WASHINGTON — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a tier one supplier of commercial vehicle integrated safety technologies, is joining the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, a safety coalition of transportation, logistics and supporting businesses.
“The Trucking Alliance mission is to advance technologies and public policies that can eventually eliminate all large truck crash fatalities,” said Steve Williams, co-founder and president of the Trucking Alliance and chairman and CEO of Maverick USA in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Bendix offers its Advanced Driver Assistance System and other electronic technologies that help commercial drivers mitigate, or potentially lessen the severity of accidents. We’re excited Bendix is partnering with the Trucking Alliance, as we work to make many of these electronic systems standard equipment on new trucks.”
Williams said for nearly nine decades, Bendix has been setting the industry standard for commercial vehicle air brake charging and control systems. Today, the company is applying that leadership and momentum to integrated and advanced technologies that contribute to vehicle safety as well as lower the total cost of ownership, performance and efficiency, he said.
“The Trucking Alliance’s advocacy on key initiatives across our industry is a vital effort,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “Safety is multidimensional, whether you operate one vehicle or 100,000. With the emergence of new technologies and new practices, plus the evolution of nearly every aspect of today’s commercial vehicle, the issues we face are everchanging. Education, awareness, and a strong strategic approach are essential. Bendix is honored to be a part of the Trucking Alliance and we applaud its efforts to help improve the safety of everyone who shares the road.”
Burkhart said no technology can replace a safe, alert, professional driver practicing safe driving habits, supported by proactive, ongoing driver training.
“Bendix safety technologies complement these safe driving practices and are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving. Responsibility for safe vehicle operation remains with the driver at all times,” he said.
Jim Eaton, director-corporate marketing at Bendix, will serve on the Trucking Alliance Advisory Group, whose members are an educational resource to public policy makers, serve governmental affairs roles and advise the Trucking Alliance board of directors. The advisory group is chaired by Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt Transport.
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For more information about the Trucking Alliance, visit truckingalliance.org.