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2017 | 3rd Quarter | Volume 26 | oktrucking.org

85TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

CHAIRMAN FEATURE WILBURN WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK


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FROM THE CEO

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NATIONAL NEWS

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STATE NEWS

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STATE IMPACT

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WILBURN WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

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85TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

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NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK

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CHAIRMAN FEATURE

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ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ASSOCIATION MEET THE STAFF

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

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FROM THE CEO

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n August, the Oklahoma Trucking Association held its

85th annual convention at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa,

Oklahoma. Many of the carriers attending believe it was

one of the most informative meetings held in a long time, if not ever. We had the privilege of hosting some of the

nation’s top speakers who brought a whole new dynamic to our convention.

Here are a few quotes from our members about this

year’s annual conference:

“The convention was a great opportunity to learn

about the most significant trucking issues from the senior leadership of our industry”. – Greg Price, OTA Chairman

“Every session provided information that will be useful in running our business. The

quality of the speakers were top notch and we established contacts with many of them which will be helpful in the future.” – Robert Ragan, Melton Truck Lines

“This was my first OTA event and was very impressed with its content. Very educational

and practical to our business at Groendyke Transport. I would also highly recommend other trucking companies to attend these events.” – David Snapp, Groendyke Transport

“The OTA is a wonderful association and provides a great opportunity to spend time

with trucking peers that understand your issues. The only way to stay current on the changes in the industry is to participate with others with the same interests and learn. Anyone in

trucking should be attending the association events. It doesn’t cost much to participate and

your financial investment along with your time is money well spent, so make plans to attend the next OTA event, share and learn!” –Russ Elliott, Melton Truck Lines

“The quality of the session speakers and the keynote’s were the best I’ve experienced in

many years. Our top leadership will be at the next OTA meetings.” – Bob Peterson, OTA Board Member

I would like to thank those that were able to make it to our 85th Annual Convention, it

was one for the books!

Jim Newport

President/CEO Oklahoma Trucking Association

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NATIONAL NEWS NEXT STEPS FOR CSA — SCORES BEHIND THE CURTAIN OR NOT? July 06, 2017 | Todd Dills | Overdrive

Vigillo President, Steven Bryan, has long been engaged with efforts around the improvement of the CSA Safety Measurement System to be a better tool for all involved. His data-mining company made its name early in the CSA era providing carriers with a window into their SMS percentile rankings/scores prior to the CSA SMS‘ official release. He was also one of the many parties on whom the National Academies of Science called to present on various aspects of the SMS during its evaluation of it. In an interview with Bryan a bit recently about just what he sees as likely to happen in the wake of the National Academies’ report on the SMS, which he in part summarized with his own analysis in this blog post on the Vigillo website last week. The NAS recommendations were to revamp the statistical model underpinning SMS with an “item response theory” (IRT) approach, which Bryan describes as one that would make the relevant adjustments in carrier scores to account for confounding factors like state enforcement departments’ known violation biases/predilections and the like. As Bryan lays it out in his blog, IRT applied to the CSA system could: • Account for the probability of being selected for

inspection • Provide a basis with which to evaluate how data insufficiency could impact safety ratings • Provide a basis to more rigorously and empirically evaluate the utility of individual violations • Allow severity weights to change over time (e.g., as violations become more or less prevalent); • Determine empirically whether severity weights should be different for trucks versus passenger carriers; • Enable adjustment for factors that may be outside a carrier’s direct control • Accommodate new violations over time Bryan “gives credit to the National Academies” for the idea, he says, as he believes it could be a way to build a better tool out of the SMS. But “the question is, will it work when we actually start applying numbers to it? None of us know that yet.” Another question, of course, is whether the “FMCSA will even accept this,” Bryan says. “We know their history. Everybody who’s been critical of CSA – all we’ve ever gotten back is ‘yeah, we disagree.’ Hopefully, that’s not where we are.”

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Bryan says the response could hinge on what the next administrator thinks about the issue overall. The current FMCSA head is Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson, until Trump gets around to making a nomination, assuming he will. “Leadership that buys into this would be huge,” Bryan says. “If we don’t get that, it’s just an academic exercise.” Whatever the case, if scores are to return to the public, the FAST Act mandates that FMCSA issue a corrective action plan relative to the SMS within 120 days, with which the agency has said it will comply. After that, the DOT OIG then has its own 120 days to report back to the same Congressional committee with its analysis of the plan and whether it addresses all that the FAST Act required. Bryan sees the agency either doing the above or, on the flipside, letting the current state of the SMS, with scores hidden from public view, remain in perpetuity. “The FAST Act only requires that process [outlined in previous paragraph] if the agency insists on bringing the scores public again,” he notes. “If they throw up their hands and say we’re fine with them being them private, they don’t have to do anything.” In that case, Bryan believes, the CSA SMS is little more than a “half-baked solution sitting in the dark.”

THE THIRD WAY But perhaps there’s a third way forward. I also spoke with Tom Sanderson of Transplace, one of the principals behind the Alliance for Safe, Efficident and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT). His organization sees the NAS report as further evidence that the datasufficiency arguments against the SMS approach are valid and insurmountable under the current roadside-inspection regime. While the NAS report seems to laud the intention behind the SMS, ASECTT disagrees, particularly when it comes to the data-sufficiency piece of the puzzle. “Our thought is that given all of the problems with SMS methodology,” he says, including the fact that “it’s been tweaked and worked on for years without every really addressing the fundamental problem that such a small percentage of carriers are ever going to get that 20 or more inspections [every two years, recommended by GAO’s 2014 critical report], the group thought it might make more sense to build off of the methodology that the new-carrier certification is based on.” ASECTT’s third way would have FMCSA abandon SMS but not carrier evaluation. Rather than have government try to ramp up roadside inspections, pursue quicker e-inspections or otherwise produce more data — Vigillo’s Steven Bryan notes that data sources pondered

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by the NAS report (including carriers’ ELD data, turnover rates, driver-pay information, etc.) are never going to materialize with industry cooperation — Sanderson and ASECTT propose anInaudit conducted two years onstore documents. an era of instantevery communication, the-fly information access, and tech-savvy workforce, this modeled on New Entrant remote, off-site “desktop” state of affairs is fast becoming obsolete, Scott believes. audits. In comments made to the June meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety AdvisoryofCommittee (MCSAC), The Michigan Department Transportation, a leader in ASECTT argued a biennial (every two years) “e-construction,” estimates that the agency audit savescould approximately $12 million in added efficiencies 6 million serve to rate more carriers and fully underpin and a new pieces of paper by using electronic document safety-rating systemannually that would provide an equitable look storage for its $1 billion construction program, while reinto the safety processes/records of all motor carriers: ducing its contract modification processing time from 30 ThetoAgency’s days 3 days. current use of offsite audits for many new entrants (despite the reference to on-site audits second385.315) half of Scott’s interimthat study would or focus on inThe 49 C.F.R. has affirmed a remote implementing a process known as “Road-Diets” – that is, desktop auditexisting is an accurate, cost-effective tool for redefining highway lane space such as converting determining compliance. Petitioners an existingcarrier four-lane, undivided roadway propose segment that serves both through turning traffic into three-lane that the similar desktopand audit be conducted of aevery segment with two through lanes and a center, two-way, registered motor carrier, on at least a biennial schedule left-turn lane. corresponding to its census update deadline. This audit would be conducted by federal and state officials or uses, The reclaimed space could be allocated for other such as bike lanes, islands, $300 bus lanes outside contractors at pedestrian the cost of refuge approximately per and/or parking. audit, the expense to be borne by the registrant. Desktop audits would result in a isfinding that both a carrier “fitoftoexer“Cycling in Oklahoma exploding as a is form cise toand improve as a competitive sport,” Scott operate fit to health use” – and in accordance with the Agency’s said. certification responsibilities under 49 U.S.C. 31144 and with the directive from Congress in SAFETEA-LU that

the Agency develops a method for reviewing and rating all registrants. If no such finding appears appropriate, the Part 385 safety rating process or existing “imminent hazard” procedures would be available Agency. “More than 5,000 spectators gatheredtoforthethe Pro-Am Classic, and theenvisions Saint Francis/Tulsa now has Sanderson a cohort ofTough-race “independent 2,000 participants 60,000 spectators! This are is huge certified examinersand looking at what the carriers for our economy. So how is it that Oklahoma is considered doing,” he worst says, perhaps in to a national registry one of the places inaggregated the country cycle? We are of certified auditors akin to what happens for certified ranked 45th in the nation. The answer, in part, is road access. Road Diets can have a signifi cant the impact without DOT medical examiners today. “Having carriers pay increasing our transportation budget. We do, however, for that certification we think makes a lot of sense. And need to follow through with funding earmarked for this then weashave thestates chance of evaluating far more carriers activity, other have.” than will be captured by the roadside data.” The As League of American Bicyclists hastimes encouraged it is, and as I’ve reported several before, states to consider fi ve key areas when hoping to improve very few carriers, relative to years past, today are bike-friendly standings: legislation and enforcement, getting and the programs, benefit of infrastructure a Satisfactoryand safety rating, policies funding, educathe de facto safe-to-use Changing tion/encouragement, andcertification. evaluation and planning.the output of the audit system to fit/unfit and using a full June 12 was the deadline for submission interim compliance review to issue any adverseofrating as study exists requests in the state House of Representatives, and in regulation today could make for a “fresh approach,” House Speaker Jeff Hickman said he will announce by Sanderson believes. “The been messing July 10 which studies he hasagency’s authorized. around with [the SMS] for 14 years. And they’re really no closer to having a valid certification, having the FMCSA determine a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on whether the carrier’s safe. … This is something that could be implemented for the broadest set of carriers rather than trying to once again rebuild the SMS.”

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INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS INSPECTORS ISSUED NEARLY 15,000 OUT-OF-SERVICE ORDERS IN JUNE ROADCHECK August 22, 2017 | CCJ Staff

North American truck and bus inspectors placed more

for brake systems (26.9 percent of vehicle out-of-service

than 12,000 vehicles out-of-service during the Commercial

violations), cargo securement (15.7 percent) and tires/wheels

Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 72-hour Roadcheck enforcement

(15.1 percent).

blitz held June 6-8. Another nearly 3,000 drivers were placed out-of-service during the week-long event. Enforcers in sum conducted 62,013 inspections. Of those, 19.4 percent (12,030) resulted in a vehicle out-ofservice order, and 4.7 percent (2,940) resulted in a driver out-of-service order. The top three out-of-service vehicle violations were

The top three driver-related violations were for hours of service (32.3 percent of driver out-of-service violations), wrong class license (14.9 percent) and false log book (11.3 percent). In last year’s Roadcheck, inspectors performed more inspections, but placed fewer trucks and drivers out of service.

ELD CITATIONS, FINES BEGIN DEC. 18, BUT INSPECTORS WON’T ENFORCE OOS CRITERIA UNTIL APRIL August 28, 2017 | James Jaillet| Overdrive

Inspectors will and at their discretion, begin issuing citations for non-compliance with the federal electronic

electronic logging system with more limited functionality

logging device mandate starting on the December 18

than an ELD) if they want to extend their ELD compliance to

deadline for adoption, the Commercial Vehicle Safety

December 2019.

Alliance (CVSA) announced mid-August. However, the

“After Dec. 18, 2017, if you don’t have an AOBRD

10-hour out-of-service order associated with non-compliance

or ELD the violation will be cited, and a driver could be

with the mandate will begin April 1, 2018, CVSA also

fined, but they won’t be put out of service. Companies

announced.

that continually violate the rule could be subject to federal

CVSA, which is made up of enforcement officials and meant to provide uniformity in enforcement of trucking and bus regulations, says it has notified FMCSA of its plan

investigation as well,” says FMCSA spokesperson Duane DeBruyne. The slight delay in the enforcement of the out-of-service

to begin citation enforcement Dec. 18 and out-of-service

criteria “will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and

enforcement in April.

roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD — a form of

new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service

confirmed CVSA’s enforcement plans. FMCSA also

for ELD violations,” CVSA said in its announcement. This

confirmed that the delay in out-of-service enforcement

strategy is in line with how CVSA has handled enforcement

does not affect the date by which truckers must adopt an

of other major trucking regulations, the group said.

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INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS FMCSA AWARDS MORE THAN $70 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ENHANCE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY September 26, 2017 | Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded more than $70 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety. “Our shared goal of a safer transportation system is a top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “These grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes and injuries each year, and have the potential to save hundreds of lives.” FMCSA announced: • $41.5 million in High Priority (HP) grants to enhance states’ commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, as well as advance technological capability within states, • $30.7 million in Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grants to enhance efforts by states to improve the national commercial driver’s license (CDL) program, and • $1 million in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grants to nine education institutions to help train veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. “In addition, the Department is proud to recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes by providing more veterans with the opportunity to contribute to the safety of our roadways through training grants for the next generation of commercial drivers,” Secretary Chao added. FMCSA’s High Priority (HP) grant program consists of HP-Commercial Motor Vehicle (HP-CMV) grants and HPInnovative Technology Deployment (HP-ITD) grants. HPCMV grants are designed to provide financial assistance to state commercial vehicle safety efforts, while HP-ITD grants provide financial assistance to advance the technological capability and promote the deployment of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations. “Safe drivers lead to safer roadways, and safer roadways ensure that our loved ones return home at the end of their journey,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson. “These grants will help ensure that our state partners have the tools and resources they need to support FMCSA’s mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.” FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grant program provides financial assistance to states to achieve compliance with FMCSA regulations concerning driver’s license standards and

programs. Additionally, the CDLPI grant program provides financial assistance to other entities capable of executing national projects that aid states in their compliance efforts, which will improve the national CDL program. The goal of the national CDL program is to reduce the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle crashes in the United States by requiring states to conduct knowledge and skills testing before issuing a CDL, maintain a complete and accurate driver history record for anyone who obtains a CDL, and impose appropriate disqualifications against any driver who violates certain offenses. This effort is directly linked to FMCSA’s focus on reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grant program awards grants to a variety of educational institutions that provide commercial truck and bus driving training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, postsecondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and state and local governments, including federally recognized Native American tribal governments. The nine FMCSA grants announced today are projected to provide training for more than 350 students. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s dedication to our nation’s veterans, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/ veteranstransportationcareers. To learn more about FMCSA grants, visit https://www. fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/grants.

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STATE NEWS STATEMENT: INMAN RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT RULING ON VEHICLE SALES TAX August 31, 2017 | Contact: House Minority Leader Scott Inman

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. and House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, released the

session next year. “A potential silver lining in today’s ruling,

following statement today after the Oklahoma Supreme

it appears the Court has now opened the door to

Court upheld removing a vehicle sales tax exemption

increasing, with only a majority vote in the Legislature,

as constitutional.

the gross production tax exemption that has served as a

“Today’s court ruling presents a mixed bag for

road block to the Oklahoma standard rate of 7 percent.

Oklahoma voters. While avoiding another loss of $100

The time is right to remove the artificially low gross

million to the current year’s budget, the ruling has

production tax rate of 2 percent.

empowered this Republican majority to raise the taxes

“I call upon the governor and Republican leaders

of middle class families without honoring the will of

of the House and Senate to continue negotiations

the Oklahoma citizens who passed State Question 640

with House and Senate Democrats and come to an

in 1992.

agreement on a long term, bipartisan budget solution

“While I disagree with the majority opinion, in

for a Special Session that will ensure our teachers and

that the new car tax was clearly passed exclusively for

public employees receive a raise, shore up our rural

the purposes of raising revenue, it’s important to note

hospitals, protect our public safety, and improve our

that we still have a $215 million gap for this fiscal year

roads and bridges so that we can rebuild our state from

created by the unconstitutional cigarette tax and an

the devastating fiscal policies of the last seven years.

even bigger hole to fill when we begin the Legislative

Oklahoma cannot continue to wait.”

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STATE NEWS EARTHQUAKE SOFTWARE REFINES ODOT BRIDGE INSPECTION PROCESS August 7, 2017 | Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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tate bridge inspectors will be able to provide a faster, more targeted response in ensuring public safety the next time an earthquake rolls across Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is now implementing the use of ShakeCast, a program created by the U.S. Geological Survey. ShakeCast is in the final stage of a two-year, two-phase, nearly $650,000 contract with Infrastructure Engineers Inc. of Edmond to assist the department in developing an earthquake response protocol. Formalizing the plan, providing final training and an additional four years of system maintenance will conclude the contract. The ShakeCast program will enable the nearly 300 trained ODOT employees to quickly determine which bridges to inspect first after an earthquake. If conditions warrant, key ODOT employees will receive a softwaregenerated inspection priority order based on several factors including ODOT bridge data such as bridge condition, age and proximity to an earthquake’s epicenter, combined with USGS seismic movement data and magnitude rating. Previously ODOT visually inspected all bridges within 5 miles of any earthquake epicenter between 4.4 to 4.7 magnitude. The inspection radius increased with the earthquake magnitudes. Generally, with a 4- to 5-magnitude earthquake no damage has been found. Going forward with ShakeCast, the inspections will identify only specific bridges susceptible to damage, allowing for a faster and more pinpointed response. “This technology is one of the biggest advances in ensuring public safety that I’ve seen in my 30-year career at the department,” said Casey Shell, ODOT chief engineer. “By comparing state bridge data with the severity of an earthquake’s ground motions, ShakeCast will allow us to inspect fewer bridges but with a much greater degree of confidence that we could quickly find any potential damage.” The consultant assisted the department with interfacing ODOT bridge inventory data with the ShakeCast software, developing bridge fragility models and disaster preparation plans, training and implementing the alert system for bridge inspectors.

ODOT Bridge Engineer Steve Jacobi noted that Oklahoma transportation infrastructure has withstood the increased number and severity of earthquakes since 2010 with two instances of cosmetic damage found after the 5.8-magnitude Pawnee earthquake in September 2016 and minor damage to US-62 pavement after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake near Prague in 2011. “Bridges are designed to national standards, which includes the ability to withstand vibration,” Jacobi said. “Oklahoma’s bridges have weathered the increased seismicity very well, and our data shows that even our oldest state highway bridge designs are safe at the earthquake levels experienced to date. However, the department is committed to visual inspections to ensure public safety after larger magnitude earthquakes. If there is ever even the slightest question about a bridge’s safety, it would be immediately closed until more thorough inspections could be completed.” While seismic activity seems to have lessened in the state, Oklahoma’s chances of earthquake-related bridge damage also are lessened thanks to the replacement of more than 900 structurally deficient bridges statewide since 2004. There remain 251 structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system and the majority of those are scheduled for replacement in the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan by the end of the decade. ODOT has joined nine other earthquake-prone states in a pooled-fund study with the USGS to help further enhance ShakeCast. Some of the states include Texas, Missouri and California and the study information will be used to develop future versions of the software. ODOT is contributing an additional $45,000 to the USGS in a threeyear period to the study. The department has taken a lead role in developing response protocols to Oklahoma’s increased earthquake activity by working closely with other state agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has 23 bridges on the state highway system. ODOT also shared its recently developed bridge inspection manual with other state agencies as well as local governments and will assist with local bridge inspections during earthquake response events as resources allow. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q

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STATE IMPACT

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he Regular legislative session of 2017 ended May 26. Lawmakers passed a budget during the last three days of the legislative session. Besides many state agency appropriation reductions, lawmakers approved a measure to increase the gross production tax on marginal oil and gas production as well as an increased motor vehicle sales tax of 1.25%, and a tax on hybrid and/or electric vehicles. Also approved was a measure to impose a $1.50 cessation fee per pack of cigarettes. Several of these ended up challenged in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. One of the bills going to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court was the increased sales tax on motor vehicles. The Oklahoma Automobile Dealers Association sued the state saying the tax required the three-quarter supermajority vote rather than the simple majority. The Supreme Court upheld the new law saying it did not create a new tax and the legislature could reduce or increase the sales tax as long as it did not exceed 4.5%. The “allowable” Oklahoma state sales tax amount is 4.5%. This bill raised the existing vehicle tax of 3.25% up to the 4.5%, not making it new revenue. “Heavy” trucks have been exempt from this sales tax. The OK Tax Commission originally saw this as a need to begin applying the new 1.25% to commercial trucks until it was agreed the exemption on heavy trucks still existed in state law. The OTC however will still apply the 1.25% amount to commercial trailers unless or until it is corrected legislatively. The Supreme Court threw out the tax imposed on hybrid and electric vehicles. Their ruling determined it was unconstitutional for the legislature to pass a (new) revenue measure in the last 5 days of session and the

legislature did not have the constitutionally required 3/4 majority vote needed. J.R. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA, Inc., along with several Oklahoma companies and individuals, filed a brief with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. They argued that the “Smoking Cessation Act” violates the Oklahoma Constitution. The states constitution requires tax increases that are revenue-raising measures to be approved by three-quarter of legislators. This bill passed with a majority vote, not the threequarters supermajority vote. The suit asserts the cigarette fee is really a new tax and not a “fee”. On August 10, the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma ruled that the fee on cigarettes is unconstitutional. The court concluded that the fee was a new revenue-raising measure. This decision changes the anticipated $315 million outlook for the agreed upon budget the lawmakers voted on at the end of the session. This will create an unbalanced budget which will need addressed according to the state constitution. After the overturn of the “Smoking Cessation Act,” Governor Mary Fallin said a special session would be needed to fix the state’s budget. Governor Fallin filed an Executive Order on September 15 recommending the lawmakers fix the budget, address the long-term solution to the continuing budget shortfalls, consolidate all areas of the state government, address the need for a pay increase for classroom teachers, and clarify through legislative amendment the intended exemptions to the new 1.25% sales tax on vehicles. The special session is set to start on September 25, 2017. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q

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WILBURN WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT Colten Lobb was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship. Lobb is the son of Emory Mills an employee for FTC Transportation. Lobb is a Norman OK, resident planning to double major in Forensic Science & Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma. Lobb was concurrently enrolled with Rose State College and took AP classes testing in World History and U.S. History during his senior year at Norman North High School. Lobb’s awards and honors include: National Honor Society, Key Club, Band Member, Orchestra, Member and Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Honor Cord Program. Lobb’s volunteer activities include taking night classes throughout the fall and into the first part of the spring semester to obtain his Emergency Medical Technician certification through Moore Norman Technology Center. In February he successfully completed the required coursework, clinicals, skills test, and written test earning his national certification. In addition to this accomplishment Lobb has a First Degree Black Belt in martial arts, and has earned the ranking of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to Lobb’s academic accomplishments, he

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has a great understanding of the trucking industry and was given the essay topic of “Discuss the improvements in trucking safety technology.” Lobb wrote about an experience of going to a trucking convention where he was exposed to learning about the technology of electronic logging devices. Lobb also wrote about his exposure to the change from a standard transmission to automatic and the impacts and improvements they have had on drivers. Congratulations Colten Lobb we wish you the best of luck with your college career, and we trust you will go far!


SAFETY ZONE WITH SAM STOSE

Greetings, fellow Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine readers. In this volume I would like to talk about increased visibility. We’ve all seen it; people driving without their headlights on when needed or required. It may be dawn, dusk or inclement weather like fog yet the headlights still don’t come on. Be cautious at these times and take an extra second or two to pay closer attention especially at intersections. Dull colored vehicles are especially hard to see in low light conditions. Examples include gray, brown, dark green… Do I even need to mention motorcycles? Oklahoma State law requires headlights to be used at any time from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet or less. The Oklahoma Safety Management Council is committed to highway safety and dedicated to the transportation industry. To learn more about the OSMC, visit http://oksafetymanagementcouncil.com. Thanks for reading and thank you to Ryder Fleet Products for providing the subject matter provided in this volume. Remember, one safe mile at a time. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q

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

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85th Annual Convention August 23-24, 2017 Tulsa, Oklahoma

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85TH ANNUAL CONVENTION Rebecca Chappell | OTA Staff

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or our 85 Annual Convention we did something new to kick off our event by hosting the welcome reception at The Dust Bowl in Downtown Tulsa. The OTA received VIP service having the retro bowling alley reserved exclusively for the night. Feedback from the event proved this was a fun new addition to starting off our two-day event. We appreciate MHC Kenworth for sponsoring this event. Thursday morning started with our general session and Steve Bryan from Vigillo presented an Overview th

of the National Academies CSA Reform efforts, where is CSA going now? After our general session, we had a Trucking Technology Panel featuring Karen Rasmussen of HELP, Inc. and Platooning from Steve Boyd of Peloton Technology. We then went into our first round of break-out sessions addressing a best trucking practices panel and a highways, roads & bridges update panel. We concluded the morning session with and had Rebecca Brewster of ATRI present during lunch. At the end of our lunch session we

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had a Memorial Honor Roll Induction ceremony honoring the late Vince Robison. Our afternoon continued with an array of trucking information including Truck Parking Issues from ATRI, Big Data in Trucking from Vigillo, and a PAC panel featuring Dan Furth CEO of National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. and Dean Kaplan the ATA Truck PAC Chairman. The afternoon concluded with the breakout of Allied and OSMC meetings. We would like to recognize the following sponsors for this event: Platinum; Bruckner Truck Sales and Premier Truck Group. Diamond sponsors; Melton Truck Lines, Rush Truck Centers, T&W Tire, and UPS. Gold sponsors; FedEx Corporation, HELP, Inc. J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Southwest Trailers & Equipment. Silver sponsors; Arledge & Associates, Drivers Legal Plan, Great Dane Trailers, Groendyke Transport, Inc., Hamm & Phillips Service Company, INSURICA, John Christner Trucking, Peloton Technology, Miller Truck Lines, Vertical Alliance Group, and Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. Later in the evening we had our VIP Reception where all carriers who attended were invited. The following sponsors for this special event included: Cummins Southern Plains, Great West Casualty Company, Hamm & Phillips Service Company, and Scopelitis, Garvin, Light,

Hanson & Feary. After the VIP Reception we immediately went into the Red Vest Banquet and would like to thank the Presenting sponsor Premier Truck Group. During this portion of the night we honored and recognized all past Chairmen of the OTA. We had ATA Chairman, Kevin Burch as our keynote speaker. Mr. Burch was able to give his personal testimony of ATA’s involvement with introducing President Donald Trump to the trucking industry. The ATA was able to park a semi-truck and trailer on the White House lawn! Mr. Burch told the audience about how had the opportunity to present the President with ATA’s ‘I Heart Trucks’ pin. These were also passed out to those in attendance at the banquet. This presentation exhibited a great example of how ATA was able to make a positive impact on trucking further solidifying the importance of the industry to the President of the United States. After Mr. Burch’s presentation we honored our outgoing Chairman Michael Mayer with Rush Truck Centers and presented him not only with the traditional robing of the red vest, but also with a commemorative crystal truck. We then welcomed our incoming Chairman Greg Price of United Petroleum Transports. The evening concluded with the hospitality room. Again the OTA would like to thank all of the sponsors who made this event successful. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q

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NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK Genipher Krug | OTA STAFF

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his year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was observed September 10-16. During this week, the trucking industry takes the opportunity to highlight the efforts of professional truck drivers. More than 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on truck drivers to deliver their goods and commodities, including the most remote towns and territories that are unreachable by other modes of transportation. The trucking industry also plays a vital role in disaster relief. This year, thousands of professional truck drivers assisted and have continued to assist the relief efforts for places impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, serving as critical responders to the disaster. More than 1.6 million trucking industry employees live and work within the direct paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. State trucking associations, industry suppliers, and motor carriers of all sizes hosted appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver more than 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States. The Oklahoma Trucking Association had the honor and privilege to attend one of the many events John Christner Trucking hosted during that week. While spending the afternoon at JCT, the staff enjoyed getting to know all the different aspects that helps keep JCT’s truckers on the road. Every year during

the NTDAW, JCT honors their drivers by providing a luncheon every day. During the luncheon they raffle off prizes as well as give away a gift for each driver. This year they received a gift that included a shaving kit and a screwdriver kit. Safety Training Supervisor John Mallory gave us the grand tour of the facility, including their newly built drivers lounge. JCT wanted a place their drivers could stay while they were at their facility. The new drivers lounge includes 4 hotel-like rooms (with keys), a private yoga room with an instructor, gym, laundry, showers, and a media room with a stand-up arcade game with just about any game you can imagine. When asked about what makes JCT so special to work for, Mr. Mallory said “we treat our drivers like they are family. If they don’t succeed, we don’t succeed. We want to do what we can to treat them right.” OTA also took to the road and landed at a Pilot Flying J truck stop. The staff stopped and thanked the truck drivers while passing out gift cards that Pilot Flying J donated as another way to show truckers just how much we appreciate what they do for our industry. OTA wants to say a big THANK YOU to John Christner Trucking and Pilot Flying J for including us in this week-long celebration! Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 3Q

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

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t is an honor to serve as the Chairman of our Association. 2017 has been an exciting year on many fronts and 2018 will hold the same. The anticipation of new regulations and their impending unknown impact to our industry, continuing challenges of attracting and retaining qualified safe drivers and technicians, proposed new taxes and highway funding issues, tort reform and the seemingly nonstop dysfunction of our state government are ongoing concerns. Your Association is working tirelessly on these issues and many more. We need your involvement and participation. I want to invite you and encourage you to attend the many great events our Association has planned for 2018. From Trucking Day at the Capitol, The Mid-Winter Conference, the Safety Awards Banquet, the Truck Driving Championships and the Annual Convention plus many more events are ways you can network with your peers, learn the latest on issues concerning your company, meet our valued suppliers and hear about the latest developments on products and services they offer and offer your input to the direction of our Association. Lastly I encourage you to join and participate in the OK Truck PAC. 2018 is an election year and the only way for our interests to be heard is by participating in the OK Truck PAC. When you receive information concerning the PAC this January please give it your best consideration. Any contribution is worthwhile and CAN and WILL make a difference. There’s an old saying that goes “If you’re not at the table, you may be on the menu!” We want to be at the table and through your participation in OK Truck PAC we will be. Thank you for your membership and support of the Oklahoma Trucking Association. I look forward to an exciting year in 2018 as we move trucking and our association forward. We are truly “The Voice of Trucking in Oklahoma”. Best wishes for a SAFE and Successful 2018. Greg Price

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