Safety & Maintenance Council Update




Driver of the 4th Quarter has been posted. Entry deadline is January 15, 2014


Message from the Chairman


I’m sure those that attended our last council meeting were glad they did. We had AZ DPS Officer JW Watlington perform a Level 1 inspection. This demonstration was hands on and very informative. It is clear to see why JW received the NAIC2014 Grand Champion Award this year. Many thanks to DPS and Officer Watlington for their time and dedication. I want to thank Larry Brown, professional driver and Knight Transportation for providing driver and tractor for this event.


Mark your calendars for our next meeting that is schedule for December 11, 2014. We are sure to have another great topic for you to enjoy. If you have any suggestions for future council meetings please drop me an email.


I also want to thank the members that submitted driver applications for the 3rd Quarter. Those applications are being reviewed. The application for Driver of the 4th Quarter is posted below. We hope to see a record number of applications for the 4th quarter.


Be safe everyone,


Becky Thiessen        


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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
  • Maintenance Technician of the Year

Click here for Driver of the 4th Quarter nomination form. Nomination deadline is January 15th.


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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