Safety regulations dominate the discussion at NTTC's Winter Membership Meeting

Safety regulations dominate the discussion at
NTTC's Winter Membership Meeting

Aventura, FL, February 12, 2016 – NTTC hosted its 2016 Winter Membership Meeting this week.  A highlight of the conference included an intense examination of current legislation and related government rulemakings that greatly impact our industry including: HOS, CSA, and their relation to FMCSA’s Safety Fitness Determination and Beyond Compliance initiatives.

“In light of the troublesome news coming from Washington, DC, I am confident that our association is a key player to remedy the HOS restart provision,” said Chairman Harold Sumerford, Jr. “NTTC is doing an excellent job keeping membership informed and being a thunderous voice for the tank truck industry on Capitol Hill. The Winter Membership Meeting is an excellent forum for vetting these issues and a solid opportunity for tank truckers to effectuate change.”

Rob Abbott, Vice President of Safety Policy at the American Trucking Associations explained in detail that our industry currently faces the loss of the HOS restart provision because of a proofreading error that failed to recognize the omission of legislative language signed into law. In order to fix this situation the industry will be forced to compromise on the 80 hours total work week.  NTTC will keep membership informed in real time, as events develop.

William A. Usher, Jr., NTTC Advocacy Chairman briefed tank truck industry leaders on the Washington drop-in that took place this week. NTTC’s position was asserted on the F4A legislation and its potential impact on uniform interstate commerce standards. Mr. Usher noted that this is why involvement in NTTC’s front-line advocacy efforts is of the highest importance.  We need our membership’s participation to help our industry navigate its way through the ever-changing regulatory landscape.

The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) is a trade association composed of over 240 trucking companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America.  Additionally, NTTC has over 350 associate members that service the bulk transportation industry including cargo tank repair facilities, tractor manufacturers, tank trailer manufacturers, and other related tank truck equipment and services.  The tank truck industry generates roughly 5.1% of all truck freight revenue, but that represents 25.6% of all truck freight in terms of tonnage due to the heavy nature of the liquid bulk products handled.

Harold Sumerford, Jr.
NTTC Chairman