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February 2016

Posted By John Hausladen , Monday, February 1, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Another Successful Safety Day – The 2016 Safety Conference featured a variety of industry-related hot topics and excellent delivery by the speakers. Not only did they deliver great content, they encouraged interaction among attendees. I would also like to take a moment to thank the planning committee. They spent countless hours working through topics, speakers and logistics. Their hard work and dedication truly showed throughout the day.

Best Night of the Year – The Annual MTA Truck Driver of the Year Banquet is hands-down the best night of the year for the MTA.  Celebrating a combined 30 million miles of accident-free driving for the twelve finalists is an achievement that no other industry can boast.  As each truck driver knows, every mile driven safely is filled with aggressive and distracted drivers traveling on more congested roadways in all kinds of weather.  These are hard-earned miles. Way to go drivers!

YRC’s Timothy McNamee Named Top Driver - Congratulations to Timothy McNamee of YRC Freight, who took home top honors this year. Like the dozens of other drivers of the year I have known, Timothy is honest, hard-working, humble and a true professional. Thank you Timothy, and all the finalists, for giving our industry such a positive story to tell.

Regional Meetings a Success – We had great participation during our recent round of seven regional meetings across the state. Members were eager to learn the latest regarding federal and state activities impacting trucking. Like all truckers, they were not bashful sharing their thoughts.  Driver availability was the top issue at every meeting. However, seasonal softness in the freight market has some carriers feeling a reprieve on the driver front. Folks were pretty up-to-speed on the electronic logging device rule.  The biggest questions were regarding the new driver coercion rule. Carriers are feeling vulnerable because the coercion rule is truly untested waters..I would rate the overall mood towards the economy as cautious.

Random Rate Drops to 25 percent - Another sign of success is the fact the rate for random drug tests has been lowered from 50 percent to 25 percent. That means our professional drivers as a whole have had less than one percent of positive tests over the past three years.  When we say our drivers are clean and sober, we mean it. The federal government’s data backs up that claim

Come Fly With Us – Join us for the MTA Call on Washington, April 19-21, 2016.  We will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to visit with our entire federal delegation. These trips really make a difference, as many items incorporated in the recent federal highway bill were voiced by past Call on Washington attendees. Public policy is made by those who show up. 

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