The mission of Trucking Moves America Forward is to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.
Every day, millions of trucks travel across the United States to help move America forward. Whether you are a student, mother, homeowner, doctor, business executive or politician, you depend on trucks to deliver essential foods, medicines, office supplies, computers, cribs, and other products that help you live every day.
Most Americans don’t realize how essential trucks are to their lives until there is a severe weather or adverse condition that prevents trucks from delivering. But the fact is trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. When they stop moving, the country stops moving.
“We have a great story to tell,” said Todd Spencer, executive VP of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. “We want to reach out [to the public], because America moves by truck. The people that operate trucks are some of the finest Americans, and we need to spread the word.”
“It’s imperative we understand how we all connected and work together,” said Kevin Birch, president of Jet Express and a vice chairman at America Trucking Associations. “Our industry is crucial to the well being of the American economy. We are the rolling inventory.”
Birch said one of the key goals of the campaign is to mitigate a driver shortage that he said could grow as large as 1 million drivers in the next 10 years.