Officers Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jack Brim Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin Savoy Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruce MacDonald Immediate Past Chairman . . . . . . .Bill Ward
ATA Board of Directors Dennis Bailey, Robert Barnett, Aubrey Baugh, Rhonda Bees, Gary Bond, Ray Brock, Greg Brown, Will Bruser, Mike Callahan, Dan Carmichael, Fenn Church, Mark Coffman, Jeff Coleman, John Collier, Rodger Collins, Driscoll Colquett, Brent Cook, Gail Cooper, Al Cox, Jerry Davis, Ranny Davis, Phil DeSimone, Joe Donald, Edmund Doss, Mack Dove, Russ Elrod, Dean Flint, Jack Fricks, Terry Kilpatrick, Jason King, Mark Knotts, Jerry Kocan, Drew Linn, Alan Love, Jeff McGrady, Barry McGriff, Tom McLeod, Shane McMinn, Buck Moore, E.H. Moore, Jr., Ross Neely, Jr., Tommy Neely, George Overstreet, Butch Owens, Clay Palm, Jim Pickens, Mike Pursley, David Rouse, Bill Scruggs, Harold Sorrells, Ronnie Stephenson, Paul Storey, James Suttles, Wayne Watkins, Bill Watson, Scott White, David Wildberger, Skip Williams, T.J. Willings, Keith Wise.
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ATA 2012 Golf Classic
ATA’s annual fundraiser for its political action committee TRUK PAC brought in more donations, sponsorships and golfers than ever before. Spurred by Marmon Highway Technologies’ marquee sponsorship, the event raised nearly $180,000, which helps the Association continue to fight for a better business climate in Alabama.
Industry Remembers Dempsey Boyd
Alabama’s transportation industry lost one of its best on October 30, when Dempsey Boyd, 85, founder of Boyd Bros. Transportation, died at his home in Clayton, Ala., not far from the office where the company started back in the 1950s.
ATA Staff Staying on top of driver training J. Frank Filgo, CAE, President & CEO Tim Frazier, CDS, Dir. of Safety & Member Services Jane Nixon, Executive Assistant Lynn Thornton, Bookkeeper Ford Boswell, Communications Manager Brandie Norcross, Administrative Assistant
ATA WCSIF Staff Kimble Coaker, CEO & Fund Administrator Debra Calhoun, Office Manager Kimberly Best, Account Representative Rick Hunter, LSP, CDS, Director of Loss Control Harold Smith, ESQ, Legal Counsel Scott Hunter, MS, CDS, Loss Control Engineer Duane Calhoun, CDS, Loss Control Engineer Kim Sims, Administrative Assistant Kim Campbell, Underwriter Coordinator
What part does training play in a successful safety program? According to the experts, the answer is that everything related to safety must go through an organized training process. With more emphasis being put on CSA scores, there will be an ongoing need to improve training to improve scores.
E P A R T M E N T S
President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Safety Insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 SMMC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Trucking News Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Buyers’ Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 ATA Events and New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
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From the President
Your ATA Is Working For You! Frank Filgo, CAE President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association
‘It’s been an exciting year for the Alabama Trucking Association. We have worked hard to improve services and benefits for our members.’
t’s been an exciting year for the Alabama Trucking Association. We have worked hard to improve services and benefits for our members. What follows are notes and comments about a few of the activities in which the ATA is working for you. Congratulations to our 2012 ATA Classic Chairman Rusty Sprouse and his committee for the success of the 2012 ATA Golf Classic. The event topped all previous Classics in total participation (See coverage beginning on page 4). This time, the Classic played all three courses at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill location, with nearly 280 golfers participating. Event sponsors totaled 115 member firms, including our Presidential Sponsor - Marmon Highway Technologies. Proceeds from the event went to TRUKPAC, ATA’s political action committee. As of this printing, TRUK-PAC has $533,000 in the bank—well ahead of our Election 2014 goal of $1 million. Next year, your ATA celebrates its 75th Anniversary. The highlight of our celebration will be the 75th Annual ATA Convention & Membership Meeting held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa - Destin, Fla. on April 18-21, 2013. Convention Chairman Kevin Savoy is committed to make this convention one that will appropriately commemorate this historic occasion. The agenda will be jammed packed with notable speakers and entertainment. All members are asked to join in the celebration by supporting and attending the event. Meanwhile, ATA’s Board of Directors has approved the expansion of the ATA/ATA Workers’ Comp Fund Building. Plans are in the initial stages, but the intent is to increase the meeting room facility from 675 sq. ft. to approximately 2,000. That increase
allows for a room setup classroom style from 38 to 114 attendees; and reception style – 75 to 222 attendees. According to ATA Chairman of the Board Jack Brim, the current facility “is inadequate to accommodate the ATA Officer Installation Ceremony, ATA Legislative Receptions, and for that matter, any training sessions (classroom style) in excess of 38. This severely hampers our meeting and training activities.” The expansion is to be completed prior to the ATA Officer Installation Ceremony in late June of 2013 at an estimated cost of $250,000. The cost will be jointly shared by the ATA and WCSIF. According to the American Trucking Associations, “The likely impact (of last month’s elections) on trucking will be a continuing aggressive regulatory agenda, and an emphasis on high-speed rail, intermodalism and livability.” Please see the article “Keeping it in Perspective” (starting on page 32), as contributed by the American Trucking Associations. The piece highlights the likely future agendas of key federal regulatory agencies that impact trucking. Meanwhile, state legislation allowing for a “One-Stop-Shop” to register trucks and trailers is being drafted by ATA to be introduced in the 2013 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. The bill’s intent is to eliminate property taxes on IRP vehicles, recoup the lost tax revenue with a pro-rated supplemental registration fee, making the state and counties whole for any lost revenue. Alabama motor carriers are likely to see a decrease in taxes while out-of-state motor carriers will be required to pay their fair share. In closing, the ATA staff wishes all our members and friends a joyous Holiday Season and a successful New Year!
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Classic Remains Strong ATA’s annual fundraiser for political action sets another record. By Ford Boswell
labama Trucking Association officials say that its 2012 Golf Classic held October 2 in Prattville, Ala. was the most successful in terms of funds raised in the event’s 25-year history. According to officials it was the fourth straight year that the tournament exceeded fundraising goals for sponsorships and participants. This year’s tournament was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill Course in Prattville, Ala., which is ranked
among the top 50 courses in America, according to Golf magazine. It is also home to the Navistar LPGA Classic held each October. Tournament Chairman Rusty Sprouse said gross revenue from the tournament exceeded $180,000 — which, after expenses, netted $135,000 for the Association’s future political action efforts. “That is simply outstanding,” Sprouse stated in a report to the ATA membership in the days following the event. “On behalf of the Golf Classic Committee, I thank every business that sponsored, golfer who played, and all those who volunteered time
and effort to ensure that this year’s tournament exceeded all expectations. We would not have met our goals without your hard work and dedication.” Sprouse specifically expressed his gratitude to Marmon Highway Technologies and its subsidiaries for their role as marquee sponsor of the event. “This is the second straight year that Marmon Highway Technologies has been the premier sponsor. Their $15,000 contribution served as a catalyst for our success.” In addition, there were seven firms that contributed $5,000 each, including:
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● ATA Workers’ Comp Fund for providing lunch and dinner; ● J & M Tank Lines, Inc. for serving as Putting Green Sponsor, ● PrePass as Driving Range Sponsor, ● Greenbush Logistics as Hole in One Sponsor on all three courses; ● McLeod Software as Closest to the Pin Sponsor on all three courses; ● Nextran Truck Center for the Longest Drive Sponsor on all three courses; and ● Truckworx Kenworth as Straightest Drive Sponsor on all three courses. Overall, there were 38 $2,000 level sponsors, 42 $1,000 sponsors, and 24 $500 sponsors. Also, there were more golfers this year than ever before – 280. The increased player participation forced tournament organizers to expand play to all three courses at RTJ Capitol Hill. ATA’s annual Golf Classic is the sole fundraiser for the Association’s political action committee, TRUK PAC. Next year’s tournament is set for Oct. 1, 2013.
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LEGISLATOR SPONSORS Action Resources Action Truck Center B&G Supply Co. B.R. Williams Trucking, Inc. Baggett Transportation Co. BancorpSouth Equipment Finance Barnett Transportation Best Drivers Best One Tire Billy Barnes Enterprises, Inc. Birmingham Freightliner Boyd Bros. Transportation Buddy Moore Trucking, Inc. Carrier Transicold South Coleman World Group Comdata Corp. Equipment Logistics Evergreen Transport, LLC Four Star Freightliner Great Dane Trailers Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. Industrial Warehouse Services, Inc. McGriff Tire Co. McPherson Oil Products/ Castrol MSJ Trucking, Inc. PeopleNet Peterbilt Truck Center of Birmingham Pilot Flying J Centers R.E. Garrison Trucking, Inc. Regions Bank Southland International Trucks, Inc. Thompson/Caterpillar Turner & Hamrick LLC Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC Ward International Trucks LLC White Oak Transportation Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, Inc.
JUDGE SPONSORS AAA Cooper Transportation ABC Transportation, Inc. Avizent BBVA Compass/Commercial Billing Service Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak Church Transportation & Logistics, Inc. Coffman International Trucks Cottingham and Butler Cummins Mid-South, LLC Deep South Freight Eaton Corp. Electronic Funds Source, LLC Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. Freightliner Trucks Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc. Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. Heritage Freight Warehouse & Logistics, LLC Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. Houndstooth Transportation J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance Agency, Inc. Mack Trucks, Inc. McGriff, Seibels & Williams Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems Michelin North America Qualcomm Reliance Partners, Inc. Ross Neely Systems, Inc. Rushing Enterprises, Inc. ServiceFirst Bank Shoreline Transportation of Alabama, LLC Star Leasing Thermo King of Birmingham-Thermo King of Montgomery Transportation and Logistical Services, Inc.
Transportation Safety Services Transport Trailer Center Volvo Trucks North America WTI Transport WTW Enterprises, Inc. W W Williams, SE, Inc. Watkins Trucking Co., Inc. Westport HD Wilks Tire and Battery Service PATRON SPONSORS Arab Cartage & Express Co., Inc. Avondale Trucking Baldwin Transfer Co., Inc. Benny Whitehead, Inc. Carl Carson Truck Center, Inc. Dana Transport, Inc. ErgoScience, Inc. Fish Nelson LLC P&S Transportation Palomar Insurance Corp. Premium 2000+ Warranties Regions Insurance Renasant Bank Robbie D. Wood, Inc. Storey Trucking Co. Transport America Vernon Milling Co., Inc. Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. Wise Consulting, LLC Woodstock Trucking Co., Inc. Yokohama Tire Corp. Zieman, Speegle, Jackson & Hoffman, LLC CONTRIBUTORS D T & Freight Co., Inc. R C Trailer Sales and Service, Inc. Welborn & Associates, Inc.
ATA 2013 ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC WINNERS
JUDGE COURSE: Longest Drive: Scott Davidson Straightest Drive: Drew Mims Closest to the Pin: Randy Springer (Hole 6) and Joe Black (Hole 12) 1st Place Team Gross: Gary Franklin, Gib Fox, John Wall and Scott Davidson 1st Place Team Net: Bill Ward, Brad Turner, Scottie Webb and Jerry Livings
SENATOR COURSE: Longest Drive: Jeff Carlisle Straightest Drive: J.R. Dykes Closest to the Pin: Hunter Lyons (Hole 2) and Chris Craft (Hole 13) 1st Place Team Gross: Shane Burkett, Jimmy Bell, Eric Hunter and Tim Hampton 1st Place Team Net: Marty Rushing, Addison Rushing, Keith Clark and Harrison Cook
LEGISLATOR COURSE: Longest Drive: Beau Holmes Straightest Drive: Zach Smith Closest to the Pin: Wade Roskam (Hole 11) and Daniel Starr (Hole 16) 1st Place Team Gross: Hal Doland, Don Lynn, Dwayne Knowles and Chis Riddle 1st Place Team Net: Keith Johnson, Brad Robinson, Christian Peters and Gene Logan
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Boyd Remembered For His Visionary Trucking Success
Boyd Bros. headquarters in the late 1990s.
By Dan Shell
ros. in 2002. ns at Boyd B io at er op ay from day-to-d Boyd retired
Dempsey (center) and brothers Cecil and J.H. “Hilly” Boyd (left) stand with their father William Nickey Boyd in front of a truck from the family’s original trucking business.
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he Alabama Trucking Assn. and the transportation industry in Alabama and across the country lost one of its best on October 30, when Dempsey Boyd, 85, founder of Boyd Bros. Transportation, died at his home in Clayton, Ala., not far from the office where the company started back in the 1950s. From a humble beginning hauling peanuts and other agricultural products locally, Boyd built a nationally recognized, publicly traded company that continues to operate among the best in the industry. Today, Boyd Bros. Transportation and its subsidiary, WTI Transport, operate 1,100 trucks and together have 1,400 employees. The company still maintains its corporate office in Clayton, Ala., and has terminals in Birmingham, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Greenville, Miss., with shuttle operations in Cartersville, Ga. and Cofield, NC. “He was very kind-hearted, and provided the foundation for this company and for us to move it forward,” says his daughter, Gail Cooper, who became CEO of Boyd Bros. Transportation in 2000. Noting that her father was “a true entrepreneur,” Cooper said, “He would start something, and he would take the risk, but he was also a visionary who could see around corners and was so in tune to this business.” Andy Ahern of Ahern & Associates in Phoenix, Ariz., a transportation mergers and acquisitions consultant who had worked repeatedly with Boyd, noted that Boyd always embraced his humble beginnings and always believed that his business succeeded because of the people he surrounded himself with. “Dempsey used to tell me that if you focused on your people and got them to focus on their pride in work, that a company could accomplish anything,” Ahern says. “The more successful Dempsey became, the more humble he became.” Cooper says her father’s philosophy of building up people stays with her today. Perhaps the biggest lesson he taught, she says, is that “It’s all about hiring and keeping good people, and it’s not a one-man show, no matter who is running things.” Boyd put in more than a million miles behind the wheel into the 1960s, when the company’s growth and success forced him out of the cab and into full-time management. But he never forgot his roots. “He truly loved this industry, and he was always close to the drivers and their feelings,” Cooper says. One reflection of this philosophy is Boyd 9
Bros. Transportation’s selection as the Best Fleet for Company Drivers Award the company received in 2010 from the Truckload Carriers Assn. Boyd Bros. was cited for looking out for driver interests with a driving simulator, performance reviews, a driver advisory board and formal wellness program. The award is one of many the company has won through the years from both Alabama Trucking Association and the American Trucking Associations, government groups, customers and other entities. Though his official obituary notes that Boyd began driving trucks with his brothers Cecil and Hilly in 1946 at the age of 19, Boyd himself noted in a 1986 interview that he might have hauled the occasional load of peanuts in his father’s truck beginning around the age of 12 or 13. Way back when, Boyd never thought much about trucking or driving for a living, though he remembered hearing about a man who owned a 20-truck operation and being amazed that any trucking operation could be so successful. In the meantime, he and and his two brothers were finishing high school and working for their father, William Boyd, who in 1949 had had started W.N. Boyd and Sons Trucking in a small office in front of the family’s Clayton home. The family business hauled a variety of local agricultural products and worked itself up to five trucks and a large feed mill warehouse next door. The brothers were all doing stretches in the armed services in the late 1940s and early ’50s, when William’s untimely death in 1951 led the three to start their own company. Starting as Boyd Brothers in 1952-53 with one long haul truck and two or three short-haul vehicles and a feed mill, the company changed its named to Boyd Bros. Transportation Co. in 1956. Soon after, Boyd Bros. bought two additional independent trucking companies in Cuthbert and Dawson, Ga. that Hilly and Cecil, respectively, managed while Dempsey stayed at the home office in Clayton. In 1963, the three brothers split the company three ways and continued operating, with Dempsey Boyd becoming president of Boyd Bros. Transportation. In a past interview, Boyd recalled how tough it was for small companies to break into the regulated trucking business back then. “It was a real mess because you had to prove there was a need for you to haul freight,” he said. “It was hard for small companies to get the authority to move freight because the big companies would do 10
almost anything to keep someone else out to grow the company. He did—to the tune of the business.” of $21 million in revenues in 1986. Boyd was able to get a foothold in the Boyd noted that deregulation fostered inhighly competitive industry by concentratcreased competition that required operators ing on farm products, working his way up and company owners to pay closer attention from local business to to costs. “I’ve learned that longer agricultural comthe biggest secret to opermodity hauls. ating a trucking company The growing Alabama or any business is in trucker also lent his knowing what it costs you considerable business to do whatever you’re talents to other ventures, doing,” he said in 1987, including real estate, farm when the company was and timberland ventures, running 235 rigs and ema tire recap shop, hog and ploying 300. cattle operations and Seeking further growth, more—and remained Boyd took the company “waist deep” in peanuts, public in 1994. The move according to one descripadded to capital resources tion. and enabled Boyd Bros. to As the 1970s began, gain even more market Boyd Bros. joined ATA share as a top carrier for and provided much ener- Boyd served as ATA Chairman in 1983. many of the nation’s leadgy and leadership (see ing shipping companies. sidebar). The 1970s are also notable in that Boyd said the commitment to quality Boyd’s two daughters, Gail and Ginger, and customer service is one that began in came back to work with the company and 1956, and “It is one we renew a thousand eventually rose to major leadership positimes a day.” tions within Boyd Bros. Transportation: In 2000, daughter Gail Cooper was Ginger served on the board and as corponamed President and CEO of Boyd Bros. rate secretary/treasurer and also headed up Transportation, and also given a seat on the the credit and receivables department until board of directors. She had been working at her retirement in 2010, while Gail is the the company 28 years by then. Her father current CEO. said it was never his intention that she As the 1970s came to a close Boyd Bros. would take over the company, but as the Transportation had already become one of years passed she earned it, and in time he the big companies Boyd once complained changed his mind: about, with more than $3 million in annual “She knows more about the business revenues. But trucking deregulation in the than anyone else, and as I got older it beearly ‘80s gave Boyd even more opportunity came one of my goals that she would take my place in the company,” he told Alabama Trucker 10 years ago. In January 2002 Boyd announced his retirement from the company, and continued Boyd Bros. Transportation joined ATA to serve as Chairman Emeritus to the in 1970, and Boyd wasted no time climbBoard. To honor Boyd, the company creating the leadership ladder, being elected to ed an endowment at Auburn University in the board of directors in 1971. Soon after the College of Business, Dept. of TransBoyd was named divisional vice chairman portation and Logistics, to commemorate for ATA’s truckload division, ATA’s vice his service and reinforce his life-long comchairman, and by 1983 was ATA Chairmitment to the transportation industry. man of the Board. In 1987 Boyd received After “retiring,” Boyd built a new home ATA’s highest honor, the H. Chester in Panama City, Fla. with his wife of 65 Webb Award, given for distinguished years, Frances, and busied himself with his service to ATA, the industry and local many investments that included a resort in community. Along the way, Boyd also Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., home building in served on the ATA Building Inc. Board of Arizona and real estate investments in severGovernors, the ATA Policy and Finance al states. and Public Affairs committees, ATA’s po“He was always looking for a deal, and litical PAC ALA-Ton—plus many other he loved land deals and development propad hoc committees and task forces. erties,” Cooper says. “He stayed with that for years after he retired.”
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SAFETY & MAINTENANCE Safety Insights
Reflections and Projections
Tim Frazier, CDS ATA Director of Safety and Member Services
‘This year our Safety & Maintenance Management Council accomplished many goals and performed many tasks and activities for the betterment of our industry.’
ach year around this time we look back over the previous months to see what we’ve accomplished, and ponder things we might have left undone. It’s a time to reflect on tasks completed and make plans for the upcoming year. This year our Safety & Maintenance Management Council accomplished many goals and performed many tasks and activities for the betterment of our industry. What follows are just a few of the highlights. We had one of the best years for our Roadside Inspection Program working alongside out state Dept. of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Safety Unit and agents from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. We completed nearly 200 Level 2 inspections during four separate events held this year. During our October inspections, SMMC members provided grills, food, drinks and all the fixings to feed our officers and participants on site (See full stats from this fall’s inspections on page 22). This provided some great networking time for our members and also time to get to know the officers conducting the inspections. Our Fleet Safety Awards banquet was a huge success this year and attended by 170 of our members, drivers, spouses and ATA officers. The event was held at the Pelham Civic Complex where the atmosphere and food were excellent. This will once again be the venue of choice for our 2013 awards ceremony, and a few other SMMC events. Our Truck Driving Championship produced nine National Truck Driving Championships competitors this year. Our guys turned in a strong showing for the Alabama team. Gary Knuckols, AAA Cooper Transportation; Mike Umphrey, Con-Way Freight; and Scott Ward, also of Con-Way Freight, all qualified for the finals in their respective classes, with Ward finishing second in the straight truck class and Mike Umphrey winning the twins class. Great job by a bunch of true professionals! All three of our councils have a desire to see 2013 as a year we raise the bar for training opportunities during our meetings. We have set the calendars for next year, and we are excited about the subjects chosen. We will have the opportunity to hear from some of the best ex-
perts in several different areas from health and wellness to regulatory guidance throughout the year. Meanwhile, we have met with two community colleges in our state in regard to building a curriculum for a “Transportation Introductory” course, and a two year associate’s degree course. Wallace State in Hanceville and Bevill State in Sumiton are in the planning stages of putting these programs together. That could provide an opportunity for students to enter the transportation industry with actual knowledge of what it takes to move freight, and also provide opportunities for apprentice type programs for our members. The Alabama Trucking Association has teamed with The Vertical Alliance Group to provide another avenue for training for our members (See news item on page 19). Vertical Alliance offers many courses for drivers, office associates, and managers in regard to transportation topics. As members you will be able to provide training to your employees which is relevant to the daily functions, whether it’s driving or dispatching. As we all know, training is a key ingredient for a successful operation. Looking ahead for next year we have many quality training opportunities for you. With the regulatory changes we are expecting over the next few years, it is imperative we stay current with our knowledge and understanding of what’s required. As we move closer to the expected Hours of Service changes, mandatory Electronic On-Board Recorders, e-Logs and the like, we will need every opportunity available to keep our people abreast of current changes. With this in mind, I challenge each of you to plug into one of the three SMMC chapters for great career educational opportunities. As I have written before, PARTICIPATION is the key to expanding knowledge and improving your management skill set, which in turn improve your safety and/or maintenance departments. Our SMMC is proud to include some of the best and brightest fleet managers in the business, and those who stay plugged in and are willing to participate in upcoming events, take full advantage of training opportunities, and other activities will have an edge on the competition. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEWS SMMC annual holiday party set for Dec. 10 in Pelham The ATA Safety & Maintenance Management Council’s Annual Christmas Party is set for Monday, Dec. 10, at the Pelham Civic Center in Pelham, Ala. The event starts at 6 p.m. and dress for the event is business casual (A dinner jacket for men is suggested, but not required). Keynote Speaker is former Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, who while on his second tour of duty in Iraq in 2005, lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Yusafiah, Iraq. He was transported to Germany to receive medical treatment and was unconscious for five days. He woke late Christmas Eve to find out he had lost two of his limbs and also sustained several injuries to his remaining leg and his jaw. Instead of feeling sorry for himself and using the accident as an excuse, Galloway has remained extremely active, constantly challenging himself physically by participating in two warrior dash events and a Barbarian Challenge. As a member of TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E he has completed three Tough Mudder competitions and the Bataan Memorial Death March. Hear his emotional and inspiring saga about overcoming obstacles and remaining positive in the face of life’s setbacks. Space is limited but if you would like to attend please call 334-262-6504 or email email@example.com. CVSA says brake violations on the rise At least one in seven vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week in September had brake-related out-of-service (OOS) violations, according to new figures released by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Commercial vehicle inspectors participating in the nationwide event said the 2012 rates were comparable to recent years, but were slightly higher for the second year in a row. Of the vehicles inspected September 9-15, the OOS rate for all brake-related violations was 15.3 percent, slightly higher than in 2011, 2010 and 2009 (at 14.2 percent, 13.5 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively), but lower than in 2008 and 2007. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
Dothan DPS employee tapped Examiner of the Year Driver License Examiner Carolyn Patrick of Dothan, Ala. was recently named the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Examiner of the Year during the agency’s 17th annual awards luncheon held Oct. 24 at the RSA Plaza Terrace. The program honors exemplary work of examiners in From left, Lt. Col. Kevin Wright, ADPS Examiner Carolyn Patrick, ATA’s promoting public safety through testing and in detect- Tim Frazier, and Col. Hugh McCall ing fraudulence and other criminal activity in the licensing process. Patrick, a 30-year veteran of DPS (11 as an examiner), was praised for her work ethic, pleasant disposition and involvement in community activities, and is often responsible for finding warrants and remaining calm under pressure. Department officials added that she has a professional working relationship with other law enforcement agencies and court officials. Other nominees were Teresa Moore, of Huntsville; Danita Davis, Tuscaloosa; and Elizabeth Ferguson, Birmingham. This year’s selection committee was comprised of Alabama Trucking Association Director of Safety Tim Frazier; Harold Hammond, AAMVA Region II; Shane McMinn, R.E. Garrison Trucking; and Theresa Jones, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Alabama Trucking Association and MorphoTrust USA co-sponsored the event. More in-depth information on the results is available on CVSA’s Web site, www.cvsa.org.
Officials predict efficiency gains for onboard truck technology According to a report in Transport Topics the rapid progression of onboard technology has transformed the trucking industry, and new advances will continue to improve and drive efficiency. During a panel discussion on Oct. 8 at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition, Brett Brinton, CEO of telematics provider Zonar Systems, predicted that fleets soon will be able to adjust their trucks’ engine settings—such as maximum speed—remotely over the Internet. “Right now, you have to go out and manually touch every truck, and when’s the last time all your trucks were in one place? Never. The ability to adjust the way your engine operates and do it with the click of a mouse is just around the corner,” He said the “networked vehicle” is enabling fleet managers to give truckers realtime feedback on their driving performance.
“The ability to get back to your drivers and not only give them coaching feedback in real time, but to reward them for that behavior, is going to change the game,” he said. The proliferation of onboard electronics is “providing tons of information that isn’t being taken advantage of in the industry,” said Greg Reimmuth, vice president of sales and marketing at Noregon Systems, Greensboro, N.C., a provider of diagnostic software. To make the most of the data, Reimmuth recommended that fleets run total diagnostic routines on their vehicles — “every truck, every time.” That allows carriers to catch problems that might otherwise be missed or misdiagnosed during preventive maintenance and repair orders, he said. Modern trucks can have about 15 different data feeds from the various onboard technologies, but in the future, truck manufacturers will become “mobile data content providers” by consolidating the data and providing them to customers and third-party technology providers, Brinton said. Continued on page 14 13
News “No longer will you have several disparate systems on your truck,” Brinton said. “You’ll be able to buy a truck and it’ll have a system onboard that is networked to the Internet to be able to provide you with data, no matter what telematics you use, no matter what you have in your truck.” The industry’s third-party technology providers will still be present, “but they’ll be able to do their jobs better,” Brinton said. An example of manufacturers providing mobile data is Detroit’s “virtual technician,” which Zonar developed for Daimler Trucks North America, he said. The system transmits real-time remote engine diagnostics and proactively communicates with fleets and vehicle owners regarding potential performance issues and service scheduling. “You’ll see all the [OEMs} starting to adopt a similar product,” Brinton said.
The path to today’s connected vehicles began with the advent of electronically controlled engines in the late 1980s, said Paul Menig, CEO of consulting firm Tech-I-M. “With that base, the march of electronics to improve the operation of our trucks started.” In the 1990s, truck manufacturers began to take advantage of all the information from the engine, and instrument clusters became electronic and attached to the data link. “That was before we even had the word ‘telematics,’ ” Menig said. “This allowed fleets to track where their vehicles were, know if the engine was running, know what the driver’s hours of service were, know if the driver was braking too hard or if he was driving poorly.”
Link discovered between driver obesity and crash risk A recent study says there’s a direct connection between a truck driver’s crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are up to 55 percet more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI. Stephen Burks of the University of Minnesota-Morris, a former truck driver and behavioral economist, has been working
with Schneider National for more than a decade to study truck driver health and safety. According to an article by Science Now, surveyors calculated 744 rookie drivers with Schneider National individual body mass index number (a formula based on height and weight). Those with a BMI higher than 25 are considered overweight, while those with a BMI greater than 30 were considered obese. The study followed the drivers for two years. “That’s when the data stood up and shouted at us,” Jon Anderson, a biostatistician at the University of Minnesota-Morris told Science Now. “We found really clear evidence that the highest-BMI drivers are at higher risk of having an accident.” During their first two years on the road, drivers with a BMI higher than 35 (severely obese) were 43-55 percent more likely to crash than were drivers with a normal BMI, the team reports in the November issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention. Drivers who are overweight or obese, but not severely, did not appear to be at higher risk. The study does not indicate why. “The relationship held even when the researchers corrected for number of miles on the road, Continued on page 16
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News geographic location, age, and other crash risk factors,” stated the article by Science Now. Some ideas behind the increased risk may include sleep apnea, limited agility, or fatigue associated with obesity, according to the article.
FMCSA mulls fleet credits for informal CSA inspections Transport Topics reported that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials are exploring ways for motor carriers to begin getting credit for “good” inspector screenings and violation-free wireless inspections. FMCSA is well aware of carrier concerns that when drivers are screened but not given a formal inspection, neither they nor their carrier receives credit in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program for no violations, said Bill Quade, the agency’s associate administrator.
The same is true for wireless inspections, Quade added, during his talk at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s recent annual conference in Portland, Me. “Because it’s like an inspection, it’s a snapshot of key elements of your compliance,” Quade said of wireless inspections. “The screening can be seen the same way. Capturing it is a challenge, but it’s a challenge that we should be willing to undertake.” “If I drive by a wireless inspection eight times, 10 times, and there’s nothing on the infrared screen that says my brakes are bad, do I deserve a little credit for this? Probably. How much? When? How do we mark that? How do we note it? We are willing to look at those types of issues, and say eventually, yes.” In meetings here late last month, truckers said it’s a common practice for inspectors to do spot checks of drivers’ licenses, registrations, medical cards and maybe even browse through their log books — and then send drivers on their way without doing any paperwork. “It is a legitimate issue and it’s very significant,” said Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy for American Trucking Associations. “The reason it’s significant is that CSA scores are comparative, based on measures that are basically a ratio of the number
of violations to the number of inspections.” Before the advent of the CSA program in 2010, such brief screenings were not regarded as a significant concern, several carriers said. But with carriers now closely watching their CSA safety scores, every good inspection can mean the difference between an overall good safety rating and an unwelcome letter or visit from FMCSA auditors. The issue is especially significant for small truckers. Stephen Keppler, CVSA’s executive director, said he understands that the screenings are a concern to drivers and carriers, but that inspectors need flexibility in their efforts to enforce regulations. Last year, a proposal to have FMCSA give credit for screenings was presented to CVSA’s executive committee, but after a two-hour discussion, was unanimously rejected, Keppler said. “We said, ‘Look, we understand your concerns, but we shouldn’t be compromising the inspection process because of how the results are being dealt with,’ ” Keppler told TT. “Just because CSA is treating it differently, an inspection is an inspection. We’ve been doing it this way for 30 years based on critical items.” Continued on page 18
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News “It’s enforcement’s job that in order to be efficient they need to be able to have that flexibility in the field — and it’s not always an inspection. They’re not checking the brakes. They’re not checking the tires. They’re not doing the full inspection.” Gerald Krisa, vice president of safety for R&L Carriers, Wilmington, Ohio, and chairman of CVSA’s alternative compliance workgroup, said the organization needs to be careful to not favor large carriers, which have the resources to deploy costly safety technologies. “It can’t be a program for the rich,” Krisa said. “It has to be an opportunity for not only the large motor carriers or motor coaches, but also the small carriers.” At the CVSA conference, Krisa’s working group had a lively debate about how to balance the interests of small and large carriers in moving forward with an alternative com-
pliance program, but did not come up with any specific recommendations to give to CVSA’s executive committee. “I hope to provide an update, hopefully in early December, and have something a little bit more concrete at the spring workshop in Louisville,” Krisa said. Meanwhile, in written follow-up testimony to a Sept. 13 congressional hearing on CSA, CVSA said the program now offers few mechanisms for fleets to improve their scores. “We believe it is appropriate for FMCSA to further explore this alternative compliance concept by instituting a pilot program that would investigate the feasibility of a system that provides motor carriers CSA ‘credits’ in exchange for adoption of certain alternative compliance solutions, in essence improving their score(s) due to their voluntary investment in these life-saving technologies,” CVSA said.
Navistar, Cummins finalize agreements for emissions, engines Navistar announced it has reached definitive, long-term supply agreements for heavy-duty diesel engines and emissions aftertreatment technologies with Cummins.
Through these agreements, Navistar will offer the Cummins ISX15 in its International ProStar+, PayStar and 9900 models. In addition, Navistar will use the Cummins Emission Solutions aftertreatment system for the company’s proprietary MaxxForce heavy-duty big bore engines. Engineering teams from Cummins and Navistar have been working in close collaboration over the past several months to integrate vehicle, engine, and emissions aftertreatment systems. With a formal, finalized agreement, Navistar says, the teams are now focused on a swift, well-executed launch. Navistar will begin its initial pilot builds of the International ProStar+ with the Cummins ISX15 next month, with first customer shipments in December. The International ProStar+ with MaxxForce 13 and the Cummins Emission Solutions SCR-based aftertreatment system will enter initial pilot production in March 2013, with regular production to begin in April. The remaining line-up of heavy-duty truck models will transition to SCR-based clean engine technology in a phased launch throughout 2013 based on volume and customer demand. During the transition, Navistar will con-
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ATA announces new partner for online safety training The Alabama Trucking Association is proud to announce its new partnership with Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. to offer affordable, online industry safety and government regulation training for members and their employees. Specializing in the transportation industry for more than a decade, Vertical Alliance Group offers easy Web-based training and information solutions through its Infinit-i training program. Hundreds of trucking companies and other state trucking associations are already using Infinit-i for proac-
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tive CSA training, roadside inspections, how to tackle rising fuel costs and more. The Infinit-i program is a robust and affordable online training solution for small to medium trucking fleets. ATA fleet members in good standing receive a 10 percent price discount, and fleets with 50 units or less are eligible for low cost pricing at an even greater discount. Vertical Alliance Group does all of the work for you, from setup, hosting, designing and building your own company training Web site. Your personalized site is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year from any computer equipped with a standard Web browser and access to a high-speed Internet connection. The Infinit-i Resource Center allows carriers to import orientation and existing training materials for new drivers to review online — before a driver actually reports for onsite training. Fleet managers can choose from more than 245 titles, each only roughly 4 to 7 minutes long. Online training modules are available based on the ex-
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National ATA offers study pack on driver recruitment With the driver market continuing to show volatility, the American Trucking Associations has developed a study combo pack to educate fleet managers on recruiting and retaining quality truck drivers. “On average, trucking will need to recruit nearly 100,000 new drivers every year to keep up with demand for drivers,” according to ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. The pack includes the ATA Driver Compensation Study with 2011-2010 data and the ATA Benchmarking Guide for Driver Recruitment and Retention. The combo pack offers significant savings over purchasing both products separately. For more information call 866-821-3468. Continued on page 22
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News Fall Roadside Inspections In October, the ATA SMMC chapters held their final Courtesy Roadside Inspections for the year. More than 100 vehicles were inspected between the two events. Thanks to all who participated!
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ATA’s Graves: ‘Trucking’s at a Crossroads’ In his annual “State of the Industry” address, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said the trucking industry is at a crossroads, facing a myriad of challenges and opportunities. Graves spoke at the opening general session of ATA’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas Oct. 8. “I honestly do believe that anyone who is operating in the trucking industry is at a crossroads – in fact you’re facing an entire series of crossroads – each one a decision point sending you in directions that will ultimately determine success or failure, profitability or loss, growth or stagnation,” Graves said. In identifying trucking’s challenges, Graves pointed his finger squarely at Washington. “Three of our nation’s biggest problems are the sluggish economy, a very dysfunctional federal government, and the people of this nation who lack confidence that the economy will get better and that our government as its currently assembled in Washington isn’t capable of getting the job done,” he said. In looking at Washington’s challenges for trucking, Graves pointed to CSA, the federal government’s safety monitoring program as a prime example. “We still believe that CSA is fundamentally the program that will make travel on the nation’s highways safer,” Graves said. “But it must be implemented and managed in such a way as to instill confidence with the industry that our ‘buy in’ to the program will make our companies stronger and not be penalized by inaccurate data or misrepresentation by the shipping community or the media.” Graves also pointed to the administration’s pursuit of a new hours-of-service rule as another example of Washington providing a challenge to the trucking industry. “The rule was working just fine,” he said, “and second I have no doubt that the changes were the result of political pressures brought to bear from the White House and not the result of FMCSA professionals believing that further change was necessary or could be justified.” Despite those challenges, and others like the driver shortage, the weak economic recovery, insufficient federal support for infrastructure and the rise in tolling and rising 24
fuel prices, Graves said trucking was still well-positioned for the future. “The essentiality of the industry and the demand for freight movement by truck – a growing demand for freight movement by truck – is unquestioned,” Graves said. “The long-term macro outlook for trucking has never been better, but the near-term micro view continues to be very challenging.” To overcome those challenges, as trucking sits at the crossroads, Graves said it was important for companies to adapt and change. “Those unwilling to embrace change will not survive. As unpleasant as that option may be, it’s simply a truth that has always confronted the industry,” he said. “Any over you who know the history of de-regulation, know that the folks who embraced the changing operational landscape of the
trucking were at the vanguard of the industry we know today.” Graves’ speech marked the 10th anniversary of his hiring as ATA president, an occasion he noted by pointing out that many of the trucking headlines from the industry’s leading publications would not be out of place today. “Surely there isn’t any other industry where ‘the more things change – the more they stay the same,’ is actually true,” he said. “Change within our industry tens to happen relatively slowly, usually giving us time to shape outcomes that benefit the industry, giving us time to anticipate and prepare. “Conversely, change in our industry happens slowly – so if you’re in a hurry for something to happen, you might be frustrated with the pace of change,” Graves said. “In
Southland International showcases remodeled Montgomery branch More than 300 customers, friends and industry officials gathered Nov. 1 to tour Southland International Trucks. Inc.’s new Montgomery facility — its third new or updated branch in four years. The new structure, located just off I65, near the Maxwell Air Force Base main entrance, sits on more than 7.5 acres and has 14 service bays and more than 24,000 sq. ft. of space. It also offers a complete product line including new and used commercial trucks, school buses, executive buses, trailers, as well as rental and full service leases. It has a parts delivery service, as well as a driver’s lounge with flat screen TVs and free wireless internet. “It was a Chamber of Commerce kind of day,” said company President Drew Linn. “We had a larger than expected turnout and were thrilled to showcase our new facility to our valued customers, friends and family.” Guests were treated to an on-site fish fry buffet, and a few lucky guests even left with one of several door prizes, including a 50 in. HDTV. Linn first purchased the location from Navistar International Corp. in 1986, and since then, has expanded the dealership to seven locations throughout Alabama, making it one of the largest dealer networks it the state. Meanwhile, Southland is currently putting finishing touches on a new location in Huntsville, which is set for completion by the end of the year, company officials said. Designated by Navistar as a “Circle of Excellence” dealership, Southland has met rigorous requirements guaranteeing complete customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.southlandtrucks.com.
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almost every instance, our past is a very good indicator of what our future while old – and this industry’s past is certainly a story of growth, success and profitability.” Full text of Gov. Graves’ address is available at www.truckline.com.
Avizent is now part of York Risk Services Group York Risk Services Group, a national provider of claims-management, specialized loss adjusting, insurance pool administration and other insurance services, has acquired the Ohio-based Avizent. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Avizent, a national third party administrator, provides claims management services, managed care services, alternative risk financing options and a variety of loss control services to clients ranging from public entities, self-insured clients and carriers. Avizent handled claims for the ATA Workers’ Comp Fund. (York will now handle all claims for ATA WCSIF). “York specializes in market segments where we can bring both expertise and commitment to excellence to bear. Growing through strategic acquisitions allows us to continually expand and improve product and service offerings to our customers,” said Tony Galioto, President and CEO of York Risk Services Group. “This acquisition makes tremendous sense for both companies and for our clients and employees. Our strengths and areas of specialization and even our geographic concentrations complement each other. Bringing these two companies together will give our customers a best-in-class suite of risk management and insurance services backed by outstanding service and the ability to deliver to measurable results.” “We are pleased to be joining York,” said Thomas Watson, President and CEO for Avizent. “The natural synergies between the companies will allow us to easily pool our expertise and to provide customers with even better claims management solutions across all states and all lines of business.” “This acquisition brings together two high-quality companies led by skilled executives that share a common vision of service and excellence,” notes Brent Stone, Partner at ABRY Partners, LLC, the private equity firm that provided capital for the transaction. “The combined company will leverage the strengths of both York and Avizent to create a strong industry leader that is committed to growth, service and success,” he added. In a statement to its members, ATA Workers’ Comp officials said that Fund members “will get the same expertise, great A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
Texas opens high speed toll road A 41-mile stretch of a new toll road in Texas offers the nation’s highest speed limit at 85 MPH, according to the Associated Press. The Texas Transportation Commission approved the speed limit in August for the portion of State Highway 130 between Mustang Ridge south of Austin and Sequin, east of San Antonio. American Trucking Associations urged Texas to reverse its decision allowing the high speed limit, citing safety concerns. According to state officials, the toll road is intended to alleviate the increasingly crowded Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Tolls will not be collected until Nov. 11, AP reported. Published media reports says cars and personal trucks will pay $6.17 for the full stretch, while an 18-wheeler with a tag will pay more than $24. technology and commitment to delivering the best service and results they’ve always had, but now the company name is York instead of Avizent.” WCSIF officials added that the only changes Fund members can expect are administrative such as new email addresses and logos. Otherwise, Fund members’ team of adjusters and account managers, etc. will be the same. Also, mailing addresses and phone numbers (except in a very few cases where the company may consolidate offices in the same city); bank accounts and signature cards; contracts and billing and invoicing will remain. The company will issue bills and invoices under the new name, but will honor and process payments and checks under either name.
ATRI: Trucking operating costs back on upswing The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released findings from its 2012 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. The research, which identifies trucking costs from 2008 to 2011 derived directly from fleet operations, provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses. According to ATRI, the average marginal cost per mile for 2011 was $1.71, the highest of the four years studied. After a sharp decline in fuel prices resulted in decreased
industry costs between 2008 and 2009, industry costs have steadily risen through 2010 and 2011. Fuel and driver wages (excluding benefits) continued to be the largest cost centers for carriers, together constituting 62 percent of the average operating cost in 2011. “Accurate, up-to-date operational costs are essential for our industry. Given the current economic climate, the more financial data carriers have to analyze, the more opportunities there are to improve operations,” commented Chad England, Chief Operating Officer of C.R. England, Inc. and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee. Since its original publication in 2008, the Operational Costs of Trucking reports continue to be one of the most requested ATRI reports among industry stakeholders. In addition to average costs per mile, ATRI’s report documents average costs per hour and includes cost breakouts by industry sector. A copy of this report is available from ATRI at www.atri-online.org.
ATA releases driver shortage analysis paper The American Trucking Associations released an analysis of the shortage of truck drivers, concluding that the current shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector of the industry; but that long term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade. “Carriers and fleet executives have begun expressing concern about their ability to identify and hire qualified professional drivers,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said, “and with this report, we tried to identify where the impacts were being felt the most, why the shortage is increasingly worrisome and why it has the potential to get worse.” In the paper, available here, ATA said that while private fleets and less-than-truckload carriers may have some difficulty hiring drivers, the bulk of the shortage was confined to long-haul, over-the-road truckload carriers. “ATA estimates the current shortage of drivers to be in the 20,000 to 25,000 range in the for-hire truckload market . . . on a base of roughly 750,000 trucks,” the report said, adding that if current trends continue, the shortage has the potential to grow to 239,000 over the next decade. In addition to industry growth, retirements and drivers voluntarily changing careers, ATA believes certain government regulations – chiefly the yet-to-be-implemented Continued on page 26 25
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hours-of-service changes and the federal government’s driver and carrier oversight program: Compliance, Safety, Accountability – will exacerbate the driver shortage, while the industry’s transition to electronic logging is unlikely to have a significant impact. “On average, trucking will need to recruit nearly 100,000 new drivers every year to keep up with demand for drivers,” Costello said, “with early two-thirds of the need coming from industry growth and retirements.”
Lawmakers blast FMCSA over CSA program details Transportation Topics reports that lawmakers joined trucking and transportation officials in criticizing the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program at a hearing on Capitol Hill in September, saying it targets safe carriers for unfair scrutiny. According to the report, criticism for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s program ranged from its failure to differentiate crashes that are not a carrier’s fault to questioning if there actually is a link between higher scores and crash risk. “It’s been just a little over two years since — prior to [CSA’s] implementation — we held a hearing in this subcommittee regarding this new system, and at that time we expressed a number of concerns that still endure,” Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Transportation Committee’s
National cargo theft group warns of potential scam Federal and state law enforcement agencies from several states, have taken several reports that Flat Rate Movers LLC has contacted trucking related business attempting to scam cash. According to CargoNet Command Center, a national database that monitors cargo theft, Flat Rate Mover has operated under seven different names listed with the same owner “Yari.” Some of those names include, Atlas Relocation, Bravo Inc., Bravo Movers, Flat Rate Movers LLC, Radio City International, Radio City Movers LLC, and Real Movers. Their licenses through DOT have been continuously revoked and they are listed as an Illegal Household Carrier in the State of Georgia. Flat Rate Movers also has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to report any suspicious activity or similar occurrences to the CargoNet Command Center at 1-888-595-2638. subcommittee on highways and transit, said at a Sept. 13 hearing on Capitol Hill. DeFazio said he is especially troubled by the agency’s current policy of giving similar scores for carriers’ involvement in crashes, regardless of fault. Lawmakers expressed concern about the policy before the December 2010 launch of CSA, and DeFazio said he was not pleased with FMCSA’s inaction.
President signs Military CDL Act Last month President Barack Obama signed the Military Commercial Drivers’ License Act of 2012, which will make it easier for veterans and service men and women to obtain Commercial Drivers’ Licenses, making them more employable once they leave active-duty. The law will enable an active duty service man or woman to go through the training and skill acquisition necessary to obtain a CDL while they are performing their duties in service to the United States. The fact that they may be serving in a state other than their home state will no longer be an obstacle. Previously, states were only able to issue CDLs to persons who are legal residents in the state. Since many military personnel often receive their vehicle training in locations other than their homes of record, including their duty stations, the old law made it difficult for them to obtain a CDL before leaving military service. The law creates an exception allowing states to test and issue commercial driver’s licenses to service members who are domiciled in another state. It was one of those rare bills that everyone in the trucking industry seemed to agree on. In a statement when the bill passed Congress, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said, “As the economy continues to recover, it is becoming ever more challenging for trucking companies to find qualified drivers to move America’s most essential goods,” Graves said. “Veterans with experience driving trucks in the military are highly sought after.” “Making it easier for veterans to move into these jobs is a good thing for the military, for the veterans themselves and for our industry.” 26
Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), the subcommittee’s chairman, said he was unhappy that some states do not report all vehicle inspections and that the CSA system only has ratings for 40 percent of carriers. “Questions have also been raised over the relationship of some violations and whether they are indicators of future crash risk,” Duncan said. “Scores generated in certain [Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories] may not have a correlation to future crash risk and may inadvertently focus FMCSA’s enforcement measures on the wrong carriers.” Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Don Young (R-Alaska) and Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) were among other subcommittee members who chastised FMCSA at the hearing, while also encouraging Administrator Anne Ferro to consider changes. FedEx’s Mugno said that while his company is one of the safest in the industry, the carrier is above FMCSA’s threshold in the driver fitness category, opening the company up to further investigation. That calls into question how accurate the driver fitness category is at identifying unsafe carriers, he said. “Many ATA member carriers with excellent safety records and low crash rates, like FedEx Ground, find themselves singled out due to high CSA scores that erroneously reflect unsafe performance,” he said. Ferro defended the program, saying it has improved driver safety. “Preliminary crash estimates for 2011 show a 4 percent reduction in fatalities in truck and bus crashes over 2010,” Ferro said. Violations resulting from roadside inspections fell 8 percent during that time for driver-related violations and 10 percent for vehicular ones, she said. “These are the most dramatic improvements in violation patterns in a decade,” Ferro said. Bruce Johnson, director of carrier services at freight broker C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., complained that CSA is providing little help in determining which carriers to hire. “While the BASIC data is used as a compass to guide enforcement actions by FMCSA, a safety rating is widely seen as a safety seal of approval for those who hire trucks,” he said. Johnson, speaking on behalf of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, asked that FMCSA use CSA data to rate carriers and tell the public which carriers are unsafe. “Every day that goes by without a fair and accurate safety fitness determination, the transportation industry will continue to be negatively impacted,” Johnson said. “We encourage FMCSA to be clear and consistent A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
with shippers and brokers on which carriers and which information should be used to select motor carriers to haul freight,” he said. The agency is working toward such a system and will likely propose it early next year, Ferro told the panel. The forthcoming safety rating, called a carrier safety fitness determination, will be based upon whether a carrier’s scores in CSA exceed certain thresholds, Ferro said. Unlike the current thresholds for law enforcement intervention, they will not be based on percentile ratings. Ruby McBride, vice president of corporate systems for Colonial Freight Systems Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., said that her company’s experiences show the pitfalls of CSA.
Despite a good overall safety record, paperwork errors on logbooks have results in FMCSA sending an inspector to the business. After nine days of research, the agency made no change to Colonial’s safety status, McBride said. “Based upon Colonial’s experience, I am convinced that the CSA program does not accurately measure carrier safety performance, and . . . the progressive intervention goals are not being realized,” she said.
ATRI asks for input from industry on HOS The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) requests assistance industry
stakeholders in completing a survey on the potential impacts of changes to the 34-hour restart rule for hours of service. The survey is available online at http://atri-online.org (Look for a blue tab/banner located at the top left). Under the new hours-of-Service rules that are scheduled to take effect next year, changes to the 34-hour restart will include 1) a requirement that a restart include two periods between 1 a.m. – 5 a.m., and 2) a limitation of one restart per 7-day time period. The survey is part of a larger ATRI study quantifying real-world operational impacts on the trucking industry that may result from these revisions. ATRI’s full HOS study will be released in early next year.
Many regs are playing role in driver shortage, execs say By Neil Abt LAS VEGAS — While experts have pointed at the government’s new safety program as a major contributor to the growing truck driver shortage, two executives who spoke here during American Trucking Associations’ annual meeting said other lower-profile measures are also playing roles. Both Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express, and Derek Leathers, president and chief operating officer of Werner Enterprises, said the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program needs tweaking but offers highway-safety benefits. However, the need to attract more drivers requires a reconsideration of other regulations, they said. “There is too much regulating of a deregulated industry. It is forcing many people out,” Burch said at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition. Some provisions of CSA and the disputed hours-of-service rule are leaving truckers with the impression the government is “further reaching into the cab” to monitor what they do. As a result, many drivers are exiting the industry because they no longer have the independent lifestyle they had come to enjoy, Leathers said. But it is more than just CSA or HOS playing a role. Burch, whose company is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, said he has a hard time understanding why the same young driver can travel long distances on extremely crowded interstates within the borders of Ohio yet cannot travel a much shorter route that crosses state lines. “The industry needs to wake up and get some statistics showing the value of younger drivers” and illustrate to the government that, when properly trained, they are safe,” he said. The Department of Transportation regulates interstate commerce and requires commercial drivers to be at least age 21. However, individual states regulate intrastate commerce, so people often can obtain and use their commercial driver license at earlier ages. Another area where both executives said was an obvious place to gain quality drivers, while also helping the nation, was the military. “How ridiculous is it not to use our soldiers coming home to haul our freight?” Burch asked rhetorically. Easing the transition from a military CDL to a civilian CDL was among the suggestions made by trucking executives in the American Trucking Research Institute’s 2012 “Critical Issues” survey, released here during MCE. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
In the survey, the driver shortage placed fourth on the list of top industry concerns, with 12.8 percent of respondents selecting it as the most serious issue. ATRI said the top proposed solution to the problem is to “examine the competitiveness of truck driver pay and benefits as compared to other industries.” The second most popular solution, ATRI said, was attracting more veterans to the industry. The survey cited Virginia as one state that recently started a program with the military to help veterans of the National Guard obtain a CDL. As of the end of August, 26 states had waived the driving portion of the CDL test for returning veterans and reservists who have driven heavy vehicles during their service. An additional 12 states and the District of Columbia are crafting a similar waiver system, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. An overly litigious society is also playing a role in keeping potential drivers away, said Leathers. During the panel discussion, he shared stories he hears from his company’s top drivers, who are invited for a monthly breakfast to discuss issues with Werner executives. “Our million-mile safe drivers tell me they feel a stressful burden,” he said. “One wrong turn could mean a $20-$30 million lawsuit and the loss of life. It causes them great duress.” Another concern, Leathers said, is a push in recent years to cut funding on the federal and state levels for highway rest areas, which has resulted in too many closures. “This is making it tough to find a safe, easy way to take a break. We need to fight for funding necessary to make it safe on the road” for truck drivers, he said. Leathers estimated CSA had removed between 2 percent and 4 percent of the driver workforce. Panelist Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst of ACT Research, offered an optimistic view about the role CSA might play in helping driver retention in coming years. The thinning of the driver pool resulting from the safety program will constrain new capacity, Vieth said. The result will be a boost to fleets’ bottom lines, making it easier to provide pay increases and incentives that may be necessary to keep top drivers, he said. The panel was moderated by Howard Abramson, publisher and editorial director of Transport Topics Publishing Group. It was sponsored by Freightliner Trucks. —Transport Topics 27
Evaluating your training program A comprehensive fleet safety program begins with driver training. By Allan Hicks
Step 1 – Establish a needs analysis.
e need to ask ourselves what part does training play in a successful safety program. The answer is that everything related to safety must go through a training process. With more and more emphasis being put on CSA Scores, there will be an ongoing need to improve training in our companies to improve our scores. When you explore the CSA Web site and go into the “Resources Section” there are pages and pages on the Safety Management Cycle that discusses six areas: Policies and Procedures, Roles and Responsibilities, Qualification and Hiring, Training and Communication, Monitoring and Tracking and Meaningful Action. The most important one of these sections is training, because everything has to be communicated to all employees when there are changes within a company. When all or part of FMCSA regulations change, we as fleet owners and managers must train our drivers, as well as those in dispatch and operations, on what has changed and how it affects our company. If a company buys new equipment or new software everyone has to be retrained. If we change a written policy or procedure within our company or a customer makes changes, again, everyone must be trained or retrained. As you can see, anytime just about anything changes everyone must be retrained. Don’t forget a new hire as a driver, dispatcher or maintenance; they have to be trained the way your company does things and not how they did it at their previous job. Through any process you can see that training is an essential part of achieving consistency in a business. There are many benefits to a strong training program and just a few are:
Through a review of your company look at areas that have had a change in regulations, a process has changed, new equipment has been brought in or new software has been introduced. Then you need to ask the following questions: “Why” is the training needed? “What” type of training is needed? “When” is training needed? “Who” needs the training? “Who” should conduct the training?
Helps improve CSA scores. Increased efficiencies in policies and procedures as well as any company process. ● Increases the level of acceptance of new technologies, equipment and methods of completing tasks. ● Develops new skills and the knowledge and understanding of the skills. ● Helps meet requirements of FMCSA and other Federal Regulatory agencies. ● ●
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Once the questions are answered, you have the topic for the needed training.
Step 2 – Developing the training program and/or any manuals needed. In Step 3 you will decide on how to deliver the training materials, but in this step you need to develop the content. You should gather as much information on the topic as available. Sources of content could be the Regulations themselves, equipment manuals and any policies, procedures or processes that have been changed. Training content can be purchased from many sources such as printed manuals or even videos. Don’t forget Federal Regulatory Agency websites such as the FMCSA, OSHA and EPA to name just a few. Bottom line is that you can either produce your own content or go outside the company and purchase the material. Don’t forget the internet.
Step 3 – Method of delivering the training program. There are many methods that are available to deliver the training material. First you need to look at the audience that training is to be delivered. Does it need to be group training so a lot of people can be reached at one time? Does it need to be smaller groups where there can be interaction? Will it be delivered by video, PowerPoint, orally, or hands-on training? Does the training need to be handled by someone inside the company or should an outside trainer be brought in? There are also seminars or workshops given by outside training companies on A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
specific topics. There can also be one-on-one training where time is given to make sure the subject is grasped. This can also be done with on-the-job training where it is in either small groups or one on one. The most popular method today is Web-based training. This is a growing trend where employees who are scattered across the U.S. or world can be trained on a specific topic. This method is economical and any material whether it is video, PowerPoint or other written forms can be presented. This method also enables a company to reach a larger percentage of a scattered workforce on a specific topic and in a shorter period of time. Prior to our company using web based training we reached approximately 70-80 percent of our employees 3 or 4 times a year. Now we reach 95 percent of our employees on a monthly basis while presenting several topics. In a majority of cases there is no lost production time for the employee.
Step 4 â€“ Evaluate the training and document the training. At this step the training is completed, now you need to make sure that everyone has taken the training and you have documen-
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tation showing they have taken it. Training completed in groups, seminars, workshops, One-on-One and on the job can be documented by having everyone sign a sheet and/or give out certificates. You also have to evaluate the effectiveness of the training and see if those that completed the training comprehended the material. With the above mentioned methods everything is in paper form and must be placed in the employees files for future reference. Training that is completed using the Web in most cases doesnâ€™t need to have a paper trail. With a secure log in no signature is needed and everything can be documented, even the results of any quizzes that was completed after the training was completed.
Final thoughts In summary, there a lot of methods and each one of these steps need to be followed whichever one is used. With Web Based Training you can find the Topic, assign to employees and then monitor who has or has not completed the training. The Alabama Trucking Association in Partnership with the Vertical Alliance Group now offers web based training. For more information contact the Association office at 334-834-3983.
Keeping it in Perspective American Trucking Associations weighs in on President Obama’s re-election & future regulatory activity. he Obama Administration slowed its regulatory pipeline to a snail’s pace in 2012, in large part due to election year politics. President Obama’s reelection is very likely to result in continuation of an aggressive regulatory agenda in 2013 and beyond. Below is initial perspective from American Trucking Associations on future regulatory activity in the President’s second term.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) — The Administration’s upcoming safety agenda will, in part, be driven by MAP-21 mandates (e.g., electronic logging device mandate, raising the bar for new carriers, etc.). FMCSA will be forced to prioritize MAP-21’s many mandates. On this point, ATA expects prioritization of safety rulemakings to be driven by the Administration’s overarching political agenda to champion labor issues and consumer protections. To that end, expect FMCSA to place emphasis on raising minimum insurance levels, ELD implementation, and treatment of motor carrier employers with patterns of violations (and “reincarnated” carriers). MAP-21 mandates that focus on unsafe driver behavior (e.g., employer notification system) will likely be a lesser priority. FMCSA’s 5-year strategic plan also provides clues. Given the Administration’s sensitivity to labor’s agenda, Agency leadership may raise the visibility of driver pay issues (e.g., mode of pay, detention time pay, etc.) as well as driver health & wellness issues (e.g., sleep apnea screening and treatment rules). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) — NHTSA’s agenda is not likely to change much, or be driven by a political agenda, at least as it relates to trucks. NHTSA tends to follow a data and analysis-driven rulemaking agenda. On the near horizon (2013 – 2014), NHTSA will likely complete its
rulemaking on stability control systems for large trucks. It is also likely to begin a rulemaking on speed governors and perhaps on standards for event data recorders. In the mid-term (2014 and beyond), NHTSA may initiate rulemakings on truck crashworthiness standards and rear underride guards. Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) — Similar to FMCSA, PHMSA’s hazmat agenda and priorities will be driven, at least in part, by the MAP-21 hazmat provisions. These include incorporating long-running special permits into the HMRs, regulating facilities that load and unload cargo tanks, and providing a method for filing electronic shipping papers. Early in the first Obama Administration, accusations that PHMSA leadership was too cozy with industry significantly reduced access. This reduced communication and access is unfortunate, but is expected to continue. The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards program, which is led by the Department of Homeland Security, will require redundant background checks and vetting of drivers who already possess a hazmat endorsement. Now that the election is over, this rule will likely go to OMB for review in the very near future. Department of Transportation (DOT) — Implementation of NAFTA’s trucking provisions will continue to move forward under the present pilot A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
program agreed to by President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. While not initially in favor of a pilot program, the Administration is now likely to continue a pragmatic approach to resolving the cross-border trucking dispute to avoid new sanctions by Mexico on key commodities affecting targeted districts. Hopefully, as long as the trade flows continue to grow and provide a positive impact to the US economy, the Administration will continue to support an open trade agenda. Department of Labor (DOL) — Observers credit labor union get-out-thevote efforts for playing a large role in the re-election, and the Administration will likely feel indebted. One of the priority issues for the unions is the ‘misclassification’ initiative. DOL and the IRS will continue to work together, and with the States, to expand re-classification of independent contractors as employees. Additionally, the DOL has expressed interest in moving forward with a “Right-toKnow” rulemaking, and the re-election is likely to give it the comfort to move forward. Under this proposal, employers would be required to provide an analysis to contractors as to why they were deemed an independent contractor as opposed to an employee. Similarly, employers will have to provide an analysis to individuals as to why they have been deemed exempt under FLSA (for overtime purposes), if they have been so deemed. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — OSHA will likely continue on the course set in this Administration’s first term, that is, a much greater focus on enforcement at the expense of education and cooperation with business. Foremost in its arsenal will likely be the “I2P2” regulation (the Injury and Illness Prevention Program). The SBREFA panel for this proposed regulation was supposed to meet in 2012 but, due in part to the A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2012
regulatory pull-back this election year, the meeting never happened. This regulation would require that employers work with employees to proactively ‘discover’ possible hazards and eliminate them. This rule would likely require this be an ongoing process. Critics believe this program is an indirect way to regulate workplace safety issues that OSHA has not successfully addressed in previous rulemakings, (i.e., it could be a catch-all regulation). Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — The Administration will continue to implement existing regulations, including the agency’s 2010 medium and heavy-duty truck emission standards and the 2014 truck greenhouse gas emission rule (issued by this Administration in 2011). A second trucking greenhouse gas emission rule is very likely and discussions/development of this regulation will commence following EPA rulemaking prioritization. On energy issues, production levels for bio-based fuels under the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard will most likely see continued expansion in the areas of cellulosic and bio-based diesel fuels. EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program, the voluntary carbon and fuel reduction program, will likely experience further growth but may be constricted as a result of on-going funding issues. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — EEOC’s focus has been on systemic discrimination and going after practices that are widespread. As such, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will continue to be a point of emphasis (including the perils its contradictions with the FMCSRs create), as well as a likely increase in enforcement against ‘improper’ use of criminal history records. The improper use of genetic information – such as family history regarding cardiovascular disease – in hiring decisions could also see further activity.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — Under this Administration’s direction, the NLRB has already shown it stripes with recent rulemakings and administrative decisions that have a pro-union bent (“quickie” election rule, notice-posting requirement). The current composition of the NLRB (the validity of the recess appointments) is subject to judicial challenge, but it would appear that the re-election will provide the opportunity to dispose of that problem to the extent the challenge is valid. The NLRB is likely to continue to interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a way that favors concerted activity and the right to representation at the expense of the employer’s right to communicate its views. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — DHS will likely issue a regulation for security credential ‘card readers’ in an effort to improve security at various facilities. Expect the Administration to issue a ‘universal fee’ rule to allow for a “enroll once, use for multiple purposes” regulation for the credentialing programs under TSA. DHS has been considering additional security requirements for entering chemical facilities which could involve added steps for outside parties such as commercial drivers—a potential overreach given existing driver background check requirements. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — President Obama’s re-election should ensure the continuation of CBP’s “Beyond the Borders” initiative, started in 2012 with Canadian and Mexican regulatory agencies. It’s likely we will see both subtle and substantial changes made in order to harmonize regulatory processes at the borders (e.g., harmonizing inspection procedures at some border crossings). Generally speaking, this initiative has been welcomed by the industry. 33
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Alabama Trucking Assn.’s Buyer’s Guide lists those companies that have taking an active role in supporting Alabama’s trucking industry by becoming members of the Association. We ask that each time you plan a purchase that you consult this guide and give ATA members the opportunity to gain your business. These companies proudly support your association and deserve your support, as well.
Cottingham and Butler (800) 793-5235 ext. 5521 www.cottinghambutler.com
Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988 www.carlislemedical.com
ADVERTISING/PUBLISHING Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information (205) 349-2990 www.rrpub.com
Great West Casualty Co. (865) 670-6573 www.gwccnet.com
Employers Drug Program Mgmt., Inc. (205) 326-3100 www.edpm.com
Hudgens Insurance, Inc. (334) 289-2695
ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447 www.ergoscience.com
BUS SALES & SERVICE Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com Transportation South, Inc. (205) 663-2287 www.thebuscenter.com Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 www.wardintltrucks.com CHEMICAL PRODUCTS Rushing Enterprises, Inc. (334) 693-3318 www.rushingenterprises.com COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRONICS J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com PeopleNet (888) 346-3486 www.peoplenetonline.com QUALCOMM, Inc. (770) 271-3654 www.qualcomm.com/qwbs
(501) 835-1585 www.randmcnally.com XRS Corp. (865) 856-0584 www.xrscorp.com EDUCATION & TRAINING J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 329-8183 www.jptsc.com
EQUIPMENT LEASING Eagle Equipment Leasing LLC (205) 999-5410 H.E.C. Leasing, LLC (615) 324-3538 www.hecleasing.com National Semi-Trailer Corp. (205) 520-0050 www.nationalsemi.com Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 www.southerntruck.net Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 www.starleasing.com Truck & Trailer Leasing Corp. (256) 831-6880 EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING BigBee Steel (256) 383-7322 www.bigbee.com Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing (205) 601-8440 www.roadranger.com
Thermo King of B’ham-Thermo King of Montgomery-Thermo King of Dothan (205) 591-2424 www.midstatetk.com Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 www.thompsontractor.com W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083 www.wwwilliams.com ESCORT SERVICE ESTATE AND BUSINESS PLANNING Christian & Small LLP (205) 795-6588 www.csattorneys.com FINANCIAL SERVICES BancorpSouth Equipment Finance (205) 422-7111 www.bxsequipmentfinance.com Comdata (615) 370-7778 GE Capital (770) 960-6307 www.getransfin.com KSM Transport Advisors, LLC (317) 580-2324 www.ksmta.com
EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Ancra International, LLC (334) 306-4372 www.ancra.com
People’s Capital & Leasing Corp. (205) 856-9354 www.peoples.com
Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. (800) 844-8277 www.dothantarp.com
People’s United Equipment Finance Corp. (205) 664-9374 www.financialfederal.com
Fleet Air Technologies, Inc. (256) 754-0034 www.fleetairtech.com
Renasant Bank (334) 223-1445 www.renasant.com
FleetPride, Inc. (205) 322-5621 www.fleetpride.com
Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC (256) 739-0312 www.wakm.com
FQS Bear Equipment (803) 957-4946 www.fqs-inc.com
Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 www.transportationsafetyservices.com GFA, Alabama (205) 277-2157 www.gfany.net Trucking Partners, LLC (256) 737-8788 Imperial Supplies LLC www.truckingpartners.com (920) 494-7474 www.imperialsupplies.com USA Driver-s, Inc. (205) 661-0712 Kinedyne Corp. www.usadrivers.com (334) 365-2919 www.kinedyne.com Wise Consulting, LLC (256) 709-0768 Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems (334) 798-0080 ENGINE MANUFACTURERS www.arvinmeritor.com Cummins Mid-South, LLC (901) 488-8033 Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. www.cummins.com (205) 323-2877 www.metrotrailer.net Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 Paccar Parts/Kenworth www.thompsontractor.com (205) 679-7925 www.kenworth.com Westport HD div. of Westport Innovations, Inc. Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 635-7143 (251) 653-4716 www.westport.com www.southerntruck.net
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (615) 587-9032 www.wellsfargo.com INSURANCE Aon Risk Solutions (501) 374-9300 www.aon.com Aronov Insurance, Inc. (205) 907-9622 www.aronovinsurance.com Avizent (205) 581-9283 www.avizentrisk.com The Baxter Agency (334) 678-6800 www.baxteragency.com BB & T Insurance Services (912) 201-4706 Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340 www.bentonandparker.com
Johnson-Locklin & Associates (205) 980-8008 www.johnson-locklin.com The Kennion Group, Inc. (205) 969-1155 www.kennion.com Liberty Mutual Group (804) 380-5169 www.libertymutual,com Liberty National Life Insurance (256) 596-0930 www.libnat.com Liberty Truck Insurance (205) 322-6695 Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance Agency, Inc. (251) 473-4600 Marvin Johnson & Associates, Inc. (812) 372-0841 www.mjai.com McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc. (205) 252-9871 www.mcgriff.com Joe Morten & Sons, Inc. (865) 670-6544 www.joemorten.com S. S. Nesbitt (205) 262-2620 www.ssnesbitt.com Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105 www.palomarinsurance.com Regions Insurance, Inc. (501) 661-4880 www.regions.com
J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com Safety First-Div. of Behavioral Health Systems (205) 443-5450 www.bhs-inc.com PETROLEUM PRODUCTS BP Castrol Lubricants (205) 266-4863 www.castrol.com Hollingsworth Oil Co. (205) 424-5823 www.hoclubes.com Jack Green Oil Co., Inc. (256) 831-1038 Kimbro Oil Company (615) 320-7484 www.kimbrooil.com Major Oil Company, Inc. (334) 263-9070 www.unitedfoodandfuel.com Slidell Oil (334) 262-7301 The McPherson Companies, Inc. (888) 802-7500 www.mcphersonoil.com W.H. Thomas Oil Co., Inc. (205) 755-2610 www.whthomasoil.com PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Accounting Firms: Aldridge, Borden & Co. (334) 834-6640 www.aldridgeborden.com
Regions Insurance/Barksdale Bonding Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (334) 271-6678 (334) 808-9441 www.cricpa.com www.barksdalebonding.com Reliance Partners, Inc. (877) 668-1704 www.reliancepartners.com
Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068 www.ksmcpa.com
Sentry Insurance (800) 610-4888 www.sentry.com
Attorneys: Albrittons, Clifton & Moody P.C. (334) 222-3177 www.albrittons.com
Trans Con Assurance, LTD (205) 978-7070 Turner & Hamrick L.L.C. (334) 566-7665 www.turnerhamrick.com Zurich (800) 553-3055 www.zurichna.com/zdu MEDICAL/DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES Alabama Specialty Clinic (256) 736-1460 www.ascoccupationalhealth.com Bradley Screening, LLC (334) 272-3539 www.bradleyscreening
Austill, Lewis & Pipkin, P.C. (205) 870-3767 www.maplaw.com Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. (205) 328-0480 www.bakerdonelson.com Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680 www.ball-ball.com Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson (800) 582-3793 www.carrallison.com
(as of 11/19/2012) Christian & Small, LLP (205) 795-6588 www.csattorneys.com
PrePass (931) 520-7170 www.prepass.com
DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C. (251) 433-1577 www.delmar-law.com
Quality Vehicle Processing, LLC (205) 507-2758
Ferguson, Frost & Dodson, LLP (205) 879-8722 www.ffdlaw.com Fisher & Phillips, LLP (404) 231-1400 www.laborlawyers.com Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. (205) 278-7000 www.friedman-lawyers.com Hand Arendall LLC (251) 432-5511 www.handarendall.com Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart (205) 328-1900 www.ogletreedeakins.com James M. Sizemore, Jr. (256) 409-1985 Webster, Henry, Lyons, White, Bradwell & Black, P.C. (334) 264-9472 www.websterhenry.com Zieman, Speegle, Jackson & Hoffman LLC (251) 694-1700 www.ziemanspeegle.com Other Services: ACS Expedited Solutions (801) 349-2433 www.acsexpeditedsolutions.com Ahern & Associates LTD (602) 242-1030 www.ahern-LTD.com Best Drivers (205) 916-0259 www.bestdrivers.com Direct Chassislink (704) 571-2155 www.chassislink.com The Earl Dove Co., LLC (334) 793-7117 George L. Edwards & Associates (334) 745-5166 J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com Jeffers Trucking, Inc. (205) 808-1112 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 329-8183 www.jptsc.com McLeod Software (205) 823-5100 www.mcleodsoftware.com Mobile Asphalt Co., LLC (251) 408-0770 www.mobileasphalt.com Motor Carrier Safety Consulting (205) 871-4455 Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207 www.powersouth.com
Riley Sales and Distribution (256) 872-6620 Securance Group, Inc. (334) 272-1200 www.securancegroup.com
Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (251) 626-5121 Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. (205) 323-2877 www.metrotrailer.net Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235 www.rowemachinery.com Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 www.starleasing.com
Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc. (205) 664-2000 Thompson/Caterpillar www.specenviro.com (205) 849-4365 www.thompsontractor.com Tax2290.com/ThinkTrade Inc. (866) 245-3918 W.W. Williams www.tax2290.com (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083 TMW Systems, Inc. www.wwwilliams.com (216) 831-6606 TIRE DEALERS & MANUFACTURERS www.tmwsystems.com Best-One Tire & Service (615) 785-2834 Transportation and Logistical www.bestonetire.com Services, Inc (205) 226-5500 Bridgestone Commercial Solutions www.tlsincorp.com (770) 317-5777 Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC www.trucktires.com (205) 788-4000 Butler Industrial Tire Center, Inc. (334) 376-0178 Transportation Compliance Services, USA Columbus Tire Co., Inc. (228) 872-7160 (706) 321-8133 www.dottrucksafety.com www.columbustireco.com Transportation Safety Services GCR Tire Centers (251) 661-9700 www.transportationsafetyservices.com (205) 914-6818 Transportation Support, Inc. (205) 833-6336 www.transportationsupport.com Trucking Partners, LLC (256) 737-8788 www.truckingpartners.com Welborn & Associates, Inc. (423) 822-1608 www.transportcap.com Real Estate: Mary Lou’s Team RE/MAX, Inc. (205) 566-5911 www.marylousteam.com Repairs: Big Moe Spring & Alignment of B’ham, Inc. (205) 780-0290
Integrated Waste Services, LLC (205) 620-5812 McGriff Tire Co. (256) 739-0710 www.mcgriffindustries.com McGriff Treading Co., Inc. (256) 734-4298 www.mcgriffindustries.com Michelin North America, Inc. (864) 201-6177 www.michelintruck.com Snider Tire, Inc. (404) 361-0130 www.snidertire.com Ventech USA (707) 499-7765 www.ventechusa.com
Birmingham Frame & Alignment, LLC (205) 322-4844 Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. birminghamframeandalignment.com (256) 878-0211 www.wilkstire.com Carl Carson Truck Center, Inc. (205) 592-9966 Yokohama Tire Corp. www.carlcarson.com (317) 385-2611 www.yokohamatire.com Carrier Transicold South (404) 968-3130 TRAILER DEALERS/ www.ctsouth.com MANUFACTURERS C & C Trailers, Inc. Carroll Truck Repair, Inc. (334) 897-2202 (205) 983-3375 Dorsey Trailer Childersburg Truck Service, Inc. (334) 897-2525 (256) 378-3101 www.dorseytrailer.net www.childersburg-truck.com Empire Truck Sales, LLC Coffman International Trucks (601) 939-1000 (334) 794-4111 www.empiretruck.com www.coffmaninternationaltrucks.com Equipment Logistics, Inc. Eufaula Trucking Co., Inc. (256) 739-9280 (334) 687-0391 Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA H & M Trailer Repair, Inc. (205) 421-4300 (334) 262-0692 www.fifthwheel.com
Great Dane Trailers (205) 324-3491 www.greatdanetrailers.com
Nextran Truck Corporation (205) 841-4450 www.nextrancorp.com
Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. (251) 438-5521 www.gulfcity.com
Peterbilt Motors Co. (615) 208-1800 www.peterbilt.com
Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. (251) 476-2744 www.gulfcoasttruck.com
Peterbilt of Montgomery & Birmingham LLC (800) 264-4555 www.peterbilttruckcenters.com
R C Trailer Sales & Service Co., Inc. (205) 680-0924 www.rctrailersales.net Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 www.starleasing.com Tennessee Valley Recycling LLC (256) 353-6351 www.tvrllc.com Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573 Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345 www.utilityalabama.com TRUCK DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS Action Truck Center (334) 794-8505 www.actiontruckcenter.com
Rush Truck Center-Mobile (251) 459-7300 www.rushofmobile.com Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 www.taylorandmartin.com Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 www.thompsontractor.com Truckworx Kenworth - Birmingham (205) 326-6170 www.TRUCKWORX.com Truckworx Kenworth – Dothan (334) 712-4900 www.TRUCKWORX.com Truckworx Kenworth – Montgomery (334) 263-3101 www.TRUCKWORX.com
Birmingham Freightliner (205) 322-6695 www.birminghamfreightliner.com
Truckworx Kenworth – Mobile (251) 957-4000 www.TRUCKWORX.com
Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (334) 262-8856 www.capitalvolvo.com
Truckworx Kenworth – Huntsville (256) 308-0162 www.TRUCKWORX.com
Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 www.coffmaninternationaltrucks.com
Volvo Trucks North America (336) 393-2975 www.volvotrucks.volvo.com
Eagle Equipment Leasing LLC (205) 999-5410
Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 www.wardintltrucks.com
Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000 www.empiretruck.com Fleetco, Inc. (615) 256-0600 www.fleetco.net Four Star Freightliner (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery) www.alabamafreightliner.com Freightliner Trucks/Daimler Trucks North America (404) 368-6860 www.freightlinertrucks.com International Truck & Engine Corp./Navistar (813) 382-3113 www.internationaldelivers.com Kenworth of Huntsville, Inc. (256) 308-0162 www.kenworthofalabama.com Long-Lewis Sterling Truck Sales (205) 428-6241 www.longlewistrucks.com Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 201-4770 www.macktrucks.com Neely Coble Co. (256) 350-1630 www.neelycoble.com
TRUCK & EQUIPMENT AUCTIONEERS Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 www.taylorandmartin.com TRUCKSTOPS Love’s Travel Stops, Inc. (405) 202-4451 www.loves.com Oasis Travel Center, LLC (251) 960-1148 Pilot Flying J (800) 562-6210 www.pilotflyingj.com TravelCenters of America/Petro Shopping Centers (404) 231-4142 www.tatravelcenters.com VEHICLE LEASING National Semi-Trailer Corp. (205) 520-0050 www.nationalsemi.com Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 www.wardintltrucks.com
new membeRs & evenTs
ATA Calendar of Events
New Members (as of 11-19-12)
ATA Board of Director’s Meeting Montgomery, Ala. January 21, 2013
Alabama Power Co. Mr. John E. Baumgartner P.O. Box 2641 Birmingham, AL 35291 0238 Phone (205) 664-6508
Liberty National Life Insurance Ms. Angela H. Hanson P. O. Box 1059 Alex City, AL 35010 Phone (256) 596-0930
Slidell Oil Mr. Lance Tucker P. O. Box 948 Montgomery, AL 36110 Phone (334) 262-7301
H & H Hauling, Inc Mr. Eddie Hammac 17980 Hwy 41 Brewton, AL 36426 Phone (251) 727-0692
Move Over Trucking Mr. Randy Lutz 20045 Hwy 11 Woodstock, AL 35188 Phone (205) 938-7001
Ventech USA Mr. Rick Kobel 2105 Barrett Park Drive, Bldg. 109 Kennesaw, GA 30144 Phone (770) 352-9300
Henry Oil Company, Inc. Mr. Anthony W. Allen P. O. Box 501 Jasper, AL 35501 Phone (205) 221-9427
RKH Transports, Inc. Mr. Richard Holt 3620 Sardine Road Brewton, AL 36426 Phone (251) 296-2634
ATA’s Nominating Committee Meeting Montgomery, Ala. March 20, 2013 Fleet Safety Awards Pelham, Ala. March 25, 2013 ATA Annual Convention Destin, Fla. April 18-21, 2013 ATA Board of Director’s Meeting Destin, Fla. April 20, 2013 Alabama Truck Driving Championships Pelham, Ala. May 17-18, 2013 ATA Board of Director’s Meeting & Officer Installation Montgomery, Ala. June 25, 2013
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Our last publication of 2012 is jammed packed with news and events from Alabama's trucking industry. We also pay a final tribute to one of o...