Kenworth bags big T700 order

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Jun 24, 2010 9:34 AM

Refrigerated carrier Stevens Transport has ordered 500 of Kenworth Truck Co.’s new T700 Class 8 tractor, looking to boost the fleet’s overall fuel efficiency numbers with these new trucks.

“Aerodynamic trucks are an integral part of our business strategy and the Kenworth T700 will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency and lower emissions,” said Steven Aaron, Stevens chairman & CEO, adding that Dallas, TX-based Stevens is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program, meaning its fleet meets voluntary fuel efficiency and environmental performance targets.

Stevens, which purchased these 500 T700s through MHC Kenworth of Dallas, spec’d these tractors with Kenworth’s 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper and 400-hp Cummins ISX engine.

The T700 is the designated replacement for Kenworth’s T2000 highway tractor and is designed as a high-roof aerodynamic long-haul tractor that offers 8 ft. in interior sleeper height – making it ideal for team operations, said Bill Kozek, the company’s GM.

“It also offers a 3% improvement in [aerodynamic] drag compared to our T660 highway tractor, which translates into a 1.5% gain in fuel efficiency,” he noted. “This order from Stevens is a great way to help launch the T700 into the North American market.”


Scam Alert - 6/21/2010

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This just in from Debbie with Arbuckle Truck Driving School:

I received a call from a man named Joe Tucker  last week 6-14-10,representing a company called "ZODIAC" phone # (505) 272-8719, looking for 4 drivers ASAP. He said, Felony/ DUI ok after 5 years but no drugs, a 4 day orientation would be in Dallas, they would provide bus ticket, food and hotel. Pay was $450 per wk. after orientation during training and 28 cents per mile when you got in a truck on your own. out 14 days, home 4 days. Carl called him ( incognito) to verify infomation because of the last scam. Everything sounded legitimate and he was not asked for money upfront, but since we were still wary we told past students that were interested to ask alot of questions and if any monies were requested by Mr. Tucker, to let us know immediately. Mr. Tucker called again 6-16-10 to ask if I had anyone else calling him and gave me another phone number to contact him (505) 205-7634.

I received a call this morning, 6-21-10, from one of my graduates and he was told Friday 6-18-10 ( through a number of calls)  that he was accepted for employment and they would get him a bus ticket for orientation in Atlanta (?this is not the location told to us) or meet him with an '09 Pete at the truckstop here. The grad chose to meet him. Joe Tucker called him back a few minutes later and said that his boss wanted a guarantee that he would show up to meet that truck and that he would need to send $400.00 that would be reimbursed when he picked up the truck. My student told him he didn't have that kind of money and no, he could not borrow it. Joe Tucker said that he would speak to his boss and would be calling my grad. back with a confirmation. Needless to say that was the last communication he received from Mr. Tucker.

I wanted to pass this info on to you since it sounds like the scammers are back.


Arbuckle T. D. S., Inc.

Thank you Debbie for keeping us posted!


Covenant Transport Driver Chuck Norris Wins First Place in California’s State Driving Championships

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Professional driver Chuck Norris earned first place in the Sleeper Berth Class in the California Trucking Association State Driving Championships held June 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  Chuck is a 12-year veteran with the company, a Master Trainer and a member of Covenant Safety's 40 Club, whose members have driven one million consecutive, preventable, accident-free miles.  He is from Fairmont, West Virginia.

Chuck earned the right to compete in California's statewide competition by placing first in the Sleeper Berth Class in the Central Region of California competition in May.  California hosts three regional competitions: Southern, Northern and Central.  Chuck's first-place finish on the state level in California earned him the ticket to compete at the ATA's National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio August 3 - 7, 2010.

Chuck Norris


CSA 2010 Rollout: What is Happening When?

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From the FMCSA...

CSA 2010 Rollout: What is Happening When?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed a revised schedule for the roll out of CSA 2010 in line with its commitment to launch this program in the most effective way possible. The rollout schedule is designed to methodically step federal and state enforcement staff, as well as the motor carrier industry, into the program one stride at a time - increasing the safety benefits through better understanding and increased accountability for good safety performance.  The rollout timeline is outlined below:

  • April 12 - November 30, 2010 - Motor carriers can preview their own data by seeing their roadside inspections/violations and crash events organized by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).
  • Summer 2010
    • June 30th - The Operational Model (Op-Model) Test will end.
    • July - The four "50/50" Op-Model Test states, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey, will join the five 100% Op-Model Test states in implementing the program.
    • August - Motor carriers will be able to see an assessment of their violations based on the new Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) which will replace SafeStat later in 2010.
  • Fall/Winter 2010
    • SafeStat will be replaced by the CSMS. CSMS will be available to the public, including shippers and insurance companies.
    • FMCSA/States will prioritize enforcement using the CSMS.
    • FMCSA will begin to issue Warning Letters to carriers with deficient BASICs.
    • Roadside inspectors will use the CSMS results to identify carriers for inspection.
  • Winter 2010 - Safety Fitness Determination Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is scheduled to be released.
  • 2011 - Enforcement staff will be trained, and new interventions will be implemented State-by-State

Covenant Transport Drivers Place 1st and 2nd and 3rd at the California, Central region Truck Driving

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The California Trucking Association held its annual State Truck Driving Championship for the central region in Fresno, CA May 15 2010.

Chuck Norris, a professional driver, came away with a first place in the Sleeper Class competition. Chuck has been competing at the state championship for 6 years and this is his first state award. Chuck has been employed with Covenant Transport since 1998.

Ms. Paloma Valdez, also a professional driver, captured a second place trophy competing in the Flat-bed competition. This was Paloma’s first time competing. Paloma has been employed with Covenant Transport since 2004.

Mr. Jaime Casillas also competed in the Flat-bed competition and place 3rd behind fellow employee Paloma Valdez. This was Jaime’s 2nd year of competition and has been employed since 2004.

Chuck Norris


Covenant Transport Wins Statewide Trucking Safety Awards

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The California Trucking Association Recognizes Covenant Transport  for Excellence in Safety


Sacramento, California - Covenant Transport, Inc. was honored for its outstanding safety record at the California Trucking Association's Fleet Safety Awards Banquet in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 7th, at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.  Covenant received first place in the General Commodity Truckload Over 7 Million Miles Division, and first place in the Local Under 4 Million Miles Division.


Covenant Transport is part of Covenant Transportation Group, Inc., the holding company for several transportation providers that offer premium transportation services for customers throughout the United States. The consolidated group includes operations from Covenant Transport and Covenant Transport Solutions of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Southern Refrigerated Transport of Texarkana, Arkansas; and Star Transportation of Nashville, Tennessee. The Company's Class A common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CVTI.

California Trucking Association's safety awards program judges companies on specific safety performance, including accident frequency, personnel and hiring systems, documented safety policies and procedures, driver-safety training, internal accident handling procedures, and participation in the association's safety activities.  Top contenders' safety programs are audited, and accident statistics are reviewed by the CTA Safety Staff.

CSA 2010 Data Preview Now Available for Motor Carriers!

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Motor Carriers can now view the inspection data the FMCSA will use to calculate CSA 2010 percentile rankings when the system comes on-line later this year. BASIC scores have not yet been assigned to the data in this preview system, but one can calculate potential inspection weights by viewing the current BASIC violation severity rankings here:

From the FMCSA: 

FMCSA is pleased to announce the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 Data Preview, which will allow individual motor carriers to review their safety performance data by the CSA 2010 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The Data Preview begins on April 12, 2010 and ends on November 30, 2010, the national launch date for the CSA 2010 safety enforcement program.  
During the data preview period, motor carriers are encouraged to closely examine their performance data and immediately address any safety problems.  This is also an opportunity for motor carriers to update and verify their safety performance data online.
This important step is designed to focus motor carriers on identifying and addressing unsafe behaviors that can lead to crash risk. It also underscores FMCSA's commitment to data integrity and the motor carrier industry's responsibility for ensuring commercial vehicle safety.  
Complete details on the Data Preview and the CSA 2010 implementation schedule are published in the Federal Register. The CSA 2010 implementation schedule supports the critical importance of incorporating the findings from over 30 months of operational model testing in nine CSA 2010 pilot states.

Click the following link to view your company data: Data Preview


Remember that data from the last 24 months will be the first data on which your CSA 2010 percentiles will be based. This data preview allows carriers an opportunity to see where they currently stand and take pro-active measures over the next several months to clear up their records in anticipation of full CSA 2010 implementation.