Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1st Annual Advanced Fleet Program Conference

This invitation only event is Prime Logistic's very first conference.  The Advanced Fleet Program is one of the most exciting programs going at Prime Inc.  Here are the highlights of the program:

Run with a leader in the industry while maintaining your own business authority.
  •  24/7 Road assistance
  • Access to pool of more than 4,000 late-model trailers, so you always pull the trailer that best utilizes your power unit
  • Access to Prime’s vast freight network with one reload manager
  • Qualcomm tracking technology
  • Advance available guaranteed at the time of “loaded” call
  • Paid by direct deposit
  • Scan documents at truck stops
  • Get Paid 76% NOW 77% of line haul, plus 100% of fuel surcharge paid by customer
    • *($1 million primary auto liability coverage and $1 million excess auto liability coverage required)
  • Fuel card is provided, giving you access to Prime’s fuel system discounts
The First Annual Advanced Fleet Program Conference will be held on March 29th & 30th.

We have invited our top carriers within the Advanced Fleet Program to share their views on shipping and Prime in particular.  We value their comments and welcome their ideas for making our partnership the best it can be.  This spring, they will join us for two days of communication, education and recreation at the Palace Casino Resortwww.palacecasinoresort.com

Our AFP conference is designed to combine presentations about industry trends with discussions on challenges and opportunities recognized by carriers. 

Learn what’s new with the Advanced Fleet Program and hear industry insiders speak on their secrets to success.

After our morning meeting we have planned a list of activities for them to choose.  Golf, Fishing, Spa or Casino.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


On December 22, 2011, FMCSA publicly announced controversial Hours of Service rule
changes. The key elements of this rule are described below.
Key Elements of the December 2011 HOS Rule:

Maximum Driving Hours – FMCSA retained the current 11 hour driving time limit, but
placed a limit on the number of consecutive driving hours. No driving may occur if more
than 8 consecutive hours have passed since the last break of 30 minutes or more.

Restart – Any restart period must include two consecutive nighttime periods (from 1
a.m. to 5 a.m.), and must be at least 34 consecutive hours long. Drivers are permitted
to use the restart provision only once in any seven calendar days.

14 Consecutive Hour Day (now called Driving Window) – The rule retains a 14
consecutive hour driving window. With 30 minute rest break, maximum on-duty time
within the 14 hour window is 13.5 hours. No driving may occur after 14 consecutive
hours since coming on duty; non-driving work is allowed past the 14 hour driving

Mandatory Rest Break – Drivers will not be permitted to drive if 8 hours have passed
since their last break of 30 minutes or more. (Only 1 break may be required depending
upon timing).

Off-Duty in A Parked CMV or In Passenger Seat – The rule allow drivers to record
time spent in a parked CMV as off-duty time. Also, team drivers would be permitted to
record up to 2 hours of time spent in the passenger seat of a CMV in operation as offduty
time, if it is just before or after an 8 hour sleeper berth period.

Oilfield Exemption – Waiting time at an oil well or natural gas site will not count toward
calculation of the 14 hour window but must be recorded as off-duty on a paper or
electronic log.

Egregious Violations – A driver who exceeds, and/or a motor carrier that allows a
driver to exceed, the driving time limit by 3 hours or more be considered to have
committed an egregious violation and be subject to the maximum civil penalties of
$2,700 for drivers and $11,000 for motor carriers – for each offense.

Effective Date & Compliance Date This rule will be effective in late February 2012,
and the oilfield exemption change must be implemented by then. However, interstate
motor carriers and drivers will not be required to comply with the remainder of the new
rules (restart change, rest break requirement, etc.) until July 1, 2013.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Prime Inc Driver (Thomas Miller) gets Driver of the Month Award from MoTA

The Missouri Trucking Association (MoTA) recently named Prime inc. driver Thomas Miller its August Driver of the Month. As a part of this elite honor given to drivers who exhibit leadership and a high level of professionalism, Miller will also be eligible to receive MoTA’s prestigious Driver of the Year award.
            “It’s just an honor to be nominated for the Driver of the Month award,” said Tom Crawford, MoTA president and CEO. “This award says that Miller is consistently one of the best of the best drivers in the state.”
            Miller joined Prime four years after beginning his professional driving career in 1996. During his tenure with Prime, Miller has become a Smith System certified driver and a CDL instructor. He has also been recognized as a 1 million mile safe driver and was recently named a 2011 Prime Contractor of the Month, an award based on several factors, including mileage, on-time deliveries, driving record, fuel consumption, productivity and customer service.
            “Drivers are nominated by their safety directors, but their driving record is not the only consideration for this award. We look at whether each driver is active in his or her community, such as serving in a church, as a scout master or in other areas outside of trucking,” said Crawford. “We also look to see if the drivers are leaders within their own companies or if they’ve taken a leadership role in mentoring or training. Choosing a driver for the Driver of the Month award is never an easy task.”
            In addition to a certificate from MoTA recognizing his achievement, Miller also received a watch and a resolution from Missouri state legislature memorializing the award. He will be recognized at MoTA’s annual banquet at the state capitol and become a part of MoTA’s ambassador program with the legislative bodies.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Prime Inc. Springfield, MO Holiday Party

The Prime Inc. Holiday Party for Springfield, MO was December 30th at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO.  There were over 1,100 in attendance.  It was a good time by all with Prime's new corporate video kicking off the night.  The band 65 South performed all night for the crowd and special guest "Cher Impersonator" adding to the entertainment.  There was also a 180' x 40' heated tent attached to the convention center (Club Prime) that had a DJ for added entertainment.  The event went from 6pm to 10:30pm.  Prime Associates could bring one guest to the party.  This was the last event of the year that was proceeded by parties in Lewiston, ME; Pittston, PA and Salt Lake City, Ut. Prime Inc. appreciates each and every Associate that helped make 2011 a successful year.  We are looking to make 2012 even stronger.