15th anniversary edition of the program will see 30 fleets honored at the TCA Convention in Orlando

 

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia and NEWMARKET, Ontario:

 

Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge today unveiled the 2023 Best Fleets to Drive For®. The Top 20 winners are comprised of for-hire trucking companies from across North America that are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees.

 

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, for-hire companies operating 10 or more tractor trailers had to receive a nomination from one of their company drivers or owner-operators. The fleets were then evaluated using a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, including total compensation, health benefits, performance management, professional development, and career path/advancement opportunities, among other criteria. Driver surveys were also conducted to collect input from drivers and independent contractors working with the fleets.

 

Last year, TCA and CarriersEdge expanded the program by adding a Hall of Fame category. This recognition level is above the regular Top 20 and honors fleets demonstrating Top 20 performance for extended periods of time. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, fleets must be named as a Best Fleet for 10 consecutive years, or 7 years with at least one overall award, and must continue to qualify as a Top 20 to be eligible. While the fleets inducted last year have maintained their exemplary status, two additional fleets have earned the honor this year and will be inducted into the Best Fleets to Drive For Hall of Fame, sponsored by EpicVue.

 

“This year we saw 165 fleets nominated by their drivers for this program and a record-breaking 95 finalists,” said CarriersEdge Chief Executive Officer Jane Jazrawy. “This year’s Top 20 and Hall of Fame fleets rose to the top with a range of inventive and effective programs, that reflect true innovation and creative thinking.”

 

“The Best Fleets to Drive For has made a substantial impact on drivers and the carriers they work for,” shared TCA President Jim Ward. “During Truckload 2023: Orlando, we’re eager to recognize 30 fleets who are focused on providing a great workplace for their professional truck drivers. Be sure to attend this year’s awards presentation in March where we honor these Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For.

Congratulations to this year’s Top 20 winners:

  • American Central Transport – Kansas City, MO
  • C.A.T. Inc. – Coteau-du-Lac, QC
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc. – Cambridge, ON
  • Chief Carriers, Inc. – Grand Island, NE
  • Continental Express, Inc. – Sidney, OH
  • Decker Truck Line, Inc. – Fort Dodge, IA
  • Erb Transport – New Hamburg, ON
  • Fortigo Freight Services Inc. – Etobicoke, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. – Fremont, NE
  • Jetco Delivery a GTI Company – Houston, TX
  • K & J Trucking, Inc. – Sioux Falls, SD
  • Kriska Holdings Limited – Prescott, ON
  • Leonard’s Express – Farmington, NY
  • Nick Strimbu, Inc. – Brookfield, OH
  • PGT Trucking, Inc. – Aliquippa, PA
  • Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc. – Defiance, OH
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc. – Knoxville, TN
  • Transland – Strafford, MO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc. – Marinette, WI
  • Wellington Group of Companies – Aberfoyle, ON

 

 

Returning Hall of Fame recipients are as follows:

  • Bison Transport Inc. – Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyle Transportation – Billerica, MA
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc. – Redmond, OR
  • FTC Transportation, Inc. – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Grand Island Express – Grand Island, NE
  • Halvor Lines, Inc. – Superior, WI
  • Nussbaum Transportation Services, Inc. – Hudson, IL
  • Prime Inc. – Springfield, MO

New Hall of Fame recipients are as follows:

  • Garner Trucking, Inc. – Findlay, OH
  • TransPro Freight Systems Limited – Milton, ON

 

In addition to the Top 20, TCA and CarriersEdge identified five Fleets to Watch (honorable mentions):

  • Crete Carrier Corporations and its Shaffer Trucking Division – Lincoln, NE
  • Mill Creek Motor Freight LTD – Ayr, ON
  • Skelton Truck Lines – Sharon, ON
  • Steve’s Livestock Transport – Blumenort, MB
  • USXL – Foristell, MO

Two overall winners, in large and small fleet categories, will be named during TCA’s Annual Convention — Truckload 2023: Orlando — set for March 4-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Centre, Kissimmee, FL. The overall winner awards are sponsored by Eleos Technologies and TruckRight.

 

To learn more about the Hall of Fame category, the nomination process, or additional information on the Best Fleets to Drive For program, visit www.bestfleetstodrivefor.com. Be sure to follow the hashtag #BestFleets23 on social media to follow this year’s contest.

 

About Best Fleets to Drive For

Launched in 2008, Best Fleets to Drive For® is the only annual program dedicated to uncovering the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry. Produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association, Best Fleets to Drive For recognizes the for-hire fleets providing exceptional workplace experiences for their company drivers and independent contractors.

 

About CarriersEdge

CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps over two thousand fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends.

About Truckload Carriers Association

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, TCA is the only trade association whose sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal container carriers operating throughout North America. Founded in 1938, the TCA represents operators of over 220,000 trucks, which collectively produce revenue of more than $40 billion in annual truckload revenue. www.truckload.org

 

 

Tennessee Legislative Recap: Lee Highlights Transportation, Energy in Inaugural Address; Senate Gets Underway

 

Governor Bill Lee Sworn In for Second and Final Term 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee took the oath of office for his second and final four-year term on January 21, featuring a day that began with a star-studded worship service and ended with a black-tie ball. More than 1,500 people were slated to attend Gov. Lee’s inauguration, held outside at Legislative Plaza under sunny skies, a welcomed departure from his last inauguration which was forced inside due to rain. In his inaugural address, Lee praised Tennessee’s virtues as leading the nation in economic development and fiscal stewardship while touting the need for civility, a gesture likely aimed at encouraging nonpartisan efforts among lawmakers. He laid out his vision for the remainder of his time in office, including developing the transportation and energy strategy his administration first unveiled earlier this month, enhancing conservation efforts, and improving the state’s foster care and adoption system to better protect children. Earlier this month, Governor Lee introduced the Transportation Modernization Act, his administration’s infrastructure plan to address the state’s exponential growth and resulting traffic congestion. Lee emphasized his ongoing commitment to Tennesseans to not take on any debt or raise taxes, but shared his intention to make “strategic transportation investments that prepare rural and urban communities for increased economic advantages and improved mobility in the years ahead.” Through the use of choice lanes, increased private investment in urban roadways, and efforts toward quicker delivery on road projects, Lee’s proposal seeks to solve current and future mobility challenges.

Supreme Court Vacancy 

Governor Lee is tasked with nominating the next Tennessee Supreme Court judge from three finalists to replace Justice Sharon Lee’s vacated seat when she retires August 31. This will be Governor Lee’s second appointment, and makes all five Supreme Court Justices Republican appointments. On the list for the Governor’s consideration:

  • Kristi Davis of Knoxville; Davis currently serves as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals, having previously served as a judge in Knox County Circuit Court, Division 1 and 14 years in private practice.
  • Tom Greenholtz of Ooltewah; Greenholtz is an Eastern Section judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
  • Dwight E. Tarwater of Knoxville; Tarwater has practiced law since 1980 and previously served as a partner at Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers LLP. He also served as general counsel to former Governor Bill Haslam between 2014-2018.

Following the Governor’s nomination, the General Assembly must confirm the appointment. 

Special Election for House District 86 

By a wide margin, Justin J. Pearson (D-Memphis) won the Tennessee House District 86 special election to fill the seat formerly held by late Representative Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis). Pearson easily defeated nine other candidates, including Rep. Cooper’s daughter, Tanya Cooper. Rep. Cooper served in the General Assembly for more than 25 years and was the oldest serving lawmaker in Tennessee recorded history.  There was no Republican candidate for the seat, so Pearson will take office February 1.  Pearson is a community activist in Memphis that is best known for leading efforts against a pipeline that would have run near a water aquifer and through poor, predominantly black neighborhoods in Memphis.  

Looking Ahead 

While the Senate got underway last week, the House remained adjourned, as members continue to get settled into new offices and complete organizational tasks. The Senate largely devoted its week to introductions and presentations. 

Both chambers will be in session this week, signaling the end of the organizational period.  With that, legislative activity will start picking up over the next couple of weeks, marked by a flurry of filing activity early next week in advance of Tuesday’s House bill filing deadline. The Senate deadline is two days later, on Thursday, February 2.  We expect committee calendars to begin filling up two to three weeks from now. 

Governor Lee’s State of the State address is scheduled for February 6, where he will mark the state’s accomplishments and outline his legislative priorities for the year. 

 

 

How about adding just one more New Year’s resolution to your list? Volunteer to speak to a class of middle school or high school students about the trucking industry and future career opportunities. Yes, you can do it. It is important to pass along our own experience and knowledge to future generations, it’s rewarding and now it is easier than ever. NGT has just launched a tool to help you tell the trucking story!

 

Exploring Careers: Trucking Industry classroom presentation is available to download for free from NextGenTrucking.org and can be used by anyone in trucking to educate students about the nature of our industry and open their eyes to possibilities. Not only is it formatted in PowerPoint and geared toward students but includes (6) videos to further explain and illustrate why trucking matters.

 

We are grateful to the task force of industry experts that contributed their time in developing the presentation, the financial contributions to produce the presentation, and those of you with a passion for trucking who will find it useful to inspire the next generation.   

 

Lindsey Trent

President & Co-Founder, Next Gen Trucking Association | www.nextgentrucking.org

Want to Drive Down Your Drivers Risk of Developing Diabetes?

The St. Christopher Truckers Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves over-the-road semi-truck drivers across the nation. The SCF has two missions of service. The first mission is to provide financial assistance to drivers and their families when an illness or injury has recently caused them to be out of work. The second mission is to make the truck driver population one that is healthier through prevention programs and education. One study of professional drivers showed that over 70% of drivers interviewed had at least one health issue such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or smoking. With this, and our health prevention mission in mind, we have implemented a tobacco cessation, a heart/total body health, and a diabetes prevention program.

Do you know that approximately one in three people in America are considered pre-diabetic and
eight of ten of those people don’t know it? What does that mean for you? If you have 100 drivers in your fleet, 33 of them are most likely pre-diabetic. That can not only affect the health of your drivers, but it can also affect your bottom line.

The SCF has earned recognition as a CDC-approved diabetes prevention program. While using the CDC curriculum for the program, we have tailored it to meet the needs of truck drivers and call it Driving Down Diabetes. Past and present participants have had much success lowering their risk of diabetes. They have collectively lost well over 5% of their body weight, lowered their blood pressure, adopted healthier eating

 practices, and increased their time spent

 moving. Drivers have rated our program 5 stars, and we’ve even had repeat participants who learned the tools the first time but wanted to stay on top of their health and really ingrain the practices taught into their lives. One participant stated, “It’s devoting one hour a week that can change your life”. A past participant said, 

 

Ten months after completing the program, I have kept off the 50lbs I lost, my A1c is in the normal range, and I recently walked in a 10-mile benefit for cancer.”

That is success for life!

What exactly is this Diabetes Prevention Program thing, you ask? Great question! SCF’s diabetes prevention program is FREE for all Class A CDL, over-the-road professional drivers who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Not sure if you or your drivers are at risk? Use our risk assessment tool to see if you’re eligible for the program. We encourage every at-risk driver to participate in this evidence-based lifestyle change program to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Driving Down Diabetes includes a CDC-approved curriculum, a lifestyle coach specially trained to lead the program, and a support group of other drivers who have similar goals and challenges. The program offers weekly classes focusing on nutrition, getting active, stress management, sleep, and more. 

What makes our program different from others who offer similar programs? How does FREE sound? That’s right, there is no cost to participate. The program’s sponsorship by Southern Recipe has allowed us to offer this program for free, and to also provide scales, blood pressure monitors, activity trackers, resistance bands, and glucose monitors for those who need them.

SCF is beginning a new Driving Down Diabetes weekly session group on February 7th, 2023. We will meet Live on Mondays at 7 pm CT via the Zoom app. The program is a one-year commitment to making little lifestyle changes that can ultimately save or extend your life. It’s never too late to take steps to feel and be the best you possible. And it’s never too late to show your drivers you care about their health.

So, what can you as a company do?

  • Tell your drivers about the program.
  • Offer incentives for drivers to register and complete the program.
  • Visit Driving Down Diabetes to have your drivers register to participate.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our wellness programs, please contact Julie at julie@truckersfund.org or 865-544-8145. You can also visit our website for more information.

About Julie: Julie Dillon is the Health & Wellness Manager for St. Christopher Truckers

 

Click here to discover even more amazing programs from St. Christopher Truckers

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee General Assembly Kicks Off 2023 Session; Governor’s Inauguration Set for January 21; 2023 Annual PAC Registration Due

 

The 113th Tennessee General Assembly kicked off the 2023 legislative session this week in Nashville, beginning the first year of a two-year legislative session.

Legislature Elects Leadership and Constitutional Officers               

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) was elected to his third term as speaker of the Senate, with all 27 Republicans voting unanimously in favor of the current Speaker, while the six Senate Democrats abstained from voting. House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) was elected to his second full term with 76 members voting in favor. The other 22 votes went to Democratic Caucus Chair John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville). The House and Senate unanimously reelected Comptroller Jason Mumpower and Treasurer David Lillard for new two-year terms. Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s four-year term isn’t up until 2024.

Changes to Committee Chairs 

In the House, Speaker Sexton named Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport) to succeed retired Dickson state Rep. Michael Curcio as chair of the Civil Justice Committee. Rep. David Hawk (R-Greenville) was appointed chair of the Health Subcommittee, taking over the position previously held by former Rep. Bob Ramsey (R-Maryville) who was defeated in last year’s Republican primary. Rep. Chris Todd (R-Jackson) succeeds retired Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) as chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Sexton decided to do away with the Naming and Designating Committee, created in 2019 by former Representative and House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin). New to the committee structure this year is the Population Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Michele Carringer (R-Knoxville).

The Senate saw minimal changes with its committee structure, with the exception of Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) appointed as the new chair of the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) will continue as chair of the Education Committee. Lundberg was named interim chair last legislative session, following former Sen. Brian Kelsey’s (R-Germantown) decision to step down as chair.

Governor Lee 2023 Inauguration 

Gov. Bill Lee will take the oath of office for his second term next Saturday, January 21. The inauguration ceremony itselfwill take place at 11 a.m. on Legislative Plaza in Nashville, and a full weekend of activities are planned, including a music event on Lower Broadway, a prayer service, and a dinner and ball. The theme for this year’s inaugural celebration is “Tennessee: Leading the Nation.”

Reminder:  Deadline Approaching for PAC Registration Requirements

As we reported last summer, the ethics laws passed during the 2022 legislative session – which took effect July 1, 2022– made a number of changes to the reporting requirements for PACs.  The law requires all PACs to certify the name and address of its treasurer, officers, and responsible individuals (any person who directly controls expenditures) with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. The new law also requires each PAC to identify at least one officer, not including the treasurer, and identify at least one person who directly controls who expenditures. PACs that existed prior to the July 1, 2022 effective date must submit proper proof of identification for each treasurer, officer, and responsible individual to the Registry no later than January 31, 2023. If a PAC designates a new treasurer, officer, or responsible individual after submitting its annual registration, the PAC must notify the Registry of any new designated individual within 30 days. 

To read more about these changes to the annual PAC registration process, please see slide deck prepared by the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.

Looking Ahead 

We are expecting the remainder of January to be relatively slow. Both chambers are taking a break for the first half of next week, but will return to Capitol Hill next Friday and Saturday for Gov. Lee’s inauguration events. The first full week of committee meetings in the Senate will begin on Tuesday, January 24. The House will begin committee meetings the following week on Monday, February 6. Bills are beginning to trickle in, and we are beginning to build our bill tracking reports, which should appear as early as next week. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

The attached NPRM has been published in the Federal Register today, Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0102.

SUMMARY: FMCSA proposes the implementation of certain requirements under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Previously, FMCSA implemented the MAP-21 requirement to increase the financial security amount for brokers from $25,000 to $75,000 for household brokers and from $10,000 to $75,000 for all other property brokers and, for the first time, established financial security requirements for freight forwarders. The agency proposes regulations in five separate areas: Assets readily available; immediate suspension of broker/freight forwarder operating authority; surety or trust responsibilities in cases of broker/freight forwarder financial failure or insolvency; enforcement authority; and entities eligible to provide trust funds for form BMC-85 trust fund filings.

 Public comments are due by March 6, 2023.

PDF : PUBLISHED: Broker and Freight Forwarder Financial Responsibility

 

 

 
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2022

Contact: Carla Rose

(770) 432-0628

CRose@Trucking.org

 

ATRI Announces 2023-2024 Research Advisory Committee Members

 

Washington, DC – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Board of Directors to serve on the 2023-2024 Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Among other activities, ATRI’s RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.  RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, industry suppliers, commercial drivers, shippers, law enforcement, academia and government. 

 

Mr. Ben Banks, Vice President of Operations for TCW, Inc. was appointed to serve as Chair of the RAC. The 2023-2024 ATRI Research Advisory Committee members are:

 

Colin Abernathy         

Director of Performance and Analytics

Groendyke Transport, Inc.

 

Brent Allred

Transportation Practice Leader & Managing Director

Higginbotham Transportation Services

 

Andrew Andrusko

Statewide Freight Planning Director

Minnesota Department of Transportation

 

Renee Bowen

Principal

Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.

 

Tony Bradley

President & CEO

Arizona Trucking Association

 

Michael Bray

Chief Commercial Officer

Platform Science

 

Joyce Brenny

President & CEO

Brenny Transportation, Inc.

 

Bree Bryant

Vice President of Safety

Eagle Transport Corp.

 

Mark Colson

President & CEO

Alabama Trucking Association

 

Mark Doughty

President and CEO

PrePass Safety Alliance

 

Steve Fields

America’s Road Team Captain

Yellow

 

Rob Haddock

Group Director, Planning and Logistics

Coca-Cola North America

 

Evangelos Kaiser

Director, Freight Mobility Research Institute

Florida Atlantic University

 

Jackie Kelly

Senior Federal Affairs Representative

FedEx Corp.

 

Mike Ludwick

Chief Administrative Officer

Bison Transport

 

Ken Marko

Fleet Sustainability Senior Manager

US Foods

 

Andrew Mills

Vice President of Operations

TrueNorth Companies

Andrew Owens

CEO – Manager

A&M Transport

 

Andrew Petrofsky

Vice President

J&M Tank Lines

 

Dustin Ragon

Lieutenant, Commercial Carrier Enforcement

Wyoming Highway Patrol

 

Jose Samperio

Executive Director, End-User Sales

Cummins Inc.

 

Jon Samson

Executive Director, Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference

American Trucking Associations

 

Amanda Schuier

Director of Employee Engagement

Jetco Delivery

 

Andrea Serra

Senior Enterprise Product Manager

CH Robinson

 

Kimberly Skelton

Senior Manager, Consumer Insights

Pilot Flying J

 

Mike Stapleton

Vice President of Industry Relations

ISAAC Instruments

 

Kerry Stritt

Vice President Fleet Services

Southeastern Freight Lines

 

Daniel Studdard

Principal Planner, Transportation Access and Mobility Division

Atlanta Regional Commission

 

Heather Sykes

Director of the Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services

U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

 

Gregg Troin

President

PGT Trucking

 

Stephen Truono

EVP and Chief Risk Officer

NFI Industries

 

Connie Vaughn

Manager, Government Relations

McKee Foods

 

Tom Weakley

Director of Operations

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation

“ATRI’s RAC members serve a critical role in identifying and prioritizing the trucking industry’s top research needs. We congratulate all those appointed by the ATRI Board to serve in this important role and look forward to working with them,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster
ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
Atlanta, GA • Minneapolis, MN • Washington, DC • Sacramento, CA

TruckingResearch.org

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Highway Transport’s Pam Randol selected as finalist for NTTC Driver of the Year Grand Champion

 

The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has recognized Highway Transport driver Pamela “Pam” Randol as one of eight finalists in the 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion program.

The eight finalists advance to the final round of the selection process in Arlington, Virginia, where a panel of industry professionals will judge contestants on their knowledge of the tank truck industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, overall safe driving record and influence outside of their driving responsibilities. The 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion will be unveiled in Washington, D.C., during National Tank Truck Carrier’s 78th Annual Conference in early May 2023.

“Pam’s passion for the profession of trucking began in her childhood and continued into her military service during Desert Storm,” Highway Transport CEO Marshall Franklin said. “Pam’s spirit shines with everything she does every day. She builds relationships wherever she goes, and this has a positive impact on our industry. We are grateful for her service at Highway Transport and her commitment to her fellow drivers and colleagues.”

A professional driver since 1992, Randol has been driving tank trucks for three and a half years. Prior to that, Randol served in the U.S. Army from 1987-1992, during which time she served in Desert Storm. While deployed, Randol drove a 20-ton dump truck as part of an engineering unit that completed projects such as building roads.

“Part of what drives me is when somebody says, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Randol said. “Well let me show you something: I’m just going to keep doing it until I succeed. I’m not afraid of anything. When I was eight years old, I saw a convoy of trucks and said to myself, ‘I’m going to drive a truck in the Army.’ I did, and the bug got me – I’m doing this for the rest of my life. My experience in the military showed me what I’m capable of.”

 

Randol’s achievement as a finalist marks the third time in company history that a Highway Transport driver has been selected for recognition and awards by the NTTC. Last year, the organization bestowed its highest national award to Highway Transport’s Thomas Frain, naming him the NTTC 2021-2022 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion. Highway Transport driver Alen Smailovic was recognized as one of the eight finalists in the 2020-2021 contest.

NTTC is a trade association representing more than 500 companies that specialize in transporting bulk or related services throughout North America. The Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary tank truck company driver or independent contractor who serves the industry with the most reliable and safe transportation of liquid or dry bulk commodities. The winner represents the best the tank truck industry has to offer with a demonstrated record of safety and a tireless involvement in community and charity organizations.  

 

“Safety is the number one priority,” Randol added. “I’m constantly thinking of safety. And I try to treat other people the way I want to be treated. I’m in a Highway Transport truck, and they’re glad to see that truck pull in. But then when they see me, that makes it more special for me and taking pride in my job.”

 

Thanks in great part to the diligence and safety record of its drivers, including Randol, Highway Transport earned the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award from the American Chemistry Council in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Highway Transport also has received recognition as a “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation” by Women In Trucking in 2021 and 2022.

 

Highway Transport currently is hiring experienced drivers, and candidates can learn more at Drive4Highway.com. 

 

About Highway Transport
Highway Transport is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company providing bulk transportation of specialty chemicals. The tanker fleet operates from 20-plus service centers in major chemical manufacturing areas across the U.S. with a fleet of 500+ tanker trucks and over 900 stainless steel trailers. Highway Transport has service centers in the following U.S. markets: Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Kingsport TN; Chicago and Kankakee in Illinois; Detroit; Charlotte; Atlanta and McDonough, GA; Bridgeport, NJ; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA; Cincinnati and Toledo, OH; Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, LA; Houston, Dallas, Freeport and Garland, TX.

 

Highway Transport received the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award in 2019, 2021 and 2022. The Responsible Care® organization recognizes partners with companies that have superb performance and safety records involved in the transportation of chemicals. Discover more in-depth information about Highway Transport by visiting HighwayTransport.com.

 

 

Photo Caption:
Highway Transport driver Pam Randol has been named one of eight finalists in the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion program.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 13, 2022

 

 

 

For more information:

Lauren Miller

Moxley Carmichael

865-599-4050

 

 

FMCSA is proposing to narrow the scope of regulations from which relief is provided automatically for motor carriers providing direct assistance when an emergency has been declared. Through the proposed changes, the Agency would ensure that the relief granted through emergency declarations is appropriate and tailored to the specifics of the circumstances and emergency being addressed. The Agency also proposes revisions to the process for extending an automatic emergency exemption where circumstances warrant.

 

Public comments must be received on or before February 6, 2023.

 

https://www.regulations.gov/document/FMCSA-2022-0028-0001

House and Senate GOP re-elect top leadership team

Tennessee House Republicans unanimously voted current Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) to lead the House of Representatives for a third term. The House GOP Caucus also voted to reelect Rep. William Lamberth (R-Portland) as Majority Leader, Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) as Caucus Chairman, and Rep. Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville) to serve as Majority Whip. Rep. Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) was chosen to serve his second term as Speaker Pro Tempore, and Rep. Mark Cochran (R-Englewood) was elected to his first term as Assistant Majority Leader.

The Senate Republican Caucus voted current Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) to a fourth term as Speaker, and to return Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) as Majority Leader and Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) as Caucus Chairman.

 

The national dynamic of election day drama and razor-thin margins was noticeably absent in Tennessee last night, as the GOP once again dominated elections at all levels and reaffirmed Tennessee’s reputation as one of the most reliably-red states in the country. The night was punctuated by Governor Bill Lee’s resounding 65-33 victory over Democrat Jason Martin, guaranteeing Lee a second term and improving significantly upon his 21-point landslide win in 2018. Lee’s victory means that it has now been eleven years since a Democrat occupied Tennessee’s Governor’s office, when Phil Bredesen served from 2003 until 2011. Indeed, Bredesen’s 2006 victory marks the last time a Democrat won a statewide election in the Volunteer State.

 

The GOP also grew its Congressional delegation from Tennessee to 8-1 as Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles prevailed decisively in the newly-drawn Fifth Congressional District, defeating State Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) by 14 points and ensuring that Nashville would have a Republican in Congress for the first time since Reconstruction. Meanwhile, Republicans maintained their supermajority in the General Assembly, winning most contested races by 2:1 margins or more and actually picking up one House seat along the way, expanding their House tally to 77 of 99 overall seats.  

 

Understated Campaign Pays Off for Lee

 

The widely popular Lee ran a low-key campaign, spending relatively little time on the trail, running “soft” commercials that laid out his economic accomplishments and pro-family record, and barely acknowledging his opponent. He touted the fact that he is now two for two in positive campaigns, noting that once again he refused to air any negative ads. Virtually all major media outlets called the race for Lee as soon as the polls closed. 

 

Perhaps the highlight of Lee’s victory party in Franklin last night was the surprise appearance of First Lady Maria Lee, who has been out of the public eye since being diagnosed with lymphoma in August. The Governor noted that the First Lady couldn’t stay home, adding that the cancer battle has “been tough – but she’s tougher.”

 

Lee also highlighted infrastructure as a top priority for his second term. He noted that Tennessee is simply not building enough and maintaining enough roads to keep up with the incredible growth, pledging that “you’re going to be hearing a lot more about that, starting tomorrow even.” 

 

Congressional Recap: TN-5 Pushes Congressional Delegation from 7-2 to 8-1

 

Ogles’ win culminated a long journey for the Tennessee Republican Party, which sought to use the redistricting process to add one more red seat to Tennessee’s Congressional delegation. Legislative leadership effectively divided Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional seat – Nashville’s seat, and one traditionally classified as “solid Democrat” – into three separate parts, melding each into a strongly Republican district. Democrats loudly protested the move to no avail, and longtime Congressman Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) announced that he would not seek re-election for the newly constituted seat. That set off a feeding frenzy of Republican hopefuls, including more than one that were relative newcomers to Nashville. Ogles emerged from a crowded primary field as the Republican nominee, outperforming other better-funded candidates. Ogles, who promoted himself as “Tennessee’s most conservative mayor,” faced respectable opposition in State Senator Campbell, but in the end prevailed by 14 points. Ogles was featured in the Washington Post last week as one of a new class of “hard line Republicans” that could push for issues such as impeachment and investigations upon arriving in Washington. 

 

While Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District also received a large chunk of Nashville/Davidson County, it did nothing to dampen the performance of incumbent Mark Green (R-Clarksville), who won a third term in Washington thanks to a 60-38 victory over Odessa Kelly (D-Nashville). The remaining Nashville portion was combined into the Sixth District, where Republican incumbent John Rose also won in a landslide by a 66-34 margin.    

 

Republican U.S. Reps. Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Diana Harshbarger and David Kustoff were all successful in their reelection bids.  Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) also won reelection, keeping him Tennessee’s lone remaining Democratic congressman.

 

Legislative Update: Few Upsets, But A Number of New Faces

 

There were few headlines in the legislative races, with numerous uncontested races on the ballot and many of the contested races featuring lopsided outcomes. In perhaps the most notable outcome, longtime incumbent John Mark Windle, a former Democrat that now is classified as an Independent, lost his reelection bid in House District 41 to Republican Ed Butler by a 53-47 margin. Windle’s seat was significant in that it was the lone rural legislative seat not held by the Republicans, who have dramatically reversed Tennessee’s legislative makeup over the last 15 years by eroding the Democrats’ stronghold over Tennessee’s rural districts, turning them exclusively red. 

 

While Windle was the only incumbent to lose his election bid, there will still be several new faces when the legislature convenes in January. Indeed, there will be 17 new members in the 113th General Assembly, including Senators Brent Taylor (R-Memphis, succeeding Brian Kelsey) and Charlane Oliver (D-Nashville, succeeding Brenda Gilmore), as well as Reps. Caleb Hemmer (D-Nashville; Dist. 59), and Jake McCalmon (R-Franklin, replacing Glen Casada). And in one of the more interesting developments of the offseason, community activist Justin Jones (D-Nashville) – who was once banned from the Capitol for throwing a paper cup at then-Speaker Casada – is now part of the General Assembly, having prevailed in an uncontested election to represent House District 52. 

 

Looking Ahead: Infrastructure, Education, Criminal Justice Expected to Highlight 2023 Session

 

In his victory speech last night, Governor Lee expressed his goal to address Tennessee’s infrastructure needs without going into debt or raising taxes, which will be a challenge in itself. Infrastructure will not be the only focus however, as issues such as parental rights and school choice also look to take center stage. Lee argued that “we can fund public schools and provide alternative opportunities for children at the same time if we are committed to funding students and not systems.”  

 

Also look for considerable attention on criminal justice issues. The “Truth in Sentencing” law that was championed by the legislature late in the 2022 session and passed without Lee’s signature became a wedge issue between Lee and legislative leadership. The issue once again rose to the surface following two high-profile crimes in Memphis in September, where it was revealed that in both cases the assailants had only served partial sentences for previous crimes. That gave rise to a new series of calls for sentencing reform, especially among juveniles, and in response lawmakers created a joint committee to review the sentencing and supervision of criminal defendants, in order to provide additional safeguards to the public. Republican leadership has announced plans to push for even stricter sentencing laws in 2023.

 

The 113th General Assembly is scheduled to convene at noon on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. 

 

One of the major challenges that the state of Tennessee will face in the future will be maintaining the state highway fund at a level needed to continue to repair and replace roads and bridges but to also construct new highways.  Anita Wadhwani with the Tennessee Lookout Report recently published an excellent article.  A link to that article is: https://tennesseelookout.com/briefs/advisory-group-projects-looming-deficits-in-tennessee-road-and-highway-project-funding/

As noted in her article, there was a hearing where representatives of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (“TACIR”) provided an update which should get the attention of not only the legislature but also the trucking industry.  TACIR testimony indicated by 2040 10% of all vehicles on Tennessee’s roadways are projected to be electric. It is also expected that the average national vehicle fuel efficiency will increase from 23-miles-per-gallon to 30-miles-per-gallon during the same timeframe.  As a result, based on loss of fuel tax revenue, fuel efficiency and inflation, it is projected that Tennessee will see a $399 million reduction in its gas tax spending power.

The challenge faced by the State to maintain the highway fund at a level to pay for repairs and construction of new projects will be challenging.  Not only will there be a decrease of revenue but the fact that the state fuel tax is not indexed for inflation will certainly cause issues that the legislature will want to review in the near future.  As noted in the article, Tennessee has 96,000 miles of public roads and 20,000 bridges but federal government funding is designated only for about 1/5 of all of the state’s roads and highways.

We expect this issue to remain on the radar of the legislature in the near future with all options being on the table.  Recent options that were recommended include raising registration fees for electric vehicles, implementing indexing on the state fuel tax, and even the possibility of reviewing some type of fee based on mileage.

We are heading into the final days of the 2022 election season.  Thanks to your support, TruckPAC has been very active in helping legislators who are supportive of the industry.  TTA along with Adams and Reese hosted a dinner in Nashville on October 19, 2022 in support of House Speaker Cameron Sexton and his leadership PAC.  As always, thank you for your support!