Safety Awards the Focal Point of NTTC's Annual Conference & Exhibits
ARLINGTON, Va., May 7, 2015 – NTTC hosted its 67th Annual Conference & Exhibits at the Boston Marriott Copley Place from April 26-28th. A highlight of the conference was awarding the newly-improved NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Awards. This year marks the first time that two prestigious trophies were awarded. Heil Trailer International is the proud sponsor of these trophies which recognize the best tank truck safety programs in both large & small carrier fleet divisions. Tidewater Transit Co., Inc., Kinston, NC, and Wynne Transport Service, Inc., Omaha, NE, are the recipients of these NTTC awards for calendar year 2014 performance.
NTTC changed the program to recognize two outstanding safety programs because the size of a fleet does not necessarily equate to approaching safety any less stringently. The mileage-based dividing line of the fleet size categories is 15 million miles. Tidewater Transit won the 31.5-40 million mileage category with an accident frequency of 0.368 accidents per million miles. In the small carrier division, Wynne Transport Service was the grand winner in the 12.5-15 million miles class. Wynne's accident frequency of 0.314 accidents per million miles was the winning mark in this category. By winning their respective mileage classes, both motor carriers qualified as finalists for the Outstanding Safety Performance Awards. Tidewater Transit’s David Edgerton and Wynne Transport Service’s Alan Roberts were named the NTTC's Safety Professionals of the Year.
The Boston conference’s other premier event was driver-centric. Bob Weller, a professional driver for Hahn Transportation his entire career, is the recipient of the second ever National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) Professional Driver of the Year award. Mr. Weller was named the grand champion. The award recognizes an exemplary tank truck driver who serves the industry with the most reliable and safe transportation of liquid and dry bulk commodities. The day-to-day role of a professional tank truck driver is one of the most challenging and demanding in all of trucking and the NTTC Board of Directors established this award to recognize the best of the best through this recognition program.
A 40-year trucking veteran, Mr. Weller accepted the award graciously on stage in the company of seven other professional tank truck driver champion finalists. The eight drivers were chosen based on accident-free miles, industry and company leadership, communication and public speaking ability, and overall industry knowledge. Mr. Weller is a petroleum and aviation fuel driver for Hahn Transportation’s New Market, MD terminal. He has accumulated an astonishing 3.4+ million accident-free miles during his 40-year career with the company.
The NTTC Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year program is sponsored by Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. (B&L), a specialist in marketing and underwriting insurance for the transportation industry. The grand champion has designated a $2,500 charitable gift to the Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc., a cancer fund established in memory of a personal friend of Mr. Weller's.
“Both recognition programs represent the diligence and commitment to safety that is embodied in the NTTC’s mission statement. Tidewater Transit Co., Inc., Wynne Transport Service, Inc., and all eight champion driver finalists are safety experts and represent the very best of our industry,” said NTTC Executive Committee Chairman Dean Kaplan. “I had the privilege to meet Bob Weller last year at the inaugural Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year ceremony and I am confident that he will be a tremendous safety representative for the NTTC.”
The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) is a trade association composed of over 240 trucking companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America. Additionally, NTTC has over 350 associate members that service the bulk transportation industry including cargo tank repair facilities, tractor manufacturers, tank trailer manufacturers, and other related tank truck equipment and services. The tank truck industry generates roughly 5.1% of all truck freight revenue, but that represents 25.6% of all truck freight in terms of tonnage due to the heavy nature of the liquid bulk products handled.
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