance from laws, rules, and cases.  Designed for the accounts receivables manager/director of collections.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. NAFC Cost Accounting Handbook. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Includes terminal profits and loss and cost center reports, standard cost and budgeting information , and current cost accounting issues within the trucking industry.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. NAFC’s Handbook on Driver Per Diems: a Guide to Expense Allowance Rules. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Handbook reflects the changes that have occurred in law and IRS guidance governing travel expense reimbursements.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. 1998 Vehicular Liability & Physical Damage Study. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. 1997 Workers’ Compensation Study. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Produced from a survey conducted in March 1997 by NAFC’s Risk Management Committee to provide information on trucking-specific workers’ compensation benchmarks. Data is based on 63 NAFC members who participated in the study.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. Trucking Industry Valuation Guide. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 1994. 28 pages. OCLC #: 47784597.

American Trucking Association. National Accounting & Finance Council. Workers’ Compensation Manual for Motor Carriers. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. Fleet Manager’s Guide to Fuel Economy. Alexandria, VA: ATA, 1998.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. PMI Guidelines for Class 7 & 8 Diesel-Powered Tractors with Air Brakes. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Preventive Maintenance Inspection manual offering fleets guidance on how to conduct quality preventive maintenance inspections for tractors.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. PMI Guidelines for Dry-Van Trailers. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Manual offers fleets guidance on how to conduct quality preventive maintenance inspections of dry-van trailers.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. PMI Guidelines for Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicles. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Another in a series of Preventive Maintenance Inspection manuals that helps fleets start a new PMI program or review their existing PMI operation.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. Recommended Engineering Practices Manual. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

A comprehensive specifications guide for commercial vehicles based on more than 40 years of equipment user and manufacturing experience. Assists equipment users, manufacturers, and technicians in the design, specification, construction, and performance of commercial vehicle equipment.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. Recommended Maintenance Practices Manual. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Assists equipment users, manufacturers, and technicians in the maintenance of commercial vehicle equipment.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. Technician Guidelines for Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) Manual/Video. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Manual and video offering basic instruction in ABS theory, operation, diagnostics, and maintenance.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. User’s Guide to Wheels and Rims. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. VMRS 2000 Implementation Handbook. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Owner’s manual to vehicle maintenance reporting standards.

American Trucking Association. The Maintenance Council. Wheel End Conditions Analysis Guide. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

California. Department of Transportation. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Truck Travel Study. Sacramento, CA: Caltrans, 1986. 31 pages.

Delaney, Robert. The Disunited States: a Country in Search of an Efficient Transportation Policy. Washington, DC: CATO Institute, 1987. 18 pages. (CATO Institute for Policy Analysis No. 84). Electronic document accessed 2006: http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa084es.html

Driver’s Guide to the FMCSRs. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 2nd edition.

Book that makes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations easy for drivers to understand. 

Evans, Michael. Economic Effect of Trucking Deregulation. Washington, DC: Coalition for Sound General Freight Trucking, 1987. 15 pages. OCLC #: 41738315.

Felton, John Richard and Dale G. Anderson. Regulation and Deregulation of the Motor Carrier Industry. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1989. 210 pages. ISBN: 0813800714.

Lowe, David. Transport Manager’s and Operator’s Handbook. Northants, UK: Institute of Logistics and Transport, 2006. 768 pages. ISBN: 0749444886.

This 36th edition of the handbook is an important reference source for transport managers. Contains information on all aspects of managing a transport operation and includes all the latest changes in the law. 

National Private Truck Council. NPTC Guide to Dedicated Services. Alexandria, VA:  NPTC, 1996.

Assists corporate fleet executives in the process of evaluating, implementing, and managing dedicated outsourcing options. Covers all the steps private fleet executives and suppliers have said are necessary for a successful, long-term outsourcing relationship.   Part I discusses evaluation and implementation; Part II follows with managing a successful dedicated partnership.

National Private Truck Council. 101 Tips for Fleet Management. Alexandria, VA:  NPTC.

Booklet provides helpful ideas to assist fleet managers in improving the cost effectiveness and overall efficiency of their fleets. Contains information to help reduce the cost of operating fleets, improve preventative maintenance programs and reduce vehicle breakdowns, improve vehicle specifications, and reduce vehicle accidents, and improve overall safety.

National Private Truck Council. The Transportation Professional’s Handbook.  Alexandria, VA: NPTC.

Comprehensive compilation of information on managing a fleet. It covers the core areas of fleet management -- finance, human resources, operations, safety, equipment and maintenance, and regulatory compliance. Chapters address the real issues associated with the successful and efficient management of fleet operation.

Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Instruction manual based on information from the Model Curriculum and the Model CDL Manual. Topics include: vehicle controls, vehicle systems, vehicle inspection, night operations, driving hazards, accident procedures, preventive maintenance, trip planning, driver qualifications, and more.

Vehicle Maintenance: a Comprehensive Guide to Improved Operations & Compliance. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., 2003. ISBN: 1877798177.

Manual guides maintenance managers through the process of selecting the best vehicles for the job, tracking costs and repairs, and organizing the shop for maximum efficiency.

Basic References: Trucks

American Trucking Association. Transport Topics’ Size & Weight Update. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Comprehensive state-by-state listing of length, height, and weight limits. Also contains the latest information on related taxes, permits and registrations.

Fleet Tax Compliance Manual. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

In loose-leaf format with update service available separately. Manual provides details on how to legally get entitled tax refunds and credits. Covers federal taxes, sales and use taxes, property/ad valorem taxes, IFTA, fuel use taxes, and local county/city taxes.

United States. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration. Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Washington, DC: USDOT, in four volumes, August 2000. Electronic document accessed 2006: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reports/tswstudy/tswfinal.htm 

First comprehensive truck size and weight study by the Department since 1981 to address the issues surrounding current Federal truck size and weight limits and potential impacts of changes to those limits. The following issues are addressed: safety of truck operations and enforcement of safety regulations; infrastructure impacts; efficiency of shippers and carriers; Federal and State roles in regulating traffic and interstate commerce; differences in transportation requirements across regions and commodities; trends in the overall domestic and international freight transportation; and impacts on other modes and intermodal movements.

United States. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration. Truck Characteristics Analysis Study. Washington, DC: USDOT, 1999. Electronic document accessed 2006: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/////ohim/tvtw/trchanal.htm  

Study seeks to develop a better understanding of the physical characteristics of the national truck fleet - making it possible to evaluate the relationship between body type, weights, axle spacings, and cargo carried. 

Vehicle Sizes & Weights Manual. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. OCLC #: 5781167.

Provides federal and state size and weight limitations as well as requirements for overdimensional and overweight movements.  

Basic References: Safety

American Trucking Association. National Truck Safety Contest Manual. Alexandria, VA:  ATA.

Manual that provides information needed to enter the truck and industrial safety contests. Includes detailed procedures on eligibility and entry; divisions and subdivisions, classification of contestants; and reporting of accidents.

American Trucking Association. Safety and Loss Prevention Management Security Council. Guidelines for Loss Prevention: Physical Security in Motor Carrier Freight Terminals. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Describes systems and procedures to assist in the development of a prevention system specifically tailored to a particular company. Handbook addresses such issues as:  terminal security, personnel selection and training, seal handling procedures, and high-value freight.

American Trucking Association. Safety and Loss Prevention Management Security Council. Motor Fleet Safety Supervision – Principles and Practices. Alexandria, VA:  ATA.

American Trucking Association. Safety and Loss Prevention Management Security Council. Security and the Driver Booklet. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

American Trucking Association. Safety and Loss Prevention Management Security Council. TLP&S Freight Claim Rule Book: Motor Carrier Interline and Arbitration Rules. Alexandria, VA: ATA.

Tool for carriers who interline with other carriers, providing the newly revised motor carrier interline and arbitration rules.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Available in Pocketbook or Reference edition. 

Fleet Safety Compliance Manual. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 

Provides DOT compliance information on driver qualifications and vehicle maintenance. Contains explanations on areas of logging, equipment, accidents, operations and safety ratings. In softbound version or loose-leaf format with update service available separately.

OSHA for Transportation: Key Compliance Topics. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Provides guidance for key OSHA regulations that transporters must comply with. In loose-leaf format with update service available separately.

Official Trucking Safety Guide: Federal & All States. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 

Contains key differences between federal and state motor carrier safety regulations. Also presents helpful information for each state on hours of service, vehicle marketing and how to obtain state highway patrol accident reports. In loose-leaf format with update service available separately.

Roadside Inspections & DOT Compliance Audits Manual. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 

Helps in understanding the inspection and audit processes. Informs about the five levels of roadside inspection. Explains how motor carriers are selected for an audit and what type of paperwork DOT looks at during an audit. In loose-leaf format with update service available separately.

Route and Delivery Driver’s Safety Handbook. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Chapters focus on key aspects of the job, such as personal safety, safe vehicle operation, customer service, compliance, materials handling, health and security.

Straight Truck and Van Driver’s Handbook. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Convenient handbook to give drivers information on safe driving and quality customer service. Topics include vehicle maintenance; turning, backing and parking maneuvers; safe driving; cargo handling and security; and vehicle operation.

Transport Safety Pro Manual. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Covers what you need to know to run a safe trucking operation. 

Transportation Safety Answer Manual: a Quick Source of Critical Information. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 

Provides quick answers to DOT safety and regulatory questions. In loose-leaf format with update service available separately.
 
Truck Driver Handbook. Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Addresses regulatory and non-regulatory driver safety issues. 

Basic References: Electronic Resources

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Information available at: http://www.transportation.org 

Nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Association represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL). Information available at: http://www.astl.org 

Resource for continuing education and networking in the transportation and logistics area.  The society provides a certification program in which individuals earn the CTL (Certified in Transportation and Logistics) designation.

American Truck Historical Society (ATHS). Information available at: http://www.aths.org/ 

ATHS is an organization of over 22,000 members worldwide who love old trucks and the history of trucking. The society collects and preserves the dynamic history of  antique trucks and the trucking industry. Society hold an annual national convention and antique truck show.

American Trucking Association (ATA). Information available at: http://www.truckline.com  

Organization of motor carriers, suppliers, state associations and national conferences of trucking companies working together to serve and represent the interests of the trucking industry. It positively influences Federal and State governmental actions; advances the trucking industry's image, efficiency, competitiveness, and profitability; provides educational programs and industry research; promotes highway and driver safety; and strives for a healthy business environment.

Americas Commercial Transportation Research Co. Information available at: http://www.actresearch.net 

Provides data collection and forecasting services for the commercial vehicle industry. For subscribers to their services, ACT publishes five monthly reports and some specialized ones. The State of the Industry series provides a look at what is happening currently in the commercial vehicle industry. Market variables covered include order backlogs, build inventories, new orders, cancellations, net orders and retail sales. 

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). Information available at: http://www.aftermarket.org/

A non-profit trade association whose 2,700 member companies conduct business in the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. AAIA is a new association which resulted from the consolidation between the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA) and the Automotive Service Industry Association (ASIA).

Commerical Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Information available at: http://www.cvsa.org  

Primary commercial vehicle safety and security enforcement association. It represents the interests of local, state, and provincial authorities and associated commercial entities.

Engine Manufacturers Association. Information available at: http://www.enginemanufacturers.org 

Represents major engine manufacturers.

Eno Transportation Foundation. Information available at: http://www.enotrans.com

Founded in 1921, the Eno Transportation Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving all modes of transportation—highway, rail, air, and marine. Since then, the Foundation’s activities have evolved in response to changes in transportation and society.

Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA). Information available at:  http://www.hdma.org 

Industry voice for heavy-duty parts manufacturers.

Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). Information available at:  http://www.intermodal.org

IANA is an industry trade association representing the combined interests of intermodal freight transportation companies, including intermodal truckers/highway carriers, railroads, water carriers and stacktrain operators, intermodal marketing companies and industry suppliers. The association promotes intermodal freight transportation and encourages its growth through innovation and dialogue.

International Road Transport Union (IRU). Information available at: http://www.iru.org

The IRU was founded in Geneva in 1948; there are 180 members in 70 countries.  Through its national associations, the IRU represents the entire road transport industry world-wide. It speaks for the operators of coaches, taxis and trucks, from large transport fleets to driver-owners.  It improves the safety record and environmental performance of road transport and ensures the mobility of people and goods.

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Information available at: http://www.jjkeller.com

Sales organization that offers safety and regulatory products, training and services for transportation, manufacturing, construction and general industry.

MacKay & Company. Information available at: http://www.mackayco.com

Since 1968, this specialized management consulting and market research firm has focused on commercial on-highway vehicles, construction equipment, farm field machinery and related components.

Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA). Information available at:  http://www.mira.co.uk

MIRA is an independent provider of product engineering, research, testing, information and certification to the worldwide automotive industry. Its membership companies include vehicle manufacturers, system and component manufacturers, material suppliers, oil companies, fleet operators, and consulting companies.

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). Information available at: http://www.mema.com

Founded in 1904, MEMA has represented and served North American manufacturers of motor vehicle components and systems for the original equipment and aftermarket segments of the light vehicle and heavy duty industries.

National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO). Information available at:  http://www.natso.com 

National trade association representing travel plaza and truckstop owners and operators.  The organization represents over 1,100 travel plazas and truckstops nationwide, owned by more than 550 corporate entities.

National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc (NMFTA). Information available at: http://www.nmfta.org

Since its founding in 1956, it serves as the agency by which thousands of participating motor common carriers nationwide can discharge their legal obligations to establish, publish and maintain a tariff of reasonable classifications of property transported by truck.

National Private Truck Council (NPTC). Information available at: http://www.nptc.org

National trade association dedicated to representing private motor carrier fleets. These corporate or "private" truck fleets are operated by manufacturers, distributors, processors, and retailers to meet their inbound and outbound transportation needs. Such fleets also include food, retail, wholesale, construction and service companies.

Transportation Research Board (TRB). Information available at: http://www.nas.edu/trb/

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a unit of the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The Board's mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation by stimulating and conducting research, facilitating the dissemination of information, and encouraging the implementation of research results.

National Tank Truck Carriers. Information available at: http://www.tanktruck.org 

Represents more than 200 motor carriers specializing in bulk commodities transportation and distribution using cargo tank vehicles.

National Transportation Library (NTL). Information available at: http://ntl.bts.gov/

Established by Congress in 1998 to improve the ability of the transportation community to share information.  It is continually acquiring transportation data in a variety of formats ranging from databases and electronic media to maps, plans, reports and research papers.

National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA). Information available at:  http://www.ntea.com

Provides programs and services for the commercial truck and transportation equipment marketplace. The NTEA functions as the hub for all segments of the industry, offering new knowledge and business opportunities that benefit its members as well as their suppliers and customers.

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Information available at: http://www.ooida.com 

International trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that effect small business truckers.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Information available at: http://www.sae.org

Organization of engineers and scientists sharing information and exchanging ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems.  

Truck Rental and Leasing Association. Information available at: http://www.trala.org 

Represents the truck renting and leasing industry.

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association. Information available at: http://www.ttmanet.org 

Represents manufacturers of truck trailers, tank trailers, cargo containers, cargo tanks for trucks and container chassis as well as component suppliers.

Truckload Carriers Association. Information available at: http://www.truckload.org/  

Represents interests of the truckload segment of the trucking industry.

U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Information available at: http://www.bts.gov

Established in 1991 for data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources. BTS supplements the data collection programs of other agencies and serves as the lead agency in developing and coordinating intermodal transportation statistics. 

U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Information available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov

Part of the US Department of Transportation that maintains the Federal Aid Highway Program and the Federal Lands Highway Program. The Administration conducts research, development and technical programs to support these programs.

U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Information available at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was established within the  Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 [Public Law No. 106-159, 113 Stat. 1748 (December 9, 1999)]. Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Information available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

NHTSA was Established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, to carry out safety programs under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966. NHTSA also carries out consumer programs established by the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of 1972.

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Information available at: http://www.dot.gov

Oversees the formulation of national transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities range from negotiation and implementation of international transportation agreements, assuring the fitness of US airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuance of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems and preparing transportation legislation.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Information available at: http://www.umtri.umich.edu

UMTRI provides a setting where multidisciplinary transportation research is carried out. Broad areas of research include crash-data, collection and traffic safety analysis, bioengineering, human factors, mechanical engineering, psychology, economics, public policy, and marine systems.  UMTRI also works with state and federal agencies, urban and regional planners, labor and industrial relations groups and corporate sponsors.

Used Truck Association (UTA). Information available at:  http://www.uta.org 

Represents used truck professionals and associated businesses.