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The Roadstar Distinction

The Roadstar distinction is awarded to Landstar owner-operators recognized for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Roadstar award winners are considered to be the most elite of the company’s business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent owner-operators leased exclusively to Landstar.

Typically, it will take a Landstar BCO 10 years or more to earn the coveted Roadstar award.

Each Roadstar recipient is productive, profitable and exceptional in all aspects of operating his or her own business.

To be eligible for the honor, a Roadstar nominee must:

  • Have earned status as a one or more Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver
  • Provide an example to other truck operators in adherence to DOT regulations and Landstar’s safety-first culture
  • Produce significant revenue
  • Have a positive, cooperative attitude in his or her interactions with employees, agents and customers

June Star of Quality Awards Announced

 

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who are among the most elite in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of June 2017:

Gold:

Bill E. Ater Jr.*, Dennis Brannon, Denise Anne Gibson, Donald E. Hogan, Lisa Patton*, John Robert Swangstue*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Alec S. Costerus, Gerald F. Fiset, Yan Krasnov, Sinisa Lukic, George Clayton Miller, Randall Eugene New, Paul Clayton Stone, Bartholomew Verdino, Terry L. Walter

Bronze:

Edwin Baker, Eugene C. Baker, Michael John Beaver, Roderick Laverne Benjamin, Rickey L. Black Jr., James Arthur Block, Mark Melcombe Chase, Dave Anthony Christian, Riza Ciftdogan, Sarah Cooper, George B. Cooper, Rusty Jay Dalrymple, Anthony R. Davis, Raul Diaz Sr., Antonio Tavories Dobson, Terry E. Ellis, Steffanie Gehl, Jennifer Gibson, William Grange Straw Jr., Richard D. Grim, Robert L. Hail Jr., Sammy Hipp, James Marquis Hollenquest, Gabriell “Gabby” Hudson, Alphaumare Jalloh, Dana R. Jones, Timothy Brice Keeney, Do Hyung Kim, Melanie Klein, Eric Lewis, Liviu Lisneanu, Robert Martin, Jean E. Mitchell, Donna More, Nancy Nicholson, Jeffrey Scott Robinson, Luis Felipe Alvarez Santiago, Mindy Schmitt, Earl D. Spradling, Timothy Lane Sullivan, Dedric Lakeith Sumpter, Darrell Duane Taylor, Eugene “Chip” Warner

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

 

 

 

BCO Appreciation Days 2017 Truck Giveaway

 

One lucky Landstar business capacity owner 2017-Truck-Giveaway(BCO) will drive home from the 2017 Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville, Florida in a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The pierce candy red Peterbilt 579 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

According to Peterbilt, the 2017 version of the 579 was built with maximum driver comfort in mind. Compared to previous years’ models, the cab is wider and provides 8 more inches of room between seats and an additional 2.9 inches in depth. Also, a 45 percent increase in glass, provides owner-operators with best-in-class visibility.

The 2017 model truck was designed with a new dash and sleeper. The 579’s spacious titanium colored interior provides an 80 inch high roof sleeper, a premium pocket spring mattress, and a rear wall storage cabinet. According to Peterbilt, the ergonomic dash was crafted for driver efficiency, increased visibility and improved driver comfort. The truck’s new sound abatement technology minimizes outside noise, giving owner-operators a more peaceful ride.

Equipped with an enhanced fuel efficiency package, the 579 takes fuel savings to new levels. Complete with aerodynamic styling, optimized powertrain, low rolling resistance tires and SmartTire Pressure Monitoring System, the 579 increases owner-operators’ bottom line with a 14 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over previous models, according to Peterbilt.

The Landstar Deliver to Win truck giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first night of the two-day event in Jacksonville this year, January 26-27. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year to thank BCOs for their service and dedication to safety.

 

Safety Thursday: Winter Driving Safety Tips

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Driving in winter weather means cold, wet and sometimes freezing road conditions. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), taking proper, preventative safety measures on the roads during the winter keeps professional drivers safe, as well as other vehicles on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends these tips to professional drivers to stay safe on the roads this winter:

  • Reduce your driving speed in bad weather conditions. Adjusting speed to match weather and road conditions is imperative helps decrease the risk for fatal crashes.
  • Reduce speed when turning and before entering an exit or entrance ramp. A large percentage of crashes happen when large trucks or buses are making a turn or traveling on a curved ramp. Reducing speed helps drivers maintain control of their trucks.
  • Drive slowly with a loaded trailer. Large trucks with fully loaded trailers are 10 times more likely to roll over than those with empty trailers.

While traveling this winter, the National Safety Council recommends drivers always:

  • Prepare your truck for winter. Do a pre-trip inspection and be sure to check your truck’s brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts, spark plugs, batteries, tire wear and pressure, antifreeze level and freeze lines.
  • Have emergency supplies in their trucks. It is recommended that drivers ride with a shovel, tire chains, tool kits, first aid kits, blankets, matches, scrapers, triangles, flares, a flashlight and extra batteries.

Join Landstar on the Safety Thursday Conference Call on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET. Call 877-717-5921.

SAFETY THURSDAY: 6 TIPS TO REDUCE DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING

4583_distracted-drivingDistracted driving is defined as any activity that takes your attention away from the road and can endanger the driver, as well as the motoring public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three main types of distractions while driving are visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Visual distractions cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Manual distractions make driver’s take their hands off of the wheel. Cognitive distractions, like listening to the radio or talking on a phone, cause drivers to take their minds off of the task of driving.

Every time an owner operator’s focus is not on the road ahead, lives may be put in danger according to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA.) The FMCSA considers distracted driving a deadly epidemic on the nation’s roads. Research from the FMCSA shows in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Here are six tips from the FMCSA to commercial drivers or independent owner operators on ways to reduce distractions on the road:

  • Don’t let outside objects be a distraction, stay focused on driving the truck. Anything that takes eyes away from the road can be a dangerous distraction.
  • Never text while driving, it is illegal and one of the most dangerous distractions to any driver.
  • Do not use a dispatching device while driving, mobile and portable dispatching devices cause drivers to take their eyes off the road.
  • Do not dial a handheld phone while driving. Consider using a voice-activated or hands-free phone app that does not require drivers to take their hands off the wheel while driving.
  • Do not read, write or use paper maps while driving.
  • Avoid eating and drinking while driving.

 Join the Safety Thursday Conference Call November 17, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET. Dial 877-717-5921.

Safety Thursday: Safe Backing, Get Out And Look

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Even under the best circumstances, backing a commercial motor vehicle is not risk-free because, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, tractor-trailers have limited visibility and large blind spots. Before backing up, Landstar, along with the National Safety Council, urges drivers to practice the G.O.A.L. method – “Get Out And Look.”

“Landstar encourages business capacity owners (BCOs) to practice the G.O.A.L. method before backing up. Get Out And Look is an extra step to ensure the driver has sufficient space to back safely,” explains Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton.

According to the National Safety Council, backing crashes are common with larger vehicles, but can be prevented when drivers get out of their trucks and look for potential obstacles in their paths prior to backing their rigs.

The Safety Council offers these guidelines to help prevent backing collisions:

  • Avoid backing whenever possible by parking in spaces you can pull-through.
  • Know your vehicle’s blind spots and remember mirrors do not show the whole picture.
  • Be aware that steep inclines add to the difficulty of seeing behind vehicles.
  • Use a spotter, someone who can guide you and ward off any pedestrians or other vehicles until you have pulled away.
  • Honk to warn anyone in the area that you are going to begin backing up.
  • Think and plan in advance, try to avoid putting yourself in unnecessary backing situations.

 Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, dial 877-717-5921 at Noon ET on October 20, 2016.

Safety Thursday: Load Securement

soeThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program is designed to improve large truck and bus safety in order to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities associated with commercial motor vehicles.

The CSA program carries severe penalties for cargo securement under the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). While load securement violations may seem simple to identify, they are not as easy to spot as some drivers expect. soe2

Per the CSA program, proper load securement is critical, not only because law enforcement keeps a close eye on load securement, but also, the public is vulnerable to road hazards from improper securement.

Areas to pay special attention to are:

393.104 (f) (3) Loose/unfastened tiedown

392.9 (a) (2) Failing to secure vehicle equipment

393.110 (b) Insufficient tiedowns; without headerboard/blocking

393.104 (b) Damaged securement system/tiedowns

Operators should fully understand the cargo securement criteria listed in the Federal Motor Safety Regulations.

 

Landstar offers securement training in the classroom and as an online 20160428_102644course. Contact Pete Hitzemann, Laurie Tobias or Lynn Hooper for additional information at 817-685-6253.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday July 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST by calling 877-717-5921.

ANNOUNCING LANDSTAR’S NEWEST MILLION MILE SAFE DRIVERS, ROADSTARS AND THE 1st TRUCK WINNER OF 2016

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Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, paid tribute to the best and safest Landstar owner-operators during the 5th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration event held in their honor earlier this month.

BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements. The event featured an awards program during which Landstar inducted 10 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) as Landstar Roadstars. Landstar was also proud to honor 122 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident and eight BCOs as new Two Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving two million consecutive miles without a preventable accident and one BCO as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver, for driving three million miles without a preventable accident.

To top off the celebration, Landstar presented its first Landstar Truck Giveaway of 2016. The truck, a 2017 Peterbilt 579, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Roadstar or Million Miler.

The select group of 2015 inductees were recognized during a three-day event held in Orlando, Florida, from July 1st through July 3rd for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Collectively, the 122 active BCOs who make up the Million Miler Class of 2015 have safely driven more than 122 million miles – which is close to the distance from the earth’s surface to the sun. On average it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. The distance would take a typical driver about 67 years to complete.

“Landstar is proud to showcase the class of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers as the industry’s best. Their talent, hard work and dedication to safety is truly worthy of a celebration. These men and women make the roads safer for all of us; we are proud to honor them,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.

Of the 940 active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 10 earned the distinction of Roadstar during the celebration. Landstar Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellence in customer service.  Each was previously recognized as a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver. The addition of the new Roadstars raises the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 174. BCOs have received the Roadstar honor since Landstar began presenting the award in 1990.

“Roadstars’ outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire trucking industry. The 2015 class of Roadstars have earned the right to be called Landstar’s elite,” said Gattoni.

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni also presented Landstar BCO Fred Durbin with the BCO Lifetime Achievement Award. Durbin leased on to Landstar in 1978. In 1998 Durbin was named a Two Million Mile Safe Driver and in 2008 he was named a Three Million Mile Safe Driver.  LT5_8636_FredDDurbin also took home a brand new truck in 2008 after winning the Landstar Truck Giveaway and still drives the 2008 royal blue Freightliner Coronado today. Over the years, Durbin has received 37 annual safe driving awards with Landstar. In 2010, Durbin received the National Safety Council’s Safe Driver of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding drivers throughout the country.

“Fred is an ambassador of safety. The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor his years of service and safe driving. This award is a testament to the values that Fred lives and works by,” said Gattoni.

The awards ceremony also showcased Landstar’s All-Star Truck Giveaway. Each new Landstar Million Miler and each Landstar Roadstar automatically received one entry to win the truck. Those who attended the Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration received an additional entry as well.IMG_7879 That evening Million Mile Safe Driver Frankie Hill of Galax, Virginia, was the lucky winner to receive the truck keys and drive off with a brand new truck.

The Class of 2015 Landstar Roadstars inducted this year:

Bill Ater, German Burgueno, David Carothers, Bob Hinchey, Tonia Kennedy, Steve Otto, Steve Van Dyke, Gary Wager, Pat Webb, Sly Young

The Class of 2015 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted this year:

Three Million Mile Safe Driver:

Jim Block

Two Million Mile Safe Drivers:

Bill Boyer, Antonio Garza, Jeffrey Pack, Stephen Pagel, Bob Plymale, Ronald Rogers, Don Ward

One Million Mile Safe Drivers:

Bill Ater, Randy Atkins, Bob Bade, Charles Bailey, Ilan Bankston, Jose Banuelos, Trent Bartlett, Esther Bell, Jerry Bergt, Perry Borntreger, Gregg Boss, Florencio Cardenas, William Carsey, Terry Carter, Ismael Cendejas, Aaron Chapman, Lonnie Clark, Jr., Mike Clark, Derrick Clarke, Dennis Cockerham Jim Cotner, Dwight Covey, Alvin Crawford, James Culbertson, Washington Curbelo, Bill Davenport, Paul Davis, Kenneth Delzeit, Mike DeMille, Danny Downey, Arthur Dubroski, Gail Ellick, Harry Farren, Ed Fritz, Jeffrey Fulmer, Bill Gammon, Kody Giacomo, John Goodman, Paul Gordon, Marshall Grady, Terry Gregory, Wiktor Grygoruk, Ron Haddan, Rick Haywood, Jim Heiser, Tom Herlston, Miguel Hernandez, Roger Hobbs Sr., Hugh Hood, Don Houchin, E. Victor Hounsell, Debbie Hudler, Carl Johnson, John Johnson, Brady Jones, Albert Keller, Weldon Kollock, Steve Kron, Phuong Lam, Henry Littleton, Jay Maclees, Sam Maldonado, James Marra, Roger Martin, Ed Masters, James Matthews, Larry McCostlin, Jeffery McDaniel, Wayne McGahey, Rich McIntosh, Tom McPherson, Henry Medina, Greg Michels, Mike Miles, Ricky Mills, Anthony Mitchell, Carlos Moreno, Lacy Murry, Jr., Dennis Musser, John Myers, Lori Nelson, Nanette Newton, Tuan Nguyen, Frank Ortega, Steve Otto, Vlad Ougriniouk, Ramiro Padilla, Robert Page, Vicky Percious, Don Pierson, Bill Pruim, Hubert Quarles, Donnie Raby, Malik Rahim, Scott Robinson, Cesar Rodriguez, Hersey Ross, Ted Russell, Louie Russo, Michael Rybicki, John Samples, Julio Sandoval, Jr., Mario Santizo, Dan Schumacher, David Shuler, Troy Sloan, Vickie Speer, Stanford Stowers, Rex Strickler, Bob Swearingen, Ron Taylor, Mike Truitt, Ed Tudor, John Waddles, Denny Walerius, Robin Walker, Rick Weiss, Rebecca Wilder, Jan Williams, Kenny Williams, Paul Williams, Vic Williams

A Message from Landstar President & CEO Jim Gattoni

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The June Safety Thursday Conference Call marked Landstar’s 300th call in the last 25 years.  The first ever safety call happened in June of 1991, under then CEO Jeff Crowe, Landstar’s first Chief Executive Officer.

Every year, Landstar prides itself in being one of the safest transportation providers in the industry and thanks to all of Landstar’s BCOs and agents, the focus on safety will continue and will always be a top priority at Landstar.

In 1991, when Landstar held its first ever safety Thursday Conference Call, I wasn’t yet an employee of the company; however, I was part of the team that was responsible for Landstar’s annual financial audit.  Back in 1991, Landstar had revenue of $595 million dollars and, in 2015, Landstar generated $3.3 billion.  In fact, in the first three months of 2016, we generated more revenue than the entire 1991 fiscal year.

We had 6,000 tractors provided by independent truck operators in 1991.  Today, we have more than 9,000 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) providing truck capacity to the Landstar network.

Landstar’s growth over that 25 year period is exceptional and it is all due to the power of the network, the commitment and the contributions that every BCO contributes to Landstar.

I would like to personally thank all of the BCOs on the call with us today for their commitment to safety and for their contributions to the success of Landstar over the past 25 years.  You are the drivers of our success!  Thank you for all you do every day to make Landstar the best transportation company in the United States.

-Jim

Safety Thursday: Summer Hazards

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Driving through a summer heat wave may be preferable to owner-operators when compared to driving through a winter-whiteout but, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), summer driving is the most dangerous and the most deadly. During the summer months, there are more drivers on the road meaning more factors that make summer time driving more dangerous. The NHTSA is urging drivers to be aware of the dangers and take proper precautions on the roads this summer.

More Drivers:

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there are more teen drivers and drivers in general on the road during the summer.  Record low fuel prices this year mean an increase in summer travel plans and traffic.  Travel grid-lock can be unpleasant, but the AAA reminds motorists to plan ahead and be patient on the roads this summer.

Tire blowouts:

Always remember to inspect your tires before a long trip, but especially in the summer heat. Hot weather causes the air inside tires to expand which can lead to a blowout.  The AAA suggests checking tires regularly and having a tire inspection done monthly throughout the summer to avoid blowouts on the road.

Construction:

Be cautious when driving in construction zones.  Summer time is the most popular time for construction on the road and, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), fatal work zone crashes occur most often in the summer.  The FHA recommends drivers be extra alert in construction zones, never tailgate and obey the posted work zone speed limit.

Sun and excess heat:

Even on the road, staying cool and avoiding heat-related illness is crucial during the summer months.  The National Weather Service recommends drivers be well hydrated before and during a long trip by drinking plenty of water and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing which helps the body maintain temperatures.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call Thursday June 16, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST call 877-717-5921.