Safety & Compliance News



2013 Fleet Safety Awards Winners


1-250,000 miles

Synergistic Transportation, Inc.


250,001-500,000 miles

Bulk or Liquid Transport, LLC (Tie)

Precision Heavy Haul, Inc. (Tie)


500,001-1,000,000 miles

ATG Transport, LLC


2,000,0001-4,000,000 miles

Roehl Transport, Inc.

Western Refining Wholesale, Inc. (Honorable Mention)


7,000,0001 and over miles

Walmart Transportation, LLC

Knight Transportation, Inc. (Honorable Mention)

Knight Refrigerated (Honorable Mention)


Chairman's Trophy

Walmart Transportation, LLC

For dedication to Highway Safety above the call of duty!




Safety Professional of the Year

John Backowski, Precision Heavy Haul, LLC


2013 Driver of the Year

Dale Moyle, Walmart Transportation, LLC


Click here for pictures of this event.



ATEF and AZ DPS Produce Updated Educational Materials for Teenage Drivers

Teens & TrucksA  new "Teens & Trucks: Curbing Distracted Driving" curriculum was unveiled in October during Operation Air Brake.   Copies have been made available to all the state enforcement agencies across the country.

The original Teens & Trucks: Share the Road curriculum produced several years ago by the Arizona Trucking Association and Arizona Department of Public Safety is being used in 47 states and 8 Canadian provinces. The update is designed to teach teen drivers how to adapt many of the same tactics used by professional drivers to reduce or eliminate on-road distractions. The DVD also teaches teens and other drivers about the operating characteristics of large trucks, and explains how to safely share the road with them by staying out of the truck's "NO Zones" or blind spots. 


ATEF & AZ DPS"Teens & Trucks: Curbing Distracted Driving" includes a 23-minute DVD and a CD containing a handout of key tips for reducing distractions, a "no-texting, no-distracted-driving" pledge form for teen drivers and their parents, instructor guidelines and two radio public service announcements that state agencies can tag with their own identifier.

"Defeating Distracted Driving," the educational training program released in 2011, will also be promoted and re-distributed for Operation Safe Driver Week. This kit includes a DVD, two 30-second PSAs, a tri-fold handout, a PowerPoint instructional kit, talking points and model policies for motor carriers about the dangers of distracted driving for use by fleets, driving schools and other outlets. All three of these training programs were developed in collaboration with the Arizona Transportation Education Foundation and Arizona Department of Public Safety with funding support from FMCSA.


For more information or to order copies of these DVD's go to


How to Comply with CARB Diesel Truck & Trailer Regulations Workshop


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) enforces a set of air pollution regulations
affecting all types of diesel vehicles and equipment operating in the State, regardless of
origin. Truck owners and operators, as well as brokers, dispatchers, and fleet managers,
are all responsible for complying with these regulations.


For more information on the California Laws and Regulations visit the California Environmental Protection Agency (CARB) website.


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.

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 3rd Quarter nomination form. Nomination deadline is October 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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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.