6-1-2022 | Issue 11
We are now taking commitments for the 2022 Newsline Sponsorships. If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Carol Foster at (615) 777-2882 or email to reserve your edition. The cost will be $350.00 per edition with your logo and a link to your website. If you would like a banner ad linked to your website it would be $550.00 per edition. There will be a total of 24 editions this year.

THANK YOU to those that sponsored in 2021!!!

We would like to thank the attached members for their support of the Tennessee Trucking Association in sponsoring TTA Newslines for 2021. We appreciate your continued support.
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Greetings TTA and welcome to summer! Ok, I know we’re technically not there yet since the summer solstice isn’t until June 21st, but once school is out and Memorial Day has passed, that’s when summer begins in my world and I’m sure many will agree.

I hope the months ahead have many fun and exciting activities and adventures for you and your loved ones and as we come out of Memorial Day let’s be sure to appreciate, honor and remember the sacrifices our military families have endured throughout the years to protect our freedoms and provide the unbelievable opportunities we enjoy in this country.

This past month was a busy one for TTA. The Truck Driving Championship was well attended and a big success, the Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee Big Rigs for Little Kids golf outings were at full capacity, and we hosted a Roadside event at the Greenville scales and a Safety Break for the Memorial Day weekend. I haven’t yet seen the numbers for the Middle TN golf outing, but I was informed that the East TN event broke the record again this year and will be presenting almost $10,000 to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the Bob Pemberton Memorial ER Room. Thank you to everyone that participated either by entering a team, sponsoring the food, beverages, prizes and holes and all of the volunteers that helped make it all work…it simply would not be possible without your generosity!

The month of June doesn’t slow down for TTA. There’s a YPC lunch event, Safety Maintenance Councils, the Call on Washington D.C., and the first ever East TN Sporting Clay event. Be sure to check out the full list of events, sign up and make them part of your summer plans.

Thank you and stay safe out there!
The Tennessee Trucking Association will make its annual visit to Washington, DC on June 14 – June 16, 2022, to meet with members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation. This year’s visit presents another unique opportunity to meet with our delegation. Government regulation and policies are important factors in the business decisions made by trucking companies every day. Your participation is invited and needed on this trip. Please contact Donna England at or (615) 777-2882 if you are interested in joining our group on this important visit.
On May 20th, we visited the Greeneville Scales for our roadside inspection and had a great turnout with 41 attendees. Thank you to everyone who participated and to CMH Transport, Inc. for sponsoring as well as Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. for cooking all the food! We hope you all can join us for our Knoxville Roadside on June 15!
To promote highway safety for all drivers over the Memorial Day weekend, the Tennessee Trucking Association and Foundation held its annual “Holiday Safety Break” for the first time since 2019 on Friday, May 27, 2022.
Members of Tennessee’s Road Team, TTA Safety Management Council Members, and Department of Safety were at 4 rest areas across the state providing free refreshments for travelers and encouraging safety as they traveled the holiday weekend. TTA had a tractor-trailer on display at each location to illustrate the four blind spots around large vehicles where crashes are more likely to occur. Motorists were able to climb inside the truck and see the blind spots for themselves. Road Team Captains were available to discuss the importance of buckling up, slowing down, keeping a safe following distance, not drinking and driving as well as the risks of drowsy driving and distracted driving (texting, cell phone usage, etc.).
Mark your calendars and please join us for our East TN Sporting Clay event on June 23, 2022 This event will start at 9:45 am EST with our Safety Briefing. This will be followed by the sporting clay shoot immediately after with a 10 am EST shotgun start. Lunch will be at 12 pm EST. This event is open to all skill levels. No shooting experience is necessary. Safety Officers will be on hand to assist.
Registration fee: $195.00 per shooter ($780 for a Team of 4) which includes 100 targets and lunch. *The shooter is responsible for their own ammunition, eye protection, and ear protection.

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49 CFR Part 393 [Docket No. FMCSA-2022-0004]

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 393

[Docket No. FMCSA-2022-0004]

Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operations; Speed Limiting Devices

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extends the comment period for its May 4, 2022, advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking concerning its intent to proceed with a speed limiter rulemaking. FMCSA received requests for an extension to the comment period from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). Extension of the comment period will provide interested parties additional time to submit their responses. Therefore, the Agency extends the deadline for the submission of comments.

DATES: The comment period for the advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking is extended from June 3, 2022 to July 18, 2022. Comments must be received on or before July 18, 2022. 
May 31, 2022
Dear ATA Member:
Over the weekend, FMCSA announced an extension and further modification to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. 
FMCSA’s Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on May 31st  has been extended through August 31, 2022.
The declaration was also modified to include transportation of: 
  1. Livestock and livestock feed;
  2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19;
  3. Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment, including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19;
  4. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants;
  5. Food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores;
  6. Gasoline, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), jet fuel, ethyl alcohol; and heating fuel including propane, natural gas, and heating oil; and

As with the previous extension, this declaration applies only to 395.3 “Maximum Driving Time for Property-Carrying Vehicles”. This modified declaration will remain in effect until August 31, 2022, unless terminated sooner by FMCSA.
FMCSA has also added FAQs addressing declaration.
As always, carriers and drivers should review the details of all waivers to ensure applicability and compliance. If you have any questions, please email me.
Dan Horvath
Vice President of Safety Policy
Truck Loading Safety

The rules and regulations regarding standard safe loading practices of enclosed and flatbed types of trailers for a semi-tractor service is extensively covered in truck driver training schools. Current information can also be found on the website of several different agencies involved with the trucking industry (see sources).
Here are two related topics:

Selection of Binding Chains: (49 CFR 393.102)

Truckers frequently use chains to tie down their loads securely, to enhance safety and abide by the law. There are two important factors to keep in mind when evaluating chains:

1. The word "grade" describes the type of chain. For example, a "Grade 7" chain is popular with many carriers, despite its higher expense. It is a strong chain specifically for load securement, made from heat-treated carbon steel with a boron additive. "Grade 8" and "Grade 10" chains are made of alloy steel designed for heavy lifting.

2. The "safety factor" of chains refers to a fraction of maximum load weight that the chain can carry before breaking. If a chain can hold 1,000 pounds before breaking, and has a safety factor of 4, the chain would have a working load limit of 250 pounds (250=1/4 of 1000). Truckers are required to use chains with a "working load limit" equal to 1/2 times the weight of the load (49CFR 393.102(a)(2)). In this example, using a chain that has a working load limit of 250 pounds, truckers would need one chain for every 500 pounds.

Tie Downs: Ratchet vs Lock Binders: (49 CFR 393.102)

Applicable U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) state there must be one tie down every 10 feet for general cargo and every 8 feet for metal cargo. There must be enough tie downs so that when combined their working load limit equals half the weight of the cargo secured. At least two tie downs must be used in securing metal articles. Since there are several variables in determining how many tie downs are required for securing cargo, check out regulation 49 CFR 393.110 for more detailed information. Selection of ratchet or lock binders is not specified and left to the user's discretion and preferences.
Current U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) state in the 2nd paragraph of 3.7.1 that vehicles that weigh over 10,000 pounds must be loaded accordingly to the provisions in section 10 which applies to heavy vehicles, equipment and machinery.


Title 49—Transportation, 49CFR 393, Subparts A & I, Protection Against Shifting Cargo
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Don’t get tied down with anxiety over regulations. There are an abundance of useful resources that can help you get answers to your specific compliance questions
Marty Pollock | Director of Safety
Tennessee Trucking Association
Dale Allen, Adams and Reese LLP
With the legislature adjourning several days ago, we thought now would be a good opportunity to bring you up to date on the revision of the towing statute that is PC 826. This was primarily sponsored by Senator Bailey and co-sponsored by Senators Powers and Stevens in the Senate and primarily sponsored by Representative Marsh and co-sponsored by Representative Hazelwood in the House.
The purpose of this legislation is to tighten up some of the notification requirements after equipment is towed in regard to T.C.A. § 66-19-103 – Garage keepers or Towing Firms Lien. There is a difference between public tows and private tows. Public tows contain a more detailed process when it comes to notifying equipment owners when equipment has been towed. A public tow is a tow that is authorized by a public agency like a local police department or state highway patrol. Also, there are stiff penalties for towing/garage keeper firms that do not provide immediate notice when equipment is towed. Although private tows do not occur as often as public tows, this has still caused some issues over the past several months where equipment was being towed from private property. Before the legislation was amended this year (HB2245/SB2886), when private tows were involved, the only notice that was given was a notice provided in a local news publication which would have contained, if ascertainable, the VIN and advertising that the equipment would be sold. 

The legislation that was passed now requires that if the motor vehicle being towed clearly identifies the USDOT number issued by the FMCSA, a registration plate issued and attached to the motor vehicle described in § 55-4-113(a)(2), or a registration plate issued and attached to the trailer described in § 55-4-113(a)(5), the garage keeper or towing firm is required to notify the owner of the motor vehicle identified by the USDOT number or the owner assigned to the registration plate issued at the address identified with the USDOT number, rental equipment information, or the vehicle's registration within three (3) working days of taking possession of such vehicle or equipment by registered mail, return receipt requested. A violation of this requirement is now a violation of Title 47, Chapter 18, Part 1.

There have been comments by one person who allegedly speaks on behalf of the towing industry that the state law required a three-day notification. That is incorrect and did not provide that the towing company had to use the information provided for the USDOT no. or registered plates to provide the three-day notice. Hopefully, this newly enacted law will cut down on some of the bad behavior of towing companies in regard to failing to provide notice of towing of equipment and also provide adequate notice of the sale of equipment.
Tennessee Trucking Foundation (TTF) Scholarships are available for dependent children, spouses, or employees of companies who are members in good standing of the Tennessee Trucking Association. Scholarship recipients must be Tennessee residents who are entering their junior or senior years at accredited colleges or universities located in Tennessee.
The scholarship program is administered by the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by them. In evaluating applicants, the committee will consider academic aptitude, test scores, an essay that focuses on the role the trucking industry plays in the economic vitality of Tennessee, extracurricular activities, and financial need.

Congratulations to our below recipients!

Tavin Davis University of Tennessee majoring in accounting. Father Kevin Davis is a TN Road Team Captain and works for Ozark Motor Lines, Inc. in Memphis, TN. Award: $1,500

Emily Gean University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in health, physical education & Recreation. father Danny Gean works in maintenance in Cookeville, TN. Award: $1,500

Mackenly Jones King University majoring in Computer Science and Information System. Father Michael Jones works for Old Dominion Freight Line in White Pine, TN. Award: $1,500

Libby Quick Martin Methodist College majoring in Nursing. Father Clint Dickey works in Sales in Madison, AL. Award: $1,500

Lynnsey Saylor Lincoln Memorial University majoring in Pre-Medicine. Father Teddy Saylor works for Averitt Express in Knoxville, TN. Award: $1,500
Photographed is Scholarship Recipient Tavin Davis with TN Road Team Captains
TN Road Team Captains assisted over 40 aging drivers during a recent CarFit Event at Oak Ridge Senior Center. The Road Team is fully equipped now to set up CarFit events across the state. If you would like to learn more about our Aging Driver Safety Program or to set up an event in your area, please call the TTA Office at (615) 777-2882.
TN Road Team Captains assisted aging drivers during a CarFit Event in Chattanooga on May 25th, 2022. 

June 12-14, 2022 - TNSRO Conference | Pigeon Forge, TN

June 14, 2022 - Teen Institute | UT Martin

June 13-17, 2022 - Call on Washington | Washington D.C.

June 15, 2022 - Knoxville Roadside Inspection | Knoxville Scales

June 15, 2022 - Clyde Austin 4-H Camp | Greeneville, TN

If you would like to schedule an event, please contact
the TTA Office at (615) 777-2882.

Charles (Charlie) Harold Brown
Contributions were made by:
Wayland Thompson
Pat & Mary Marsh
Dale & Julie Allen
Acknowledgement Sent to: Greg Brown
Tennessee Trucking Foundation Contribution

Want to make a contribution to our Foundation? You can easily donate to the foundation on our website. Thank you to all that support our Foundations mission. 

  • Advancing highway safety
  • Educating the public through programs designed to make our roads safer
  • Providing Tennessee children’s charities with funds to improve the lives of our state’s children
  • The TTF Scholarship, administered annually by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee