Volvo Trucks recently honored the newly appointed captains of the 2024-2025 America’s Road Team, a national public outreach effort led by expert professional truck drivers organized by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Volvo Trucks has sponsored the team for more than 20 years.
To support this year’s education program, Volvo Trucks is donating a Volvo VNL 760 long-haul tractor that will be used to haul the ATA Interstate One mobile classroom — a 53-ft. trailer equipped with a truck driving simulator, seven presentation screens, educational displays and conference room. The mobile classroom will serve as a platform for interactive trucking demonstrations, exhibitions and displays, emphasizing advanced safety measures as the trucking ambassadors engage with diverse stakeholders — including students, lawmakers, community groups and government officials across the country.
“In their role as captains, these men and women represent the driving force behind our nation’s economy. We commend their unwavering commitment to safety and professionalism, and they serve as exemplary role models within the trucking industry,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “With the ongoing challenges in the global supply chain and the continued growth of e-commerce, society is beginning to understand and appreciate the critical role that the trucking industry and safe, experienced drivers play in advancing the movement of essential goods and services.”
According to the ATA, the 24 newly appointed captains hail from diverse backgrounds, representing 14 motor carriers, 14 states, and accumulating an impressive 61.6 million accident-free driving miles. Their selection was based on their industry knowledge, effective communication skills regarding safety and transportation, and an exemplary safe-driving record.
These captains, appointed to serve for a two-year term, will be among the first to drive the new Volvo VNL, scheduled to enter production later this year. They were also the first drivers to get to see the new Volvo VNL at the Volvo Customer Center in Dublin, Virginia.