National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Jim Hall stepped down from his position to allow President Bush to choose his own chairman. Under Hall's leadership, the agency expanded the scope of its recommendation powers. In addition, Hall used his position to advocate the mandatory installation of airplane-type black boxes in commercial motor vehicles.
The four finalists for the 2000 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award are: David Zorn of Consolidated Freightways; Brent Shupe of Midwest Coast Transport; Edward Bowlin of Payne Trucking; and Carl Tafua of Viking Freight. The four were selected out of 22 drivers singled out for heroic actions on the state provincial level. The winner will be announced March 21 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Driver turnover will the topic of a two-day seminar this May sponsored by the Keller Technical Institute (KTI). The educational affiliate of publishing firm J. J. Keller & Assoc., KTI's North American Driver Recruiting and Retention Summit will combine how-to techniques, case studies and hands-on exercises to demonstrate effective methods of employee retention within the trucking industry. The meeting will be held May 10-11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. For more information, go to www.jjkeller.com or call 800-642-2067.