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American Trucking Associations

The mission of the
American Trucking Associations, Inc., is to serve and represent the
interests of the trucking industry with one united voice; to influence
in a positive manner Federal and State governmental actions; to advance
the trucking industry’s image, efficiency, competitiveness, and
profitability; to provide educational programs and industry research; to
promote safety and security on our nation’s highways and among our
drivers; and to strive for a healthy business environment.
SMS Safety Measurement System
The Motor Carrier Safety
Measurement System (SMS) is a tool used by FMCSA and State partners
to evaluate a carrier’s safety performance. Learn about the 7 Behavior
Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a not-for-profit
organization, established to promote an environment free of commercial
vehicle accidents and incidents. Our mission is to promote commercial
motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement,
industry and policy makers. This is accomplished by establishing
effective transportation safety standards for motor carriers, drivers,
vehicles, and inspectors through compliance, education, training, and
enforcement programs.
Compliance, Safety, Accountability

Compliance, Safety,
Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately
reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor
vehicles. It introduces a new enforcement and compliance model that
allows FMCSA and its State Partners to contact a larger number of carriers
earlier in order to address safety problems before crashes occur. Rolled out
in December 2010, the program establishes a new nationwide system for
making the roads safer for motor carriers and the public alike!

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S. Department of
Transportation, was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, as
the successor to the National Highway Safety Bureau, to carry out safety
programs under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of
1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966. The Vehicle Safety Act has
subsequently been recodified under Title 49 of the U. S. Code in Chapter
301, Motor Vehicle Safety. NHTSA also carries out consumer programs
established by the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of
1972, which has been recodified in various Chapters under Title 49.
N.W. University Traffic Institute
Northwestern University
Center for Public Safety was founded as the Traffic Institute in 1936
by an Evanston Police Commander with a vision. Franklin M. Kreml was
determined to save lives on America’s roads. At that time, the number of
motor vehicle deaths and injuries was skyrocketing. Despite the fact
that there was no professional training in accident investigation for
police officials, Commander Kreml found a way to reduce the number of
accidents in Evanston so drastically that the National Safety Council
declared Evanston “America’s Safest City.” Recognizing the need for
high-quality training for traffic professionals across the nation, Mr.
Kreml then established the Traffic Institute at Northwestern
University. The Traffic Institute quickly became the world leader in
traffic crash investigation and prevention and has maintained that
reputation ever since.
Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System
The Safety
and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System offers company
safety data to industry and the public over the internet. Access is
provided free of charge to the Company Snapshot, a concise electronic
record of a company’s identification, size, commodity information, and
safety record, including the safety rating (if any), a roadside out-of-service
inspection summary, and crash information. The company snapshot is
available via an ad-hoc query (one carrier at a time).
Society of Automotive Engineers
The Society of
Automotive Engineers has more than 90,000 members – engineers, business
executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries – who
share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of
mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards
development, events, and technical information and expertise used in
designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles
for use on land or sea, in air or space.

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