â€śAsk yourself what is more important â€“ your reputation or your bottom line? You may want to debate it, but in the end the answer is easyâ€”your bottom line is affected by your reputation. That is why I believe it is necessary to be a member of the WVTA. Being a member not only proves we are involved in the trucking industry, but shows we are committed to making our companies and industry the best it can be. Membership does not costâ€”it pays.â€ť - Fred Burns, Chairman, CEO of Burns Motor Freight.
We maintain strong one on one contact with state legislators and government leaders. We are proactive in our efforts for the benefit of our industry and members. We engage the members in grassroots effort for the benefit of the industry.â€¨â€¨We represent the industry on such issues as:
â€˘ Highway use and sales taxes.
â€˘ Vehicle size and weight
â€˘ Highway safety
â€˘ Vehicle law
â€˘ Environmental law
Our past legislative successes include the rollback of the toll increase on the the West Virginia Turnpike during the 2006 legislative session. â€¨â€¨
We keep members informed of constantly changing laws and regulations to aid them in holding down the cost of doing business. Some examples are:
â€˘ We supply a monthly newsletter Highways & Byways, to all members to keep them up-to-date on regulations, trends and industry changes. We fax or e-mail several times a month a one-page version of this publication with education information and industry tips.
â€˘ When the legislature is in session members receive WVTA legislative updates, News Inside the Capitol, to keep them abreast of legislative activity and to aid in our grass roots efforts.
â€˘ Our web site, which supplies a vast array of information to keep members informed, as well as links to other industry sites. We provide members access to archived newsletters and other features not available to the public.
Promoting the safety of our members and the public is very important to us. Each year we conduct an annual fleet safety contest, a truck driving championship, a West Virginia Driver of the Year Contest, among other promotions and events. The 2012 Truck Driving Championship will be held June 23rd, 2012 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston. We also assist the U. S. Department of Transportation in selecting the West Virginia Professional Driver of the Year. We sponsor the West Virginia Safety Management Council and plan and conduct an annual safety awards banquet.
Members are urged to call the WVTA office at (304) 345-2800 anytime with questions concerning new laws and regulations or any matters that affect their business.
State and National Liaison
We act as a liaison with many state agencies including the Department of Motor Vehicles, Public Service Commission (PSC), Department of Transportation (DOT), State Police, State Tax Department and many others. We work closely with the American Trucking Associations on federal legislation and governmental affairs.
Workersâ€™ Compensation Discount Program
The West Virginia Trucking Association is pleased to announce a new Workersâ€™ Compensation Discount Program. We have teamed with BrickStreet Insurance to offer active WVTA members who have a good safety record a discount on their workersâ€™ compensation premiums.â€¨Effective March 1st, the discount will be 7.9%.â€¨If you can meet just a few criteria, your company can qualify for this cost savings program through WVTA. I have listed the criteria below:
â€˘ Report claims within 48 hours of a loss;
â€˘ Achieve and maintain a loss ratio of 65% or less;
â€˘ Implement a formal Return to Work Program;
â€˘ Attend at least one safety seminar per year that applies to operational hazards or complete one on-line course through Safety Source;
â€˘ Implement BrickStreetâ€™s 5 Step Loss Control program; and
â€˘ Be a member of the West Virginia Trucking Association.
That is all there is to the program. You continue to make your payments to BrickStreet and continue to use the agent of your choice. Contact your agent of record to see if you quality.
Other Member Discounts
WVTA provides its members access to a variety of discounts, including shipping costs with UPS, services through Joe Boggs & Associates and JJ Keller products.
We hold an annual convention for members where they can gain information at our business sessions, play golf and network at social functions.
With the many tough issues that our industry faces it is important for us to have candidates in office that understand our industry. The WVTA PAC gives us the ability to donate to business friendly candidates with who we call work in the state Legislature.
Any firm, company or corporation owning or operating motor transport vehicles shall be eligible for membership in the organization.
Individuals, firms or corporations having an interest in the trucking industry shall be eligible for associate membership.
Individuals, firms or corporations having no interest in the West Virginia trucking industry but desiring to be affiliated with the association for business reasons shall be eligible for non-voting participating membership.