Why Join TCA?

Thank you for taking the time to explore how the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) can benefit your company. If you have any questions, the TCA staff is ready to answer them. Please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail or call us at (703) 838-1950.

TCA Member Benefits

TCA is the Voice of Truckload, providing a platform to tell our industry’s story to legislators and regulators and to create the changes that we need. On key issues such as F4A, Hours of Service, Sleeper Berth Flexibility, Infrastructure, ELDs, Twin 33s, etc., TCA is helping to steer the conversation in Washington and providing subject matter expertise in Washington. As a TCA member, you can be notified the instant a key vote is taking place or comments are open for a new regulation, so you can immediately help Take Action!

Are you interested in helping TCA to tell Truckload’s story?
Join us on September 25 for TCA’s Second Annual Call on Washington and share your unique perspective with Congress and Federal Regulators.

TCA is dedicated to furthering the education and training of its members by providing a range of resources including the Truckload Academy and its On-demand platform featuring recorded conference sessions, workshops, and webinars), Live Learning webinars, Certificate programs, and industry-recognized Certifications.

The TCA Profitability Program (TPP) is the trucking industry’s premier performance improvement solution, fusing TCA’s popular Best Practice Groups and the powerful inGaugeTM online benchmarking platform. TPP’s multi-tiered system allows carriers the flexibility to choose exactly how much time and resources they want to dedicate to the program, with plans ranging from simple snapshot composites to full online access and bi-annual meetings.

The annual Driver of the Year Contests identify and honor the best men and women traveling the roads today. They drive safely, give to their communities, protect the environment, and enhance the image of trucking — in other words, they make us all proud to be a part of this great industry. The best company equipment drivers and owner operators are honored every year at TCA’s Annual Convention. Winners have exceptional safe driving records, enhance the image of trucking, serve their communities, and protect our environment.

Each year, TCA’s Fleet Safety Awards recognize the safest carriers in the truckload industry based on their company’s overall organization, employee driver/independent contractor selection procedures, training, supervision, accident investigation, inspection, equipment maintenance, outside activities, and general highway safety. Carriers placing first, second, and third in each of six mileage-based divisions are honored. Division winners are subject to an audit for ratio accuracy and invited to compete for one of two grand prizes announced each March at TCA’s Annual Convention.

Each year, TCA in partnership with CarriersEdge, recognizes for-hire carriers for providing the best work environments for their drivers in the industry-renowned Best Fleets to Drive For contest. Nominated companies are evaluated on their performance in areas such as driver compensation, pension, and benefits; professional development; driver and community support; and safety record. The winning companies are recognized at TCA’s Annual Convention.

Since 1973, TCA has been helping students associated with the truckload industry reach their dreams. The TCA Scholarship Fund awards up to $6,250 per year to college junior and seniors. Much of our program’s support comes from within the truckload family—companies and individuals who are committed to our community’s future.

The TCA Safety Professional of the Year – Clare C. Casey Award, recognizes a person whose actions and achievements have had a profound and positive benefit or contribution to better safety on our highways. This individual exemplifies leadership and demonstrates the goals of protecting lives and property in the motor transportation industry while serving their company, industry and the motoring public. Nomination period opens in early April.

TCA’s highest honor, the Past Chairmen’s Award, is presented annually to a recognized industry leader who has made a significant contribution to the truckload industry through the association and is recognized as a successful business person and association leader.

Since its inception in August 1997, TCA’s Highway Angel program has recognized hundreds of professional truck drivers for the exemplary courtesy and courage they have shown others while on the job. Their good deeds range from simple acts of kindness, such as fixing a flat tire, to heroic life-saving efforts, such as pulling someone from a burning vehicle and administering CPR. Genuinely selfless in their actions, Highway Angels are typically nominated by their employers, fellow professional truck drivers, or the motorists they’ve assisted out on the road.

For more than 50 years, a Christmas tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Willamette National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors, will bring this special gift from Springfield, Oregon to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way. TCA has proudly sponsored the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree since 2012.

Through TCA’s Truckload of Respect program, there are several ways you can help support Wreaths Across America. Since 2013, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has organized and hosted an annual gala to support Wreaths Across America (WAA), a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking United States veterans for their service and sacrifice. Contact the Wreaths Across America team if interested in hauling a truckload of wreaths.

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) have partnered to bring The Wall That Heals to communities across America. A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals honors the nearly eight million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, bearing the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. TCA member companies and professional truck drivers  drive the trailer hauling the exhibit, including The Wall replica and an accompanying mobile education center.

Available through member-only access, TCA’s Membership Directory provides an up-to-date listing of current TCA members. Lost the business card of that really cool guy you talked to at that TCA meeting? With the new Membership Directory, you can throw away that old Rolodex.

Searching for that right vendor to purchase that one piece of equipment your needs? With TCA’s Online Supplier Directory you’re never more than a few clicks away from finding the products that will make your fleet run more efficiently.

TCA produces several informative resources on a regular basis, keeping members up to date with commentary and analysis of the latest industry news.

The Truckload Carrier Report is a weekly e-newsletter, provides members with new and trending industry articles, and up-to-date information regarding TCA’s educational webinars and events. Subscribers also benefit from regular columns such as Safety 411, written by TCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, David Heller, and an informative look into legal developments with Legal Comment, written by TCA’s Legal Counsel R. Eddie Wayland, a partner with the law firm King and Ballow.

Truckload Authority offers trucking executives the real-world insights and business solutions needed to effectively manage your business in today’s environment. This innovative magazine tackles the most pertinent issues confronting our industry, while keeping you up-to-date on all things TCA. Since its launch in June 2012, our audience has enjoyed exclusive interviews with notable figures like Bill O’Reilly, Mike Huckabee, Steve Forbes, Stuart Varney, Carly Fiorina, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Dr. Ben Carson, Taya Kyle, and more.

On the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. ET on Road Dog Trucking Radio (Sirius/XM Channel 146), the Dave Nemo Show presents the latest truckload news during TCA’s “Load ’em Up, Move ’em Out” segment.

As a motor carrier, you need to protect your relationship with your independent contractors. The National Association of Independent Truckers LLC (NAIT) is the answer. NAIT provides a turn key solution for motor carriers utilizing independent contractors by providing them access to a complete benefit and insurance program.

Since 1981, members of NAIT have enjoyed nationwide programs geared to meet their unique needs. NAIT members are entitled to receive exclusive products, valuable services and special discounts Benefits include health & wellness, insurance programs, business tools, and entertainment discounts.

Learn more by visiting the TransGuard website or by calling (800) 237-0062.

TCA Membership Types

Any entity that principally provides fee-for-service transportation of property by motor vehicle. Annual dues are based on the company’s truckload revenue from the preceding year. Calculate your TCA Membership now!

Any entity that provides motor vehicle transportation of property but does not do so principally on a for-hire basis. Annual dues are based on the number of trucks the company owns.

Any entity involved in the sale of goods or services to the trucking industry. Annual dues are $1,900 as of October 1, 2017.

Any entity whose primary mission is to provide training to individuals seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license. As of October 1, 2017, annual dues are $362 for the first year, $569 for the second year, $776 for the third year and increases slightly for each year thereafter. Learn more about the school dues.

TCA Divisions

In addition to the standard membership, TCA members can participate in special-interest divisions that provide educational and networking opportunities for various operational segments and functional interests within the truckload industry. Division members receive discounted registration rates for division meetings.

TCA’s Independent Contractor Division provides carriers operating equipment leased from owner-operator drivers an opportunity to meet with their peers to discuss problems, share ideas, and seek solutions unique to utilizing independent contractor drivers. The Division holds its annual meeting in October. The Division also sponsors TCA’s annual TCA Owner Operator of the Year Contest in order to recognize outstanding independent contractor drivers within the industry.

TCA’s Open Deck Division provides carriers operating open haul equipment an opportunity to meet with their peers to discuss problems, share ideas, and seek solutions unique to their specialized area of operations. Division membership is open to carrier and associate members of TCA.

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TCA’s Refrigerated Division provides carriers operating temperature-controlled trailers an opportunity to meet with their peers to discuss problems, share ideas, and seek solutions unique to their specialized area of operations. The division holds its annual meeting in July.

TCA’s Safety & Security Division provides truckload carrier managers and supervisors responsible for their companies’ safety and security programs an opportunity to meet with their peers to discuss problems, share ideas, and seek solutions unique to their area of responsibility. Issues commonly addressed by the Division include the new and existing federal and state motor carrier safety regulations, the federal hazardous materials regulations, highway accident investigation, cargo security, driver training, and truck inspections. The Safety & Security Division holds its annual meeting in June.

*Safety & Security Division membership is included with every TCA membership.

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