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.
State and National Liaison
We act as a liaison with many state agencies including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Public Service Commission (PSC), Department of Transportation (DOT), State Police and State Tax Department. We work closely with the American Trucking Associations on federal legislation and governmental affairs.
We maintain strong one on one contact with state and federal legislators and government leaders. We are proactive in our efforts for the benefit of our industry and members. We represent the industry on such issues as:
- Transportation laws and funding
- Environmental law
- Highway use and sales taxes
- Highway safety
- Vehicle size and weight
Education and Communication
We keep members informed of constantly changing laws and regulations to help keep them informed and aid them in holding down the cost of doing business. Some examples are:
We constantly strive to keep members informed regarding issues affecting their businesses. For example:
- We supply a monthly newsletter, Highways & Byways and various timely bulletins throughout the year on specific issues.
- When the Legislature is in session, members receive News from Inside the Capitol legislative updates to keep them abreast of legislative activity and to aid in our grassroots efforts.
- We have a web site, www.wvtrucking.com, which supplies a vast array of information to keep members informed, as well as links to other industry sites.
Members are urged to call the WVTA office at 304.345.2800 anytime with questions concerning any matters that affect their business.
Promoting the safety or our members and the public is very important to us. Each year, we conduct a Truck Driving Championship (TDC) and hold contests for fleets safety awards and driver awards, including West Virginia Driver of the Year.
We hold an annual convention for members where they gain information at our business sessions and network with others in the industry 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 whom we can work in the State Legislature.
BrickStreet Workersâ€™ Compensation Discount Program
The West Virginia Trucking has teamed with BrickStreet Insurance to offer active WVTA members who have a good safety record a discount on their workersâ€™ compensation premiums.
Our current discount with Brickstreet is 5.8%.
If you can meet just a few criteria, your company can qualify for this cost savings program through WVTA. The criteria includes
- Report claims within 48 hours of a loss;
- Achieve and maintain a loss ratio of 65% or less;
- Implement a formal Return to Work Program;
- Attend at least one safety seminar per year that applies to operational hazards or complete one on-line course through Safety Source;
- Implement BrickStreetâ€™s 5 Step Loss Control program; and
- 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
Other Member Discounts
In addition to our workersâ€™ compensation discount program, we also offer a variety of other discounts, including shipping costs with UPS, services through Vigillo and products from J. J. Keller.
Types of Membership
Any firm, company or corporation owning or operating motor transport vehicles shall be eligible for membership in the organization.
Individuals, firms or corporations having any interest in the trucking industry shall be eligible for allied 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.