Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PRE and POST-TRIP INSPECTIONS

PRE and POST-TRIP INSPECTIONS

One opportunity drivers have to positively affect CSA scores, theirs and the Company's, is to regularly perform Pre and Post trip inspections. Performing these inspections is more important than it's ever been.

Common DOT Violations and out-of-service items that will be recorded and scored against your CSA Driver profile:

1.    Inoperative lights

2.    Flat tires/measuring less than 80 psi

3.    Brake/air system issues

4.    Tandem pins not engaged

5.    Fire extinguisher, unsecured or discharged

All of the items in the common DOT violation list should be checked during a thorough Pre and Post-trip inspection.

You have a moral, professional, and legal duty to your employer, other motorists, and yourself to conduct a thorough inspection of any rig you drive. The secret to making an efficient and accurate inspection is to learn the step-by-step inspection routine. If you inspect your rig the same way every time, you will be able to do it quickly and efficiently without a chance of overlooking a key system or part. Use the checklist on the following page during your inspection.

While inspecting note any defects on your DVIR on the Qualcomm. In addition, if it is a DOT reportable item then contact the Breakdown department to get this repaired. If you need additional help or training learning how to inspect, see one of our inspectors in Murray or West Memphis.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our History


 Celebrating 80 years
1937-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paschall Truck Lines, or PTL, as it is commonly known, was started by the late L. W. Paschall and his wife Mary Frank Paschall in 1937. L. W. was the youngest of the three Paschall children. His father died at the early age of 48. That left L. W. and his siblings the responsibility of running the family farm. It was during this period that L. W. observed that farmers and other people needed a way to haul things from place to place.
Mr. Paschall began his operation with a 1936 Ford truck. He hauled sawdust, fertilizer, gravel, cross-ties or anything he could just to make a living. Those early years were tough. The area’s road and bridge system was not well built and often times a bridge would collapse under the weight of a heavy load and they would have to stop and repair the bridge. In later years, the company established a milk route where they picked up fresh milk from the farm and delivered it to Ryan Milk in Murray. They also provided a fleet of trucks that could go out onto the farmer’s fields and spread fertilizer right off the truck.
As the business began to thrive, so did the services offered by Paschall Truck Lines. Over the road authority was tightly regulated in those days, but L. W. managed to secure rights to haul general freight between Louisville, St. Louis, Memphis and Murray which provided significant benefits to the local business community. In addition, the company began to haul granite for tombstone and monuments from Elberton, Georgia back to the local area.
By 1972, L. W. had grown the company to 35 employees and over 100 pieces of equipment. L. W. began to think of retirement and in 1973 sold the company to Randall A. Waller. Mr. Waller was a young investor with trucking experience from Nashville, TN who had begun working in the trucking industry while still in high school. His interest in the industry was so strong that he would often stay after work just to learn another job from a co-worker. This background had prepared him well to direct the future of Paschall Truck Lines, Inc., even at a young age.
Mr. Waller had extensive knowledge of the trucking authority legal process and immediately began to expand the authorities for routes over which the company’s trucks could travel and deliver freight. This expansion of authority increased the service opportunities for western Kentucky businesses and permitted the company to grow at a rapid pace in those early years. Within a few years of the acquisition, Mr. Waller chose to discontinue the flatbed granite operation to focus the company’s full resources on developing the growing less than truckload (LTL) market between western Kentucky and the Louisville, Nashville, Memphis and St. Louis gateway markets. This proved to be a successful market realignment which resulted in accelerated growth in the company’s primary market area.
In 1979, The Tappan Manufacturing Company announced the closure of their Murray plant. Arrangements were made with PTL to assist with equipment relocation to their Mansfield, Ohio operations which began the company’s entry into the truckload market.
Additional authorities were obtained to permit the company to deliver truckload quantity freight throughout the eastern 31 states. At this time in the nation’s transportation history, the securing of this authority was very rare, and the fact that a small carrier located in Murray, Kentucky had this type of authority generated interest from many larger carriers which did not have such authority. 
In 1980, Congress passed the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 which deregulated the control of issuing operating authority. This legislation resulted in the demise of hundreds of major trucking companies throughout the United States. Randall Waller, recognizing that the fundamentals of his business had changed with the passage of the deregulation legislation, began to position the company to move forward in an unexplored deregulated environment. Operations were structured that permitted the company to expand its truckload service, first by offering service in and out of western Kentucky to four states. Within two years, the company was providing truckload service to the 31 easternmost states. By 1986 PTL was offering service throughout the entire 48 states, Canada, and Mexico.
The company continued to offer both its traditional LTL service and the truckload service. Major growth was developing in the truckload sector and the composition of the business was changing. In 1978, 100 percent of the company’s revenue came from the LTL service. By 1986, LTL service represented approximately 20% of the company’s revenue and truckload contributed the balance. Based on these changing trends, Mr. Waller announced the discontinuance of LTL service in the fall of 1986 so the company could focus its full resources on the growth of the truckload sector. This realignment of the company’s operating strategy resulted in an era of significant growth and development.
Mr. Waller knew that he would eventually need a plan to transfer the ownership and management of the business. In 2011 he began examining a number of options to sell his ownership in the company. Most of his options would mean that at some point in the future PTL could leave Murray, KY. Mr. Waller did not want to risk that. On October 29, 2013 he announced he had opted to preserve local ownership and further strengthen Paschall Truck Lines, Inc.’s strong future by selling 100 percent of his stock in the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”).
Paschall Truck Lines, Inc. currently has facilities in Murray, KY, Franklin, TN, West Memphis, AR, Indianapolis, IN, El Paso, TX, Brownsville, TX and Laredo, TX. Paschall Truck Lines, Inc., has developed an enviable reputation in the trucking industry with over 70 years of performance on America’s roads, and currently ranks 95th among the nation’s largest trucking companies.
 
 
 
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Employee Stock Ownership Plan




Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is your other company retirement benefit. It is not a replacement for your 401(k) account. PTL's ESOP was created to share long-term success among all employees, to maintain our independence and local ownership, to secure the company's future and to provide employees with an additional retirement benefit.

All employees are treated exactly the same with this ESOP. Over the road Drivers participate on the same basis as office, maintenance, and administrative employees. New employees must be at least twenty-one years old and work for PTL for one year (working at least 1,000 hours during that year). Once you meet that criteria, you join the plan on the next January 1 or July 1. Once you enter the ESOP, you'll begin accumulating PTL shares in your ESOP account. After you enter the ESOP you will receive an ESOP statement once a year. (Depending upon your date of hire and due to the structure of the plan, it could be 2 1/2 years after your date of hire that you receive an ESOP statement.) Your ESOP benefit is completely funded by the company. It costs you nothing.

PTL remains a privately held company and is not traded on any public stock market, like the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. You may not purchase additional shares, nor may you sell the shares you hold in your ESOP account.

Our trustee, First Bankers Trust oversees the ESOP plan's operations, acting in employees' best interests as plan participants. They hire a third-party appraiser to determine the value of our stock each year. The appraiser, by law, must be independent and qualified. To determine the annual stock value, the appraiser looks at a number of factors, the most important being PTL's business performance.

As a 100% ESOP Owned S Corporation, the Trust is a tax-exempt entity so when the Company is profitable, those taxes that would typically have to be paid are now tax deferred and can stay in the company to build up cash/investments, reinvest in the business, pay down debt, etc... which all add to value.
There are about 8,000 ESOPs in America. Our ESOP plan provides us with a unique opportunity, one most people don't receive. How well the company does in the future will depend on you. Research studies consistently show that participative ESOP companies perform better than companies that are not employee-owned or participative. If PTL does well, the ESOP stock could be worth quite a lot of money, but no one can predict how much. The company intends to be very successful and as an Employee-Owner there is the potential to share significant wealth. Let's make the most of it.


Date             Share value

12/31/13         $10.40

12/31/14         $30.00

12/31/15         $39.00
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Who do you call? Q & A

Where do I get transflo/logbooks/comchecks in Murray?  The inspection bay or the training center.

I am O/S for safety paperwork, what do I do?  Contact safety when you are near a fax machine. They will fax the paperwork to you. Fill it out as best as you can and fax it back to them.

Who do I contact for rider pass/pet pass?  Safety Ext. 364, 368 or 726.

How do I go about getting a different truck?  Get your fleet manager to flag you for one of the terminals, either Murray or West Memphis. No need to call us ahead of time. If you are in Murray the truck assignment meeting starts at 12:30 Monday-Friday next to the driver assignments office. On Saturday and Sunday it will be held at 9 am. If you are in West Memphis go see Danny Lane Monday-Friday. On weekends see Greg Furr.

How do I check my miles or my trainees' miles?  Send a message to your fleet manager.

How do I set up direct deposit?  Call Perry Jarvis in Finance at Ext. 312.

When does the pay period end?  The pay period begins every Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. and ends each Thursday at midnight. All the loads you have delivered or t-called by midnight each Thursday night will be paid the following Friday.

How is my vacation figured?  Take all the miles you have been paid for the previous year, divide by 52 weeks, multiply by your rate of pay (East Rate and West rates apply) and that is your vacation pay amount.

How is home time calculated?  For each 6 days out you earn 1 day at home.

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding my miles?   Contact your Fleet Manager if you have questions regarding the amount of miles on a load.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Cigna Programs & Helpful Resources


Cigna Programs & Helpful Resources

Lifestyle Management Programs – Support for Tobacco Cessation, Stress Management and Weight Management.  Individuals can engage via phone for one-on-one coaching experience, and/or online to learn at their own convenience.  Telephonic coaching provides convenient evening and weekend hours and each enrollee will receive a program workbook and toolkit. Call 1-855-246-1873.

24 Hour Health Information Line – Confidential and convenient telephonic access to a registered nurse 24/7 to help determine the most appropriate steps for care, assist in navigation through the health care system. Call 1-800-Cigna24

MyCigna.com and Mobile App – Find doctors and medical services.  See cost estimates for procedures and compare the quality of care ratings for doctors and hospitals.  Manage and track claims.  Print and view your medical id card.

Health Matters – Our health engagement platform that offers personalized support that will meet you where you are, so we can help you get to where you want to be.  You can connect to the information, tools and inspiration you need to take charge of your health.  Log into myCigna.com and click the “My Health” tab.

Chronic Condition Support – Connect with a dedicated health advocate to create a personal care plan to manage a chronic health condition and provide holistic support. Call 1-855-246-1873.

Cancer Support Program – This program helps individuals and their families who are touched by cancer.  We offer information, assistance and care support for the entire experience – from diagnosis to treatment to remission.   Call 1-800-Cigna24

TheraCare – Supports people taking specialty medication by helping them understand and manage their condition, medications and side effects. Call 1-800-633-6521

CoachRx  – Provides personalized support for medication adherence.  With the help of CoachRx, each person can find the approach that works for them. Call 1-800-835-8981

Preventive Care - Checkups, immunizations and screenings are an important part of staying healthy. They can help detect or prevent serious diseases and keep you in tip-top shape.  Your primary care physician can help you coordinate what tests are right for you based on your age, gender and family history.  In Network Preventive Care services are covered at 100%.

Emergency vs Urgent Care - If you need medical attention, but it’s not too serious or life threatening, you may not want to waste your time and money in an ER. An urgent care center provides quality care like an ER, but can save you hundreds of dollars.  Average Emergency Room cost $1,553 vs Average urgent care center cost $135.

Convenience Care – Need to see your doctor but can’t get an appointment?  Try going to a convenience care clinic.  You’ll get quick access to quality and cost-effective medical care.  A convenience care clinician can treat you for sinus infections, rashes, ear aches, minor burns and other routine medical conditions.  You can find convenience care clinics in some grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores.  To quickly find one in your area, log in to your mycigna.com mobile app.  There is a $40 copay at the convenience care clinic.

Cigna Network Laboratories - If you need blood work done, you may go to the lab associated with your doctor’s office. If you’re at a hospital and need a pathology test, they may send you to the lab that’s right onsite. But did you know that if you go to a national lab such as Quest Diagnostics® or Laboratory Corporation of America® (LabCorp), you can save up to 75% and still get the same quality service?  Even though other labs may be part of the Cigna network, you’ll get even bigger savings when you go Quest and LabCorp for your lab work.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Moving violations top offenses during Safe Driver Week

During the recent Operation Safe Driver Week (Oct. 16-22), a total of 20,648 total citations or warnings were issued throughout the U.S. and Canada. Of that number, 11,182 citations or warnings were issued to drivers of commercial vehicles.
policeThe top five warnings and citations issued to commercial motor vehicle drivers (as a percentage of total CMV warnings and citations) were:
  • State and Local Moving Violations – 56.7 percent
  • Speeding – 19.6 percent
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 7.6 percent
  • Failing to Use Seatbelt – 7.1 percent
  • Using a Handheld Phone – 2.4 percent
In addition:
  • 0.5 percent of CMV drivers were cited for inattentive or careless driving
  • eight citations related to a CMV driver’s failure to stop at a railroad crossing were issued
  • seven CMV drivers received citations for operating their vehicle while ill or fatigued
  • five warnings and nine citations were issued to CMV drivers for reckless driving.
The top five warnings and citations issued to private passenger-vehicle drivers (as a percentage of total passenger vehicle warnings and citations) were:
  • Speeding – 39.4 percent
  • State and Local Moving Violations – 37.1 percent
  • Failing to Use Seat Belt – 11.7 percent
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 1.9 percent
  • Inattentive and/or Careless Driving – 1.5 percent
During this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, data was collected by nearly 3,000 law enforcement officials across the U.S. and Canada.
Operation Safe Driver Week campaign was launched in 2007 by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Interesting facts about Semi-Trucks and Trailers

If you drive a big rig you are in a class above all the rest, literally. A semi truck is one of those vehicles that interests people who’ve never been in or driven one. Think about it. How many times a week do you honk your horn when a kid pumps his arm at you? When you stop at a red light and you’ve got an awesome looking load, like a flatbed trailer loaded down with bee boxes a buzzing, people around you are going to look in amazement. Well, in the case of the bees they might look in fear, but that’s another issue. At any rate being a driver of a big rig puts you in the front row seat to one of the coolest modes of transportation on the roadways. Not convinced? Here are some awe inspiring facts that will make you think twice about your own truck.
  • A new model semi truck costs anywhere from $130,000 to $180,000 for the tractor, and $30,000 to $80,000 for a trailer, making your grand total at $26,000 or greater—which is why buying a gently used semi truck and trailer can be a good bargain.
  • Bigger trucks means increased stopping time; a truck needs 40 percent more space to come to a complete stop when compared to a passenger car. Of course this varies depending on how much you are hauling, weather conditions, road conditions, and whether or not you are pulling a trailer.
  • A semi holds at least 15 gallons, that’s right gallons, of oil; a car only needs up to 6 quarts of the slick stuff.
  • Big rig fuel tanks hold up to 300 gallons of diesel. Compare that to the practically tiny tanks used by cars.
  • Semi trucks aren’t exactly known for being efficient over the road. In fact, a big rig will burn fuel at a rate of 4 to 8 miles per gallon. On the other hand cars are being manufactured that have 40-plus miles to the gallon, putting big rigs to shame in this department.
  • One driver over the road with long haul trucking will drive an estimated 100,000 miles a year. LTL loads account for only 45,000 miles a year per regional truck driver.
  • In 2006 alone all of the commercial trucks drove for a quarter of a trillion miles. Imagine trying to add all of those zeros; now that’s a lot of ground to cover.
  • California, Florida and Texas are the states with the most semis, as more than one-third of the big rigs running in the US are registered in these three states.
  • The US has approximately 3.2 million truck drivers with CDLs, but there are only 1.9 million registered semi trucks. Someone’s going to have to slide over and make room for some unemployed truckers.
  • The US trucking industry is made up primarily of small businesses and owner operators, as 90 percent of these types of businesses have less than six semis in operation. So while you see the tractor trailers roll by with names like Swift, Werner and JB Hunt, these big companies only account for about 10 percent of the industry.
  • Top semi truck brands include Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Freightliner, Kenworth, Volvo, International, and Western Star Trucks.
  • If you look at what is delivered in the US, 68 percent of all freight is delivered by semis. Break this down and every American would account for an over the top 60,000 pounds of freight—in a year.
  • The heaviest hauls in the US are construction materials and agricultural commodities, which account for the most bulk weight.
  • A semi truck can haul up to 80,000 pounds of freight at one time, safely. However, you also have oversized loads that account for much more than that, but require specialized escorts, increased axles and a smaller window for driving during the daylight hours for safety.
  • Speaking of safety, the most common accident happening for truckers is the rollover. It used to be jackknifing, but that’s since declined substantially thanks to the requirement that all trucks feature anti-lock breaks. Now if we could just use our modern technology to innovate a way to decrease rollovers, the trucking world would be a lot safer.
So there you have it, some facts and figures to brag about over your holiday gatherings. Let everyone you love know just how important, and big, your trucking jobs truly are. As it’s harvest season and the time of thanks, it’s also a great time to give yourself a pat on the back for being a part of this most important industry.