4060 Elati StreetDenver, CO 80216
Phone: (303) 433-3375
Fax: (303) 477-6977
Everyone has heard the old axiom about "strength in numbers". Well, in 1937, as the country was still struggling to break out of the Great Depression, that lesson was being drummed home to the several hundred independent trucking firms operating in Colorado.
In 1997, CMCA's Board of Directors approved a major organizational change for the association accompanied by a revision of the bylaws. The restructuring of CMCA was intended to better position our association for the future and bring it more in line with the current state of the industry. The reorganization also revamped the committee structure, as well as CMCA's staffing pattern.
2001 represented the foundation of our efforts relating to key tax revisions in the state to improve the operating environment for the trucking in Colorado. Through CMCA’s efforts the trucking industry realized substantial tax reductions in the area of sales tax, registration fees and specific ownership tax. At the same time, CMCA worked with the state on further regulatory processes that produced cost savings to the trucking industry in Colorado. At the same time, CMCA was very engaged in the area of safety. The Truck Safety 2000 Study was completed and laid out an excellent blueprint for reducing truck-related accidents and fatalities in Weld County.
A United Voice:
This last year was particularly eventful with the merge of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association and Colorado Transfer & Warehousing Association. The merger brought together the two largest organizations representing trucking in the State of Colorado. Now it can truly be said that CMCA is the “Voice of Trucking for Colorado”.
Over the past several years, CMCA has also focused on enhancing the value of membership in CMCA. We have added more training classes and membership services, as well as enhancing the information being provided to our members. In 2001, CMCA launched its own web site that provides a wealth of information to our CMCA family and friends. The site allows our members to keep up to date with critical issues and access information on our association and industry.
The Future of CMCA:
Although CMCA has made substantial progress over the past several years, there is still much to be done to develop a hospitable environment in Colorado for trucking companies. Our association will continue our efforts to reduce taxes and fees in Colorado, which remains one of the highest in the nation. While seeking lower fees and taxes, CMCA will continue our efforts to streamline the regulatory process to make it easier and faster for our members to comply with state and federal rules. Along with these efforts, CMCA will continue to strongly represent the trucking interests in the area of environmental and workplace regulation. On our part, CMCA has sought and will continue to help shape these regulations in a manner, which does not adversely affect our industry. Finally, our association is committed to taking actions that improve safety not only for the trucking operators but also for all highway users.