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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of Board | Ken Case Dugan Truck Line, Inc.

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

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1st Vice Chair | Mike Mayer Rush Truck Centers Jim Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line LaVern McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line Steve Niswander | Groendyke Transport David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc. Chris Pape | Groendyke Transport Adam Dye | Southwest Trailers & Equipment Dusty Runnels | Hamm & Phillips Bob Peterson | Melton Truck Lines, Inc. Bob Acker | Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc. Greg Price | United Petroleum Transports Joyce Ryel | Superior Energy Services Jeff Polzien | Red Carpet Charters

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From The Executive Director

Jim Newport Executive Director Oklahoma Trucking Association

“Leadership Requires a Solid and United Front”



s children on the school yard, everyone wants to be picked as the captain or leader of the team. As adults we realize leading is not about school time popularity but the serious advancement and achievements of important issues. The legislature has been admonished to demonstrate leadership this legislative session while facing a 1.3 billion dollar shortfall. Our national leaders and military are expected to lead during difficult times of world unrest. Your Oklahoma Trucking Association is familiar in facing similar challenges ahead. We have recently experienced a period of transitioning in leadership, team members and services. First let me say thank you for your encouragement and continued support in our ongoing effort as The Voice of Trucking in Oklahoma. Leadership requires a solid and united front of capable team members and as a Member of OTA; you play a valuable part in that equation. Leadership also requires vision. Looking ahead your OTA team is in a season of re-

evaluation and casting a vision moving forward. Just like you experience daily in your businesses, we are determined to protect the trucking industry by shaping legislation, lobbying your voice at the state and federal level and stopping measures that restrict our continued success. We provide resources for your growth, longevity, and prosperity, and to promote our industry through positive imaging. Everything is on the table and I’m excited about where we are going. Many of you have already noticed improvements in our sponsorship opportunities, our revamped weekly newsletter, director alert messages to your inbox, and our widely attended Midwinter Conference. As fellow leaders, you seek to provide the best service and products to your clients and the OTA is no different. You should be excited as we collectively seek to attain this bright vision. Thank you again for your important role in moving America forward and making the Oklahoma Trucking Association all it can be.

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need additional training. Managers can monitor

dashboards, detailing time, dates and speeds during

safety trends across their fleet through user-friendly

Technology is constantly growing, and with

that is the challenge for owner operators to dive

specific windows of time.

deeper into the waves of change. From telematics

to embedded software, technology is at the tip of

of seven devices per person, and translating that to

our fingertips, providing efficiencies and items our

truck drivers as it relates to health and well-being

companies should continue to be familiar with. So

has strong potential, particularly in real time.

what are the top technologies of 2016 and how might

It is predicted by 2020, there will be an average

they affect you? From platooning and dash cameras,


glance below, over four technologies that have or

will be making their way to the market soon.

has increased in discussion with the majority of people

The concept of self-driving, autonomous trucks

seeing this unfold over the next eight-to-ten years. .


Platooning – most notably heard of today as the

Telematics is a field

effort to cut CO2 and reduce air pollution on the main

that has been around

roadways. These driverless trucks would operate on

for ages and includes

the federal grade-separated highway network- during


off-peak hours. Platoons would consist of individual

electrical engineering,

tractor-trailers that follow closely behind one another.

road safety and transportation. Specific to the

Once the final location is reached an individual would

trucking industry, it has applied to trucks and other

take over the semi-trailer over local roads to complete

fleet vehicles regularly, since the early 2000s.

the delivery. At the heart of platooning is a wireless

Telematics continues to increase in importance and

electronic communications system, also connected to

can become the default standard for heavy trucks

the internet, that tells the second truck when the first

with hardware, in the near future. Types of tracking

truck driver has braked. The second truck brakes almost

include; Container, Vehicle, Trailer Tracking and

instantaneously without driver intervention. In essence,

Fleet Management. Continued changes in the

both trucks brake at the same time.

trucking industry, as they relate to compliance, namely electronic logging, and safety can be simplified through telematics.

Record-keeping is a more efficient, alternative

routes are made available for drivers, and managing unexpected situations on the road, are all new efforts to maintain the overall well-being of business and employees. Safety analytics help managers identify which drivers practice safe driving habits and which Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2016



are all in the final stages of testing wearable AR

systems that would use object recognition software to ensure the proper items are being picked by workers.


Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab

video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security. As a form of taking The next big wave of change in the logistics

safety measures to improve driver training and much

industry might just come in the form of Augmented

more, significant positives can be drawn from this

Reality (AR) technology. AR is the “interaction

modern technology.

with graphics, audio or other computer generated

sensory input that are superimposed on the real

safety technologies such as stability control systems,

world environment,” writes Michael Kaufman in

lane departure warning, and reactive cruise-control.

an article on Bidness ETC on Facebook and Google’s

Cameras are used in and on commercial trucks more

AR efforts. Kaufman writes that the expected market New OTA Carrier Member

these days thanMember ever before. Some are designed New OTA Allied


Typically cameras in a truck cab join other active



in the consumer electronics space will reach $600

to capture instances of theft, such as the interior

Conor O’Reilly billion by 2016.

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Mack Truck







Mar 6 - 12 vs. Feb 28 - Mar 5

Feb 2016 vs. Jan 2016

Feb 2016 vs. Feb 2015

Spot Market Loads Spot Market Capacity Van Load-To-Truck Van Rates (Spot) Flatbed Load-To-Truck Flatbed Rates (Spot) Reefer Load-To-Truck Reefer Rates (Spot) Fuel Prices

+0.1% +0.2% -6.6% -0.6% +9.0% -0.5% -2.5% +0.6% +1.6%

-2.4% +12% -27% -7.2% +21% -2.1% -35% -4.2% -6.7%

-29% +18% -47% -18% -11% -14% -62% -14% -30%

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sociations offered statements of support for the Obama Administration’s fficiency rules for commercial trucks, but remains concerned the rule may vehicles before they can be fully tested.

stry – and carbon emissions carry an enormous cost for our planet,” said why our industry supported the Obama Administration’s historic first round dards for medium and large trucks and why we support the aims of this

s were announced in 2011, ATA has been working to evaluate their impact nstant dialogue with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National make sure ctively im-

ciples’ for nergy and based on minary reose.

ployment ognize the be unrelidoption of l benefits vent this, adequate new stan-

Carriers and drivers who use Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDS) prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDs no later than December 16, 2019. FINAL RULE FOUR KEY POINTS: 1. Drivers that presently complete logs must be switched to ELD by December 18, 2017. It is anticipated that approximately three million drivers will be impacted.

on diesel real cost enefits of de variety eet these plementa-


ELD FINAL RULE DETAILED LOOK The Final Rule covers four key areas of: who must use ELDs, the technical specifications for standardization, prevention of driver harassment and creates standard data displays for supporting documents. Similar to the ELD proposal of 2014, the Final Rule’s major changes are reflected in: additional exemptions for mandatory use, roadside inspection requirements, due process for ELD violation, and lowering of the maximum number of documents to be retained for a 24-hour period. ELD IMPACTS Carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDs no later than December 18, 2017.

or second s seek a ent within

er 2015

ONE COUNTRY-ONE SET OF RULES CURRENT REGULATIONS A 1994 Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act ensured that the trucking industry operate under a single, uniform system enacted solely by Congress. Recent court rulings and state overreach may inhibit these unified national rules. A current push is being made for a single set of consistent and fair regulations. A recent history of this issue shows a vote this past February to keep a provision in the aviation reform bill that preempts certain state laws from requiring trucking companies to schedule meal and rest breaks for drivers that passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This past December, when a similar measure was introduced it did not pass through as a law.

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store documents. In an era of instant communication, onfor yELD vendors. A list and is available forworkforce, truckingthis the-fl information access, tech-savvy state of affairsonline. is fast becoming obsolete, Scott believes. companies The Michigan Department of Transportation, a leader in

3. “e-construction,” Established new hours-of-service supporting estimates that the agency saves approximately $12 million in added efficiencies and 6 million documents (shipping documents, fuel purchase pieces of paper by using electronic document receipts, etc.), annually requirement that reduces storage for its $1 billion construction program, while repaperwork. In most cases, a motor carrier ducing its contract modifi cation processing timewould from 30 not to be3required days days. to retain supporting documents verifying on-duty driving time. The second half of Scott’s interim study would focus on implementing a process known as “Road-Diets” – that is, 4. redefi Strictly commercial driver ningprohibiting existing highway lane space such as converting an existing four-lane, undivided roadwayboth segment that harassment. The Final Rule provides serves both through and turning traffic into a three-lane procedural and technical provisions designed to segment with two through lanes and a center, two-way, protectlane. commercial truck and bus drivers from left-turn

harassment resulting from information generated

The could be allocated for other uses, by reclaimed ELDs. [A space separate FMCSA rulemaking further such as bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, lanes safeguards commercial drivers from being bus coerced and/or parking.

to violate federal safety regulations and provides

the agency with theisauthority take “Cycling in Oklahoma explodingto both asenforcement a form of exercise to improve health and as a competitive actions not only against motor carriers, sport,” but alsoScott said. against shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries].

“More than 5,000 spectators gathered for the Pro-Am All drivers including those using Tough-race ELDs will now stillhas Classic, and the Saint Francis/Tulsa 2,000 participants andlogs 60,000 spectators! This huge have to carry paper and know how to useis them. for our economy. So how is it that Oklahoma is considered The ELD Final Rule permits the use of smart phones one of the worst places in the country to cycle? We are and other devicesThe as answer, ELDs, so ranked 45thwireless in the nation. in long part, as is they road access. Diets specifications, can have a signifi cant impact without satisfy Road technical are certified, and increasing transportation budget. We do, however, are listed our on an FMCSA website. Canadianand need to follow through with funding earmarked for this Mexican-domiciled drivers will also be required to activity, as other states have.”

use ELDs when operating on U.S. roadways.

The League of American Bicyclists has encouraged states to consider fiveCLAUSE key areas when hoping to improve GRANDFATHER bike-friendly standings: legislation and enforcement, Carrierand companies AOBRDS – Motor policies programs,using infrastructure and funding,carriers education/encouragement, and evaluation and planning. who have previously installed compliant Automatic

On-Board Recording Devices may continue to use

June 12 was the deadline for submission of interim study the devices for an additional two years beyond the requests in the state House of Representatives, and compliance date December House Speaker Jeff(until Hickman said he2019). will announce by July 10 which studies he has authorized.

ELDS APPROVED DEVICES Manufacturers of ELDs are responsible for registering their ELDs and certifying that they meet the technical specifications set forth in the ELD rule. Registration will start 60 days after February 16, 2016. A full list will be made available for carrier

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companies on the FMCSA’s webpage. IMPLEMENTATION PHASES The FMCSA has established a three-phase implementation plan following the two-year period of the Final Rule publication. Phase 1: The awareness and transition phase (February 16, 2016 to December 18, 2017) is the time for carriers and drivers to prepare to comply with ELDs. Carriers and drivers can use paper logs, logging software, Automatic On Board Recording Devices, and ELDs that are registered and listed on the FMCSA website. Phase 2: The compliance phase is from the transition date to the full compliance phase. This is to be completed from December 18, 2017 to December 16, 2019. Automatic On Board Recording Devices installed before December 18, 2017 and certified in addition to registered ELDs, after the December 16, 2015, are allowed to be used during this period. Phase 3: The Full Compliance phase is after December 16, 2019, all carriers and drivers subject to the rule must use certified, registered ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD Regulations.


supply chain cleans out the excess stocks, the better for trucking.” The indication in the first month of 2016 is that truck tonnage was soft, caused by decreasing freight volumes in the later part of 2015, according to ATA. Last year was a strong year for the trucking industry in most respects and tonnage was up 2.6% compared to 2014. “Clearly, 2016 started soft for truck tonnage,” said Costello. “There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016”.

TRUCK TONNAGE DROP TIED TO EXCESS INVENTORIES The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.4% in January following a flat December reading.

LARGE AND SMALL CARRIER TURNOVER RATES According to the American Trucking Associations Chief Economist, the large carrier turnover rate has experienced an unprecedented high, in contrast to small carrier turnover rates.

The index equaled 132.8, down from 134.7 in December, which had been at an all-time high reading-- matched only by November 2015. The not-seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before seasonal adjustment, equaled 127.1 That was was down 5.2% from December.

The annualized turnover rate at large truckload carriers (30 million revenue) rose 13 points to 100% in the third quarter of 2015, the highest in the last three years. The smaller truckload carriers turnover rate dipped to 68%, which is the reported lowest since 2011 final quarter, which is a significant drop from the 75% year to date figures.

“The winter storms that hit in January likely suppressed volumes some, but by falling 1.4%, I doubt tonnage would have been positive without the storms,” said Costello, ATA Chief Economist. “So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The sooner the

“The split in the truckload turnover rates is not unusual, but may be caused by a variety and combination of factors,” Costello said. “We may likely have a clearer picture of the driver market once fourth quarter turnover figures are in so we can better analyze any possible trend.”

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UK TO TEST DRIVERLESS TRUCKS ON MOTORWAY The UK Department for Transport has stated that the later part of 2016, they intend to test Heavy Good Vehicles, a key domain of transportation. Freight transportation is part of a test series to explore the opportunities of delivering efficiently and reduced fuel costs.

FTR SHIPPER CONDITIONS INDEX RISES FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) improved to a positive 3.0 reading in December reflecting a short-term bounce from weaker freight volumes in the month. Longer term capacity concerns will bring the index back into negative territory by 2017. The movement in the index reflects current mild market conditions versus the expectations for capacity shortages in 2017. Despite lower freight volumes and continued low fuel prices, shippers are not getting a full reprieve on the rates they are paying for moving their goods.

Autonomous platoons would allow up to 10 trucks to be connected driverless. Only the leading car would be driven by a driver. Thus emissions and congestions would be reduced. These are the two goal achievements the country is aiming to reach. A spokesperson for the Department for Transport in UK is quoted as saying “that the potential this newer technology has on improving journeys would situate the UK in a unique position as the leader in testing both connected and driverless vehicles.” Read more about technology and its direct impact on the trucking industry on page 7 where OTA explores the top 2016 technologies.

The Shippers Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting the shippers transport environment. Any reading below zero indicates a less-than-ideal environment for shippers. Readings below -10 signal conditions for shippers are approaching critical levels, based on available capacity and expected costs. Details of the factors affecting the December Shippers Conditions Index, along with discussion of the threats to the U.S. economy from the current global economic turmoil are found in the February issue of FTR’s Shippers Update published February 8, 2016.

The vehicle, the world’s first series-production autonomous truck, travelled nine miles on the A8 motorway although there was a driver in the cabin ready to grab the wheel if required.

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The additional reduction to these funds hinders projects that were set to be started this fiscal year. “Something

ccording to Fred Morgan, President of the

we were going to let in June will have to move to July”,

State Chamber of Oklahoma, now is the perfect

Patterson said. Therefore the likelihood of sliding

opportunity to look at bonding infrastructure projects

projects further down is a strong possibility. ODOT has

to help free up dedicated revenue. Oklahoma is

mentioned that the cuts to ROADS, means they will not

making strides at improving deficient bridges and

be able to finance all of the projects scheduled to go to

the number of roads that have gone without adequate

bid in the current year of its Eight-year Construction

funding for decades. Oklahoma has a financial

Work Plan. One project delayed will also mean

crisis and some are calling for raising taxes by

additional projects are delayed or postponed.

ending incentives. “Diverting revenue away from transportation will delay important projects that are vital to our state’s economy,” stated Morgan.


our economy. Borrowing for road projects puts


Oklahomans to work, keeps companies in business

Homeland Security that the state of Oklahoma has

and increases commerce all over the state. Economic

been granted a one-year extension until Oct. 10, 2016

development follows road construction, and that is

in order to meet the requirements of the REAL-ID

what Oklahoma needs.

Act. What this means for Oklahomans is that they

Bonds continue the investment of improving

he Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has received word from the U.S. Department of

will continue to be able to use their Oklahoma-issued driver license or identification card to access military


bases and most federal facilities. The Transportation


ecent reports by the Oklahoma Department of

identification cards. DPS continues to partner with the

Transportation capture a loss of $30.8 million

Governor’s office and Oklahoma’s state and federal

Security Administration (TSA) will also continue to accept valid Oklahoma drivers license and

for the current fiscal year. According to ODOT’s

legislators in an effort to achieve a solution to REAL-

Executive Director, Mike Patterson there has been a

ID compliance.

4.0 percent reduction to the rebuilding. Oklahoma Access and Drivers Fund which equates

Current measures at the Oklahoma Legislature are SB683 and SB1362. This would allow a state driver’s

to nearly $17.6 million dollars. Patterson mentioned

license to be permanently compliant with federal

this has deepened since the original revenue failure

REAL-ID requirements.

month end December 2015 of $13.2 million.

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OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY As part of an effort between the Governor and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, the Driving Forward plan focuses on investing in our future. The three key benefits to the general public:


he ‘Driving Forward’ plan is about ensuring safe travel and relieving congestion to shorten commutes. “As Oklahoma’s population grows, it will require a greater commitment to modernizing and improving our transportation infrastructure. Making these investments today will prevent our state from having to respond to a crisis in the future,” said Governor Fallin.

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he Driving Forward plan includes a total of six large-scale projects that will modernize, enhance and improve safety, reduce congestion and support population growth on the Turnpike system at an estimated cost of $892 million issued via bonds. The six projects came about as a result of the need for greater public safety on Oklahoma’s roadways. Projects are detailed below along with corresponding map locations above.

Gilcrease Expressway Project Length: 2.5 miles Overview: This project connects L.L. Tisdale to I-44 and completes the Western loop around the Tulsa metro area. Provides a new and more direct route to city attractions and points of interest in the Tulsa urban core.

Northeast OK County Loop Project Length: 21 miles Overview: This project will allow for a connection from Eastern Oklahoma County to vital intersections for travel. It will produce a drive-time reduction to access Tulsa from the OKC Metro and a needed new loop to alleviate current congested traffic in the Oklahoma City area. Construction will link I-40 and I-44 (Turner Turnpike) in Eastern Oklahoma County.

Muskogee Turnpike Project Length: 9.5 miles Overview: This reconstruction will occur between Creek Turnpike interchange and State Highway 51 near Coweta. It will allow for a safer, drivable surface and provide increased safety features.

Turner Turnpike Project Length: 22 miles Overview: The Turner Turnpike is a vital turnpike corridor that connects Oklahoma’s two metro areas. Improving safety and convenience on this road is a priority for the OTA. This reconstruction/safety project will occur between Bristow and the Creek Turnpike West (State Highway 364) section of the Turner Turnpike.

HE Bailey Turnpike Project Length: 7.5 miles Overview: This project will provide wider lanes and enhanced safety features for travel as well as improved technology for toll plaza locations between Bridge Creek and North Meridian Avenue near Newcastle.

Southwest OKC Kilpatrick Extension Project Length: 7 miles Overview: This project will be an extension of the Kilpatrick Turnpike that will connect SW OKC and the metro area at-large with the urban core. It will increase access and offer another route for Will Rogers World Airport. It will occur between I-40 and State Highway 152/Airport Road. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2016


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olitical success starts with electing the right candidates to office. PAC is the popular term for a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money on current and newly elected officials. The OTA PAC is the vehicle by which the trucking association’s voice is heard. A financially sustainable OTA PAC ensures The Voice of Trucking in Oklahoma is powerful. PAC financial funds are used to assist in the election of truck friendly candidates at the state level. Every member of the Oklahoma Trucking Association should support the OTA PAC. The Oklahoma Trucking Association stays actively involved each session with the interests of the trucking industry in mind. Significant topics of truck weight, taxes, and licensing are constantly being discussed at the state level. Our support to legislators, who protect our interests to the trucking industry, is a must.

INTERESTED IN COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT? BACK THE OTA PAC Personal (non-corporate) contributions are now being accepted for the OTA PAC. Each election cycle anti-trucking individuals and entities dwarf the contributions made by the trucking community to legislative candidates. It is imperative that every Oklahoma trucking professional take an active role in the political process through campaign contributions that assist as we protect our businesses and the longevity of our industry. 2016 is an election year at the State Legislature. Our voice must be heard. OTA PAC can and should reflect the level of significance we want to have on these new candidates. We can ensure that the candidates in office are the ones who will represent us best.

Check Contributions can be made payable to OTA PAC, and mailed to 3909 North Lindsay Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. PAC Committee Membership and related programs require a minimum of $500. Members benefit from exclusive program invites and input on committee efforts. For more information about OTA PAC contact Juliet, julieta@oktrucking.org. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2016





149 CLUB? The 149 CLUB is for Carrier and Allied industry members to support OTA advocacy activities. What is the significance of 149? There are 149 lawmakers in the Oklahoma Legislature - 48 Senators and 101 Representatives. What better way to symbolize than a fund dedicated to support and defend the interests of the trucking industry?

OBJECTIVES: How are funds used?

o Administrative expenses associated with the Political Action Committee

o Honorariums for Political Speakers

o Membership in Legislative Coalitions that support and advance OTA’s goals

o Legislative Receptions and other miscellaneous legislative and political activities

As a member of OTA you are a member of the 149 Club; but we recommend contributing $1 for each member of the Oklahoma Legislature. Contributions to the “149 CLUB” are not deductible as charitable contributions, but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Corporate funds are allowed.


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MEMBERSHIP MESSAGE hands of those that are working to move trucking forward. With many irons in the fire, we have had to shift and prioritize our events, programs and member services. So what does this mean to you? As a member, know that YOU count. Your voice resonates and

JULIET ABDELJAWAD Operations Officer


s a new team member with the Oklahoma Trucking Association, I am pleased to be a part

of such a strong statewide association. OTA staff and members to date have been very inclusive and are quick to educate me on relevant industry news. Yes,

ATA has also been at the forefront of pushes to electron- truck-involved fatal crashes has guides as electronic we lookmonitoring ahead. Over the ically limit our truckassociation speeds and better of driver hours-of-service – a pair of regulations we hope This is good news that some c will be issued soon. also a call for all of us – the ind tors and motorists to look at the next year I will be, along with our team, working This column also takes the position that trucks are dispro- not use the politics of fear to im portionally involved in crashes – which is patently false. "solutions." NHTSA's most recent Traffic Safety Facts report (dated to meet you either in person, on-site, or here at our July 2015) contains the facts: 9% of miles were driven by large trucks in 2013; large trucks accounted for 9% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 3 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only headquarters. crashes in 2013. NHTSA's data makes it clear: trucks are underrepresented in crashes.

My safety doorisisalso always open! I welcome Improving at the core of ATA's support for YOU, our modest increases in trailer length for some trucks. With a simple increase in trailer size from 28 feet to 33 feet, studies have shown we canof eliminate million tripsof your members, to think us as the an6.6 extension to deliver the 69% of the American economy that trucks move, and that would reduce the number of truck miles traveled by 1.3 billion. Those trips taken and miles not that we staff and get to know usnot and share goals driven will result, based on crash rates, more than 900 crashes not had.

can achieve. I know thatnothis year and the At thehelp end ofyou the day, there is no silver bullet, magic gadget that will make roads entirely safe. But through education, by reducing crash risk through sound rules, safety andbring tighter prosperity enforcement, to we OTA can and your years’technologies ahead will continue the long-term improvements in truck and highway safety. Over the past decade, through the industry's diligence and professionalism, as well as improvements organization. in vehicle technology and enforcement, the number of

I know – every time you hold our magazine in your hand, it feels like something you already know and anticipate seeing. We want to make sure this time you enjoy our revitalized Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine. Notice along the way the changes in design and the content brought to you! Our association is positioned to grow in significance and impact. You can trust you are in the Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2016




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he Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge announced 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. Launched in 2008 this recognition runs through the fall and winter each year. The program identifies trends, shares best practices, and publicly recognizes for-hire carriers providing the best workplaces for their drivers. To be eligible, any for-hire trucking company operating 10 trucks or more in the U.S. or Canada must be nominated by a driver or independent contractor working for them. What makes a fleet one of the best to drive for? Nominated fleets are scored in a number of areas, including breadth and depth of programs being offered, driver satisfaction levels, and driver retention and safety performance. Twenty fleets were chosen for this prestigious award. From coast to coast, OTA is proud to announce that two of our Oklahoma Trucking Association members Feed The Children Transportation and Melton Truck Lines were recipients. John Lyboldt, TCA’s president, stated “It is very helpful for the rest of the trucking industry to study the trends that come to light with the Best Fleets contest and survey, as these ideas can help everyone to improve

their workplace environments. Anything we can do collectively to attract qualified employees- and keep them—is a positive thing”. Melton Truck Lines focuses on driver services as a priority and put together a mix of programs to get their employees active. “We challenge ourselves every day to develop and maintain programs that make drivers feel like a part of the family,” said Angie Buchanan, VP of Safety & Human Resources. For the fourth time, FTC Transportation was named one of the Best Fleets to Drive For in North America, and the first time it has been named an overall winner. FTC Transportation was also named by TCA as the Grand Trophy winner for the safest fleet in the small carrier division (total annual mileage of less than 25 million miles), for the second consecutive year. TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier. “I was very excited to learn about FTC Transportation’s extraordinary recognition” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. Congrats to our OTA members on their successes! Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2016


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NEWMEMBERS 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!

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016 marked the first of our regional meetings. These annual regional meetings are designed to increase communication between member carrier companies and our association. Region6 Meetings are held between JanuaryJune. Senior level management and owner-operators are encouraged to attend to network with peers. In addition, updates on legislative issues and

operations of the association will be provided to attendees. The open forum layout allows for an exchange of dialogue. Members may share issues or inquire on topics of interest to them and their business. For more information on upcoming Region6 programs or a schedule please visit our events page online at oktrucking.org.

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SAVE THESE DATES! NATMI CSS/CDS TRAINING April 4-7, 2016 TMC SUPERTECH May 6, 2016 SUMMER SHOOT-OUT June 23, 2016 TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP June 3-4, 2016 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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he Oklahoma Trucking Association is proud to work with the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) to provide educational trainings to our members annually. Trucking professionals have the option of enrolling in the following sessions: • CDS/CSS Course • Managing-Motor Fleet Safety Program (MMFSP) • Motor Fleet Safety Basics (MFSB) • Safety Certification – Full Program (SCFP) • Safety Certification – Testing Option (SCTO) The Certified Director or Supervisor of Safety (CDS/CSS) full program runs 4.5 days from Monday-Friday (or 2.5 days with Safety Basics Testing Option) with the exam on last ½ day (Friday). The full program includes two courses held back-to-back. Motor Fleet Safety Basics (first 2-days) can be taken in the classroom or students may test out via the Testing Option. Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs (second 2 days) must be taken in the classroom. Exam administered on-site Friday of the training.

APRIL 2016 DATES CSS&CDS Fleet Safety Certification 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8

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would like to thank Danny Smith for asking me to complete his term as chairman of the OTA. It is an honor Danny. We appreciate your time and effort with the association and I hope to see you at our next convention. We all know the importance of this industry. We also know that 99% of what we own Ken Case has been in a truck. I suppose you could say the world depends on trucks. My vision has always been to put together a program directed toward young men and women in High School. Many of the students would come from Vo Techs & F.F.A. etc. Most of what teenagers hear about trucking is about a semi FED wreck onEX I-40 EXPRESS that shut down traffic for three

hours, or two people who were killed last night when a semi and car collided. Our programs would present the true facts which are seldom told. The OTA staff has the ability to produce a PowerPoint presentation what would cover most aspects of the industry training, certification, benefits and salary to name a few. The PowerPoint presentation would be followed by questions and answers from students. Students would be given a hand-out with telephone numbers of OTA members. To close our program we would tour our newest truck and explain why so much chrome and explain the latest equipment on board. Hopefully, we will have planted a seed for the future. I want every member of the OTA to know that every day the association is working hard to make trucking in Oklahoma a better place for you to work. Sincerely,



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“Thank you for the great feedback from our Midwinter Conference” -Rebecca Chappell Our 2016 Midwinter Conference was presented by Bruckener Truck Sales, Premier Truck Group, and T&W Tire on March 3.


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n March 3, OTA members came together for the 2016 Midwinter Conference. Over eight sessions made up the bulk of the conference with topics focusing on cargo theft, disaster recovery, firearms in the workforce and much more! Presenters came from diverse backgrounds and attendees gathered together at the newly renovated Waterford Renaissance in Oklahoma City. For the first time, Grand Sponsors including Bruckners Truck Sales, T&W Tire, and Premier Truck Group along with a limited number of vendors participated in the exhibitor portion of the event. “Thank you for the great feedback from our Midwinter Conference, our members really enjoyed the different content we had presented this year,� said Rebecca Chappell, Director of Events with the Oklahoma Trucking Association.


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Safety Awards Banquet O

ur 2016 Safety Awards Banquet was held at the Jim Thorpe Association/Sports Hall of Fame Museum

on the evening of March 3. Each year the Oklahoma Trucking Association announces and recognizes Million Mile safe drivers, Driver of the Year and the Grand Trophy winner. An honor displays commitment and support of our highway heroes.

Presented by the American Trucking Associations

and UPS, the banquet was attended by well over 350 member companies and their drivers for the purpose of networking, camaraderie, and most importantly, a unified voice for safety in our industry.

The Grand Trophy 2015 Winner, Feed The Children

was recognized for fleet safety and were selected based on several factors, including miles driven in Oklahoma, types of driving, number of accidents and other safety

Driver of the Year 2016 Jackie Morton, John Christner Trucking

indicators. Sponsored by the Great West Casualty Company, one of the largest insurers of trucking companies in the United States. Feed The Children (FTC Transportation) exemplifies good safety scores and is actively involved with different safety programs within the community.

The Oklahoma Driver of the Year, Jackie Morton,

of John Christner Trucking in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was awarded for his outstanding achievement in highway safety and exemplary accomplishments and excellent driving attributes.

“Congratulations to the drivers and carriers honored

at our Safety Awards, you are a great example of safe and professional trucking in Oklahoma! We hope this sets the precedence for the future of trucking as we ‘Keep Moving America Forward’,” said Rebecca Chappell. For a full list of winners and photos please visit the OTA Facebook page.


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