Chris Spear

Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

ATA’s Chris Spear Optimistic About Trucking Economy, R.I. Tolling Verdict

Spear Chris Spear speaks at a past event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said the trucking industry continues to show resilience despite challenges in the U.S. economy, marked by two straight quarters of negative gross domestic product and interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve that aim to slow decades-high rates of inflation.

August 4, 2022
Government, Business

How ATA Stopped the Vaccine Mandate

How ATA Stopped the Vaccine Mandate

Join TT’s Dan Ronan as he interviews ATA President Chris Spear and gets a behind-the-scenes look at how ATA took the industry’s case against the vaccine-or-test mandate all the way to the Supreme Court – and won.

February 11, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA Presses Congress on Workforce Development Amid Supply Chain Woes

Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies at the hearing. (

Policies aimed at boosting the trucking industry’s workforce would play a major role in addressing supply chain woes around the country, the leader of American Trucking Associations told the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation panel Nov. 17.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 17, 2021
Government, Business

Investing in the Nation's Highways

Spear - Newsmakers

On August 10, the Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and it now moves to the House for consideration. The passage of the bill would mean new funding for surface transportation programs, including the greatest investment in the nation's bridges since the formation of the Interstate Highway System.

August 24, 2021
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 | Senior Reporter
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 | Senior Reporter
March 17, 2020