CCJ Daily Dispatch, Sept. 15: Finalists named for top military vet rookie trucker award

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Updated Sep 16, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020: 

The winner of the Transition Trucking award will walk away with a fully-loaded Kenworth T680.The winner of the Transition Trucking award will walk away with a fully-loaded Kenworth T680.

10 military vets named finalists for trucking rookie award
Fastport has named its 10 finalists for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award, which recognizes the top military veteran rookie truck driver. The program recognizes top drivers who have made the successful transition from active duty military to driving a truck.

The winner of the award will receive a Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch sleeper that’s powered by a Paccar MX-13 and Paccar 12-speed automated transmission with Paccar 40K tandem axles.

The top three finalists program will be announced later this month in an online event, and the winner will be determined by a popular vote and will be announced on Dec. 18, 2020.

The 10 finalists for the award are:

  • Patrick Blevins – U.S. Air Force, Melton Truck Lines
  • Matthew Fowler – U.S. Marines, EPES Transportation
  • Ivan Hernandez – U.S. Army, Werner Enterprises
  • Gail Losee – U.S. Army, Stevens Transport
  • Marcia Luchenbill – U.S. Army, Knight Transportation
  • Shaun Mason – U.S. Army and Marines, Prime Inc.
  • Ray Miller – U.S. Army, Stevens Transport
  • John Shepard – U.S. Army, Roehl Transport
  • Kyle Smith – U.S. Air Force, Averitt Express
  • Wade Wanner – U.S. Navy, U.S. Xpress

“Our 10 finalists represent a wide variety of military branches and occupations and are excellent examples of what military talent can bring to the trucking industry,” said Brad Bentley, Fastport president. “Culling the list of nominees to the top 10 was a difficult task, one not taken lightly. These finalists are outstanding and truly show the best of the best.”

Drivers were nominated by trucking companies that made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans, by members of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, or a Commercial Vehicle Training Association-member school.

PrePass adds safety alerts to Motion app
PrePass Safety Alliance announced last week it has completed work on more than 1,000 new PrePass Alerts, allowing carriers to benefit from nearly 1,400 PrePass Alerts that appear in-cab on the PrePass Motion weigh station bypass app.

The alerts warn truck drivers of steep grades, gusty winds, runaway truck ramps, work zones, truck parking availability, rest areas, no commercial roads and brake check/chain-up areas. PrePass Safety Alliance offers the alerts as a free add-on to the PrePass Motion app, available on Android and iOS devices and in-cab telematics systems.

“This expansion of the Alerts system on PrePass Motion gives drivers very important information to keep them safe and on time as they travel down the road,” said Mark Doughty, president & CEO of PrePass Safety Alliance. “Working in collaboration with our state agency, enforcement and trucking industry partners, PrePass was the first bypass platform to offer these safety enhancements, and we expect more growth in the program soon.”