GRAPEVINE, TX. Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution have been honored by Volvo Trucks for their safety achievements in 2010.
Volvo presented both companies with its 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award at the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition in Grapevine, TX. Michelin Truck Tires was a supporting sponsor of the award.
“Safety has long been a core value at Volvo, and we’re proud to share that focus with the very deserving winners of this year’s award,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks’ senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution demonstrate a deep commitment to safety throughout every layer of their organizations and their efforts truly make a difference.”
Fleets were broken into two categories and judged on their accident frequency rates using U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s definition of a “recordable accident.” Each company’s own accident prevention programs were also considered.
Roehl Transport, based in Marshfield, WI, won in the over 20 million mile category. Roehl, a family owned truckload carrier, operates approximately 1,800 trucks, compiling an accident frequency rate of 0.295 while driving 172,600,000 mi. in 2010.
All employees, even non-drivers, are required to go through The Roehl Way of Driving program. The interactive classes stress the need to not only avoid accidents, but proactively protect all motorists sharing the highways with them.
“For us, safety is a deeply held belief beyond compromise,” Rick Roehl, president of Roehl Transport, said. “We’ve always viewed Volvo as a great partner. Their core values line up very well with ours. We welcomed their scrutiny as we pursued the Volvo Trucks Safety Award, and we’re extremely proud to have earned this recognition.”
Stagecoach, of El Paso, TX, operates 162 trucks covering 16,300,000 mi. in 2010, posting a 0.122 accident frequency rate. The fleet, which offers a range of transportation and warehousing services, including over-the-road, regional, local, and intermodal, won in the under 20 million mile category.
The company equips trucks with the latest in safety technologies and utilizes an advanced training simulator.
“We’ve integrated safety into everything we do,” Stagecoach president Scott McLaughlin said. “We don’t just talk or write about safety. We back up our commitment with investment. Volvo gives us a single source for specing all of the latest safety technologies, from the factory, and have the truck delivered with everything integrated and ready to roll.”
“Michelin is pleased to join Volvo Trucks in celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution,” said Tim Fulton, Michelin vice president, strategic accounts. “Both companies have a safety culture that has a tremendously positive effect on their employees and countless others.”