Ontario Trucking Association helps launch Trucks For Change Network

by MM&D staff

TORONTO: The Ontario Trucking Association is the first trade association to become a charter member of the newly formed Trucks For Change Network, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping the trucking industry develop and promote positive social change.

Trucks For Change Network aims to help its membership of for-hire and private truck carriers to assist community charities, said OTA. Using real-time freight matching and donation management technology, members can identify charity needs that they can accommodate, and offer their transportation and logistics services on a donated or preferred cost basis.

“It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time with the right capacity,” says Pete Dalmazzi, former trucking industry executive and founder and president of Trucks For Change Network. “Every time our system matches available capacity from a member trucking firm with the needs of a charity client, we improve the charity’s bottom line, and contribute to the great work they do in our communities. Filling extra truck space with charitable freight reduces the trucking industry’s carbon footprint associated with empty miles”

Along with providing affordable transportation, the program allows for delivery of donated items to charity that would otherwise end up in landfill sites, further contributing to a sustainability, Dalmazzi noted. “We’re thrilled to have the OTA supporting our efforts.”

OTA’s participation was given the green light by its board of directors after the program was piloted by several of its carrier members the fall of 2010.

“The goals of Trucks For Change Network align with those of OTA,” said David Bradley, OTA’s president and CEO.  “We see this as an opportunity to positively impact our communities. It’s a classic win-win situation, and the OTA is pleased to help bring it to life.”

Both are executive board members of the OTA. Membership to Trucks For Change Network is currently available to all Ontario Trucking Association carrier members. For more information, visit www.trucksforchange.org.