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Senator Capito Holds Press Event at UPS Freight Facility in Huntington

On Monday, Senator Shelley Moore Capito held a press event at the UPS Freight Facility where she discussed the three month highway funding patch, which recently passed and signed into law by President Obama; as well as a vitally important six-year highway funding bill, which needs to be passed by Congress. Senator Capito advised that she is working hard to get the bipartisan six-year highway bill passed and reinforced her support for a long-term solution to fund and fix West Virginia’s crumbling highways and infrastructure. UPS Freight Driver Clarence S. Jenkins, Jr., who is a former America’s Road Team driver, was also on hand for this event.  Jenkins, who has logged more than 4.5 million miles without an accident over his nearly forty-year career, spoke to the safety concerns of truckers and the risk motorists face as they navigate subpar road conditions and dilapidated bridges on our highways.

The event received tremendous media coverage, including all three of Charleston’s television stations, including WOWK, as well as reporters from the Charleston Gazette-Mail and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Congressman Jenkins Visits UPS Package Facility in Huntington

On Monday, Congressman Evan Jenkins, along with his daughter and state Delegate Carol Miller, toured the UPS package facility in Huntington. Jenkins had the opportunity to briefly speak with drivers and other employees and assisted in presenting employees with various safety awards and recognitions.

WVTA Participates in Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Trucking Association, along with the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the NATSO Foundation and Truckers Against Trafficking hosted a seminar for nearly forty law enforcement and trucking industry representatives on human trafficking. The seminar provided attendees with information on the types of trafficking, where it is likely to take place, how to spot a situation that could be considered trafficking and how to report such situations. The seminar was led by Kendris Paris, executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking and included presentations from the WV Attorney General’s Office, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a live skype session with a victim of human trafficking and a law enforcement panel. In addition to Jan Vineyard and Ryan Thorn attending the seminar on behalf of the WVTA; Daniel Harmon of Con-way Freight, John Snyder of Cummins Crosspoint, LLC and Chuck Bradley of Worldwide Equipment were also in attendance.  This event received media coverage from Metro News.

To learn more about how your company and employees can be trained to spot and report incidents of human trafficking please visit www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org or contact Jan Vineyard or Ryan Thorn at the WVTA office.

WOWK 13 News Visits Con-way Freight for Share the Road Segment

On Thursday, a reporter from WOWK 13 News in Charleston visited the Con-way Freight hub in Belle and was able to learn about safety in the industry and how teens can safely share the road with tractor trailers. She later visited Jan Vineyard at the WVTA office to learn more about the Share the Road program and to gain a few safety tips as the school year begins and traffic increases. Click here to view this segment.

he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new definition for a tank vehicle, and requirements for which drivers need tank endorsements, goes into effect today, July 8, 2015. Under the new rule, any vehicle transporting bulk tanks with 1,000 or more gallons of total capacity is designated as a tank vehicle. 

To determine whether or not a vehicle qualifies, carriers should add up the total capacity of all bulk tanks on the vehicle. Bulk tanks are defined as those holding more than 119 gallons. These include portable tanks, intermediate bulk containers, cylinders, and other portable tanks that traditionally did not require tank endorsements. Empty tanks and those containing only residue can be ignored. If the total capacity is 1,000 gallons or more, the vehicle is a tank vehicle and be operated only by a driver with a tank endorsement. All states must adhere to the new definition starting today. The American Trucking Association (ATA) petitioned the FMCSA to adopt a definition that would not cover portable tanks and FMCSA has an open rulemaking considering the ATA’s proposal. Unfortunately, the FMCSA had not finalized that rule before today. We’ll continue to monitor the FMCSA’s rules regarding the exclusion of the portable tanks and make our members aware of their decision. 

If you have questions regarding this endorsement please contact Jan Vineyard at (304)345-2800.

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Transportation Funding Bill

Charleston, W.Va. (June 25, 2015) – Today, the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA) applauds United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for her vigorous efforts to improve highway safety and for her tireless advocacy on behalf of the state’s trucking industry.

The WVTA also recognizes the actions of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee for taking vital steps necessary to improve highway safety and infrastructure, not only in West Virginia, but the entire country, by passing the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations bill.

Grand Champion – Tim Bailey, Con-way FreightCharleston, WV (June 23, 2015) – Today, the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA) announced the results from the 60th Annual Truck Driving Championship competition. The competition was held Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.  Forty-four West Virginia-based professional drivers, from eight companies, displayed their driving skills and knowledge of the trucking industry during the daylong event. 

The Truck Driving Championship (TDC) is designed to promote safety in the trucking industry. During this event, drivers are given a written examination, pre-trip inspection test and finally the most visible - the field test. 

“The TDC is a great way to showcase the talented and hardworking truck drivers in our state. They are true professionals who are dedicated to the highest level of safety and set the bar for others in our industry,” said Jan Vineyard, president of the WVTA. “Trucking keeps our state moving by not only hauling the goods and groceries that we all use every day, but also by being a significant employer of our residents and contributor to our state’s economy, so it’s a pleasure to recognize the “best of the best” in the industry.

In addition to the driving competition, the association recognized drivers for their 2014 safety accomplishments during an awards banquet Saturday evening.    

Vineyard said Eugene Collins of Cowen, WV, who drives for Burns Motor Freight, was honored with the WV Professional Driver of the Year Award.  Collins has driven for 44 years and accumulated 2.2 million safe miles.  He has also earned the American Trucking Associations One and Two Million Mile awards.

Keith R. Miller, of Leivasy, WV, who drives for Burns Motor Freight, was honored with the State Police Safety Award.  He has driven for 36 years and accumulated 3.3 million miles with no accidents.  He has won ATA One, Two and Three Million Mile Awards. He is a past recipient of the WV State Police Safety Award.

James R. Bailes, a driver with Burns Motor Freight, and a Marlinton, WV resident, earned the West Virginia Public Service Commission Driver of the Year Award.  He has driven for 29 years and 2 million accident-free miles.  He also has earned the American Trucking Association One and Two Million Mile awards. 

Grand Champion – Tim Bailey, Con-way Freight
First Place Straight Class – James Priddy, FedEx Freight
First Place Three-Axle Class – Tim Bailey, Con-Way Freight 
First Place Four-Axle Class – Kevin Asbury, FedEx Freight 
First Place Five-Axle – Ken Barnett, FedEx Freight
First Place Tank Class – Nick Backes, Pitt Ohio 
First Place Flat Class – Corkee Clary, FedEx Freight 
First Place Sleeper Class – Wesley Bentley, Walmart Transportation 
First Place Twins Class – Thomas Edens, FedEx Freight 
1st Place Step Van Class – Kenneth Tresselt, FedEx Express
Rookie of the Year - David Allen, FedEx Freight
Pre-Trip Inspection - Ryan Stacks, Pilot Thomas Logistics
Team Award - Con-way Freight

The first place drivers from each division will compete at the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championship – also known as the Super Bowl of Safety – taking place in St. Louis, MO, August 11 – 15, 2015.

Each year, federal, state and local motor carrier enforcement authorities conduct a three-day nationwide roadside inspection and enforcement blitz to check for compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations (FMCSR). Both interstate and intrastate petroleum marketers engaged in the transportation of fuel in a commercial motor vehicle are subject to the FMCSR. This year’s enforcement blitz will take place June 2-4 on interstate, secondary and local roadways nationwide. In preparation for the blitz, petroleum transporters should make sure that they are currently in full compliance with federal and state CMV and CDL driver regulations.

WVTA Members Receive a 2.7% discount
West Virginia Trucking Association members recieve a 2.7% discount

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