01-15-2023 | Issue 2

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January 18 & 19 - NATMI Safety and DOT Compliance

January 20 - Road Team Selection

February 16-17 - Road Team Training

February 22-23 - NATMI Safety and DOT Compliance

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Auto Auctions - Dealer Advantage - Selling or Buying Through Copart

We welcome Copart Inc. as a new member of the Tennessee Trucking Association! Copart is an online salvage auction with over 300 locations across the country. They specialize in selling salvage and high mileage trucks, trailers, and industrial equipment as well as standard company vehicles with a buyer base reaching across the United States to over 160 countries internationally. For maximum returns on your salvage or retired vehicles, contact Albert Gedge, Account Manager, at

615-427-3747 and let Copart show you what they can do for your business.

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Albert Gedge, CDS Account Manager


865 Stumpy Lane

Lebanon, TN 37087

Phone: (615) 427-3747

Email: [email protected]

Aflac Supplemental Insurance

Aflac provides supplemental insurance to help pay out-of-pocket expenses your major medical insurance doesn't cover. Get started with a quote today!

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Gary Johnson, District Coordinator


242 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 106

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phone: (217) 234-6550

Email: [email protected]


SA Recycling Nashville-Linder Industrial Dr. - SA Recycling

Monday - Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm Saturday CLOSED Sunday CLOSED 1841 Linder Industrial DrNashville, TN 37209 Get directions SA Recycling is your one stop shop recycling center. We pay top prices for metals. Some of the metals we recycle include steel, aluminum, copper, tin, appliances, junk cars, cans, and many other types of scrap metal.

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David Erwin, Ferrous Manager

SA Recycling Nashville

1841 Linder Industrial Drive

Nashville, TN 37209

Phone: (615) 350-1456

Email: [email protected]



Broker and Freight Forwarder Financial Responsibility

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.

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FMCSA, following DOT mandate, hikes fines for certain violations -

Home > The Nation > FMCSA, following DOT mandate, hikes fines for certain violations WASHINGTON - Violation of Federal Motor Carrey Safety Administration rules will cost, in some cases, a lot more in 2023 than ever before. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has published a final rule that will increase civil penalty amounts imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations.

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Truck Parking Is Top Issue for Drivers | Transport Topics

A Love's Travel Stop in Patterson, Calif. (Love's Travel Stops) [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] With 313,000 truck parking spaces existing nationwide, according to a recent survey conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association estimate there is one parking spot for every 11 drivers.

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IRS Boosts Standard Mileage Rate for 2023

​The IRS is once again raising the standard mileage rate. The agency on Dec. 29 announced that the 2023 business standard mileage rate is increasing to 65.5 cents, up 3 cents from the 2022 midyear adjustment of 62.5 cents.

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When you’re in charge of a truck fleet, driver safety should be paramount. As demands on truck drivers increase and the availability of drivers decreases, the industry is experiencing difficulties.

For trucking companies, safety incentive programs should be at the core of their loss prevention programs, not only to protect drivers, but to protect the company’s profits and bottom line. With that said, below are some benefits of implementing a driver safety incentive program as well as how to create a winning program that sticks.

While many companies have safety programs and driver training in place, a formal safety incentive program clarifies the term “safe driving.” It tells drivers exactly what they will be evaluated on, uses hard data for performance reviews and helps make sure recognition is fair.

Defining the safety incentive program goals will help build a solid foundation, allowing managers and employees to focus on what matters. Objectives should be clear, realistic, and attainable, yet challenging enough to build interest and keep truck drivers engaged. 

Choosing the right rewards will be key to keeping truck drivers motivated. While cash incentives are usually the biggest motivator for employees, companies do not need to shell out large amounts of cash every quarter. Offering a combination of cash rewards and recognition awards are usually enough to be a strong motivator, leading to safer driving practices and money saved by avoiding the costs associated with a collision. 

Some popular types of rewards include:

  • Cash incentives and bonuses
  • Gift certificates
  • Public recognition by management at company events
  • Personalized plaques 
  • Points that can be redeemed for prizes
  • Number of accident-free miles on the side of the truck

Don’t expect to get your driver safety incentive program 100% perfect on the first try. Instead, be prepared to consistently evaluate success by keeping good records. When doing a cost-benefit analysis, be sure to consider the direct and indirect costs associated with the program’s objective and bear in mind that safety programs may take some time to show their true return. Is the business growing year over year? Is the company losing fewer drivers? Is it getting more recognition among peers? These are all ways to weigh the benefits of a safety program and determine its value.

Marty Pollock, Director of Safety

Tennessee Trucking Association


Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP

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.

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  • 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

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