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Lyndon Finney

Lyndon Finney’s publishing career spans over 55 years beginning with a reporter position with the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1965. Since then he’s been a newspaper editor at the Southwest Times Record, served five years as assistant managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock and from November 2004 through December 2019 served as editor of The Trucker. Between newspaper jobs he spent 14 years as director of communications at Baptist Health, Arkansas’ largest healthcare system. In addition to his publishing career he served for 46 years as organist at Little Rock’s largest Baptist church.
July Invest

Will INVEST in America Act pause the clock on HOS revisions?

The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, introduced June 3 by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4), includes a section that would delay implementation of the new hours of service rule. The bill calls for U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to initiate a comprehensive review of hours-of-service rules and the impacts of waivers, exemptions, and other allowances that limit the applicability of such rules. The bill also requires Chao to undertake a statistically valid analysis to determine the safety impact of the new rule, including enforcement, exemptions,...
FMCSA Crash Chart

Accountability factor: Program removes not preventable crashes from CSA

Lost amidst the excitement of the release of the new, more flexible hours of service rule, and the attention appropriately being given to the pandemic gripping the nation is this: 2020 is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative and its Safety Measurement System (SMS). Since that time, the FMCSA has used safety performance information in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) to prioritize carriers for safety interventions. One of the BASICs is the Crash Indicator category which uses a motor carrier’s crashes from the previous 24...
political mascots

Senate showdown: Democrats eye four seats they say are key to gaining majority

Then Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican, stood before delegates to the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in mid-October 2015 and delivered a message that caught no one by surprise. “As someone who’s been there and seen the good work you’ve done in an environment that for at least the last several years has been very, very hostile to your industry, I want to thank you,” said Shuster. “The (Obama) administration and its agencies that put the rules out are not friendly to your industry” in a reference to hours...
Dennis Dellinger

Quick to React: TCA responds with timely, relative information on pandemic

Want to talk about slipping in right under the wire? When members of the Truckload Carriers Association met Feb. 29-March 3 for their annual convention, little did they realize that within only a few days, the United States would become part of a global crisis now known as the COVID-19 pandemic. The TCA convention would be among the last face-to-face assemblage  within the trucking industry — perhaps even within all major U.S. business sectors — before the country replaced handshakes and hugs with social distancing and quarantines. It was in this environment that Dennis Dellinger began his term as...
Mark Padlo and Chelsea Douglas

Proudest moments: Best Fleets award, response to pandemic source of appreciation for Boyle...

Boyle Transportation Co-President Andrew Boyle smiled and walked to the podium during Truckload 2020: Orlando – TCA’s Annual Convention – on March 2. His company — Boyle Transportation — had just been called as the overall winner in the small carrier category of the 2020 Best Fleets to Drive For competition put on by the Truckload Carriers Association and its partner CarriersEdge. “At that point, I called it the proudest achievement in our company’s history,” said Boyle during an interview in late April. “Then, just a few weeks later we stared into the abyss of this COVID-19 crisis and every day...
Bison truck

Fleet Safety Award: Bison Transport earns top safest fleet award for 10th consecutive year

Believe it or not, professional football and trucking have something in common. Both rely heavily on the term “safety.” In football, the safety position is a team’s last line of defense against a wide receiver or runner who has gotten loose in the secondary and is headed for the end zone. In trucking, safety is the first line of defense against accidents and the No. 1 priority among motor carriers. Another commonality is that both have a Super Bowl. In football, the best of the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference meet in February to determine the National Football League champion. In...
Nussbaum truck

Purpose driven: Trust and integrity guide operations at Nussbaum Transportation

Visit any motor carrier website and it’s likely that the home page will include flashy photos, and a litany of words looking to encourage drivers to apply. That is not so with the home page of Nussbaum Transportation where two words dominate: Purpose Driven. Those two words are the guiding lights at Nussbaum Transportation of Hudson, Illinois, which was recently named winner of the large carrier category in the 2020 Best Fleets to Drive For contest at Truckload 2020: Orlando – TCA’s Annual Convention – on March 2. Then click to the next page and find what could be called the company’s...
capitol recap

Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capitol | July-August

The months preceding the expiration of a highway reauthorization bill normally feature a whirlwind of activity, but a new bill is rarely passed and signed into law before the expiration date. The current bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was passed in 2015, expires Sept. 30. Before the FAST Act was passed in late 2015, Congress had to pass 13 continuing resolutions (CRs), thus throwing the nation’s surface transportation enterprise, and the millions of jobs that come with it, into a period of uncertainty. There’s little question that there will be CRs of the FAST Act, but...
Dave Jackson honoring Joseph Philpot on Philpot’s 4 Million Mile accomplishment

Carrier Profile: Those who deliver—Knight Transportation

If professional truck drivers are called — and well they should be — “Knights of the Highway,” then there is a transportation company in Arizona that should be a knight among carriers. We’re referring to Knight Transportation of Phoenix, a carrier with an interesting history and impeccable reputation. Knight Transportation is now part of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings — the nation’s fifth largest transportation company — thanks to a 2017 merger that brought together two of the titans of the trucking industry, both headquartered in Phoenix. Ironically, both carriers are an integral part of each other’s history. Right out of high school, Knight...
John Lyboldt

TCA President says Association’s success is an unending story

John Lyboldt’s story as president of the Truckload Carriers Association may have begun four years ago with the fabled phrase “once upon a time” but that story will be unending as long as he leads the Association. “Much like any good story, you almost always start with ‘Once upon a time,’ a phrase that is as good as any to reflect the very fact that we are a far cry from where we were when I first took the helm of this proud organization a mere four years ago, still faced with the knowledge that there will always be a...
John and Rick Tetrault

Father knows best: Son follows dad’s footsteps right into the driver’s seat

Back in the 1940s and 1950s there was a radio and television sitcom called “Father Knows Best.” On the show, the father, Jim Anderson (played by Robert Young), dispensed fatherly advice to his three children. As sitcom scripts usually go, the advice was well heeded, and everything was always well with the family by the end of episode. Fast-forward to 2015. It was a father’s advice to his son that landed the latter a job with Averitt Express where, within a short, time the son became a trainer, a mentor, a member of the Driver Advisory Council and a Tennessee Road...
Driver William Snead is honored with a driver of the year plaque

At The Truck Stop: C.R. England driver racks up 3 million safe miles, serves...

COVID-19 aside, professional truck-driver turnover and the professional truck-driver shortage are common topics when motor-carrier executives gather in person — or on Zoom, in accordance with today’s social-distancing guidelines. If there were more Will Sneads sitting behind the wheel of a big rig and driving the nation’s highways, those executives would need to find something else to occupy their meeting time. Snead, you see, has been a professional truck driver for 25 years — 23 of those with the same company, namely C.R. England in Salt Lake City. This quarter-of-a-century tenure has allowed Snead, age 48, to rack up 3 million safe...
May TruckParking

Holding out hope: Industry looking to bipartisan bill to be catalyst leading to increased...

The latest, and hopefully most successful, initiative to at last increase truck-parking capacity is the bipartisan bill known as the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act. The bill, H.R. 6104, is the work of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Angie Craig (D-MN). The bill would dedicate $755 million over five years to increase truck-parking spaces so truck drivers can safely comply with hours-of-service regulations. The legislation proposes constructing new truck-parking facilities and converting existing weigh stations and rest areas to include functional parking spaces for truck drivers. Funding would be awarded on a competitive basis, and...
Dennis Dellinger

Taking on Responsibility: TCA Chairman Dennis Dellinger outlines agenda for coming year

The chairman of the board plays an extremely important role for a nonprofit organization. At the core of the chair’s duties, he or she generally presides over meetings of the board, collaborating with the chief executive to create a purposeful agenda and to set priorities, and helping to ensure sound and compliant governance of the organization. An effective chair goes beyond leading the board at board meetings. While the chair’s role is often filled by a strategic thinker who is equipped to follow through on ideas, an effective chair must also engage and facilitate participation from each board member...
Steven Dixon holding a NCI hat

At The Truck Stop: Veteran driver who ‘always gives 110%’ snags National Carriers’ highest...

The term good Samaritan is often used to describe a person who does good deeds out of compassion, not because of any hope of reward. Stephen Dixon could easily be considered a good Samaritan. He enjoys helping others, and his deeds were certainly noticed when he was named 2019 Driver of the Year by National Carriers Inc. (NCI), largely because of his willingness to go out of his way to help fellow drivers. At the end of the day, NCI officials said, it’s Dixon’s attitude of service that pushed him to the forefront among fellow drivers, and it’s a key reason he...
capitol recap

Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capitol | May-June

Even with the nation’s capitol consumed with the COVID-19 crisis, the Washington wheels continue to turn, albeit probably more slowly than usual. The top two Capitol Recap articles report on the FMCSA sending the final hours-of-service rule to the White House for its approval and on the U.S. House considering legislation similar to the so-called California AB5 law that requires companies that hire independent contractors to reclassify them as employees, with a few exceptions. The following articles appear as they were published in the May-June issue of Truckload Authority. FMCSA sends HOS to OMB The long-awaited, hoped-for revision to the hours-of-service (HOS)...
capitol recap

Capitol recap: A review of important news out of the nation’s capitol | March-April

Regulations take the spotlight in this edition of Capitol Recap. The Entry Level Driver Training rule has been delayed; the FMCSA has decided that that the percentage of drivers undergoing  random drug testing should be set at 50%, twice the current rate; and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety expresses concern over portions of the proposed hours-of-service regulations. The following articles appear as they were published in the March-April issue of Truckload Authority. ELDT rule delayed The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released an interim final rule that calls for a two-year delay in implementation of the Agency’s Dec. 8,...
TCA Chairman Josh Kaburick

An Upward Trajectory

Last March during the Truckload Carriers Association’s 2019 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, TCA Chairman Josh Kaburick said in his address that the Association would continue to grow, strengthen, and thrive. “There is no end in sight for our upward trajectory,” he said. And that’s exactly what has happened. In his final chat, Chairman Kaburick talks about the accomplishments of the past year, regulatory issues in progress, the unending need for an infrastructure plan and more importantly a way to pay for it, and the impact of the now two-year-old electronic logging mandate. He concludes with a word of...
william york

At The Truck Stop – William York

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — At age 14, William York dropped out of school for the express purpose of riding shotgun to his truck driver brother. “I went along so I could sit beside him and keep him awake,” York, 63, said during a recent interview with The Trucker at a truck stop on Interstate 40. But after a few trips York decided he wanted to become a truck driver himself and started his career driving a cabover International 4000. Without, of course, a driver’s license. “Driving a big rig down the road was an adventure,” he said. It wasn’t long before York had...
somali trucker feature

Somali immigrant driver shares story of happiness and success in trucking

Okay. The Christmas/New Year’s Day holiday is over, and it’s time to return to school. Let’s begin with geography. Today’s lesson is Somalia, a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel and Somali Sea to the east and Kenya to the southwest. It is located 9,376 miles from San Francisco (we’ll explain the significance momentarily) and 8,572 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas, where The Trucker met Fahin Ahmed on a crisp mid-winter afternoon in early January. Ahmed is an immigrant success story in the making. He’s...