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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

the road.

Winning an award is an afterthought for the

knights of the road, but when it does happen, they

feel honored.

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

recognizing excellence.”

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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July 2019

FTR’s trucking forecast:

No rapid growth or decline


“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

brokered freight.”

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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compliance dashboard, the platform offers

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in improving driver behaviors that will result

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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

settlement process.

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

under way.

“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

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