Chris Spear

Government, Business, Safety

ATA Extends Contract for President, CEO Chris Spear

Spear Spear addresses the association's board of directors May 18, during the 2021 ATA Mid-Year Management Session in San Antonio. (American Trucking Associations)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear has signed a contract that extends his leadership of the organization for five more years, ATA announced.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Trucking Industry's Great Work in 2020 Will Pay Dividends in 2021, ATA’s Spear Says

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies on Capitol Hill last February. In a recent interview with Transport Topics Radio, Spear said 2020 was a defining year for trucking. (Ways & Means Committee via YouTube)

The trucking industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a boost in public perception that will endure for years to come, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear told Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Commends Truckers, Discusses Pressing Issues During Virtual Address

Chris Spear "Throughout this pandemic, trucking has done what it does best: care,” said American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear. (Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear praised the industry’s ability to rise to the occasion at the virtual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Excise Tax Relief Would Benefit Trucking, ATA’s Chris Spear Says

International trucks on a lot in Miami International trucks sit on the sales lot at Rechtien International Trucks in Miami. (Rechtien International Trucks)

Federal policymakers crafting additional ways to restore economic stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic should consider suspending a World War I-era federal excise tax on the sale of new trucks and trailers, a coalition of freight stakeholders said April 28.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 28, 2020
Government, Business, Breaking News, Top 100

Trump Praises Trucking Industry’s Pandemic Response at White House Event

President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao honor four truck drivers President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao salute four truck drivers and the industry as a whole during a ceremony at the White House April 16. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Donald Trump commended America’s truckers for their dedication while serving as essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic during a presentation at the White House April 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

ATA’s Spear Urges White House Action on Coronavirus to Keep Trucks Moving

ATA President Chris Spear Spear by Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News

American Trucking Associations is asking the Trump administration to take specific steps that will help the trucking industry in its efforts to keep stores and medical facilities stocked with supplies as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 17, 2020
Government, Business

ATA’s Chris Spear to Testify Before House Committee on Trucking Policies June 12

Chris Spear Chris Spear by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Transportation policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to hear from American Trucking Associations on June 12. ATA President Chris Spear will be among the witnesses scheduled to appear before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 7, 2019
Government, Business

ATA President Chris Spear Sees Progress in 2019 on Infrastructure, Workforce Development

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear will deliver a state-of-the-industry report at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 29. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said he likes the direction trucking is going and credits tax cuts for breathing new life into the economy, sparking investment and giving President Donald Trump leverage to negotiate new trade deals.

October 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

ATA Leaders Meet With IRU in Geneva, Discuss Industry’s Future

Daimler autonomous truck Daimler autonomous truck. (Daimler AG)

Trucking industry leaders from around the world are facing many of the same issues as their counterparts in the United States, including the emergence of advanced driver-assistance systems and combating a persistent shortage of drivers.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ATA President Chris Spear Critical of Trucking Omission in Autonomous-Vehicle Bills

ATA President Chris Spear Sue Hensley/Transport Topics

Legislation before Congress that would establish a regulatory landscape for autonomous cars while not addressing trucks does not reflect the realities of the driving landscape and will fall short on safety, the president of American Trucking Associations said Dec. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 6, 2017