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July 2012

Safety First

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. Click here to view the archive.

Gary Petty | | Private Fleet Editor for FleetOwner Magazine
Gary Petty has more than 30 years of experience as CEO of national trade associations in the trucking industry. He has been the president and CEO of the National Private Truck Council since 2001.

Safety First

Liability, regulations and hiring practices just a few of the planned sessions

July 1, 2012

NPTC’s National Safety Conference, scheduled for Sept. 13- 14, 2012, at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA, is an intense, concentrated overview of key issues of interest and importance to running private fleet operations at an exceptionally high standard of safety. The program includes an update on federal regulations; private fleet case studies; a recap of several leading safety technologies; a recognition ceremony honoring top performing drivers; safety-in-the round breakout sessions; liability mitigation strategies; data mining and predictive modeling; and best safety practices. Speakers are recognized experts, including more than 15 private fleet practitioners who manage outstanding safety programs at their respective companies.

“Because of its timely and relevant subject matter and the outstanding lineup of speakers representing various segments of truck safety, this conference promises to be one of the best opportunities to enhance safety performance,” adds Randy Perry, fleet safety manager for Frito-Lay and chair of the NPTC Safety Committee. “The interaction that occurs throughout the day-and-a-half meeting creates multiple opportunities to discover new safety strategies and tactics.”

This highly acclaimed conference features a unique format of presentations, discussions with key industry representatives, expert panels, and leading safety advocates and practitioners—all designed to provide attendees with insights into implementing strategic safety programs and lowering the cost of risk.

The program kicks off with Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the government’s top motor carrier safety official. She will provide insight into the federal government’s safety compliance initiatives.

Attendees will then explore and talk about their experiences with a series of advanced safety technologies, including disc brakes, anti-rollover technologies, collision mitigation, lane departure, and in-cab cameras. In addition, conference participants will be provided an inside look at how they can mitigate their accident liability, how they can set up an effective sleep apnea program, and how they can use pre-employment screening to improve driver hiring.

To enhance the level of interaction and take-home value, this year’s conference will feature five concurrent, interactive sessions focused on driver distraction, driver coaching and discipline, dealing with interventions, workers’ compensation, and benchmarking and safety key performance metrics.

Another session will highlight best practices from individual fleet perspectives on a range of issues including safety incentives, hair follicle testing, driver wellness, shipper liability, behavior-based safety, and training.

As in years past, the conference will be highlighted by the annual National Driver All-Stars recognition ceremony, in which nearly 20 drivers from individual NPTC fleet members will be recognized for their exceptional performance in the fields of safety, compliance and customer service.

To learn more and to register, visit the NPTC website at

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