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Alabama’s vehicle wrecker rotation system works for the most part, handling thousands of calls a year. But when disputes arise there’s no recourse available except the court system. Truckers, towers and state officials discuss the system and how it might be changed.

www.alabamatrucking.org or call 334-834-3983 PUBLISHER Ford Boswell fboswell@alabamatrucking.org EXECUTIVE EDITOR Frank Filgo ffilgo@alabamatrucking.org CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cindy Segrest csparks67@gmail.com

Ready to Lead

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New ATA Chairman of the Board Gary Bond has put in his time as a good lieutenant for the Association for nearly two decades. Now he has his chance to lead the state’s trucking industry to bigger and better things.

PRODUCTION EDITORS Jane Nixon, Brandie Norcross CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ford Boswell, Frank Filgo, Tim Frazier, Dan Shell ADVERTISING Ford Boswell fboswell@alabamatrucking.org

Ready for Classic

PRESIDENT & CEO Frank Filgo, CAE

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The 2016 ATA Golf Classic is set for September 27th at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Course in Prattville, Ala. Our annual tournament is the sole fundraiser for the trucking industry’s $1 million political action committee, TRUK PAC.

DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & MEMBER SERVICES Tim Frazier, CDS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Jane Nixon ACCOUNTING Lynn Thornton DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Ford Boswell ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Brandie Norcross ATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Aronhalt, Dennis Bailey, Nick Balanis, Aubrey Baugh, Rhonda Bees, Joe Black, Gary Bond, Jack Brim, Greg Brown, Will Bruser, Dan Carmichael, Fenn Church, Mark Coffman, Jeff Coleman, John Collier, Rodger Collins, Driscoll Colquett, Brent Cook, Gail Cooper, Al Cox, Jerry Davis, Ranny Davis, Amy DeFee, Joe Donald, Edmund Doss, Mack Dove, Russ Elrod, Will Forbes, Jack Fricks, Kevin Henderson, Beau Holmes, Terry Kilpatrick, Jason King, Mark Knotts, Jerry Kocan, Drew Linn, Hunter Lyons, Bart McCrory, Jeff McGrady, Barry McGriff, Bruce MacDonald, Tom McLeod, Rollins Montgomery, Buck Moore, E.H. Moore, Jr., Ross Neely, Jr., Tommy Neely, Greg Orr, Butch Owens, Clay Palm, Mike Pursley, Kevin Savoy, Bill Scruggs, Danny Smith, Ronnie Stephenson, Steve Stinson, Paul Storey, Harold Sumerford, Jr., John Summerford, James Suttles, Tim Tucker, Bill Ward, Wayne Watkins, Taylor White, David Wildberger, Skip Williams, T.J. Willings, Keith Wise.

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Safety Insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SMMC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Trucking News Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Buyers’ Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 ATA Events and New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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From the President

New Look, Same Purpose Frank Filgo, CAE President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association

‘Our new logo replaces the “Leaning T” logo that the Association has used since the late 1990s and moves toward a more simplified wordmark...’

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’m pleased to announce that your Alabama Trucking Association has begun work on a public image project that will materialize over the next few months. The first stage of the project is a new Association logo to coincide with this rebranding effort. It also includes a new Association website and a bank of industry awareness videos to tout Alabama truckers as leaders in highway safety and industry professionalism. The campaign launches in early 2017. Our new logo replaces the “Leaning T” logo that the Association has used since the late 1990s and moves toward a more simplified wordmark, employing a sans-serif typeface for a bolder and modern appearance. Color scheme remains red and black, but the logo bears resemblance to ATA’s original logo last used about 20 years ago. Over the next few months, we will begin updating stationary, business cards, and digital and print media with our new logo. Further, our staff has been working on a new website for several months, and we expect to go live with it around December, if not sooner. We will also shift to a new membership database system to manage the site’s backend, which will contain membersonly features, such as a searchable member-

ship list, buyers’ guide, event registration, and a secure payment system for dues and other fees. But the new site is much more modern and completely responsive for better implementation on mobile devices. Meanwhile, the Association has also brought in multimedia production company Pitts Media of Birmingham to produce several high quality videos and promo spots for online distribution. These videos will complement our new website, and as budgets allow, give us the opportunity to better showcase the trucking industry with traditional media outlets such as television and radio. Trucking has been a leader for public safety and economic development in Alabama for generations, and it’s our view that the industry doesn’t always receive proper recognition for its many contributions to our state’s economy and industry professionalism. We hope our efforts will help change that. We hope you see the benefits of investing in our industry’s public image. It’s something we feel very strongly about. And when the time comes, we will seek assistance from our members to help us spread our message all across our great state, and beyond. Stay tuned.

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Rotation Situation Alabama’s ‘wrecker rotation’ system can result in outlandish charges, with no recourse but court. By Dan Shell Standing on the side of the road in heavy traffic or inclement weather, or listening breathlessly on the phone to an incident update from miles away, the first thing fleet operators are worried about after an accident is the safety of their people and others, damage to property and equipment and how to best move forward to set things right and put the incident behind them. The last thing they need to worry about is an outlandish rotation wrecker service charge knocking a hole in the bottom line. While well-intentioned, the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety Towing and Recovery 1 and Regulations wrecker rotation list 4

system has led to controversies and issues between trucking fleet operators and wrecker service owners. Truckers complain of wrecking services over-charging or coming up with unreasonable fees after incidents and then impounding equipment until charges are paid. In the greater scheme of things, considering the issues that come across his desk, trucker-rotation wrecker service disputes are not a huge issue, says Charles Ward, Chief of the Alabama Highway Patrol, which is in charge of developing and maintaining the rotation list wrecker system. “Considering how many wrecker calls we make, we don’t get that many disputes that I learn about,” he says. Ward notes that while Alabama’s rules and regulations say

rotation wrecker services should charge “reasonable” fees, “What I think is reasonable and you think is reasonable may be two different things.”

The ‘System’ Rotation wrecker systems are used by hundreds of jurisdictions throughout the U.S., from small towns to huge cities and state regions. Generally, all have a list of requirements for getting on and staying on the list, and most have some reference to charging standard or reasonable fees for their work. The most calls by far are for private vehicle accidents and breakdowns, from fender benders to major mash-ups. Wrecker regulations also vary widely. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016


One municipality in Alabama, Huntsville, literally sets prices for what rotation wreckers charge in the jurisdiction for towing and storage services. States in the region have a variety of similar regulations and procedures when it comes to setting up a rotation list of wrecker companies available to each state trooper post or district in case emergency towing or wrecker services are needed following highway accidents and incidents. There’s a whole list of procedures on how the “rotation” works as wreckers are called to respond, who’s next and how a towing company may lose its place in the order. Each jurisdiction posts a set of requirements and procedures for wrecking companies to follow in order to qualify for the rotation list in their particular area and how to maintain standing on the list. Alabama’s rules and regulations, the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety’s “Towing and Recovery Services Rules and Regulations” covers 36 pages of in-depth requirements. Alabama’s regulations are quite specific, noting requirements for equipment and component capacities, right down to strobe light power, and also requiring all wreckers to have (among many other items): “one flat shovel…one axe…one pair of bolt cutters with minimum opening of one-half inch…and a minimum of 40 lbs. of sand or absorbent material.” Despite so many rules and regulations spelled out, it’s in the area of charges and fees where things get a little vague. The Alabama rules only state that “Fees charged for rotation list calls shall be reasonable and not in excess of rates charged for similar services” for private individuals or other customers. Wrecker operators on the rotation list must submit fee schedules for each class of wrecker they operate and for both standard towing and special operations incidents. Standard operations are hooking up a vehicle, general cleanup and assisting the vehicle owner to a safe location. Special operations involve uprighting vehicles, returning vehicles to a normal position on the roadway, recovery of any load spilled and any offloading and reloading required. The local Highway Patrol Post Commander is to determine the reasonableness of the fees based on “the average of the proposed fees submitted” and a comparison of industry standards in the same wrecker zone for similar operations. Again, the system works well in general. But there are always claims that wrecker operators seem to find ways to submit remarkably similar and expensive rates. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016

It’s in the area of charges and fees where things get a little vague. The Alabama rules only state that “Fees charged for rotation list calls shall be reasonable and not in excess of rates charged for similar services” for private individuals or other customers.

Bad Experience And while the system does work for the most part, that’s no consolation when it doesn’t and works against you. Take a recent experience as an example, where Doug Chamness, head of fleet safety for Greenbush Logistics, recounts a rotation situation that went wrong. Chamness recounts an incident where one of his drivers left the roadway to avoid a line of backed up cars and ended up in a

ditch listing about 35°. The incident included a pack of lumber scattered about. The wrecker operator called from the rotation list—despite his shop being only five miles from the scene—brought out the heaviest, most expensive equipment he had when he could have easily scouted the job and used less equipment than he brought, Chamness says. The wrecker service towed the truck, picked up the lumber— and sent Chamness a bill for more than $14,000. This included four more hours of work 5


claimed (12) than the highway patrol reported for eight hours of traffic control for the incident. The bill also included labor charges of $150/hr. per person for high school students to pick up lumber. To make matters worse, when Chamness disputed the amount, the wrecker service impounded the rig and the freight (claiming it was non-perishable), charging a $100/day storage fee. The whole incident ended up in court. “The towing operator said he was just charging the fees that were on record with the state,” Chamness says. “So there’s no real standards and no real checks and balances” when the wrecker rotation system doesn’t work well for all involved, he adds. Chamness says the lack of a grievance procedure when wrecker service charges are disputed and claimed to be unreasonable means

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the only recourse is going to court. “But that’s expensive and only the lawyers win,” he says. It’s understandable that the state doesn’t want to get into the business of setting prices for wrecker services, but an arbitration board or some sort of appeals process short of the legal system is needed, Chamness believes. One part of the problem is trucking insurance companies, he adds. “They’ll be the first to agree that some of these wrecker service charges are crazy, and they’ll fight to a point. But they know they can pay out and just raise their rates,” Chamness says.

Dispute Resolution When it comes to developing a way to resolve disputes outside of court, one key is what the regulations allow or spell out.

For example, while most states make provisions for storing and returning personal property, North Carolina’s rotation list regulations spell out that freight is considered personal property, in case of any disputes: “Personal property, includes any goods, wares, freight, or any other property having any value whatsoever other than the functioning vehicle itself.” In contrast, Alabama’s regulations direct wrecker companies to reasonably safeguard personal property and belongings, and to return them to the vehicle’s owner or agent “upon release of the vehicle.” There’s no mention of freight or definition of personal belongings, and the way the regulation reads (A. under “Storage Procedures”) it looks like a towing company may be able to withhold personal belongings until a vehicle is released. Interestingly, North Carolina’s regulations also specify that upon “request of the vehicle owner, the rotation wrecker shall return personal property stored in or with a vehicle, whether or not the towing, repair, or storage fee on the vehicle has been or will be paid.” It’s a small point, but it shows how regulation wording and specificity can make a big difference in reality. One state that has a dispute resolution procedure written into its towing and rotation system regulations is South Carolina. Rick Todd, President and CEO of the South Carolina Trucking Assn., notes that the regulations “allow for the possibility for adjudication of wrecker complaints.” A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016


In South Carolina, when there is a dispute concerning rotation wrecker service charges, fleet operators can contact the local highway patrol post captain, who’s instructed to follow up with a fact-finding mission to determine if the charges are warranted. Noting that the process does not carry the weight of a court order, Todd says the state’s only recourse is removing wrecker companies that cause recurring problems from the rotation list. “It works about as well as it can considering the alternative is fully regulating the wrecking and towing industry,” Todd says. According to South Carolina’s rotation system regulations: “Should there be a dispute between the vehicle owner or the vehicle owner’s designee and the wrecker service regarding any storage fees or charges, the vehicle owner or the vehicle owner’s designee must provide the wrecker service written notification of the dispute. If the dispute is settled in favor of the wrecker service then the owner of the towed vehicle is liable for all charges which accrued pending the resolution. The wrecker service must cease any storage charges that would otherwise accrue from the time the wrecker service receives written notification of the dispute until the dispute is settled. Upon release of the vehicle, the wrecker service shall provide an itemized statement of all charges.” The South Carolina wrecker rotation regulations further note that complaints/concerns against a wrecker service regarding an incident involving the Highway Patrol or its operation of the wrecker lists must be received within 30 days of the alleged incident, and complaints/concerns should be directed to the Captain of the Troop where the incident occurred. In Alabama, Ward says, “We’d like to come up with a system of control,” and adds the highway patrol has looked at what other states have done and also the possibility of enabling legislation. It’s a good idea, but it’s also a tough sell for an agency already understaffed and on a tight budget with the rest of state government. Plus, any adoption of a grievance procedure must be legally sound: A quick Internet search shows hundreds of cases across the country where towing companies sued cities and states after being removed from the rotation list.

‘My Own Network’ Meanwhile, Chamness says he’s done with the rotation list and is working up his own network of preferred towing and wrecker companies around the state. “I A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016

In South Carolina, when there is a dispute fleet operators can contact the local highway patrol post captain, who’s instructed to follow up with a fact-finding mission to determine if the charges are warranted.

looked at a map of Alabama and picked out some strategic places and called some of the more legit towing companies and said we were done with the rotation list and would like to work with them,” he says. The big difference is the wrecking company will have somewhat of a relationship prior to being called, Chamness believes. “When we call them, that means they’re working for us” instead of responding to a

state trooper call, he adds. He’s given drivers a sheet and instructed them to use that list of wreckers if they need service in an area that’s covered. “I told them if they don’t use the list they can pay for the service,” he says. It’s a proactive stance that some Alabama fleet operators may consider taking in order to avoid a wrecker service “rotation situation” that impacts the bottom line. 7


Taking the After 20 years of serving this Association as one of its most reliable members, new ATA Chairman of the Board Gary Bond is ready to make his stand for trucking.

At the wheel for trucking: ATA Chairman of the Board for FY 2016-2017 Gary Bond

By Ford Boswell A good coach knows that when the game is on the line and every play matters, you must get the ball in the hands of your best playmaker – the player on the team who consistently gets it done when it counts. Leaders of business organizations are no different. 10

Last summer, the Alabama Trucking Association Board of Directors elected Gary Bond to serve as its Chairman for fiscal year 2016-’17, replacing Greg Brown of B.R. Williams Trucking, Inc. whose term ended June 30. Bond, a Birmingham-based banking executive, has been a faithful servant to the

Alabama Trucking Association for more than two decades, quietly doing whatever is asked to ensure the goals of the industry are realized. So when ATA’s Board of Directors began searching for a proven leader to serve as new chairman, they looked to Bond for his commitment and consistency at keeping things moving in the right direction. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016


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Gary Bond (left) accepts his new role as ATA Chairman from his predecessor Greg Brown.

Bond is a vice president for BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, which offers heavy equipment financing and leasing options for various business sectors, including trucking and construction. He has been in banking for more than 30 years – 15 of those with BancorpSouth. His role for the Association all these years had been that of a loyal lieutenant, someone who makes the most of his talent and resources to implement the ultimate vision of his commander. He never did things for personal recognition, it was always his mission to simply help the Association and its leadership board in any way he could. For that, his reputation as an upstanding member was recognized quickly after joining the Association. He was nominated to ATA’s Board of Directors in 1999, and has served faithfully ever since, contributing and leading various projects and sub-committees.

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Association events and industry safety initiatives; improving membership services, and solidifying the Association’s standing as the state’s preeminent voice for industry and highway safety. “I am so honored and privileged to serve our Association,” he said. “As a member of the Association for so long, I have always admired the many outstanding leaders who have worked to make this organization so strong and respected. I know I have great shoes to fill and an incredible opportunity to help the trucking industry, which has been so good to me for so long. I look forward to working with our Association’s leadership, membership, and staff to continue improving Alabama’s trucking industry.” ATA President Frank Filgo said Mr. Bond is a popular member who is among the Association’s most supportive and effective participants. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as last spring’s ATA Convention Chairman in Las Vegas. That event drew more than 285 members and guests representing 107 trucking related firms, which was an incredible feat considering the distant location. Filgo said that Bond, with the support of his Convention Committee, worked hard to pull

ATA Chairman of the Board Gary Bond goals for FY 2016-2017 Prepare and initiate ATA’s 2017 legislative agenda focusing on highway safety (bills to include mandatory seatbelts for all auto passengers, fines for super speeders, and the proposed Anti-Road Rage Act); l Increase weight exemptions for trucks using LNG & CNG; l Support efforts to increase highway funding; l Prohibit expanding definition of independent contractor as it relates to trucking industry employees; l Seek additional funding for trucking enforcement; l Improve protocols to ensure prompt, reliable, and professional towing assistance; l Support agendas of trucking business partners, including the Business Council of Alabama; Alliance for Toll Free Interstates; Truckers Against Trafficking; Alabama Civil Justice Reform Council; and the Business Associations Tax Coalition; and l Establish regional motor carrier CEO forums addressing issues of common interest off one of the more memorable Conventions in years. “Our Convention highlighted the Association’s accomplishments and recognized ATA leadership and honorees, and it served as an excellent networking opportunity between the Association’s member carriers and allied sector,” Filgo said. “Gary did an outstanding job. It was a great meeting, and I’m very proud for its success and so thankful for the support of the Association.” “That was the first major ATA event I have chaired,” Bond added. “It was wonderful getting to know our leadership and staff better and seeing firsthand how committed this Association is to the trucking industry in Alabama. It helped me focus better on what’s expected of me during my year as Chairman.” ATA president Frank Filgo said that Bond’s many years in banking, makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Association. “Because he is so keenly aware of the financial and regulatory pressures that trouble trucking business owners, he will be a powerful asset for our Association, as we work to create a strong, nurturing business environment for Alabama truckers,” Filgo said. 11


SAFETY & MAINTENANCE Safety Insights

New Driver Training: Thinking Outside the Box

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

‘With driver turnover down somewhat, it’s a great time to review your hiring practices,’

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any moons ago I overheard an aspiring fleet executive make the following statement: “Truck drivers are a dime a dozen.” Needless to say he didn’t last long in the transportation industry. In the world we live and work in today, drivers have become a priceless commodity. Recent statistics tell us the driver turnover rate has fallen to its lowest since 2011 largely due to recent soft freight markets. Though turnover has fallen, carriers are still finding it difficult to hire enough qualified drivers to fill trucks. With this in mind, let’s look at how the system works today and other options that can provide opportunities for growth. Today, common practice for hiring drivers hasn’t change significantly in years. Carriers advertise with trade magazines, newspapers, websites, billboards, and believe it or not, hire drivers from competitors. It’s very common for a driver to start with a new company and find the new carrier to run a quality operation, and tell their friends, and then quite often a mass exodus ensues. This cycle has been a common practice for years. In uncertain freight markets, drivers are less likely to job hop for fear of losing miles and pay if they change during a down market. As we’ve said before, to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result is insane. Is this a time to research the opportunity to bring in our military veterans or even begin a mentor program for driver trainees? With the baby boomers retiring in masses, and the regulatory constraints we face, it’s obvious we must do things different to meet the driver shortage demands we are challenged with. I’ve had the opportunity over the past year to work closely with the Alabama Community College System, researching the needs and possibilities with our truck driver training programs. Several community colleges are having great success placing drivers with companies that are willing to provide opportunities for graduates. Visiting some of the

actual classes in process, I’ve seen the quality drivers these programs produce. While the graduates may not have the road time many companies require, they do come away with a clear understanding of the regulatory requirements, job demands, and hands-on experience needed to begin a long, successful career. As an example of how a trainee program can work, one carrier in particular has developed a magnificent mentor program for driving school graduates. This carrier places the graduate with a seasoned professional trainer for an extended period, teaching the many requirements the new driver will face. Before the trainee is released to go it alone, this company has the necessary checkpoints to ensure the trainee is qualified and ready. But this is where the train wrecks can happen with new driver training programs. With no follow up or on-going training, these drivers often fall through the cracks and move on to other companies and often other careers. To ride with a new driver a couple weeks and throw them to the wolves is not a quality mentor program. Quality training with consistent follow up and a plan to ensure the new driver has become a successful part of the team, is proven to reduce turnover, while keeping seats filled. As we prepare for the freight market to increase – and, of course, a need for more drivers – this is a great time to look outside the box as to how we fill the need for drivers. With the opportunity to hire more military veterans with driving experience, and maybe even test the waters for a mentor program for driving school graduates, this could be the prime time to quit doing the same old things regarding hiring. When seeking drivers, I encourage carriers to reach out to a local truck driving school and local National Guard posts for applicants. The fact is drivers with 20 years’ experience and 2 million safe miles under their belt are becoming scarce. What will you do differently with driver recruitment and training to keep your organization successful? A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016


MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEWS Boyd driver celebrates 30 years, 3 million safe miles Boyd Bros. Transportation driver Charwithout actual driving experience. Boyd Charlie Walker lie Walker is in a very exclusive club, havwas among the first fleets he interviewed ing driven more than 3 million miles over with. “I went down to Boyd and they had three decades without an accident. a stack of applications for new guys trying Walker, 62, a Columbus, Ga. resident to hire on. They looked at my work histowho drives for Boyd’s terminal in Birmingry, and I guess that’s what impressed them. ham, is one of only six company drivers to I always had had a job since I got out of travel that distance without an accident. high school. So they gave me a chance.” He reached his milestone last June, and At the time, the company was still the company honored him at ceremony owned and managed by the late Dempsey July 22 in Birmingham. Boyd and his family. Walker liked the famWalker wasn’t concerned with counting ily atmosphere at Boyd, and the fact that miles when he started working for Boyd in the company seemed to care for its em1985. He was much more interested in ployees more so than other fleets. “I work bringing home a regular paycheck for his for some good people, and they’ve been family. Several months before, he received good to me … the whole Boyd family. notice that he’d soon be laid off from his Like the president up there now (Chris Age: 62 machinery maintenance job at a local texCooper, the grandson of Dempsey Boyd, Hometown: Born and raised in tile mill. After nine years at the mill, it was and son of CEO Gail Cooper), I’ve known Hamilton, Ga., in Harris County time to seek a new career path, and truckhim … when I started, he was like 9 or 10 Current residence: Columbus, Ga. ing seemed the obvious answer. years old.” Employer: Boyd Bros. Transportation, “I had always liked big trucks as a kid, Most importantly, Walker appreciates Birmingham, Ala. terminal and I had family members who drove for a the company’s focus on driver training and Education: 1972 graduate of Harris living,” he says, “so I always knew it was safety. “If you’re coming in with a load, County High School; graduated from something I could get into if I wanted to.” and it’s not safe,” he explains, “they’d truck driving school in November 1985 He met with a local trucking school rerather you pull over and stop and call your Previous jobs: Worked in insurance sales and at a steel mill, and spent nearly cruiter who promised that he’d easily find driver manager and let them know what a decade as a maintenance technician at work as a truck driver, but classes were full the conditions are, or if you’re not feeling the former Bibb Mill in Columbus, Ga. for the next term, and time was running good, or the unit isn’t doing right. They Family: Christine, his wife of 30 out. The closest school he found was in don’t want you taking chances.” years, and three children – stepson, Clarksville, Tenn., a nine hour drive from As a driver with 3 million mile without William Phillips, and twin sons, Pierre his home. It was his best option. Classes a single accident, Walker believes he’s a role and Tierre Walker – and six grandchilwere held on the weekends and would take model for the younger drivers at Boyd. He dren about 6 weeks to complete. He knew it offers advice whenever he can. His best tip Leisure time: He loves to hunt and would be difficult, but Walker was ready is to simply be aware of your surroundings. fish, and enjoys spending time on some to make his move. Over time, he explains, good drivers develland he owns in Georgia; he gardens, “I would get off work at the mill at op the ability to predict what others on the growing collards, cabbage, peas, beans, Friday afternoon, come home, change road are going to do. cucumbers, tomatoes, “you name it” clothes, and drive all the way to “You’re very self-conscious about what’s SOURCE: Tony Adams, Ledger-Enquirer.com Clarksville to be there Saturday morning, going on around you,” he says. “You can school on Saturday, on Sunday, and get be driving down the road and sense a lot out Sunday evening,” he recalls. “It took of stuff. You know, the sixth sense? You defour weeks, but I started off on the weekends and halfway velop that the longer you drive, and you get a feeling that car is through it the mill finally laid me off, so I was then able to go going to pull out, and you’ll be ready for it. And when you come the whole week.” around a curve and see (traffic) stopped in the road, I’ll start Fresh out of training and ready to drive, Walker started interstopping way back. You try not to get yourself (into a) jam. I always tell the (younger) guys, don’t ever get yourself in a jam and viewing for jobs. He met with a lot of fleet managers, but quickdon’t get in no hurry.” ly found that not all companies were willing to hire applicants

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News Indiana driver wins National Truck Driving Championships Charles White, a Wal-Mart driver from Nineveh, Ind., was the Grand Champion at the American Trucking Associations’ 2016 National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis last month. “After an impressive showing throughout the week, Charles White emerged as the most skilled and knowledgeable truck driver in the country,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “On behalf of the ATA and the trucking

Team Alabama at National TDC

community, I want to congratulate Charles and thank the entire field of competitors for participating in these championships. Your commitment to excellence has made the nation’s highways a safer place for everyone.” To clinch the prestigious title of 2016 Bendix Grand Champion, White’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety surpassed the over 430 other professional truck drivers competing in Indianapolis this week. White also took home the 3-axle class title. ATA also recognized Richard Merich as the 2016 Rookie of the Year. Merich took home the honor after a strong performance in the flatbed division. The team of drivers from South Carolina produced the best collective score, with an average of 278.13, and were honored as the top state delegation. Professionalism and dedication to the trucking industry were key themes during the National Truck Driving Championships. Charles Woodland was honored during the awards banquet with the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award and Chris Ignowski, CDS was chosen as the Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient. ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, which took place Aug. 10-13 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. Collec-

2016 National TDC Class Winners Champions from each of the 9 classes and the top state delegation were also announced. Joining Charles White on the list of national champions are: 3-Axle: Charles White, Nineveh, Indiana, Walmart Transportation 4-Axle: Ronald Metternick, Lowell, Michigan, FedEx Freight 5-Axle: Toby Kort, Aurora, Nebraska, FedEx Freight Flatbed: Jay Love, Davis, South Dakota, FedEx Freight Sleeper Berth: Larry Breen, Bushnell, Florida, Walmart Transportation Straight Truck: Charles Randolph, Belle, West Virginia, PITT OHIO Tank Truck: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Plover, Wisconsin, XPO Logistics Twins: Chris Poynor, Richland, Washington, XPO Logistics Step Van: Frank Woods, Shawsville, Virginia, FedEx Express tively, this week’s competitors have accumulated more than 600 million safe-driving miles during their careers as professional truck drivers. Despite fielding one of its most experienced teams in years, no Alabama drivers qualified for the final round. “We had a great time, and our guys did their best, but unfortunately we came up short this year,” said ATA Director of Safety Tim Frazier. “It was a

Wiregrass SMMC awards scholarships to local diesel tech students The Alabama Trucking Association Safety & Maintenance Management Council recently awarded more than $2,500 in scholarship cash to several students at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics program. ATA officials delivered a check to school officials at the school’s shop last July. Scholarship recipients were chosen by their instructor Eddie Spann based on academic performance and financial need. This year’s scholarship winners are Lane Drakkar of Florala, Ala.; Devin Dye of Andalusia, Ala.; Nathan Pichon of Geneva, Ala.; Jake Seal of Elba, Ala.; and Quincy Thomas of Andalusia, Ala.

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ATA Director of Safety and Member Services Tim Frazier says the Safety & Maintenance Management Council, which is composed of safety and service managers from across the state, has provided scholarships for dozens of young people at LBWCC. According to ATA officials, Alabama’s trucking industry provides about 1 out of 14 jobs in the state. “For years, we’ve heard of the extreme need for qualified professional drivers, but our industry also has need for diesel technicians. Once these young people finish their training, they could be placed in the workforce immediately. A lot of them will have their pick of job offers.” Frazier says.

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strong field of drivers this year – top to bottom, one of the strongest I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been around the TDC.”Alabama’s team was composed of Steven Brannen of Wal-Mart Transportation, 4-axle; Darryl Dodd of Wal-Mart Transportation, Sleeper Berth; Thomas Garner of FedEx Freight, Tank Truck; Darrell Kimbrell of FedEx Freight, Twins; Mark Knight of AAA Cooper Transportation, 5-axle; Chason Norris of FedEx Express, Step Van; Charles Staples, FedEx Freight, Flatbed; Daniel Thompson of FedEx Freight, Straight Truck; and Michael Umphrey of XPO Logistics, 3-axle.

FMCSA Medical Review Board offer recommendations for sleep apnea rule Medical advisors for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the summer reviewed obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment issues to offer final recommendations for apnea regulatory requirements. The Review Board, which was composed of several physicians and certified medical examiners, began discussions on dozens of written comments from physicians and trucking and railroad industry stakeholders regarding the cost, diagnosis, screening and treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea.

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The comments were offered in response to a joint FMCSA/Federal Railroad Administration advance notice of proposed rulemaking earlier this year. Neither agency is certain whether an apnea rule will be ultimately adopted, but each is exploring the possibility. The ANPRM requested comment on 20 questions related to the problem of OSA, cost and benefits, screening procedures and diagnostics, medical personnel qualifications and restrictions and treatment effectiveness, Mark Patterson, executive officer for safety operations for the Federal Railroad Association, said in a briefing to the board. Some of the more hot-button issues related to an apnea regulation center on how a medical examiner should determine whether a driver is at risk and when to refer a driver to a costly sleep lab test. A large number of drivers have objected to being referred to sleep lab tests based solely on neck size and/or body-mass index numbers. Patterson said that drivers and crash victims who spoke at three FRA/FMCSA listening sessions were passionate in their comments, both favorable and negative. Rebecca Brewster, president of the American Transportation Research Institute, told the board that the results of a survey of 800 truck drivers showed that the average cost of a

sleep lab study for high-risk drivers is $1,220. The survey also showed that drivers want to see more evidence on the relationship of sleep apnea and crash risk and had concerns that they were being referred to sleep labs by a medical examiner with a financial interest in the lab. Christine Cisneros, review board member and medical director of two USHealthworks clinics in Indiana, said the board needs to work on “mitigation of driver animosity.” Mary Pat McKay, chief medical officer for the National Transportation Safety Board, said her agency has since 2009 been urging that FRA and FMCSA to both implement a sleep apnea rule to save lives caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Several medical researchers commenting at the meeting said there is a great need for drivers and motor carriers to be better understand the serious long-term health risks associated with sleep apnea.

Trucking industry invests more than $9.5 billion a year in safety The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in safety annually according to a landmark report by American Trucking Associations. That figure breaks down over four broad Continued on page 20

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News categories, including 1) On-board Technology like collision avoidance and mitigation systems, blind spot warning systems, stability control, video event recorders, electronic logging devices and other safety technologies; 2) Driver Training; 3) Safety pay such as wards and bonuses based on improved safety performance; and Regulatory Compliance. Additionally, the $9.5 billion does not include general and routine maintenance costs such as purchasing new brakes, tires or trucks, which would increase the total significantly. “Before this survey, we were only able to conservatively estimate our industry’s commitment to safety,” said ATA First Vice Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express. “Now, thanks to the efforts of ATA, we can see just how much our industry is investing in safety as well as the results of these investments – improved safety for all motorists.”

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“Since economic deregulation in 1980, we have seen marked declines in truck-involved crashes and crash rates on our highways, and in the past decade, those declines have been particularly steep,” said outgoing ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Safety is job one for ATA and its members and the efforts we’re making to improve it are remarkable and, for the first time, quantifiable.”

FMCSA Seeks comments on Crash Preventability Demonstration Program The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to develop and implement a demonstration program to determine the efficacy of a program to conduct preventability determinations on certain types of crashes that are generally less complex. The program will allow carriers to have non-preventable crashes stricken from their record. Under FMCSA’s proposed demonstration, carriers would be able to challenge certain crashes where it is plainly evident the commercial vehicle is not at fault. FMCSA proposed to include crashes in which an opposing motorist was driving under the influence, driving the wrong direction or struck the truck in the rear or while it was properly parked. Also included are single vehicle acci-

dents involving an animal strike, suicide by truck or infrastructure failure. The agency proposes to accept requests for data reviews (RDRs) that seek to establish the non-preventability of certain crashes through its national data correction system known as DataQs. FMCSA’s notice proposes that the agency would accept an RDR, as part of this program, when documentation established that the crash was not preventable by the motor carrier or commercial driver. The proposed minimum time period for this crash preventability demonstration program would be 24 months.

FMCSA accepting comments on Medical Review Board Diabetes Standard The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently publish in the Federal Register a request for public comment on the Medical Review Board’s recommendations pertaining to the medical qualification of commercial motor vehicle drivers with insulin-treated diabetes. In 2015, FMCSA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would permit drivers with stable, well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus to be medically qualified to operate in interstate commerce without an exemption. The Medical Review Board subse-

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quently reviewed the public comments to the NPRM and issued its own report containing recommendations for FMCSA to consider as it prepares a final rule. Specifically, the Board recommended that drivers be qualified for up to one year if they had not experienced any of 8 disqualifying factors, including any serious hypoglycemic episode within the previous 6 months, severe low blood sugar as demonstrated in the driver’s glucose logs, or failure to maintain adequate glucose records. The Board also recommended that affected drivers receive a complete ophthalmology or optometry exam at least every two years. It is expected that FMCSA will begin a 60-day comment period on the Board’s recommendations.

Industry requests 30-day extension in speed limiter comment period In a Sept. 9 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations, along with 50 state trucking associations, asked for a 30-day extension to the comment period for the recently published proposed rule requiring speed limiters on large trucks. “In the nearly ten years since ATA concurrently petitioned NHTSA and FMCSA for action on this important issue, much

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has changed in vehicle and motor carrier safety,” ATA President Chris Spear wrote in the letter, citing advances in technology, stricter regulatory oversight and increases in speed limits at the state level. “These developments, along with new state laws and speed limits, have changed the way motor carriers view and respond to safety concerns. In addition, the proposed rule’s dramatic departure from ATA’s initial petition in terms of tamper proofing, the lack of a retrofit requirement, and the Agencies’ reluctance to specify a governed speed requires additional time for ATA and its federation partners to reengage its membership on these important issues,” he said in the letter.

NHTSA-FMCSA publishes speed limiter proposal The proposed rule to require the use of speed limiters on all new vehicles in excess of 26,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight was published September 7 in the Federal Register. This officially begins the 60-day public comment period on the rule. American Trucking Associations officials are fully reviewing the proposal, but the agencies are seeking comment on a requirement setting the maximum speed for large vehicles at 60 miles per hour, 65 MPH or 68 MPH. ATA’s petition sought a maxi-

mum speed of 68 MPH and ATA’s safety agenda calls for a national speed limit for all vehicles of 65 MPH. In their proposal, the agencies say setting the speed at 68 could save 27 to 96 lives per year; setting it at 65 could save 63 to 214 lives annually and at 60 could save 162 to 498 lives, but notes that they do not have the same confidence about the data for the 60 MPH alternative as the other two options. The rule, despite National ATA’s initial request does not mandate the limiters be tamper proof, instead it proposed “require(ing) motor carriers to maintain the speed limiting devices at a set speed within the range permitted by the” Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. National ATA's summary of its position on speed limiters calls for all new Class 7 and 8 trucks to have their top speed electronically limited to no more than 65 MPH at the time of manufacture, that the speed limiter be tamper proof and that all Class & and 8 trucks be retro-fitted with speed limiter back to 1992. According to ATA officials, the goal of this initiative is to assure that that the safety and environmental benefits of setting a maximum governed truck speed are realized across the trucking industry, and by the motoring public.

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News OOIDA weighs in on Colorado towing regulations The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association continues to tackle the problem of overcharged third-party tows state by state. Land Line staff writer Mark Schremmer wrote that OOIDA weighed in on Colorado’s proposed rules regulating tow companies by sending a letter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 31. “The goal is to ensure responsible towing, and recovery operators can make a fair profit while preventing consumers from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous operators,” OOIDA wrote. During recent years, it has not been uncommon for OOIDA to discover trucking companies that overcharged tens of thousands of dollars for third-party tows. While OOIDA said it is generally sup-

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portive of Colorado’s proposal to regulate tow companies, the Association also suggested several changes. “‘Drive-away’ tows should be expressly prohibited,” OOIDA wrote. “OOIDA suggests adding language that reads, ‘Except as authorized by law enforcement officers, no towing service shall engage in the removal of a commercial motor vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license to operate the vehicle under its own power on a highway.’” In the event of an overcharged claim, OOIDA said the burden of proof should fall on the towing operator. “Towing carriers should be responsible for proving their charges are fair and reasonable upon the filing of any formal complaint. OOIDA suggests adding language that reads, ‘Upon the filing of any aggrieved party, including the owner, operator or in-

surer of a motor vehicle, the burden of proof to show that the carrier’s charges are just, fair and reasonable shall be upon the towing carrier.’” The suggested language is modeled after recently enacted laws in Wyoming and West Virginia. OOIDA also suggests increased penalties for violations and more reasonable rates for services. To deter unscrupulous towing carriers, OOIDA recommends that Colorado increase its civil penalty up to $5,000 for each violation. The Association recommends maximum storage rates be reduced from $127.50 per day to $74 per day for a tractor, trailer and cargo. OOIDA also suggests that Colorado address maximum labor rates so that trucking companies aren’t overcharged. “Excessive labor rates for extra manpower to clean up debris, hold a flag, and load/unload a truck should be controlled,” OOIDA wrote. Meanwhile, in Alabama, the Alabama Trucking Association is currently seeking input from its members, regulatory officials and state law makers for ideas for future regulation of the towing industry, ATA leaders say such regulation will be a top priority for the Association during next year’s State Legislative Session. See page 4 for an article on ATA’s mission.

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National ATA taps Chris Spear president, CEO

In July, the American Trucking Associations announced that former ATA senior vice president of legislative affairs, Chris Spear, became the federation’s next president and chief executive officer Spear effective July 9. He succeeds Bill Graves, who is retiring after more than 13 years with the group. Spear is currently vice president of government affairs at Hyundai Motor Co. and has a long career on Capitol Hill working with federal agencies and in the private sector. Previously, Spear successfully led ATA’s efforts on the Hill and was instrumental in developing and advancing the association’s strategic advocacy agenda, which resulted in public policy that advanced ATA’s protrucking, pro-safety and pro-efficiency agenda. “Chris’ enthusiasm for the trucking industry and the mission of ATA – to effectively advocate and communicate efforts that improve safety and profitability for our members – is second to none,” said ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president of state government affairs at UPS. “We had many excellent candidates for the position, but Spear is the right fit for the organization. We are extremely pleased that he will be joining us.” Spear, recognized as a passionate advocate, effective communicator and relationship builder, has a wealth of political experience in Washington and in the business arena. Spear was vice president of global government relations at Honeywell International, and he held Executive Branch positions including Assistant Secretary of Labor. Spear also served as professional staff for Sens. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.). He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this great association and serve this 24

vital industry,” said Spear. “Trucking is the backbone of our economy and a catalyst for American job growth, delivering critical goods to businesses and homes coast-tocoast. I am excited to work alongside ATA’s members and federation partners to ensure the industry continues to prosper and safely move our nation forward.” Spear was selected from among a number of well-qualified candidates by a search committee headed by former ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express. “ATA is lucky to be able to bring Chris in as our next leader. This is an important time of transition for our industry and we are confident that Chris has the strategic vision and leadership to maintain ATA’s position as the strongest voice on behalf of the trucking industry in Washington and beyond,” Byrd said. “We are also lucky to have had the services of Bill Graves for the past 13 years and we would be remiss if we did not thank him for his work on our industry’s behalf.” “It’s been my honor to lead ATA as President and CEO for almost 14 years. I’ll always appreciate the opportunity ATA members afforded me in 2001 when I was chosen for the position and the support they’ve

Mark your calendars to attend ATA’s ELD seminars The Alabama Trucking Association has scheduled five regional meetings to address the topic: “How to comply with the ELD mandate.” Meetings are open to ATA member motor carriers only. All meetings are scheduled 11 am to 1 pm (lunch provided). Dates and location are: l October 6, 2016 - Four Points Sheraton Huntsville Airport, Huntsville l October 12, 2016 - Pelham Civic Complex, Pelham l October 18, 2016 - ATA Headquarters, Montgomery l November 1, 2016 - Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, Mobile l November 3, 2016 - Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Dothan For more information call ATA headquarters at 334-834-3983.

provided since 2003 when I moved to Washington to assume that role,” Graves said. “Trucking has always been close to my heart and I’m very proud that a trucking Co. bore my family’s name. Now is the time to pass on the leadership responsibility to Chris, a person whom I have great respect for and confidence in his ability to lead ATA. I look forward to providing assistance in his leadership transition. It’s an exciting new time for the ATA and I wish the organization, and Chris, nothing but success.” Graves will serve as an advisor to ATA for the remainder of 2016.

National ATA names Rusty Duckworth as new CFO American Trucking Associations has named Rusty Duckworth as chief financial officer, the group announced September 12. “Part of our mission is to return value for the investment our members make when they join ATA,” National ATA President and CEO Spear said. “Rusty has been an excellent steward of ATA’s budget and finances in several roles with the organization, and I’m pleased that he will serve as our new CFO.” Duckworth has worked for ATA since 1999 in a variety of roles in the accounting and finance department, most recently as senior vice president and controller. “It is an honor to work not just with the ATA staff, but on behalf of this tremendous industry,” Duckworth said. “I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve both ATA and our membership as a part of the new leadership team.” Duckworth is the fifth member of the new leadership team Spear has assembled at ATA. He joins COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna, and Executive Vice Presidents Bill Sullivan (advocacy) and Sue Hensley (communications and public affairs) who joined the organization in August. General Counsel Jennifer Hall also started in her new role last week. Duckworth earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, and in 2002 was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. “I’m pleased that with Rusty in his new role, we now have a complete A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016


management team that is ready to strongly position ATA for the future,” Spear said. Spear is scheduled to outline his vision for the future of the ATA during his first “State of the Industry” address at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, which runs from October 1-4.

Swing Transport earns national award for workplace safety Swing Transport, Inc. was presented a Platinum award by Great West Casualty Co. for both the 2015 National Safety Awards Program in addition to the Workplace Safety Program for 2015. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Swing has earned the highest honor from Great West. Swing Transport is a dry good carrier who began operations in 1975. With corporate headquarters located in Salisbury, NC and terminals located in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, the management team at Swing is constantly striving for safety improvement. Great West Casualty congratulates their efforts for making the roads safer for the motoring public. The National Safety Awards program recognizes motor carriers in similar operations

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(truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable crash results. Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Participatory award. The Workplace Safety award recognizes companies for their dedication to creating and fostering a safe work environment for their employees. This past year, the National Safety Awards program drew over 675 participants from across the country. Great West Casualty Co. is a provider of property and casualty insurance for the trucking industry. It offers risk management, underwriting, claims, and loss control services exclusively to the trucking industry.

ATRI touts Integrated Corridor Management to curb urban congestion Earlier this year the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) research quantified the cost of congestion to the trucking industry at $49.6 billion in 2014. The group contends that one of the most effective ways to address that congestion is to more effectively and efficiently move people and goods through major urban

areas. ATRI officials believe that Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) holds great promise for addressing urban congestion. ATRI recently led the development of two primers for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) program. The vision of ICM is for transportation networks to realize significant improvements in the efficient movement of people and goods through integrated, proactive management of existing infrastructure along major corridors. Working through an ICM approach, transportation professionals manage the corridor as a multimodal system and make operational benefits for the benefit of the corridor as a whole. Integrated Corridor Management and Freight Opportunities examines how freight can be incorporated into an ICM approach as well as the benefits of ICM in addressing many of the challenges in moving freight through major corridors. Integrated Corridor Management and Traffic Incident Management describes how traffic incident management (TIM) can be incorporated into ICM as well as detailing the many benefits that ICM brings to the advancement of TIM programs. Both primers are available on ATRI’s website. Continued on page 26

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Truckworx now offers Yeti Coolers Truckworx is now an authorized dealer for Yeti coolers. Inventory is in stock now at the dealership’s Birmingham, Jackson, and Alabaster locations. YETI Coolers are built to be indestructible and keep ice for days. Designed to withstand beastly abuse, they are manufactured through a process called biaxial rotomolding, similar to how some kayaks are made. They are the perfect coolers for hardworking truck drivers, fleet managers or anyone who wants well-built cooler that will last for years.

FMCSA upholds 30-minute breaks requirement Noting that any enforcement difficulty created by the 30-minute rest break provision in the driver hours of service rule “does not negate its safety benefit,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied a petition by its partners on the pavement to strike the provision from the rule, reported Fleet Owner magazine on August 23. In a letter to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA “believes there is no basis for rescinding the 30-minute rest break requirement,” the agency wrote. “Neither the scientific studies that were relied upon nor the roadside inspection data reviewed for calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015 support the contention that the safety benefits are questionable or that enforcement is particularly difficult, even after granting limited exemptions for certain industry segments.” According to Fleet Owner’s Kevin Jones, CVSA had submitted its petition in late October last year. In the request, the alliance of North American trucking regulatory enforcement agencies restated its early concerns over enforceability of the 30-minute break, and again explained that an inspector has no way of verifying whether or not the driver was legitimately off duty during that time or if he/she used the 26

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time to perform other work-related duties, such as fueling, inspection, or loading and unloading times. “This provision gives problem drivers, and motor carriers, an opportunity to falsify their record of duty status (RODS) in an attempt to disguise, or conceal, on-duty hours,” CVSA said, quoting the 2011 filing. “Enforcing this proposed rule is impossible without supporting documents to either verify, or refute, such entries. Further, CVSA does not believe there is evidence that the requirement improves a driver’s overall CMV operational capabilities or increases safety.” Complicating matters—and reinforcing its points—the petition notes that FMCSA has issued a number of exemptions to the 30-minute rest break requirement, to various sectors of the industry.

Industry wins case against New York’s use of trucking-paid toll funds A federal judge in August ruled the New York State Thruway Authority’s practice of diverting toll revenue it collects from commercial truckers to maintain upstate canals is unconstitutional. Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the federal court in Manhattan agreed with the American Trucking Associations that the authority unlawfully burdens interstate commerce by contributing more than $61 million annually, or roughly 10 percent of toll revenue, to maintain the canals. McMahon called the canals a “jewel in the crown” for New York, which benefits from tourism revenue they generate, but said they offered no benefit to truckers. She said this made the state’s use of toll revenue from truckers to maintain the canals a violation of the so-called Dormant Commerce Clause. “The State of New York cannot insulate the canal system from the vagaries of the political process and taxpayer preferences by imposing the cost of its upkeep on those who drive the New York Thruway in interstate commerce,” McMahon wrote. “To the extent that they are used to maintain and operate the canal system, the thruway tolls are unconstitutionally excessive,” she added. Neither the Thruway Authority nor the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which defended its use of tolls, immediately responded to requests for comment. “Revenue from tolls must be spent maintaining the roads they’re collected on,” A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2016

Southland International celebrates 40 years of service Southland International celebrated 40 years of business last month at its original location on Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa. Co. President Drew Linn started working here in 1977 as a sales manager when the dealership was called Tuscaloosa Truck & Equipment (TTE). He later bought a portion of the ownership interest from Foy Curry, and along with four other Southland International’s original location at 3540 Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa partners, began building a business base in West Alabama. By 1982, Linn and the late Bernice Butler bought the dealership outright. This was a pivotal time for the trucking industry as the results of deregulation from The Motor Carrier Act (MCA) of 1980 made it significantly easier for a trucker to secure a certificate of public convenience and necessity. Southland International president Drew Linn honors the company’s longest serving As the industry began employee Jimmy Johnson. to grow and change, International began seeking a new president to lead operations in Homewood (Birmingham area) and Montgomery. Linn’s name topped the list because of TTE’s recent success. In 1986, Linn bought Butler’s interest in the dealership and in August of that year agreed to merge TTE into would become Southland International Trucks. Today, with locations in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Tarrant and its original location in Tuscaloosa, Southland International Trucks, Inc. stocks new and used trucks, trailers, and buses from International, IC Bus, Transcraft and Wabash. “We have some of the best people in the business,” Linn says. “People who have worked here 30 or 40 years, and they know our customers better than anyone.” One in particular is longtime truck salesman Jimmy Johnson, who’s been with the Co. since it started. “What separates us from the others is our people,” says Linn. “For instance Jimmy was here when I got here. He knows the place better than anyone here. He’s loyal and knows what it takes to make his customers happy. We’re so grateful to him for all his years of hard work on behalf of Southland International.” Looking ahead, the 69-year-old Linn says he does get asked how much longer his going to keep working. “It’s not an easy answer,” he says. “I really enjoy doing this. It’s something different every single day. It’s as exciting as it was when we started, but (trucking) is a wonder industry. And I’m so proud to be a part of it.” Chris Spear, chief executive of American Trucking Associations, said in a statement. “We hope today’s ruling will not only end this practice in New York, but dissuade other states from financing their budget shortfalls on the backs of our industry,” he added. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages.

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June. In July, the index equaled 134.3 (2000=100), down from 137.1 in June. The all-time high was 144 in February. Compared with July 2015, the SA index rose just 0.3 percent, the smallest year-overyear gain in 2016. In June, the year-overyear increase was 2.1 percent. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2015, tonnage was up 3.2 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 138.2 in July, which was 2.7 percent below the previous month (142). “On a monthly basis, tonnage has decreased in four of the last five months and stood at the lowest level since October during July,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “This prolonged softness is consistent with a supply chain that is clearing out elevated inventories. “Looking ahead, expect a softer and uneven truck freight environment until the inventory correction is complete. With moderate economic growth expected, truck

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freight will improve the further along the inventory cycle we progress,” he said. Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 68.8 percent of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. Trucks hauled just under 10 billion tons of freight in 2014. Motor carriers collected $700.4 billion, or 80.3 percent of total revenue earned by all transport modes. ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 10th day of the month. The report includes monthto-month and year-over-year results, relevant economic comparisons and key financial indicators.

among large truckload fleets fell six points to 83 percent from 2016’s first quarter, ATA reported Sept. 1. American Trucking Associations’ Bob Costello says the dip stems from the choppy freight environment seen in the first part of the year. “As we hopefully approach the end of this period of elevated inventories later this year, freight demand will pick back up leading to increased demand for drivers and higher turnover rates in the future,” Costello said. The turnover rate at smaller truckload fleets fell nine points to 79 percent, its lowest point since the third quarter of 2015. Turnover at less-than-truckload carriers rose four points to 12 percent. National ATA considers carriers with less than $30 million in annual revenue as small carriers, and those above that revenue mark as large carriers.

As freight cools, driver turnover dips to lowest level since 2011

Tax Alert: ATA advises of state tax changes for trucking businesses

Citing the American Trucking Associations, Commercial Carrier Journal recently reported that the annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets fell to its lowest point since early 2011 in the second quarter of this year. Turnover in the second quarter

The Alabama Trucking Association is advising members to closely examine a proposed rule change from the state Dept. of Revenue with regard to the apportionment of income for multi-state entities for state

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income tax purposes. The Multi-State Tax Compact has been in effect since 1997. It already requires the apportionment of “business income” based on three factors: 1.) the proportion of company property sited in Alabama, 2.) the proportion of property sited in Alabama, and 3.) proportion of the sales the company makes in Alabama], but it does not address a method of treating mobile property. This regulation supplies that deficiency. Any members that have been using the three-factor apportionment formula but not factoring out property, payroll and sales attributable to other states may find an Alabama income tax savings when adjusting to the proposed formula. You are advised to contact your CPA or tax attorney to ascertain the proposed regulation’s impact on your company’s state income state filing. For more information contact Frank Filgo at 334-834-3983.

Expert predicts rates will jump with ELD transition Large fleets that have adopted electronic logging devices in recent years learned that productivity dropped, said Todd Amen, president of owner-operator financial servic-

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es provider ATBS. “You lose 10 to 20 percent of your ability to run miles,” said Amen, speaking at Overdrive magazine’s Partners in Business seminar during last month’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Overdrive’s Max Hiene wrote that most small fleets and independent owner-operators will wait until late 2017 to comply with the mandate, which takes effect in December 2017 unless it’s scuttled in court, Amen said. “We’re going to have a truck shortage when this ELD rule gets put into effect,” he said. “Essentially it’s like taking 200,000 to 300,000 trucks off the road.” As a result, he said, “My prediction is rates are going to go up at least 10 percent, but I believe they could go up 15 to 20 percent.” It’s “counter-intuitive” that miles have gone up for owner operators during the soft freight market of this past year or so, but this has happened during other downturns. “Owner-operators know they need to make miles to earn more money, so they get aggressive,” Amen said. Miles shouldn’t change much until mid-2017, when the ELD transition forces them to drop. Revenue per mile for owner-operators has come down almost 10 percent, to

$1.30, largely because the drop in fuel prices also meant a drop in fuel surcharges, which hurts operators whose efficiency allows them to profit from the surcharge. Fuel prices should stay relatively low for years, given the number of wells that were drilled in North Dakota and elsewhere that could be producing much more. “I don’t think oil’s going above $60 [a barrel] for the next 10 years,” Amen said. In the past year, net income has been flat or lower for many ATBS clients, though it averaged a little over $60,000 last year. To earn that income required driving an average 110,000 miles, which shows a big improvement from 13 years ago, when ATBS owner-operators were driving 139,000 miles to earn $47,000. In contrast, the U.S. Department of Labor’s cites $40,260 as average income for truck drivers in 2015, said ATBS Vice President Richard DeForest, who also spoke at the presentation. Low compensation is one major reason that turnover is high and many drivers leave the industry, he said. DeForest cited Schneider National’s Don Schneider, who said recruitment and retention will continue to be problematic until drivers are paid $70,000 — and that was about 13 years ago, meaning the figure would be much higher today due to inflation.

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“Trucking’s Voice in Alabama”

PO Box 242337 • Montgomery, AL 36124-2337 • Phone: (334)834-3983 • Fax: (334)262-6504

Application For Membership DIVISION Motor Carriers:

q Domiciled In Alabama

q Household Movers

Allied Industry:

q All other For-Hire

q Local and State Suppliers q Nat’l Concerns, small items

q Private Carriers

q Nat’l Concerns, major items

Your Dues Amount: $ __________________ (see schedule on reverse)

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Schedule of Membership Dues

A. Motor Carriers Domiciled in Alabama

1) Gross Annual Revenue Under and not over 1,000,000 and not over 5,000,000 and not over 10,000,000 and not over 15,000,000

$999,999 4,999,999 9,999,999 14,999,999 19,999,999

Annual Dues $500 600 900 1,200 1,500

2) Gross Annual Revenue 20,000,000 and not over 25,000,000 and not over 30,000,000 and not over 35,000,000 and not over 40,000,000 and over

B. All Other For-Hire and Private Carriers Schedule based on miles traveled in Alabama From 0 500,001 1,000,001 2,000,001 3,000,001 4,000,001 5,000,001 6,000,001 7,000,001 8,000,001 9,000,001

To 500,000 1,000,000 2,000,000 3,000,000 4,000,000 5,000,000 6,000,000 7,000,000 8,000,000 9,000,000 10,000,000

Annual $200 250 360 510 640 750 870 960 1,040 1,150 1,250

From 10,000,001 11,000,001 12,000,001 13,000,001 14,000,001 15,000,001 16,000,001 17,000,001 18,000,001 19,000,001 20,000,001

$24,999,999 29,999,999 34,999,999 39,999,999

To 11,000,000 12,000,000 13,000,000 14,000,000 15,000,000 16,000,000 17,000,000 18,000,000 19,000,000 20,000,000 25,000,000

Annual Dues $1,800 2,100 2,400 2,700 3,000 Annual $1,320 1,410 1,495 1,575 1,650 1,720 1,795 1,865 1,950 2,030 2,500

C. Allied Industry – Annual Dues • Local and State Suppliers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 • National Concerns (distributors or manufactuers of accessories, parts and small equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $400 • National Concerns (distributors or manufacturers of major equipment, integrated product lines, leasing companies and companies marketing statewide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $600

D. Household Movers Based on intrastate revenue only - includes tariff participation

1) Gross Annual Revenue Not Over 100,001 and not over 150,001 and not over 200,000 and not over

$100,000 150,000 200,000 250,000

Annual Dues $420 480 540 660

2) Gross Annual Revenue 250,001 and not over 300,001 and not over 400,001 and not over

Payment Schedule (Dues payable in advance)

Below $500...................................................................Annually $500 - $1,200......................................................Semi-Annually

Annual Dues $780 $300,000 900 400,000 1,200 500,000

Above $1,200 ................................................................Monthly

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT – The amount of dues paid by individual members of the Alabama Trucking Association is confidential information and is not subject to publication. Dues information can only be released by ATA to the principal representative of the member in question, and requests by other persons or parties will not be honored. Members are strongly urged to honor this privacy statement and to not share their confidential dues information with other ATA members or the general public. 32

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2016 ATA Buyer’s Guide

We make every effort to ensure this list is correct. For changes or corrections to your company’s listing, contact Jane Nixon at jnixon@alabamatrucking.org.

Cottingham and Butler (563) 587-5521 www.cottinghambutler.com

Turner & Hamrick L.L.C. (334) 566-7665 www.turnerhamrick.com

Farris Evans Insurance Agency, Inc. (901) 274-5424 www.farrisevans.com

York Risk Services Group (205) 581-9488 www.yorkrsg.com

Citizens Asset Finance, Inc. (407) 734-3746

Great West Casualty Co. (865) 670-6573 www.gwccnet.com

Comdata, Inc. 615-376-6917 www.comdata.com

Harmon-Dennis-Bradshaw, Inc. (334) 273-7277 www.hdbinsurance.com

MEDICAL/DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES Alabama Specialty Clinic (256) 736-1460 www.ascoccupationalhealth.com

Commercial Credit Group, Inc. (704) 731-0031 www.commercialcreditgroup.com

Hudgens Insurance, Inc. (334) 289-2695

Alabama Trucking Assn.’s Buyer’s Guide lists those companies that have taken 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. ADVERTISING/PUBLISHING Randall-Reilly (205) 349-2990 www.randallreilly.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 AllCOMM Wireless (334) 264-4552 www.allcomm.com J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com Omnitracs, LLC (615) 809-5570 www.omnitracs.com PeopleNet (888) 346-3486 www.peoplenetonline.com Rand McNally (865) 856-0584 www.randmcnally.com SmartDrive Systems (858) 225-5551 www.smartdrive.net DRIVER STAFFING TransForce, Inc. (205) 916-0259 www.transforce.com Transportation Support, Inc. (205) 833-6336 www.transportationsupport.com EDUCATION & TRAINING J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 945-8550 www.jptsc.com

EQUIPMENT LEASING CB Repair & Trailer Maintenance, Inc. (205) 753-4495 KLLM/Equipment Solutions LLC (205) 515-1478 www.equipmentsolution.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 Trico Trailer Leasing (205) 242-6908 EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing (334) 398-1410 www.roadranger.com EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Allison Transmission, Inc. (678) 367-7011 www.allisontransmission.com Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. (800) 844-8277 www.dothantarp.com Imperial Supplies LLC (920) 496-4334 www.imperialsupplies.com Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems 334/798-0080 www.arvinmeritor.com Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. (205) 323-2877 www.metrotrailer.net

Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 www.thompsontractor.com

Electronic Funds Source, LLC (615) 777-4619 www.efsllc.com First Tennessee Bank (615) 734-6046 www.firsttennessee.com/corporate/ business-credit People’s Capital & Leasing Corp. (205) 856-9354 www.peoples.com People’s United Equipment Finance Corp. (205) 664-9374 www.financialfederal.com PNC Financial Services Group (205) 583-3651 www.pnc.com Renasant Bank (334) 301-5955 www.renasantbank.com ServisFirst Bank (205) 949-3433 www.servisfirstbank.com TAB Bank (404) 202-4870 www.tabbank.com

Paccar Parts/Kenworth (206) 898-5541 www.kenworth.com

Trucking Partners, LLC Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788 www.truckingpartners.com

Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 www.southerntruck.net

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (314) 374-2165 www.wellsfargo.com

Star Truck Parts (205) 324-4681

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

Thermo King of B’ham-Dothan-MobileMontgomery Aon Risk Solutions (205) 591-2424 (501) 374-9300 www.midstatetk.com www.aon.com/transportation Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 www.thompsontractor.com

Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 www.transportationsafetyservices.com W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 USA Driver-s, Inc. (334) 279-6083 (205) 661-0712 www.wwwilliams.com www.usadrivers.com FINANCIAL SERVICES Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. BancorpSouth Equipment Finance (903) 792-3866 (205) 422-7111 www.lmstrucking.com www.bxsequipmentfinance.com ENGINE MANUFACTURERS Cummins Mid-South, LLC (901) 488-8033 www.cumminsmidsouth.com

Crestmark Bank 615-620-3523 www.crestmark.com

BB & T Commercial Banking (205) 445-2464 www.bbt.com BMO Transportation Finance (770) 960-6307 www.ge.com

Aronov Insurance, Inc. (205) 414-9575 www.aronovinsurance.com BancorpSouth Insurance Services (334) 272-1200 www.bxsi.com The Baxter Agency (334) 678-5900 www.baxteragency.com BB & T Insurance Services (912) 201-4706 Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340 www.bentonandparker.com Caribou Insurance Agency, Inc. (205) 822-7577 www.caribouins.com

JH Berry Risk Services, LLC (205) 208-1238 www.jhbrisk.com Johnson-Locklin & Associates (205) 980-8008 www.johnson-locklin.com J.R. Prewitt & Associates, Inc. (205) 397-5118 www.jrprewitt.com

Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988 www.carlislemedical.com ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447 www.ergoscience.com J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com Life Style Solutions for Truck Drivers (334) 213-0054 www.lifestylesolutionsbyphone.com

Liberty Mutual Group (804) 380-5169 www.libertymutual,com

Safety First-Div. of Behavioral Health Systems (205) 443-5450 www.bhs-inc.com

Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance (251) 473-4600 www.lyonfrycaden.com

St. Vincent’s Occupational Health (205) 930-2660 www.STVHS.com/OHC

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

Workforce QA dba EDPM (205) 326-3100 www.edpm.com

Joe Morten & Sons, Inc. (865) 392-3844 www.joemorten.com

NON-PETROLEUM FUEL PRODUCTS GAIN Clean Fuel – Div. of US Oil (804) 291-7892 www.gainfuel.com

S. S. Nesbitt (205) 262-2620 www.ssnesbitt.com One Beacon (609) 613-0010 www.onebeacontransportation.com Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105 www.palomarinsurance.com Protective Insurance Co/Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. (317) 452-7413 www.protectiveinsurance.com Regions Insurance, Inc. (501) 661-4880 www.regions.com Regions Insurance (334) 808-9441 www.regionsinsurance.com Reliance Partners, LLC (877) 668-1704 www.reliancepartners.com Stephens Insurance LLC (601) 605-5681 www.stephens.com Sterling Risk Advisors (770) 710-3404 www.sterlingra.com Trans Con Assurance, LTD (205) 978-7070 TransRisk, LLC (334) 403-4114 www.transriskllc.com Transure Services, Inc. (336) 584-9494 www.transure.com

Pivotal LNG (404) 783-3550 www.pivotallng.com Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions (314) 499-5682 www.spirenaturalgas.com PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Davison Fuels & Oil (251) 544-4511 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 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 Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068 www.ksmcpa.com Warren Averett (256) 739-0312 www.warrenaverett.com Attorneys: Adams and Reese LLP (205) 250-5091 www.adamsandreese.com


(Current as of 9/9/2016) Austill, Lewis & Pipkin, P.C. (205) 870-3767 www.maplaw.com

HELP, Inc. Provider of PrePass (931) 520-7170 www.prepass.com

Birmingham Frame & Alignment, LLC (205) 322-4844 birminghamframeandalignment.com

Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000 www.empiretruck.com

Neely Coble Co. (256) 350-1630 www.neelycoble.com

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

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 www.jjkellerservices.com

Carrier Transicold South (404) 968-3130 www.ctsouth.com

Equipment Logistics, Inc. (256) 739-9280

Nextran Truck Corporation (205) 841-4450 www.nextrancorp.com

JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 329-8183 www.jptsc.com

Childersburg Truck Service, Inc. (256) 378-3101 www.childersburg-truck.com

Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680 www.ball-ball.com Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson, P.C. (251) 626-9340 www.carrallison.com

Lytx DriveCam (838) 380-3511 www.lytx.com

DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C. (251) 433-1577 www.delmar-law.com

McLeod Software (205) 823-5100 www.mcleodsoftware.com

Dodson Gregory, LLP (205) 834-9170 www.dodsongregory.com

Motor Carrier Safety Consulting (205) 871-4455

Ferguson, Frost, Moore & Young LLP (205) 879-8722 www.ffmylaw.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 Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. (334) 834-7600 www.hillhillcarter.com James M. Sizemore, Jr. (256) 409-1985 McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC (251) 432-5300 www.mcdowellknight.com Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, Ireland PA (205) 980-5000 www.phm-law.com

Porter Billing Services LLC (205) 322-5442 www.porterbilling.com Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207 www.powersouth.com Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (678) 378-2740 www.rbauction.com Safety Vision (713) 929-1057 www.safetyvision.com Southeast Transportation Safety, LLC (334) 798-5806

Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 www.coffmaninternationaltrucks.com

Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA (205) 421-4300 www.fifthwheel.com Great Dane Trailers (205) 324-3491 www.greatdanetrailers.com

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

Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. (251) 438-5521 www.gulfcity.com

Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (251) 626-5121 www.lazzaritruckrepair.com

Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. (251) 476-2744 www.gulfcoasttruck.com

Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. (205) 323-2877 www.metrotrailer.net

R C Trailer Sales & Service Co., Inc. (205) 680-0924 www.rctrailersales.net

Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235 www.rowemachinery.com

Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 www.starleasing.com

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 www.starleasing.com

Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 www.thompsontractor.com

Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573 www.transporttc.com

W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083 www.wwwilliams.com

Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345 www.utilityalabama.com

Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc. TIRE DEALERS & MANUFACTURERS (205) 664-2000 Best One Tire & Service www.specenviro.com (615) 207-9079 www.bestonetire.com Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions (314) 499-5682 Bridgestone Commercial Solutions www.spirenaturalgas.com (770) 317-5777 www.trucktires.com Tax2290.com/ThinkTrade Inc. (615) 942-6219 Butler Industrial Tire Center, Inc. www.tax2290.com (334) 376-0178

Vanguard National Trailer Corporation (404) 304-6676 www.vanguardtrailer.com TRUCK DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS Action Truck Center (334) 794-8505 www.actiontruckcenter.com Birmingham Freightliner (205) 322-6695 www.birminghamfreightliner.com

Performance Peterbilt of West Florida (850) 352-9901 www.performancepeterbilt.com Peterbilt of Montgomery & Birmingham LLC (800) 264-4555 www.peterbilttruckcenters.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 Truckworx Kenworth – Mobile (251) 957-4000 www.TRUCKWORX.com Truckworx Kenworth – Huntsville (256) 308-0162 www.TRUCKWORX.com Truckworx Kenworth – Thomasville (334) 636-4380 www.TRUCKWORX.com

TMW Systems, Inc. (216) 831-6606 www.tmwsystems.com

Columbus Tire Co., Inc. (706) 321-8133 www.columbustireco.com

Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (334) 262-8856 www.capitalvolvo.com

Transportation and Logistical Services, Inc (205) 226-5500 www.tlsincorp.com

GCR Tire Centers (407) 466-5907 www.gcrtires.com

Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 www.coffmaninternationaltrucks.com

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (708) 557-3406 www.goodyeartrucktires.com

Daimler Trucks NA LLC (803) 207-4099 www.freightlinertrucks.com

Transportation Compliance Services, USA Webster, Henry, Lyons, White, Bradwell (228) 872-7160 & Black, P.C. www.dottrucksafety.com (334) 264-9472 www.websterhenry.com Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 Other Services: www.transportationsafetyservices.com Ahern & Associates LTD (602) 242-1030 Trico Trailer Leasing www.ahern-ltd.com (205) 242-6908

McGriff Tire Co. (256) 739-0710 www.mcgrifftire.com

Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000 www.empiretruck.com

McGriff Treading Co., Inc. (256) 734-4298 www.mcgriffindustries.com

Fitzgerald Glider Kits (205) 470-5814 www.fitzgeraldgliderkits.com

Michelin North America (256) 483-2291 www.michelintruck.com

Fleetco, Inc. (615) 256-0600 www.fleetco.net

Allstate Beverage (251) 476-9600 Ext. 1231

Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. (256) 878-0211 www.wilkstire.com

Four Star Freightliner (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery) www.fourstarfreightliner.com

Yokohama Tire Corp. (317) 385-2611 www.yokohamatire.com

Long Lewis Western Star (205) 428-6241 www.longlewistrucks.com

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

Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 201-4770 www.macktrucks.com

VEHICLE LEASING Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 www.southlandtrucks.com

Navistar (813) 382-3113 www.internationaldelivers.com

Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 www.wardintltrucks.com

Speegle, Hoffman, Holman & Holifield, LLC (251) 694-1700 www.speeglehoffman.com Starnes Davis Florie LLP (205) 868-6000 www.starneslaw.com

AngelTrax (334) 692-4600 www.angeltrax.com Delta Distributors, LLC (334) 222-3671 Drivewyze (780) 461-3355 www.drivewyze.com George L. Edwards & Associates (334) 745-5166

Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC (205) 788-4000

Trucking Partners, LLC Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788 www.truckingpartners.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 www.bigmoespring.com

Dorsey Trailer Company (334) 897-2525 www.dorseytrailer.net

Volvo Trucks North America (336) 393-2975 www.volvotrucks.volvo.com Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 www.wardintltrucks.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 Centers (865) 207-3219 www.pilotflyingj.com TravelCenters of America/Petro Shopping Centers (678) 591-4675 www.tatravelcenters.com


ATA

NEW MEMBERS & EVENTS

New Members (as of 9-8-2016) AES Mechanical Services Group, Inc P. O. Box 780115 Tallassee, AL 36078 (334) 252-0380 Mr. Jason Kujala Allstate Beverage Co. 130 Sixth St Montgomery, AL 36104 (251) 476-9600 Mr. Thomas Gangle Anchor South Transport 380 Beard Rd Guntersville, AL 35976 (256) 506-5534 Ms. Mary Melton

Angels Way Transportation LLC 44 ET Lane Sterrett, AL 35147 (205) 642-9186 Mr. Larry Mims

JM Garrison 447 Copeland Drive Boaz, AL 35956 (256) 293-3417 Mr. Jamie Garrison

MEC Trucking, LLC 56 Henderson Lane Atmore, AL 36502 (850) 450-9756 Mr. Matthew Chavers

AngelTrax 9540 US Hwy 84 W Newton, AL 36352 (334) 692-4600 Mr. Sunny Jones

Granger Land Services 244 McClures Point Rd Tallassee, AL 36078 (334) 799-2314 Mr. Mike Granger

Paden Trucking, LLC 10833 County Rd. 222 Logan, AL 35098 (256) 590-1595 Mr. Jeffrey Paden

J. Michael Cowan Trucking Inc 8623 AL Highway 14 E Selma, AL 36703 (334) 375-6058 Mr. Michael Cowan

Hauling Away, LLC 10150 Ben Hamilton Road Theodore, AL 36582 (251) 402-5566 Mr. Nick Pratt

Southern Classic, LLC P. O. Box 250 Locust Fork, AL 35097 (205) 681-3452 Mr. Bryan Hicks

Fletch, Inc 109 Leland CT. Dothan, AL 36303 (334) 796-4222 Mr. Curry Fletcher

Frank Jenkins Trucking LLC P. O. Box 963 Guntersville, AL 35976 (256) 506-6584 Ms. Trina Glasgow

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ATA WCSIF

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(334) 834-7911

WEB ADDRESS www.atacompfund.org

American Trucking Associations

8

www.MCE.trucking.org

The Baxter Agency

22

(800) 873-8494

www.baxteragency.com

R.E. Garrison

29

(800) 643-3472

www.regarrison.com

Great West Casualty

30

(800) 228-8053

www.gwccnet.com

Infinit-i

9

(866) 427-8219 www.VAGBootCamp.com/Training

International Trucks

IFC

(800) 844-4102

www.navistar.com

Johnson Locklin

20

(251) 947-3015

www.johnson-locklin.com

Nextran Truck Center

3

(800) 292-8685

www.nextrancorp.com

Palomar Insurance

25

(800) 489-0105

www.palomarins.com

Pivotal LNG

26

(713) 300-5116

www.pivotallng.com

Regions Insurance

17

(800) 807-1412

www.regionsinsurance.com

Southland Trailer Div.

28

(888) 844-1821

www.southlandtrucks.com

IBC

(205) 849-4288

www.thompsontractor.com

Truckworx Kenworth

13

(800) 444-6170

www.truckworx.com

Turner & Hamrick

21

(888) 385-0186

www.turnerhamrick.com

18-19

(205) 755-2610

www.thomasoil.com

Thompson Cat

WH Thomas Oil Co.

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Alabama Trucker, 3rd Quarter 2016  

New ATA Chairman of the Board Gary Bond has put in his time as good lieutenant for the Association for nearly two decades. Now he gets his c...

Alabama Trucker, 3rd Quarter 2016  

New ATA Chairman of the Board Gary Bond has put in his time as good lieutenant for the Association for nearly two decades. Now he gets his c...