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Gary Petty
Private Fleet Editor,
    Fleet Owner Magazine
President & CEO, NPTC

Each month NPTC President and CEO Gary Petty writes a column in Fleet Owner magazine that focuses on the individuals, companies, best practices, and resources that make private trucking the force that it is in the American economy. Reaching more than 100,000 subscribers, three-quarters of whom are private fleet professionals, this column provides an excellent forum to communicate the value of the private fleet.

None for the Road

August 2005

In many parts of the country, police crackdowns on drunk driving through checkpoints set up on holidays and weekends…_x000D_

Rolling Billboard

July 2005

At its Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, NPTC announced that developments were under way for a new membership benefit, the Fleet…

What a Ride

June 2005

For many who grew up in the ’50s, carnivals represented brightly lurid worlds of forbidden fantasy and adventure. Who can…

Best in Class

May 2005

This year’s class of Certified Transportation Professionals (CTPs) is exceptional. For the first time in the program’s 12-year history, all…

Crawl, Walk, Run

April 2005

In the best selling book, “Good to Great”, author Jim Collins identified Walgreens as one of 11 companies that had…

The ABC’s of Driver Pay

March 2005

A few years ago, a growing, high profile private fleet faced a labor crisis. Driver hourly rates and overtime costs…

Bessie’s Longer Rides

February 2005

Every day thousands of direct-store deliveries (DSD) are made to America’s wholesalers and retailers. These deliveries — so vital to…

Fleetseek and Ye Shall Find

January 2005

If you look in the Yellow Pages under “trucking,” you’ll find a list of for-hire motor carriers operating 1.3-million commercial…

Fingertip Training

December 2004

A few years ago, the National Private Truck Council, in partnership with contributing sponsors International Truck & Engine Co. and…

Terrific Program

November 2004

The NPTC 2004 National Safety Conference held this fall in Northern Virginia now ranks as a premier event in the…

Stars Shine Bright

October 2004

During the past year, NPTC launched a special membership classification called the FIVE STAR MEMBER program. Participation in the program…_x000D_

Get Certified

September 2004

Not only is The National Private Truck Council’s Certified Transportation Professionals (CTP) program one of the top industry certification credentials…

Safety Summit

August 2004

The National Private Truck Council has scheduled its second annual National Safety Conference for September 16 – 17, 2004, in…

Standing Ovation

July 2004

This year’s NPTC Education Management Conference and Exhibition, held in Atlanta, GA, May 2-4, ranks as one of the finest…

Be Present to Win

June 2004

Private fleet managers apply cost-benefit analyses to everything – tires, driver-leasing contracts, on-board technology, equipment buy versus lease…_x000D_


May 2004

The “road” from Supai to Haulapai Hilltop, Arizona, is unpaved, rock-strewn, narrow at points, and very dangerous. More aptly called…

Best Practices

April 2004

This month, the National Private Truck Council launches its highly innovative “Best Practices Safety Guide” program, an interactive, online safety…

NPTC Institute Gets High Marks

March 2004

Attention private fleet managers: Mark your calendars for January 15-19, 2005. These are the dates for the next…

The Million Dollar Fleet

February 2004

The private fleet of Bridgestone-Firestone North American Tire, LCC, is among the top 100 private truck fleets in the U.S…

Texas Pete’s Fleet

January 2004

The story of Texas Pete Hot Sauce begins at the dawn of the Great Depression in l929. Founder Thad W.…

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