Colorado Motor Carriers Association
CMCA Safety Banquet Was a Wonderful Evening of Celebration
On April 5, CMCA held its Annual Safety Awards Banquet for safety milestones during 2012. This event has grown in importance every year and this latest celebration was no exception. The enthusiastic industry support for the awards banquet is a indicator of the robust health of the Colorado Trucking industry.
Here are some award highlights. Winner pictures to be posted soon.
President’s Trophy – R + L Carriers
Grand Trophy – Groendyke Transport
Workplace Safety Award – Denney Transport
Safety Supervisor of the Year – Jon Petersen, Transervice Logistics
Driver of the Year (mileage) – George Cady,
Mile Hi Foods
Driver of the Year (hourly) – Kenny Myers,
Banquet & Award Sponsors
BELFOR Environmental Services
Ecos Environmental Services
Flood and Peterson
Great West Casualty Company
R + L Carriers
Sage Technical Services
Western Towing & Recovery
Driver of the Month - Hourly
|January||James Pyle||Shamrock Foods|
|February||William Hitchens||Apex Transportation|
|March||Tracy Sammons||HVH Transportation|
|April||Alexander Pope||Domenico Transportation|
|May||Kenneth Myers||Shamrock Foods|
|June||Ben Schwalger||Transervice Logistics|
|July||Tim Engelke||Mile Hi Specialty Foods|
|August||Roger Crawford||Shamrock Foods|
|September||William Neely||Domenico Transportation|
|October||Bryan Sullivan||Mile Hi Foods|
|November||Rafael Enriquez||Shamrock Foods|
|December||Steve Mascarenas||Transervice Logistics|
Driver of the Month - Mileage
|January||George Cady||Mile Hi Foods|
|February||William Lloyd||American Furniture Warehouse|
|March||Wally Dyer||Cast Transportation|
|April||James Plate||Mile Hi Specialty Foods|
|May||Mike Werner||HVH Transportation|
|June||Ronald Hughes||R & L Carriers|
|July||Larry Kleinsasser||Mile Hi Foods|
|August||Tim Draper||American Furniture Warehouse|
|September||Robert Forney||Voyager Express|
|October||Kevin Hansen||HVH Transportation|
|November||Kevin Ward||Apex Transportation|
|December||Randal Gitschlag||HVH Transportation|
A PDF file of the winners is available here.
2013 Colorado Truck Driving Championships Fast Approaching
June 1 is the date for the annual truck driving championships competitions. The event will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Registration is now open and CMCA is also looking for event sponsors in various categories as well as volunteers to help run the operation. Visit our TDC page for complete details and forms for the event.
Survey Reflects Greater Use of Elogs, Increased Attention by Carriers and Shippers on CSA Scores
Results from Transport Capital Partners’ (TCP) First Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey found that the percentage of carriers utilizing electronic logs (elogs) on all their trucks increased dramatically in just three quarters: from twenty-five percent in May 2012 to thirty-five percent of carriers in February 2013. Two-thirds of responding carriers are already testing or utilizing elogs on their trucks and another ten percent of carriers are considering but have yet to make the transition. Seventy-one percent of smaller carriers are still not utilizing elogs, while forty-three percent of larger carriers have all their trucks on elogs. This may be reflective of larger truck lines having the financial resources to fund, train, and manage compliance, while the smaller carriers are postponing the expense until the deadline. “Carriers we have spoken with who have fully implemented elogs in their operations report improved CSA scores,” notes Steven Dutro, TCP partner.
Carriers have also continued to undertake multiple efforts to improve their CSA scores over the last three years. The most common approach remains educating drivers, but sixty-four percent have also changed how they handle sub-performing drivers. Almost fifty-percent have changed their hiring standards, and/or have changed their incentive programs for clean inspections. “The industry continues to report adjusting to CSA, but in varying degrees and still with some controversy over reporting,” observes Richard Mikes, TCP partner.
Carriers were also surveyed on the cost of CSA compliance and on the level of shippers’ concerns about CSA scores. Thirty-four percent of carriers believe the compliance cost is less than $500 per driver, while thirty-five percent believe compliance costs are between $501 and $1,000. Carriers report the number of shippers who are concerned about carrier CSA scores increased slightly, from seventy-nine percent to eighty-four percent since May of 2012. Courtesy of Transport Capital.
Va. Governor Signs Measure on Fuel Tax
and End I-95 Toll Plan
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed a transportation bill that ends the 17.5-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel and gasoline, imposes taxes on wholesale fuel sales and prohibits tolls on Interstate 95 without legislative approval.
McDonnell’s press secretary Jeff Caldwell said that, with passage of the transportation funding measure, the governor would withdraw the application the state has before the Federal Highway Administration for permission to toll I-95.
The bill McDonnell signed would take effect July 1 and institute a wholesale tax on fuel distributers of 6% for diesel and 3.5% for gasoline. The measure also boosts the state’s sales tax to 5.3% from 5% and increases the vehicle sales tax to 4% from 3% to help pay for transportation improvements. Courtesy of Transport Topics.
Allied Conference Sporting Clay Shoot Set for May 17
Sharpen you shooting skills at the upcoming Sporting Clay Shoot sponsored by the CMCA Allied Conference. This 2nd annual event, will be held at Kiowa Creek, 46700 E. County Rd 30, Bennett, Colorado 80102.
Registration and breakfast starts at 8 am and shooting competition begins at 9 am. The admission fee is $100 per shooter or $350 for a squad of 4. The fee includes eye and ear protection, 100 targets, ammunition, breakfast and lunch.
RMRSR Summer Meeting will be in Colorado Springs
The Rocky Mountain Regional Safety Rendevous rotates around the western states every summer. This year's meet will be Coloardo's turn to host the meeting. It will be in Colorado Springs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from July 17-19, 2013.
The RMRSR is unique in that it provides a western focus on safety issues faced by western state carriers and enforcement operations. Of course there are also national speakers, but this is a chance for networking with your counterparts in adjacent states.
Full details and signup forms are on the Safety News page.
I-70 Mountain Corridor "Best Practices" Available
Long a leader in improving transportation in the I-70 Mountain Corridor through Colorado, CMCA has created a comprehensive "Best Practices" document to assist motor carriers in navigating this stretch of mountain highway.
Rolls on June 22
Sign up now for the CMCA 5th Annual Charity Ride. It will be held June 22 and is a chance to help a good cause while cruising into the mountains on your cool wheels.
Sponsored by Navajo Shippers and the CMCA Allied Conference, the ride starts off at Navajo Shippers with a 8:30 am breakfast, takes a turn up toward Black Hawk and ends at the Platt River Grill.
There is a small registration fee and all proceeds will be donated to Craig Hospital.
Simplifying Social Media for Business
Would you like to use social media for your business, but just don't know where to start?
CMCA has teamed up with ActionCOACH to host a free seminar on using social media in business. The two hour event will take place May 29th. 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the CMCA offices at 4060 Elati St., Denver, Colorado.
Topics included in the seminar include:
- Selecting online media tools to best fit your business.
- Targetting specific audiences online.
- How to increase your page rank on Google searches.
- 2013 trends that affect marketing strategies.
- Techniques for integrating your total marketing reach.
CMCA and J.J. Keller Offer Online Training Library
J.J. Keller has created a library of 100 full-length, video-based training programs on avast range of programs for the motor carrier industry. J.J. Keller has also setup a full training curriculum for online, self-pased learning. It includes a record keeping system that includes tools needed to add/edit employee information, to schedule and record training sessions and to monitor training activity.
Through the CMCA affiliate program, this vast collection of training material is available to members at a discounted price. Contact J.J. Keller online or at 800 327-6869 for details.
UPS Offers CMCA Members Discounts on Next Day Air
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Obama Nominates Charlotte Mayor as DOT Leader
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been pegged as outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood’s replacement as the head of the Department of Transportation, according to multiple reports today, which say that President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Foxx sometime Monday for the Secretary of Transportation position.
LaHood announced in January he would not be staying as the Secretary of Transportation. He was the only Republican in Obama’s Cabinet in the president’s first term.
To officially become Secretary of Transportation, the Senate must confirm Foxx after Obama’s official nomination.