6 • April 15-30, 2018 Nation THETRUCKER.COM NTSB: Car-truck crash that killed 6 shows need to implement its latest safety recommendations MAKE A LIVING AND ENJOY THE LIVING PART Penske is hiring safe, professional truck drivers to haul freight for some of the world’s leading brands. • Return home daily • Choose from a variety of shifts and customers • Receive outstanding benefits • Join an internationally renowned team 855-235-7367 gopenske.com/drivers Apply using job number 1003259 THE TRUCKER STAFF WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board said a highway accident brief published by the NTSB for its investigation of a June 2016 highway crash that killed six people and injured five, illustrates the need to implement 15 safety recommendations associated with the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements for fatigue, occupant protection and collision avoidance. A seven-passenger sport utility vehicle with a total of 11 occupants was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on Interstate70 near Goodland, Kansas, June 29, 2016, at 2:15 a.m. Survivors of the crash said they believed the SUV was traveling near the posted minimum speed limit of 40 mph while the tractor-trailer was traveling near the posted maximum speed limit of 75 mph at the time of impact. “While the NTSB did not issue safety recommendations based upon the findings of this investigation, the investigation does emphasize the need to implement 15 NTSB safety recommendations to improve highway safety and to reduce the number and severity of highway crashes,” said Rob Molloy, director of the NTSB’s office of highway safety. “The causal and contributing factors to this tragic and completely preventable crash demonstrate why the issues of fatigue, occupant protection and collision avoidance are on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. In this crash, a collision avoidance system, especially one capable of automatically applying the brakes, might have prevented this accident or at least lessened the severity of the crash.” The NTSB determined that the tractortrailer driver’s failure to take effective action to avoid the crash due to his fatigue and lack of expectancy to encounter the slow-moving Penske is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SUV, led to the crash. The SUV driver’s decision to continue traveling at a reduced speed on the highway without the use of flashing hazard lights contributed to the crash, as well. The overloading of the SUV and the lack of a collision avoidance system on the truck contributed to the severity of the crash. “Of the 315 open safety recommendations associated with the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, 15 relate to the issues identified in this crash investigation,” said Molloy. “Of the 39,339 transportation fatalities in 2016, highway fatalities accounted for 37,461 deaths, or 95 percent of all transportation fatalities in 2016. We view the implementation of these recommendations as vital to ensuring the safety of America’s transportation system. The longer it takes for NTSB safety recommendations to be implemented, the longer an identified safety need remains unaddressed, potentially threatening the safety of travelers and transportation workers.” The NTSB has no regulatory authority, but can make safety recommendations to governmental agencies. 8 Find us on Facebook search: The Trucker TICKETS TICKETS NO MEMBERSHIP FEES NO MEMBERSHIP FEES NO MEMBERSHIP FEES MOVING & NON-MOVING MOVING & NON-MOVING MOVING & NON-MOVING NO MONTHLY DUES NO MONTHLY DUES NO MONTHLY DUES 1-800-333-DRIVE 1-800-333-DRIVE 1-800-333-DRIVE www.interstatetrucker.com INTERSTATE TRUCKER, LTD. INTERSTATE TRUCKER, LTD. www.interstatetrucker.com INTERSTATE www.interstatetrucker.com TRUCKER, LTD. www.interstatetrucker.com
Thetrucker.com Nation April 15-30, 2018 • 7 Bison Transport, Central Oregon Truck named TCA Best Fleets to Drive For THE TRUCKER STAFF Sometimes it comes down to doing what’s right. Bison Transport has been recognized as an outstanding company by the Truckload Carriers Association for more than 10 years, and the Canadian company was again named overall winner in the large carrier category of the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For at TCA’s convention last month in Orlando, Florida. Central Oregon Truck Company (COTC) was named overall winner in the small carrier category. “When it comes down to it, one of our core values is people, Bison Director of Safety and Development Garth Pitzel told The Trucker after a previous win. “We have one saying … we do what is right.” COTC, of Redmond, Oregon, was founded by a couple of flatbed drivers 25 years ago, and runs exclusively local and regional flatbed freight in the Pacific Northwest. Their motto is: “If it goes on a flatbed then we haul it across all 48 states and Canada … .” They utilize lightweight aluminum Reitnouer trailers pulled by a fleet of Kenworth tractors. According to COTC’s website they maintain “leading driver pay and benefits while maintaining exceptional CSA scores.” COTC has been nominated as a Best Fleets to Drive For winner for four years running, for providing the best workplace experience and have been in the top 20 in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 competitions. Other large carrier (1,456 tractors) category winners were: American Central Transport, Kansas City, Missouri; Challenger Motor Freight, Cambridge, Ontario; Erb Grou, New Hamburg, Ontario; Fremont Contract Carriers, Fremont, Nebraska; Halvor Lines, Superior, Wisconsin; Maverick Transportation, North Little Rock, Arkansas; and Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, Illinois. Other small carrier category (314 tractors) Best Fleet winners were: Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts; FTC Transportation, Oklahoma City; Garner Trucking, Findlay, Ohio; Grand Island Express, Grand Island, Nebraska; Keller Logistics Group, Defiance, Ohio; Motor Carrier Service, Northwood, Ohio; Smokey Point Distributing, Arlington, Washington; TransPro Freight Systems, Milton, Ontario; and Veriha Trucking, Marinette, Wisconsin. 8 ATA: Survey says driver pay, bonuses being boosted to keep, retain safe drivers THE TRUCKER STAFF ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations said last month it has released data from its latest Driver Compensation Study showing “driver pay has climbed as rising demand for freight transportation services has increased competition for increasingly scarce drivers.” “This latest survey, which includes data from more than 100,000 drivers, shows that fleets are reacting to an increasingly tight market for drivers by boosting pay, improving benefit packages and offering other enticements to recruit and retain safe and experienced drivers,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. According to this most recent study, the median salary for a truckload driver working a national, irregular route was more than $53,000 — a $7,000 increase from ATA’s last survey, which covered annual pay for 2013, or an increase of 15 percent. A private fleet driver saw pay rise to more than $86,000 from $73,000, or a gain of nearly 18 percent. That’s 3 percent more than the cost of living has increased in the last 10 years. According to the American Institute for Economic Research, you’d have to pay $115.35 today compared with $100 in 2008 for the same thing, a cost-of-living increase of 15 percent. In addition to raising pay, Costello said fleets were offering generous signing bonuses and benefit packages to attract and keep drivers. “Our survey told us that carriers are offering thousands of dollars in bonuses to attract new drivers,” Costello said. “And once drivers are in the door, fleets are offering benefits like paid leave, health insurance and 401(k)s to keep them. “This data demonstrates that fleets are reacting to concerns about the driver shortage by raising pay and working to make the job more attractive,” he said. “I expect that trend to continue as demand for trucking services increases as our economy grows.” 8 Great truck insurance rates and personal service are yours as an OOIDA Member. Friendly, fast, efficient service for the busy owner-operator. At OOIDA you are never just a truck insurance customer. You are our mission. 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