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The Trucker Newspaper - April 15, 2018

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10 • April 15-30, 2018 Nation Courtesy: TCA STEPHEN RICHARDSON THE TRUCKER STAFF KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Truckload Carriers Association has named Stephen Richardson as Company Driver of the Year and Philip Keith as Owner-Operator of the Year. The announcement came March 27 during the awards banquet at TCA’s annual convention here. Richardson, who lives in Decatur, Alabama, drives for Big G Express of Shelbyville, Tennessee. Long, who resides in Long Beach, Mississippi, is leased to WEL Companies of Del Pere, Wisconsin. Both drivers received a $25,000 cash prize for their achievements. The annual contests recognize the top owner-operators and company drivers in the U.S. and Canada who provide reliable and safe truck transportation in moving the nation’s goods. The overall winners are selected from the finalists based on safe driving, efforts to enhance the public image of the trucking industry, and positive contributions to the winners’ local communities. For the owner-operator candidates, business-owner skills are also judged. Safe transportation runs in Richardson’s blood, as his father was a professional truck driver and his mother was a school bus driver. As a driver himself, Richardson has amassed over 3.4 million accident-free miles during his 27 years of professional truck driving, including 17 with Big G Express. b HOS from page 1 b regulations need to be supported by good data. While ATA believes that there are opportunities to improve Hours of Service regulations to provide additional flexibility while maintaining safety, we don’t believe that there is sufficient data at this time to support the types of changes proposed by the REST Act,” said Sean McNally, vice president of communications and press secretary at ATA. “However, with the deadline to comply with the electronic logging device requirement now passed, it is our hope that we will soon have enough hard data from ELDs to support possible improvements and reforms to the HOS rules. We also hope that in the interim, all links in the supply chain — drivers, shippers PHILIP KEITH Courtesy: TCA Stephen Richardson, Philip Keith are named company and o-o Drivers of the Year by TCA In 2013, he was named Big G’s first-ever Driver of the Year recipient, and he has also been named the Tennessee Trucking Association’s 2014 Tennessee Driver of the Year and a 2017-18 America’s Road Team Captain for the American Trucking Associations. In addition to his successes as a driver, Richardson has lost 55 pounds by walking three to four miles on the treadmill every day and watching his sugar and carb intake. Keith has been involved in trucking for 34 years as a terminal manager, dispatcher and customer service representative. His honors include the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association Driver of the Year 2016, 19-year Safety Award from WEL Companies and three separate Best in Show honors in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy. Along with the other member of his driving team, his wife Eva, Keith participates in the Trucker Buddy International program. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, world traveler, and father, Keith said he believes that giving back to his fellow drivers and citizens helps make his job easier. Each of the runners-up in both categories received checks for $2,500. They are: company drivers Donald Lewis of Wilson Logistics and Roger Wyble of Maverick Transportation LLC; and owner-operators Kevin Kocmich, leased to Diamond Transportation System Inc., and Bryan Smith, leased to Art Pape Transfer Inc. 8 and carriers — work together to maintain a safe and efficient environment for moving the nation’s freight.” “We thank Rep. Babin for recognizing the need to address the lack of options for truckers trying to safely operate under today’s overly rigid federal regulations,” said Todd Spencer, acting president and CEO of OOIDA. “We want to see improvements to highway safety and what we have right now isn’t going to get that done.” This is not Babin’s first time to try and impact trucking regulations. Last year, he introduced a bill to delay implementation of electronic logging devices. With his bill caught in the usual Congressional quagmire, Babin appealed directly to President Donald Trump to delay the December 18 implementation date. 8

THETRUCKER.COM Nation April 15-30, 2018 • 11 FMCSA puts driver OOS, revokes DOT medical certificates issued by Alabama chiropractor THE TRUCKER STAFF WASHNGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Kentucky-licensed truck driver Jerry L. Jasper to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. In another disciplinary action, the agency issued a public notice saying that commercial vehicle drivers whose medical examination in the past two years was conducted by Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards intends to revoke medical certificates issued by Edwards. As for the driver put out-of-service, FM- SCA said on December 6, 2017, Jasper was operating a large commercial truck on Kansas 4 Highway in Rush County when he was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol Officer for a speeding violation. Upon further inspection, Jasper was found to be driving with a suspended CDL and in violation of multiple Hours of Service regulations. The Kansas Highway Patrol Officer also found drug paraphernalia in the truck cab and Jasper was placed under arrest and taken to the Barton County Jail. He subsequently posted bond and was released. On December 8, 2017, while operating a CMV in Missouri, Jasper was stopped in Warren County along Interstate 70 for a roadside safety inspection. A Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer again found Jasper operating with a suspended CDL and in violation of multiple HOS regulations. FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order said that Jasper’s continued operation of a CMV “… substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.” Failure to comply with the provisions of a federal imminent hazard OOS order may result in action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for equitable relief and punitive damages. Civil penalties of up to $1,811 may be assessed for each violation of operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of the order. Knowing and/or willful violation of the order may also result in criminal penalties. Jasper also may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by FMC- SA for his violation of the agency’s safety regulations. In the case involving Edwards, the FMCSA said the Phenix City, Alabama, doctor of chiropractic was arrested February 21 after being indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with crimes including conspiracy, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements, and falsification of federal records. The investigation initiated by the DOT determined that while listed as a certified medical examiner on the National Registry, Edwards exhibited a pattern whereby examinations were incomplete, required tests were not performed, and information on medical examination forms was falsified. FMCSA had removed Edwards from the National Registry on December 5, 2017. The agency said offices nationwide are presently working with state driver’s licensing agencies to obtain the contact information for all affected drivers. FMCSA is contacting the drivers and informing them that they have 30 days to obtain a medical examiner’s certificate from a medical examiner with valid certification on the National Registry. Drivers and carriers with further questions should contact the FMCSA via email at FMC- or by calling (202) 366- 4001. 8