Safe Driver of Year, One of Roadway's Elite

ORLANDO, Fla. — James E. Sheriff of Roadway Express topped off an eventful year with one of trucking’s highest honors: the National Driver of the Year Award from American Trucking Associations.

Earlier in 1998 he was named Illinois Driver of the Year, and he also was one of 55 drivers recognized and rewarded by his company for a career total of 3 million accident-free miles (TT, 8-24-98, p. 7).

The award for state driver of the year was a repeat; he also had won in 1992. And he was nominated for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award in 1995 and 1996.

ATA Names Winner of First Scholarship Award

Jason Malufau, the son of American Trucking Associations employee Toni Malufau, is the recipient of the first ATA Scholarship Fund award, a $4,000 grant for college expenses.

The fund was established last year by then-ATA president Thomas J. Donohue and his family in support of the organization’s employees and their families.

Mr. Malufau’s mother is an administrative clerk in the ATA Graphic and Printing Services Department. She has been with the association since 1989.

No End to Consolidation Trend

Consolidation continues to dominate the financial scene in trucking. In the past week alone, three truckload carriers, a leasing company, a distribution firm and a truck parts distributor announced deals.

• M.S. Carriers, Memphis, Tenn., will buy certain assets of Interstate Trucking Corp. of America, a dry van truckload carrier based in Merrill, Wis.

Bering Truck Selects First Dealer

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Bering Truck Corp. selected Central Truck Center in Landover, Md., as its first dealer.

The dealership owned by Jim Burgess will sell the complete line of Class 3 through Class 8 Bering trucks in the Washington, D.C., area. The trucks will be sold from a new facility adjacent to an existing dealership that includes a body shop and full-service leasing center.

Rep. Wolf Vows To Pursue Shift

Rep. Frank Wolf will not give up his campaign to move jurisdiction over trucking’s most important federal agency, the Office of Motor Carriers, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

t a Capitol Hill press conference Oct. 21, the Virginia Republican vowed to resurrect the idea next year.

“OMC has not been doing a good job,” he asserted.

“Trucking accidents, fatalities and fatality rates have been increasing at an alarming rate.”

Office of Motor Carriers Stays Put as 1999 Spending Bill Is Enacted

In passing the $520 billion spending bill that will keep the federal government going until next October, Congress last week left the Office of Motor Carriers sitting where it is, under the Federal Highway Administration’s wing.

President Clinton signed the 4,000-page omnibus legislation without fanfare Oct. 21, only hours after the Senate’s 65-29 vote. The House had given its approval the day before by a 333-95 margin.

ATA Convenes New Era

The road to the 21st century for American Trucking Associations begins this week in New Orleans.

More than 4,250 industry executives and their spouses are expected to attend the 1998 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition and witness the beginning of a new era for the trucking federation.

UPS Invests in Software Firm

ATLANTA — United Parcel Service will invest in TanData Corp. and jointly market transportation software designed to make it easier for companies to conduct electronic commerce.

Tulsa, Okla.-based TanData produces software that allows businesses to collect and share information about shipments from multiple sources without the need for separate proprietary systems.

Dale Hayes, vice president of electronic commerce marketing for UPS, said TanData’s application programming interface could become a standard for transportation systems integration.

P.A.M. to Acquire Decker Assets

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Tontitown, Ark., agreed to acquire assets of Decker Transport of Riverdale, N.J., for an undisclosed amount of cash.

The deal is subject to completion of a due diligence investigation and certain regulatory approvals.

Decker is a truckload carrier with revenue of about $48 million in 1997.

"We believe this acquisition will provide a number of synergies and also provide a more diverse customer base to complement our dedicated business," P.A.M. President Robert W. Weaver said.

Transportation Components Inc. Moves to Consolidate Parts Business

Transportation Components Inc., Houston, acquired three companies as part of its strategy to consolidate the heavy-duty truck parts industry.

The company is negotiating to buy five more parts firms.

Joining TransCom USA are: Fleet Products, Tampa, Fla.; Brake Service and Equipment Co., Miami; and Hicks Enterprises, Commerce, Calif. The company earlier announced the acquisition of Parts Pacific in South Gate, Calif.

Chairman T. Michael Young said the new operations will strengthen TransCom USA's presence in two important geographic markets.

Jubitz Corp. Names Executive VP

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jubitz Corp. promoted Larry Bauman to executive vice president of its Jubitz Truck Stop and Jubitz Tire & Retreading divisions. He will be responsible for strategic planning for both units.

Mr. Bauman had been manager of Jubitz's data and telecommunications systems North Complex since 1993 and developed and implemented the data transfer SmartStop and DriveLine Calling Cards.

New York Sets Up Smoke Testing

New York becomes the 15th state to authorize smoke testing for heavy vehicles, with roadside and annual inspections set to begin next year.

Gov. George Pataki last Thursday signed a law requiring annual emissions test for diesel-powered trucks and buses of 8,500 pounds or more that operate in New York City, Long Island, or Rockland and Westchester counties. Units that fail that fail will have to be repaired, but fines will not be issued.