Tuesday, November 23, 2021
ATA Safety Pro of the Year Avery Baine dies
Former ATA Safety Professional of the Year and Vulcraft Carrier Corp. Safety and Compliance Coordinator Avery Baine of Fort Payne, Ala. died November 21, 2021, after an extended illness. Avery was a fixture among ATA's Safety & Maintenance Management Council for more than a decade, serving as... Read more
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Pair of Alabama drivers are among finalists for America’s Road Team
Two Alabama-based commercial drivers have been selected as finalists for America’s Road Team, a public outreach program of the American Trucking Associations that promotes the industry and highway safety. Darrien Henderson, a driver for J&M Tank Lines, Inc. Mobile, and Lloyd Howell, a driver for... Read more
Friday, November 05, 2021
ATA officials release statement on vaccine mandate
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today released the COVID vaccine mandate rule, and unfortunately, truckers are not exempt. Also today, the Alabama state legislature is expected to pass new requirements for companies impacted by the Biden mandate to provide documentation to employees... Read more
Wednesday, November 03, 2021
Join us for one the SMMC November chapter meetings
On-the-job injury prevention is one of the major goals of the ATA and ATA Comp Fund staff. Recently, the ATA Comp Fund team conducted an in-depth Fall Safety Blitz throughout the state observing drivers, technicians, and office staff while performing their daily tasks. During these... Read more
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
ALDOT ends weight increases for vehicles involved in COVID-19 and storm relief
The Alabama Dept. of Transportation has ended temporary weight increases for five- and six-axle vehicles involved in relief efforts for Covid-19 and Hurrican Ida. On November 1, 2021, ALDOT deputy director of operations George Conner issued the following notice: “The September 3, 2021 memorandum... Read more
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Gov. issues executive order and calls special session on COVID-19 mandates
On Monday, Governor Ivey issued Executive Order 724 to state that her administration’s policy is “to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations as safe and effective but to oppose overreaching COVID-19 mandates imposed by the government.” You can read the full text of that Executive Order HERE. Additionally,... Read more
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Several spots remain for upcoming NATMI CDS training course
We still have a few slots left for the next Certified Director of Safety (CDS) course through the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), The week-long course will be held at the Alabama Trucking Association headquarters in Montgomery, October 18-22 The NATMI curriculum provides... Read more
Friday, October 01, 2021
Special session on state prison reform ends
On Friday, October 1, the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die the First Special Session of 2021. They met for five days this week to consider a package of legislation intended to alleviate overcrowding in state correctional facilities and rebuild the state prison system’s crumbling infrastructure,... Read more
Thursday, September 30, 2021
ATA unveils ‘Careers in High Gear’ workforce development initiative
The Alabama Trucking Association has unveiled its nextgen workforce development program called ‘Careers in High Gear” which seeks to alleviate the critical need for qualified candidates to fill thousands of vacant commercial driving and diesel service technician jobs in Alabama. The program is the... Read more
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Wayne Watkins wins ATA’s H. Chester Webb Award
The Alabama Trucking Association has tapped Birmingham trucking executive Wayne Watkins of Watkins Trucking Co. as its 2021 H. Chester Webb Award for Distinguished Service winner, an honor that recognizes trucking professionals for outstanding service and leadership to the state’s trucking sector. Mr.... Read more