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any of you know this year’s 85th Annual Conference didn’t include golf. Our annual conferences have often been held in mid-September. Right or wrong we carefully considered what could have been brutal heat at an August time frame and chose to err on the side of caution. We chose to separate it and move it to later in the fall. We took the tournament up the road to the beautiful Cimarron Trails golf course in Perkins, OK. Even though we were supported by our great sponsors and had a fantastic turn out, the weather…well let’s just say it was on the BRISK side. I later nicknamed it the Frozen Foursome tournament. You’ve got to love Oklahoma’s weather, if not, just wait five minutes. All in all, we made the best of it and hurried through 18 holes before we dined on fantastic barbeque catered from the chef of a local casino and gave away prizes

in a warm clubhouse. The OTA also held its first ever clay shoot. This was another huge success with everyone attending saying they can’t wait for the next one. Luckily this time we had near perfect weather and fantastic hosts. From dead eyes to 50/50 shooters, everyone seems excited to return next year. No gun or ammo? No worries because we’ve got you covered. We practice safety first and literally have a blast! Both events were perfect ways to network within our association. It also opens great opportunities for companies to bring guests and even prospective members. Though the OTA staff works hard to bring on new members, YOU are always the best advocate to bring a business partner on board. It also bears repeating that you get out of it what you put into it. I encourage you to stay engaged and get the most out of your association. As OTA continues to grow, the responsibilities of the association grow as well. This year we added a new executive committee meeting prior to the board meeting as well as an event committee. These committees help make important decisions that impact our trucking association. As I look back on 2017 I can say I’m proud of how far your participation has brought the OTA and where we are continuing to grow. I’m sure each of us can point to a possible disappointment and hopefully many successes for 2017. Together, your Oklahoma Trucking Association has continued to gain strength in many ways. As we close out 2017, I thank you, our members and the entire Oklahoma trucking family for all of your support in telling our story as “The Voice of Trucking” in Oklahoma. You truly have made your association the largest and best trucking association in Oklahoma. We look forward to a successful 2018 and wish you a healthy, happy holiday and a blessed New Year.

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ffective December 18, states and their federal truck enforcement partners will begin issuing violations, citations and in some cases fines to those subject to the electronic logging mandate who are not complying with the mandate by using e-logs. It’s anybody’s best guess as to how many truckers that includes, but Overdrive’s latest polling, conducted through mid-November, suggested it could be a lot of truckers indeed. At that time, as illustrated in the poll results below, about a third of readers hadn’t prepared for mandate compliance and were unsure about their plans to conform. In November, a slight majority of mostly owneroperator readers of Overdrive indicated they were fully prepared to be using e-logs at the Dec. 18 enforcement date of the ELD mandate, if they planned to keep on trucking. Of those who said they were prepared, though, about a third hadn’t begun using e-logs yet.

Around the same time, also conducted a poll, issued its own results from surveying the small fleets in its third-party carrier-procurement service for brokers and shippers. Among nearly 2,000 carriers operating one to 70 trucks, 60 percent of the fleets were not ELDcompliant. Surveys by other entities late in the year showed similar results. Some of Overdrive’s survey respondents planned to deal with noncompliance consequences and hold off implementing until closer to April Fool’s Day. That’s when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s out-of-service criteria calls for putting more teeth in punishment for not complying. In recent weeks, FMCSA announced intentions to issue a 90-day enforcement delay for agricultural haulers, including but not limited to livestock operations. And the agency also signaled around the same time that ELD-related violations prior to April 1 would not be accompanied by

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severity weights to count toward carriers’ Compliance, Safety, Accountability system scores. As for the question on many truckers’ minds – just how lenient inspectors might be in the early going – it’s likely to vary considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, officer to officer. However, most state and federal law enforcement representatives are aware of the special cases that arise on the road, and some of them say that a standard of reasonableness is being encouraged in situations that unavoidably force truckers into violation. And as many have remarked, the practices used with automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs, ELDs’ regulatory predecessors) will carry well into Phase 3 of the ELD rule’s implementation. What that means is likely heavy reliance by officers on reviewing hours of service information on the display of the devices themselves, or in some cases obtaining a printout from the device or an email direct to the officer. Truckers using somewhat less-regulated AOBRDs today can continue using them in current form through the end of 2019, and newer ELDs make the graph-grid display of hours information a requirement. The grid is a form that inspectors are used to seeing, and Lt. Dan Wyrick of the Wyoming State Police adds that the new logs are “not

the true tattletale” devices many drivers think they are. Wyrick spoke with Overdrive after his participation in a series of “Train The Trainer” events around the nation in October and November, intended to roll out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s longawaited eRODS (electronic record of duty status) ELD analysis software to state enforcement. ELDs are required to be able to transmit log data to a central online housing for analysis by roadside enforcement who will use the software to make that analysis. “It only tells you there may be something that is going on” in terms of an irregular situation or potential violation, Wyrick says. It essentially assists in analysis, minimizing the officer’s contact with the drivers’ devices. “AOBRDs today will pretty much do the same thing,” with the ability to fax or email current logs and previous seven days to officers. “It remains up to the individual inspector, then, to go through the inspection process on that.” Wyrick notes a significant limitation of data transfers in states such as Wyoming where cellular data/internet coverage is spotty. “I don’t know that our current practices [with respect to checking drivers’ AOBRD logs] will change a whole lot” even with the eRODS rollout. For





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most stops, it’s likely “we’ll look at the display or print at the roadside” for many devices. Colin Mooney, CVSA executive director, clarified store being documents. an era of instant what’s delayedInuntil April 1. “It’scommunication, not uncommon ony information access, and tech-savvy workforce, forthe-fl government and the enforcement community to take this state of affairs is fast becoming obsolete, Scott believes. a phased-in enforcement process” for the introduction Michigan Department Transportation, a leader in ofThe a major regulation, he says,ofreferencing the CVSA “e-construction,” estimates that the agency saves approxboard’s vote to delay enforcement of its ELD out-ofimately $12 million in added efficiencies and 6 million service to April 1. Butbytousing operators thinking piecescriteria of paper annually electronic document storage for its $1 billion construction program, while rethe delay equates to a carte blanche enforcement delay, ducing its contract modification processing time from 30 “documenting the violation [on an inspection report], days to 3 days. warnings, citations” and associated fines – “all that is half of Scott’s wouldthis focus onThe the second table,” Mooney warns. interim “If you study don’t know is on implementing a process known as “Road-Diets” – that is, coming, you’ve had your headlane in the sand.” redefining existing highway space such as converting anThe existing four-lane,delay, undivided roadway out-of-service he says, at leastsegment will give that the serves both through and turning traffi c into a three-lane enforcement and regulatory communities “an indication segment with two through lanes and a center, two-way, ofleft-turn how many noncompliant carriers we’re going to have, lane. truly. Some have said it’s more than half of the industry,” The much reclaimed space could bewild allocated forinother some less. “Those are just guesses, my uses, such as bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, bus lanes view. We parking. feel [the OOS delay] is a responsible approach and/or to a new rule implementation. We’re not here to impede “Cycling in Oklahoma is exploding both as a form of exercommerce, and thehealth hoursand of service is not changing. cise to improve as a competitive sport,” Scott There’s no reason we can’t have a reasonable phased-in said. enforcement approach.”

Asked whether most state departments would be ready to roll out the new central software to analyze ELD logs by Dec. 18 given the scant six-to-seven weeks between “More than 5,000 spectators for the Pro-Am the first Train The Trainer eventgathered and the deadline, Mooney Classic, andwould the Saint Tough-race now notes “we have Francis/Tulsa liked to have had it sooner, buthas 2,000 participants and 60,000 spectators! This is huge we’re going to beSoOK.” for our economy. how is it that Oklahoma is considered one of the worst places in themuch country cycle? We are Wyrick, meanwhile, says the to same about ranked 45th in the nation. The answer, in part, is road enforcement in his state. Trainers were set to go out to access. Road Diets can have a significant impact without “port-of-entry and troopers” second full week increasing our officers transportation budget.theWe do, however, need to follow through with funding earmarked forand this of November to download the software to troopers’ activity, as other states have.” inspectors’ computers and school them on eRODS. FMCSA comment on The An League of spokesman American declined Bicycliststo has encouraged states to consider ve keyThe areas whenevents, hopingsaying to improve the schedule of itsfiTrain Trainer bike-friendly standings: legislation and enforcement, anything having to do infrastructure with enforcement policies and programs, andtraining funding,fell education/encouragement, andtactics evaluation and planning. under the “enforcement and methods” category of information and is “not releasable, even through a June 12 was the deadline for submission of interim study Freedom in of Information Act request.” requests the state House of Representatives, and House Speaker Jeff Hickman he will The spokesman, however, said reiterates theannounce agency’s by July 10 which authorized. long-held linestudies on the he rulehas in general, in spite of narrow and not-so-narrow exemptions: full speed ahead. “FMCSA and its state and local enforcement partners likewise have been utilizing the past two years to plan and to prepare,” he says. “The enforcement training schedule remains precisely on track.”

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Cathy Gautreaux has officially started her tenure as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).   Gautreaux spent 32 years at the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), including 29 years as executive director. Her official leadership biography was added to the FMCSA web site on Nov. 22. She replaces Daphne Jefferson, who retired on Nov. 3. Gautreaux, who was asked to join FMCSA by President Trump and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, is currently the agency’s highest-ranking official. Trump has nominated Raymond Martinez to head the agency, but he has not yet been confirmed by the full U.S. Senate. According to FMCSA, Gautreaux “is principally

responsible for overseeing FMCSA’s day-to-day operational programs and activities, which are performed by more than 1,100 employees located in its Washington, D.C., headquarters, four regional service centers, 52 divisional offices and 31 field units.” Gautreaux graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in criminal justice, and “is committed to keeping our nation’s transportation-dependent economy vibrant and strong while ensuring that our highways and roads remain the safest anywhere in the world,” FMCSA said. She has already chimed in on the electronic logging device mandate, saying in a recent statement that FMCSA “will continue to take steps to ease the transition to the full implementation of the ELD rule.”


U.S. net trailer orders hit 33,600 units in October according to FTR, up 40 percent from August and 65 percent year-over-year. While there have been some indications the dry van market is softening FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles Don Ake says orders in this segment were steady. Trailer orders have now totaled 290,000 units over the past 12 months. “There is good news on the vocational side,” Ake adds. “Flatbed demand continues to be sturdy as the

housing and energy markets continue to prosper. Renewed energy activity is also helping tankers and lowbeds.” Ake says demand may be off some from the levels of the last few years, but sales should remain at high volumes into early next year. “Orders are expected to be healthy for the next two months as fleets complete placing orders for 2018 requirements,” he says. “The trailer market next year continues to look very positive.” According to ACT Research, Class 8 truck orders reached a 35-month high of 36,033 units in October.

FMCSA TO ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL ELD TRANSITION GUIDANCE November 20, 2017 | Federal Safety Motor Carrier Administration The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that in advance of the Dec. 18, 2017 implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, and to further facilitate transition to the rule by motor carriers, the Agency will be providintg guidance related to enforcement procedures during the ELD transition. These will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry, and guidance on the “personal conveyance” provision. FMCSA will also provide guidance on the existing 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption in order to provide clarity to enforcement and industry. The guidance is designed to allow industry to maximize the use of this statutory exemption.  The Agency will consider comments


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received before publishing final guidance. FMCSA and its enforcement partners are fully prepared for the Dec. 18, 2017 implementation. The forthcoming announcement represents the agency’s desire to implement the ELD rule in a manner that improves safety without impeding commerce. “FMCSA has listened to important feedback from many stakeholder groups, including agriculture, and will continue to take steps to ease the transition to the full implementation of the ELD rule,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux. Formal publication of the guidance via the Federal Register is expected within the next two weeks, and will include a public comment process. For more information on ELDs please visit: https://


ATA: GOP TAX BILL WILL STIMULATE GROWTH FOR TRUCKING COMPANIES December 4, 2017 | Mark Edward Nero | American Shipper The American Trucking Associations (ATA) says it fully endorses three basic principles of tax reform: lowering the tax rates on business income; broadening the tax base; and simplifying the tax code. American Trucking Associations is commending the U.S. Senate for passing significant tax reform legislation. On Dec. 2, the ATA issued a statement saying that such reform will help trucking companies if and when it is reconciled with the House of Representatives version and is signed by President Donald Trump. “With today’s action in the Senate, major tax reform is now on the cusp of becoming law and igniting America’s economic engine.” American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said in the statement. “Reforming this onerous tax code will enable trucking companies large and small to invest more into their businesses, creating good middleincome jobs and stimulating growth up and down the supply chain.” Dave Manning, chairman of ATA and president of Nashville-based trucking company TCW, Inc. also gave

support to the newly-passed legislation. “We see every day – in our operations, and those of our customers – what tax reform will do to get the economy moving ahead at full speed,” Manning remarked. “A growing economy means more trucks on our roads to keep store shelves stocked and Americans’ homes filled.” The ATA has been an actively engaged throughout the legislative process in support of a tax overhaul. The organization recently hosted President Trump in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and strongly endorsed the tax reform framework that his administration worked to define with Congress. The group has said that it fully endorses three basic principles of tax reform: lowering the tax rates on business income; broadening the tax base; and simplifying the tax code. Before the Senate legislation can become law, it must be reconciled with the House bill that was passed Nov. 16, and the modified bill would have to be approved by both chambers of Congress, then signed by the president. Lawmakers have said this could occur by the end of the year. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q


STATE NEWS COBURN, KEATING, PARMAN WRITE OPEN LETTER TO OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS October 04, 2017 CapitolBeatOK Staff Report Editor’s Note: On Tuesday (October 3), former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, former Governor Frank Keating, and former Oklahoma Secretary of State Larry Parman sent a letter to Oklahoma lawmakers. In it, the three conservative leaders urged lawmakers to “right-size” government, stressing a belief that Oklahoma is hurting because Oklahomans are hurting. The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Oklahoma Policymakers, Ronald Reagan once wisely warned: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” About taxes and spending, he said, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” These words of wisdom apply directly to fiscal policies being debated in Oklahoma today. Take, for example, the last several legislative sessions. Numerous lobbyists for special interests and numerous government executives have worked to focus the discussion on how to take more money from Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens, from working Oklahoma families, and from small businesses and job creators. Each session, the discussion has focused on cries for more revenue, money to be taken from Oklahomans by their government. The reality, though, is that Oklahomans are hurting — due in large part to the significant price declines in oil and to the failures of the Obama administration’s economic policies and regulations. The Oklahoma Tax Commission reports that from 2014 to 2015 Oklahomans lost more than $13 billion in taxable income. Further, from FY-2015 to FY-2016, Oklahomans cut their purchases subject to state sales and use tax by $4.1 billion just to survive. From September 2015 to September 2016, fully 21,800 oil and gas and manufacturing jobs were cut. Given what Oklahomans are facing, now more than ever is the time for policymakers to steel themselves and get about the tough work of reforming Oklahoma’s government. This means focusing funding on critical core functions while working to implement efficiencies. It’s time to craft a state budget that respects Oklahoma families’ budgets. Now more than ever, policymakers must deliver on their campaign promises to right-size government and adjust it to the current tax burden borne by Oklahomans. During stern times like these, it is unwise to fall for the trap that is state-level “tax-reform” — when this really means raising taxes on Oklahomans and permanently cementing unreformed state spending so that government can avoid the hard choices Oklahomans have to make every day. Policymakers should especially resist increasing tax burdens on Oklahomans while a lack of transparency in agency spending still exists. Policymakers should work tirelessly until all


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expenditures of every state agency are reviewed by our elected legislators. No state agency should hire lobbyists or staff with state funds in order to lobby for even more taxpayer money. Sound and fiscally conservative policy must always consider reforms and prioritizing spending. The people of Oklahoma have spoken clearly in favor of this approach. Most state office holders have earned their offices by voicing support of these principles. Some claim that recent special-election results show that policymakers aren’t taxing their constituents enough. Nothing could be further from the truth. Voters will reward those who keep their promises, who work tirelessly to rein in the bureaucracy and special interests—and who carry out their duties and personal lives with moral integrity. When policymakers break promises, avoid reining in the bureaucracy, and have moral failings, none should be surprised when they themselves and those who claim to wear their political colors suffer electoral defeat. During this special session, those who claim the principles and label of Ronald Reagan must act on their promises. Those principles reject all tax increases and efforts to generate more revenue during times like these. State reports and certified revenue documents show that lawmakers have already passed legislation which increased annual revenues available for appropriation by more than $500 million over the last three legislative sessions. It is time to dig in to eradicate crony capitalism. It is time to rein in unreformed spending. It is time for real, market-driven Medicaid reforms and innovative health care spending. It is time to be honest about non-instructional growth in common and higher education. It is time to implement government-wide business process improvements and reform outdated government structures. Policymakers must make the same difficult choices being made by the most vulnerable, by working Oklahoma families, and by small businesses and other job creators in Oklahoma. Onward, Tom Coburn Former United States Senator Frank Keating Former Oklahoma Governor Larry Parman Former Oklahoma Secretary of State and Secretary of Commerce


Progress made on the state’s transportation system, especially bridges, after decades of deferred infrastructure improvements is expected to slow considerably due to reductions in available state funding since 2010. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted on Oct. 2 to approve the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s rebalanced Eight-year Construction Work Plan which includes the agency’s planned highway and bridge projects for Federal Fiscal Years 2018-2025. Because the fiscally constrained plan must be balanced with anticipated state and federal funding, ODOT was forced to delay projects and even take the unprecedented action of removing projects from the plan due to $840 million in cumulative state funding reductions in the last seven years. The Asset Preservation Plan for State Fiscal Years 2018-2021 was also presented as a companion to the Eight-year Plan, as in each year. “It was very challenging and frustrating to rebalance the Eight-year Plan while keeping our commitment on structurally deficient bridges and trying to address pavement conditions and urban highway congestion,” Executive Director Mike Patterson said. “The cumulative state funding reductions since 2010 have produced a snowball effect where projects have been pushed back later and later and now they’re being pushed out of the plan, which changes our strategy and moves us in the wrong direction.” Overall, 40 construction projects totaling more than $204 million were removed from the updated Eight-year Plan and about 42 percent of all programmed projects are being delayed at least one year, including 65 projects that were originally scheduled to go to bid this year. Additionally, several projects have been significantly reduced in scope in order to stretch funding as far as possible. The FFY 2018-2025 Eight-year Plan includes: • $6.3 billion in federal and state transportation funding • 1,448 total projects (nearly 170 fewer than the previous plan) • 764 highway bridge replacements or major rehabilitations (60 fewer than the previous plan) • Only 15 bridges were added, compared to 44 in the previous plan • 696 miles of added shoulders or other improvements to twolane highways (55 fewer miles) • Nearly 150 miles of interstate pavement improvements • Nearly $370 million in projects to address urban highway congestion Examples of previously-scheduled projects that have been removed from the new plan include work as part of realignment of US-70 around Madill and $32 million replacement of the US60 bridges over the Neosho and Spring rivers in Ottawa County. Delayed rural projects include reconstruction and widening of US-270 near Mutual in Woodward County, which was delayed from FFY 2018 to 2019. In Oklahoma’s urban areas, reconstruction of

US-75 along the east leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop in downtown Tulsa and I-40 interchange reconstruction and widening at Douglas Blvd. in Midwest City were delayed two years and five years, respectively. Project delays ultimately cost Oklahoma taxpayers in increased maintenance necessary to preserve highways and bridges and higher construction costs, which are up 67 percent nationally since 2003. In addition to direct financial costs, Oklahomans also will spend more time stuck in traffic congestion and face rougher roads. While the plan’s top priority remains replacing or rehabilitating Oklahoma’s existing structurally deficient highway bridges by the end of the decade, it falls short on other major needs including improving pavement conditions, adding shoulders to two-lane highways and addressing growing urban highway congestion. Even as the state nears its decade-old goal to address all remaining structurally deficient highway bridges by 2020, ODOT estimates that 90 bridges will still have to be replaced or rehabilitated each year just to keep up with the aging infrastructure system. Only 15 bridges were added to this Eight-year Plan. The Asset Preservation Plan contains preventative maintenance projects designed to extend the life of transportation infrastructure. The more than $473 million plan has nearly 400 projects addressing 147 bridges and more than 1,200 miles of pavement. The plan also features 44 projects to improve highways to Americans with Disabilities Act standards with curb ramps, traffic signal push buttons for pedestrians, crosswalks and sidewalks. Since being first implemented in its current format in 2003, ODOT’s Eight-year Plan has focused on addressing the state’s greatest transportation needs in a transparent, accountable and businesslike manner without political influence. These infrastructure improvements have been linked directly to economic growth. The project selection process is very rigorous, as transportation commissioners work with ODOT’s field division engineers and staff to identify the most critical highway and bridge projects and create a balanced statewide plan with anticipated federal and state funding. Each year, the plan is updated to reflect project completions, adjustments in projected revenue and changes in construction costs. As the previous fiscal year comes off of the plan, another year is added based on forecasting of available funding. Funding comes from state income tax allocation and state motor fuel tax appropriation, as well as the federal Highway Trust Fund.   A full list and map of highway projects in ODOT’s Eight-year Construction Work Plan and Asset Preservation Plan can be viewed at under Programs and Projects. Planned realignment of US-70 was around Madill, pictured above, was removed from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Federal Fiscal Year 2018-2025 Eight-year Construction Work Plan. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q



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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) have been notified that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has expanded the state’s REAL ID extension until Oct. 10, 2018. This means the federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver’s licenses and ID cards until that time. “This is great news for Oklahomans, and means there will be no restrictions on individuals using Oklahoma licenses to fly or access federal buildings through October 10 of next year,” said Fallin. “I applaud our lawmakers for working in a constructive, bipartisan fashion in approving legislation earlier this year

that made Oklahoma compliant with the REAL ID Act.” DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson said: “There have been many questions recently about Oklahoma’s status regarding REAL ID. DPS is actively working towards making Oklahoma REAL ID compliant and will use this time to gain compliance with the requirement. We strongly appreciate Governor Fallin’s leadership in signing REAL ID into law.” Those who would like more information about REAL ID are asked to refer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website at www.dhs. gov/real-id, or the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety website at

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





*Based on Model Year 2016 Cascadia Evolution with an Integrated Detroit™ Power Train (IDP) including a GHG14 DD15 ® engine, DT12™ automated manual transmission, Intelligent Powertrain Management (IPM) and 2.41 direct drive axle ratio.

STATE NEWS OKLAHOMA SENATE LEADER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO FILL COMMITTEE VACANCIES December 5, 2017 | President Pro Tempore Senator Mike Schulz Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz announced Tuesday appointments to fill vacancies in leadership positions in various Senate committees. THE APPOINTMENTS ARE: Senate Energy Committee Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, chair Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, vice-chair Senate Transportation Committee Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, chair Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, vice-chair Senate Business Commerce and Tourism Committee Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, chair Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, vice-chair Senate Rules Committee* Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, vice-chair Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, chair Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, vice-chair *The chair of the Senate Rules Committee has not changed.



n September 15, 2017, Governor Mary Fallin filed an Executive Order and convoked the First Extraordinary Session of the Fifty Sixth Legislature. This was the thirteenth special session since 1971 and the second special session called by Governor Fallin since she’s been in office. This special session was set to begin on September 25, 2017. After many weeks of debating and disagreeing, the Oklahoma Senate tried to break a stalemate between House Republicans and Democrats. On October 26, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution urging House leaders to include a tax increase on oil and gas production in their budget plans. The plan called for the hike in the gross production tax from 2 to 4 percent during a well’s first 36 months of production. The oil and gas industry passionately opposed this effort feeling singled out as an industry. To understand the divisiveness, you must know


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CEO Jim Newport reviews special session HB 1074 with Floor Leader Representative Jon Echols’ staffer Kaye Beach. Echols bill to continue the sales tax exemption on commercial vehicles is a companion/identical bill to SB 44 by Transportation Chairman Senator Mark Allen.

many House Republicans continued to adhere to their promise to constituents to not vote for any tax increase but to reduce perceived government bloat and inefficiencies. On the contrary, most of the Senate Republicans passed a tax increase measure. Many legislators hold a close belief in honoring Oklahoma’s constitutional vote of 1992’s state question 640 that requires a threefourths majority vote in both legislative chambers to create a new tax. Those legislators believe Oklahoman’s passage and constitutional amendment intended a high bar to be reached for new taxation and have pledged to oppose new taxes without a vote of the people. The House had its own revenue raising measure that failed previously and included a $1.50 tax increase per pack of cigarettes, a 6-cent tax increase on fuel, and a tax increase on low point beer. Additionally, all the House Democrats voted against it citing that it did not include the gross production tax increase, and sent the legislature back to the drawing board. CEO Jim Newport interviewing with News 9’s Aaron Brilbeck about how the 1.25% tax will affect the trucking industry. Again, the overall subject matter included an increase to tobacco, beer, trailers which the House had previously sent over. and fuel, as well as a higher tax rate on On November 17, Governor Fallin vetoed some oil and gas production. The Senate passed 165 of the budget bill’s 170 sections. The only their measure, but it only received 71 votes in the provisions not vetoed provided funding for public House, making it 5 votes short of the three-fourths health and human services until the legislature majority for revenue-raising bills. The House then reconvenes for another special session. In a press passed a budget bill the last week of the special release Governor Fallin said “House Bill 1019X session including emergency funding to state health does not provide a long-term solution to the agencies and reduced funding by 4% to dozens of reoccurring budget deficits, and within three months state agencies as well as sweeping reserve monies we will come back facing an estimated $600 million from agency revolving funds, or savings accounts. shortfall.” Because the proposal did not raise taxes it did not Because the legislature was unable to come need the 76 votes required to create new taxation to an agreement during the first special session, and was passed with a simple majority and sent to Governor Mary Fallin issued another Executive the Senate. The Senate was bitter toward the House Order on December 15, 2017, formally calling for a in leaving them this proposal as their only option. second special session of the Oklahoma Legislature. The Senate passed the measure but not without The lawmakers will address the immediate budget exacting some collateral damage. With the help of a issues facing Oklahoma. The second special majority of Senate republicans the Senate killed one session of the Fifty Sixth Legislature convened on of the Governor’s special session request to clarify December 18, 2017. the exemption of a 1.25% sales tax on commercial Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q


SAFETY ZONE “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a day, it’ll change.” That’s not always true for Oklahoma, but it does happen quite often, especially in the winter. Whether you’re dealing with crazy weather shifts in Oklahoma, or blizzards in North Dakota, here’s some helpful tips to keep you safe while you’re traveling during winter weather.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE: Check battery, tires, belts, hoses, windshield wipers, brakes and all fluid levels. • Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel. A good rule of thumb is to keep your fuel tank at least half full. • Get updates on weather-related road conditions and closures. For our great state, visit Oklahoma Department of Transportation at • Notify a friend or family member of your planned route and when you expect to arrive. • Keep your cell phone charged. • In your cell phone, include a number listed as ICE (In Case of Emergency) so that if you are not able to, emergency personnel can call a person important to you.

IF YOU GET STRANDED: • If you can still maneuver your vehicle, park clear of the travel lanes and downwind of exhaust fumes. • If your vehicle is in contact with a power line, stay inside. Warn others NOT to touch the car or the power line. If you must leave, jump clear and roll away from the car to avoid touching the car and the ground at the same time. • Call for help and wait until it arrives. Stay in your vehicle with your doors locked. • Attach a brightly colored fabric tie to the antenna and turn on your flasher so emergency responders can see your vehicle.


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• For heat, run the vehicle in short intervals to conserve fuel, being care of exhaust fumes. Crack a window to vent any build-up of carbon monoxide. (Check to make sure ice and snow haven’t covered or clogged your tail pipe so dangerous fumes don’t build up in your car.)

RULES TO LIVE BY: • Allow ample time to reach your destination. • Always wear your seat belt. • Drive with your headlights on even during the day. • Clear windows of snow and ice. • Take it slow. If possible, limit travel during the storm. • Remember that bridges and ramps will be the first to freeze. • Be particularly aware of black ice. • Drive in the right lane. • While driving, make sure there are three to five car lengths between you and other vehicles. • Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer. • Anticipate the flow of traffic to avoid abrupt actions while steering. • If your vehicle slides, steer the same direction you are sliding and take your foot off the gas and break. Don’t use cruise control while driving on slippery surfaces. As always, if you don’t feel comfortable on the roads, please don’t drive on them. But if you do have to go try to keep at least 200 feet between your vehicle and road clearing equipment, do not pass road clearing equipment, wait for crews to complete road clearing before approaching bridges and overpasses, and ALWAYS use caution when entering or exiting highways.

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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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he Oklahoma Trucking Association took a risk in not including a golf tournament during the annual convention this year. It was a joint decision to have it as a standalone event in the fall instead of worrying about the hot Oklahoma heat (and humidity). By doing this, it resulted in some of the prettiest Oklahoma August weather I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. Fast forward to Friday, October 27, OTA members met on brisk fall morning for our Fall Classic Golf Tournament. It was what one may consider a true fall day with a 20 MPH wind and starting off with a shotgun start in the low 30’s. This year’s event was held at Cimarron Trails Golf Club in Perkins, Oklahoma. We were appreciative of the tough 55 golfers who came out in spite of the chilly weather to compete in the tournament. The players were broken up into 17 teams, with one flight. The winners of the tournament were: 1st Place: Pilot Flying J Team Todd McCarthy Jordan Watson, Scott Watson, & Blake Mann. 2nd Place was the Southwest

Trailers & Equipment Team including Adam Dye, Mitchell Brown & Kurt Schroeder. 3rd Place was the Utility TriState Team made up of Dale Voss, Tommy Kelley, Grant Hume & Sean Murphy. There was one closest to the pin award going to Premier Truck Group’s Will Bone. The Fall Classic tournament was sponsored by Combo Hosts: Premier Truck Group and Rush Truck Centers; Classic Combo Sponsors: Hamm & Phillips Service Company, MHC Kenworth, and UPS. Tournament Classic Host sponsors were Bruckner Truck Sales, Southern Tire Mart, and Southwest Trailers & Equipment. The beverage cart was sponsored by American Transfer Storage & Company, and Drivers Legal Plan. Lunch was sponsored by T&W Tire. We had five team sponsors: APAC Central, Hampel Oil, LuGreg Trucking, Pilot Flying J, and Utility Tri-State. Three hole sponsors: Hampel Oil, United Petroleum Transports and T&W Tire. Thank you to all members who supported the OTA on this special day. It was one for the books! Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q


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FIRST ANNUAL FALL CLAY SHOOT Every year the Oklahoma Trucking Association holds events to help keep our members engaged and give them the opportunity to network in a fun and exciting way. After talking to our peers and polling our members, OTA decided on a fun, new exciting way to ‘shoot’ the breeze. On November 9, 2017 the Oklahoma Trucking Association held the first ever Fall Clay Shoot at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Silverleaf has three different courses with 12 stations throughout each course. OTA was able to take advantage of the beautiful weather, sunny and 55 degrees, and held a very successful clay competition. Each participant had the chance to hit 100 targets throughout the silver course, competing for not only bragging rights, but for gift cards from Academy. After completing the 12 station course the scores were tallied and results were in! Congratulations to Bobby Smith from Premier Truck Group for coming in first with a score of 82! Not only did Mr. Smith bring in the highest score, he took home a $100 gift card from Academy. Coming in at second place was UPS’s Eric

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Ulbrich shooting 79. Close behind him was another Premier Truck Group shooter, Jason Landers, with a score of 75! Mr. Ulbrich took home a $50 gift card while Mr. Landers took home a $25 gift card. But let’s not forget about the Dead Last Award. This award went to Michael Endres from Pioneer Transport. Mr. Endres shot a whopping 42 earning himself an old ratty gun sock and, crafted by our own CEO Jim Newport, a dead last “trophy.” Don’t worry, Mr. Endres also received laughter and ridicule from his peers. But only because he also walked away with a Die-Cast truck donated by J.J. Keller and Associates. So really, who’s laughing now? As always, we want to say a special THANKS to all our sponsors. Those companies who supported our Fall Golf Classic Tournament and Fall Clay Shoot were the Host Combo Sponsors: Premier Truck Group and Rush Truck Centers. Also, the Classic Combo Sponsors: Hamm and Phillips, MHC Kenworth, and UPS. Another big THANK YOU goes out to Pioneer Transport for being a Station Sponsor at the Clay Shoot. Lastly, we want to thank John Mallory, from John Christner Trucking for helping out as a volunteer, we always appreciate the help!

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record number of over 140 diesel technology students from ten Oklahoma Career Tech Centers joined working technicians and a number of other industry professionals for the Technology Maintenance Council’s 6th Annual Fall Technology Workshop Nov 7-8 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. The combined efforts of a number of companies resulted in a valuable learning experience for all attendees. The workshop began with a Tuesday evening training session to accommodate working technicians who could not attend the full-day Wednesday program. Daniel Mustafa, Assistant Manager Technical Development for TravelCenters of America presented a class on “Disc Brake Inspection” and “Importance of HVAC Performance Testing” with hands-on activities for attendees. The program continued in general session Wednesday morning with “21st century Technician Challenges and Opportunities,” by Mustafa and “An Overview of Air Disc Brake Systems” by Gilbert Corona of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. Eleven companies including CRST, Cummins Southern Plains, Freymiller, Inc., MHC Kenworth, MHC Leasing, Rush Truck Centers, Summit Truck Group, TravelCenters of America, United Engines, Wal-Mart, and Western Flyer Express participated in a career fair during the 2-hour walk-around lunch and nine additional companies: ASE,

Bendix, Bridgestone America, ConMet, Gates Corporation, Hunter Engineering, Peak Fuel Solutions, SAF Holland, and Truck-Lite, provided technical information tables. Several tables featured hands-on challenges. CRST challenged each attendee with a question. If they could not answer they were instructed to find out the answer from other attendees, then return to claim a prize. SAF Holland provided an opportunity to perform a fifth wheel inspection and alignment procedure. The lunch period concluded with 10 custom built Pinewood Big Rig Challenge entries competing for prizes and honors as “Fastest” and “Best Appearing” trucks. Tulsa Technology Center took top honors in both categories with Canadian Valley and Central Tech Centers also having winning entries. During the afternoon session, attendees were able to choose three training classes with hands-on activities in smaller group settings from a wide variety of options including Alignments Today (Hunter Engineering), Coolant and DEF Training (PEAK Fuel Solutions), ConMet Wheel End Clinic, Truck-Lite Electrical Training, and Tires, Wheels & Fasteners (Bridgestone Americas) and Understanding Loss of Belt Tension in the HD Accessory Belt Drive system (Gates Corporation). Save the date for the 2018 Fall Tech Workshop, November 6-7. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q


CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE I hope you enjoyed a robust 2017 and here’s hoping that 2018 will be a better year for trucking in Oklahoma. Thanks to the leadership of our current administration, the new tax law will afford trucking a much needed boost in the arm. While we all know that finding and retaining professional drivers continues to be the major headwind we all face, much has been done to work on this issue. Some of the work includes new laws which may allow 18-20 year olds to drive in interstate commerce. This way we will have the opportunity to show them that trucking is a good career choice with multiple opportunities of upward mobility. All these efforts take leadership to accomplish. I’m proud of the efforts that OTA is taking to make our voice heard. But it takes all of us to be successful. Leaders are engaging, participating and mentoring young leaders in our industry. If you are a member of OTA I encourage you to be engaged, participate and have your voice heard. Invite a colleague to join OTA so we can be a greater, stronger voice. I look forward to seeing what the new year holds and participating in the many upcoming events the OTA has planned. I hope to see everyone at our Midwinter Conference in Oklahoma City at the end of February and at Trucking Day at the Capitol on March 1st! Safe Travels Down the Road. Greg Price


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

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