Safety & Maintenance Council Update




Year 2014 Fleet Safety Awards application

Year 2014 Safety Professional of the Year application


2015 Driver of the 1st Quarter Entry deadline is March 15, 2015

2015 Driver of the 2nd Quarter Entry dealine is


2014 Driver of the 4th Quarter


Congratulations to the Arizona Trucking Association Driver of the 4th Quarter Leonard Leach, Walmart Transportation, LLC. Leonard actively participates in the Arizona Annual Truck Driving Championships; he sits on Walmart Transportation Safety Committee and is a former Walmart transportation store ambassador. Leonard has also provided guidance as an appointed mentor for newly hired Walmart drivers.

Leonard persistently supports community programs, eagerly donating food boxes and angel tree items during the holidays. He is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, obtaining his private pilot license in 2010. Leonard also participates in the Wreaths across America movement, laying wreaths on Veteran’s gravestones during the holiday season.

Leonard began his driving career while serving in the US Army. He has accumulated over 2.5 million safe miles in his lifetime. He continuously exhibits a professional, courteous attitude in all situations.  Leonard once swam across a lake to save a drowning man from a capsized boat risking his own personal safety.

Leonard truly exemplifies the type of career driver whose high standards of conduct and ability are both an asset to himself and a credit to the transportation industry in the State of Arizona. 



Message from the SMC Chairman


The Safety and Maintenance Council (SMC) of the Arizona Trucking Association (ATA) has and will continue to provide a forum to share information and programs to promote safety among its members. Along with bimonthly meetings that allow topics of interest to be shared, the council supports three safety driven programs.


The Safety Awards Program provides a way to recognize the safest fleets, drivers and safety professionals. Please take the time to check out the new video, download the new applications and use this program to nominate your best drivers every quarter. At the end of each year you don’t want to miss the opportunity to nominate your fleet and your safety professionals.


The largest safety event of the year is the Truck Driving and Step Van Championships (TDC). This event allows ATA member companies who have professional driver that are accident free (for 1 year) to compete in one of nine classes. With close to 200 competitors the TDC requires many volunteers and a lot of equipment. Please consider coming to a TDC meeting. You can volunteer, share your talents, and help provide much needed resources. All information can be found on the ATA website. The next TDC meeting will be March 20 at 2:00pm at the ATA office.


Lastly, the SuperTech Competition allows the spotlight to be on the best technicians employed by ATA allied and carrier members. I think we all know that if not for the techs keeping the equipment in great running order the safety on our highways would be in jeopardy. This event is growing every year. ATA has partnered with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Avondale to host this competition. There will be a STC meeting held at the ATA on May 8th at 2:00 pm. The competition will be on June 27th at UTI. Watch for more news and get involved.

The next SMC meeting is scheduled for April 9th from 2-4:00pm. Watch for the invite and reserve your seat.


Be safe!!

Becky Thiessen
Chairwoman, SMC


Awards Video




February 12: SMC Meeting - 2-4 PM, ATA (RSVP to
February 20: TDC Meeting - 2-4 PM, ATA
February 21: TDC Golf Tournament - Hillcrest Golf Club, 8:00 AM (Shotgun Start)


If you are looking for information on the Arizona State Annual Truck Driving Competition click here.


ATA Safety Services & Info


Arizona Safety Maintenance Council

The mission of the Arizona Trucking Association’s Safety and Maintenance Council (SMC) is to provide members of the Association with a forum to share best practices for improving safety and maintenance compliance. The Council is committed to participating in related programs to promote safety and proper maintenance for the transportation industry and the public at large.


Each active member company of the Association may be a member of the Council. The Council meets bimonthly at the Association office.



2013 - 2015 SMC Officers

Chairman: Becky Thiessen, DLD Truck Straps, Inc.
Vice Chairman: Dan Lauletta C.D.S., Swift Transportation Co. of AZ, LLC
Secretary: Amanda Gallegos, Stewart Transport Inc.

Past Chairmen: Thomas Long, Knight Transportation, Inc.



Safety Resources


CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website

Check your safety assessment now at FMCSA's Safety Measurement System website.

To log-in to the SMS website and review your fleet safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN).

If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, request one from  FMCSA.  and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.



CARB Regulation Guidelines Offered By CTA

CARBBecause California is a major destination for Arizona carriers, keeping up the the changing CARB rules is a major concern.  The California Trucking Association has compiled a new 2012 CARB Guidelines to help truckers navigate these complex regulatory requirements.  It contains a new section detailing equipment dealer disclosure requirements.  Visit the CARB website for more information on compliance assistance and funding opportunities.



HAZMAT Safety Permits

The new criteria for 2011-2012 Hazardous Materials Safety Permits (HMSP) are posted here. An HMSP is required for carriers that transport certain explosives, PIH materials, highway route controlled radioactive materials, and liquefied natural gas. All hazmat carriers must have these permits by July 1, 2011. The new hazmat out-of-service thresholds have been significantly lowered and may be problematic for some carriers that currently hold an HMSP.  


Annual Safety Awards Nominations


ATA  offers annual safety awards to worthy candidates at the annual safety awards banquet. Awards are offered for:

  • Driver of the Quarter
  • Driver of the Year
  • Fleet Safety Award
  • Safety Professional of the Year


Obtaining HazMat Endorsement Background Checks

The following locations will do Hazardous Materials Background Endorsement checks based on the TSA rules.  Also you can find a Nationwide list of Haz Mat background check locations at a Transportation Security Administration website.

Background Check Endorsement Locations in Arizona:

Computer Medix

1800 S. Milton Road
Suite 13
Flagstaff, AZ 86001


By Appointment Only

EMSI - Gilbert

201 West Guadalupe Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
480 497-4864

Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Bits-N-Bytes Computer Center
2101 Stockton Hill Road
Kingman, AZ 86401
928 753-3240

Monday to Friday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
By appointment only

Oschmann Employee Screening

3360 S. Palo Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85713

Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm



ATA Assistance

The Arizona Trucking Association offers assistance to its members on compliance issues, safety and training, new and pending rulemaking and participation in the Safety & Maintenance Council. Whether you are a safety director, driver trainer, operations manager, or company owner, we encourage you to check this site for news and information on current and pending compliance requirements, as well as information on:

  • The Arizona Share the Road Program
  • Annual Fleet Safety Awards through Arizona Transportation Education Foundation (ATEF)
  • Safety Professional of the Year Award
  • Driver of the Quarter/Driver of the Year Awards
  • Safety and Maintenance Council


Need Help?

For more information on safety and compliance concerns, contact our Safety Consultant - Bernie Gazdzik - at 602.370.4242 or email him at:


The ATA website also offers a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section that includes both questions from ATA members and drivers and answers from ATA. 





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