Message from Washington Trucking Associations President Frank Riordan
I am pleased and honored to begin my term as President of the Washington Trucking Associations, knowing that I join the ranks of men and women who have served the industry in this capacity since 1922. The coming decades will continue to challenge the industry with the onslaught of autonomous vehicle technology, emerging options for electric and alternative fueled trucks, and adoption of a myriad of clean fuel technologies as manufacturers continue to innovate. From it's basic, utilitarian function, to its contribution and importance to the economy, I am proud to be a part of the trucking industry and pleased to serve the members of the WTA as their President.
The trucking industry in Washington is driven by small business. There are over 16,670 primarily small, locally owned trucking companies in Washington, delivering consumer and manufacturing goods. These companies are also served by a wide range of supporting businesses. Owning a business in todays world is not only an investment, but a risk these individuals take; they provide jobs and well being for members of their communities. Go team trucking!
We have so much information available to us these days; education, safety training, trend analysis, insurance recommendations, medical studies, etc. All this information is great at helping us develop the best and most current safety standards and practices, but what it can't do, is tell you what your staff/drivers are going through each and every day on the job.