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2018 2nd Quarter | Spring Issue | Volume 27 | oktrucking.org

2018 TRUCK DRIVING

CHAMPIONSHIP

TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING BILL SUPERTECH COMPETITION SUMMER SHOOT-OUT


2018 2nd Quarter | Spring Issue Oklahoma Trucking Association 3909 North Lindsay Avenue Oklahoma City, OK, 73105 (405) 525-9488 www.oktrucking.org

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FROM THE CEO

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NATIONAL NEWS

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INDUSTRY & FEDERAL NEWS

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STATE NEWS

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STATE IMPACT

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TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

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SUPERTECH

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SUMMER SHOOT-OUT

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ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION MEET THE STAFF

ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of Board | Greg Price United Petroleum Transports

CEO | Jim Newport (P) 405.525.9488 x3 jimnewport@oktrucking.org Director of Events | Rebecca Chappell (P) 405.525.9488 x1 rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org Member Relations Coordinator | Genipher Krug (P) 405.525.9488 x 2 genipherkrug@oktrucking.org

General Counsel | George Gibbs Gibbs Armstrong & Borochoff, P.C. 1st Vice Chair | Bob Acker Bruckner Truck Sales 2nd Vice Chair | Jo-Don Clanton Pioneer Transport Past Chairman | Mike Mayer Rush Truck Centers Adam Dye | Southwest Trailers & Equipment Lew Flowers | Flowers Fleet Services, LLC David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc. Joe Hill | United Petroleum Transports Jim Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Lines Lavern McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Lines Dusty Runnels | Hamm & Phillips Service Co. Bob Peterson | Melton Truck Lines, Inc. Bobby Smith | Premier Truck Group Danny Smith | UPS

THANK YOU SPONSORS Throughout the year we turn to our partners to work toward successful events, programs and operations! We are thankful for each of our sponsors and would like to highlight our top donors. Without each of our members and investors we would not be able to achieve our mission!

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FROM THE CEO

Members, From advocacy at the capitol to volunteering at the Truck Driving Championship, striving to be “THE Voice of Trucking” will always remain the number one focus at the Oklahoma Trucking Association. Prioritizing our time and keeping our focus on what is coming next has proven to be the key to making this a success.  I hope you have not only seen these efforts but have benefited from them as well.  After all, this is your association. With the planning of the TDC, saying that the second quarter of 2018 flew by is an understatement.  Participants

said this year was better than ever. ATA Chairman Dave Manning was our special guest during the TDC and the banquet that followed.  He has seen many TDC’s and said he had not seen any done better.  A HUGE thank you goes out to all our sponsors, volunteers, the Oklahoma Safety & Security Council, the TDC Committee, and of course the drivers and their families.  It could not happen without all of you.  The OTA members really showed what it was like to be a part of this great trucking family. As you all know, we hold our Annual Convention each year towards the end of the summer.  This year we are not only going to be bringing you the most up-to-date information imperative to our industry, but we’re also going to throw in some entertainment as well.  Not to mention we are bringing back the reduced registration for your significant other.  Contact any of us here at the office to sign up.  We hope to see you there.

Jim Newport

President/CEO Oklahoma Trucking Association

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NATIONAL NEWS FMCSA NOTICE ON THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF CERTIFIED MEDICAL EXAMINERS April 20, 2018 | FMCSA

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he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

2018, FCMSA corrected erroneous email notifications that

(FMCSA) is ensuring the stability of the National

were sent to certain medical examiners incorrectly stating that

Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) website, the security of the data, and the privacy of drivers and

they would be removed based on out-of-date information. There are more than 58,000 certified medical examiners

medical examiners. This is of paramount concern. There

on the National Registry that can continue to perform

was an unsuccessful attempt by someone to compromise the

medical exams on commercial truck and bus drivers. These

NRCME website. It is conclusive that there was no personal

certified medical examiners can continue conducting physical

information exposed.

qualification examinations and issue a paper Medical

Currently, there are several key features available

Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876 to qualified

on the National Registry. As of April 6, 2018, healthcare

drivers. Medical examiners should segregate all examinations

professionals wishing to become a certified medical examiner

completed while the functionality was offline and be prepared

listed on the National Registry are able to register. FMCSA

to upload them to the National Registry system when it is fully

previously released a static look-up function allowing both

available, without penalties.

State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLA) and employers to check the validity of medical cards. Additionally, in February

FMCSA and USDOT will continue to work to address these issues as the website is brought fully back online.

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INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS ATRI BOARD APPROVES 2018 TOP RESEARCH PRIORITIES

April 2, 2018 | ATRI store documents. In an era of instant communication, onArlington Virginia – The American Transportation the-fl y information access, and tech-savvy workforce, this Research Board ofobsolete, DirectorsScott has believes. state of Institute affairs is(ATRI) fast becoming approved the 2018 Top Research Priorities as identified Michigan Department Transportation, a ATRI’s leader in byThe ATRI’s Research AdvisoryofCommittee (RAC).  “e-construction,” estimates that the agency saves approxRAC developed the list of recommended research topics imately $12 million in added efficiencies and 6 million at pieces its meeting held in Dallas in the ATRI Board of paper annually by March using and electronic document vetted andfor approved that listconstruction at its meeting last week. storage its $1 billion program, while reThe research topics cover a wide array of time critical ducing its contract modifi cation processing from 30 days toissues 3 days. industry including the impact that urban planning and “smart city” design have on truck operations, The second half of Scott’s interim study would focus on inconsistencies in CDL testing, and continuing research implementing a process known as “Road-Diets” – that is, onredefi the impact of autonomous technologies on as theconverting trucking ning existing highway lane space such industry . an existing four-lane, undivided roadway segment that serves both through and turning traffic into a three-lane segment with two through lanes and are: a center, two-way, The 2018 ATRI top research priorities • left-turn Urban lane. Planning and Smart City Design for Trucks – examining how and where truck freight delivery can The reclaimed space could be allocated for other uses, be effectively incorporated into urbanislands, planning and such as bike lanes, pedestrian refuge bus lanes smartparking. city design approaches. and/or • Assessing the Consistency and Accuracy of “Cycling in Oklahoma is exploding form of exerCMV Crash Data – will identify both waysas to aimprove cise to improvemotor health and ascrash a competitive sport,” Scott commercial vehicle data collection, said. quality review, data management and data submission at the local and state levels.

“More than 5,000 spectators gathered for the Pro-Am • Roleand andthe Impact Government Tough-race Regulationsnow on has Classic, SaintofFrancis/Tulsa Autonomous – research will assess 2,000 participantsVehicles and 60,000 spectators! This the is huge for our economy. how is impact it that Oklahoma is considered positive andSo negative of regulations being one of the worst places in the country to cycle? Weofare promulgated at the state-level for identification ranked 45thlegislation in the nation. The answer, intechnologies part, is road model on how autonomous access. Road Diets can have a significant impact without and vehicles should be deployed. increasing our transportation budget. We do, however, • Inconsistencies in CDL will review for the this need to follow through with Testing funding– earmarked range of requirements for CDL testing across states activity, as other states have.” and identify best practices to develop an effective set The of League American Bicyclists has encouraged testing of requirements. states to consider five key on areas • Autonomous Impacts the when Truckhoping Driver to – aimprove detailed bike-friendly standings: legislation and enforcement, analysis of how autonomous truck technologies will policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, educachange the operational environment driving tion/encouragement, and evaluation andand planning. requirements for commercial drivers. June 12 was the deadline for submission of interim • Best Practices for Cannabis Intoxication Testingstudy – requests in the state House of Representatives, and exploring best practices in the U.S. and abroad, the House Speaker Hickmanrecommended said he will announce research willJeff benchmark maximum by July 10 which studies he has authorized. intoxication levels and identify recommendations for driver sobriety testing. ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  

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INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS

FMCSA ANNOUNCES CLARIFYING REGULATORY GUIDANCE FOR TRANSPORTATION OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES, PERSONAL CONVEYANCE May 31, 2018 FMCSA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision. “Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities and the use of personal conveyance in December, 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption and personal conveyance to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety. “We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to

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challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. In all, nearly 850 public comments were submitted to the Federal Register dockets on the proposed guidance pertaining to the transportation of agricultural commodities as well as on the personal conveyance provision. The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined. For a copy of this guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/agcommodity-guidance. Likewise, the new regulatory guidance outlines – and includes numerous examples – under what circumstances a commercial motor vehicle driver may operate the truck or bus for personal conveyance. For a copy of this guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/personalconveyance-guidance.


INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS HIGH VOLUME OF LARGE TRUCKS AND BUSES TO BE INSPECTED JUNE 5-7 FOR INTERNATIONAL ROADCHECK June 5, 2018 | CVSA

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tarting June 5, 2018, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct high-volume, high-visibility

During International Roadcheck, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level

inspections of large trucks and buses for 72 hours as part

I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an

of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA)

examination of both driver operating requirements and

International Roadcheck

vehicle mechanical fitness.

annual enforcement

The vehicle inspection

initiative. Commercial

includes checking brake

motor vehicles and their

systems, cargo securement,

drivers will be checked

coupling devices, driveline/

at inspection sites, weigh

driveshaft components,

stations and roving patrol

exhaust systems, frames,

locations along major

fuel systems, lighting

roadways in Canada,

devices, steering

Mexico and the United

mechanisms, suspensions,

States.

tires, van and open-top

Each year, International Roadcheck places special

trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield

emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus

wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency

is on hours-of-service enforcement. While checking for

exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and

compliance with hours-of-service regulations is always

battery compartments, and seating.

part of a roadside inspection. CVSA is highlighting its

Drivers are asked to provide their operating

importance as it coincides with this year’s April 1, 2018,

credentials and hours-of-service logging device (or

full enforcement of the ELD mandate that went into

documentation, as applicable) and will be checked

effect on Dec. 17, 2017, throughout the United States.

for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to

“Hours-of-service violations is the leading category of driver-related violations cited,” said CVSA President

apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA,

Capt. Christopher Turner with the Kansas Highway

North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle

Patrol. “Hours-of-service rules are designed to reduce

safety enforcement organization, with participation by

driver fatigue, which can be a contributing factor in

the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,

many commercial motor vehicle crashes. Enforcement

Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and

of hours-of-service requirements is essential to ensuring

the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in

compliance and combating driver fatigue.”

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STATE NEWS BARRELS OF THANKS TO DRIVERS FOR KEEPING WORK ZONES SAFE April 6, 2018 | Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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peeding, distracted driving and following too closely are the top three causes that kill not only workers but also motorists inside Oklahoma work zones. According to new information from law enforcement groups statewide, drivers are starting to turn the corner when it comes to work zone safety. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office joined forces this week to thank drivers for their life-saving efforts this past year. Friday, OTA maintenance worker Jim LaRue discussed what it’s like to come back to work on the turnpike after suffering severe injuries in a work zone collision in 2016 on the Will Rogers Turnpike. He was joined by ODOT Kingfisher County Supervisor Larry Weber at a press event Friday. “Our job is dangerous,” Weber said. “We have to be alert and stay focused and we want to thank drivers for doing the same thing for us.” Accident reports from the first half of 2017 show five people were killed and more than 230 people were injured in more than 180 collisions in Oklahoma work zones. These early numbers appear to show a decrease in work zone accidents from the previous year, where 18 people were killed and 302 people were injured in 242 collisions in Oklahoma work zones. “We want to say a huge thanks to drivers for hearing our message about the life-changing and split-second consequences of being distracted or impaired when behind the wheel in a work zone,” Oklahoma Transportation Secretary and Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson said. “While these numbers are still preliminary, we are hopeful these messages will continue to spread awareness and prevent work zone accidents.” Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation joined with Gov. Mary Fallin, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office to launch a month-long safety campaign called Your Life Matters: Drive Like It. This messaging thanks drivers for remembering that they have the control behind the wheel and for driving safely not just to protect workers and other drivers but also themselves. This critical safety message comes as warmer temperatures allow for increased maintenance and construction activities on highways and bridges during the spring and summer months. Across the state, drivers will see new work zones and also changes inside ongoing projects like the I-235 Off-Broadway project in Oklahoma City. This $88 million project is entering its fourth major full-weekend closure starting tonight through April 9 to remove the old BNSF railroad bridge from over the interstate.

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During this time, tens of thousands of drivers will be detoured across other metro highways. Drivers are urged to plan ahead for delays and to give their full attention to the road. During this awareness month, activities will include: • ODOT employees will be featured in social media campaigns on Facebook and YouTube, in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, to help spread the word about the importance of paying attention in work zones.   • Safety messages displayed on outdoor billboards across the state, in partnership with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. • The SkyDance Bridge in Oklahoma City will glow orange the night of Monday, April 9, in honor of ODOT’s 60 fallen workers. • ODOT’s ongoing Work Zone Wednesday campaign will feature safety messages on our metro interstates and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s overhead message boards through April. • A symbolic display of white ribbons on the front lawn of the ODOT headquarters in Oklahoma City representing the number of people killed in work zones in the past five years, and four orange ribbons for the ODOT employees killed in the line of duty during that time. With accident reports in work zones poised to decline statewide, the key causes of these crashes remain the same. Distracted driving, traveling at unsafe speeds and following other vehicles too closely are top contributors to work zone accidents. The 2018 Your Life Matters: Drive Like It campaign is sponsored by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and industry partners.


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STATE NEWS TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING MEASURE HEADS TO GOVERNOR April 12, 2018 | Oklahoma State Senate

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STATE NEWS

FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION DISCUSSED; MORE THAN $31 MILLION IN CONTRACTS AWARDED May 9, 2018 | Oklahoma Department of Transportation Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation

million in motor fuel tax revenue away from ODOT to other

federal and state funding for transportation, a recap of the

areas of government to help balance the state’s budget. After

Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s work zone safety

several years of much larger budget cuts to ODOT, he said

campaign effort and presentation of an award recognizing

he was mostly pleased with the outcome of this legislative

ODOT’s support of women in the transportation industry.

session.

Contracts were awarded for several projects, including

Susan Davis, the president of the Oklahoma Chapter of

SH-84 bridge replacement and I-40 pavement rehabilitation

the Women’s Transportation Seminar presented an award

in Okfuskee County and resurfacing on a city street in

honoring ODOT as its 2018 Employer of the Year. The

Oklahoma City using federal and local funds.

award honors employers who support WTS Oklahoma’s

Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive

goals of recruitment, training and advancement of women

Director Mike Patterson welcomed American Association of

in the transportation industry. The Oklahoma Department of

State Highway and Transportation Officials Chief Operating

Transportation employs about 460 women statewide, which

Officer and Director of Policy and Management Jim Tymon

is about 20 percent of the agency’s workforce.

to the commission meeting. Tymon briefed commissioners

The commission voted to award a contract for a nearly

on AASHTO’s efforts to advocate for federal transportation

$4 million project to replace the SH-84 bridge over the North

funding in Washington, D.C., focusing on stable and

Canadian River near Dustin and a nearly $545,000 project

predictable funding levels for state and local transportation

to rehabilitate more than four miles of I-40 pavement east

agencies. Tymon reiterated that even though more than 35

of Okemah, both in Okfuskee County. Commissioners also

states have recently increased revenue for transportation, the

approved a nearly $3 million contract to resurface more than

federal government still has a responsibility to help fund the

two miles of Memorial Rd. east of SH-74 (Portland Ave.) in

nation’s transportation system.

northwest Oklahoma City using federal and local funds.

Patterson highlighted the department’s work zone

Commissioners voted to award 31 contracts totaling

safety awareness campaign which included public service

more than $31 million to improve highways, roads and

announcements on social media and billboards throughout

bridges in 22 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects

the state. Despite the agency’s increased emphasis on driver

in Blaine, Cleveland, Craig, Creek, Custer, Garvin, Grady,

safety and awareness, fatalities and injuries in highway work

Haskell, Kay, LeFlore, Logan, Love, McClain, McCurtain,

zones are all too much a reality in Oklahoma.

McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Payne,

“There were 75 fatalities in Oklahoma work zones in

Pittsburg, Seminole and Stephens counties. A list of all

the last five years; 71 were drivers and passengers passing

awarded contracts may be found by visiting www.odot.org/

through work zones and four were ODOT workers,”

contracts, selecting the April 2018 letting and clicking Go

Patterson said. “Those numbers cannot be tolerated and we

and then Award.

must continue to communicate the need for work zone safety awareness.” Just last week, two ODOT employees were hit by a

The eight-member panel, appointed by the governor to oversee the state’s transportation development, awards project contracts for road and bridge construction every

vehicle while in their work truck near Beggs in Okmulgee

month. The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled

County. Both workers survived the impact but sustained

for 11 a.m. Monday, June 4.

injuries requiring surgery and are still recovering. Patterson updated commissioners on the recently

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approved state budget agreement which diverted about $47

Commission’s Monday, May 7 meeting include an update on

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Contracts, bid information, the commission’s monthly agenda and project details can be viewed at www.odot.org.


STATE IMPACT

LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

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very year the Oklahoma Trucking Association advocates in favor for and against bills of interest to our industry. This 56th Legislative Session has been no exception. By mid-session the list of trucking legislation gets pared down to priority bills. In order to be “THE Voice of Trucking,” we must focus on growing a strong PAC by building up our funds as well as being properly represented on our views in the industry. Staying diligent and being involved are two main keys to ensuring success. If you’re not represented at the table, you’re likely on the menu! Many issues were heard at the Capitol this year but SQ 788, legalizing marijuana, was at the top of the headlines as well. The OTA’s Board of Directors were polled on May 5, 2018 and overwhelmingly voted in favor to join the statewide Anti-SQ 788 Coalition. On June 26, Oklahomans went to the polls and passed the question with a 56.86% to 43.14% vote. Here are some bills OTA followed with their outcome: • HB 2641: Revenue and taxation; motor vehicle excise tax; making excise tax on certain vehicles be in lieu of sales and use taxes; emergency. Corrects the 1.25% tax increase on commercial trailers. Passed the House Failed the Senate • HB 2651: Motor vehicles; commercial driver license training; human trafficking; effective date. Known as the Truckers Against Trafficking bill. Approved by Governor 04/18/2018 Slight improvements will be sought next year. • HB 3306: Motor vehicles; left-lane driving by certain vehicles; exception; effective date. Makes trucks in left lane (of 3 lanes) illegal with up to 6 months jail for

repeated offenses. Failed for lack of a Hearing on Senate Floor. Did not meet deadline date. HB 3468: Medical marijuana; creating the Cannabis Commission; duties; directing State Department of Health to provide support staff and office space; Board membership. This bill determined how marijuana gets used in the state on approval of SQ 788. Second Reading referred to Health and Human Services Committee then to Appropriations Committee Failed for lack of Hearing. Did not meet deadline date. SB 1375: Vehicle Weight and Load; creating weight formula for certain permits; providing penalties for vehicles in excess of weight limits. Transfer of regulatory enforcement from OCC to DPS; Enacting clause stricken. Did not meet deadline date. SB 1380: Motor vehicles; transferring certain divisions and section from the Corporation Commission to the Department of Public Safety. Transfer of regulatory enforcement from OCC to DPS: Withdrawn from Appropriations and Budget Public Safety Subcommittee. Did not meet deadline date. SB 1412: Oklahoma Used Tire Recycling Act; modifying allocation of revenue. The Tire Recycling Fund average cap at three years: Approved by Governor 05/03/2018 SB 1537: Alcoholic beverages; direct wine shippers permit; removing certain permit; exempting certain carriers. Effective date. Removes the driver’s penalties for direct wine shipments. Approved by Governor 04/25/2018 Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q

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DON’T TAILGATE •

SAFETY ZONE

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hether you are driving a car, pick-up truck, or tractor trailer one thing you can always count on is that ever so often “work zone.” Though work zones can be a pain, they are always necessary to keep our industry going. Bad roads can lead to hazardous conditions even in the best of weather. Here’s some ways you can keep the workers, yourself, and those around you safe. STAY ALERT AND MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS

OBEY THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT •

Workers may be present just feet away

Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations

Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need

CHANGE LANES SAFELY •

Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FROM FLAGGERS EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED •

Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

Dedicate your full attention to the roadway

Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

BE PATIENT

KEEP YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD •

“Listen to the signs”

Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead

Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react

MERGE INTO THE PROPER LANE

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Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

Merge well before you reach the lane closure

Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily

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SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration


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TRUC K D R I VI NG

CHAMPIONSHIP T

he first order of Barton has gone 8 years business for the new without an accident. Oklahoma Safety and When he’s not working Security Council was to his hobbies include implement what became cars and spending time one of the BEST Truck with his wife Stacia Driving Championships and children Madison Oklahoma has seen and Megan. Way to go in years. With only a Steven! little over three months Out of the 24 to plan and execute, rookies competing in the OSSC’s TDC this year’s TDC, only Committee (chaired one of those rookies by Holly Forsyth and will walk away with Houston Brittain) hit the C. Dewayne the ground running. On Sleeper Rookie of June 1 & 2, 102 drivers the Year Award. This from all over the state year Nathan Rakes, Grand Champion LaVern Reimer – Walmart Stores came and competed in a a driver from Miller stimulating and challenging competition. Truck Lines, was the proud recipient. Though Rakes With awards given out to the top three drivers in has been in the trucking industry for 15 years and has every class, Walmart Stores, Inc’s very own LaVern over 1 million safe driving miles, this was the first Reimer took home this year’s Grand Champion year he’s competed in the TDC. Congratulations on Award. Having competed 11 other times in state bringing home that ROTY! competitions, Reimer proved his over 3.3 million Our TDC would be nothing were it not for the accident free miles was worthy enough to bring home great leadership of the OSSC and TDC Committee, the Grand Champion as well as the 1st place trophy in the many volunteers, and our overwhelming the 5-Axle class. supportive sponsors. From donating time, trucks, Reimer has been in the trucking industry for 30 food, and money the members of the OTA came years and worked with Walmart Stores, Inc for the together and produced an extremely successful last 13 of those. He’s married to Janet Reimer and has TDC. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Hamm & two daughters: Donna and Tricia. When not working, Phillips, as well as our Gold Sponsors: FedEx Freight Reimer’s hobbies include painting, fencing, and Inc., Groendyke Transport, Inc., Love’s Travel Stops that ever so tedious yard work. Reimer holds the 1 & Country Stores, Inc., Melton Truck Lines, Inc., Million Mile Award from National Carriers and the Miller Truck Lines, LLC, Premier Truck Group, and 1.5 Million Mile Award from Walmart. He will now UPS. Another special thanks go out to Ben E. Keith hold the 2018 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship for donating the food that Premier Truck Group Grand Champion Award. Congratulations LaVern! served up for everyone. A driver from John Christner Grand Champion is not the only prestigious Trucking let us know that “the hamburgers that were award given out during the TDC. Before driver’s served were really great!” head to the course on the second day, they compete As with all things trucking, the TDC’s are all in a pre-trip inspection after taking a written test on about our drivers. On behalf of the OTA staff, thank the first day. This year’s Pre-Trip Award recipient is you again to all the drivers and their families who FedEx Freight’s Steven Barton. Barton has been with came out to compete and cheer at our TDC. We are FedEx Freight for 15 years. With over 500,000 miles, striving to make it bigger and better every year! Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q

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2nd Place – Robert Idlett Old Dominion Freight Line

1st Place – Larry Kendall - FedEx Express

3rd Place – Richard Jordan FedEx Freight

5 AXLE

2nd Place – Randy Reed FedEx Express

1st Place - Nicholas Arnold - FedEx Freight

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2nd Place – *Steven Vaughn FedEx Freight

1st Place - LaVern Reimer - Walmart Stores

3rd Place – Thomas Westlock FedEx Freight

3rd Place – Cory Pebworth FedEx Ground

2nd Place – *Jack Hand Melton Truck Lines

1st Place – *Robert Ragsdale - YRC Freight

3rd Place – Michael Johnson Melton Truck Lines

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CHAMPIONS SLEEPER BERTH

STRAIGHT TRUCK

2nd Place – Michael Buck YRC Freight

1st Place – Floyd Olson - Walmart Stores, Inc

3rd Place – *David Brown Miller Truck Lines

TANK TRUCK

2nd Place – Sean Norwood FedEx Freight

1st Place - James Fabian - ABF Freight Systems

TWINS

2nd Place – Roger Ewing United Petroleum Transports

1st Place - John Hunter - Domino Transports

3rd Place – Chris Miller Groendyke Transport

STEP VAN

2nd Place – *Richard Hostetter FedEx Freight

1st Place – Kenneth Pyle - FedEx Freight

3rd Place – Mark Cummings YRC Freight

TEAM

2nd Place – Tiffany Guess UPS Ground

1st Place - Orlando Williams - FedEx Ground

3rd Place – Steven Scott FedEx Express

3rd Place – Richard Bright FedEx Express

2nd Place – FedEx Freight Inc

1st Place – FedEx Express

3rd Place – Old Dominion Freight Lines

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PRE-TRIP INSPECTIONS

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Steve Barton – FedEx Freight

Nathan Rakes – Miller Truck Lines

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2018 TMC SUPERTECH COMPETITION By Bonne Karim

32 professional technicians and diesel technology students competed in OK SuperTech 2018 Friday May 4 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Contestants were challenged with a written test and 14 hands-on work stations.  New to the competition this year was a separate Trailer Technician Track organized in conjunction with Utility Trailer Mfg. Co.  The 2018 Oklahoma champions Matthew Adams (Truck Tech), Rush Truck Leasing; Chris Gibson (Trailer Tech), Freymiller, Inc.; and David Richardson (FutureTech), Mid-America Technology Center will represent Oklahoma this fall at SuperTech 2018 in Orlando. Thank you to the following sponsors; Platinum: MHC Kenworth, Rush Truck Centers and United Axle.

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Gold: Hamm & Phillips Service Company, LuGreg Trucking. Silver: Bruckner Truck Group. Bronze: City Trailer, Cummins Southern Plains, Summit Truck Group. Because of these sponsors it allowed this year’s SuperTech Competition to be another success. Oklahoma is one of 26 states holding competitions this year with several other states in the planning process for 2019.  State competitions began in March and continue through the end of July.  PTDC’s “Fostering State Trucking Association Competitions” Task Force has a variety of resources available to help states and companies wishing to get involved and start a SuperTech competition.  Contact task force chairman Bonne Karim, bonnekarim@yahoo. com, for further information and support.


SUMMER SHOOT-OUT GOLF TOURNAMENT By Genipher Krug

T

he Oklahoma Trucking Association’s 2018 Summer Shoot-Out Golf Tournament was the exact opposite

After 18 holes and a fantastic meal Jim announced the winners of this years Summer Shoot-Out.

of our previous Fall Golf Classic Tournament. Instead

Congratulations to the 1st Place team from Hamm &

of being met with 30 mile per hour winds and wind

Phillips: Dusty Runnels, John Russell, Mike Lawson,

chills in the 20’s, we were met with beautiful skies and

and Bo Buckaloo; 2nd Place team from Miller Truck

temps in the 80’s at the Golf Club of Edmond on June

Lines: Houston Miller, Roger Johnson, Greg Hyde,

15, 2018. Our Host Sponsors: Bruckner Truck Sales,

and Kyle Emmons; and 3rd Place team Summit Truck

Hamm & Phillips, Premier Truck Group, and Summit

Group: Terry Price, Billy Turner, and John Milspaugh.

Truck Group helped bring in over 70 golfers who competed to take home cash prizes.

Playing a good game wasn’t the only way to win cash. Blake Mann from Premier Truck Group proved

OTA volunteer Tara Jones was found on the course

he could take home the money and the bragging rights

allowing those who wanted to roll the big blow-up die

to the longest drive in the tournament. Todd McCarthy

a chance for a better shot. If you didn’t take advantage

didn’t go home empty handed either. One swing landed

of that, CEO Jim Newport might have been your lucky

him closest to the hole and cash in his pocket.

shot. Jim drove around offering cigars and the chance

Be on the look out for our upcoming Convention

to tee-off and use his shot if it was lucky enough to be

Golf Classic Tournament with more chances to win cash

better than your team.

and great fellowship with our trucking family! Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Dear OTA Members! Wow! What a great experience we all had at the 86th Annual OTA Convention at the River Spirit Resort in Tulsa, August 22-24, 2018! One of the best ever! Great venue, great speakers, lots of good content, a terrific Red Vest banquet with a fabulous silent auction and entertainment too! And the golf event didn’t get rained out! I want to personally thank everyone who helped make this event and meeting such a success and all our supporting sponsors for making it all possible. Let’s also congratulate Mr. Bob Acker of Bruckner Truck Sales of Oklahoma City as becoming our new Chairman of the Oklahoma Trucking Association! It has been a tremendous pleasure for me to serve as your chairman this past year. We have come a long way and made many improvements to the operations of the association and the services OTA provides to its members. Membership is truly an investment and our members need to recognize the value of being an OTA member. That’s why we need to continue this path to make OTA the best trucking association in the nation. I want to thank the OTA staff for all their hard work and many long hours of working on our behalf. We are all fortunate to have these dedicated professionals representing us and our industry. As I fade away, maybe not so quietly, into the sunset I would like to make one more plea. We all know the primary function of our association is to advocate for trucking in Oklahoma. Our very knowledgeable and capable CEO Mr. Newport cannot be successful for us without our help. Please take a moment to consider making a contribution to the OK TruckPAC. This is the way we assure that our voice will be heard. No matter the size of your contribution your support is important and appreciated. We are stronger together. Thank you for helping us continue to be “The Voice of Oklahoma Trucking!” Best wishes to everyone and See You Down the Road!

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FALL TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

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UPCOMINGEVENTS OKLAHOMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Thursday, April 5 – OTA Office NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION - APRIL Monday, April 16, 2018 – Friday, April 20, 2018 OTA Office – 3909 N Lindsay Ave - OKC 2018 SUPERTECH COMPETITION Friday, May 4, 2018 Francis Tuttle Diesel Center – 7301 W Reno - OKC 2018 TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, June 1, 2018 – Saturday, June 2, 2018 Oklahoma City SUMMER SHOOT-OUT Tentative Friday, June 8, 2018 Location TBA, Check OTA website for information NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION - JUNE Monday, June 18, 2018 – Friday, June 22, 2018 OTA Office – 3909 N Lindsay Ave - OKC 86TH ANNUAL CONVENTION Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Friday, August 24, 2018 River Spirit Resort – 8330 Riverside Parkway – Tulsa OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Wednesday, August 22 – During Annual Convention NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK Sunday, September 9 – Saturday, September 15 NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION - OCTOBER Monday, October 15, 2018 – Friday, October 19, 2018 OTA Office – 3909 N Lindsay Ave - OKC TMC FALL TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP Tuesday, November 6 & Wednesday, November 7 Francis Tuttle Reno Campus – 7301 W Reno – OKC FALL CLAY SHOOT Friday, November 16, Check OTA website for information OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Thursday, December 6 – OTA Office **Dates are subject to change please check out OTA website for updated information

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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