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FROM THE CEO

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NATIONAL STORY

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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STATE NEWS

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STATE IMPACT

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MEMBER FEATURE

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SAFETY ZONE

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EVENTS

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP

ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ASSOCIATION MEET THE STAFF

Chairman of Board | Michael Mayer Rush Truck Centers

CEO | Jim Newport (P) 405.525.9488 x3 jimnewport@oktrucking.org

General Counsel l George Gibbs Gibbs, Armstrong, Borochoff, Mullican & Hart P.C.

Director of Events | Rebecca Chappell (P) 405.525.9488 x1 rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org

1st Vice Chair | Greg Price UPT - United Petroleum Transports Jim Klepper l Drivers Legal Plan David McCorkle l McCorkle Truck Lines Lavern McCorkle l McCorkle Truck Lines David Freymiller l Freymiller, Inc. Emory Mills l FTC Transportation Adam Dye l Southwest Trailers & Equipment Dusty Runnels l Hamm & Phillips Bob Peterson l Melton Truck Lines, Inc. Bob Acker l Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc. Joyce Ryel l Superior Energy Services Jeff Polzien l Red Carpet Charters Danny Smith l UPS

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FROM THE CEO

Advocacy Advocacy: Lobbying and Governmental Affairs is one of the most important aspects of the Oklahoma Trucking Association. Words matter. Ideas matter. Ideas take root and become laws and or regulations. People sponsoring these ideas are regular folks who win an election. Like a judge ruling on a case, they are expected to vote correctly on every issue depending on their point of view. On both a state and federal level, the “idea” that wins is the voice that is present, participating, and profound. Without a presence, we don’t exist. Without participating in the legislative or regulatory process we do not matter. Without constantly participating in the process, anti-truck ideas will prevail over ours. We share these points of view because Political Action Committee (PAC) financial support of pro-trucking policy makers is critical to the OTA. It is equally important for opponents to take precaution when considering harmful ideas. We can’t be respected as “the Voice of Trucking” in Oklahoma if we are not a force to reckon with. In the past, OTA’s PAC has been weak but has begun a transformation this year with internal leadership from our members. For example, some of the funds raised at the Summer ShootOut went toward this cause. Also, thank you to some who have responded from OTA’s request for PAC funds. At present, we cannot seriously support more than a handful of the nearly 160 statewide elected officials. This must change. Much more needs to be invested to protect our businesses and way of life. Having a “Voice” with state policy makers means participating financially in their campaigns. Please consider contributing now. With so much truck related issues it is imperative to contribute to OTA’s PAC.

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NATIONAL NEWS TRUMP TAKES AIM AT REGULATIONS; ‘AMAZING THINGS’ AHEAD FOR TRUCKING By Truckers News Staff Donald Trump’s presidency has attracted both criticism and praise as he tries to make good on campaign promises including some that could affect the trucking industry. An executive order Trump directed federal agencies to review all regulations and identify those that ought to be repealed, replaced or modified because they stifle job creation, impose unnecessary costs, are outdated or ineffective. In addition to that executive order, he also ordered federal agencies to appoint a regulatory reform officer and that all federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one created. The American Trucking Associations said it supports a “judicious” approach “in eliminating or reversing regulations.” ATA President Chris Spear described Trump as “pretty much a freelancer” with an agenda that is good for the industry. He said the independence of the White House gives the ATA “an opportunity to do some really amazing things.” Spear added that an important item on Trump’s agenda is a proposed 10-year infrastructure bill worth $1 trillion. “We have not seen anything like that since Eisenhower,” he said. “For three decades we have been fighting over scraps. We need to serve this president and Congress in a manner that is befitting to help them get this across the finish line.”

Spear is less enthusiastic about Trump’s desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. “I am really trying to understand this president and where we are heading,” said Spear. “There is no issue more important than trade. “Even the slightest change could have mammoth implications. We all believe in free and fair trade, but we need to be very, very careful to not unravel something that will have dire consequences on trucking and American economy.”

INFRASTRUCTURE OVERHAUL MAY TOP $1 TRILLION, CUT RED TAPE: TRUMP By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON (Reuters) On March 4, President Donald Trump vowed to cut red tape to speed up approval of infrastructure projects and said his overhaul could top $1 trillion on roads, tunnels and bridges, one of his 2016 election campaign promises. Trump, did not provide additional details on the amount or where the money would come from when he spoke to a White House meeting. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at the meeting that the administration plans to release a legislative package in May. Investors have grown skeptical if the plan would win approval this year in Congress. Trump said building a highway can require dozens of approvals and take 10 to 20 years, a process he declared to speed up. Trump said he would not fund projects that cannot be started within 90

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days. The administration wants to improve the electrical grid and water systems, rebuild airports, bridges, roads and potentially hospitals for military veterans and broadband. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn told executives that privatizing air traffic control, which the administration proposed in its budget outline in March, “is probably the single most exciting thing we can do.” Cohn, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs before he became Trump’s top economic adviser, said it could help speed flight times and reduce fuel use. Cohn said if cities “sell off” or privatize infrastructure assets, the administration could provide financial support. “We’re not on the cutting edge of this,” Cohn said. “We’ve got to get a little more comfortable with public-private partnerships.” Cohn touted an idea of electric car maker Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk to use tunnels to speed rail transit on the densely populated east coast and also to cut traffic congestion in Los Angeles. A Tesla spokesman declined comment.

DRIVER-TRAINING RULE DELAYED AGAIN by Bus & Motorcoach News WASHINGTON – A new rule establishing national driver-training standards for entry-level commercial bus and truck drivers has been delayed again, this time until May 22.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration originally scheduled the rule to take effect on Feb. 6, but delayed it until March 21 to comply with President Donald Trump’s order to federal agencies to freeze new rules and to delay those published but not yet effective. The latest delay “is necessary to provide the opportunity for further review and consideration of this new regulation,” acting FMCSA Administrator Daphne Jefferson wrote in the notice published in the Federal Register. The driver-training rule has a three-year implementation window and only applies to drivers receiving their commercial driver’s licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020. FMCSA officials said the 2020 implementation date is not affected by the delay. The entry-level driver-training rule sets a core classroom curriculum for those seeking a CDL. It also requires behind-the-wheel training, but does not require a minimum amount of such training. The rule also will establish a national registry of certified trainers. CDL trainees must be trained by a trainer in the registry to qualify to receive a CDL. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the OwnerOperator Independent Drivers Association, the Truck Safety Coalition and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways petitioned FMCSA requesting that it add a requirement for 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training to the rule.

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INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS “More than 5,000 spectators gathered for the Pro-Am

store documents. In an era of instant communication, onthe-fly information access, and tech-savvy workforce, this state of affairs is fast becoming obsolete, Scott believes.

Classic, and the Saint Francis/Tulsa Tough-race now has 2,000 participants and 60,000 spectators! This is huge for our economy. So how is it that Oklahoma is considered The Michigan Department of Transportation, a leader in one of the worst places in the country to cycle? We are By“e-construction,” Eric Miller Staffestimates Reporter |that Transport Topics the agency saves approx- ranked 45th in the nation. The answer, in part, is road imately $12 million in added efficiencies and 6 million access. Road Diets can have a significant impact without pieces of paper annually by using electronic document increasing our transportation budget. We do, however, March the$1Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration issued a final rule that storage30th for its billion construction program, while re- Safety need to follow through with funding earmarked for this ducing its contract modifi cation processing time from 30 activity, as other states have.” amends U.S. hazardous materials regulations to harmonize them with international regulations days to 3 days. and standards. This rule makes changes to proper shipping names, packing groups, The League of hazard Americanclasses, Bicyclists has encouraged The second half of Scott’s interim study would focus on states to consider fi ve key areas when hoping to improve special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quality limitations and vessel stowage implementing a process known as “Road-Diets” – that is, bike-friendly standings: legislation and enforcement, requirements. PHMSA adopting amendments that result from coordination witheducaredefining existing highwayalso laneis space such asseveral converting policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, an existing four-lane, undivided roadway segment that tion/encouragement, and evaluation and planning. Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. serves both through and turning traffi c into a three-lane segment with two through lanes and a center, two-way, June 12 was the deadline for submission of interim study left-turn lane. requests in the state House of Representatives, and “These standards have well-established and documented histories, and their adoption will by Housesafety Speaker Jeff Hickman said he will announce The reclaimed space could be allocated for other uses, July 10 which studies he has authorized. maintain the high safety standard currently achieved under the hazmat regulations,” the agency such as bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, bus lanes said in aparking. Federal Register post. The agency noted that the revisions are necessary to harmonize the and/or

PHMSA HARMONIZES U.S. HAZMAT REGS WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

hazmat regulations with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, “Cycling in Oklahoma is exploding both as a form of exerthe International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of cise to improve health and as a competitive sport,” Scott said. Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods - Model Regulations.

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HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE TALKS HAIR TESTING, AS ATA CONTINUES TO PUSH THE ISSUE FORWARD ATA | THE HILL REPORT ATA’s voice was heard loud and clear during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing discussing hair testing as an approved method of meeting the federally mandated drug testing requirements. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, testifying before the subcommittee as part of the HHS Fiscal Year 2018 budget, was pressed about the status of the agency issuing technical guidelines to allow the use of hair testing as a federally-accepted drug testing method. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) questioned Secretary Price as to the reasoning for delays by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in setting guidelines for the use of hair samples, as hair testing because “the completion of these guidelines will greatly improve truck safety.” Fleischmann also noted that Congress strongly endorsed hair testing by directing an accelerated development of these guidelines within one year of the implementation of the FAST Act. However, the previous administration failed to comply with that one year timeframe by December 4, 2016. In response, Secretary Price acknowledged that the issue was recently brought to his attention, and committed to the Congressman to look into the issue and work with the Congressman. In March ATA sent a letter to Secretary Price about the hair testing issue, and has been working with members of Congress to advance the issue. Representative Fleischmann

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has been a key champion of hair testing, having worked closely with ATA on the issue for some time, and being an original cosponsor of legislation to promote hair testing in the 112th Congress. ATA is

committed to seeing these standards swiftly published and will continue to press both the administration and Capitol Hill until they are. Hair testing is part of ATA’s drive to solve problems not just talk about them.

HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE HOLDS SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES HEARING ATA | THE HILL REPORT The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, held a hearing entitled “Self-Driving Cars: Levels of Automation” in March. The hearing focused on the different levels of vehicle automation and the challenges and opportunities faced at each level of development and deployment. The expectation that autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can enhance roadway safety and address mobility issues for the disabled was a primary focus for subcommittee members and witnesses. Additionally, the hearing also touched upon current advanced driver assistance systems; consumer education and adoption of autonomous vehicles and other safety features; data sharing and privacy concerns; the regulatory regime surrounding AV development; and the standardization of AV levels and best practices. The hearing saw a spirited discussion of what might be appropriate levels of regulation given the rapid pace that AV technology is advancing, against some skepticism questioning the viability of actually being able to bring AV technology to fruition. ATA attended the hearing, and will continue to work closely with the committee, Congress, and the appropriate regulatory agencies as discussions on this fast-developing technology continue and policies are considered and developed.


STATE NEWS

GOV. FALLIN SIGNS REAL ID COMPLIANCE MEASURE INTO LAW POSTED MARCH 2, 2017, BY KFOR-TV & K. QUERRY OKLAHOMA CITY – After nearly 10 years, Oklahoma will soon work to become compliant with a federal law involving the REAL ID Act.

Without the extension, federal agencies would have been prohibited from accepting Oklahoma driver’s licenses as proper identification cards.

The act was put in place in 2005 to improve the reliability of state issued ID’s, making it harder for terrorists to obtain fake IDs.

Beginning on Jan. 22, 2018, a driver’s license or state ID from a state that is not compliant with the REAL ID Act will not be accepted to board a commercial aircraft within the United States.

However, Oklahoma passed a law in 2007 that said our state wouldn’t comply with the REAL ID Act. Critics cited concerns about how our information will be stored. In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Oklahoma had received an extension through June 6, 2017 to meet the requirements in the REAL ID Act. But, the department warned, if the state failed to act during the 2017 legislative session on legislation committing Oklahoma to all the REAL ID requirements, the state could be denied for other extension requests.

Last month, House Bill 1845 was proposed, which would resolve the law and give Oklahomans the choice of either getting a REAL ID compliant license or keeping their current Oklahoma driver’s license. The measure also allows individuals to opt to retain their noncompliant licenses or identification cards. The bill quickly made its way through the Oklahoma House and the Oklahoma Senate. On Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin signed the REAL ID compliance bill around 2 p.m., adding it was priority measure for the governor.

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BE WORK ZONE AWARE AS PAVEMENT PROJECTS PROLIFERATE STATEWIDE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Much like spring flowers, pavement resurfacing projects are

safety with a month-long campaign this year titled Your Life

about to bloom statewide thanks to more than $116 million

Matters: Drive Like It. While April 3-7 is National Work

worth of pavement contracts awarded by the Oklahoma

Zone Awareness Week, Oklahoma campaign events begin

Transportation Commission since November.

April 10 with the department asking Oklahomans to wear

The 50 pavement projects awarded to date cover every corner of the state and aim to improve drivability by resurfacing the cracks, bumps and intermittent patches on

more about the campaign, see http://www.ok.gov/odot/ WorkZoneAwareness.html

some of the most traveled highways. These projects also

For example, motorists can expect to see a significant

include resurfacing programs in local communities where

resurfacing of I-40 in Oklahoma City between Meridian Ave.

federal funds will be matched with local resources.

and May Ave. starting Monday night. Work will occur mostly

ODOT wants motorists to start preparing now for an increase in highway work zones this spring through fall. Paying attention and slowing down in work zones are key to preventing more loss of life, after 17 deaths in Oklahoma work zones in 2016. The majority of work zone deaths are motorists and the department is highlighting work zone

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at night for the next six months. This nearly $10 million contract also will resurface just more than four miles of I-35 between N.E. 122nd St. in Oklahoma City to just north of Second St. in Edmond with that phase beginning in late summer with work also occurring mostly at night. “While this year’s resurfacing contracts will extend


pavement life by up to 10 years in many locations, maintenance needs remain critical on Oklahoma’s 30,000 lane miles,” Terri Angier, ODOT spokeswoman, said. “The department recognizes that much work remains to be done after addressing structurally deficient bridges since 2004. Pavement conditions have been waiting for funding and remain a top priority.” In the past decade, the number of structurally deficient bridges went from 1,168 to 270 remaining structurally deficient bridges as of 2016. The department anticipates having the majority of state bridges on the structurally deficient list scheduled for construction by 2020, freeing up funding to address pavement conditions statewide. “We want motorists to be prepared for these work zones statewide and to know that the department is doing all that it can to maintain and preserve pavement conditions even in tight budget years,” Angier said. “Maintenance needs will continue to accrue, but these projects will go a long way toward improving drivability statewide.” For daily lane closure notifications, drivers can sign up for email alerts at www.odot.org under News & Alerts or follow @OKDOT on Twitter. Information also may be found on the OKDOT Facebook page.

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STATE IMPACT

TRUCK DAY @ CAPITOL

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he recent Truck Day at the Capitol (sponsored by

safety features operating on Oklahoma’s highways and the

United Petroleum Transports) was unquestionably a

class of trained professionals needed behind the wheel.

giant success. OTA member companies, John Christner

Opportunities like this are invaluable as we look to find

Trucking, Miller Truck Lines, and United Petroleum

ways to promote and advocate on behalf of the industry we

Transports were proud to take part in this unique

serve.

opportunity to advocate for our industry, inform and educate many elected officials. In addition to the advocacy we were

drivers, representing many proud Oklahoma companies,

able to recognize and celebrate the 2016 Oklahoma Driver

onsite to meet elected officials and tell their own individual

of the year winner Danny Byars. During that time we also

stories. Who better to advocate for our industry than the

recognized our two million and three million mile drivers.

folks out there every day moving Oklahoma’s freight?

It was a beautiful spring afternoon and what a site to

These professionals are the lifeblood of our industry and

see, trucks proudly displayed on the front lawn of our state

what a great opportunity to honor their achievements and

capitol. It is fantastic to see such a visual representation

congratulate them on a safe career.

of how our members are dedicated to this industry and

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The highlight of the afternoon was having professional

On behalf of all the other member participants, thank

tirelessly advocate on its behalf to ensure we can continue

you to all who made this day possible and for making it so

to serve our great state.   UPT brought a new Kenworth

special. We look forward to taking part in future events like

truck, and Freymiller brought a new Peterbilt onsite.

this and working continuously to fight for our great industry.

Our members jumped at the opportunity to inform and

Another special thank you for the photos

educate many elected officials and others on the many

provided by RoseMarie Hocking, UPT.

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MEMBER FEATURE MELTON TRUCK LINES, INC. GIVES AID IN OKLAHOMA WILDFIRES

TULSA, OK. – March 21, 2017 - Melton Truck Lines Inc., a premier air-ride flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, OK, recently donated trucks, drivers and transportation of hay to aid those in Northwestern Oklahoma who have been affected by the recent wildfires.

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orthwestern Oklahoma has been devastated by

“It’s amazing to see what happens when folks pool

wildfires over the past few weeks. Many of the

resources together” says Senior V.P. of Operations,

cattle ranchers lost their entire grass quantity along

Russ Elliott. “But at the same time in Oklahoma, it’s

with thousands of heads of cattle.

just what we do…we take care of our own when they

In response to the devastation, Farm Bureau of Oklahoma

are hurting.”

contacted the Oklahoma Trucking Association to request help from the trucking industry. Melton, in turn, was contacted by the Oklahoma Trucking Association with a desperate need for transportation of donated hay from the Eastern part of the state to the Northwest. Melton’s CEO and Chairman, Bob Peterson, immediately stepped up and gave the green light to help. Melton donated several thousand dollars’ worth of transportation services and with 4 trucks, hauled 15 loads which amounted to almost 500,000 lbs of hay to areas in need.

MELTON TRUCK LINES INFORMATION Headquartered in Tulsa, OK, Melton Truck Lines Inc. is an award-winning leader in the air-ride flatbed industry and services the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In business for over 60 years, Melton has offices and terminals in Tulsa, Laredo, El Paso, Birmingham and Masury, OH. For more information, please visit www. meltontruck.com.

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SAFETY ZONE WITH SAM STOSE

Greetings, fellow Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine readers. In this volume I would like to go over parking lot awareness. We all drive through and park in parking lots from time to time not only in our personal vehicles but in our commercial vehicles as well. You might encounter some dangerous conditions while driving in these areas and this article should help address the most common hazards. While most drivers exercise care when traveling on the roads, they often become distracted once they enter a parking lot. When motorists are in a hurry or distracted they may stop looking for cross traffic and/or assume others will automatically stop when they see them coming. Here are some facts and statistics to ponder. Striking a parked car or stationary object is one of the most common/ frequent vehicle collisions. Parking lot accidents account for more than 14% of all automobile collision clams and 80% of bumper scratches occur while parking. Parking lot collisions account for as many as one in five automobile insurance claims yearly. Also, an estimated 80% of all criminal acts committed at shopping facilities occur in parking lots. Some of the most common parking lot hazards include pedestrians, poor lighting, tight spaces, potholes, debris/ objects, etc. Pedestrians may be difficult to see while backing and may run into traffic unexpectedly. Poor lighting may inhibit your ability to see at night. Tight spaces may limit your ability to back and turn around corners. Potholes and debris or objects may cause other drivers to swerve or stop suddenly. The following are safety tips while driving through parking lots. Always wear your seatbelt. Obey parking lot signage and traffic lanes. Drive slowly. Use your turn signals and headlights. Watch for distracted motorists. Watch carefully for pedestrians. Be extra careful during peak times like in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. Be extra careful at entrances, exits and intersections. Safety tips while parking include being conscious of where you park. Look at all objects around the vehicle that may become a difficult obstruction when you leave.

Only park in designated areas for your type of vehicle. Be conscious of the people/other vehicles you park next to. Park in well-lit areas. At night, avoid secluded areas to reduce the risk of theft/robbery. Safety tips for backing in a parking lot include looking all around your vehicle before entering the vehicle, check for any obstructions above, below and around all sides of the vehicle that may be in your way. Ensure your mirrors are in proper position to maximize your viewing area while seated in the vehicle. Be mindful of vehicles and pedestrians that may have obstructed your path since you began backing. Back slowly and gently sound your horn to let others know you are backing. If at all possible, back into a parking space before you park. It will make it easier to see cross traffic and pedestrians when you pull forward to leave. Finally, always use 3 points of contact while entering and exiting your truck/tractor. Be extra cautions in inclement weather – watch out for puddles, ice, snow and other slippery surfaces. Avoid leaving any valuables in the vehicle cab where people can see it. The Oklahoma Safety Management Council is committed to highway safety and dedicated to the transportation industry. To learn more about the OSMC, visit http://oksafetymanagementcouncil.com. Thanks for reading and thank you to Ryder fleet products for providing the subject matter provided in this volume. Remember, one safe mile at a time.

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CASCA ENGINE OPTIONS ■ Detroit™ DD13® 350–505 HP, 1250–1850 lb-ft ■ Detroit™ DD15® 400–505 HP, 1550–1750 lb-ft ■ Cummins® X15 400–600 HP, 1450–2050 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS ■ MANUAL - Eaton Fuller ® Advantage Manual - Eaton® RT Manuals ■ AUTOMATED MANUAL - Detroit™ DT12™ - Eaton® Advantage Automated Manuals

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ADIA DRIVER’S LOUNGE

■ Swivel bracket accomodates up to a 26" flat-panel tv ■ Larger passenger- and driver-side storage cabinets Integrated ■ Several DC power outlets and Antenna a variety of powerful inverter and inverter pre-wire options Ellipticalfor AC-powered items Shaped Mirrors ■ LED ambient lighting and dimmer switch ■ Larger microwave cabinet that accepts standard appliances Windshield Seal ■ Traditional double-bunk arrangement option available Improvements with a new, easily released telescoping ladder rated at 400 lb

The New Cascadia: The Future of Trucking

The AeroX configured new Cascadia with Integrated Detroit™ Powertrain is a powerful competitor in today’s transportation industry. Equipped with a GHG17 DD15® engine, a DT12™ ® transmission w/Intelligent Powertrain Management 4 and 2.16 axle ratios, the AeroX is engineered to increase fuel efficiency by up to 8% over a 2016 Cascadia Evolution.* In addition, Freightliner engineers, with input from master technicians, designed the new Cascadia components and systems to reduce critical vehicle failures... changes that make for easier, faster repairs and less customer downtime. And last but not least, the new Cascadia offers operator conveniences such as increased storage, better positioned switches & steering wheel controls and an instrument cluster with digital smart gauges and displays. To find out more about all the advantages of owning a new 2017 Cascadia and available options, come by Premier Truck Group of Oklahoma City and visit with us today.

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NEW MEMBERS Our diverse membership enables us to represent the interests of the trucking industry in Oklahoma. Together we are driving Oklahoma forward. Help welcome our new members today!

ALLIED MEMBERS

CARRIER MEMBERS

ARVEST BANK Ryan Kerr 3900 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73105 www.arvest.com Services: Commercial Banking, Treasury Services, Commercial Lending, Equipment Finance, Commercial Real Estate

JD SPECIALIZED TRANSPORT COMPANY Lee Sawin 215 North Walnut Sapulpa, OK 74066 www.jdspectrans.com Services: Flatbed Truckload, LTL, Heavy Haul, Over-dimensional, Trans-loading & Storage

COTTINGHAM & BUTLER Clay Sanders 10816 Executive Center Dr. Ste 203 Little Rock, AR www.cottinghambutler.com Services: Insurance & consulting, safety services, claims management, captives & programs OKLAHOMA CITY TARP AND SUPPLY Richard Walker 9140 West Reno Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73127 www.okctarp.com Services: Agriculture, Construction, Flatbed, Waste & Oilfield TENSTREET LLC Tim Crawford 120 W. 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74103 www.tenstreet.com Services: Web-hosting software streamlines and takes paper out of recruiting, screening, qualifying and managing drivers

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L-R: David and Lavern McCorkle, Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Jim Newport

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CONFERENCE

ach year the OTA celebrates top donors from the previous year at a private reception and vision dinner, sponsored by Great West Casualty Company, MHC Kenworth, Southwest Trailers & Equipment, and Summit Truck Group. The OTA is extremely appreciative for its members and thanks go to all the members who have contributed to the success of the OTA. The OTA’s Midwinter Conference occurs about a month after the start of a new legislative session. This gives the OTA the opportunity to present on and give valuable updates on top regulatory issues in the trucking industry. The event was held at the Skirvin Hilton Downtown in Oklahoma City on March 1. The conference was sponsored by Bruckner Truck Sales, Melton Truck Lines, Premier Truck Group, and UPS. Corporate sponsors included ATA, Drivers Legal Plan, Hamm & Phillips Service Company, HELP, Inc., JJ Keller & Associates, and Rush Truck Centers. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn about important issues to the industry. In a new meeting format this year featuring panels on the following topics: Roads & Bridges, Enforcement & Regulatory, and Trucking: 2027.

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Our conference portion concluded with keynote lunch speaker, Sherri Garner Brumbaugh from the ATA. The evening concluded with the Annual Fleet Safety Awards Banquet that also took place at the Skirvin. The annual fleet safety awards recognize the best Oklahoma trucking companies and drivers. OTA member companies apply in specific category and mileage classes to compete against their peers. Companies who place first second and third of their class are also eligible to compete for the Grand Tropy, which is one of the highest honors in the trucking industry. The Fleet Safety Awards, including the Grand Trophy Award are donated by Great West Casualty Company. This year’s Fleet Safety Awards Banquet was sponsored by Great West Casualty Company, Groendyke Transport, Hamm & Phillips Service Company, HELP, Inc., Rush Truck Centers, Southern Tire Mart, & T&W Tire. The Safety Awards Banquet program was sponsored by Freymiller, Inc. Glass Operating Group, Hamm & Phillips Service Company, JJ Keller & Associates, John Christner Trucking, Miller Truck Lines, and United Petroleum Transports.


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FLEET SAFETY AWARDS Award Photography by Richard Clifton

IRREGULAR UNDER 1 MILLION MILES

IRREGULAR 1-5 MILLION MILES

2nd Place – The Waggoners Trucking

1st Place – FTC Transportation, Inc.

1st Place- Melton Truck Lines

IRREGULAR OVER 5 MILLION MILES

REGULAR 1-5 MILLION MILES

2nd Place- ABF Freight System, Inc.

1st Place – Freymiller, Inc.

3rd Place – Miller Truck Lines, LLC

REGULAR OVER 5 MILLION MILES

1st Place – AAA Cooper Transportation

PETROLEUM UNDER 1 MILLION MILES

2nd Place – UPS

1st Place – Walmart Transportation

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3rd Place – FedEx Freight, Inc.

1st Place – Miller Truck Lines, LLC


PETROLEUM 1-5 MILLION MILES

PETROLEUM OVER 5 MILLION MILES

2nd Place – United Petroleum Transports

1st Place – BKEP Crude LLC

MISCELLANEOUS 1-5 MILLION MILES

1st Place – Coffeyville Resources Crude Transportation

MISCELLANEOUS OVER 5 MILLION MILES

2nd Place- Pioneer Transport

1st Place – LuGreg Trucking, LLC

1st Place – Groendyke Transport, Inc.

GRAND TROPHY WINNER

BKEP CRUDE LLC “Blue Knight Energy Partners” The 2016 Grand Trophy, presented by Great West Casualty Company, was awarded to BKEP Crude LLC (Blue Knight Energy Partners) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. BKEP owns and operates a diversified portfolio of complementary midstream energy assets consisting of approximately 7.7 million barrels of crude oil storage located in Oklahoma and Texas, approximately 6.6 million barrels of which are located at the Cushing Oklahoma Interchange, approximately 900 miles of crude oil pipeline located primarily in Oklahoma and Texas, approximately 250 crude oil transportation and oilfield services vehicles deployed in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas and approximately 7.3 million barrels of combined asphalt product and residual fuel oil storage located at 43 terminals in 22 states. BKEP provides integrated services for companies engaged in the production, distribution and marketing of crude oil, asphalt and other petroleum products. BKEP is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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ONE MILLION

MILE DRIVERS ABF Freight - David (Kent) Jones

FTC Transportation, Inc. - Leonard Westover

Glass TI LLC (Glass Operating Group) - Jerry Bolia

Groendyke Transport, Inc. - Clifford Leroy Reece

John Christner Trucking LLC - Miller Johnson JR

Melton Truck Lines - Shawn Davis

Melton Truck Lines - Stephen Phillips

Melton Truck Lines - Gerald Worth

Miller Truck Lines - David Brown

Miller Truck Lines - Terry Dickert

United Petroleum Transports - John Sloan

UPS- Darryl Deragon

NOT PICTURED MELTON TRUCK LINES

Mark Albrecht | Michael Allison | Elry Haywood | Carl Miller III | Brian Suddarth

JOHN CHRISTNER TRUCKING Robert Davis

MILLER TRUCK LINES, LLC Dennis Crabtree

UPS - Mike McCoy

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WALMART TRANSPORTATION

Frankie Duncan | Roger Keys | William Mathes | Michael Musteen | Robert Pettigrew | Daniel Smith | Ronald Starchman


TWO MILLION

MILE DRIVERS Freymiller, Inc. - Duane Mills

Glass TI LLC (Glass Operating Group) - Johnny F Hawkins

Groendyke Transport, Inc. - Sam Stubblefield

Melton Truck Lines - Albert Adams

Melton Truck Lines - Lloyd Cruz

Miller Truck Lines - Thomas Bowen

NOT PICTURED MELTON TRUCK LINES Doyle Hester Jr.

WALMART TRANSPORTATION Brian Sanday | Douglas Taylor

Walmart Transportation - Sterling Jackson

Walmart Transportation - Floyd Olson

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THREE MILLION

MILE DRIVERS United Petroleum Transports - Carl Andrew

United Petroleum Transports - Richard Rodriguez

NOT PICTURED WALMART TRANSPORTATION Donald Perkins | LaVern Remier

DRIVER OF THE YEAR DANNY BYARS

United Petroleum Transports Oklahoma driver, Danny Byars, from United Petroleum Transports (UPT), was selected as the 2016 Oklahoma Driver of the Year. Throughout Byars’ 38 years as a professional driver, he has accumulated over 3.5 million accident-free miles. He and his wife, Pauline, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Byars volunteers his time and donates money to many organizations around the city including Positive Tomorrows, Habitat for Humanity, and Rebuilding Together.

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PROFESSIONAL

DRIVERS Carl Andrew - United Petroleum Transports

Walter Behringer - John Christner Trucking

Daniel Byars - United Petroleum Transports

Terry (TJ) Conaway - John Christner Trucking

Luther Harris - United Petroleum Transports

Kenneth James - John Christner Trucking

John Keel - United Petroleum Transports

Gerald McCash - Walmart Transportation

Floyd Olson - Walmart Transportation

Di Anna Ramsey - John Christner Trucking

James David Tull - John Christner Trucking

David Washman - John Christner Trucking

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For more than half a century UPT has been an industry leader in safe, dependable service. We are committed to exceeding our customer expectations every day, and achieve this by utilizing the latest tools in technology and equipment, coupled with the expertise of our incredible professional drivers and support staff. With offices strategically located throughout the southwest, we are flexible and capable of meeting the ever changing needs of the chemical and energy industries.

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Motor/Aviation Fuels

Odessa, TX 1600 Barrett Street (79761) Phone: (432) 337-8626 • Watts: (800) 926-7895 Fax: (432) 332-2263 • Odessa@otl-upt.com San Antonio, TX 3357 S.E. Loop 410 (78222) Phone: (210) 648-0582 • Fax: (210) 223-9170 Watts: (888) 633-3601 • SanAntonio@otl-upt.com 8/02/16

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OTA MEMBER REFERRAL PROGRAM Do you know a company who is not an OTA member? Does your business do business with a non-member? We would like to invite you to send a potential member our way! Allied or Carrier members who join the association after being referred will earn you an association credit. Credit balances can be used toward events, programs, marketing and even membership dues! No limit on the number of referrals. Unsure who OTA members are? View our full list of active members online at www.oktrucking.org. Do you have questions about your OTA membership? Give us a call (405) 525.9488.

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UPCOMINGEVENTS

OKLAHOMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE 2017 TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday Jun 2, 2017 - Saturday Jun 3, 2017 Tower Hotel / OSU Precision Driving Training Course - OKC SUMMER SHOOT-OUT Friday Jun 9, 2017 Silverhorn Golf Club – 1411 N Kelley Ave - OKC NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION - JUNE Monday Jun 19, 2017 - Friday Jun 23, 2017 OTA Office – 3909 N Lindsay Ave - OKC 85TH ANNUAL CONVENTION Wednesday Aug 23, 2017 - Thursday Aug 24, 2017 Hyatt Regency – 100 E 2nd Street - Tulsa RED VEST BANQUET Thursday Aug 24, 2017 Hyatt Regency – 100 E 2nd Street - Tulsa NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION - OCTOBER Monday Oct 16, 2017 - Friday Oct 20, 2017 OTA Office – 3909 N Lindsay Ave - OKC TMC FALL TECHNICIAN WORKSHOP Tuesday Nov 7, 2017 Francis Tuttle Reno Campus – 7301 W Reno - OKC TMC FALL TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP Wednesday Nov 8, 2017 Francis Tuttle Reno Campus – 7301 W Reno - OKC NATMI CSME & CDME CERTIFICATION Tuesday Nov 14, 2017 - Wednesday Nov 15, 2017 OTA Office – 3909 N Lindsay Ave - OKC

To learn more about our upcoming events and ways to get more involved visit oktrucking.org/events, call Rebecca Chappell at 405.525.9488 x1 or email rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org

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