American Trucking Associations said that it is “taking this week to honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day,” as part of the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
ATA says it, along with its state affiliates and American’s Road Team Captains, will celebrate by holding events around the country.
“Professional truck drivers deliver our nation’s essential freight safely, every day,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “As a result of this commitment, our nation’s highways are the safest they have ever been and our grocery shelves are stocked. We as a nation, owe a great deal to the truck drivers out on our nation’s roads, as well as the families of those behind the wheel.”
The celebrations this week will be hosted by motor carriers, shippers and others with million-mile and safety awards, cash bonuses or gifts, an extra paid day off, a cup of coffee or windshield cleaning at truck stops, goodie bags with fresh fruit and water, free health checks and numerous celebration meals. Several events will last all week, until every driver cycles through company headquarters. Office personnel at some companies are also encouraged to spend a few days out on the road to see the driver’s side of their business. Many celebrations will be kicked off with a video tribute to the professional truck driver.
ATA is once again hosting a video contest focusing on the professional truck driver. To view some of the industry submissions, click here.
Dates for upcoming National Truck Driver Appreciation Week celebrations will be September 15-21, 2013 and September 14-20, 2014.