03-15-2023 | Issue 6

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Upcoming Events

March 20-24 - NATMI CSS & CDS Fleet Safety Certification

March 29 - ROADSIDE Giles County Scales

March 28 - 30 - Call on Washington

March 29 - Giles County Roadside

March 30 - MTN Sporting Clay Shoot

March 30 - Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)

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Our Story | Platform Science

For years, the transportation industry used technology that wasn't designed with the future in mind. This limited fleets and drivers to proprietary systems, creating obstacles for innovating the optimal driver experience. Since launching in 2015, we've spent thousands of hours working with fleets to make transportation smart.

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About - Cadence Petroleum Group

Our objective is to provide our customers with the best products and services. Cadence Petroleum and our suppliers stand behind the products we offer. Regardless of the industry, we have solutions specifically designed to improve your business; whether you want to increase traffic to your door or decrease equipment downtime.

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Marshall IG

With over thirty years of experience Marshall Investigative Group is a recognized leader in fraud investigations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our complete investigative services utilize the latest technologies to provide our clients with the most comprehensive solutions in the industry. Marshall Investigative Group continues to save our clients millions of claims dollars every year.

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Marshall Investigative Group

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Best Fleets to Drive For®

Want to learn more about the Top 20's scores? See how the best fleets measured up in categories like compensation, human resource strategy, work/life balance, and more!

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Congratulations to TLD Logistics, Knoxville, TN, being named as one of the best fleets to drive for.

Averitt Express opens new distribution, fulfillment center in Louisville -

Home > Business > Averitt Express opens new distribution, fulfillment center in Louisville LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Averitt Express has opened a new distribution and fulfillment center in Louisville, Kentucky, as part of the company's continued growth of its distribution and fulfillment services.

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Cumberland Awarded 2022 Presidential Award: International Truck

NASHVILLE, TN - March 3, 2023 - Cumberland International Trucks, a local International Truck commercial dealership, has received the prestigious International Truck Presidential Award. The Presidential Award, introduced in 2018, honors the top eight percent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and most importantly, customer satisfaction.

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Fleet Safety Award Presented to M& W Transportation Co.

On March 7, 2023, M&W Transportation Co. was awarded the 3rd place Division II Fleet Safety Award at TCA's annual convention. Director of Safety Chris Woody accepted the award on behalf of M&W. Entries in this category included fleets with 5-14.99 million miles from all of North America.

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Women In Trucking Association Announces 2023 Top Women to Watch in Transportation

ARLINGTON, Va. - March 13, 2023 - The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today its sixth annual list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation. The editorial staff of WIT's Redefining the Road, WIT's official magazine, selected these individuals for their significant career accomplishments in the past 12 to 18 months, as well as their efforts to promote gender diversity.

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2023 March Sporting Clay Shoot

Mark your calendars and please join us for our Sporting Clay event on March 30, 2023. This event will start at 8:00 am CST with our Crazy Quail kick-off game! This will be followed by the sporting clay shoot immediately after with a 10 am CST shotgun start. Lunch will be at 12 pm CST. 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 ammo, gun rental, 74 targets, eye/ear protection, and lunch.

Crazy quail costs $20.00 for 25 targets. You must provide ammo for the Crazy Quail which is available from the gun club.

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

Notice and request for comments. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment.

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J.J. Keller Center for Marketing seeking applicants for in-cab technology survey

The J. J. Keller Center for Market insights is the research arm of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The center conducts studies that are then shared with the public to further awareness of and conversation about important safety and compliance topics.

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ATA Voices Support for Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Repeal Truck Excise Tax

Washington - The American Trucking Associations is hailing congressional leaders for their efforts to repeal the antiquated federal excise tax on the purchase of new trucks. "The federal excise tax on purchases of trucks adds nearly $25,000 to the cost of new equipment - slowing deployment of safer and more environmentally friendly vehicles," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

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Clearinghouse Update: Query Notifications

Note that new information in a Clearinghouse record may include changes such as an update in return-to-duty status, a removed violation, or a new violation. A full follow-on query is needed to determine if the new information results in the driver having a "Prohibited" Clearinghouse status.

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Women In Trucking Association Names Arnold as 2022 Driver of the Year

The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry.

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I wanted to share an update with you that was recently announced at the Truckload Carriers Association convention in Florida.

Since its debut in 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has registered more than 3 million drivers and 425,000 employers, including more than 225,000 owner-operators. As of late last year, 4.5 million CDL holders were queried within the first three years; more than 170,000 drivers were cited for violations.

The FMCSA will become more proactive by the end of March, notifying current employers if a company driver fails a pre-employment screening with another carrier, said FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson. There was a loophole in the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, which made it possible for a driver to have a drug or alcohol violation reported by another employer after a pre-employment query, but before an annual one—so the current employer might never be aware of it,"

This month, the clearinghouse will start notifying employers if there’s a change to a driver’s clearinghouse record up to 12 months following a query.

After a positive test, a truck driver goes into return-to-duty status and can't get behind the wheel until they've cleared that status, which includes a regimen of counseling and more testing that can go on for months or even years. Nearly 90,000 drivers haven't completed this process as of December, meaning they've given up on using their CDLs or are driving illegally.

Prospective fleets hiring new drivers no longer must ask driver applicants or their previous employers for their drug and alcohol testing history. As of Jan. 6, carriers can now conduct a free employment query within the clearinghouse.

Hutcheson said that she's met with the Department of Health and Human Services about expanding drug testing to include hair follicle testing. She anticipates that HHS will propose revised screening methods later this summer regarding whether hair testing is an acceptable screening method for results submitted to federal agencies, including the clearinghouse.

The agency is being as proactive as it can, but DOT including FMCSA, must follow Health and Human Services (HHS) mandatory guidelines for technical and scientific issues related to testing for controlled substances and HHS has not yet issued final guidelines for testing hair. It is anticipated proposed guidance will be available this summer.

She also reiterated DOT’s goal of zero fatalities on the nation’s highways and is focused on creating safe drivers, safer vehicles and better roadways. She asked the trucking industry to address the ‘root causes’ of unsafe driving in and around commercial vehicles that result in almost 5,000 deaths per year, including 800 commercial driver fatalities. “I cannot think of another place in the world that would accept those kinds of numbers of people dying in the workplace,” said Hutcheson. 

Marty Pollock, Director of Safety

Tennessee Trucking Association




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