| January 03, 2006

The contest is open to drivers who have logged more than 1 million miles and follow strict safety standards. The finalists represent 22 states and include three husband-and-wife driving teams.

Truckers News co-sponsors the Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest.

Overdrive and International Truck and Engine Co. co-sponsor the Independent Contractor of the Year contest.

The top five winners in both contests will receive numerous prizes, including cash, savings bonds, trucking supplies and gift cards donated by industry suppliers.

The Independent Contractor winner will get a new, fully loaded International tractor.

The finalists are now asked to provide more information for the final phase of the competition. The top three for both contests will be announced at the TCA 2006 Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Florida, March 12-15.

Company Driver of the Year Contest finalists:
· Eric Bauman, Grand Island Express
· Steven Bradford, Contract Freighters
· Brett Campbell, O&S Trucking
· Jay Coker, FFE Transportation
· Dora Colvin, Contract Freighters
· James Conner, Team Transport
· Bobby Downes, O&S Trucking
· Roger Elliott, Sherman Brothers Trucking
· Dale Henderson, Marten Transport
· Fred Howard, Arnold Transportation Services
· Ricky Howell, Summitt Trucking
· Kenneth Luther, Sherman Brothers Trucking
· Barry Nauman, Marten Transport
· Tim Setterlund, Marten Transport
· Ruppert Stevens, Epes Transport System
· Edward Teuscher, Team Transport
· Robert White, Hogan Transports
· Zimri Zirkle, Jet Express

Independent Contractor of the Year Contest finalists:
· Daniel Beber, Warren Transport
· Albert Beck, Dart Transit
· Constance Beyer, Midwest Coast Transport
· Lanny Beyer, Midwest Coast Transport
· Alvin Courte, Contract Freighters
· Dennis Grills, Sherman Brothers Trucking
· Mark Hohensee, O&S Trucking
· Elizabeth Jordan, Christenson Transportation
· Paul Jordan, Christenson Transportation
· Debra Jurashen, Landstar System
· Robert Jurashen, Landstar System
· Theodore Kasparie, Sammons Trucking
· James Lyle, Dart Transit
· Robert McCray, Warren Transport
· Stacy Moran, Contract Freighters
· Steven Recker, Warren Transport
· Artie Reid, Dart Transit
· Henry Shriver, Smithway Motor Xpress
· Paul Stallibrass, Contract Freighters
· Bridget Stanton, Pottle’s Transportation
· Ronald Warner, Davis Transport
· Carter Williams, National Carriers,
· Dean Winkcompleck, Ace Doran Hauling and Rigging
-Lance Orr

Parade Article Less Controversial Than Feared
Parade magazine ran its third truck-safety article in nine years Oct. 30. Written by Bernard Gavzer, the short article headlined “Do Trucks Make You Nervous?” was not the assault the industry had feared. The cover headline, in fact, was “Stay Safe Around Trucks.”

While the article was quick to point out that the 2003 hour-of-service rules allowed truckers to drive as many as 60 hours in a seven-day period and claimed that tired truckers are a major safety issue on the road, the article also noted that fatalities and injuries from crashes involving commercial trucks have not increased significantly in the past nine years.

The article made no mention of how many of those crashes were the big rig drivers’ fault.
American Trucking Associations’ spokesman Mike Russell, who was quoted in the article, said after its publication that it painted a fair picture of the industry.

“For the first time, thanks in large part to the efforts of the trucking industry and professional truck drivers, they seemed to make an effort to include the straight scoop on trucking safety, pretty much disproving the usual unsubstantiated charges from the usual truck bashers,” Russell said. “While there were some comments that could be challenged, overall, Parade gave the industry a pretty fair shake.”

“Motorists have a responsibility,” the article noted, “to be aware of their own fatigue, not to drive while intoxicated, to avoid risky driving and to know what precautions to take when driving in the vicinity of a large truck.” An illustration headlined “How To Share The Road” showed four-wheelers how to pass a truck, how far to stay behind a truck, and how to avoid the large blind spot on the truck’s right side.
-Lance Orr

Diesel Prices Continue to Drop

The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel fell another 3 cents for the week ending Nov. 28, to $2.479. That’s 36 cents more than in the same week of 2004, but a far cry from the $3-plus record prices of October. The biggest drop, 6 cents, was in the Rockies; the smallest, a penny, in the Central Atlantic states.

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