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A Dehumanized Society

Some forty years ago there were “for sure” predictions about a paperless society, the elimination of cash, the elimination of checks, and government ID chips implanted in our bodies. GPS devices were designed to track our every movement for our own protection and our air waves and news outlets were to be owned and operated by Mother Government so that information and entertainment could be filtered. Voting machines, cell phones, the internet, the cloud, and constant contact through an attached device has created a new millennial psychosis called “FOMO” – fear of missing out. Our wars are to be fought by drones, computers, and smart bombs rather by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Unlimited information and entertainment is at your fingertips as are servants (Alexa and Siri) who can order pizzas, direct your traffic patterns, play Sinatra or deliver your dry cleaning. CD’s that replaced tapes, are becoming obsolete in that you can pull tens of thousands of songs, books, or dateline chats real time through your phone. Your children and grandchildren are wearing out their opposing thumbs texting friends in the same room. Intelligent conversations of any kind have become an oxymoron.

Now we’re being inundated with the concept of autonomous trucks and alternative fuels. My opinion on these two fronts is that we’ll quit using fossil fuels when we run out of it and although trucks will continue to be smarter, and some would argue safer, the professional commercial truck driver will always be behind the wheel. There are just some things out of which you can’t eliminate the human element. Driverless trucks will prove to be an economic and safety boondoggle.

Besides that, who would the insurance companies cover, and who would the lawyers sue?

 

David Owen
david.owen@nastc.com
800.264.8580

NASTC's Safety & Compliance Department
844-889-9229

Let NASTC File Your
Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290

We have partnered with the largest of the e-file providers and because of our collective clout in the marketplace and their "best in class" software program, we can perform this function for you better, faster, and cheaper than you're now doing it. This is just another arrow in the NASTC quiver.
Let us do this for you starting today.

Deadline to file for the 2016-2017 tax year is August 31, 2017

You have to do it
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And, WE'RE BETTER, FASTER, and CHEAPER than anyone else providing this service - You must be a NASTC member to have access through us. Take advantage today of this outstanding member benefit!

For more information please call Angel Clark or Kate Shariati with
NASTC's Safety & Compliance Department
844-889-9229

To file the 2290 Form directly, go to NASTC-2290.com

Click here for a link to President David Owens Letter regarding form 2290

Angel Clark
Director Safety & Compliance Services
angel.clark@nastc.com
844.889.9229


GREAT NEWS! NASTC to Offer New Prepass Services
by David Owen

Once again NASTC is able to offer PrePass and PrePass Plus to its member companies. To be eligible to enroll in the NASTC program, you must meet the following requirements: You can not on safety-hold, you can not have more than 100 power units, and it has been at least six months since you were enrolled in PrePass. All other members who pay tolls and/or who regularly deal with scale houses should strongly consider this valuable and time proven safety program. If you’re on NASTC’s Management and Safety Program (MSP), we will be adding this feature as an option to your bundled package. It will also be offered as a “stand alone” a la carte program for others.

Some time ago, 2010, when CSA first came out, we did an internal study of NASTC members, comparing like-sized companies who used PrePass and those who didn’t. Those using PrePass or PrePass Plus were 7 basis points healthier on their CSA numbers, their driver turn-over ratios were lower, their on-time deliveries were higher, and they consistently booked more loaded miles per week, per driver. Most carriers pick up as much as an hour per day, per driver on available driving time under the hours of service and most million mile drivers are attracted to companies who provide this service. The above benefits don’t include the very obvious and measurable savings resulting from reduced idling time and better miles per gallon.

If you are to compete with the mega fleets in the full truckload arena, this tool is a must for they all use it.

Call me

David Owen
President
david.owen@nastc.com
800.264.8580

or

Stacie Wilson
PrePass Product Manager
stacie.wilson@nastc.com
800.264.8580

NOTE: As always the NASTC program will have the maximum discount for your size fleet that our licensing agreement allows by contract.

 


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