Special Edition V.41 (June 2020)
ATA Offers Driver Recommendations in Protest Areas
June 3, 2020

The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA Transportation Security Council (TSC) provides the following recommendations for professional drivers and motor carriers operating in areas of protest and social unrest.

The ongoing protests across our nation has put the trucking industry and professional drivers on the frontline once again. Remaining safe and secure is the number one priority and taking proper precautions when operating in these areas can protect drivers.

While it is impossible to plan for each situation, there are key safety and security measures professional drivers can take when operating in areas with potential unrest. Below is a list of recommended practices to help professional drivers remain safe and secure:

  • Immediately report any emergency situation to local law enforcement by calling 911.
  • Avoid areas of unrest. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
  • Plan for road closures. If your route brings you through an area that has seen protests, check the local news, with your dispatcher, or the safety department to make sure interstates and roads along the route are open and the area you are delivering to is safe.
  • Contact the delivery location for current and timely situations and conditions. Traffic conditions are constantly changing.
  • Remain in regular communication with your dispatcher to provide travel updates.
  • Plan ahead, try to make deliveries in areas of unrest during the day, at night park in well-lit, safe areas.
  • Assess every situation prior to exiting the cab of your truck. If danger or exposure to large gatherings in the form of protest exist, abort delivery operations.
  • Conduct thorough pre-trip inspections before departing domiciled locations; eliminate maintenance breakdowns from the equation.
  • Always keep doors locked and windows closed. Remove keys from unattended vehicles and ensure trailer locking and latching mechanisms are functioning properly.
  • If you encounter a gathering, stop your vehicle and do not drive through. Avoid any interaction and do not provoke the group.
  • If available, utilize your in-cab camera in an unsafe situation to document your surroundings.
  • Maintain continuous contact with your dispatcher and safety department for specific operating procedures and follow company policy.
Truck Driver Safety a Top Priority Amid Nationwide Protests

Commercial truck drivers across America have ended up in the crosshairs of nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Protests, as well as rioting and looting in some areas, temporarily shut down major roadways and interstates, and created even greater safety concerns for truck drivers who are still trying to deliver essential goods amid the global pandemic.

“We’ve got COVID-19 and as if that wasn’t bad enough, now we’ve got all these protests and rioting, especially here in Minnesota,” said Jackie Giefer, director of operations for Bay & Bay Transportation, during a WorkHound webinar on June 3.

Plugging In: Electric Trucks in the Northeast
SmartWay Transport Partnership

The Clean Freight Work Group of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative (NEDC) invites MMTA members to an interactive session to get ready for electric truck technology. We will cover the current state and outlook for technology and charging infrastructure, as well as what we in the Northeast can do to make adoption of these technologies by fleets and facilities viable and attractive. We look forward to a productive discussion with you!

Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT


  • Welcome – Abby Swaine, SmartWay and Clean Freight Programs, US EPA Region 1
  • Global Commercial Vehicle Drive To Zero Program -- Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART 
  • Run on Less: Electric Trucks in Regional Haul -- Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, NACFE 
  • New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program - Patrick Bolton, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA 
  • New York City Clean Trucks Program - Susan McSherry, Alternative Fuels Director, NYCDOT 
  • Q&A / Discussion
We will keep MMTA members posted as new information comes in. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email Tim, Randy or Brian if you have questions.