Volume 5 Number 16
April 18, 2008



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CFO Sink admires the hybrid electric bucket vehicle, powered by B-20 diesel produced from locally grown soybeans.  

In 2004 Hurricane Ivan slammed into the western Florida panhandle, doing serious damage to the area. Due to widespread power outages and damage to fueling stations, Florida DOT asked Florida Rock & Tank Lines to provide temporary fueling stations to enable DOT, FEMA, State Fire Marshal, Florida Highway Patrol and other state organizations to continue functioning during the cleanup. Temporary gas pumps were hooked up to the unloading heads of the tankers, making the special fueling operations very successful.






The Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida declared April 16, 2008, as TRUCKERS DAY in the State of Florida. Florida Departments of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Agriculture and Consumer Services and Transportation were commended for their demonstrated commitment to economic prosperity and industry safety and to raising the awareness of the importance of the trucking industry to all Floridians.

The industry features trucks moving freight safely and efficiently to every community throughout Florida; and commercial truck traffic is vital to our Nation’s economic prosperity and plays a significant role in mitigating adverse economic effects during a national or regional emergency. Our economy depends on trucks to deliver ten billion tons of virtually every commodity consumed, or nearly 70 percent of all  freight transported annually by weight and nearly 85 percent of all freight transported annually by value. Travel by large trucks increased by 150% from 1998 to 2004, while the rate of large truck crash fatalities declined by 60%, based on miles driven and is near all-time recorded lows. The trucking industry in Florida has been represented by the Florida Trucking Association (FTA) since 1934 and FTA’s Road Team, composed of professional drivers of member companies, conducts and presents safe driving classes to driver education students, civic groups and other public entities across Florida through its “Share the Road Safely with Big Trucks” program.

Florida law enforcement officers inspected 84,160 trucks in 2006, and weighed 14.5 million trucks at Florida’s 25 fixed weigh stations and out of every 1,000 trucks inspected, only 3 were found in violation of weight restrictions