Safety issues a major component of Dallas conference

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Fleet executives can find answers to their questions on Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, electronic onboard recorders, the supporting documents rule and more during the State of Safety presentation at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas next month.

Presented by Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy for the American Trucking Associations, the State of Safety will offer an in-depth look at the biggest safety issues affecting trucking and what carriers must do to comply. In his role at ATA, Abbott works proactively with members and affiliated organizations to further develop and promote ATA’s safety agenda. He also represents ATA before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other organizations to advocate and protect the interests of the trucking industry on safety-related issues. Prior to joining ATA, Abbott advised Fortune 100 transportation companies on how to improve their compliance programs and safety management controls.

Scheduled for Thursday, August 26, at 11 a.m., the presentation will be a highlight of the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, a new event produced by CCJ magazine, Randall-Reilly and the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Held at the Dallas Convention Center Aug. 25-26, the day prior to, and the opening day of, the Great American Trucking Show, CVOC will provide critical information for all segments of the commercial fleet business, including fleet executives, truck OEMs, part and component suppliers, truck dealers, distributors, maintenance and repair specialists and owner-operators.
Other sessions will include:
• Outlook for freight availability and rates, truck utilization and the looming driver shortage;
• The changing landscape of the capital markets;
• How fleets are dealing with current and future cost and productivity challenges; and
• The changing relationships between OEMs, suppliers, dealers and fleets.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a networking lunch. A networking reception will be held immediately following the program on Wednesday. The conference ends at noon on Thursday when the Great American Trucking Show opens. The event is sponsored by Castrol, Kenworth, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Paccar Engine, PACCAR Parts, Peterbilt, Utility Trailer and Volvo Trucks North America. For conference fee and registration details, go to, call 888-349-4287 or e-mail