2-1-2022 | Issue 3
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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.
Kennedy and Associates, P.C. Attorney, Lawyer,...

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Brian P. Keller, Attorney
Kennedy & Associates, P.C.
205 W Wacker Dr, Ste 500
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 201-9188

Referred by: David Krause, Parman Energy Group
Network Truck Insurance Services - Roseville, CA Insurance

Network Truck Insurance Services offers trucking and business insurance solutions to meet the needs of clients in California and beyond.

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Carey Avitua, Operations Manager
Network Truck Insurance Services, Inc
120 Main St
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 780-2535
BIR Transport Company

With our strategically positioned operating centers and dedicated fleet operations, we’re able to provide you with a wide range of service options. Bir Transport is ready to tackle your biggest challenge and provide you with the best value.

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Jimmy Singh, President
BIR Transport Co., Inc.
2225 Sycamore Dr
Knoxville, TN 37921
Phone: (540) 980-7530
Jeff Reed
Skyline Transportation, Inc.
Well, here we are in the middle of winter and there’s no doubt that Tennessee has had its fair share of wintry weather this year. While the snow is a beautiful sight to behold and my kids love it, as truckers we are all too familiar with the downside of winter weather and its impact on our drivers, the supply chain, and operations. 

One thing that always sticks out to me this time of year is that winter driving is where the professional drivers out there on the road really showcase their skills and talents. Navigating on a warm dry day is hard enough, but to see truckers continue to move the goods across our state and this nation in all kinds of challenging conditions is truly remarkable. 

Hang in there everyone as March and spring weather aren’t too far away and I look forward to warmer days ahead.

Even though I’m anxious for March and spring weather to get here, I am looking forward to February and the upcoming East Tennessee Safety Maintenance Council Meeting in Knoxville. It’s taking place on February 9th and is an excellent opportunity for members to come together for insight and networking on issues that impact us all. There will be several folks from my team attending and I encourage everyone else in the East TN area to make sure you’re there as well! Outside of East Tennessee and for our members across the state, please note the dates and times of the SMC meetings in your area and make it a priority to attend.

Thank you for continuing to support and engage with TTA, stay safe, and see you soon!
Women In Trucking Association Names 2021 Top Companies...

Plover, WI - Oct. 25, 2021 - Redefining the Road magazine, the official magazine of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), announced today the recipients of the 2021 "Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation."

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If you would like to see your company recognized on the Women in Trucking Association's 2022 Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation list, then you can nominate your company below! The deadline to nominate is May 14, 2022.
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February 8-10, 2022

HR Leaders
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ATA Names 22 Professional Drivers as Newest America's...

Arlington, Virginia - Today, American Trucking Associations announced 22 professional truck drivers who will be 2022-2023 America's Road Team Captains. The drivers will serve as trucking industry ambassadors, traveling the country to spread the...

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FMCSA Issues Alternative Standard for Monocular Drivers

Getty Images [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] Federal trucking regulators have published a new vision standard that will remove the requirement that truck drivers with normal vision in only one eye seek an exemption ...

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UCR Fees to Decline by 27% in 2023, FMCSA Says

photovs/Getty Images [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] Fees for Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement participants in 2023 will be reduced by 27% compared with 2022 fees, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

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One Week Until ELDT Compliance Date

Monday, February 7, 2022, is the compliance date for the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations, established in 49 CFR part 380 subparts F and G.

Are you ready for ELDT compliance?

The ELDT regulations include requirements for training providers, CDL applicants, and State Driver Licensing Agencies. Visit the Training Provider Registry for more information and make sure you are ready for February 7, 2022.
Training providers: Have you registered your locations?

After FMCSA approves a training provider’s registration, training providers must log in to the Training Provider Portal to register their training location or locations. This step is necessary to appear in the Registry and to submit driver training certification information as required by the ELDT regulations.
Not Registered? Register Here.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is withdrawing the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard issued on Nov. 5, 2021, to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers with 100 or more employees from workplace exposure to coronavirus. The withdrawal is effective January 25, 2022.

Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule. The agency is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.
IRS Raises Standard Mileage Rates for 2022

Standard mileage rates are up slightly from 2021 in two categories, according to the IRS. Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for using a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be 58.5 cents per mile for work use.

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Dale Allen
Adams and Reese LLP
Headlines Aplenty in Tennessee as State of the State Approaches: Cooper Makes Decision on Reelection; Trump Weighs in On Congressional Race; Supreme Court Confirmation and Legislative Expulsion Trial Set for This Week
The 2022 session is beginning to grind into gear as a momentous week looms ahead, featuring the State of the State address, a Supreme Court confirmation, a potentially historic expulsion hearing, and bill filing deadlines. Combine that with last week’s finalization of the redistricting maps and a longtime Congressman’s announcement that he will not seek reelection, and the Tennessee political landscape is not lacking for headlines or intrigue.
Redistricting Effects: Cooper Announces Retirement; Trump Endorses Ortagus
The 112th General Assembly has completed its once-a-decade legislative task of redistricting, with the House passing the Republican-backed proposals last Monday and the Senate finishing up the job on Wednesday morning. The entire process and the new district maps will either be bemoaned or celebrated depending on which side of the aisle one identifies with, as Davidson County is now splintered into three Congressional Districts through the heart of Nashville.
The hot button redistricting issue was always what would become of Rep. Jim Cooper’s current 5th District. The old 5th District, which was largely comprised of Nashville/Davidson County -- frequently described as an island of blue in a sea of red – is now divided into three parts. A large portion of the county is now combined with strong Republican suburbs such as Williamson County (Brentwood; Franklin) and Wilson County (Mt. Juliet; Lebanon), along with rural and conservative counties such as Lewis, Maury, and Marshal. With these changes, Democrats will have a tall task gaining a Congressional seat in the foreseeable future, subject of course to further population growth in the Nashville metropolitan area. The Republican redistricting plans will now head to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk and await his signature as Democrats prepare potential legal action.
In the midst of the changes being formalized, Congressman Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) made the unsurprising announcement last week that he would not be seeking reelection for another term. Within hours of that announcement, former President Donald Trump was already offering his endorsement for a potential GOP replacement. Trump announced his support for Morgan Ortagus, a Fox News Commentator and former spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who just moved to Nashville a few months ago to work for a Nashville-based healthcare investment firm. Trump’s press release described Ortagus as “an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA,” and said that she would have his “complete and total endorsement” if she decided to run. Despite being a virtual unknown in the Nashville area before Trump’s announcement, Ortagus quickly became a household name in Republican circles around Nashville. It also remains to be seen what impact President Trump’s endorsement will have on the field of potential Republican contenders, which seemed to have been growing by the day.
Governor Lee Announces Over $3 Million in Campaign Contributions in Second Half of 2021
Our Roads, Our Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Tennessee Division office has joined with the FMCSA Office of Outreach and Education to bring its national Our Roads, Our Safety campaign to Tennessee. The website link for the Tennessee outreach materials that have now launched can be found here.

Stephanie Mann with FMCSA needs our help spreading the word about Our Roads, Our Safety as it launches here in Tennessee. The campaign focuses primarily on educating commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers on sharing the road safely but will impact everyone on the road including motorcyclists, bicyclists, and even pedestrians.

Tennessee is one of the Top 10 States for Large Truck Fatalities. In 2020, there were 163 fatal crashes involving large trucks, resulting in 195 fatalities statewide. Based on preliminary data for 2021, there were 173 fatal crashes involving large trucks, resulting in 186 fatalities. Specifically, the I-24 corridor traffic between Nashville and Murfreesboro has increased by 60% and is a major freight corridor, with Davidson and Rutherford Counties accounting for over 16% of Tennessee’s total large truck crashes in CY 2020. Therefore, in addition to the above materials, FMCSA has also deployed Facebook ads, Gas Station TV spots, and digital billboards with these safety messages for the Nashville area with GSTV outlets along the I-24 in the Nashville-Murfreesboro corridor.

Chris Woody, the Director of Safety for M & W Transportation Co., Inc., gave a presentation yesterday at our MTN Safety Management Council meeting and referenced a statement M & W leadership had made that said “when their families are on the road, they're surrounded by everyone’s trucks, so safety for the trucking industry is a top priority”. Thank you, M & W Transportation Co., Inc. and Chris for your partnership in making Tennessee roadways the safest they can be and being a prime example of Our Roads, Our Safety by sharing your best practices!

I look forward to working with you in 2022 to reduce the number and severity of Commercial Motor Vehicle involved crashes.
The Safe Way is the Best Way,

Marty Pollock | Director of Safety
Tennessee Trucking Association

If you would like to schedule an event, please contact
the TTA Office at (615) 777-2882.
On Friday, January 21, twelve new Road Team Captains were added to our 15 current Captains. That will bring us up to 27 total TN Road Team Captains. Please congratulate the new Captains and the companies who nominated them.

               Don Boon and Trinton Nevette – FedEx Freight Corporation
               TJ Daniel – Huff & Puff Trucking, Inc.
               Todd Darnell – Big G Express, Inc.
               Tom Frain – Highway Transport Logistics, Inc.
               David Gooch –Christenson Transportation, Inc.
               Kraig Hinrichs – Ascend Transportation, LLC
               John Lemmons – UPS
               Pete Lovan – Titan Transfer, Inc.
               Bobby Rue – Ozark Motor Lines, Inc.
               Cyndi Sliger – Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
               Scott Varner – Walmart Transportation LLC
Our 2022-2023 Road Team Captain Training is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18. All 27 Captains are required to attend the first day of training, but only the new Captains will attend the training on Friday. Memos of instruction are going out today to Supervisors and Captains.  
CFMT has moved the launch of the scholarship applications up to ensure that students receive decisions about receiving the money or not prior to the National College Decision deadline of May 1st. 
This money makes a huge difference for so many students, including whether or not they attend a certain college. Hopefully, this will help students all around in pursuing higher education.  Please call the TTA office at (615) 777-2882 if you have any questions.
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