The 2015 Annual Truck Driving Championships took place Saturday, April 24, in near perfect weather at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
This year's event was a huge success due to a great TDC committee as well as all the volunteers who put in countless hours before the event and the day of the event. This year there were 168 professional driver who competed across nine classes of competition. More than 140 volunteers including 36 DPS officers assisted in putting on this event.
This year's Overall Grand Champion was Christopher Finn, Con-way Freight. Finn and eight other finalists will represent Arizona at the National Truck Driving Competitions held this year in St. Louis, MO August 11 - 15.
Congratulations to all the competitors and the finalist!
Pictured: Eric Ramsdell; Walmart Transportation (5 Axle), Kenny Jones; Walmart Transportation (Tanker), Galen Spangler; Shamrock Foods Co. (4 Axle), Tramel Caldwell; Shamrock Foods Co. (Flatbed), Chris Finn; Con-way Freight (3 Axle), Robert Gordon; Con-way Freight (Twins), Jose Orozco; Con-way Freight (Sleeper),Kevin Ekstrom; FedEx Ground (Step Van), and Paul Cockle, Shamrock Foods Co. (Straight Truck)
For a list of finalist and final scores for all the competitors visit the Truck Driving Championship webpage at http://www.arizonatrucking.com/safety/aztdc.php.
Red Diesel is NOT Street Diesel
Submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation
What you need to know about Red-Dyed Diesel Fuel use in Arizona
Select industries in Arizona are allowed to use a special diesel fuel in vehicles and equipment according to federal and state law requirements. This fuel, called “red-dyed diesel” because it has a special red dye added to visually identify it from standard diesel, is exempt from motor fuel taxes.
Red-Dyed Diesel Fuel Has a Specific Legal Use
Per Arizona law, red-dyed diesel fuel may be legally used only in vehicles and equipment that is not driven on public streets or highways. Red-dyed diesel fuel is not taxed because the vehicles that legally use it are not putting wear and tear on public roadways.
Money collected from motor fuel taxes is critical to Arizona’s economy. Those funds are used to build and maintain the state’s safe and reliable transportation system.
That’s why the Arizona Department of Transportation is engaged in a public outreach program to educate Arizona’s transportation system users about how to comply with the regulations regarding the proper use of red-dyed diesel fuel.
There is a Problem
ADOT is driving this customer service effort because there is a problem statewide concerning the use of diesel fuel. Red-dyed diesel fuel is being illegally used in vehicles and equipment which should be using standard diesel fuel while traveling on public streets and highways. Violations of the red-dyed diesel regulations result in Arizona losing millions of dollars in revenue that is needed to pay for roadway maintenance and improvements.
Law Enforcement and Penalties
ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, along with other state and federal agencies, is responsible for the enforcement of federal and state laws governing the use of dyed diesel fuels. ADOT officers can inspect vehicles and business operations to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations governing diesel fuel.
There are significant penalties for the illegal use of red-dyed diesel fuel. Per state law, the first offense has a minimum penalty of $1,000 or $10 per gallon of red-dyed diesel fuel involved, whichever is more. For multiple offenses, the first offense penalties are multiplied by the number of occurrences. There can be criminal charges and civil penalties as well.
What Can You Do?
Everyone should play by the same rules and pay their fair share. Public awareness, education and involvement are essential in eliminating fuel tax evasion. Either of the following methods can be used to report suspected violations of Arizona’s fuel tax laws:
Fuel tax evasion tip line: 877-293-8357
Online reporting of any fuel tax violations: azdot.gov/RedDiesel
ADOT ePRO Permitting & Routing System released
You can visit Motor Carrier Services or Class C Permits for information about over-dimensional permits. You may also contact ADOT by calling the Port of Entry or Commercial Permits Office nearest to you.
Informational materials to help you navigate through ADOT ePRO are available on the ADOT ePRO website. You may also using the training video's listed below.
New Enrollment Requirements for TWIC Applicants
Heavy Duty Trucking, January 26
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration has announced some changes to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card program, used by truckers and other transportation workers to access the nation’s maritime ports. Starting on July 1, applicants who were born in the United States, and who claim U.S. citizenship, must provide certain documents to prove their citizenship. They are listed on the TWIC website. Click here for the complete story.
May 15: 2015 ATA Spring PAC Golf Tournament - 8:00 Shotgun, Location: StoneCreek Golf Club
May 20: Lunch & Learn - Make a Social Call - 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM. RSVP needed
June 1 - 3: 2015: Annual RoadCheck, Flagstaff, AZ - Participation Form
June 27: 2015: Annual SuperTech Competiton, UTI - Technician Instructions and Entry form
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