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ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of Board | Jo-Don Clanton Pioneer Transport

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

1st Vice Chair | Adam Dye Southwest Trailers & Equipment

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

2nd Vice Chair | David Snapp Groendyke Transport Past Chairman | Bob Acker Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc. State VP to the ATA | Bob Peterson Melton Truck Lines, Inc Alternate State VP to the ATA | LaVern McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line, Inc Mario Archaga | UPS Houston Brittain | Brown & Brown of Oklahoma Inc. David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc Zac Kannady | LuGreg Trucking Brad Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan Brian Malatka | Dolese David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line, Inc Bobby Smith | Premier Truck Group Chris Pape | OSSC Representative Bonne Karim | TMC Representative

THANK YOU SPONSORS Throughout the year the OTA turns 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 the OTA would not be able to achieve its mission!

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FROM THE CEO Since last March we have all become familiar with social distancing and virtual meetings. The Oklahoma Legislature shut down and went home in March and only crept back into the building in May with just legislators, staff, and an abbreviated agenda. We all have had to adjust but be assured OTA’s “Voice of Trucking” in Oklahoma has remained vocal. Here is a reminder of what your OTA has been engaged in for the immediate past, present and near future.

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The OTA has supported and continues to fight in FAVOR of: • 3rd Party Examiners for CDL licenses applicants • CDL instruction to include a component of anti-human traffic education • The ability to prorate and register ALL CMV vehicles in one month rather every month • Allow trucks to utilize platooning technology in the state Made Oklahoma’s Interstate bridge heights uniform across the state Served on a Senate Task Force regarding Oversize/Overweight permitting Served on ODOT’s Long Range Transportation Plan committee to emphasize the importance of Road/ Bridge funding Continue to support meaningful lawsuit reform We have kept our members informed of COVID-19 related trucking issues and Governor’s Executive Orders, national weather emergencies and supported the ATA with a myriad of Federal trucking issues.

The OTA has opposed and worked to DEFEAT: • Mandatory use of under guard side rails on all trailers registered, sold, or manufactured in the state of Oklahoma • Making commercial drivers criminals for driving in a left-hand lane • The passage of recreational marijuana • Speed differentials between passenger vehicles and CMV’s • And will continue working next legislative session to eliminate the 1.25% tax on commercial trailers We need to be able to contribute financially through our OK TruckPAC to support pro-trucking legislators. Practically every state candidate asks for a political contribution and we ask practically every state legislator to vote in our favor at one time or another. We can only blame ourselves if they do not make us a priority when we never helped them. Your OTA Board has made this PAC donation commitment and your OTA is asking you to do the same. Even ONE dollar a day contributed monthly by all our members will significantly impact “the Voice of Trucking” at the state capitol. Do not let your livelihood be endangered. Sign up and ask others if they have too. Signing up is easy, contribution forms are available online at http://oktrucking.org/oktruckpac/

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CHAIRMAN’S CORNER From Jo-Don Clanton Members and friends,

WOW... What a year it has been!! As this year’s Chairman, I had no idea the challenges we would be facing not only as an Association on a state level but nationally as well. COVID-19 has literally forced us into a new way of living and we have all been affected in some way. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim and Rebecca for the tireless efforts and assistance they have provided me this past year. Your knowledge and guidance are so very much appreciated. I cannot forget to mention my thanks for the patience and understanding of the Board as we had to navigate some uncharted waters and tough decisions. I am sure we all can agree that everyone is looking forward to what 2021 holds for us.

Even in these uncertain times, I have no doubt the Association will continue to grow in membership. Both allied and carrier members are equally important to each other. We were fortunate to be able to hold our first Virtual Annual Meeting including sessions from an exceptional group of speakers from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and FMCSA covering top issues and trends in trucking. It is great to still be able to get useful information from colleagues out to the members about our industry in some fashion, even if we cannot be all together. Do not forget about the OK TruckPAC as the upcoming months and year will no doubt be as important. Even in these turbulent times, let us continue to encourage others to support our industry. Lastly, I would like welcome Adam Dye with Southwest Trailers & Equipment, the incoming Chairman and newly elected Board Members of the Association. Thank you again and looking forward to 2021!

Many thanks and be safe!

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ATA says proposed rule will provide truckers freedom and flexibility

economically dependent on a putative employer for work (employee);

Arlington, VA – the American Trucking Associations praised a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor that would clarify the definition of employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to independent contractors.

• Identifies and explains two “core factors,” specifically the nature and degree of the worker’s control over the work, and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative and/or investment. These factors help determine if a worker is economically dependent on someone else’s business or is in business for himself or herself;

“Secretary Scalia understands that many Americans choose the independent contractor model — including hundreds of thousands of owner-operators in the trucking industry — because it expands their opportunities to earn and empowers them to choose the hours and routes that suit their individual needs and lifestyle,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “This proposal is about giving working Americans the freedom to pick the occupation and f lexibility they desire, and we thank Secretary Scalia for putting it forward.” In its announcement, DOL stated the proposed rule: • Adopts an “economic reality” test to determine a worker’s status as an FLSA employee or an independent contractor. The test considers whether a worker is in business for himself or herself (independent contractor) or is

• Identifies three other factors that may serve as additional guideposts in the analysis: the amount of skill required for the work; the degree of permanence of the working relationship between the worker and the potential employer; and whether the work is part of an integrated unit of production; and • Advises that the actual practice is more relevant than what may be contractually or theoretically possible in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is currently available for review on the department’s website, and public comments can be filed for 30 days once formally published in the Federal Register. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q




MCSA announced September 4 a proposed pilot program that would allow non-military 18-20 year olds to operate commercial vehicles across state lines. The pilot program is modeled on the bipartisan DRIVE Safe Act, a Tier 1 strategic policy issue for ATA, and one that ATA’s Workforce Development and Safety Policy Committees have pursued. ATA thanks Transportation Secretary Chao and Acting FMCSA Administrator Wiley Deck for putting safety first and using data to drive policy. This is a significant step toward improving safety on our nation’s roads, setting a standard for these drivers that is well beyond what 49 states currently require. ATA has co-led the DRIVE Safe Act Coalition with the International Foodservice Distributors of America, and has the support of more than 90 other national trade associations and companies. The DRIVE SAFE Act legislation is co-sponsored by 144 congressmen and 34 senators. The pilot proposal would allow a limited number of CDL holders already permitted to drive inside the state with the opportunity to participate in a rigorous apprenticeship program designed to help them master

interstate driving, while also promoting enhanced safety. The pilot program would require drivers to meet safety and skill requirements far and above current standards. This announcement follows a May 2019 initial request for comments on the training, qualifications, driving limitations, and vehicle safety systems that FMCSA should consider in developing the program. ATA provided robust comments on behalf of our members in support of that original request, many of which are in the new proposal. The existing strong bipartisan support for the Drive SAFE Act in Congress, coupled with new data from this pilot program, will put additional pressure on Congress to create a permanent path for more young professionals to fully participate in our industry. Once published in the Federal Register, the proposed pilot program will have a 60-day comment period, and we encourage you to provide comments, along with ATA. Special thanks to our members and leaders including Barry Pottle, John M. Smith, Randy Guillot and Sherri Garner Brumbaugh for their strong advocacy. This is a great step forward in bringing a younger generation of talent into our industry.





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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it will be launching a new panel to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) comprised of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This new panel will provide direct feedback to FMCSA on important issues facing the driving community— such as safety, hours-of-service regulations, training, parking, and driver experience. “Truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators are American heroes who have stepped up during the current public health emergency to keep our economy moving, so their input is essential to strengthening safety on the roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. This new panel is comprised of 20 to 25 drivers from all sectors of the CMV industry—tractor trailer drivers, straight truck drivers, motor coach drivers, hazardous materials drivers, agriculture haulers, and more. FMCSA’s goal with the new driver panel is to capture the wide array of viewpoints and experiences within the CMV community. “The Department of Transportation and this

Administration believe in listening to our drivers and hearing their concerns directly. We know that many of the solutions to the challenges we face don’t come from Washington—they come from the hard-working men and women who are behind the wheel all over our nation. This new subcommittee to MCSAC will further help us hear from America’s commercial drivers,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck. During the Trump Administration, FMCSA has focused on hearing directly from commercial drivers and incorporating their opinions and concerns into the Agency’s safety initiatives. The Agency continues to hold listening sessions and discussions with the motor carrier industry to gather feedback and shape FMCSA’s priorities. In May 2020, FMCSA published updates to the hours-of-service rules that were based directly off the feedback the Agency heard from commercial drivers regarding the need for increased f lexibility and improved safety. To learn more about the MCSAC committee, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/advisorycommittees/mcsac/welcome-fmcsa-mcsac Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q




rlington, Virginia – the American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council announced they were awarding Chad Moore, Rush OKC, as the first Light- and Medium-Duty Technician Superstar as part of the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week. “Chad’s dedication and professionalism is something all TMC members aspire to,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “It is an honor to be able to recognize him during National Technician Appreciation Week.” For 2020, TMC conducted a new Technician Superstar Program in recognition of the first-ever National Technician Appreciation Week, September

21-25. Companies were encouraged to nominate a person or persons from their organizations who exemplify excellence as a commercial vehicle technician. Winners were selected for three categories: heavy-duty, trailer and light- and medium-duty. Moore, of Oklahoma City, has served for several years as a Ford vehicle technician for Rush OKC, and is a certified Senior Master Technician. “Chad is a great mentor for other medium-duty technicians, takes great pride in his work and his team’s work, and understands the importance of customer satisfaction. He is a good leader and goes above and beyond helping others,” said Rush OKC General Manager Kevin Williams.

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STATE NEWS OKLAHOMA BRIDGES GO FROM WORST TO BEST August 13, 2020| Oklahoma Department of Transportation

State nabs Top 10 national ranking for good conditions Oklahoma highway bridge conditions are making the grade by moving from among the worst in the nation to the head of the class, achieving Top 10 status for the first time by ranking ninth, according to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration. The state was as low as 49th place in 2004 in national bridge condition rankings due to the number of structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system. “Top Ten isn’t just a slogan — it is the vision that helps form and guide our road map to improving state government and changing the future of all 4 million Oklahomans for the better,” Gov. Kevin Stitt said. “Transportation is the backbone of the economy, and this designation shows Oklahoma is a new national leader in highway bridge infrastructure thanks to the dedication of ODOT employees and an unprecedented investment in our bridges by the Legislature.” The Oklahoma Department of Transportation embarked in 2005 on a massive effort to improve highway bridges after decades of under funding to transportation infrastructure took a toll, causing a backlog of critically needed projects. A targeted approach to fixing bridges began taking shape through a series of legislative funding mechanisms and identifying key funding opportunities by the congressional delegation. “This overhaul on our highway bridges took more than 15 years and has only been possible thanks to the consistent vision and support of our governors, legislators and congressional delegates,” Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz said. “We also have to thank Oklahomans for making transportation a priority. With significant citizen support this issue rose

to the top of state needs. This unprecedented program was only possible with a united focus on Oklahoma’s future.” Bridges in Oklahoma – Key Facts • Value of highway system in Oklahoma is $60 billion, making it Oklahoma’s No. 1 physical asset. • In 2004, nearly 1,200 of Oklahoma’s 6,800 highway bridges were considered structurally deficient, meaning they showed signs of needing major rehabilitation or replacement. • This momentum took an even more aggressive approach in 2011, when the “Bridge Improvement and Turnpike Modernization Plan” was announced. One of its goals was to specifically reduce the structurally deficient highway bridges to 1 percent and have a manageable bridge system by the end of the decade. • Present, 86 highway bridges are now considered as structurally deficient, based on bridge inspection data submitted to the FHWA by states for its 2019 report. Each of those remaining bridges is already scheduled for improvements through ODOT’s Eight-Year Construction Plan. • Off-system bridges on city streets or county roads are separately maintained by local governments, which account for an additional 16,000 structures statewide that have their own critical needs and funding challenges. • National studies often combine the highway and off-system bridges into one lump overview, but it’s important to note this new ranking is for the highway system. The department will diligently look for ways to continue to address older bridges through consistent planning and preservation efforts to ensure that Oklahoma maintains its Top 10 bridge condition status, Gatz said. More information about upcoming bridge and pavement projects may be found online at https://www. odot.org.

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A project to replace the more than 2,000-foot-long Belford bridge in Pawnee County, pictured here, is included in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s updated County Improvements for Roads and Bridge plan approved by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission at its Monday, Aug. 3 meeting. The narrow county bridge is one of the only crossings of the Arkansas River in the area and is rated structurally deficient and load posted to five tons.


And updated CIRB plan; safety awards presented to ODOT crews; $74 million in contracts awarded Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday, Aug. 3 video teleconference meeting include consideration of a proposal to adjust maximum speed limits on some rural interstates, presentation of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s annual safety awards, updates on a modernization initiative involving three transportation agencies and ongoing efforts to improve transit service for seniors and individuals with disabilities and commission approval of an updated plan for county road and bridge construction. Contracts were awarded for work on US-270 in Dewey County, US-77 and SH-9 in Cleveland County and SH-51 and I-44 in Tulsa County. In a much-anticipated vote, commissioners opted to increase maximum speed limits on some rural interstates, including sections of I-35 and I-40 outside of urban areas, to 75 miles per hour as authorized by House Bill 1071. The recommendation from ODOT came after a year-long study of interstate conditions including roadway geometry, sight distance, collision history, traffic flows and existing speed patterns, along with extensive coordination with the Oklahoma Highway


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Patrol on enforcement. Speaking in support of the proposal were Rep. Daniel Pae of Lawton, who authored HB 1071, and Commissioner of Public Safety John Scully, who oversees the OHP. New speed limit signs are being produced and will be installed over the next few months. The department presented its 2019 Safety Awards recognizing the ODOT divisions and crews with the best employee safety records from the past year. The Progressive Excellence Award for the most improved safety rating was presented to Division Seven, which is based in Duncan and oversees highways in southwestern Oklahoma. The Governor’s Safety Excellence Award for the best overall safety record was earned by Division Eight, which is headquartered in Tulsa and is responsible for highway operations in northeastern Oklahoma. Commissioners voted to accept ODOT’s County Improvements for Roads and Bridges plan for State Fiscal Years 2021-2025, which contains nearly $880 million in projects to improve county infrastructure. The CIRB plan is developed in cooperation with county commissioners and their circuit engineering districts and makes use of designated state funds for major county road and bridge projects combined with federal,

local and tribal money. The updated five-year plan can be found online at www.odot.org under Programs and Projects. Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz updated the commission on the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan to improve how the state delivers transit services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. As part of the plan, ODOT has been gathering input from transit providers and Oklahomans who use these services to identify needs and possible solutions. He also commented on the year-long Transportation Modernization Initiative to identify opportunities for improved shared resources between ODOT, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The agencies are working with a consultant, which has been conducting interviews with senior staff and department heads and gathering information on the agencies’ business functions and organizational structure. Gatz recognized the agency’s Director of Operations Darren Saliba, who is retiring after 37 years with the department. Before being appointed to ODOTs senior staff, Saliba spent much of his career with Division One in eastern Oklahoma where he served as Division Engineer for nearly 20 years. Commissioners voted to award a $21 million contract to reconstruct five miles of US-270 near Seiling in Dewey County as part of the ongoing effort to widen the Northwest Passage to four lanes between Woodward and

I-40. Four more segments scheduled to go to bid between Federal Fiscal Years 2021 and 2025 remain to complete the corridor. Also approved were contracts for traffic signal and intersection upgrades at US-77 and SH-9 in Norman and bridge rehabilitation on SH-51/Broken Arrow Expressway at I-44 in Tulsa. Commissioners voted to award 18 contracts totaling nearly $74 million to improve highways, roads and bridges in 15 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects in Alfalfa, Atoka, Caddo, Cleveland, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Garvin, Harmon, Kay, Love, Muskogee, Pontotoc, Tulsa and Wagoner counties. A list of all awarded contracts can be found by visiting www.odot. org/contracts, selecting the July 2020 AM letting, clicking Go, then Award. The commission met to conduct business in a video teleconference with members attending remotely as a public health precaution due to COVID-19. A recording of this meeting can be viewed online at https://vimeo. com/odot. The nine-member Oklahoma Transportation Commission, appointed by the governor and legislative leadership to oversee the state’s transportation development, awards contracts for road and bridge construction monthly. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next Oklahoma Transportation Commission meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 and will be available for the public to view live on the web. Contracts, bid information, the commission’s monthly agenda and project details can be viewed at www.odot.org.

At its Monday, Aug. 3 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted to increase maximum speed limits on some segments of rural interstates, including I-35 and I-40, to 75 miles per hour following a thorough study by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, as authorized by House Bill 1071. New speed limit signs, pictured here, are being produced and will be installed by ODOT crews over the next several months. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q


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STOUT TRANSPORTATION LLC HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN? WHEN WAS IT FOUNDED? WHERE ARE YOUR HEADQUARTERS? Stout Transportation LLC was founded June 15, 2007 in Guthrie, OK by Kenton Stout. After outgrowing the facility, the main terminal was moved to Oklahoma City, OK in 2013. Kenton followed the road behind his father and grandfather who were also truck drivers and owner operators. “It’s in your blood,” he said. Kenton Stout has been in trucking all his life as his father and grandfather were in the trucking and produce business before him. At the age of 16 years, Kenton first drove for his father driving a ten-wheeler hauling produce from south Texas. He also drove as an independent operator for years. If he had not founded his transportation company, he would be in the produce business which he was involved in for two decades. “The trucking business is not for everyone, but it has been a good life for my family. I have had many learning experiences in the industry, some bad but mostly good. Because I have been out there on the road

most of my life and experienced it first-hand, I believe I have a greater understanding and a better relationship with my drivers because of my experiences over the road. That knowledge gives me the tools to help my drivers whenever issues arise and allows me to be supportive of them out there on the road.” WHO WAS YOUR COMPANY’S ORIGINAL FOUNDER? ARE THEY STILL INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY, TO WHAT DEGREE? Kenton is still heavily involved in daily decision making as the CEO and founder. He has a dedicated team of drivers and support staff that are critically important in the success of the company. He believes the priority for the company is to provide first class customer service while using the most up to date and best equipment available. “The equipment we use is a calling card that gets us noticed by customers and future drivers who call us because they’ve seen our trucks on the road.” Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q


WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER CARRIERS? The success of the company has come with continual growth since 2007 by fostering solid relationships with customers and drivers. The company provides quality focused customer service and utilizes the best equipment available. This fosters reliability and attracts both customers and drivers. “We learned we couldn’t cut corners with our equipment or driver pay, as well as other things,” he said. “One of the greatest challenges for the company is keeping customers happy in today’s environment and maintaining a quality group of drivers that want to stay long term.” The company’s driver turnover rate is significantly lower than the industry average. HOW DO YOU MAKE AN IMPACT ON/IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Kenton and Dana, his wife of 41 years, are members of Lakeview Baptist Church. They have supported their local community in different ways. The company has participated in Convoy of Hope, networked with area food banks, and used reefer trailers for food drives which helps to save good food from going to landfills. They have given generously to important causes over the years. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GREATEST BENEFIT FROM BEING AN OTA MEMBER IS? Partnering with others in the industry to work with legislative bodies toward fewer and more reasonable regulations is important. OTA membership enhances the opportunities to provide and promote a career path for workers within the industry, and partner with others in the industry to help meet the needs of our local communities when called upon. Also, it is critical to work within the industry to meet the changing technological and regulatory challenges of the future. Stout Transportation joined to support the mission of the Oklahoma Trucking Association to work alongside other companies to enhance the Oklahoma transportation industry while fighting against over burdensome regulations and prepare for the quickly changing future of trucking. Kenton sees the owner operator and independent truck driver model as being under attack with the continually increasing government regulation and oversight making it difficult


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for independents and small trucking companies to survive. As well, he believes the types of vehicles on the road may change over the next 5-10 years with the upfront costs of such vehicles beyond the small operator’s ability to buy and remain competitive. Kenton expects the market share for large trucking companies and new technology companies such as Amazon and Uber to increase as the small guy is forced out of business. And that is why the Oklahoma Trucking Association is key to working to preserve the independents and small trucking companies that provide employment to so many Oklahomans. WHAT ISSUE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOUR COMPANY RIGHT NOW? The safety of our drivers during a pandemic and maintaining quality customer service through the challenges posed by COVID19 as well as the everchanging environment within the transportation sector. WHAT SUCCESSES AND FAILURES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WITH YOUR COMPANY? We celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes and adjust as necessary over time. Our continued growth since 2007 with strong relationships with our customers is a success thanks to our dedicated team. IF YOU DIDN’T GET INVOLVED IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING? Having worked in combination within the produce and trucking business, Kenton would be working in the produce business if he did not have his transportation company. WHAT DO YOU ENVISION TRUCKING TO LOOK LIKE IN THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS? What we hope to see is the detention issue resolved by shippers and receivers, so vehicle and driver utilization is optimized and quality of life for all drivers increased. We do see technology playing a much bigger role in the future within software and hardware applications, alternative vehicles and fuels, and tools that monitor and provide data on every aspect of the business.

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!

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and fleet trucks. MWS also has relationships with equipment suppliers and rental companies that enable us to ensure customer demands are met. We are committed to timely completion of projects while ensuring work is being performed as safely as possible. MWS places the upmost regard on customer satisfaction and environmental preservation and takes pride in doing things “The Wright Way.»



he OTA held their very first Virtual Annual

with FMCSA was able to provide a presentation

Meeting on Thursday, October 1. In efforts to

on regulatory issues, understanding the new

provide our members with valuable information that

Hours of Service regulations, and how to work

we would normally host at our Annual Convention,

through a checklist of documentation needed for

we were able to move some of that content online.

a safety audit. The end of the day concluded with

Kicking our event off in the morning was our OTA

Conference and Council updates. Designated Allied

Board meeting. Next up was a business meeting

rep, Houston Brittain spoke about the importance

where we held the virtual Red Vest ceremony. OTA

of planning for your business from a cybersecurity

was able to honor outgoing Chairman, Jo-Don

attack. Chris Pape, OSSC Chair, gave an update on

Clanton in an unconventional way. The OTA was

the future of the safety council and trucking safety

also able to recognize David & LaVern McCorkle’s

with local high schools. Bonne Karim, TMC Chair

retirement from the OTA Board with an honorary

talked about a technician apprenticeship program

slideshow. During the afternoon session, ATRI’s

that ATA has asked TMC members to help get

Dan Murray updated members on top trucking

started in home states, which Oklahoma has started

issues including nuclear verdicts. Eric Pearson

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As technology and communication grows at an impeccable rate, we still believe many professionals need different avenues to read up on regulatory changes. With that in mind, we would like to supply a quick tutorial on the recent HOS regulations that went in effect September 28, 2020. ADVERSE DRIVING CONDITIONS EXCEPTION The adverse driving conditions exception is extending the duty day by two hours when adverse driving conditions are encountered. This is in addition to the extra two hours of driving time already allowed. 1. It can only be used when an emergency event was unpredicted (major road closure due to accident, unreported blizzard conditions, etc.) 2. Drivers are only allowed to drive an additional 2 hours, or up to 2 hours on-duty beyond the 14, to get to the next, nearest, safe place to park beyond the area of emergency event. 30-MINUTE BREAK REQUIREMENT The 30-minute break requirement can now be satisfied by an on-duty, not driving break (in addition to an off-duty break). The requirement for property-carrying drivers is applicable in situations where a driver has driven for a period of 8 hours without at least a 30-minute interruption. SLEEPER BERTH PROVISION The sleeper berth provision allows drivers to split their 10-hour off-duty period in different ways (e.g., 7/3, 8/2, 7.5/2.5), provided one off-duty period (whether in or out of the sleeper berth) is at least 2 hours long, and the other involves at least 7 consecutive hours spent in the sleeper berth. The periods must add up to 10 hours, and when used together, neither time period counts against the


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maximum 14-hour driving window. SHORT-HAUL EXCEPTION The short-haul exception maximum allowable workday is changing from 12 to 14 hours, and the distance the driver may operate is extending from a 100 air-mile radius to a 150 air-mile radius. This is only applicable to short-haul drivers that leave and return to the same location every day, and no longer has a large benefit to our local operations given the change in the 30-minute rule change. RECOGNIZING MIKE ELMENHORST Additionally, we would like to share our thoughts and best wishes on his recent retirement to former Council member, Mike Elmenhorst, with Groendyke Transport, Inc. Mike is well known with his work and Council peers for always greeting the world daily with his “We are Awesome� persona. Mike worked with Groendyke Transport for 23 years as a Driver, Training Manager, Field Safety Coordinator, Terminal Manager, and wrapping up with great performances as a Safety Manager. He is two-time winner of the coveted NTTC award of Safety Director of the Year award in conjunction of leading Groendyke Transport safety efforts to win their 7th and 8th North American Safety Champion Award. Mike also held the Committee Chair of the Course for the Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships over the last several years and has volunteered at the National Truck Driving Championships during those same years. Mike, we bid you farewell, best wishes, and Truck Loads of happiness to you and your family while you enjoy your long-awaited tractor seat quiet time and Red River, NM adventures. Thank you, Chris Pape, OSSC Chairman

MEMBER MILESTONES McCorkle Truck Line, Inc.


avid G. McCorkle

was for my over the road driving career. As I made my acceptance speech at the ATA

began his career

Convention 2001 we had one state leaving and the Truck

as a driver with

Load Conference leaving the Federation. This was a

one truck on old

stressed relationship. I told the membership my goal

Route 66 near

was to bring about a coming together of the Federation.

Luther, OK. Early

By the end of my term we negotiated a coming together

experience taught

of states and conferences that still exists today. ATA

him that to get and keep customers, he had to provide

executives added the words to my granite plaque “He

good service and more value than his competitors.

united the Federation”.

During his years of service to the trucking industry

LaVern and I will be retiring from the OTA Board

David focused on industry concerns such as HOS

of Directors at the 2020 Convention. There are not

and fatigue. The Oklahoma based dry bulk company

enough words thank everyone in the Federation for

currently operates in thirty-six states. After years of

your cooperation and good will to LaVern and I during

ownership by David and LaVern, McCorkle Truck Line,

our tenures.

Inc. is now owned by two of their three daughters and all three sons-in-law who actively manage the business. David worked extensively in ATA Federation activities,

Thank you, may God bless you all and our Federation. David and LaVern McCorkle

served as Chairman of the Board ATA 2000-2001. He received the Past Chairman’s Award for distinguished service from the Truck Load Carriers Association in 2009, the Halladay Award from TAEC in 2008. He served as ATA HOS Committee Chairman 1995-2000 and as Vice President At-Large 1996-1997. He was State Vice President to ATA from 1986-1996 and the Founding Chairman of the Dump Transports Division of the Interstate Carriers Conference, and served as Chairman of the Board for Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma 1985-1986. LaVern also served as Chairman of Oklahoma Trucking Association 1994-95. David also served in the Army Signal Corps in Korea. He is a fourth generation auctioneer and is active in many church and civic organizations. One of my proudest achievements is my 1 Million Mile safety award certified by Council of Safety Professionals at the OTA awarded in 1985. This award Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q


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Pictured above is the inside of an Eaton-Fuller manual transmission that has been run low on fluid and overheated. The fluid should be a caramel color and roughly the consistency of syrup, not the grease consistency picture.



Sam Adams | Premier Truck Group ransmission fluid is often overlooked as a

complaints in automatics, overheating of the fluid that

maintenance item and often neglected by

is left in the transmission and catastrophic failure of

independent owner-operators and fleets alike simply

the transmission in all including automatic, automated

because of its extended maintenance interval.

manual and manual models.

This does not mean it can be put off past the manufacturer’s recommended mileage/time limit. Fluid level is arguably the most important part


The f luid used in manual and automated manual transmissions has what is called an Extreme Pressure (EP) Additive. This additive is temperature

of transmission maintenance. Too much fluid can

activated and reacts with metal asperities (small

cause hard shifts in an automatic transmission, as

imperfections on a microscopic scale) to create a

well as seal leaks and fluid coming out of the vent on

sacrificial barrier (film) on gears and other moving

all types of transmissions. Low fluid level can cause

parts inside the transmission to protect them during

gear damage including whining sounds, hard shifting

metal to metal contact. This additive breaks down

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between 240-245 degrees Fahrenheit and without

galleys causing lack of fluid movement to critical

this additive, premature transmission failure can

internal components. Automatic transmissions could

occur. The unit should NEVER be operated with the

experience premature wear and failure of clutches

f luid temperature above this temperature range.

inside the transmission and would not be considered a

Different transmissions and different fluid types

warrantable failure in most cases.

have different drain and filter change intervals.

Water intrusion into the fluid will cause it to turn

Ranging from 150,000 miles to 500,000 miles,

to a chocolate milkshake color and consistency much

the transmission manufacturer’s recommended

like coolant entering engine oil. Water entering the

maintenance schedule should always be followed after

transmission oil causes it to lose its lubricating ability

determining if you have a severe duty application, on

and can cause fluid overheating. Overheating of the

or off highway etc.

fluid, as discussed above, can cause the lubricant

In severe duty applications, moisture can be a big problem in your transmission as well. High

additives to break down leading to catastrophic failure. The fluid level and condition should be checked

water crossings, deep puddles and heavy rains can

at each PM service. Transmissions with magnetic

all cause water intrusion into the transmission.

fill plugs should be inspected for metal shards and

After prolonged periods of sitting, the internal

metallic flakes. Consult the manufacturer of the

parts of the transmission could rust. Upon moving,

transmission for guidance on what is acceptable or not

rust particles could block lubricant pumps and oil

acceptable in the event that metal is found.

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