Gary Petty



Eyes wide open on safety
NPTC's National Safety Conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport, is designed to help private fleet companies meet and overcome the pervasive challenges faced in their daily efforts to raise exceptional safety and performance standards even higher.
Time-sensitive deliveries 

Started in 1949 as a small family business, American Proteins has grown to become the international source for processing allied poultry products.

Today, the company operates the largest protein and lipids conversion operation in the world, annually producing more than 750,000 tons of pet food and feed-grade protein meal, pet food and feed-grade poultry fat, and feather meal. 

Truck pilots of tomorrow 

In the recently published book titled Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman predict that “every disruptive technology has a dark side, and millions of truck drivers and taxi drivers will lose their job” as a result of driverless vehicles.  Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, University of Alabama, and keynote speaker on May 1 at NPTC’s Annual Conference, offers an alternative perspective.

NPTC 2017 

The NPTC 2017 Annual Education Management Conference & Exhibition will be filled with the largest and most comprehensive array of learning opportunities, award recognitions, workshops, and roundtable discussions. The Conference Planning Committee is made up of NPTC board member and committee chair Erle Bergstrom, CTP, and 45 fleet and allied/supplier member company representatives.

All-star driver 

“Growing up on a 300-acre farm in Pennsylvania, I watched my dad operate trucks all the time. In addition to working the farm, Dad owned a tractor-trailer and hauled coal and later cement,” says driver Niles Frantz, who last fall was recognized as an NPTC National Driver All-Star. “I rode along with my dad starting when I was 12 and began working full-time as a truck driver in 1972. He was the hardest-working man I’ve ever known and the best role model I could ever have. I could not imagine doing anything but follow in my dad’s footsteps.”

School of private fleets 

Over the past decade, the National Private Truck Council has developed a master plan to provide private fleet management practitioners with education, training, and business networking services through live events and web-based information that deliver optimal take-away value at an affordable cost.

Benchmarking report 

Results from NPTC’s 2016 Benchmarking Survey Report published last month provide an inside look into the differentiating performance qualities that private fleets bring to a broad cross-section of industries and customers.

Benchmarking Survey Report author and general editor Tom Moore, CTP, NPTC senior vice president, notes that member interest in the survey is at an all-time high, with several new fleet companies contributing for the first time this year.  In fact, more than 90 fleets participated in this year’s survey, the highest level in four years.

Standards for bigger stakes 

Road congestion, eroding, unsafe roads and highways with insufficient lanes for high traffic volume, and dangerous bridges are at epidemic levels.  Poor road conditions account for one-third of highway fatalities.

Lawsuits, jury awards, and settle­ments from accidents involving commercial trucks are routinely at multimillion-dollar levels.