Alabama Trucker, 4th Quarter 2013

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Officers Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin Savoy Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . . . .Wayne Watkins Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruce MacDonald Immediate Past Chairman . . . . . . .Jack Brim

ATA Board of Directors Dennis Bailey, Robert Barnett, Aubrey Baugh, Rhonda Bees, Joe Black, 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, 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, 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, Danny Smith, Harold Sorrells, Ronnie Stephenson, Paul Storey, James Suttles, Bill Ward, Scott White, David Wildberger, Skip Williams, T.J. Willings, Keith Wise.

ATA Staff J. Frank Filgo, CAE, President & CEO Tim Frazier, CDS, Dir. of Safety & Member Services Jane Nixon, Executive Assistant Lynn Thornton, Bookkeeper Ford Boswell, Director of Communications Brandie Norcross, Administrative Assistant

ATA WCSIF Staff Kimble Coaker, CEO & Fund Administrator Don Boatright, COO Debra Calhoun, Office Manager Kimberly Best, Payroll/Audit Coordinator Rick Hunter, LSP, CDS, Director of Loss Control Scott Hunter, MS, CDS, Loss Control Engineer Duane Calhoun, CDS, Loss Control Engineer Kim Sims, Administrative Assistant Kim Campbell, Underwriter Coordinator Todd Hager, Director of Claims Katie Edwards, Accounting Specialist








Another Great Showing for Golf Classic


ATA’s Annual Golf Classic outdid itself once again, raising nearly $200,000 and besting the previous year’s fundraising total by $20,000. That amount, after expenses, brings ATA’s lone political fund to nearly $1 million in reserves for upcoming state and local political races.

ATA History, Part 3 – The Modern Era


This issue we present our third and final installment on the history of the Alabama Trucking Association. Since 1988, the Association’s membership has nearly doubled, with member participation and financial support now at an all-time high. Meanwhile, membership services continue to improve and grow under the leadership of a committed executive board that includes some of the industry’s best and brightest executives. And despite recent economic stress, ATA continues to break fundraising records for political action and membership support.



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

Settlement sought in suit contesting Alabama’s property tax

S Frank Filgo, CAE President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association

‘ATA has long advocated that the Alabama property tax on motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce should be apportioned based on miles traveled in Alabama.’


ince September 2012, the Alabama Trucking Association has been in the Circuit Court of Talladega County contesting the state’s methodology of determining the amount of property taxes assessed on motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce. Currently, Alabama collects property taxes on state registered motor vehicles as if their full use is within the state. If the motor vehicle travels through another state having a motor vehicle property tax, they are obligated to pay an additional tax based on miles travel within their boundaries. ATA has long advocated that the Alabama property tax on motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce should be apportioned based on miles traveled in Alabama. This is the common practice of other states which collect property taxes on motor vehicles. Two years ago, ATA proposed legislation to eliminate the property tax, and to replace it with an apportioned supplemental fee appended to the truck registration fee. It would reduce the tax on Alabama motor carriers but replace lost revenue with a tax on out-of-state carriers that traveled in Alabama. To our astonishment, the legislative proposal was rejected by the Alabama Department of Revenue. That being the case, ATA implemented Plan B, which requires a legal fix. ATA joined suit with a Georgia-based firm that had recently created a terminal in Alabama and had been assessed a flat based property tax on its motor vehicles, disregarding the fact that its fleet of vehicles traveled only a percentage of its miles in Alabama. The Georgia firm maintained that its property taxes should be apportioned. ATA agreed and joined the suit. After months of exploring ways that the matter could be agreed upon by consent, the state recently reached a point where it is

willing to consent to a court order that would accomplish the following: ● Reduce the property tax on all Alabama motor vehicles registered under the IRP by a fraction equal to the percentage of miles they travel outside Alabama; ● Reduce the property tax on all trucks registered under the IRP in other jurisdictions that have a tax situs in Alabama and are thus at risk of paying a property tax in Alabama by the same fraction; ● The changes will be effective immediately, including retroactively for previous tax years not barred by the two-year statute of limitations; ● Trailers moving with the trucks are apportioned on a fleet basis. We anticipate that the Court will rule early December, perhaps before this publication reaches you. If the Court accepts the terms of the settlement, an Alabama-based motor carrier fleet that travels 50 percent of its miles inside the state, will received a 50 percent tax reduction. However, this is not the end. ATA now turns its attention to the method by which the State appraises the value of motor vehicles based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). ATA maintains that the motor vehicle property tax should be based on the vehicle’s fair market price. I know of no trucker who pays the MSRP for a new truck. This inflated assessed value adds hundreds of dollars to your tax bill once the new truck is purchased, and on each reoccurring year that you own it. Recently, the ATA Board of Directors approved filing suit to address this issue. As ATA continues its efforts to improve the State’s business climate for truckers, we ask that the membership remain engaged and informed. ATA remains committed to showing the value of your membership, and we are thankful for your company’s support.


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ATA’s Annual Golf Classic outdoes itself once again, besting the previous year’s fundraising total by nearly $20,000. By Ford Boswell PRATTVILLE, Ala.—It seems as though it’s become almost a given—and maybe


even expected—but ATA’s 2013 Golf Classic, held here Oct. 1 eclipsed the previous year’s fundraising amount, grossing nearly $200,000, which after expenses will net the Association’s political action committee, TRUK PAC, more than $150,000. That amount brings ATA’s lone political fund to nearly $1 million in reserves for upcoming state and local political races. This year’s tournament Chairman, Will Bruser of TruckWork Kenworth, with the support of his event finance committee, spearheaded fundraising efforts, setting the bar high and accomplishing all set goals. Bruser and committee secured nearly 120 corporate sponsors.

That committee was composed of Joe Black, McGriff Tire Co.; Jack Brim of B. R. Williams Trucking, Inc.; Fenn Church, Church Transportation & Logistics, Inc.; John Collier, Transport Trailer Center; Rodger Collins, Industrial Warehouse Services; current ATA Chairman of the Board Kevin Savoy, Greenbush Logistics, Inc.; Bill Waechter, Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc.; and Wayne Watkins, Watkins Trucking Co. Bruser contends that among ATA’s greatest attribute is its membership’s continuous support, both in terms of financial donations and individual member’s talents, time and resources. He says the support of the membership has been incredible through


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Record the years, and the 2013 Golf Classic continued that trend. Addressing the more than 250 golfers as they prepared to take to the courses, Bruser said, “As you know, the funds raised today are earmarked to support pro-truck political candidates. By participating in this tournament, you are supporting candidates who understand the vital role that trucking plays in our state’s economy, and you are supporting efforts to defeat those who don’t share this understanding. With the success of this event, your TRUK PAC is on target to raise $1 million dollars for the 2014 elections.” McLeod Software was the Presidential Sponsor for this year’s event—the second year since the tournament was restructured


in 2010 that McLeod Software has been a premier sponsor. According to Bruser, McLeod’s early commitment of $15,000 sparked this year’s sponsorship drive and served as a catalyst for record participation. Additionally, seven firms individually contributed $5,000 (Senator Level) to the event (each was assigned as a patron sponsor for various tournament events and amenities), including ATA Workers’ Comp Fund, which sponsored lunch and dinner at the 19th Hole Party; J & M Tank Lines, Inc., Putting Green Sponsor; Greenbush Logistics, Inc., Closest to the Pin sponsor for all three courses; Southland International Trucks, Longest Drive sponsor on all three courses; Truckworx Kenworth, Hole-

In-One sponsor on all three courses, Action Resources, Longest Drive on all three courses, and Marmon Highway Technologies, Driving Range. There were also 46 $2,000 (Legislator Level) sponsors, 44 $1,000 (Judge Level) sponsors, and 18 $500 (Patron) sponsors (see the following pages for full list). 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. Next year’s event is tentatively set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and will be held again at the RTJ Capitol Hill Course.


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s the Alabama Trucking Association’s 75th year of promoting and protecting the interest of Alabama truckers and trucking related business draws to a close, this issue Alabama Trucker wraps its review of the group’s storied history. Previous issues focused the Association’s major events and milestones, starting in 1938 in a Birmingham hotel banquet room when a group of concerned truckers gathered to discuss growing regulatory issues; the years of industry growth following World War II;

and ending at the group’s 50-year anniversary in 1988. The following article examines the Association’s Modern Era—an epoch that has proved to be the Association’s most prolific in terms of growth, industry leadership, and political success. Since 1988, the Association’s membership has nearly doubled, with member participation and financial support now at an all-time high. Meanwhile, membership services continue to improve and grow under the leader-

Alabama Trucking Association and the ATA Workers’ Comp Fund moved into their current headquarters in 2006.


ship of a committed executive board that includes some of the industry’s best and brightest executives. And while the trucking industry today is still somewhat hamstrung from the recent economic downturn, ATA continues to break fundraising records for political action and membership support, placing the Association among the state’s leading trade associations— and beyond.

New Era As the Association moved into the 1990s, a major obstacle facing Alabama trucking firms was a sharp spike in workers’ compensation insurance rate. Unable to find adequate coverage or saddled with skyrocketing rates, fleet managers looked to the ATA for assistance. Other trade organizations had success in doing so, and the ATA Board of Directors believed that it was time that it did the same for the state’s trucking industry. By this time, however, the Alabama Legislature had placed a moratorium on such groups until laws could be written and passed to effectively regulate them. Then, in the fall of 1992, amid pressure from the business community, legislators passed guidelines on self-insurers funds, thus paving the way for ATA to set up its own. By January 1993, the ATA Workers’ Compensation Fund officially began operation. In 1995, long-time President and CEO James Ritchie retired after nearly 40 years of leading the Association. A search committee was created to find the best person for the task of leading the Association through its next phase of growth. Former Chairman of


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the Board Hubert Rogers of Golden Flake was tapped head of the search committee. After vetting several candidates, the group chose to employ association veteran Frank Filgo as president. Filgo brought a wealth of association management experience and solid connections in political lobbying through his work with the Association and his previous job with the Alabama Alliance of Business and Industry, among others. Filgo’s appointment was seen as a nod to the next group of leaders for the Association whose vision was to create a more memberdriven organization. Internal processes, such as selection of ATA leaders and committee members—even the group’s finances, were made more open to the membership-at-large. During the time leading up to Filgo’s appointment, the newly formed ATA Worker’s Comp Fund experienced mismanagement, leading to the removal of its then-administrator. After the shakeup, the Association hired its current Fund Administrator and CEO Kimble Coaker to stabilize, improve and grow the fledgling fund.

Moving Ahead As the 1990s came to a close, the Alabama Trucking Association and the ATA Workers’ Comp Fund were now on course to reach newer heights of leadership and value to Alabama truckers. Each side brought in staff to increase efficiencies and offer more and better services, and also improve public opinion of the trucking industry. On the Association side, former ATA Director of Safety Gene Vonderau was hired


ATA’s Safety and Maintenance Management Council has grown considerably in recent years. Today the group serves as a champion for fleet safety in Alabama, offering training, services and recognition for fleet managers.

in 1999 to build the Association’s Safety & Maintenance Management Council. At the time ATA’s safety council was merely a small, close-knit group of safety and maintenance fleet managers whose primary focus was executing ATA’s safety awards and truck driving championships, which after a long hiatus were restarted in the late 1980s and had become one of the group’s more popular events. Vonderau, who today remains a member of the Association, had been involved with trucking for more than 40 years, starting in driver training and then overseeing safety de-

partments for some of Alabama’s largest and most successful trucking firms. Over the years he worked to improve member participation and improve the Association’s stature among local, state and federal regulatory agencies and law enforcement. As a new decade approached, the Association focused intently on coming up to speed with recent advances in technology. The rise in popularity of the World Wide Web pushed the Association’s leadership board to create a communications department and hire staff to improve existing communication, marketing and public relations efforts, with focus on im-


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proving print publications and the creation of the Association’s first Web site domain,—which was created in April 1999, and a full Web site launched two years later. Since then the site has incurred numerous updates and changes. Today, visitors to the site find industry news updated daily, Association events and announcements, access to ATA printed publications, on-line registration for ATA events, industry links, business tools and many other options. Also, by integrating its site with VoterVoice grassroots software, the staff is able to keep our membership informed about the legislative process, and call them to action when members need to contact their state or federal legislators on a particular issue.

Political Growth During the last decade, the Association enjoyed several political victories. The first was in 2002 when it along with other state business organizations threw heavy financial support behind an Ashland, Ala. businessman and former trucker Bob Riley, who had also been successful as a U.S. congressman. Impressively, Riley ran against and defeated a strong incumbent Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman for the governor’s office, winning by the smallest margin of victory in state history—less than 3,000 votes. Riley would go on to win a second term in 2006. Other significant political victories included the election of a pro-business state Supreme Court of the course of several elections; and numerous key state Legislative races.

Regulatory Success In October 2006, after several years of lobbying and political pressure from the Association, Alabama began offering permanent trailer tags for trailers and multi-year tractor plates. The law provides fleet owners with no retagging, offering substantial savings on time/labor involved in retagging trailers and tractors; considerable tax savings per trucks and trailers. During this time, a troubling trend came to a head in Birmingham when a rash of large metal coils dropped from the backs of flatbed trailers. Thankfully, noone was killed when one of these massive metal objects landed on the area’s infrastructure, but there were injuries and millions of dollars in damages to Birmingham roads and bridges as a result of the accidents. According to local media reports, there had been nearly two dozen dropped coils on


A law enacted by state officials in 2009 requiring training for those who haul large metal coils was eventually struck by the feds, but increased penalties remained. Since then, no major accidents involving dropped metal coils have happened.

Birmingham roads between 2003 and 2008. The accidents garnered a great amount of scrutiny and public outcry for more regulation and special equipment requirements for those who haul large metal coils. Recommendations ranged from increased training, driver certification, trailer design changes; and even changing how coils were loaded onto flatbeds. State officials asked the Association to recommend solutions on behalf of the trucking industry. ATA proposed stiff penalties, even loss of commercial driver licenses, for drivers who lost loads on state highways. According to Association leaders, increased regulation and most equipment suggestions were unnecessary and would place unneeded financial strain on good carriers. Association officials pointed to the state Dept. of Public Safety determination that all of the accidents were the result of drivers failing to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s guidelines for the proper securement of metal coils. ATA’s final proposal recommended a $1,000 fine, up to a lifetime revocation of a driver’s commercial driver license (CDL),

for gross negligence (improper/inadequate) load securement that results in a spilled load. The Association also asked for a $10,000 fine to the trucking company for improper/inadequate load securement that results in a spilled load. The Association also worked with regulatory officials, local politicians and industry safety experts to identify ways to increase driver awareness of federal regulations on load securement. Initiatives included increased law enforcement inspections around Birmingham, driver training and certification for those who haul metal coils. Senator Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, and Representative Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, pushed legislation through the State Legislature, and in 2009 Governor Riley signed the legislation into law in Birmingham. The law created stiff penalties and required training and certification for drivers who metal coil loads “originated or terminated in Alabama.” The law didn’t sit well with some within the industry, especially those outside the state,


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and earlier this year, the FMCSA granted a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations asking the agency to determine if Alabama’s Metal Coil Securement Act is preempted by federal law. In a Federal Register notice, the agency said the law imposes certification requirements on Interstate drivers that are not required under FMCSA regulations and are more stringent than those imposed by federal law. That ruling meant the state could no longer impose the law’s training requirements on interstate movements, effective April 4, 2013. However, the penalties for failing to properly secure large metal coils remained. The upshot, according to Association officials, was that the controversial law did in fact do what it was intended, and there have been no dropped metal coils in Alabama since the law was enacted. There were other victories. In 2010, the Association fought to allow for an additional weight allowance for vehicles fitted with auxiliary power units. Then in May 2012, the Association’s anti-indemnification legislation (AKA, the Trucker’s Bill) was signed into law, making it illegal for shippers to add certain indemnity clauses in their contracts with truckers that can release them from liability for their own negligence or criminal activity. ATA officials said that while the original legislation introduced by Rep. Ron Johnson (HB-339) sought stricter language to prohibit such unfair agreements, the bill, as amended, was a significant improvement, which allowed unlimited indemnity requirements. ATA’s law prohibits provisions that require the motor carrier to indemnify against the shipper’s criminal acts, intentional wrongful acts, wanton conduct, and sole negligence. In addition, it prohibits provisions requiring indemnity when a shipper loads and seals the trailer without inspection by the carrier and when the load has a latent defect that the motor carrier is not able to discover that is the proximate cause of injury or damage.

Building for the Future In the early part of the 2000s, ATA’s board embarked on a plan to relocate ATA’s headquarters to the eastern section of Montgomery on the newly established “Association Row,” just off the Taylor Road and Interstate 85 intersection. Several years prior, the board wisely purchased two large commercial lots offering several acres for a future building and prime visibility from the interstate. After selling the existing building and


ATA officials have strengthened cooperation with state regulatory officials and enforcement agencies

working out an agreement to lease the old office space from the new owners, ATA moved forward to start work on a new 17,500 sq. ft. structure to house both the Association and ATA Workers’ Comp Fund. Site preparation began in September 2005. Then-Chairman of ATA events remain strong and well attended. the Board Buck Moore of Buddy Moore trucking, said of the project, “The new building will have a huge impact industry, solidified the safety council’s two for us in terms of increased public visibility main chapters, spurring member support and and enhancement of membership services,” participation in the group’s main events—its he said. “I’m very excited with the prospect of annual fleet safety awards and the Alabama moving into our new building during my Truck Driving Championships. watch.” Individual chapters grew and worked to According to Association president Frank create educational opportunities for fleet Filgo, after several years of preparation, the safety and maintenance professionals. In project progressed smoothly and was com2006, the SMMC (in conjunction with the pleted slightly ahead of schedule. Incredibly, ATA) awarded more than $7,500 in scholthe two groups were able to pay for the new arships for safety managers to complete nabuilding without financing, thus leaving the tionally recognized transportation safety Association in strong financial shape for certification. Six safety professionals from years to come. ATA-member firms were selected by the “Through the many long hours of planATA Board of Directors to train with the ning and dedication by the ATA Board of DiNorth American Transportation Managerectors and ATA Workers’ Comp Fund Board ment Institute (NATMI). This program of Trustees we have a facility that offers ample continues today with dozens of Alabama space for growth and development, allowing fleet safety managers earning certification. us to better serve the state’s trucking indusAnother feather in the SMMC’s cap was try,” he said. “Our new building appropriately recent success at the National Truck Driving symbolizes the stature of the trucking indusChampionships. try in Alabama.” Bessemer-based truck driver for FedEx Freight Darrell Kimbrell was the first driver from Alabama to win his division at NaRise of the SMMC tionals. According to Association officials, until Kimbrell’s win there had been a few Under ATA safety director Gene Vondertop five finishers from Alabama, but never a au’s watch, ATA’s Safety & Maintenance class winner. Management Council flourished in the first For his effort, Kimbrell received $1,000 in decade the new millennia. Vonderau’s steady leadership, coupled with his experience in the Continued on page 37


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Demystifying the Unified Registration System

D Tim Frazier, CDS ATA Director of Safety and Member Services

‘The URS is a new electronic on-line registration system that will streamline and simplify the process and serve as a clearinghouse and depository of information on all entities regulated by the agency…’


uring recent Birmingham and Wiregrass chapter SMMC meetings, we had the opportunity to hear from our FMCSA partners regarding recent and upcoming changes about registration requirements. Consider this passage taken from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Web site: “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final URS rule that will combine sixteen disparate forms that carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, and other entities currently use to register and update their information with the agency into a single, electronic smart-form. The new system will increase efficiency by streamlining the registration process and enable FMCSA to maintain more accurate information on the entities they regulate. The streamlined web-based system will begin operating in 2015. At that time, all new applications and updates to existing records will be handled through the new system.” The first part of the final rule took effect in November of this year. Enforcement provisions for failing to file biennial updates according to the schedule in 49 CFR 390.19(b)(2), and (2) a prohibition on operating with an inactive USDOT number will take effect. For carriers and other entities that have been slack or even failed to update your MCS 150 biennial report, now is the time to make sure your registration is current. According to FMCSA officials, failing

to comply with this requirement could be quite costly for those found to be out of compliance. The second part of the final rule regarding the electronic online registration process will go into effect October 23, 2015. This date was selected to provide sufficient time for the agency to launch a new URS Web site. The URS is a new electronic on-line registration system that will streamline and simplify the process and serve as a clearinghouse and depository of information on all entities regulated by the agency, including motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, intermodal equipment providers (IEP’s), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants/holders, and cargo tank manufacturing and repair facilities. I encourage each fleet manager whose operation fits any of the categories listed above to make sure that 1) You are current with your registration (MSC 150), and 2) You make preparations for the new electronic, on-line system that will take effect October 23, 2015. The FMCSA Web page is an excellent location to find the information you need regarding this regulation and there is an excellent “FAQ” section regarding the URS process, ( Locate the “Registration and Licensing” tab and click on the “More” selection. This will take you to the URS information section. As always, feel free to contact our office if you have questions or need assistance regarding this information.


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SMMC holds mock trial and legal training session Unfortunately, litigation is a harsh reality for the trucking industry, and being ready for a lawsuit or trial is the key to protecting your firm against catastrophic financial loss. To better prepare its members for the event of an actual court case, the Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety & Maintenance Management Council held a mock trial Oct. 24 at the Association’s headquarters in Montgomery. Even before one of your drivers is involved in an accident, it’s always best to evaluate your entire operation from shop

floor to executive office to ensure your company is ready to protect itself. Don’t be caught flatfooted. Attorneys from the law firm of Hand Arendall, LLC conducted the trial, which was loosely based on an actual truck accident that happened several years ago near Greenville, Ala. ATA and SMMC members, as well as state law enforcement officials, served as witnesses and other courtroom players with each side presenting their case exactly as they would in a real courtroom. According to ATA director of safety, Tim Frazier, said SMMC’s mock trial was designed to give attendees clear insights into

SMMC member Candy Woodruff (left) of Eagle Motor Freight in Montgomery, Ala. takes the witness stand as judge Tracy Miller of Hand Arendall presides. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2013

following areas of courtroom litigation: dos and don’ts of litigation; what information is likely used by trial lawyers; what attorneys look for in the discovery process; how company policy, driver information and maintenance records are viewed in litigation; and how to best prepare your company for litigation and what pitfalls to avoid. After the trail, attendees were split in to four juries, with each electing a foreman. Interestingly, the juries all came with different verdicts and penalties for the trail. “We were thrilled with the response from those who attended the event,” Frazier said. “The response I received was excellent. EveryContinued on page 14

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Mock Trial cont’d one I talked with told me they found the event extremely well done and informative. Also, this was one of the first training sessions we scheduled when the Association completed its new conference room, and everything went very well from the production side.” SMMC members Candy Woodruff of Eagle Motor Freight in Montgomery, Ala.; Dennis Bailey and Louie Haynes of WalMart Transportation, Cullman, Ala.; and Randy Watson of Evergreen Transportation, Evergreen, Ala., served as witnesses during the trial. Craig Campbell, an associate in the Litigation Section at Hand Arendall LLC in Mobile, represented the defense; and Buzzy Riis, also an attorney from Hand Arendall specializing in general civil litigation with a concentration in personal injury, trucking defense, and construction defense litigation, represented the plaintiff. Another Hand Arendall attorney, Tracy Miller, served as judge. Miller defends trucking companies and other businesses in accident-related litigation and employment law matters. “We are grateful to all who participated and attended the event,” Frazier said. “We plan to do more of these in future. If our members have ideas for similar sessions, please contact me.” DVDs of the event are available to members free of charge. If interested, contact Ford Boswell at fboswell@alabamatruck

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The event was produced by attorneys from the law firm of Hand Arendall LLC in Mobile.

Attendees were separated into four juries with each electing a foreman and coming up with a verdict for the case.

Interestingly, each jury came up with entirely different verdicts for the trial. According to Arendall attorneys, this is not surprising, as many factors outside of the actual events of a case can sway a decision. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2013

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SMMC Roadside

ATA’s SMMC Wiregrass chapter held its fall roadside inspection October 17 near Ozark, Ala., showcasing the group’s commitment to highway, commercial vehicle, driver and fleet safety. The biennial event allows SMMC members to work alongside state Motor Carrier Safety Unit officers in actual vehicle and driver inspections. Performing actual inspections allows for a better understanding of how trucking is regulated for safety. The event drew about 40 SMMC members, state MCSU troopers, and students from the Diesel and Heavy Machinery Mechanics program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College MacArthur Campus in Opp, Ala.



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National ATA names its top fleet safety winners

News Lawmakers introduce legislation to halt HOS 34-hour restart Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine) have introduced legislation that would put the brakes on the 34-hour restart provision of the current federal hours-of-service rules until an independent review is conducted. The bill, H.R. 3413, would stay FMCSA’s restart changes until the Government Accountability Office completes a full assessment of the data and rationale the agency used in issuing its rule. A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute found that the changes FMCSA made to the restart will ultimately have a net annual cost of up to $376 million, rather than the net benefit of $133 million the agency claimed in its rule. While only in effect for four months, the rule is already causing significant disruption in the trucking industry. ATA member Schneider National, for example, reported that while productivity has slipped 3-4 percent, there’s been little change in the fleet’s safety performance and an increase in driver dissatisfaction. FMCSA closes another carrier for safety inadequacies The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently continued its heavy hand toward bad carries, closing its eleventh carrier of the year for severe fleet safety violations. According to Commercial Carrie Journal, the agency shut down the five-truck fleet Moonlight Express, based in Cherryville, N.C., by issuing the fleet an imminent hazard out-ofservice order for severe violations related to driver drug testing, hours-of-service and equipment upkeep. The agency issued the out-of-service order Oct. 30. FMCSA says an investigation into the company last month revealed its equipment did not meet minimum standards set by federal regulations, nor was the company inspecting, repairing or maintaining its vehicles up to standard. Also, multiple times, the company allowed drivers with suspended CDLs to operate its trucks. It also failed to make sure its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations and did not conduct federally required drug and alcohol tests of its drivers. 22

The American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council recently announced its 2013 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Sparks, Nev. The ATA President’s Trophy recognizes the three companies whose fleets have been judged to have the best overall safety programs from the Truck & Industrial Safety Contests. These contests judge motor carriers from across the U.S. on their safety accomplishments and safety records relative to others within their operation type and size. The top three ATA President’s Trophy recipients are honored for their superior safety achievements, outstanding commitment to industry-wide safety and extensive promotion of safety among all highway users. 2013 ATA President’s Trophy, sponsored by: Great West Casualty Co.: ● Large fleet winner (over 100 million miles annually) FedEx Ground, Moon Township, Pa. ● Mid-size fleet winner (between 25-100 million miles annually) Duie Pyle, West Chester, Pa. ● Small fleet winner (under 25 million miles annually) CVS Transportation, L.L.C., Woonsocket, R.I. ATA National Driver of the Year, sponsored by Custard Insurance Adjusters: Gary Babbitt, Central Freight Lines, Dallas, Tex. National Safety Director of the Year, sponsored by Great West Casualty Co.: Jerry Waddell, Cargo Transporters, Inc., Claremont, N.C. National Safety Professional Award of Excellence, sponsored by Meritor WABCO: Jason Wing, ABF Freight System, Little Rock, Ark. Excellence in Safety: Sponsored by: Great West Casualty Co.: North Carolina Trucking Association In addition to the 11 trucking companies placed out-of-service this year, FMCSA has also shut down 10 CDL holders.

Former safety exec and Alabama SMMC leader Bob Bonich dies Former safety executive and a long-time Alabama Trucking Association safety council leader Bob Bonich died Friday, Oct. 11 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 77. By all accounts, Mr. Bonich led an interesting and well-rounded life. A son of Yugoslavian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in 1909, Mr. Bonich never took anything for granted, making the most from every opportunity, whether it was winning a football scholarship from the University of Kentucky during the Paul “Bear” Bryant era, to pulling down six figures at a large, national trucking firm, or rebuilding his career in Alabama after a professional setback that would have buried a lesser man. In an interview with Alabama Trucker in 2004 announcing his retirement after 40 years in the industry (the last 15 of that with the former Suttles Truck Leasing), he attributed his drive to succeed and hard-working nature to his upbringing in Kentucky. “My dad worked in the coalmines near our home,” Mr. Bonich told Alabama Trucker. “He always took pride in his work ethic and ability to give his family a better life than he had. He couldn’t read or write English, but he put six of us through college. It amazes me.”

After retirement Mr. Bonich and his wife of 57 years, Doris, moved to Knoxville to be closer to family and he spent his remaining days there. He occasionally took on consulting work in fleet safety, but mostly he just enjoyed retirement. He is survived by Doris; their son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Danielle Bonich of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Bob McClellan of Knoxville, Tenn.; his remaining family and many friends who will miss him greatly.

Short-haul truckers exempt from 30-minute break In October, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially exempted short-haul drivers from the mandatory rest break provision of its hours-of-service regulations. FMCSA made that exemption official with a final rule that published in the Federal Register on Monday, Oct. 28. The final rule exempts two distinct types of short-haul drivers. According to Land Line magazine, the final rule exempts all drivers (whether they hold a CDL or not) who operate within 100 air-miles of their normal work reporting location and satisfy the time limitations and record keeping requirements. The rule also exempts all non-CDL drivers who operate within a 150 air-mile radius of the location where the driver reports for duty and who satisfy the time limitations and recordkeeping requirements. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 4 TH Q UARTER 2013

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ATRI ranks industry’s top concerns

State Top Industry Issues Report 2013


By Rebecca Brewster

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Since 2005, the American Trucking Associations has turned to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) to survey trucking industry stakeholders to identify the top issues of concern. And for the 2013 annual survey, there was no shortage of topics for the industry to choose from. First and foremost were the changes to the federal Hours-of-Service rules which took effect July 1st of this year. Included in the new rules were limitations placed on the use of the 34-hour restart and a mandated 30minute rest break for drivers before driving after 8 hours on duty. While the safety impacts of the HOS changes have yet to be fully understood, the productivity impacts were immediately felt. Prior to the July 1st changes, ATRI published research which quantified potential impacts from the new rules, including productivity costs to the industry of as much as $376 million annually just for the restart changes. Compared to the potential benefit to the industry of $133 million estimated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), it’s clear to see why industry had concern. That concern was not unfounded. On November 18th ATRI released its latest HOS analysis, this time clearly documenting actual impacts on motor carriers and drivers operating under the new rules. Among those impacts: 80 percent of carriers reported a productivity loss; nearly 70 percent of drivers reported pay decreases; and more than 80 percent of drivers reported a negative impact on their quality of life, with 66 percent reporting increased fatigue levels operating under the new rules. The impacts on driver wages alone for all over-the-road drivers could total $1.6 billion to $3.9 billion in annualized loss. These real-world impacts were the subject of a November 21st congressional hearing by the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. But hours-of-service isn’t the only issue facing the industry. The industry is still sorting through challenges and conflicts with FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative, now in its third year. Since Continued on page 26 24

1 Driver Shortage 1 Examine the competitiveness of truck driver pay and benefits as compared to other industries. 2 Work with state and federal authorities to consider a graduated CDL program to safely attract new and younger drivers. 3 Continue work to streamline the transition from a military CDL to a civilian CDL in order to attract more veterans to the trucking industry.

2 Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) 1* Push for a crash accountability determination process that removes non-preventable crashes from carrier scores. 1* Utilize Inspector General and Government Accountability Office findings to push FMCSA to correct flaws in the scoring system. 3 Quantify the impact of disparate state enforcement practices on carrier CSA scores and advocate for more uniform enforcement.

3 Hours-of-Service 1* Quantify the impacts of 2013 HOS changes on industry operations, productivity and safety. 1* Research and advocate for more innovative and flexible strategies for fatigue management than prescriptive HOS rules. 3 Advocate for increased flexibility in the current sleeper berth provision.

4 (Tie) Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding 1 Utilize the congressionally-mandated National Freight Policy and National Freight Network as tools to ensure adequate investment in critical highway infrastructure. 2 Identify the worst truck bottlenecks as a means for targeting government infrastructure investments. 3 Advocate for fuel tax increases to efficiently fund the surface transportation system and ensure those funds are not diverted to non-highway projects.

4 (Tie) Economy 1* Advocate for reforming/repealing ineffective and burdensome regulations that add to industry costs without providing benefits. 1* Pressure Congress to change its pattern of short-term extensions and inaction that creates more uncertainty in the economy. 3 Continue to advocate for policies that will stimulate the economy.

4 (Tie) Driver Distraction 1 Advocate for a nationwide ban on hand-held cell phone use and texting for all motorists. 2 Continue to promote research to better understand the size of the distracted driving problem. 3 Encourage harsher penalties and more aggressive enforcement of distracted driving violations for drivers of all vehicle types.

7 Driver Health/Wellness 1 Encourage increased availability of exercise facilities and healthy food choices at truck stops/travel plazas. 2* Create a model health and wellness program based on national best practices to provide guidance for carriers. 2* Promote research that quantifies the return-on-investment potential of driver health and wellness programs.

8 (Tie) Fuel Supply/Fuel Prices 1 Advocate for measures that limit financial market speculation on energy which can cause price fluctuations/volatility. 2 Continue to support expanded use of domestic energy sources to improve the reliability of our energy supply. 3 Support effective technologies and proven methods for improving fuel efficiency that could lower fuel costs.

8 (Tie) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate 1* Advocate for FMCSA to include provisions that retain existing Hours-of-Service (HOS) exemptions and provide supporting document relief in an ELD mandate. 1* Encourage FMCSA to issue the congressionally-mandated ELD rule in a timely fashion. 3 Ensure that the ELD mandate does not require storage or transfer of data unrelated to HOS record of duty status.

10 Driver Retention 1 Help improve work/life balance, healthy lifestyles and family relationships for drivers. 2 Study the effectiveness of carrier retention programs that financially incentivize drivers for safe driving performance. 3 Research the basis for driver turnover by personality type, compensation models and industry business/operating * indicates tie for strategy ranking models.


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its nationwide rollout in December 2010, industry groups have identified a number of challenges within CSA. Two of the most significant areas of concern surrounding CSA are the lack of crash accountability in CSA scoring and the inability of CSA scores to accurately predict carrier safety performance. ATRI released research in 2012 found that only three out of five publicly available Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) scores were positively correlated with crash rates. The impacts on motor carriers whose safety performance is being evaluated based on BASIC scores with no relationship to crash risk is a problem that must be addressed. Combined, HOS and CSA are exacerbating an already significant driver shortage. Add to that the increased freight demand resulting from the economic rebound over the past few years and it’s no surprise that finding qualified drivers is once again near the top of the list of industry concerns. And though it no longer places first among indus-


try stakeholders, the state porting documents, and as2013 TOP INDUSTRY ISSUES of the nation’s economy surances that ELD man1. Hours-of-Service continues to be a top dates will not result in 2. CSA issue in the annual surdriver harassment. De3. Driver Shortage vey, placing 4th in the pending on the nature of 4. Economy 2013 list of critical industhe proposed rule, this 5. Electronic Logging Device Mandate 6. Truck Parking try issues. issue may see a higher level 7. Driver Retention Rounding out the top of concern in the future 8. Fuel Supply/Fuel Prices five issues in the annual years’ surveys. 9. Infrastructure/Congestion/ survey is the Electronic Issues 6-10 in the 2013 Transportation Funding Logging Device (ELD) annual survey are all criti10. Driver Health/Wellness mandate. In 2011, cal and impact motor carFMCSA was forced to vacate a proposed riers on a day-to-day basis and the inter-conELD rule due to a court decision regarding nectivity of the issues is unmistakable. With concerns over driver harassment. FMCSA is the recent changes to the HOS rules, Truck expected to release a supplemental notice of Parking (#6 on the survey) has become even proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) in the next more of a challenge for drivers as they look several months that will address ELD perfor safe places to park for their mandated 30formance standards, requirements for the use minute rest break. Solutions for improving of ELDs, requirements related to HOS supDriver Retention (#7) become increasingly difficult in today’s environment with the impacts on drivers from CSA and the HOS changes. Issues #8 and #9 (Fuel Prices and Infrastructure/Congestion, respectively) impact your bottom line and without meaningful and significant infrastructure investment, congestion will worsen and fuel costs as a percentage of the inContinued on page 28


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dustry’s overall operating expenses will continue to climb. In ATRI’s 2013 update to the Operational Costs of Trucking research, fuel and oil was the single highest motor carrier cost center, even more costly than driver wages and benefits combined. The #10 issue in the 2013 annual survey, Driver Health and Wellness, must become a priority for motor carriers and drivers alike if the industry is going to keep the professional men and women now employed in the industry and attract new entrants. In addition to obvious lifestyle benefits, an improvement in driver health may also have positive implications for industry safety as research has found a positive correlation between driver health and driver safety. The Top Industry Issues Survey provides an important indicator of where the industry’s attention is focused and which issues may rise to prominence in the near future. It’s an important tool for providing direction to industry groups at the state and national levels in terms of the issues and strategies that motor carriers believe will have the most impact on the industry for years to come. Armed with this information, state trucking


associations and the American Trucking Associations are better equipped to address the issues more broadly and proactively. ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. A copy of the 2013 Top Industry Issues Survey analysis report is available from ATRI at Rebecca Brewster is president & CEO for ATRI, she may be reached at

ATA member earn EPA SmartWay Excellence Awards Birmingham-based flatbed carrier P&S Transportation has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award for its efforts leading the business community to a clean, efficient and more sustainable future for goods movement. SmartWay carrier awardees are recognized for top environmental performance. EPA identified partners in good standing that are leaders in freight efficiency based on their SmartWay data within their fleet type and size categories. Large and medium/small carriers were selected based on

their performance within 14 fleet categories. Other trucking companies receiving SmartWay Excellence Awards include: Menlo Worldwide Logistics; Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc.; Transplace; YRC Worldwide Inc.; Marten Transport LTD; Lowe’s Companies Inc.; Toyota Logistics Services; Tennessee Express Inc.; System Transport Inc.; Con-way Freight; Penske Logistics LLC; Tennant Truck Lines Inc.; JBS Carriers Inc.; Prime Inc.; Keen Transport Inc.; Con-way Truckload; Covenant Transport; CRST Van Expedited Inc.; Knight Transportation Inc.; Swift Transportation Co.; Werner Enterprises; Mesilla Valley Transportation and NFI Industries Inc.

Graves Says ATA, trucking continuing to thrive despite challenges American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said the industry continues to play a central role in the U.S. economy, despite the myriad of challenges facing the industry and called on trucking to embrace looming changes. “Trucking is a core building block in the economic foundation of America,” Graves said today in his annual State of the IndusContinued on page 30


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try address. “We stand along with working men and women, the entrepreneurs who are willing to put capital at risk, with plants and equipment, energy, water, chemicals – all the fundamental elements that make up the economy.” Specifically, Graves pointed to challenges from Washington, the rail industry and economic pressures as being threats to the industry. “Political change is underway and many of the traditional allegiances the business community has had with the Republican Party are necessarily going to need to be reevaluated,” said Graves, pointing a finger at Tea Party sympathizers. “While it’s appropriate, and there is certainly merit in advocating for reduced government spending, smaller government, reducing our debt, limiting regulations and controlling the reach and intrusive nature of the federal government—insisting on having things their way, without a hint of willingness to compromise and threatening to ‘burn the house down’ otherwise, is a combination of foolish, ill-advised, reckless and detrimental actions to the future of this country.”


Actions by Republicans in Washington, Graves said, will serve to hurt Republicans nationally and boost Democrats. “If I was your political broker, my advice would be that you sell your Republican shares and buy the Democrats,” he said. Graves also talked about the necessity to change, specifically to increase, the fuel tax to address the nation’s infrastructure needs, citing recent comments by former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood – once an opponent of raising the tax – advocating a tax hike. “Our position in support of a fuel tax increase is absolutely the right position to take—and everyone on Capitol Hill knows it—they all know it,” he said. “Ray LaHood always knew it, the President knows it, every member of Congress knows it, we’re just fighting the plague of intellectual amnesia that’s overwhelmed Washington on this and so many other issues.” Graves also cited coming changes that will have a positive impact on trucking: improved fuel efficiency standards, electronic logging, creation of a drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse and increased use of natural gas to power trucks; and changes whose impact is much less certain: new hours-of-service rules, the expansion of CSA and pressures on capacity and the driver shortage. Graves took the opportunity to take a jab

at the ubiquitous “Freight Rail Works” campaign, asking that “if it works so well, why does it require a $100 million ad campaign to tell everyone it works?” Ultimately, he said the industry’s greatest threat was also a strength: its incredible diversity. “This industry’s biggest obstacle to success is not the railroads; it’s not the political environment or the policy and regulatory environment in Washington DC or state capitols. It’s not high diesel fuel prices or an anticipated shortage of drivers. The biggest challenge we face will come from the incredible diversity of our industry and the easily fragmented constituency that we are,” Graves said. “There’s an old saying about ‘hanging together or hanging alone.’ The ATA record of success in successfully advancing your agenda and protecting your interest is one I’m very proud of. “ For full text of Graves’ speech, visit National ATA’s Web site,

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tion Plan, is set February 24-27, 2014, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Committee meetings will follow the workshop on February 28, including the meeting of the IFTA Industry Advisory Committee. The workshop is always one of the best IRP and IFTA meetings of the year, in attendance, subject matter, and discussions. This year, expected hot topics will be the continuing rewrite of IFTA’s audit and record-keeping rules and the audit aspects of the Full Reciprocity Plan recently adopted by IRP. Most of the states and provinces will likely send representatives to this meeting; it’s important to have a good industry attendance as well. For more information, or to register, go the IFTA website,

Short-haul truckers exempt from 30-minute break In October, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially exempted short-haul drivers from the mandatory rest break provision of its hours-of-service regulations.


FMCSA made that exemption official with a final rule that published in the Federal Register on Monday, Oct. 28. The final rule exempts two distinct types of short-haul drivers. According to Land Line magazine, the final rule exempts all drivers (whether they hold a CDL or not) who operate within 100 air-miles of their normal work reporting location and satisfy the time limitations and record keeping requirements. The rule also exempts all non-CDL drivers who operate within a 150 air-mile radius of the location where the driver reports for duty and who satisfy the time limitations and recordkeeping requirements.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.8% in October The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.8 percent in October, the first decrease since July. In September, the index was up 0.5 percent. September’s increase was less than the preliminary 1.4 percent gain ATA reported on October 22, 2013. In October, the index equaled 124 (2000=100) versus 127.5 in September. October’s level was the lowest since April. Compared with October 2012, the SA

index surged 8 percent, which is the largest year-over-year gain since December 2011. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2012, the tonnage index is up 5.5 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 133 in October, which was 4.9 percent above the previous month (126.9). “From May through September, the index surged 3.5 percent, including only one monthly decrease over that period,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “It isn’t surprising for volumes to fall back some after such a good run.” “Despite October’s month-to-month decrease, we saw a very robust year-over-year increase and I’m seeing some good signs out of the trucking industry that suggests the economy may be a little stronger than we think,” he said. “Specifically, the heavy freight sectors, like tank truck, have been helping tonnage this year. But in the third quarter, generic dry van truckload freight saw the best quarterly gains since 2010. I view this positively for the economy. I view it positively for trucking. Now, we have to see if it continues.” Continued on page 34


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Public Safety names its 2013 Examiner of the Year The Alabama Department of Public Safety’s tapped Stacy Fuqua as its annual Examiner of the Year at an awards luncheon in Montgomery, Oct. 30. One of four nominees, Fuqua was named this year’s top Driver License examiner during a program designed to recognize examiners from across the state who continue to consistently strive for excellence in their work and service to the public. At this year’s luncheon, Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey spoke to Fuqua and nominees Angra Coachman (Glencoe), Valentina Green (Tuscaloosa) and Deanna Williams (Ozark), and she thanked them for their dedication to the department and to the state. “You represent the unsung heroes of this great state,” Ivey said, emphasizing how members of the Driver License Div. ensure public safety Tim Frazier (left) and Shane McMinn (right) stand with DPS Examiner of the at the “first level of entry” and come into contact with the majority of Year Stacy Fuqua. Alabama’s residents. Fuqua was all smiles as Major Terry Chapman, Driver License Div. chief, called her name and presented her with a plaque. Following the event, Fuqua said while recognition is nice, it has nothing to with why she does what she does. “I do it to help out,” she said, who has been with Driver License for 23 years and currently works in the Hamilton office. She loves her job. In fact, even winning the lottery wouldn’t stop her from coming to work. (That is dedication!) The Driver License Div. established this award almost 20 years ago as a way to recognize and celebrate exemplary work of Driver License examiners in promoting public safety through testing and in detecting fraudulent documents and other criminal activity in the licensing process. Each year, a selection committee comprising individuals from outside the department chooses the winning examiner after carefully reviewing each of the nominations. Serving on this year’s selection committee were Tim Frazier of the Alabama Trucking Association, Shane McMinn of R.E. Garrison Trucking and Harold Hammond, who is a retired lieutenant colonel with Public Safety. Other co-sponsors of this year’s luncheon were, MorphoTrust USA; R.E. Garrison Trucking; and the Alabama State Trooper Association.



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prize money and a trophy from NTDC officials and FedEx awarded him the option of choosing one of several trips, including a VIP trip to the Daytona 500 and an all-expenses vacation in Hawaii. Two years later, Alphonso Lewis, a driver/account specialist of for then Roadway (now YRC Freight) in Montgomery, Ala., was named National Grand Champion at the 2007 National TDC in Minneapolis. The National Grand Champion title is awarded to the National Champion who has exhibited the highest skills and professionalism among the 400 drivers competing at the event. In 2011, Vonderau announced his retirement from the Association effective at the end of that year. The Association hired industry veteran Tim Frazier to serve as the Association’s new Director of Safety & Member Services. Frazier brought more than two decades of fleet safety and maintenance management experience to the Association, most recently serving as Vice President of Safety and Human Resources with McGriff Transportation in Cullman, Ala. Prior to that, he held several posts for Wal-Mart Transportation’s maintenance, safety and distribution departments. Today, the SMMC has nearly 200 fleet managers involved with one of three chapters: Birmingham, Wiregrass and Gulf Coast.

Last spring ATA officially celebrated its 75th Anniversary at its annual convention, bringing in state dignitaries, many past Chairmen, and top speakers and entertainment. The event drew more than 400 attendees and guests and considered to be one the Association’s most well-attended events.

ing Association members and guests convened at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla. this past April for the group’s 75th Annual Convention & Meeting. To celebrate its Diamond Anniversary, Association officials asked the 2013 ATA Convention Committee to make the event worthy of ATA’s major mileRecent Milestones, stone. Spearheaded by Convention Chairman Looking Ahead Kevin Savoy of Greenbush Logistics, the comOne of the Association’s more recent and mittee pulled all the stops for the meeting, prouder moments was the election of Boyd sparing no expense or effort to bring in topBros. Transportation, Inc. president and shelf speakers and entertainment. To raise the CEO Gail Cooper as its top elected official funds needed to produce the event, the Confor the 2010-’11 fiscal year. She is the first vention Committee, revamped sponsorship woman to hold the position in the group levels and increased the amount of event history. Cooper offered the perfect blend of recognition the more than 130 member firms tradition and innovation with her leaderthat pledged financial support. According to ship. Her father, the late DempATA officials the event raised sey Boyd, was a trucking instinearly $160,000 and collected tution in the state, having another $108,000 in registrations fees. There were 22 firms to served this Association as its pledge $5,000 each. These firms chairman in 1983. Cooper were awarded special billing and brought a fresh approach and a new sense of urgency to address benefit at convention events. Anthe issues for Alabama Truckers. other 27 firms donated $2,000 Earlier this year, the Associaeach. The remaining groups tion celebrated 75 years of servstepped up at $1,000 and $500 ing Alabama’s trucking industry levels. with a grand convention celeA few weeks later, ATA and brating the Association’s past the Workers’ Comp Fund with an eye toward the future. reached another milestone More than 420 Alabama Truck- ATA’s First Lady Gail Cooper when it expanded its building’s

conference room to better accommodate the delivery of member services. The inaugural event held in the new room was the 2013 Installation of Officers’ ceremony. More than 150 attendees were able to assemble and comfortably participate in the event. Previously this space was limited to about 60 people standing. Since then, the new facility has hosted several meetings of the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety, the Wiregrass SMMC Chapter’s Roundtable Discussion on EOBRs, an Affordable Health Care (AHC) orientation, among other major events. Today this Association remains proud of its efforts to protect and serve the state’s valued trucking industry. However, the success of its past does not mean that the current leadership isn’t fully aware of the many challenges that face us. There are many obstacles that cause concern. But looking toward the next 75 years, and considering the Association’s dedicated leadership pool and a unified membership base, it’s obvious that that there’s no limit to what this group will accomplish. Compiled and edited by Ford Boswell.

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Alabama Trucking Assn.’s Buyer’s Guide lists those companies that have taking an active role in supportAronov Insurance, Inc. ing Alabama’s trucking industry by becoming members of the Association. We ask that each time you (205) 414-9575 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. ADVERTISING/PUBLISHING Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information (205) 349-2990

ENGINE MANUFACTURERS Cummins Mid-South, LLC (901) 488-8033

The Trucking Summit (917) 502-0139

Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365

BUS SALES & SERVICE Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226

Westport HD div. of Westport Innovations, Inc. (251) 635-7143

Transportation South, Inc. (205) 663-2287

EQUIPMENT LEASING Eagle Equipment Leasing LLC (205) 999-5410

Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616

H.E.C. Leasing, LLC (615) 471-9300

CHEMICAL PRODUCTS Rushing Enterprises, Inc. (334) 693-3318 COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRONICS CarrierWeb LLC (770) 289-8005 Fleetmatics (727) 674-2912 J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 Omnitracs, Inc. (770) 271-3654 PeopleNet (888) 346-3486 Rand McNally (501) 835-1585

DRIVER STAFFING Best Drivers (205) 916-0259 EDUCATION & TRAINING J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 945-8550

KLLM/Equipment Solutions LLC (205) 515-1478 Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Transport Enterprise Leasing LLC (423) 463-3390 www.transportenterpriseleasing Truck & Trailer Leasing Corp. (256) 831-6880

EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING BigBee Steel (256) 383-7322

Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. (205) 323-2877 Paccar Parts/Kenworth (205) 679-7925 Star Truck Parts (205) 324-4681 Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 Thermo King of B’ham-DothanMobile-Montgomery (205) 591-2424 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083

ESTATE AND BUSINESS PLANNING Christian & Small LLP (205) 795-6588 FINANCIAL SERVICES BancorpSouth Equipment Finance (205) 422-7111 Comdata (615) 376-6824 Electronic Funds Source LLC (615) 777-4619 Freight Capital (800) 775-0391

The Baxter Agency (334) 678-5900 BB & T Insurance Services (912) 201-4706 Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340 Brett Rucker AFLAC (423) 503-9628 Caribou Insurance Agency, Inc. (205) 822-7577 Cottingham and Butler (563) 587-5521 Custard Insurance Adjusters, Inc. (770) 729-8160 Great West Casualty Co. (865) 670-6573

Trans Con Assurance, LTD (205) 978-7070 Turner & Hamrick L.L.C. (334) 566-7665 York Risk Services Group (205) 581-9283 Zurich (800) 553-3055

MEDICAL/DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES Alabama Specialty Clinic (256) 736-1460 Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988 Employers Drug Program Mgmt., Inc. (205) 326-3100 ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447 J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848

Hudgens Insurance, Inc. (334) 289-2695

Safety First-Div. of Behavioral Health Systems (205) 443-5450

Johnson-Locklin & Associates (205) 980-8008

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Clean Energy Fuels (423) 341-1779

The Kennion Group, Inc. (205) 969-1155

Corridor Clean Fuels, LLC (256) 894-0098

Liberty Mutual Group (804) 380-5169 www.libertymutual,com Liberty National Life Insurance (256) 596-0930 Liberty Truck Insurance (205) 352-2598

Green Buffalo Fuel (716) 768-0611 Jack Green Oil Co., Inc. (256) 831-1038 Kimbro Oil Company (615) 320-7484 Major Oil Company, Inc. (334) 263-9070

Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing (334) 398-1410

GE Capital (770) 960-6307

Phillips Industries (706) 202-5348

People’s Capital & Leasing Corp. (205) 856-9354

EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Ancra International, LLC (334) 306-4372

People’s United Equipment Finance Corp. (205) 664-9374

McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc. (205) 252-9871

Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. (800) 844-8277

PNC Financial Services Group (251) 441-7286

Joe Morten & Sons, Inc. (865) 670-6544

Renasant Bank (334) 223-1445

S. S. Nesbitt (205) 262-2620

Accounting Firms: Aldridge, Borden & Co. (334) 834-6640

GFA, Alabama Transportation Safety Services (205) 481-1090 (251) 661-9700

Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance Agency, Inc. (251) 473-4600 Marvin Johnson & Associates, Inc. (812) 372-0841

Slidell Oil (334) 262-7301 The McPherson Companies, Inc. (888) 802-7500 W.H. Thomas Oil Co., Inc. (205) 755-2610


Trucking Partners, LLC (256) 737-8788

Imperial Supplies LLC (920) 494-7474

ServisFirst Bank (205) 949-3433

Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105

Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068

USA Driver-s, Inc. (205) 661-0712

Kinedyne Corp. (334) 365-2919

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (314) 374-2165

Regions Insurance, Inc. (501) 661-4880

Attorneys: Austill, Lewis & Pipkin, P.C. (205) 870-3767

Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. (903) 792-3866

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems (334) 798-0080

INSURANCE American Claims Service, Inc. (205) 669-1177

Regions Insurance/Barksdale Bonding (334) 808-9441 Reliance Partners, Inc. (877) 668-1704

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. (205) 328-0480

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(as of 11/24/2013) Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680

McLeod Software (205) 823-5100

Childersburg Truck Service, Inc. (256) 378-3101

Dorsey Trailer (334) 897-2525

Navistar (813) 382-3113

Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson (205) 822-2006

Mobile Asphalt Co., LLC (251) 408-0770

Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111

Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000

Neely Coble Co. (256) 350-1630

Motor Carrier Safety Consulting (205) 871-4455

Eufaula Trucking Co., Inc. (334) 687-0391

Equipment Logistics, Inc. (256) 739-9280

Nextran Truck Corporation (205) 841-4450

Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207

H & M Trailer Repair, Inc. (334) 262-0692

Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA (205) 421-4300

Christian & Small, LLP (205) 795-6588 DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C. (251) 433-1577 Ferguson, Frost & Dodson, LLP (205) 879-8722 Fisher & Phillips, LLP (404) 231-1400 Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. (205) 278-7000 Hand Arendall LLC (251) 432-5511 James M. Sizemore, Jr. (256) 409-1985 McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC (251) 432-5300 Porterfield, Harper, Mills,Motlow & Ireland PA (205) 980-5000 Starnes Davis Florie LLP (205) 868-6000 Webster, Henry, Lyons, White, Bradwell & Black, P.C. (334) 264-9472 Zieman, Speegle, Jackson & Hoffman LLC (251) 694-1700

Other Services: Ahern & Associates LTD (602) 242-1030 Direct Chassislink (704) 571-5408 Drivewyze (780) 461-3355 The Earl Dove Co., LLC (334) 793-2437 George L. Edwards & Associates (334) 745-5166 Help, Inc. Provider of PrePass (931) 520-7170 J.J. Keller & Assoc., Inc. (920) 722-2848 Jeffers Trucking, Inc. (205) 808-1112 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 329-8183

PRCompanies (334) 836-1377 Securance Group, Inc. (334) 272-1200

Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (251) 626-5121 Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. (205) 323-2877

Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235 Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc. (205) 664-2000 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Inc. (866) 245-3918 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 TMW Systems, Inc. (216) 831-6606 W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083 Transportation and Logistical Services, Inc (205) 226-5500 TIRE DEALERS & MANUFACTURERS Best-One Tire & Service (615) 785-2834 Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC (205) 788-4000 Transportation Compliance Services, USA (228) 872-7160

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (770) 317-5777 Butler Industrial Tire Center, Inc. (334) 376-0178

Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 Columbus Tire Co., Inc. (706) 321-8133 Transportation Support, Inc. (205) 833-6336 GCR Tire Centers (205) 914-6818 TripPak SERVICES & ACS Advertising McGriff Tire Co. (801) 349-2433 (256) 739-0710 Trucking Partners, LLC McGriff Treading Co., Inc. (256) 737-8788 (256) 734-4298 Welborn & Associates, Inc. Michelin North America (423) 822-1608 (864) 201-6177 Real Estate: Mary Lou’s Team RE/MAX, Inc. Snider Fleet Solutions (205) 566-5911 (404) 361-0130

Repairs: Big Moe Spring & Alignment of B’ham, Inc. (205) 780-0290 Birmingham Frame & Alignment, LLC (205) 322-4844 Carl Carson Truck Center, Inc. (205) 592-9966 Carrier Transicold South (404) 968-3130 Carroll Truck Repair, Inc. (205) 983-3375

Tire Centers, LLC (TCI) (205) 252-3150 Ventech USA (707) 499-7765 Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. (256) 878-0211 Yokohama Tire Corp. (317) 385-2611

TRAILER DEALERS/ MANUFACTURERS C & C Trailers, Inc. (334) 897-2202

Great Dane Trailers (205) 324-3491 Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. (251) 438-5521 Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. (251) 476-2744 R C Trailer Sales & Service Co., Inc. (205) 680-0924 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Tennessee Valley Recycling LLC (256) 353-6351 Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573 Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345

Peterbilt Motors Co. (615) 208-1800 Peterbilt of Montgomery & Birmingham LLC (800) 264-4555 Rush Truck Center-Mobile (251) 459-7300 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 Truckworx Kenworth - Birmingham (205) 326-6170 Truckworx Kenworth – Dothan (334) 712-4900 Truckworx Kenworth – Montgomery (334) 263-3101

Truckworx Kenworth – Mobile TRUCK DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS (251) 957-4000 Action Truck Center (334) 794-8505 Truckworx Kenworth – Huntsville (256) 308-0162 Birmingham Freightliner (205) 322-6695 Volvo Trucks North America (336) 393-2975 Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (334) 262-8856 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 TRUCK & EQUIPMENT AUCTIONEERS Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 Daimler Trucks NA LLC (404) 368-6860 TRUCKSTOPS Love’s Travel Stops, Inc. Eagle Equipment Leasing LLC (405) 202-4451 (205) 999-5410 Empire Truck Sales, LLC Oasis Travel Center, LLC (601) 939-1000 (251) 960-1148 Fleetco, Inc. (615) 256-0600

Pilot Flying J Centers (800) 562-6210

Four Star Freightliner (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery)

TravelCenters of America/Petro Shopping Centers (404) 231-4142

Long Lewis Western Star (205) 428-6241 Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 201-4770

VEHICLE LEASING Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616

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