Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) – along with hundreds of its members – and Travel Centers of America (TA) are commemorating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a weeklong national recognition of the country’s 3.4 million professional truck drivers.
This year’s celebration will be held at the Travel Centers of America Truck facility, 1876 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, in Southington, on Monday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. State officials and the media are invited to attend.
Members of the media are welcome to join truck drivers from all across the country as they enjoy fellowship and recognition at this event. Topics of interest might include the shortage of safe rest areas for trucks, congestion, caustic road treatments and truck safety enforcement activities.
“National Truck Driver Appreciation Week provides us the opportunity to honor the millions of men and women who safely and professionally move freight across this great country each and every day,” said MTAC chairman, Mark Gagnon, of Capitol Moving and Storage, in South Windsor.
“We know what a challenging job driving a truck can be, but we also know that trucks move America forward and without safe professional drivers, we just simply couldn’t get that job done,” said Doug Parker, general manager of the TA facility. “Connecticut is particularly dependent on trucks to bring us most of our food, fuel, clothing, raw materials, manufactured products, building material and over 90 percent of the goods we use every day,” he added.
There are over 3.4 million professional truck drivers delivering our everyday needs nationwide. These professional men and women log more than 169 billion miles each year. In 2013, trucking professionals delivered 68.8 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage, equivalent to 9.96 billion tons of freight. 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry for the delivery of goods. Professional truck drivers keep America moving forward.