Looking Back at the History of the American Trucking Association

The American Trucking Association (ATA) has been the leading advocate for truck drivers and the trucking industry as a whole since 1933. The ATA develops and advocates policies that promote highway safety, security, environmental sustainability, and profitability for all involved in the nation’s motor carrier industry. As you begin researching CDL schools in Tucson and exploring the requirements to become a professional truck driver, take a few minutes to learn about some important moments in the history of one of the trucking organizations.  

1933: A Merging of Common Interests

The ATA is formed in 1933 after a merger agreement between the American Highway Freight Association and the Federation Trucking Associations of America. This merger was in response to the National Recovery Administration’s order that all industries show how they will comply with the Code of Fair Competition.

1937: The First National Truck Roadeo

The first National Truck Roadeo is held and sponsored by the ATA, which will eventually become the National Truck Driving Championships. The NTDC is still the premier trucking event for professional drivers in the United States.

1941: The ATA Recruits for the Government

The ATA is asked by the Office of Defense Transportation to recruit personnel for the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. These men and women were crucial in America’s efforts during WW2.

1985: The ATA Litigation Center is Founded

After decades of successfully championing on behalf of the motor carrier industry, the ATA establishes the ATA Litigation Center to further the industry’s goals through the nation’s legal system.

HDS Truck Driving Institute is proud to be affiliated with the American Trucking Association. We are a fully-accredited educational institutions that has helped thousands of students pass the CDL exam. If you wish to learn more about enrolling in our truck driving school in Tucson, please call us toll free at 1-877-205-2141. Our CDL school has served Southern Arizona since 1991.

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