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Vice President of Government Affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and is responsible for communicating and interpreting all trucking-related regulations – safety, legislative, and otherwise – to the membership of TCA and our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Heller regularly develops and authors comments regarding trucking industry mandates based upon association policies and principles, and serves as staff liaison for all federal and state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Department of Transportation and other related federal agencies. As a routine part of his job, he supports the association membership in the resolution to technical inquiries on the trucking industry, with particular emphasis on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). As evidenced by his participation in FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), Heller has become a recognized industry expert in trucking. Heller is also one of the few association executives who has earned his certification from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) as a Certified Director of Safety (CDS). Heller has appeared multiple times on the Dave Nemo Show and Road Dog Trucking News with Mark Willis to explain TCA’s position on key legislative and regulatory issues, has spoken on issues to multiple industry-based trade associations, and authors a monthly column for FleetOwner, a national publication pertaining to trucking. He is regularly approached for comment on industry-relevant matters by top trucking trade publications and offers a quarterly webinar to TCA members that provides updates to important industry issues such as ELDs, Hours of Service, and Testing for Drugs and Alcohol.

When you think of safety, who in your organization comes to mind? Is it the Safety Director or Risk Officer? Is it someone in the maintenance department ensuring your trucks are continually repaired when needed? Is it the President and CEO leading a culture of safety that permeates every department? Or is it all of the above?

At this year’s Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Safety & Security Division Meeting, you’ll hear about the importance of a company-wide safety philosophy in which every employee continually has safety top-of-mind and is fully invested in the safety performance of the organization. The event, which will be held June 2-4 in Memphis, Tennessee, will offer substantive opportunities for safety, human resources, and operations professionals in the industry to learn more about key safety topics.

The program for this year’s meeting is packed full of meaningful content. We’ll have CEOs from both the U.S. and Canada discuss their priorities for safety technology adoption and internal communication of safety goals. Our keynote speaker, Don Osterberg, will provide insight on non-traditional ideas that can springboard your team to safety success. In our workshop sessions, attendees will learn about best practices for onboarding an increasingly diverse driver pool and coaching new recruits into being your safest employees. We’ll also have a deep dive into the data analytics provided through the widespread use of ELDs, and a peek into how one of the safest fleets in Canada and the U.S. utilizes an internal “safety committee” to crowdsource the best ideas from different departments.

Additionally, SiriusXM Radio Host Mark Willis will moderate a fireside chat between the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and TCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs David Heller, during which topics including pending hours-of-service changes, the December 16th full ELD mandate, and the forthcoming Drug & Alcohol Clearinghousewill be discussed. The conference will also provide the opportunity to learn about the FMCSA’s overhauled Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, which will utilize an Item Response Theory statistical model moving forward that does not focus on predicting crash risk. Rather, the FMCSA’s hope is that it will point to potential flaws in the safety culture of a motor carrier, which may do more to accurately identify unsafe carriers than crash and enforcement statistics alone ever could.

Truckload carriers and the larger trucking industry are is the midst of a significant shift toward a holistic culture of safety. We encourage you to be a part of this movement and learn how to propel your company into the future of advanced safety technology and methodology at this year’s TCA Safety & Security Division Meeting.

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Vice President of Government Affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and is responsible for communicating and interpreting all trucking-related regulations – safety, legislative, and otherwise – to the membership of TCA and our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Heller regularly develops and authors comments regarding trucking industry mandates based upon association policies and principles, and serves as staff liaison for all federal and state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Department of Transportation and other related federal agencies. As a routine part of his job, he supports the association membership in the resolution to technical inquiries on the trucking industry, with particular emphasis on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). As evidenced by his participation in FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), Heller has become a recognized industry expert in trucking. Heller is also one of the few association executives who has earned his certification from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) as a Certified Director of Safety (CDS). Heller has appeared multiple times on the Dave Nemo Show and Road Dog Trucking News with Mark Willis to explain TCA’s position on key legislative and regulatory issues, has spoken on issues to multiple industry-based trade associations, and authors a monthly column for FleetOwner, a national publication pertaining to trucking. He is regularly approached for comment on industry-relevant matters by top trucking trade publications and offers a quarterly webinar to TCA members that provides updates to important industry issues such as ELDs, Hours of Service, and Testing for Drugs and Alcohol.