Alabama Trucker, 3rd Quarter 2019

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Programmed for Success


Tom McLeod won’t be the typical chairman for the Alabama Trucking Association – and that’s precisely what’s needed in this pivotal year for ATA. The industry thought leader is lending his experience and expertise to maximize a year of transition and opportunity for the Alabama Trucking Association.

Published quarterly by the Alabama Trucking Assn., P.O. Box 242337, Montgomery, AL 36124-2337. or call 334-834-3983 PUBLISHER Ford Boswell CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cindy Segrest

A Tribute to Jane Nixon



Jane Nixon has been the heart and soul of ATA for more than four decades. She’s the longestserving employee the Association has ever had – and perhaps its most versatile. In August, she officially stepped down from her role as Events Coordinator for the Association, a position she held for nearly 15 years. She’s been a large part of ATA’s growth and success over the years. Her attention to detail and commitment to ATA is legendary.


PRESIDENT & CEO Mark Colson DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & MEMBER SERVICES Tim Frazier, CDS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Cindy York DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Ford Boswell MANAGER OF MEMBER RELATIONS Brandie Norcross ATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Aronhalt, Dennis Bailey, Nic Balanis, Joe Black, Gary Bond, Jack Brim, Greg Brown, Will Bruser, Billy Campbell, Dan Carmichael, Fenn Church, J.J. Clemmons, Mark Coffman, Jeff Coleman, John Collier, Rodger Collins, Driscoll Colquett, Brent Cook, Chris Cooper, Bo Cross, Jerry Davis, Ranny Davis, Amy DeFee, Joe Donald, Edmund Doss, Mack Dove, Wesley Dunn, Jack Fricks, Thomas Gaines, Kevin Henderson, Beau Holmes, Steve Johnson, Bryan Kilpatrick, Terry Kilpatrick, Jason King, Mark Knotts, Jerry Kocan, Andrew Linn, Drew Linn, Hunter Lyons, Jeff McGrady, Barry McGriff, Bruce MacDonald, Tom McLeod, Buck Moore, E.H. Moore, Jr., Tommy Neely, Butch Owens, David Padgett, Clay Palm, Kelly Robinson, Kevin Savoy, Bill Scruggs, Harold Smith, Ronnie Stephenson, Steve Stinson, Paul Storey, Harold Sumerford, Jr., Tim Tucker, Bill Ward, Bo Watkins, Wayne Watkins, Taylor White, T.J. Willings, Keith Wise, Daniel Wright.



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From the President

Time for Alabama’s Trucking Industry to Shift into High Gear Mark Colson President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association

‘From professional truck drivers, diesel technicians, logistics professionals and fleet managers to safety/HR professionals and sales directors, the jobs our industry offers are diverse and plentiful.’


EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark Colson joined ATA as President-elect on June 1, 2019. He officially took the reins of the Association as President & CEO on August 1, 2019, following the retirement of Frank Filgo. The following piece was written for the Alabama Media Group's This is Alabama website and appears here courtesy of that publication. Colson may be reached at


t’s time for the trucking industry to shift into high gear. We have an incredible story to tell, and we want more Alabamians to be a part of it. Alabama trucking businesses provide 107,160 jobs – 1 out of 15 in the state. We move Alabama’s economy, and a career in trucking can open many doors for working Alabamians of all ages, genders and races. From professional truck drivers, diesel technicians, logistics professionals and fleet managers to safety/HR professionals and sales directors, the jobs our industry offers are diverse and plentiful. They are good-paying jobs, and they are available right now. Today in Birmingham, a safety director is needed who can start out at $65,000. Down on the coast, an operations director position awaits a qualified applicant. A diesel technician in Cullman starts at $18 per hour and professional driver jobs are literally available in every corner of the state. The list goes on and on. These jobs require highly motivated and skilled professionals. If you don’t have the required skills, you can acquire them quickly without going into massive debt, and the opportunities to advance are endless. From large corporations to smaller family-owned businesses, the companies offering these jobs have one thing in common: They provide a meaningful and proud quality of life for Alabama workers and their families. Having grown up changing truck tires for my family’s tire business, I know firsthand the struggles and rewards of the hard-working people in trucking and related industries. This work allows us to feed and clothe our families, put our kids through school, tithe in our churches and serve in our communities. This is Alabama trucking, and it’s time to tell our story.


Embracing Change, Ha Industry thought leader Tom McLeod is lending his experience and expertise to maximize a year of transition and opportunity for the Alabama Trucking Association. By Ford Boswell

HOOVER, Ala. – Tom McLeod won’t be the typical chairman for the Alabama Trucking Association – and that’s precisely what’s needed in this pivotal year for ATA. With the Association in the midst of a transition with new President and CEO Mark Colson coming on board and the retirement of a long-time ATA maven, Jane Nixon, someone of McLeod’s innovation and experience is a blessing for an organization poised to revamp itself to score big wins for Alabama truckers. About every third year, the Board of Directors elects an executive from the Association’s Allied industry to serve as Chairman. The idea is that in doing so the Association gets a more complete perspective of the industry from all sectors, and thus allows for a larger pool of ideas and innovation to fully address the Association’s needs and mission. And while the chairmanship itself is mostly a figurehead position, there are crucial responsibilities and tasks that require a sizeable commitment of time and planning for each new term. And yet, despite all McLeod has on his plate running his own successful corporation, he has dutifully accepted the reins of the Association as Chairman of the Board for FY 2019-2020, to oversee an era that will surely set the organization’s pace and trajectory for years to come. Positioning him well to lead ATA is his unique perspective. For starters, he’s the founder of one of the industry’s leading software providers, McLeod Software Corp., a successful business with more than 450 4

employees at three locations, including Salt Lake City and Chicago, providing transportation management and trucking software solutions to nearly 1,000 trucking firms. He is also a trusted thought leader for the transportation industry, specifically on the use of current and upcoming technology to support trucking and brokerage operations. ATA’s Colson calls McLeod ATA’s “transition chairman” since former Association President Frank Filgo took the helm of the organization in 1994. “It’s on Tom’s watch that we are conducting this major leadership transition, and it is already off to an incredible start,” Colson says. “His vast knowledge and experience in business management have had a major impact on our operations. Achieving operational excellence for us has become a top priority with someone of Tom’s caliber and depth serving as Chairman. We’re in great hands with him at the wheel.”

Industry Involvement McLeod has had ties to ATA for three decades, serving on its executive board and several committees for more than 20 years. He’s also very involved with the American Trucking Associations and its state affiliates,

as well as the Truckload Carriers Association, holding several leadership positions for those organizations. Because of his commitment and support as a board member, his selection as Chairman of the Board was inevitable. Prior to his appointment, he successfully led major ATA events, including the 2019 ATA Annual Meeting — the most financially successful to date — and the 2017 ATA Golf Classic. His company has been the presenting sponsor (Presidential Sponsor) for both events more than a half dozen times combined, donating cash and resources to ensure success. Supporting his “home association” is something he believes strongly. “The trucking industry has been so incredible to me and my family through the years,” he says. “Alabama is our home. There are many wonderful, talented people in Alabama’s trucking industry that it’s not surprising that trucking is so vital to our state’s economy. I look forward to helping this Association any way I can. It’s truly an honor and privilege to be a part of this great organization.”

Background After graduating from Berry High School in Hoover, Ala. in 1972, McLeod enrolled at Samford University to study music with an emphasis on piano performance. “Music has always been a very important part of my life, and I wanted to learn as much as I could about playing piano,” he says. “Music is such a wonderful thing to be part of. My wife is a talented singer, and three of my children majored in music.” But McLeod realized earning a living as a musician, either as a teacher or a performer, probably wasn’t going to provide the type of lifestyle he wanted. After completing his degree, he bounced between sales jobs – first, selling cash registers and later selling office copiers. Working in sales was good money, but it wasn’t something he particularly enA LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

rnessing Opportunity



McLeod Software’s new headquarters building in Hoover, Ala.

“Transition Chairman”: McLeod will oversee vast internal and external changes for ATA. 6

joyed, and the travel wasn’t agreeable for raising a young family. Around this time, a friend asked him to help develop a software solution for small LTL trucking fleets. The friend bought McLeod a personal computer, which were becoming more mainstream. With an affinity for mathematics and technology, McLeod quickly developed an interest in programming. He read books on the subject and, through trial and error, taught himself how to code. In fact, the new skill came quite naturally to him. “At its core, music is a mathematical process with its certain notations and arrangements, and so is programming,” he explains. “Each requires a specific order of processes that make up the entire computer program or musical score.” The software project was tabled because it was complex and perhaps a bit ahead of its time as carriers were reluctant to adopt an idea from outside of the industry. But through a few connections McLeod made during the development process he was later asked to build a simple payroll software package for a small, locally-based trucking company. That program would later become the basis of McLeod Software. It was perfect timing, too, because the mid-1980s were the post-deregulation days and a boom of small truckload fleets was happening. McLeod landed a handful of contracts to build software to help smaller fleet owners manage their businesses. Working on his new software project was a challenge he enjoyed thoroughly. McLeod Software was incorporated in 1985, and the business grew quickly. “I got into computers to get out of sales, but I soon found myself selling software,” he laughs. “But it was very helpful because my sales background came in handy. In fact, I sold our first 50 systems.” But he also did work at every site, either programming or training. “That first five years, I automated those 50 companies hands-on. I met with customers, discussed their needs, took notes and went back to see if I could build something that worked for them,” he recalls. “Honestly, that’s where my background in trucking came from.” Sales were brisk, and the company grew steadily throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, weathering market fluctuations with steady revenue increases. His staff also grew to more than 150, and around 2000 the company built a 60,000 sq. ft. headquarters building off Acton Road in Birmingham. By that time, its customer base had grown to 400 trucking firms nationally and more than $16.1 million in annual revenue. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

Harnessing change for ATA: McLeod sits on a horse for a recent company marketing video.

The next decade, however, was perhaps the company’s most difficult with weathering the recession of 2001 and completely rewriting the company’s entire product line for a changing industry. “It’s the only time in our history that the company had to borrow money,” he says. “Fortunately, we had great people in place and a lot of loyal customers who stayed with us. Our customers really helped us move forward. As the economy came back around, we were ready with a product.” When markets recovered around 2009, that’s when the company really started to gain market share. Since then the company has grown to become one of the top industry software providers. A year ago, McLeod Software moved into a sleek headquarters building in Hoover, Ala., just off U.S. Highway 280. The company bought the building in 2017 and embarked on 11 months of renovations, investing $21 million to consolidate two office locations while carrying out a remodeling project. According to local media reports, McLeod is the largest employer of software developers A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, and the company anticipates expanding to at least 700 employees within 36 months. McLeod says through it all, his wife, Annette, is his constant source of support and guidance. “She has encouraged and supported me at every turn,” he says. “She taught me these two things by the way she lives: the power of focus and the importance of pursuing excellence in your work.”

Change is Opportunity For his year as ATA’s top elected official McLeod says he’s excited to have a role in the great changes happening for the Association. “We’re off to a great start with our annual ATA Golf Classic exceeding its goal of $300,000,” he says. “That’s an event record – and a testament to the Association’s leadership and the members’ dedication to doing what’s best for the industry in Alabama. Also, Give Frank Filgo credit for building the event up through the years. It’s

astounding how easily Mark Colson, the ATA staff, and Classic Chairman Andrew Linn, carried the momentum Frank built up through years. We’re already seeing some great signs that Mark is bringing fresh energy and ideas to the organization. I am confident he will take us to the next level.” Meanwhile, Colson says McLeod’s vast knowledge and experience in running a successful business has already had a major impact on ATA’s operations, especially regarding internal operations and administrative processes. “Tom and McLeod Software are the epitome of excellence,” Colson says. This is immediately evident the moment you step in the door at their headquarters, and the moment you strike up a conversation with any team member. Passion and excellence are what Tom and his company bring to ATA, and we are all the better for it.” Going forward, it’s on his watch that ATA will conduct this major leadership transition – and, by all accounts, it’s already off to a great start. 7

Nixon’s Tenure Paralleled ATA Growth, Expansion From old school truck tariffs to planning ATA’s biggest events, Jane Nixon saw it all for 45 years. By Dan Shell EDITORS NOTE: Jane Nixon has been the heart and soul of ATA for more than four decades. She’s the longestserving employee the Alabama Trucking Association has ever had – and perhaps its most versatile. In August, she officially stepped down from her role as Events Coordinator for the Association, a position she held for nearly 15 years. While not officially retired at press time, Jane is staying on in an advisory role for the next few months as the Association plans and executes its 2019 Golf Classic and other upcoming events. Jane has been a dedicated professional and is a large part of ATA’s growth and success over the years. Her attention to detail and commitment to ATA is legendary. We wish her all the best in retirement.

ay back in 1974 the Watergate scandal gripped the nation, Stevie Wonder won five Grammy Awards, the Crimson Tide lost a national title to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl — and a young lady named Jane Nixon came to work for the Alabama Trucking Assn. She didn’t leave for 45 years, not until this past July 31, and retired as the longest-tenured employee in Alabama Trucking Association history.


“Everyone I started with is dead except for one person,” Nixon says with a laugh. An Alabama native from the big city of Columbia along the Chattahoochee River east of Dothan, after high school Nixon attended George C. Wallace Jr. College in Dothan for two years, then moved to clerical school at the Alabama Institute of Business in Tuscaloosa. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

ATA staff circa 1988. Back row, from left, Frank Filgo, Jim Ritchie and Robert Liggett. Front row, from left, Jane Nixon and Cheryl Corley.

Nixon working on tariffs at her desk in 1977. 9

Front office staff circa 1979. Standing, from left, Cheryl Corley, Jane Nixon and Sally Gay. Seated is Vickie Davis.

Jane, with late husband, George Nixon, in 1989.

Jane Nixon in 1976. 10

Jane was living in Tuscaloosa, working part time at Druid City Hospital, when she moved to Prattville in 1974. Looking for employment in the greater Prattville-Montgomery area, she went through a staffing agency that matched her with the Alabama Trucking Association. Of course, ATA quickly offered her full-time employment. However, at the time she was just getting started working, had come from a hospital, and “At first I just wasn’t sure I wanted to work around trucks and truckers,” she says. As Nixon remembers, “I put them off at first, told them I wanted to think about it.” Any misgivings were overcome, and soon she decided to go to work for ATA, starting in June 1974. Way back 45 years ago in the early 1970s, in Alabama and most other places, the work environment was much different than it is now. For starters, the longtime ATA head at the time, Jim Ritchie, had women in the office wear dresses and high heels during regular business hours, and they were required to wear formal dresses for the ATA annual meeting’s chairman dinner or Saturday dinner, Nixon remembers. “Once Frank Filgo came on board in 1995, he let us wear pants, and that was a lot better,” she says with a laugh. Of working with last-century technology in the 1970s (actually closer to the 19th century), Nixon remembers that, in addition to being the receptionist, soon after she started she was assigned the task of typing up the old “trucking tariffs” haul rate sheets for the members, then making copies on a small offset press that ATA owned. First, she was using an old 8 pt. manual typewriter and dealing with all the difficulties inherent in such mechanical marvels. Then there was the offset press, which Nixon remembers was a loud and very cantankerous machine that seemingly had a mind of its own: The printer required constant attention, especially when it was running, and was a constant source of aggravation, she remembers. Nixon remembers when the first word processors showed up in the 1980s, the first hint of the digital technology taken for granted today. While the word processors were definitely better than the old typewriters, the newfangled machines still worried Nixon: “I was a little bit scared of (word processors) at first, because I didn’t want to lose anything, and I always wanted to have a hard copy,” she says, adding, “That was a big change for me.” According to Nixon, ATA leadership has always done a great job of providing the staff with the technology they need to do their jobs and help provide services for ATA members. “She was always the sweetest, nicest person, and she took me under her wing when we first became active with ATA in the late 1970s,” says T.J. Willings of Nextran Truck Centers and a longtime member of ATA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee also Past Chairman. “Jane was always thoughtful and very resourceful,” Willings remembers. “She almost always knew the answer, and if she didn’t she knew how to get it and would get you what you needed quickly. When you’re in business, that’s really important.” Nixon was always looking out for ATA members, Willings says, and had a way of making you feel like what she was doing for A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

ATA staff celebrating during the 1988 ATA Convention. Standing, from left, are Jane Nixon and Victoria Liggett, and seated are Cheryl Corley and Frank Filgo.

Late 1980s office staff, from left, Brenda Craig, Jane Nixon and Jennifer Giles (seated)

Jane Nixon and Frank Filgo during an ATA Convention in the late 1990s. 12

you was the most important thing. “She treated everybody like that,” he says. “We sure hate to see her go.” During her 45 years with ATA, Nixon also helped sell ads for this magazine for a while but worked herself into event planning after another staff member who had done it retired. Filgo notes that when he came on board in 1994, Nixon was managing the tariff system for ATA members, and one of the first things he noticed was “She has always been very precise and detailed,” he says. Filgo says that as an executive assistant, Nixon was very loyal and a stickler for keeping him on task with his schedule and calendar. “Honestly, I’m not sure I could have made it through my years at ATA without her,” he adds. Nixon’s role included event planning, which she became involved with during the late 1990s, and since 2004 until this year had been in charge of planning for ATA’s two biggest annual events – the ATA Annual Convention and the ATA Golf Classic. “The lady who had done the convention and meeting planning left, and I just sort of fell into it,” Nixon says. Each event is also an opportunity to fund-raise and promote the Association, and Nixon was always seeking to improve, Filgo remembers. “All the major events she handled, every year it seemed we were able to top it the following year,” he remembers. “That’s always our goal, and a lot of that (improvement) was due to her efforts.” For her part, Nixon says she always enjoyed the conventions and golf classics, but for her, they were always about getting everything to come off just right. “It was intense at times—I can be a little intense at times,” she says with a chuckle. The changes Nixon has seen during her time at ATA that crosses parts of five decades include a large increase in member growth for the association. “When I first started we had around 200 members, and now we’re over 600 members so that’s been really good,” she says, adding, “The Safety Council has also grown a lot since I’ve been here and is a much bigger program.” Nixon says the most enjoyable part of her job was the people she worked with over the years. The most satisfying part, she says with pride, is to help the staff with their goals and programs to help ATA’s membership. “We have the most fantastic members at ATA, she says. “They are so supportive, and they always respond whenever we need anything – they’ve just been phenomenal.” Not bad for a lady who once had second thoughts about working around those trucks and truckers. Nixon was married to her husband George 11 years before he passed away in 1993. In retirement, Nixon plans to spend more time with family but also look after her dog, Lucy. She also plans to remain very active at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Montgomery. “It’s been a wonderful 45 years,” she says. “I don’t know what the future holds but I am so grateful to Frank and the ATA Board of Directors for keeping me so long. I’m also thankful for the ATA members – they’re the ones who paid my salary – and I never forgot that. It’s been a pleasure to serve them.” A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

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“Having our voice heard is vital for changes that could have a positive impact on our industry...”


s I started to prepare this column, it became apparent to me that 2019 is quickly coming to end. With that in mind, it reminded me that the industry faces several new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) we must adopt. Just to mention and discuss a few, I’ll try to give you an overview of the most important ones on the radar. Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse The Clearinghouse final rule mandated by Congress was published on December 5, 2015, to become effective January 6, 2020. The rule identifies the roles and responsibilities of those that are required to use the Clearinghouse, which is designed to improve highway safety by helping employers, FMCSA, and enforcement and licensing agencies quickly identify drivers who are not legally permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles due to drug and alcohol program violations. Beginning January 6, 2020, employers must conduct Clearinghouse queries regarding drivers’ drug and alcohol history. After three years of data are gathered (beginning January 6, 2023), employers must query the Clearinghouse to satisfy the employer requirement to identify prospective drivers who have violated the drug and alcohol rule. Annual review requirements are part of the rule also for existing drivers. Employers, drivers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), substance abuse professionals, and consortia/third party administrators must also register in the Clearinghouse to access the data. Valuable information and excellent FAQs can be found by accessing the Clearinghouse website,

ELD Final Deadline We’re also quickly approaching the final phase (Phase 3) of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule which requires motor carriers to keep Records of Duty Status for compliance with the final rule enforcement date of December 17, 2019. Most companies have installed and have been operating ELDs for several years, which has allowed them to work through 16


MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEWS many of the transition bugs. However, some companies continued to operate automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), which is allowed under Phase 2 of the transition period. As a reminder, all operating systems must meet the requirements set forth in the FMCSRs, as a qualified, registered ELD by December 17, 2019. Companies that have not made the transition to ELD yet could face a shortage of available equipment and backorders as the deadline approaches. If you haven’t made the necessary arrangements for installation or transition, now is the time to get it done. You’ll need adequate training time for your drivers and staff so they understand how to operate the systems properly. You can find information regarding ELD requirements at

Hours of Service Changes As we anticipate changes to current Hours of Service regulations, FMCSA scheduled another public hearing session earlier this month to get input and suggestions from industry representatives and drivers regarding possible changes we might see in the near future. The FMCSA still has an active comment period open for industry and driver input until October 7. The latest Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) indicates we could see changes in the following areas: l Lengthen the 12-hour on-duty period to 14 hours and increase the air-mile radius limit to 150 miles. This change will affect the short-haul exemption drivers. l Flexibility for the 30-minute break rule. l Possible changes to the split-sleeper berth requirements. l A possible option for 30-minute up to 3-hour off-duty break to extend the 14hour workday Several other options were discussed during a public hearing session conducted in August, but it would be of great benefit for motor carrier members and drivers to participate in the public hearing sessions and comment periods. Having our voice heard is vital for changes that could have a positive impact on our industry and also have a positive impact on the quality of life for drivers. Please access the FMCSA website for access to the comment period option at


Al Lewis places 3rd in class at National TDC Congratulations to Al Lewis of YRC Freight for taking third in the 5-axle class at the recent American Trucking Associations’ National Step Van and Truck Driving Al Lewis Championships. ATA officials said they couldn’t be more proud of the entire team this year, which included Alabama TDC Grand Champ David Hawk, FedEx Freight (3-Axle); Gary Nuckolls, AAA Cooper Transportation, (Sleeper Berth); Kenneth Lockhart, FedEx Freight (Tanker); Rodney Cosper, UPS Freight (Flatbed); William Brandon, FedEx Freight (Straight); Charlie Salter, FedEx Freight (4axle); Robert Moore, FedEx Freight (Step Van); and Mark Knight, AAA Cooper Transportation (Twins). “These guys put in a lot of practice and study time to make it to Nationals — and it showed,” said ATA Director of Safety Tim Frazier. “Thanks for representing Alabama’s trucking industry so well.” Truckworx PacLease offers multiple specs for every rental need

Stewart says renting with Truckworx PacLease ensures finding a truck to meet everyone’s needs. “We have day cabs with wet kits, singleaxle dumps for non-CDL license holders, and tri-axle dumps which are geared directly toward vocational use while also offering day cabs and sleepers,” explains Stewart. Truckworx began truck rental and leasing earlier this year after a merge with PacLease. PacLease, a division of PACCAR, provides premium leasing and rental equipment for customers across the United States and Canada, and the merger with Truckworx has been a huge benefit for them, according to Stewart. “It gives us a way to provide for our customers that we couldn’t previously,” says Stewart. “It’s a win-win for all partners involved.” When renting with PacLease, renters get perks including full-service maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance. “Renting from us means proper maintenance from trained, certified technicians, less downtime, premium equipment, and financial alternatives,” Stewart says. Truckworx President Will Bruser says he’s excited for Truckworx to offer rental and leasing services. “Continuing to improve our level of customer service is very important,” Bruser says. “We are always looking for opportunities to break the mold to ensure every customer’s need is met.” For more information, visit and click the PacLease tab or call 205-326-6170.

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FMCSA publishes proposed hours rule changes for improved safety and flexibility

News Infinit-I Workforce Solutions, an assignment-based workforce training, and communications SAAS system have released a significant upgrade that features a reimagined user interface that improves scheduling and training communication delivery. Infinit-I Workforce Solutions leads the market in providing transportation companies ways to enhance and automate their safety training initiatives. The focus on improved usability increases accessibility and productivity over other transportation SAAS platforms. Improvements to the primary navigation and simplified access to frequently used functions, enhance the user’s awareness of the system’s advanced functionality, as well as delivering quick access to specific content. Maintaining accurate driver files and their safety records can be a constant battle. Utilizing a cloud-based training solution to distribute training, document, and store test results ensure the company has permanent and unchangeable documentation of all safety training and corrective actions. “Cloud-based SAAS platforms provide easy-to-implement methods to distribute training materials and company communications, as well as corrective action training that can be used by virtually any company,” said Jay Wommack, founder, president, and CEO of Vertical Alliance Group, Inc., the parent company of Infinit-I Workforce Solutions, “Using microlearning lessons feature the most cost-effective way to implement and reinforce continuous safety awareness.” John Hendry, Corporate Trainer from Aveda Transportation, says, “Since employees can complete assignments on any smartphone, tablet or PC, they can work on the assignments when they have downtime. And, due to the user-friendly system, employees are completing assignments in a timely manner. “Aveda Transportation went from around 15% compliance with required training using a previous training provider to over 90% across the board at all terminals on Infinit-I Workforce Solutions.” The Infinit-I Workforce Solutions system is available now. The new system is a free upgrade to all existing clients. 20

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published its proposed rulemaking changes to hours of service rules that it says will increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. “This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our Nation’s highways and roads. In response, the Agency received more than 5,200 public comments. Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules: l The Agency proposes to increase safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without interruption for at least 30 minutes and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty. The Agency proposes to modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14-hour driving window. l The Agency proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift. l The Agency proposes to modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted. l The Agency proposes a change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles. FMCSA’s proposal is crafted to improve safety on the Nation’s roadways. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status. In Addition, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service regulations is estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component to the national economy—employing more than seven million people and moving 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight. “FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez. The public comment period will be open for 45 days. Visit

ATA Comp Fund releases workplace safety video series

The ATA Comp Fund has recently released several videos related specifically to industry workplace safety concerns. The Fund began releasing videos in July and has already debuted three titles on its YouTube page. ATA Comp Fund Director of Risk Management Don Anchors says the new video

series is a value-added benefit of the Fund’s workers’ comp insurance coverage package, but its main purpose is to prevent job-site injury. “We encourage fund members to utilize these videos as relevant material during safety meetings, and welcome suggestions and requests from them for new content and concepts for additional videos,” he says. The Fund’s risk management team produces and edits all content for each release. Continued on page 23 A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

FMCSA changes Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control and Alcohol Testing Forms To ensure you are prepared on January 6, 2020, when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) becomes operational, we want to remind you about an upcoming change related to recording information on the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) and Alcohol Testing Form (ATF).

What Changed? The current versions of the CCF and ATF specifically permit the use of either the driver’s social security number (SSN) or employee identification number (EIN) when completing the CCF or ATF. However, effective Jan. 6, 2020, FMCSA is requiring that the commercial driver’s license number (CDL) must be used instead of the SSN or EIN when FMCSA-covered drivers’ positive drug or alcohol test results are reported to the Clearinghouse. Therefore, Employers, Consortia/Third Party Administrators (C/TPAs), Collection Sites, Laboratories, and Medical Review Officers (MROs) may want to ensure that their respective data systems can accommodate a donor identification number of up to 25 alphanumeric characters.

What does this mean for Employers, C/TPAs, Collectors and Alcohol Technicians? l In accordance with 49 CFR 382.123(b), the person completing the CCF or the ATF must annotate the driver’s CDL number and State of Issuance in Step 1, Section C of the CCF or Step 1B of the ATF for each FMCSA-regulated test. l If the employer or C/TPA does not provide the CDL and the State of Issuance, then the collector or alcohol technician should ask the driver for this information at the collection site. l Even if the CDL number and State of Issuance is not listed on the CCF, the collector must send the controlled substance test specimen to the laboratory for testing.

What does this mean for Laboratories? Laboratories who receive a CCF that indicates this is an FMCSA-regulated urine specimen but does not have the driver’s CDL number listed in Step 1 C should process the urine specimen without delay, and send the results to the MRO.

What does this mean for the MRO? When the MRO receives a laboratory-confirmed positive drug test result for an FMCSA-regulated employee, and the CCF is without the driver’s CDL number and State of Issuance listed, the MRO should contact the driver, driver’s employer or designated employer representative to obtain it. The MRO will report the verified positive test result in the Clearinghouse. For additional information, please visit or send an email to



Boyd Bros. honors driver’s achievement with new truck. Congratulations to Boyd Bros. Transportation’s newest 2 million-mile safe driver, Myron Moffett. In July, the company celebrated his milestone with an appreciation luncheon. But there was something extra special about this presentation: The company recently commissioned a new pink Kenworth truck for breast cancer awareness, and for his dedication to professionalism and safety, Boyd CEO Chris Cooper announced that Myron will be the proud driver of the truck.

News They have also enlisted the help of current Fund members, including PS Logistics, FourStar Freightliner, McElroy Truck Lines, Montgomery Transport, R.E. Garrison Trucking and Wright Transportation. Anchors adds, “We hope that our members incorporate our videos into their safety training at every level. It is our goal to provide our risk management services at no additional cost so that we can continue to assist with making a difference in the industry and getting employees home safely to their families.” The video series is available at the Fund’s YouTube channel and on its Facebook and LinkedIn pages. For more information, visit

Capital Volvo relocates Mobile location to a new, larger facility Capital Volvo Truck and Trailer has moved its Mobile, Ala. branch to a brand new, larger facility located at 1814 Berkley


Avenue, Mobile, AL 36610 (just across the from the Love’s Truck Stop on exit 8). According to company officials, the new facility affords much-needed room for customer’s trucks to move vehicles in and out of the new location more quickly and efficiently. The new branch building offers a 25-bay

Showroom at Capital Volvo’s new Mobile branch.

service department and a much larger warehouse for parts that will allow the service department to keep more parts in stock so customers can get what they need to keep their trucks up and running. There’s also a much larger driver lounge, equipped with leather reclining sofas, charging stations, wifi, local shuttle service, and a huge flat screen TV. There is also plenty of parking to drop trailers when having repairs. Capital Volvo was founded in Montgomery, Ala. in 1955 as Capital Trailer and Equipment Co., Inc. by W.R. Maxwell Sr. and has been a family-owned and operated business ever since. The company officials plan to hold an open house soon. For more information call 251-452-0520 or visit


News Southland opens new trailer branch in Birmingham Southland Transportation Group announced it is opening a new 39,000-sq. ft. facility dedicated to all things trailer located at 1101 37th Place North in Birmingham. The new location opens this fall. The dealership will feature 11 service


bays, an extended parts warehouse, and office space for sales. “This facility will allow us to optimize our trailer parts and service offerings, and allow for us to grow all aspects of our business,” said Bill Scruggs, vice president of trailer operations at Southland. As one of the largest stocking flatbed dealers in the United States, Southland’s new 10-acre lot will house the latest in Transcraft, Benson, Dorsey, and Wabash trailers, as well as provide a one-stop shop for trailer service, trailer parts, and used flatbeds. According to Scruggs, Southland acquired the property in 2018 with a plan to further its commitment to meeting and exceeding customer needs. Once complete, this new dealership will combine parts, sales, and service into one convenient location for employees and customers alike. The improved resources and space will allow Southland’s technicians to take on even bigger jobs, Scruggs said, including repairs and customization to trailers of all kinds—vans, flatbeds, reefers, and more.

Another Great SMMC Legal Seminar Another great turnout for last month’s Safety and Maintenance Management Council’s annual legal seminar. Great content and tips were presented to help fleet professionals overcome anxiety when preparing for trial and industry-related legal issues. Thanks to all who attended! We’re also grateful for the team at the law firm of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC for handling the presentation. Don’t miss another ATA event! Stay plugged in by visiting the events calendar at our website at

“In addition to creating additional resources for customers, the new trailer dealership will cultivate an expansion in workforce, growth in customer service, and improvement in customer satisfaction,” Scruggs said.



Former ATA Chairman Ross Neely dies at 92 Thomas “Ross” Neely, founder of Ross Neely Systems, Inc. of Birmingham, died Friday, Sept. 6 after a brief illness. He was 92. A statement on the company’s Facebook page states, “He was the patriarch and founder of our company. At 92 years of age he was still coming to work every day until some health issues forced him to stop a few months ago. He loved this company and more importantly loved his employees. He often used to say, ‘they don’t make them like they used to.’ No, they don’t, and he will certainly be missed.” Neely was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer Samuel N. Moore in the Pacific Theater and Ross Neely was five times awarded the Bronze Star. After the war he went to work, eventually buying a 1947 1.5-ton International Harvester for $240 and starting Ross Neely Trucking, driving between Birmingham and Gadsden. Within a few months, he hired his first full-time driver and began expanding the company. For years, the trucks bore the company’s famous slogan, “Breathe freely … ship Ross Neely.” By the late 1960s, the company had grown to 26 terminals from Georgia to Texas and was operating in 48 states, as well as van, tank and flatbed divisions. After industry deregulation in the early 1980s, Neely began reducing the size of the company to meet changing market conditions and focus more on truckload shipping. “Somewhere between deregulation and wanting to spend more time with family, we really changed the structure of the company quite a bit,” he told Alabama Trucker in 2018. “It took 5-6 years to downsize to fit our new business model and maintain profitability without having to lay off a bunch of people. It was important to help everyone maintain employment.” After countless market and regulatory changes over the years, Neely was firmly committed to retaining the family-owned business vibe, with family values driving much of the business model. His son, Tommy Neely, III, spent 35 years at the company before his passing in 2004. His daughter and son-in-law also had long careers at the company, and all played an integral part in the growth and success of the business. “I couldn’t have done it without family,” Neely said in 2018. “And I still couldn’t.” His grandson, Tommy, now serves as company president. He also serves on ATA’s Board of Directors. According to company officials, the operation enjoys one of the lowest turnover rates in the Southeast and, except in rare cases, makes certain that drivers are home with their own family every weekend. “No one lives to drive, they drive to live,” Neely told Alabama Trucker. “It’s important to make a living but people with families and children want to be home with them. They want to coach or attend ball games on Saturdays. And we want them to be able to do just that.” He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Ann Cundiff Neely; sisters, Judy Greene, Dot Gilliland; brother, James Neely; son, Tommy Neely, III and granddaughter, Lynn Miller Wicks. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Arnold Neely; his beloved dog, Lily; sister, Anne Boston (Bob); daughter, Carol Miller (John); granddaughter, Neely Miller Franklin; grandsons, Tommy Neely, IV (Alicia) and Mitchell Neely (Jennifer) and many greatgrandchildren and other relatives and friends.


Cindy York joins ATA as new Director of Finance

ATA President and CEO Mark Colson has announced the recent addition of Cindy York to ATA’s team of association management professionals as Director of Finance and Administration. Originally from Valdosta, Ga., York gradCindy York uated high school from Harding Academy in Searcy, Ark. and attended Harding University before moving to Cleveland, Ohio where she worked as a bookkeeper for area real estate and accounting firms. She later returned south, first to Birmingham and then to Montgomery, handling accounting and finance duties for several organizations, including most recently for the Business Council of Alabama where she served 15 years as its Director of Finance. “Cindy brings significant experience and expertise to our already talented ATA team,” Colson says. “Our association is blessed that someone of her caliber will be working on behalf of our members.” York lives in south Montgomery with her husband, Barry, a construction inspector for the Montgomery Water Works, and a 14year-old rat terrier named Kadey. In their spare time, the Yorks enjoy watching their beloved Auburn Tigers and Cleveland Browns football teams, gardening, traveling, reading and riding motorcycles. “I am so excited to join ATA, and I look forward to working alongside this talented, experienced and hard-working staff and volunteer leaders,” she says. “Having previously worked with Mark Colson, and knowing his character and work ethic, the decision to come work for this great organization was an easy one, and I am grateful to have this opportunity.” A LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

ATA Comp Fund names Todd Hager as new COO The ATA Comp Fund recently announced the promotion of Todd Hager to Chief Operating Officer. Hager has been with the Fund for six years as DirecTodd Hager tor of Claims and has assisted with the development and expansion of the current claims management model and making sure employees get home safely to their families. Coaker adds, “Todd is a vital part of our company and was extensively involved in the rebranding of the Fund and the transition to our current risk management initiatives. He is an important part of our success and our future.” As COO, Hager will continue his personal involvement in the Fund’s claim management as well as focusing on the day-today operations of the company.

Navistar plans $125 million Huntsville expansion reports that engine manufacturer Navistar plans to more than double its workforce at its Huntsville facility near the airport. The project will result in a $125 million expansion of the plant along I-565 and create145 net new full-time equivalent employees,” the agreement said. Shane Davis, the city’s director of urban and economic development, told the council that the $125 million investment was larger than the $110 million facility Polaris built in one of the city’s more celebrated recruited businesses. The expansion also signals a continued revival of sorts for Navistar, which in 2014 shut down its Huntsville facility that employed 280 people. But with the expansion, Navistar is obligated to carry at least 271 people on the payroll. The company currently has 126 employees in Huntsville and the $910,000 incentive package provided by the city of Huntsville protects those employees, Davis said. Davis commended those 126 Navistar employees, saying that they were instruA LABAMA T RUCKER • 3 RD Q UARTER 2019

mental in the company deciding to grow its Huntsville facility. “They are doing very, very well,” Davis said of Navistar. “They are actually in a growth mode, restructuring mode, streamlining mode.” According to Navistar’s website, its Huntsville facility covers almost 700,000 square feet and produces the company’s line of vee engines. Davis said that in the expansion, the company is relocating to Huntsville a gearbox assembly line. The impact of the expansion, Davis said, will result in $1.6 million annually in new property taxes and about $12.5 million annually in new payroll. And sales tax revenue from the new construction will be about $2.5 million. The city of Huntsville’s incentives require that Navistar complete at least half its expansion while maintaining the 126 employees before receiving half of the money. The other half of the incentive payments won’t be made until the new 145 jobs are filled, Davis said. “They go perform first, then we reimburse,” Davis said. Navistar must begin construction by Dec. 1 and complete the new facility by Dec. 31, 2021. And operations in the new facility must begin by Sept. 1, 2022. Also, as part of the development agreement, the Huntsville Madison County Airport Authority agreed to abate certain noneducational property taxes for 10 years. The airport authority also agreed to repay Navistar $15,000 per acre of the 51-acre expansion.

Dwight Bassett appointed president of The Boyd Companies The Boyd Companies recently announced Dwight Bassett has been promoted to company president. Prior to this role, Bassett served as the Dwight Bassett Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Boyd Companies. Bassett has an extensive background as a leader in the trucking industry. Before joining the Boyd Companies, he served as the Chief Operations Officer for Builder’s Transportation. In this

New ATRI study quantifies driver detention impacts A new report from the American Transportation Research Institute says that driver detention frequency and length have increased significantly in recent years and are negatively impacting productivity, regulatory compliance and compensation. ATRI recently released the results of its analysis on the safety and productivity impacts of truck driver detention at customer facilities. The analysis is based on more than 1,900 truck driver and motor carrier surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018. Key findings of the study include: l Drivers report a 27.4 percent increase in delays of six or more hours. l Female drivers were 83.3 percent more likely than men to be delayed six or more hours. l There was a nearly 40 percent increase in drivers who reported that most of their pick-ups and deliveries were delayed over the past 12 months due to customer actions. l The average excessive detention fee per hour charged by fleets was $63.71, slightly less than the average per hour operating cost of $66.65 found in ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking. l The negative impact of detention on carrier revenue and driver compensation may be greater among smaller fleets (<50 power units) with 20 percent reporting that they do not charge for excessive detention in order to stay competitive with larger fleets. “ATRI’s new detention research definitely helps us understand the full financial impact associated with detaining drivers,” said Edgar McGonigal, chief financial officer of Bestway Express, Inc. “From a safety and economic perspective, this research gives the trucking industry new insight into how both carriers and drivers should implement driver detention strategies.” The report also documents recommended practices that drivers and carriers believe will improve efficiency and reduce detention at customer facilities. A copy of the report is available at



role, he helped redesign the company’s information system which greatly improved productivity and accountability. Bassett also worked for M.S. Carriers for 16 years. During his tenure, he held various roles within the organization such as Dispatcher, Controller, Vice President of Operations, and Chief Accounting Officer. Under his leadership, the company’s fleet grew tremendously from 300 trucks to 4,000 trucks. “It is an honor to be named the President of the Boyd Companies,” said Bassett. “The people at Boyd make the difference. There are mutual respect and admiration among all of us that is not easily replicated. We are a strong team, and I am proud to be part of it!” Chris Cooper, CEO of the Boyd Companies, said “Dwight’s leadership will be important to the Boyd Companies and the Daseke organization moving forward. Dwight has a unique, intuitive and tactical mind for transportation and logistics. This has been shown in his leadership over the past six years as CFO and COO of the Boyd Companies.”


Federal agency rules misclassifying employees is not a violation Trucking companies that misclassify drivers as independent contractors are not violating federal law, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). John Gallagher for FreightWaves reports that three of the agency’s four board members held that an employer’s mere communication to its workers that it believes they are independent contractors does not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) if that opinion is later found to be wrong. “Such communication does not inherently threaten those employees with termination or other adverse action if they engage in activities protected by the NLRA, nor does it communicate that it would be futile for them to engage in such activities,” according to the board, in a ruling issued August 29. According to the report, that determination was made after the board applied a decision it made on a case earlier this year, “SuperShuttle DFW,” to a case involving medical express delivery company Velox Express Inc. The board found that Velox Express workers are employees, not inde-

pendent contractors, so, therefore, Velox Express violated the NLRA when it fired an employee for complaining about the way workers were being treated. However, the board held that the company misclassifying its employees as independent contractors in and of itself “was not a separate violation.” The ruling is considered by legal experts as the latest in a string of wins this year for employers, including trucking companies, that can avoid significant wage and benefit costs by hiring workers classified as independent contractors versus employees. “In various jurisdictions, there have been attempts to make misclassification of drivers unlawful in some way,” NLRA compliance specialist Jack Finklea, and a partner at the law firm Scopelitis told FreightWaves. “Some attempts have been more successful than others, and this new decision provides help to motor carriers combating such attempts. This is a win for trucking company employers because the use of independent contractors is vital to the industry, and this decision forces any plaintiff or driver advocacy group to go beyond merely alleging drivers were misclassified as independent contractors. They will instead be forced to clear the additional hurdle of proving an independent violation of the NLRA.”


FMCSA proposes 2020, 2021 reductions to commercial vehicle registration fees The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule that would continue to reduce commercial vehicle registration fees in 2020 and 2021, the agency said in a Federal Register announcement on Aug. 27. Eric Miller with Transport Topics reports that in its proposal, FMCSA plans to reduce the annual registration fees collected by states for motor carriers, private motor carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies by 12.82 percent in 2020 and 4.19 percent in 2021 when compared with 2018 rates. The rates are graduated based on the number of trucks a carrier has in its fleet. For instance, carriers with up to two trucks paid $69 in 2018 and $62 in 2019. Under the FMCSA proposal, in 2020 the same carrier would only pay $60 but would pay $66 in 2021. For a carrier with a fleet of 1,001 or more trucks, the proposed fee would be $58,060 in 2020, down from $59,689 in 2019. However, in 2021 the cost would rise to $63,809, according to the FMCSA proposal. “The fees are calculated according to col-


ATA Foundation kicks off SEC Football TV ad campaign The Alabama Trucking Association Foundation has launched a new SEC Football television ad campaign running all season long on most local CBS affiliates during the network’s SEC Game of the Week broadcast. Ad themes will alternate between industry promotion and job creation. The ads are intended to raise the Foundation’s profile as it seeks to increase its scope and efforts to improve the industry through outreach, scholarship and job creation. “Through it all, we committed to making a valuable impact on the important work of our members and our industry,” said ATA Foundation President Terry Kilpatrick. “Collectively, the ATA Foundation and the Alabama Trucking Association can and will make a difference as we continue to serve the membership in a variety of ways, as well as advancing the industry’s needs and public image.” If you’re interested in donating to the ATA Foundation, please download a pledge formon the ATA website. Make checks payable to the Alabama Trucking Association Foundation. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.



lections of the second year prior, and collections for 2018 registrations are still coming in,” Robert Pitcher, vice chairman of the UCR board of directors, told Transport Topics. Revenue collected is allocated to the participating states and the plan. In accordance with federal law, fee adjustments must be requested by the board when annual revenue exceeds the maximum allowed. Currently, the board estimates that by Dec. 31, total revenue will exceed the statutory maximum for the 2018 registration year by approximately $3.08 million. In addition, the board determined that excess funds were collected for both the 2015 and 2016 registration years. If there are excess funds after payments to the states and for administrative costs, they are retained in the board’s depository and subsequent fees must be reduced as required. The board’s recommendation reduces fees based on collections over the statutory cap in 2018 and includes a reduction in the amount of the administrative cost allowance from $3.5 million to $3.2 million for the


2020 and 2021 UCR Agreement registration years. The board completed an analysis estimating the amount of administrative cost allowance needed for the 2020 and 2021 registration period and has determined that an allowance of $3.2 million will be needed each year for those registration years. The agency reviewed the board’s formal recommendation and concluded that its projection of the total revenue received for the registration year 2018 is acceptable.

ATA tells Congress to pump brakes on spread of tolls American Trucking Associations officials recently told a House subcommittee that the use of tolls to finance infrastructure construction and maintenance was inefficient, unsafe and damaging to the trucking industry. “While the trucking industry is willing to pay its fair share for infrastructure improvement, we believe that tolls are not the right solution, and in fact can be very harmful to our industry, our customers and ultimately, to consumers,” YRC Worldwide Inc. CEO Darren Hawkins told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways & Transit on behalf of ATA.

In his testimony, Hawkins cited inefficiencies in toll collection, traffic diversion and misdirection of toll funds as significant problems with tolling when compared to other financing methods. “Tolling has very high collection costs relative to other highway user fees,” he said. “While the cost of collection has come down with the introduction of transponders, costs can still exceed 10 percent. On some major toll facilities, these costs are much higher. On the Ohio Turnpike, for example, 19 cents out of every dollar is spent collecting tolls, while the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s collection costs exceed 20 percent. Contrast this with the 0.2 percent cost of collecting federal fuel taxes. “Clearly, the waste that goes into collecting a toll is simply unacceptable when far more efficient alternatives are available. Our user fees should be used to build roads, not toll road bureaucracies,” he said. Hawkins also warned that because of federal funding shortfalls, states are abusing tolls to fund other projects at the expense of toll payers, particularly the trucking industry. “Federal law allows states to shift excess toll revenue to any Title 23 eligible purpose. This results in toll payers bankrolling projects that they may not benefit from,” he said.


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A. For-Hire Motor Carriers (Membership dues are based on truck count; maximum of $4,000) $500 plus $20 per truck

B. Private Carriers (Schedule based on miles traveled in Alabama) $300 ..............................for up to 1 million miles $600 ..............................for 1,000,000 up to 4 million miles $900 ..............................for 4,000,001 up to 7 million miles $1,200 ...........................for 7,000,001 up to 10 million miles $1,500 ...........................for 10,000,001 up to 13 million miles $1,800 ...........................for 13,000,001 miles up to 16 million miles $2,100 ...........................for 16,000,001 up to 19 million miles $2,400 ...........................for 19,000,000 up to 21 million miles $2,800 ...........................for 21,000,000 up to 24 million miles $3,100 ...........................for over 24 million miles

C. Household Goods Carriers (Schedule based on intrastate revenue only) $420 ..............................for under $100,000 $480 ..............................for $100,001 up to $150,000 $540 ..............................for $150,000 up to $200,000 $660 ..............................for $201,001 up to $250,000 $780 ..............................for $250,001 up to $300,000 $900 ..............................for $300,001 up to $400,000 $1,200 ...........................for $400,001 and over

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2019 ATA Buyer’s Guide

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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 AUTO DEALER (SERVICE OR REPAIR) Faucett Motors of Boaz, Inc. (256) 593-7162 BUS SALES & SERVICE Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226 Transportation South, Inc. (205) 663-2287 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616

CHEMICAL PRODUCTS Rushing Enterprises, Inc. (334) 693-3318

ENGINE MANUFACTURERS Cummins Sales & Service (901) 488-8033 EQUIPMENT LEASING CB Repair & Trailer Maintenance, Inc. (205) 338-0943 KLLM/Equipment Solutions LLC (205) 515-1478 Metro Trailer Rental (205) 985-8701 Premier Trailer Leasing (205) 680-3184 Reliable Trailer Sales, Inc. DBA Storage Trailers of Alabama (205) 808-0042 Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716

COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRONICS J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848

Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226

Netradyne (833) 476-9663

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

Omnitracs, LLC (615) 594-7565

Trailer Sales of Tennessee A Fleet Equipment Co. (615) 259-3301

Orbcomm, Inc. (703) 433-7763 Peloton Technology (650) 395-7356 SmartDrive Systems (858) 225-5551 Trimble Transportation (407) 347-5121

DRIVER STAFFING ProDrivers (334) 391-2715 TransForce, Inc. (205) 916-0259 Transportation Support, Inc. (205) 833-6336

EDUCATION & TRAINING J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 945-8550 Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 USA Driver-s, Inc. (205) 661-0712 Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. (205) 585-3895

Vacuum Truck Rentals, LLC (205) 277-6190

EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING Daehan Solution Alabama, LLC (334) 301-3498 Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing (334) 398-1410

BMO Transportation Finance (770) 960-6307 Comdata (615) 376-6917 Commercial Credit Group, Inc. (704) 731-0031 Corporate Financial Services, LLC (334) 215-4499 Crestmark Bank 615-620-3509 Electronic Funds Source, LLC (615) 777-4619 First Tennessee Bank (615) 734-6046 IBERIABANK (251) 345-9676

BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc. (334) 386-3317

Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988

The Baxter Agency (334) 678-6800

ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447

Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340

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

Caribou Insurance Agency, Inc. (205) 822-7577

Safety First-Div. of Behavioral Health Systems (205) 443-5433

Cottingham and Butler (563) 587-5521 Farris Evans Insurance Agency, Inc. (901) 274-5424 Great West Casualty Co. (865) 392-3752 Hudgens Insurance, Inc. (334) 289-2695 Hudson Insurance Company (317) 810-2038

NON-PETROLEUM FUEL PRODUCTS Pivotal LNG (404) 783-3550 PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Davison Fuels & Oil (251) 544-4511 Jack Green Oil Co., Inc. (256) 831-1038 Kimbro Oil Company (615) 320-7484 Major Oil Company, Inc. (334) 263-9070

National Bank of Commerce (205) 422-7111

JH Berry Risk Services, LLC (205) 208-1238

Myers Oil Company, Inc. (954) 938-7211

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

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

RelaDyne (205) 384-3422

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

Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance (251) 473-4600

Shell Oil Products US (601) 529-7244

McGriff Insurance Services (334) 674-9810

The McPherson Companies (205) 661-4400

McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc. (205) 583-9641

W.H. Thomas Oil Co., Inc. (205) 755-2610

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


PNC Bank N.A. (205) 421-2764 ProBilling and Funding Service (256) 736-4349 Progress Bank (205) 527-5692

EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. (800) 844-8277

Renasant Bank (334) 301-5955

Imperial Supplies LLC (920) 490-6707

Santander Bank. N.A. (205) 414-7554

One Beacon (609) 613-0010 Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105 PR Companies (334) 836-1377

Accounting Firms: Aldridge, Borden & Co. (334) 834-6640 Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068 Warren Averett (256) 739-0312

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems 334/798-0080

ServisFirst Bank (205) 949-3433

Paccar Parts/Kenworth (206) 898-5541

Signature Financial, LLC (423) 290-9986

Regions Insurance, Inc. (501) 661-4880

Attorneys: Adams and Reese LLP (251) 650-0861

Trucking Partners, LLC Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788

Reliance Partners, LLC (877) 668-1704

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

Trans Con Assurance, LTD (205) 978-7070

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. (205) 572-1462

Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 Star Truck Parts (205) 324-4681 Thermo King of B’ham-Dothan-MobileMontgomery-Chattanooga (205) 591-2424 W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083

FINANCIAL SERVICES Bank of America Merrill Lynch (205) 298-7467

Trustmark Bank (205) 995-4615 Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (314) 374-2165

INSURANCE Aon Risk Solutions (501) 374-9300 Aronov Insurance, Inc. (205) 414-9575 AssuredPartners of Alabama (205) 823-2300

TransRisk, LLC (334) 403-4114 Turner & Hamrick L.L.C. (334) 566-7665 York Risk Services Group (205) 581-9488

MEDICAL/DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES Alabama Specialty Clinic (256) 736-1460

Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680 Burr-Forman LLP (205) 458-3393 Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson, P.C. (251) 626-9340 DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C. (251) 433-1577

(Current as of 9-18-19)

Brandie Norcross at Ferguson, Frost, Moore & Young LLP (205) 879-8722

Porter Billing Services LLC (205) 397-4079

Mann Automotive Diesel, Inc. (334) 792-0456

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

SelecTrucks of Alabama (205) 322-6695

Fisher & Phillips, LLP (404) 231-1400

Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207

Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235

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

Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226

Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. (205) 278-7000

PR Companies (334) 836-1377

Southern Truck Center, Inc. (205) 226-0880

Reliable Trailer Sales, Inc. DBA Storage Trailers of Alabama (205) 808-0042

Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613

PrePass (931) 520-7170

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

QuikQ LLC (678) 591-4675

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

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC (251) 432-5511 Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. (334) 834-7600 James M. Sizemore, Jr. (334) 215-9330 Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, Ireland PA (205) 980-5000 Speegle, Hoffman, Holman & Holifield, LLC (251) 694-1700

SET Logistics, Inc. (205) 849-6309 Soar Payments LLC (888) 225-9405 Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc. (205) 664-2000

TIRE DEALERS & MANUFACTURERS Best One Tire & Service (615) 244-9611 Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (205) 514-8341 Butler Industrial Tire Center, Inc. (334) 376-0178

Southeast Trailer Mart, Inc. (404) 361-6411

Trojan Industries, Inc. dba Lyncoach Truck Bodies (334) 566-4330

Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226

Truckworx Kenworth - Birmingham (205) 326-6170

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

Truckworx Kenworth – Dothan (334) 712-4900

Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573

Truckworx Kenworth – Montgomery (334) 263-3101

Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345

Truckworx Kenworth – Mobile (251) 957-4000

TRUCK DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS Truckworx Kenworth – Huntsville Action Truck Center (256) 308-0162 (334) 794-8505 Inc. Truckworx Kenworth – Thomasville (866) 245-3918 Continental Tire North America Alabama Freightliner (334) 636-4380 Other Services: (662) 549-7570 (205) 322-6695 ACTS/Anytime Consulting Transportation Services Team One Logistics Volvo Trucks North America (334) 405-4971 (770) 232-9902 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Birmingham Freightliner (336) 508-4950 (708) 557-3406 (205) 322-6695 Allstate Beverage (251) 476-9600 Ext. 1231 TMW Systems, Inc. Ward International Trucks, LLC (440) 721-2260 McGriff Tire Co. Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (251) 433-5616 Ancra Cargo (256) 739-0710 (334) 262-8856 (800) 233-5138 Transportation and Logistical Wholesale Equipment Sales, Inc. Services, Inc McGriff Treading Co., Inc. Coffman International Trucks (256) 423-5990 C Cross Logistics, LLC (205) 226-5500 (256) 734-4298 (334) 794-4111 (205) 759-1818 TRUCK & EQUIPMENT Corporate Billing, LLC Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC Michelin North America Daimler Trucks NA LLC AUCTIONEERS (256) 584-3600 (205) 788-4000 (859) 661-0855 (803) 554-4831 Insurance Auto Auction, Inc. (478) 319-8574 Transportation Compliance Services, USA Drivewyze (228) 872-7160 Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. Empire Truck Sales, LLC (780) 461-3355 (256) 878-0211 (601) 939-1000 Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 Transportation Safety Services J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (251) 661-9700 Snider Fleet Solutions Fitzgerald Peterbilt (920) 722-2848 (336) 691-5499 (205) 379-8300 TRUCKSTOPS Love’s Travel Stops, Inc. Trucking Partners, LLC (405) 202-4451 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC Sales Agency & Factoring Southern Tire Mart Four Star Freightliner (205) 329-8182 (256) 737-8788 (251) 457-9915 (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery) (205) 329-8183 Pilot Flying J Centers (865) 207-3874 Repairs: Yokohama Tire Corp. Long Lewis Western Star Lytx DriveCam, Inc. Big Moe Spring & Alignment of (317) 385-2611 (205) 428-0161 (858) 430-4000 B’ham, Inc. TravelCenters of America/Petro (205) 780-0290 Shopping Centers TRAILER DEALERS/MANUFACTURERS Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 591-4675 M & N Transport, Inc. C & C Trailers, Inc. (678) 201-4770 (256) 657-5161 Birmingham Frame & Alignment, LLC (334) 897-2202 (205) 322-4844 VEHICLE LEASING Max Coating, Inc. Dorsey Trailer, LLC Navistar Penske Truck Leasing (205) 849-2737 (334) 897-2525 (813) 382-3113 (757) 603-2853 Carrier Transicold South (404) 968-3130 MCG Workforce Empire Truck Sales, LLC Neely Coble Co. Southland Transportation Group (251) 652-5244 (601) 939-1000 (256) 350-1630 (205) 942-6226 Childersburg Truck Service, Inc. (256) 378-3101 McLeod Software Fleetco, Inc. Nextran Truck Centers Vacuum Truck Rentals, LLC (205) 823-5100 (615) 256-0600 (205) 841-4450 (205) 277-6190 Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 Metro PictureWorks, Inc. Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA Peterbilt Motors Company Ward International Trucks, LLC (205) 252-0304 (205) 421-4300 (615) 208-1800 (251) 433-5616 Eufaula Trucking Co., Inc. (334) 689-8586 Motor Carrier Safety Consulting Great Dane Rush Truck Center-Mobile (205) 871-4455 Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (205) 324-3491 (251) 459-7300 (251) 626-5121 North American Commercial Vehicle Show Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. Ryder Vehicle Sales LLC (773) 796-4250 (251) 438-5521 (205) 492-2428 Starnes Davis Florie LLP (205) 868-6000

Swift Supply, Inc. (251) 929-9399

Columbus Tire Company dba Complete Tire and Service (706) 321-8133



New Members (as of 9-18-19) Acme Truck Line, Inc. Gretna, La. David Pritchett

Darrell Brown Trucking, Inc. Dora, Ala. Holly Brown

Lakeview Transportation, LLC Selma, Ala. Renee Craig

SET Logistics, Inc. Oneonta, Ala. Kris Towns

American Towing Montgomery, Ala. John Rice

Dothan Warehouse Investors LLC Dothan, Ala. Stan Jones

Moving U, LLC Bremen, Ala. Thomas Randolph

Smith Payne, Inc. DBA Premier Transport Bessemer, Ala. Chris Payne

Atomic Transport LLC Nashville, Tenn. Shayne McCallie

GFY Freight LLC Hartford, Ala. Pam Yeomans

Bama Budweiser of Shelby County Harpersville, Ala. James Denney

Gulf Packaging, Inc. Bay Minette, Ala. John Newton

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Birmingham, Ala. Chad Richey

Indigo Fluids, Inc. Clanton, Ala. Brian Przybysz

Cordele Intermodal Services, Inc. Cordele, Ga. Jonathan Lafevers

J and J Transports of Alabama, Inc. Haleyville, Ala. Rickey Witts

Netradyne San Diego, Calif. Chris Silver Reliable Trailer Sales, Inc. DBA Storage Trailers of Alabama Birmingham, Ala. George Mahoney

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Ryder Vehicle Sales LLC Birmingham, Ala. Jimmy Mann









(334) 834-7911

The Baxter Agency


(800) 873-8494


(205) 322-6695

Great West Casualty


(800) 228-8053

International Trucks


(800) 844-4102

J.J. Keller


(888) 473-4638 ext. 7892

McGriff Insurance


(334) 674-9803

Nextran Truck Center


(800) 292-8685

Palomar Insurance


(800) 489-0105

R.E. Garrison


(800) 643-3472

Snider Fleet Solutions


(800) 528-2840

Southland Transportation Group


(205) 254-1821

Truckworx Kenworth


(800) 444-6170

Turner & Hamrick


(888) 385-0186


(205) 755-2610

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