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Editor | Shannon Helton Executive Director | Dan Case Bookkeeper | Les Hinkle Director of Events | Rebecca Chappell Chairman of Board | Bob Peterson

Melton Truck Line Board of Directors

John Titsworth | Triad Transport Greg Price | United Petroleum Transports


or over eighty years, the Oklahoma Motor Fall 2012 | Volume 19 | Issue 4 |

Carrier (OMC) magazine has provided OTA

members with important information concerning their association and the trucking industry. Each issue of the OMC features an OTA member company, and update on state and national trucking issues and highlights from

Celebrating 80 Years

OTA events. The OMC is read by over 3,700 people throughout the state of Oklahoma - including those outside the trucking industry. For advertising rates and information, please contact Shannon Helton at 405.445.1790, or visit for rate sheets and additional information.

David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line LaVern McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line Steve Niswander | Groendyke Transport Jim Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan Carmalieta Wells | Madewell & Madewell, Inc. Susan Boese | Tri Alexander Transportation, Inc. David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc.


Ken Case | Dugan Truck Line, Inc. Michael Mayer | Rush Truck Centers

Louis Thompson | Beaver Express Service, LLC Robert O’Brien | Time Lines Management Shawn Reeves | Advance Food Company


Jeff Jones | Kelworth Trucking Co. Adam Dye | Southwest Trailers & Equipment

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The Oklahoma Motor Carrier (OMC) is published quarterly by the Oklahoma Trucking Association, 3909 N. Lindsay, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Office of Publication, Southwestern Stationary, OKC, Okla. Bulk Rate postage paid at OKC, Okla. Please address all correspondence to 3909 N. Lindsay, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2013


FEATURES 30 34 38 44

Meet the Chairman: Bob Peterson OSMC Fall Seminar TMC Fall Technology Workshop OTA Open House

DEPARTMENTS Editorials 7 From the Editor 7 From the Executive


OTA Member News 9 Member Updates 6 Upcoming Events 46 Member Spotlight: Niles Transportation Council News 26 OSMC’s Safety Zone


Trucking Tidbits: Nationwide News 10 ATA Celebrates Safety Accomplishments, Commits to Further Action 10

ATA Pleased Supreme Court to Decide Port Regulations Appeal


FMCSA Implements Improvements to its Safety Measurement System


U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Federal Grant Program for University Transportation Centers


State Matters 16 Love’s opens first “fast fill” CNG facility for heavy-duty trucks 18

Oklahoma’s John Christner Trucking Joins Forces With to Fill Immediate Driver Positions


A billion here, and a billion there: Government revenue grows, but big tax cut unlikely


New accelerated bridge building techniques to be used for the first time in Oklahoma


Volvo Trucks Announces 2012 Proven Road Stops by Bruckner Truck Sales in OKC



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UPCOMINGEVENTS TMC Lunch Meeting Wed, January 23, 2013 Speakers: J. Philip Davidson & Jay Skolaut with Hinkle Law Firm will give a presentation on Sleep apnea. Starting at 11:00 am at the Oklahoma Trucking Association. Cost for lunch is $10 if registered by noon Monday January 21 or $15 at the door. For more information, please contact Bonne Karim at 405.641.5241 or Rebecca Chappell at 405.525.9488.

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FROMTHE EDITOR We’re off to great start for 2013. We’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse, Fiscal Cliff, Olympics, never-ending hours of service changes, and whatever else 2012 might have thrown our way. We’ve made it through, and now we start again. Of course, the OSMC never stops in its goal to promote safety and eduction for the trucking industry. They put on a great Fall Safety Seminar this past October in Tulsa. Now they’re gearing up for the Fleet Safety Awards that will take place this February in Oklahoma City. The Technology and Maintenance Council was also active this Fall and held their Fall Technology Workshop at Francis Tuttle in Oklahoma City. It was a fantastic time and there were a lot of new faces to the industry there. It’s great to see so much outreach from the OTA’s councils. Let’s make sure we keep it up for 2013! This is an exciting issue for me. I travelled up to Tulsa to visit with our new Chairman, Bob Peterson of Melton Truck Lines. He’s truly an inspiration as a businessman. The health program that he has implemented at Melton is absolutely amazing. You all are in for a treat with this feature. Now, let’s get down to it. I hope you enjoy this issue and also hope to see you at the Midwinter Conference this February!

Shannon Helton


As we start our 81st year, I want to thank all our members who helped the association have a great 80th year celebration. Our theme for the Midwinter Conference is “Focus on the Future.” We know we now have four more years of an administration in Washington that has put our industry under a microscope. We also know some of the instruments they will use to try to control our future. This will be a trying next four years and all associations that represent our industry must stay the course to guide our destiny with Washington. We hope our presentations at the Midwinter Conference will help with some of these hard decisions that you will have to make in the future. We look forward to seeing you in OKC February 27th -28th for this conference. It’s hard to believe we are getting ready to celebrate 5 years in our OTA home. The building has hosted over 100 events and we hope to do over 100 more in the coming years. We take great pride in keeping our home looking great and we appreciate the help we get from our membership. The upcoming legislative session will convene Monday, February 4th. We will be working to better our Workmen’s Comp rules and regulations and see if we can get some of the fees we are charged, reduced to a better level. Hoping you have a great 2013,

Dan Case

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There has been substantive progress on more than half of 20 critical steps necessary to further reduce highway crashes, according to a new progress report released by American Trucking Associations today on its progressive safety agenda.

to be done. For instance, though Congress has taken positive steps on electronic logging devices and on hair testing for drugs, ATA will continue to press for progress on these issues until meaningful changes are finally implemented.”

The report comes four years after ATA released its list of safety priorities and called on policy makers to do more to make trucks and their workplace, America’s roadways, safer. The Safety Agenda was developed by ATA’s Safety Task Force and adopted by ATA’s Board of Directors to improve the performance of both commercial and noncommercial drivers, and to make vehicles and motor carriers safer.

Through the end of 2012, several areas identified by ATA such as the safe use of technology, establishment of a national registry for certified medical examiners, and a system to pre-screen potential truck drivers have been the subject of positive, substantial change.

“ATA has been a vocal advocate for making common sense, data-supported, regulatory and legislative changes to improve the safety of our nation’s highways,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “Regulators and lawmakers at the state and federal level have answered ATA’s calls in several areas, but there is still much more work

Nine other areas - including improving truck parking, enactment of primary seat belt laws, establishment of programs to target aggressive driving behaviors, development of crashworthiness standards for large trucks, and the creation of a clearinghouse for driver drug and alcohol test results – have seen some favorable progress, but still substantive changes have not yet been fully implemented.

There are still several areas, however, where no meaningful headway has been made. These include: implementation of a national speed limit of 65 mph and speed limiters for all commercial vehicles and for passenger vehicles for drivers with certain traffic convictions. And, the federal truck safety program, along with many states, is moving in the wrong direction on truckinvolved traffic enforcement interventions. “We’re pleased that our state and federal safety partners have addressed or begun to address more than half of these actions to make commercial motor vehicles and their workplace safer, and remain committed to addressing all of these issues, and reversing negative trends, to further reduce highway crashes,” said ATA Chairman Mike Card, president of Combined Transport, Central Point, Ore. “We hope our federal and state partners will continue to work with us to this end.”


American Trucking Associations was pleased that the Supreme Court of the United States agreed on January 11 to hear its petition to review the Port of Los Angeles' attempt to impose a comprehensive licensing scheme on carriers using the port under the guise of environmental improvements. “The Port's rules challenged by ATA, which range from a requirement that carriers display Port-mandated information on the sides of trucks entering and leaving the Port, to a requirement that trucks conform to the Port’s off-street parking rules even when not on Port property, have nothing to do with improving air quality,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “We are pleased the Supreme Court will review the erroneous decision of the appellate court.” “ATA has challenged these provisions because we believe they are incompatible with Congress’ command that state and local governments may not regulate motor carrier decisions relating to prices, routes and services,” he said. “Our objections to the Port's program have always been business-related, and not, as certain reactionary groups have asserted, out of a desire to cling to polluting ways.” 10

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The Port's Clean Truck Program, without these onerous restrictions, has improved air quality, a fact environmental groups have repeatedly conceded. “Under the Clean Truck Program, industry and the Port have succeeded in working together to replace outdated equipment with new, efficient trucks,” Graves said. “We are proud to have participated in a program that improved air quality. That success means there is no need to interfere with Congress’ intention that the motor carrier industry be shaped by the forces of competition, under a uniform federal regulatory environment, and not by state and local governments that have their own ideas about how the industry should be structured. ATA is confident that the Supreme Court – which has repeatedly instructed that Congress’s deregulatory and preemptive intent is to be construed broadly – will agree.”


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Measurement System FMCSA IMPLEMENTSSafetyIMPROVEMENTS TO ITS SAFETY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) quantifies the on-road safety performance of carriers and drivers to identify candidates for interventions, to determine the specific safety problems exhibited by a carrier and its drivers, and to monitor whether safety problems are improving or worsening.


The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today implemented 11 new improvements to its Safety Measurement System (SMS). The changes, developed over several months with feedback from the public and stakeholders throughout the industry, will enhance the agency’s ability to identify and take action against trucks and buses with safety and compliance concerns. The SMS uses all available inspection and crash data to prioritize carriers for interventions. SMS quantifies on-road safety performance of carriers to identify the specific safety problems the carrier exhibits and to monitor whether performance is improving or worsening. SMS helps FMCSA more efficiently apply its resources and bring carriers and drivers into compliance with Federal safety regulations in order to prevent crashes and save lives. "Safety is our number one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These improvements will enable us to more accurately identify unsafe truck and bus companies and intervene before tragedies occur.” The SMS improvements will give FMCSA more precise information to assess a company’s on-the-road safety performance. The enhancements implemented today include: Changing the Cargo-Related BASIC (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) to the Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance BASIC to better identify HMrelated safety and compliance problems. Motor carriers and law enforcement can view this new BASIC in December; however FMCSA will conduct further monitoring before the BASIC is made public. Strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC by including cargo and load securement violations that were previously in the Cargo-Related BASIC. Counting intermodal equipment violations found during drivers’ pre-trip inspections. Aligning speeding violations to be consistent with current speedometer regulations that require speedometers to be accurate within 5 mph. The change applies to the

The SMS uses a motor carrier’s data from roadside inspections, including all safety-based violations, State-reported crashes, and the Federal motor carrier census to quantify performance in the following Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).

BASICs & Example Violations Unsafe Driving: Operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by drivers in a dangerous or careless manner.

Speeding, reckless driving, improper lane change, and inattention. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 397)

Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance: Operation of CMVs by drivers who are ill, fatigued, or in noncompliance with the HOS regulations. This BASIC includes violations of regulations pertaining to records of duty status (RODS) as they relate to HOS requirements and the management of CMV driver fatigue.

HOS, RODS, and operating a CMV while ill or fatigued. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 395)

Driver Fitness: Operation of CMVs by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications.

Failure to have a valid and appropriate Commercial Driver’s License and being medically unqualified to operate a CMV. (FMCSR Parts 383 and 391)

Controlled Substances/Alcohol: Operation of CMVs by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Use or possession of controlled substances/alcohol. (FMCSR Parts 382 and 392)

Vehicle Maintenance: Failure to properly maintain a CMV and/or to properly prevent shifting loads.

Brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects, failure to make required repairs, and improper load securement. (FMCSR Parts 392, 393 and 396)

Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance: Unsafe handling of HM on a CMV.

Release of HM from package, no shipping papers carrier), and no placards/markings when required. (FMCSR Part 397 and Hazardous Materials Regulations Parts 171, 172, 173, 177, 178, 179, and 180)

Crash Indicator: Histories or patterns of high crash involvement, including frequency and severity. It is based on information from State-reported crashes.

A carrier’s measurement for each BASIC depends on: n n n

The number of adverse safety events (violations related to that BASIC or crashes) The severity of violations or crashes When the adverse safety events occurred (more recent events are weighted more heavily)

After a measurement is determined, the carrier is then placed in a safety event group of carriers (e.g. other carriers with similar numbers of inspections). Percentiles from 0 to 100 are then determined by comparing the BASIC measurements of the carrier to the measurements of other carriers in the safety event group. 100 indicates the worst performance. Interventions. If one or more of a carrier’s BASIC percentiles exceed a threshold, the carrier then becomes a candidate for an intervention. Typically, the intervention process starts with a warning letter, which provides the carrier with an opportunity to review its performance and make improvements without further FMCSA involvement. Thresholds vary depending on the type of carrier and the BASIC. For example, since the consequences of passenger or HM crashes are typically more severe, lower Intervention Thresholds are in place for these types of carriers.

prior 24 months of data used by the SMS U.S. Department of Transportation and all SMS data moving forward.

program, we are continuing to raise the bar for truck and bus safety.”

HTTP://CSA.FMCSA.DOT.GOV | DECEMBER 2012 Changing the name of the Fatigued Driving BASIC to the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC to more accurately reflect violations contained within the BASIC.

Motor carriers are encouraged to check their safety data at sms to see how the SMS changes may have affected their SMS results.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Aligning the severity weight of paper and electronic logbook violations equally on the SMS for consistency purposes.


For complete details on the new SMS improvements, visit the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Web site at http://

FMCSA provided a four-month preview period to give the public and industry ample opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes to FMCSA's SMS. Overall, more than 19,000 companies and 2,900 law enforcement personnel participated in the public preview. “These SMS enhancements reflect FMCSA’s commitment to listening to our stakeholders and researching and analyzing enhancements in the name of safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “By strengthening our cornerstone enforcement Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Winter 2013




The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Transportation Administration (RITA) today announced that $72.5 million in funding will be available to eligible nonprofit institutions of higher education to establish and operate University Transportation Centers (UTCs). RITA previously solicited public comment on requirements for awarding the grants. The UTC Program awards grants to universities across the United States to conduct state-of-the-art transportation research and develop the next generation of transportation professionals. Selections will be announced in mid-2013. “These transportation centers will be key in addressing today’s transportation and infrastructure needs and help us develop a professional workforce trained to tackle the challenges of the future,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Authorized by Congress under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the UTC Program provides approximately $72.5 million for each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 for up to 35 competitive grants. As laid out in MAP-21, during both years the Department plans to competitively select five national UTCs with an award of $3 million each, ten regional UTCs with an award of $2.75 million each, and up to 20 Tier I UTCs with an award of $1.5 million each. Funding is subject to congressional appropriations. “These funds will support UTC programs that provide students with real opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research and to work on transportation issues with leading experts in the field,” said RITA Deputy Administrator Gregory D. Winfree.

$72.5 million will fund up to 35 competitive grants

UTCs work with regional, state, and local transportation agencies to help find solutions to challenges that directly impact their communities and affect the efficiency of the nation’s transportation system. Past UTC projects include a 2012 Rahall Transportation Institute study that identified substantial economic benefits from using publicprivate partnerships for construction of the I-73/74 National Highway System Corridor in West Virginia. In addition, a transit-focused research study from the University of South Florida helped develop a mobile application for GPS-enabled cell phones that assist transit riders with disabilities in navigating public transportation systems in Florida. Interested universities will have 90 days to submit their applications. Selections will be announced next year.


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LOVE’S OPENS FIRST “FAST FILL” CNG FACILITY FOR HEAVY-DUTY TRUCKS Love’s Travel Stops announced on October 8th, the opening of its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel facility designed for rapid fueling of heavy-duty trucks. Additionally, the company announced they are testing their first 11.9-liter CNG engine with plans to purchase more for their 300-truck, fuel delivery fleet. The announcement signals the company’s commitment to offer CNG as a viable alternative fuel for the trucking industry. Offering the product in a fast-fill dispenser enables efficient fueling of heavy-duty trucks. Currently, a gallon-equivalent of CNG is approximately $2 less than a gallon of diesel. Compressed natural gas is also an abundant, domestic fuel that is cleaner burning. Tom Love, founder and CEO of Love’s Travel Stops said, “Love’s continues to listen to the needs of our customers and give them options by adding our first CNG fueling facility for professional drivers. We are monitoring demand for CNG and are looking to expand the availability of fastfill CNG at our Oklahoma and Texas travel stop locations.” Special guest, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, also spoke at the event.

Company testing first CNG engine with plans to order more for 300-truck fuel delivery fleet.


Tom Love speaks at the opening of Love’s first “Fast Fill” CNG facility.

Fallin, who is a nationally recognized natural gas champion, said, “Love’s is one of Oklahoma’s finest examples of innovation and leadership. Their commitment to advance natural gas as a transportation fuel is a milestone for our state and our nation.  Oklahoma is a state rich with natural gas resources, and companies like Love’s are leading the way in providing infrastructure that stimulates more demand for natural gas, a cleaner burning, more affordable fuel that supports the creation of American jobs.” Love’s began offering CNG for light-duty and consumer vehicles at smaller locations in Oklahoma in early 2011 through a partnership with Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy. After conducting extensive research on natural-gas alternatives for heavy-duty trucks, the company saw benefits of using CNG for their own fuel delivery fleet. Love’s

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also believes regional trucking fleets have an opportunity take advantage of the cost savings. The company’s first fast-fill CNG fueling facility is located at the Love’s Travel Stop on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City where the ceremony was held. Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely familyowned and operated. With more than 290 locations and 150 truck tire care centers in 39 states, Love’s approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year. Love’s is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s largest privately held companies. To learn more, visit www., Facebook (www.facebook. com/lovestravelstops), or follow @LovesTravelStop on Twitter.



Oklahoma based company, John Christner Trucking, is driving up their fight against the nation’s truck driver shortage and has partnered with, a prominent industry job site. With over 20 years of business, John Christner Trucking has become an established industry leader specializing in temperature controlled transportation and a company known for its emphasis on team driving as well. In addition to the truck driver demand affecting the nation overall, Oklahoma’s recent growth in both the oil and natural gas industries has created even more demand for truck drivers all over the state. Dan Case, executive director of the Oklahoma Trucking Association stresses just how overwhelmed today’s trucking industry really is. “I know one oilfield company who is looking for over 500 drivers right now”, he says. While companies such as John Christner Trucking offers many incentives such as bonuses, lease purchase programs, rider share programs and lucrative team driving opportunities, their immediacy to fill these positions requires applicants to be qualified, experienced drivers as well. The shrinking pool of qualified drivers has become a major part of the problem. While

Earning potential has skyrocketed to between $50k-90k with Oklahoma’s booming oil and gas industries. provides the online solution of advertising available job positions to an unlimited net of applicants, the Oklahoma trucking industry is providing the other online solution to ensuring more applicants are qualified. Oklahoma’s CareerTech system has partnered with Cen18

tral Technology Center to offer advanced satellite training across the state. This program initiative not only reaches new drivers all over Oklahoma, it specifies training in areas where drivers are most in demand and the type of training most needed. Truck driver schools all over the state have been also been appealing to new drivers with encouraging facts such as people graduating from short 23 day training programs with a 98 percent job placement rate. Not only are there truck driving positions starting at $40, 000 per year, the earning potential has skyrocketed to between $50,000 and 90, 000 with Oklahoma’s booming oil and gas industries. Chesapeake Energy Corp. is one such company with headquarters in Oklahoma City and becoming especially significant to the trucking industry. In addition to being the second-largest producer of natural gas in the entire US, it has recently revealed a solution for all trucking companies and owner/operators to save up to 30 percent on fuel costs. Diesel natural gas (DNG)

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conversion kits allow heavy-duty trucks to run on a mixture of diesel and 70 percent cleaner, more affordable natural gas. John Christner Trucking adds to this by placing a great deal of importance on constantly improving maximum efficiency for their own vehicles in areas such as its partnership with Smartway, lighter equipment, APU/energy efficiency, carbon footprint and Aerodynamic equipment. Not only does this benefit the owner/operator affiliated company vehicles, overall efficiency is much more lucrative for their company drivers as well.

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The vibrant Oklahoma economy’s impressive expansion -- with the state in the top three for per capita personal income growth over the last few years -- is yielding a lot more money in state tax coffers. However, taxpayers probably should not count on significant tax relief any time soon. The Oklahoma Legislature will have about $214.6 million more to spend for Fiscal Year 2014 than in FY 2013 -- yet state officials don’t seem prepared to make a fresh push for a major personal income tax reduction. Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Gov. Mary Fallin has not made several significant decisions about the Executive Budget she will submit to the Legislature in February. However, he said she would likely support a $50 million increase in funding for the Department of Human Services, as projected in the Pinnacle Plan released last summer. The plan reflects an accord Fallin and other officials signed, which flowed from lengthy controversy and litigation. Additionally, Fallin supports implementation of historic judicial reform legislation. While that is intended to save money in the medium-term (over the next 5 to 10 years), in the near-term the state Corrections Department wants money for salary hikes and to cover implementation costs for that “reinvestment” initiative.

State agencies have requested increased spending totaling $1.4 billion, far surpassing the revenue growth. Corrections is not alone: state agencies have requested increased spending totaling $1.4 billion, far surpassing the revenue growth, Doerfllinger noted.

Hanging over the state government’s financial planning is the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the federal level, with broad implications for state governance. In response to a question, Doerflinger said that his hunch now – 10 days before the end of the calendar year – is that the nation will “go over the cliff, sort of.” Discussing the issue with news organizations, including CapitolBeatOK, Doerflinger explained he anticipates federal negotiations will continue through the end of the year, with some accord emerging only after the eleventh hour. Doerflinger stressed that the state Finance staff is basing its projections on current law – i.e. the tax increases and federal sequestration that will, if not changed, occur beginning January 1. Here in Oklahoma, despite the spending pressures from agencies, Doerflinger told reporters there will likely be a tax reduction proposal from the Fallin administration –

but “not as detailed or broad” as last what was put on the table last year. He declined to indicate a percentage or fraction for possible reductions in personal income taxes. This months projection’s led state finance officials to anticipate a deposit into the Constitutional Reserve, popularly known as the Rainy Day Fund, of $66.4 million, which now has a $577.5 million balance. The now-expected deposit will build the fund past $600 million for the first time in history. That fund is capped at 15 percent of the prior year’s general fund collections, meaning that additional revenue growth might take the reserve to $834.7 million. When Fallin took office in January 2011, the Rainy Day Fund had 3 cents, Doerflinger stressed. He detailed the following projected revenue bumps flowing into the General Revenue Fund: • personal income tax collections leaping ahead $121.1 million, or 6.1 percent over the estimate a year ago

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STATEMATTERS • Corporate income taxes rising $164.6 million, or 51.3 percent • Sales taxes increasing $126.6 million, or 6.6 percent • Interest and investment estimates up $3 million, or 3.6 percent. On the flip side, revenues from gross production taxes on oil and gas decreased. For natural gas, the decline is $41 million (21.8 percent); for oil the decline was $799.8 million or 21.8 percent. The State Board of Equalization on Thursday (December 20) certified $7 billion for expenditure next year, reflecting growth in tax revenues in line with the healthy state economy. Doerflinger noted that the coming fiscal year will be the first since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008 where revenues available for expenditure exceed $7 billion. That total comes from certified funds anticipated at $6 billion, with $5.7 billion available for appropriation, and another billion dollars in other income streams.

prise, successor agency to the Office of State Finance. His staff prepares fiscal and revenue estimates for the governor and presents those to the State Board of Equalization. The equalization board consists of six statewide elected officials – including the governor, lieutenant governor, auditor and inspector, treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction -- and president of the board of agriculture. After the constitutional board’s formal certification of anticipated revenue, state Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman, a Sapulpa Republican, said national uncertainty “will continue to adversely impact the states. We must plan accordingly, and while celebrating positive indicators of growth, remain cautious and forward-thinking.” You may contact Patrick B. McGuigan at Patrick@capitolbeatok. com and follow us on Twitter: @capitolbeatok.

Thursday’s revenue certification actually understates significantly the total state budget. Jill Geiger, state budget director in Doerflinger’s office, told CapitolBeat that as of Wednesday, “The total budget for all funds (state appropriated, federal, agency special accounts, etc) is $24,399,489,307.” In addition to his Finance position in Fallin’s executive Cabinet, Doerflinger is director of the Office of Management and Enter-

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Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's Monday, December 3 meeting included the presentation of an award recognizing completion of the Perryman Ditch project in Tulsa which significantly improved drainage, awarding of a $3.4 million contract for a bridge replacement project on SH-51 in Creek County using special accelerated bridge construction techniques for the first time in Oklahoma and approval of a more than $10 million contract for the widening of Kickapoo St. in Shawnee. In a special ceremony, the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association's Gavin Brady presented the organization's annual "Public Official of the Year" award to Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's cooperative effort with the City of Tulsa to construct the Perryman Ditch along I-44 in Tulsa. Completed in August 2010, the $42 million structure greatly improved drainage in a flood-prone area of Tulsa by redirecting storm water to the Arkansas River. Each year, OFMA recognizes one floodplain administrator and one public official for public policy initiatives that address floodplain management needs for Oklahoma communities. "Prior to the Penyman Ditch project, flooding in this area was frequent and costly," Brady said. "By rerouting the flow and containing it within the culvert along the interstate right-of-way, the storm water relief line significantly improved the Tulsa flood hazard area for 1,264 homes that were removed from the floodplain." "The award really belongs to ODOT and the City of Tulsa," Ridley said. "We think of City of Tulsa Engineering Director Paul Zachary as a great friend of ours and the cooperative effort we have with the City of Tulsa is second to none." Commissioners voted to approve a nearly $3.4 million contract to replace the SH-51 bridge over Cottonwood Creek near Mannford in Creek County. For the first time in Oklahoma, crews will use accelerated bridge construction techniques to assemble a majority of the bridge alongside its final location and then move the structure into place. Commissioners learned that this will result in a road closure of less than 21 days versus an expected six month impact to traffic using conventional bridge construc-

A At Monday’ss meeting off the Oklahom ma Transporrtation Com mmission, Gaavin Brady of the Oklahooma F Floodplain Managers M Asssociation prresented the organizationn’s “Public O Official of thhe Year” awaard to T Transportatio on Secretary y Gary Ridleey (far left) for fo the Oklahhoma Departtment of Traansportation’’s successfull ccompletion of o the $42 million m Perrym man Ditch prroject along I-44 in Tulssa. Pictured are Ridley, lleft, ODOT C Chief Engineeer Gary Evaans, District 8 Transporttation Comm missioner Petter Regan, B Brady, City oof Tulsa E Engineering Services Director Paul Zachary, Z Staate Hydraulicc Engineer L Leslie Lewiss and Divisioon 8 E Engineer Ran ndle White.

tion methods. While this particular bridge project has a higher initial cost than standard bridge construction, the anticipated user cost of a road closure required by standard construction far outweighs the user cost for the accelerated project, which was calculated to be $430,000. The user cost for a standard construction project such as this would be in excess of $3.5 million, which is six to seven times more. In the long run this causes a net savings to drivers. User costs include the value of time lost by drivers due to road closures and detours. Ridley noted this type of accelerated bridge construction could be considered in other areas which meet site criteria. The commission also approved a more than $10 million contract for the widening of more than one mile of Kickapoo St. in Shawnee. The highly-anticipated project combines federal earmarks with funds pledged by the City of Shawnee and includes financial incentives for early completion.

In all, commissioners awarded 29 contracts totaling $49 million to improve highways, interstates and roads in 19 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects in Adair, Caddo, Cleveland, Cotton, Creek, Carter, Grant, Harper, Johnston, Logan, McCurtain, Noble, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Payne, Pottawatomie, Stephens, Tulsa and Woods counties. The eight-member panel, appointed by the governor to oversee the state’s transportation development, awards project contracts for road and bridge construction every month. Before a project is awarded, ODOT researches, plans and designs the work to be done. Contracts are bid competitively, with the OTC selecting the winning firm. Typically, work begins several weeks or months after contracts are awarded. Contracts, bid information, the commission’s monthly agenda and project details can be viewed at

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ronmental Care. The Volvo VN, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards. Volvo Trucks North America is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and one of the world's leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter). The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs nearly than 118,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets. Volvo Group sales for 2011 amounted to nearly $47.8 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.

EDUCATING ALL DRIVERS HELPS SAFETY GOALS The results are in, during the 2012 CVSA Operation Safe Driver, passenger vehicle drivers were cited for speeding at a rate near double that of professional CMV drivers.

the Operation Safe Driver “Teens & Trucks” and “Defeating Distracted Driving” programs, can be leveraged to continue the safety effort around education and awareness.”

2012 Results • 29.9 % of the violations were for speeding • Out of 5,494 citations & warnings for speeding • 34% were issued to Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers • 62.4 % were issued to passenger vehicles • Only 17% of all violations recorded were for the CMV.

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According the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) 74 percent of all accidents were attributed to the passenger vehicle in a truck-car crash, while only 26 percent were attributed to the truck driver. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why it is a proven fact that CMV drivers are safer than the majority of vehicles they have to share the road with? CMV drivers are professionals like you, and I. CMV drivers are well-trained, safety oriented and extremely regulated. Safety Professionals are well-trained and assist the driver with understanding and complying with all the regulations as well as safe driving techniques. We all work together to recognize, analyze, correct and prevent unsafe behaviors Non-Profit and Volunteer Organizations such as OSMC, TMC and OTA in conjunction with agencies like the FMCSA, ATA, PHMSA, CVSA, & NTTC work together to recognize, analyze, correct and prevent unsafe behaviors. This information is passed on to the companies and drivers so that we can affect positive changes. Generations of our past used their technology to do the best they could, and they did affect change the past. We now have far more advanced technology and incredible advantages over even the most recent generation. It is the responsibility of the safety professional to affect positive changes today and in the future. Our industry continues to evolve, but every day more lives are lost and accidents continue to plague this industry.

What if we stopped the poor driving behavior and habits of those we ask our drivers to share the road with? How many lives could we save? What if we reached out to our communities, our organizations and schools? Our message needs to reach every person that drives a vehicle, professionally, personally, recreationally, new and old drivers…. Everyone! This is our goal for 2013. To educate all the motorists we share the road with. We all should strive to learn more, to teach more, to take the industry facts and statistics and share this information with our drivers and our companies…. we must also take the time and share this information in order to educate our communities in Oklahoma. What are you going to do? Are you going to join us, help and support our efforts to make the highways safer for Oklahoma? Or are you going to sit back and wait until your next accident, or expensive insurance claim to do something? The members of the OSMC strive to stay on top of the ever changing regulations. It’s wonderful to have a peer group of professionals sharing our experiences and working together towards a common goal: Make Our Highways Safer! I encourage you to get more involved with the OSMC. Truckers learn safe driving, so should you. Sharing the road takes two!

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Beginnings and Melton

Bob Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Southern California. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Before settling into the trucking industry, Peterson worked in the venture capital, bank management and public accounting sectors. In 1989, he formed GlasTran, Inc. and served as their President. Peterson has served as the President of Melton Truck Lines since July of 1991 when he acquired the company from Duncan McRae, Jr. The McRae’s had been careful to maintain the Melton family atmosphere at the company when they purchased the truck line in 1958. Peterson has embraced that same atmosphere even as the company has continued to expand throughout the “New Melton” years.


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Wellness for Everyone

Many have heard about Melton’s iCare program, an innovative new way at approaching employee wellness and insurance. Employees are offered a discount for their health care premiums if they participate in the program. There is no pressure to join, since some individuals value their privacy and do not wish for their employer to have access to their medical information. But those who do join, are not only rewarded with a financial break, but the company also embracing those who are willing to take that first step towards a healthier lifestyle. It makes good business sense. Healthier employees mean fewer sick days, lower insurance costs, and more productive working hours. But the true reasons for Peterson’s push on the wellness front are far from financial gain. Peterson’s own father passed

away at age sixty, far too young for this day and age. As we toured the Melton headquarters, Peterson pointed out an area in the driver’s lounge where former drivers are memorialized. He stopped and pointed out that these drivers are missed and died too young. Peterson said that he believes that if the iCare program would have been in place earlier, that their deaths would have been avoided. His only goal now is to prevent that from happening in the future. “People say drivers can’t eat well on the road – they can. We just have to make it more of an issue,” encouraged Peterson.

Working with OTA

“The OTA is our advocacy group in Oklahoma,” Peterson says of the Association’s role in the state. “To me, the Board supports Dan’s efforts,” he continued. “I want

to see what he does. I’d like to better understand the legislative process,” Peterson said of what he would most like to learn as Chairman. Workers Compensation is not necessarily a new topic of contention, but it is an issue that has been gaining steady ground in recent years, due in part to the OTA’s involvement. “We have a poor workers compensation system that is expensive,” Peterson said. Last year, Melton helped draft a piece of legislation to allow companies to opt-out of the system. Peterson acknowledges that it is a long fight ahead, but one that is worth fighting to improve economic growth in the state. With Peterson’s experience as an accountant, he has assisted the OTA and the Board with ensuring the financial stabil-

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“People say drivers can’t eat well on the road – they can. We just have to make it more of an issue” ity of the Association. Ensuring that the advocacy that they offer now continues to be available for many years to come.

Future of Melton & Trucking

Melton is already embarking on their newest phase. Peterson talked about the plans for their new office, located on the same property they are headquartered on now. The building is expected to be completed in early 2014 and will be a whopping 75,000 square feet in size. Peterson wants to see the status of trucking improve in our state, as well as the nation. As one of the largest industries in America, he would like it to receive a more positive light and hopes the OTA can usher in a new era where the industry is looked upon with great favor.

Personal Life

In addition to his professional career, Peterson has been happily married to his wife, Cindy, for over six years. He has a daughter and step-son. His daughter, much to his surprise, followed in her father’s footsteps to become an accountant as well. It’s no question if you have been to any of the OTA’s events that Peterson is an avid golfer. On the wall in his office at Melton headquarters is a display celebrating his hole-in-one at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa. He made the memorable shot during a tournament where a $30,000 prize was given to him for the feat. Peterson donated the money to the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to the Boy Scouts, Peterson is also an active supporter of the Tulsa-area United Way and various other organizations.

My visit with Peterson was truly informative and enlightening. It is encouraging to see executives who value their employees so much. Also Peterson has a drive to always achieve more. Whether it is safety, legislation, business or wellness, he strives for a better future for our industry and state.


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OTA Executive Director, Dan Case addressed the crowd with an OTA update. Anne L. Collins, Associate Administrator for Field Operations with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spoke more on “Raising the Bar” in terms of safety. Anne L. Collins started her federal career with FMCSA in September 2010. As Associate Administrator for Field Operations, Annie oversees and coordinates the work of over 800 safety professionals in over 80 offices across the United States and its Territories. Prior to joining FMCSA, Annie enjoyed a distinguished 21 year career in Massachusetts state government focused on building efficient programs that promote safety. Additional speakers included Mac Kirk (FMCSA), Rob Abbott (ATA), Larry Ramsey (FMCSA), Joe Hardridge (FMCSA), Bob Neal (FMCSA), BRian Fielkow (Jetco), John Conley (NTTC), Jordge Delucca (OSHA), Terry Bitner (Great West Casualty Company), Susan Lobsinger (USA Mobile Drug Testing), Kerry Pettingill (OHP), and Lt. Ron Jenkins (OHP). The OSMC would like to thank the General Sponsors who made the event possible: Anchor Freight, Beaver Express Service, LLC, Braum’s, Inc., Duit Construction, Groendyke Transport, Inc., Kelworth Trucking Company, LuGreg Trucking, LLC, Oklahoma Trucking Association as well as Break Sponsors: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Madewell & Madewell and Triad Transport, Inc.

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TMC strives to provide programs throughout the year in support of all segments of the heavy truck maintenance community: Fleet Managers, Maintenance Supervisors, Technicians, Diesel Technology Instructors and students. We are fortunate to be able to bring industry leaders from across the country to Oklahoma for events such as this to provide technology updates, handson technical training and management best practices to improve fleet performance and reduce operating cost.

Above: OTA Director of Events, Rebecca Chappell, tries out Chesapeake’s CNG chopper. Below: Participants prepare for the Pinewood Big Rig Derby race.

As the technician shortage looms ever larger on the horizon, it is critical to actively support development of the next generation of heavy truck technicians. OTA TMC partners with Oklahoma Career Tech’s diesel technology instructors to include their students in as many TMC activities as possible. Of special note is inclusion of student competitors in the annual SuperTech competition with separate prizes for students and a traveling trophy presented to the student champion’s school. Approximately 175 people attended the Fall Technology Workshop with keynote presentations on the latest heavy truck CNG Technology and Detroit Diesel’s Virtual Technician Program. Sixteen industry suppliers participated in the walk-around lunch vendor showcase and attendees had a choice to attend 3 of 6 hands-on training sessions in the afternoon. We hope you will join us in support of TMC activities in 2013. The Oklahoma SuperTech competition is scheduled for May 3 and the Fall Technology Workshop for November 13, both at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Reno Campus. Additional programs will be posted on the OTA website.


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NILES TRANSPORTATION How did it all begin? Les Stufflebeam graduated from Central State University, now University of Central Oklahoma, and began his career in transportation in 1970 with Bray Truck Lines, Inc. After stints with several companies including Ellex Transportation and National Carriers, Inc., Mr. Stufflebeam went out on his own forming LX Transportation in 1986. Three years later LX Transportation dissolved its business interests and Niles Transportation, Inc. was formed and founded in 1989.

Q&A with Kevin Stufflebeam Owner: Les Stufflebeam Founded: 1989 Location: Jenks, OK Councils: OSMC

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Niles now operates in the lower 48 and hauls non-HAZMAT loads. The majority of their cargo includes van freight such as metals and papers. They also haul some liquid and flatbed.

Niles Transportation, Inc. is comprised of two divisions – Carrier and Brokerage. Our carrier division originated because of a growing need to service the Oklahoma and surrounding area in a way our brokerage division could not accomplish. Owner operators only, our carrier side is small but effective and of course focused on safety. What makes us different? Simple, it is our ability to service our customers. Large customers usually need large carriers to meet their shipping demands. Our customers are smaller businesses that need the individualized service that a small carrier can deliver. It is actually a bit more complicated, but we only have one page!

What issue is most important to your company right now? The rules and regulations of this industry are ever-changing. With this in mind, I don’t think I can narrow it down to one biggest concern. However, current regulations’ concerning EOBR’s and how they affect owner operators is going to be an issue for us. Along with this, the fiscal issues owner operators will face with the changes in tax code will continue to be huge.

What do you think the greatest benefit from being an OTA member is? The Oklahoma Trucking Association is a great resource for the industry. I believe our greatest benefit as an OTA member is the knowledge that we have a voice. That voice is heard by Mr. Case and he takes that to the capital to fight for our best interests. Without the presence of OTA, the trucking industry in Oklahoma would be vastly different. The OSMC is also an important part. When I joined Niles in 1993, W.C. Hunt had trained me and encouraged me to join the OSMC. I’ve has been an active OSMC member since then.


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