Trucking plays an essential role in WAA’s annual wreath-laying event.
Every year, professional truck drivers donate their time and motor carriers donate their trucks and fuel to deliver the wreaths. In 2013 alone, more than 500,000 wreaths were delivered to almost 900 veterans cemeteries across the United States. Since 2012, TCA has coordinated this nationwide effort, as well as raised money for the placement of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The Arizona Trucking Association joins TCA in their endeavors. For more information and if you would like to participate and or contribute visit this website. https://www.truckloadofrespect.com/index.asp
2014 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference another huge success.
Terrific weather, compelling speakers, some very cool entertainment this year’s Leadership Conference – Winning Together – held Oct. 23-25 at JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson made for a great conference. Members stepped up big-time in the annual auction to support the Arizona Transportation Education Foundation (ATEF). The event raised $38,000 to support ATEF’s safety and outreach programs! WOW!!! Photos and other conference information will soon be posted on our website, and we have already begun working on our special post-conference publication due out in December. Thanks to all who attended, contributed and, in so many ways, made this conference a hallmark of our dynamic Arizona Trucking Association! Most of all, a huge thank you goes to the 54 companies that sponsored the conference this year. You will find them listed on our website under Leadership Conference in the Events & Seminars drop-down menu, and we urge you to let them quote your business first before looking elsewhere! And if you missed the conference—NOW is the time to plan to attend next year, when we will return to the Westin La Paloma in Tucson Oct. 1-3, 2015.
ATA ISSUES GUIDANCE TO MOTOR CARRIERS REGARDING SLEEP APNEA SCREENING:
Last month ATA issued guidance designed to assist motor carriers and drivers when discussing obstructive sleep apnea with medical examiners. The guidance informs motor carriers about recent changes to the medical examiner certification process and provides suggested questions trucking companies and drivers can use to frame a discussion with doctors about reasonable expectations for the OSA screening and treatment. Also included in the guidance is an explanation of what is required of the medical examiner under current regulations and clarification of many common misconceptions on the issue. For information on choosing a certified medical examiner click here. For more information on obstructive sleep apnea and commercial driver medical qualification click here.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the American Trucking Associations sent out this special dispatch
MEDICAL REGISTRY REQUIREMENTS TAKE EFFECT TODAY
Despite calls from the American Trucking Associations and other advocacy groups, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proceeded today with their plan to require all truck drivers seeking medical certification or recertification to do so using a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Following similar requests from the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Agricultural Retailers Association, ATA last week asked FMCSA for a short, reasonable delay of registry implementation (six months). Of chief concern is the insufficient number of medical examiners available to meet expected driver demand. Drivers who live in rural, underserved areas may experience additional challenges as they look for nearby certified medical examiners. In some cases, drivers may be required to travel long distances at considerable cost. Some drivers may also see higher than usual prices too, as a result of the limited supply of medical examiners.
“The American Trucking Associations supports the registry as a way to ensure medical examiners serving the industry have a broad understanding of the challenges truck drivers face every day,” said Dave Osiecki, Executive Vice President and Chief of National Advocacy. “It is unfortunate, however, that FMCSA declined to take a more pragmatic approach to ensuring the registry was sufficiently populated by granting ATA’s request for a reasonable, short delay.”
Motor carriers must verify compliance with this rule prior to dispatching a newly certified driver by matching the national registry ID listed on the driver’s medical examiner’s certificate (i.e. med card) to the Federal database. To do this, motor carriers are to go to FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners web page where they can search for the examiner using this number.
To be listed on the registry, a medical examiner must attend an approved training class designed to highlight the unique health concerns of truck drivers and must pass a test confirming comprehension. Medical examiners can find more information on how to be certified on FMCSA’s website.
November 27-28: ATA will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday
December 5: 2014 All-ATA Holiday Party
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