Editor’s Note: When the federal government offers a carrot to go with the stick… . A good question is how many smaller trucking firms will be able to feast on the tax-payer provided carrot? ATA has long supported this program, which dates back to 2004, and today it is a cornerstone of the EPA’s active regulation of logistics in America. The release is below.

Today, American Trucking Associations leaders congratulated several member fleets on receiving EPA SmartWay Excellence Awards at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.
“For a decade, ATA has been a vocal supporter of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, and for a decade our members have been working to reduce carbon emissions and save fuel using the proven techniques endorsed by SmartWay,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

Among the fleets honored with SmartWay Excellence Awards were ATA members: ABF Freight System, Inc., CR England, CRST Van Expedited Inc., D.P. Curtis Trucking Inc., Doug Andrus Distributing LLC, Fed Ex Express, Frito-Lay, Gordon Trucking Inc., H-E-B Grocery Co., Knight Transportation Inc., Mesilla Valley Transportation, Prime Inc., Roehl Transport Inc., Ruan Transportation Management Systems Inc., Sunbury Transport Ltd., TransX and Werner Enterprises.

In total, EPA honored 58 fleets for their work with the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

“Gone are the days of smoke-belching rigs going down the road,” said incoming ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C. “Today’s trucking industry is committed to sustainability like never before and SmartWay is a demonstration not just of that commitment, but a model for industry-government partnerships.”