- A Highway Watch member in the Midwest reported that one of his company’s petroleum drivers saw a white car, possibly a Toyota, pull alongside his placarded tanker and take pictures. The vehicle contained three men, all with dark hair and dark complexions.
- While unloading fuel at a gas station, a member in the Southeast was approached by a couple asking detailed questions about gas delivery operations.
- A member in the Midwest reported a couple in a small blue car taking pictures of his tanker with a digital camera.
- A member in the Midwest saw two Caucasian men in a white van taking pictures of a terminal tank farm.
- An economy-size black four-door car was reported taking pictures of a member’s tanker in the Midwest.
- A man with a dark complexion and a crew cut was seen taking pictures of a member’s fuel operation before getting into a red sedan and following the member for a few miles while taking additional photos.
Preliminary analysis showed no pattern to the locations, Highway Watch said.
“While there are no concrete indicators that these reports suggest pre-operational surveillance, we take them seriously, and we’d like our partners to do so as well,” said Don Rondeau, director of Highway Watch’s Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Those wishing to make a report should call Highway Watch at (866) 821-3444.
TCA Narrowing Field for Driver Awards
The Truckload Carriers Association is making finalist selections for this year’s best company driver and best owner-operator.
The winner of TCA’s 2005 Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest, co-sponsored by Truckers News magazine, receives thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
The grand prize in TCA’s 2005 Independent Contractor of the Year contest, co-sponsored by Overdrive and International Truck and Engine, is a new, fully equipped International tractor.
Each year, TCA and the two magazines honor drivers in their respective contests who consistently provide reliable and safe transport. Nominees are judged on their performance and safety record, how they promote the image of the trucking industry and their contributions to their communities.
Three finalists from each contest will be announced at the TCA Annual Meeting, March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla. The top five contractors of the year will receive cash, equipment and gift certificates.
The Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest is open to any driver employed by a TCA-member company who has at least a million consecutive accident-free miles. Entrants must be nominated by their employer and must have been with that employer for the past three years. Companies may nominate as many as five drivers. Previous grand prize winners are not eligible, and second- and third-place winners may not enter the contest for two years afterward.
The Independent Contractor of the Year contest is open to any independent contractor or team who owns a power unit used in a five-axle or more tractor-trailer combination and drives full-time for a TCA-member company.
Nominees must have at least five years’ experience as a commercial trucker and must have spent at least the past three years as an independent contractor. Previous grand prize winners are not eligible to enter the contest again, and second- and third-place winners are not eligible to enter the contest for two years afterward.
Hurricane Relief Donations
The following trucking-related companies have made contributions to the recent relief efforts in areas impacted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita: