The South Carolina Trucking Association is a nonprofit trade organization that represents all the various parties constituting South Carolina's vibrant trucking industry.

The association was first formed in the 1930s when truck operators found it necessary to do collectively what they could not do individually. Since its inception, the SCTA has been dedicated to the protection, support, and enrichment of its collective membership, while promoting good public policy.

Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Trucking Association, Inc. is to utilize the resources of the motor carrier industry, to enhance the ability of its members to efficiently, safely & profitably serve the transportation needs of the state, region & nation by providing educational opportunities, compiling & distributing essential information & conducting aggressive programs of advocacy.

History

The First Annual Conference of the Motor Transportation Association of SC - September 11, 1936

In the late 1920s, truck and bus operators across the state of South Carolina began meeting to discuss issues of mutual concern. These meetings eventually led to the 1932 formation of the Motor Carriers Association of South Carolina, an advocacy and trade organization centered in Greenville, South Carolina and led by Fred M. Burnette. The Motor Carriers Association of South Carolina signed a corporate charter on November 9, 1933 that officially changed the organization's name to the Motor Transportation Association of South Carolina and transferred its executive offices to the state's capitol. With the move to Columbia, the MTASC came under new leadership as well: H. C. Mims of Greenville became the association's first president, while George Weathers of Bowman served as vice-president; B. George Price of Walterboro as secretary; and Fred M. Burnette of Greenville as executive secretary and treasurer.

By 1936, the MTASC held its first "convention" at Twin Lakes in Columbia. Spearheaded by then Executive Director Bill Love, the convention attempted not to consolidate the mission and extend the influence of the fledgling organization. The convention was to prepare the MTASC for its first major battle. Over the years, South Carolina had become a blockade state on the eastern seaboard with a truck weight limit of 20,000 pounds. The powerful railroad lobby successfully promoted this blockade to disrupt north-south truck movements and thereby stifle their competition in the transportation industry. Because of its recent organization and directed leadership, the trucking industry was better suited to handle this, the first of its many battles.

In 1986, the MTASC board of directors agreed to change the name of the organization to the South Carolina Trucking Association, Inc. Though our name has changed, our efforts have always remained the same. Since the 1930s, we have been the only trade association in South Carolina whose mission is to serve the united interests of South Carolinians involved in and dependent upon trucking.

The SCTA membership has grown substantially since 1936, when there were only 17 dues-paying members. Today, the association boasts over 900 company members, a number we like to contribute to our dedicated record of service. The association’s carrier members range from small, family-owned businesses with only a few vehicles, to large, national companies with major terminal facilities throughout South Carolina, the Southeast, and the nation. Despite our growth, we have not forgotten our roots: small businesses have comprised the majority of SCTA's membership since its inception, and we are committed to protecting, supporting, and enriching the professional lives of all our members, big or small. .

The SCTA is the united voice of South Carolina's trucking industry. We speak with pride and with promise, and we are heard by the media, by the general public, and by the public officials and government agencies that regulate the business of trucking. With a staff of full time professionals and a headquarters in Columbia, we remain well positioned to continue serving our membership in whatever way we can.