You’re a truck driver or an industry professional. Are you looking for support from others in your field?
Truck driver organizations help you network and further your career. They connect you to other professionals and advocate for you! Trucking associations push lawmakers to recognize the industry’s importance and create change.
Gaining insight into different trucking companies is another reason to check out these organizations. Who a company supports can help you decide if you want to work for them. Reputable trucking companies connect with groups that help the industry progress and work for drivers’ best interests.
We created a list of Prime’s top trucking associations. See which organizations you should know and find out more about each one.
- American Trucking Association (ATA)
- Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)
- Women in Trucking (WIT)
- Veterans in Trucking
1. American Trucking Associations (ATA)
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) provide resources and guide lawmakers. State trucking association affiliates are in all 50 states, representing each division of the industry.
America’s economy would stop without truck drivers. Lawmakers rely on guidance and research from the ATA to create policies for a safe, sustainable future.
For over 86 years, ATA experts have advocated for drivers and trucking companies. They share industry data and testify before Congress so lawmakers can make informed decisions. Along with advocacy, the ATA hosts networking events and councils.
Member benefits may include the following:
- Conferences, Councils & Networking Events
- Product & Service Discounts
- ATA Directory Listings
- Webinars & Resources
- Subscription to Transport Topics
- Subscription to Newsletters
- Voting & Regulation Insight
Fun Fact: The ATA sponsors programs for drivers, like Women in Motion. Prime driver, Theldorine “Dee” Sova, was recently recognized as one of the “Leading Women of the Industry.”
2. Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) focuses on the truckload sector, including dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and intermodal carriers in North America. Prime has been a member of TCA for over 39 years.
Two groups founded TCA: the Contract Carrier Conference and the Common Carrier Conference – Irregular Route. These groups merged in 1983, becoming the Interstate Carriers Conference. Later, the organization changed its name to the Truckload Carriers Association.
TCA advocates for the trucking industry at Capitol Hill. It also offers educational resources to member employees and has several outreach programs. For example, the association provides college scholarships to students with family in the industry.
Member benefits include the following:
- Live Webinars & Certificate Programs (Truckload Academy)
- Profitability Program
- The Truckload Carrier Report Newsletter
- Truckload Authority Magazine
- Voting & Regulation Insight
Fun Fact: TCA recognizes the best trucking companies to work for in North America every year. All winners of the Best Fleets to Drive For® are based on driver nominations and surveys.
Prime has been recognized as one of the “Best Fleets to Drive For – Top 20” for many years. We were awarded “Best Overall Fleet for Large Carrier” in 2019. In 2022, TCA welcomed Prime into the “Best Fleets to Drive For Hall of Fame.”
3. Women in Trucking (WIT)
Trucking is an industry historically dominated by men. Today, more women are joining trucking than ever before. Look no further if you’re searching for a women’s trucking association!
Ellen Voie founded Women in Trucking to support female drivers. At the first meeting in March 2007, Ellen had 500 people become members.
Women in Trucking focuses on three pillars: encouraging employment, addressing obstacles and celebrating success.
The nonprofit helps women access information and networks to achieve their goals. It also advocates for women’s needs, like equal compensation, and honors their achievements.
Women aren’t the only people who can become members. Anyone can join in supporting equal opportunity and advancement for women in trucking. Across the organization, 17% of members are men.
Both companies and individuals can join. Membership benefits for individuals include the following:
- Membership Pin
- Weekly Newsletter
- Redefining the Road magazine
- Networking Events
- Mentoring Opportunities
- Professional Development Course
Fun Fact: Prime was named a 2019 “Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation.” In 2022, Prime again made the list of “Top Companies for Women to Work For.”
About 14% of Prime drivers are women, which is far above average for trucking companies. We work to keep this number growing!
4. Veterans in Trucking
Veterans make great drivers! Over 3 million veterans are qualified to work in trucking right now.
Veterans in Trucking honors those who have served our country. The organization helps recruit and ready veterans for successful trucking careers. It partners with companies to target veterans and develop authentic support systems.
On the driver side, Veterans in Trucking makes it easy to find and apply for trucking jobs. A list of hiring companies is maintained on their website.
The organization takes drivers on adventures every year under its Mission Veterans Expedition program. These outdoor events take place across the country. Occasionally, the group offers international trips.
Each trip encourages truckers to bond and connect with others who have served. Companies can sponsor a veteran and cover the cost of attendance.
Fun Fact: Prime supports veterans transitioning to civilian careers. Our company has been an official partner of Veterans in Trucking since 2020.
Truck driver organizations help you stay connected and get support. Join one of these trucking associations and further your career. Ask your trucking company about the benefits you may gain from its corporate memberships.
Are you ready to become a truck driver? Do you want to drive for a company that cares about its people? Prime is involved in several organizations that advocate for drivers and our industry!
Apply online today! Send us your application or start a conversation with our Recruiting Department at 866-290-1568.