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Winning an award is an afterthought for the
knights of the road
For professional truck drivers, the on-thejob
focus revolves around delivering their load
and doing so while always remaining conscious
of their surroundings as to protect the safety of
themselves and motorists with whom they share
Winning an award is an afterthought for the
knights of the road, but when it does happen, they
Such is the case for Kelvin Haywood and Mike
and Bev Monahan, who were recently named
Company Driver of the Year and Contractor of the
Year at Dart Transit.
Haywood, who works regionally out of the St.
Louis area, earned the top honor as a company
driver, while the Monahans, who share the driving
duties on a dedicated account, were recognized
as the past year’s leading contractors with Dart.
Haywood and the Monahans were respectively
selected from a group of candidates who had
been previously honored as either company drivers
or contractors of the month with Dart in 2018.
In addition to the monthly award winners, the
field of nominees also included a small group of
company drivers and contractors who had compiled
outstanding years with Dart. During the first
quarter of this year, Dart’s management reviewed
the group of nominees, examining key metrics
from 2018 including active percentage, miles per
gallon, out of route miles and overall miles driven.
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In order to be considered, the nominees also had
to maintain an outstanding record for safety.
Over the past year, Haywood drove more than
131,000 accident-free miles, while only going
out of route 1.6% of the time during his travels.
The Monahans collectively compiled more than
180,000 accident-free miles and, as owner-operators,
they achieved nearly 8.5 miles per gallon for
all miles driven during the year.
“We are very grateful to have had an impressive
collection of nominees for both the contractor of
the year and the driver of the year awards. The
overall performances put together by Bev and
Mike on the contractor side and by Kelvin among
our company drivers were truly outstanding,” said
Gary Randall, Dart’s senior vice president of fleet
operations. “The professionalism and dedication
that Kelvin, Mike and Bev display on the road and
with customers is a great example for everyone at
Dart. What they accomplished over the past year
stands an inspiration to all of us. We believe it’s
important to honor and to celebrate the accomplishments
of professional drivers. We believe in
Dart recently held an awards ceremony and a
luncheon at its headquarters featuring Haywood
and the Monahans as the guests of honor. The
company broadcast the awards presentation
over its Facebook Live video feed, and the Dart
Network Podcast conducted interviews with the
award winners and their fleet managers.
The Monahans have developed a long relationship
with Dart. Mike Monahan, who has 38 years
of experience in the trucking industry, contracted
with Dart as an owner-operator in 1994. Bev Monahan
has been working with Dart for the past
eight years. She put a career as a nurse to the side
to explore life on the road with her husband. The
dedicated account the Monahans have serviced
for the past several years has provided them with
the opportunity to work with Dart in a unique manner.
Each day one of the Monahans is able to stay
at home while the other is driving the truck. The
Monahans are currently in the process of adding
a second truck to their owner-operator operation.
“This is the best honor I’ve had in my entire career.
I have always tried to focus on driving and
doing my job to the best of my ability. It means a
lot to both of us to be recognized for the job we are
doing out here,” said Mike Monahan.
“I’m still kind of pinching myself over the whole
experience and the honor,” said Bev Monahan.
“We’ve had so many good things happen for us
lately. It feels like it’s been Christmas for months.
This award was huge for us. We are tickled pink
about it, and we’re very appreciative.”
Haywood has more than 14 years of experience
as a professional driver, and he is now in his
fifth year of working as a company driver for Dart.
A long-time volunteer coach and mentor with the
Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Haywood, in searching
for over-the-road opportunities, wanted to stay
close to home throughout the week. Dart was able
to offer Haywood a regional opportunity out of St.
Louis that ensures he is home every night.
“I know what kind of work I put in every year,
but I was still very surprised when I got the call
that I was Dart’s Company Driver of the Year. It’s
taken a while for it to sink in,” said Haywood. “I
am very grateful to Dart for this honor. To me, this
award speaks about you not only as a driver, but
as a person. It’s at the top for my career. In fact,
other than my sons being born, I would rank this
second among all the highlights in my life.”
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FTR’s trucking forecast:
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“We think we’re going to settle
somewhere around zero. That’s not a bad
thing, it just means we won’t see rapid
growth or decline and carriers can plan
accordingly.” Those are the words of Avery
Vise, vice president of trucking for FTR, a
Columbus, Indiana-based provider of freight
transportation analysis and forecasting.
Vise was discussing the climate for freight
haulers in the coming months, using FTR’s
own Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) a
proprietary tool that incorporates available
data on freight volumes, rates, industry
capacity, fuel pricing and costs of financing
into a monthly “score.”
A TCI indicator of “zero” means that
conditions for operating a trucking business
remained steady in that month, neither
growing or shrinking.
As with many such measurements, trends
are more predictive than individual monthly
scores. For the past few years, the TCI has
been climbing steadily as freight availability
and rates for hauling it increased with the
growing economy while fuel prices and
interest rates remained relatively stable.
By dipping into negative territory for the
first time in years, the March TCI seems
to confirm what industry analysts have
been predicting for months: the good times
aren’t over yet, but tougher times, including
potential recession, hover on the horizon.
“We’ve just had an extraordinary market
that has lasted since quarter three of 2017,”
said Vise. “So, when you look at the graph,
things look pretty tough,” he continued, in
reference to the downward turn of the data
on the graphic that accompanied the TCI
report. “We predict freight will continue to
grow at a rate of about two percent through
While it may difficult to find the bad
news in predicted two percent growth, the
growth in another area is the problem. Sales
of new Class 8 trucks are growing at a rate
25.1 percent higher than last year, which
was a good year for truck sales. America’s
capacity to haul freight is increasing by
about 10,000 trucks per month. There are
enough orders already on the books to keep
the build going for another eight to nine
months, if no new orders were placed.
The law of supply and demand governs
trucking, too. For the past couple of years,
there haven’t been enough trucks to haul
all the freight made available through the
growing economy, sending freight rates
skyward and providing record profits for
many carriers. Today, as more trucks hit
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the road, the balance is shifting. Spot rates
are already stagnant and headed downward
in some regions, with longer-term contract
rates soon to follow.
While freight rates are expected to
decline rather gradually, there are a few
occurrences that could accelerate the
process, the proverbial “monkey wrench” in
the economic system.
One that looms large is the prospect
of tariffs, those imposed by the Trump
administration and even those that are
threatened. “We’ve seen a sharp decline
in imports in quarter one, partly due to the
threat of tariffs,” explained Vise. “That
pushes the GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
upwards, but remember that imports create
business for the trucking industry, too.”
Fuel price fluctuations can have a
devastating impact. “We’re looking at fuel
being moderately higher,” Vise explained,
“but nothing drastic, unless the market is
impacted by something unexpected, like a
refinery shutdown due to a hurricane.”
Interest rates are another factor. When the
cost of borrowing rises, carriers pay more
for investments in new equipment, terminals
and other capital. Vise explained, “We don’t
expect any sudden increases, but financing
could be impacted by the tariff situation.”
While all of this may seem to be of more
interest to carrier ownership than to drivers,
there results could impact drivers as well.
Driver pay, for example, can be influenced.
“We’re not seeing upward pressure on
driver pay, so that incentive to switch
carriers might be curtailed,” said Vise, who
also noted that the implementation of the
FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse could also
have an impact on hiring. As driver turnover
decreases, carriers can be more selective in
their hiring, making it more difficult for
drivers with less than perfect records to
Those who are considering buying a truck
and becoming an owner operator will want
to carefully consider the conditions before
jumping. Vise pointed out two factors that
could impact the decision. “Financing is not
great right now. And, spot rates are down,
impacting owner operators who depend on
He also pointed to a current trend of
carriers moving away from the leased
operator model to dealing with owner
operators through a brokerage model.
“There may be more opportunity for a new
trucking business owner in that area,” he
said, citing ongoing litigation where courts
are ruling that lease operators are employees
as one of the potential reasons for the shift.
For trucking industry workers from the
tractor cab to the boardroom, change is
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McLeod Software releases version
19.1 including new driver choice
McLeod Software Monday released
version 19.1 of its LoadMaster Enterprise,
LoadMaster LTL and PowerBroker software
With the release of Version 19.1, McLeod
Software has introduced LoadMaster Driver
Choice, a tool fleets can use to give drivers
the ability to record their load preferences,
effectively requesting the loads that are the
best match for those preferences, according to
Kristan Hill, marketing manager.
LoadMaster Driver Choice also gives
carriers the ability to offer drivers choices
about available loads when possible, all while
ensuring their success with any load offered to
them, she said.
For owner operators in those fleets using
Driver Choice, it means their carrier is giving
the driver better tools to “run their business”
successfully within the fleet, especially when
paired with the McLeod Driver Mobile App
and the information that app provides about
pay, and the ways it expedites the entire
LoadMaster Trip Management is also being
introduced as part of McLeod’s Version 19.1
release. The new Trip Management module
gives carriers the tools to interactively plan
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details of trips with the driver’s input, and
actively manage those trips while they are
“Using a driver’s current Hours of Service and
position information, a trip plan is created and
displayed in LoadMaster,” Hill said. “Taking
into account road conditions, live and historical
traffic patterns, and driver breaks provides better
visibility for customers to enhance the accuracy
of real-time estimated time of arrival at customer
stops and actual arrival time at locations, giving
planners and driver managers the ability to
proactively deal with potential service incidents
at future stops.”
The trip plan feeds McLeod’s ETA/out-ofroute
module to let the carrier’s staff know when
trucks are late for scheduled stops or out of
their recommended routes. It also interacts with
McLeod’s existing driver feasibility functions to
enhance the accuracy of planning.
McLeod’s driver feasibility function
determines whether or not a driver can physically
pick up and deliver the load on time based on
their current position, the distances involved,
the appointment windows for pick-up and
delivery, and their available HOS to accomplish
the trip. Hill said using all of this information
to account for events, rest breaks, delays,
detention, changing situations in weather, and
even rerouting when necessary, allows planners
to generate a significantly better dispatch trip
plan. The interactive nature of McLeod’s new
Trip Management module gives the driver the
opportunity to be part of the planning process.
The delivery routing optimization module in
LoadMaster LTL now optimizes the sequence
of deliveries routed on a local movement. Route
Optimization takes a set of routed deliveries
and optimizes the stops based on minimal
drive time, while also considering appointment
commitment freight, a location’s open and close
times, and the time spent unloading per stop.
This module also considers potential turn time
McLeod Software offers PowerBroker users a
new integration with HubTran to quickly process
incoming carrier documents and invoices.
Powerbroker communicates load and carrier data
to HubTran and returns approved invoice data
and documents to PowerBroker. When the carrier
sends in invoices and supporting documents
for billing, the audit process is completed more
quickly to allow brokers to bill faster with less
cost and effort from the back office.
Hill also said McLeod Software is also
introducing expanded integration solutions with
Manhattan Associates. A new interface offers
visibility to Manhattan’s Load Analyzer scoring
metrics upon receiving an EDI load tender.
Tenders can be accepted and orders created
automatically based upon predetermined score
criteria. Another key interface introduced in
version 19.1 is Manhattan Profit Analyzer.
LoadMaster general ledger revenue and expense
information is sent to analyze the key factors
affecting profitability and target problem areas
with poor utilization. With the Manhattan Fuel
& Route interface, LoadMaster version 19.1
will automatically communicate movement
data and current fuel levels to Fuel & Route
during dispatch to determine optimal door-todoor
routing and fuel recommendations while
balancing driver requests and preferences.
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