Last week Navajo’s Bob Richards, who has been with us since 2001, and who won the Colorado State Truck Driving Championship in the Sleeper Berth category competed in the National Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis, IN. As part of the competition, Bob was required to complete a written examination to test his knowledge of industry regulations, perform a pre-trip inspection on both a truck and trailer, then drive on the skills course. Bob performed well, and finished 19th out of the 47 other contestants in his group. This was a stiff competition with some of the best drivers in the industry and Bob did not disappoint in representing Navajo well. Please make sure you congratulate Bob on a job well done.
The CVSA will be holding their annual Break Check Week from September 11th – 17th.
From the CVSA:
“Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage (representing 43 percent) of all out-of-service violations cited during Operation Airbrake’s companion International Roadcheck campaign in 2015, which focused on inspections of both vehicles and drivers.
Inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. ABS malfunction indicator lamps are also checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke where applicable. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.
Many inspectors will be conducting Level I Inspections, and in the 10 jurisdictions currently using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment, vehicle braking efficiency will be measured. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measures total vehicle weight and total brake force from which braking efficiency is determined. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA out-of-service criteria.”
Navajo Express and professional driver Robert (Bob) Richards will be at the 2016 National Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis, IN. Bob will be competing in the Sleeper Berth category, and is one of nine competitors from Colorado. Good luck Bob!
Navajo Express is proud to celebrate the very special week of September 11th – 17th which is the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW). This week is set aside to honor the 3.4 million professional truck drivers nationwide for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
Navajo Express takes great pride in hosting a week of appreciation and celebration in recognizing our wonderful fleet of drivers. Join us in thanking these men and women for constantly delivering our goods safely, securely and on time, and also keeping our highways safe. It is our hope that you, our valued customers and vendors, will help us honor these drivers in this week of appreciation. We have many scheduled events, activities, meals, prizes and gifts and would love for you to join us and/or participate with donations of gifts and prizes.
Any gift donations would be gratefully appreciated and can be mailed to:
Attn: Gwyne Presser
1400 West 64th Avenue,
Denver, CO 80211
Please mail donations no later than September 1st, 2015 so we can distribute them to our terminals.
For a full schedule of events, please contact Gwyne Presser at email@example.com or 303-286-0677. Additional information can be found by visiting the American Trucking Association website.
Thank you for your business and support!
Allen Lowry, VP of Safety at Navajo Express, was recently recognized as the Regional Safety Supervisor of the Year during the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Safety Rendezvous in Park City, UT. The Rocky Mountain Regional Safety Rendezvous is an event to celebrate the yearly safety achievements from companies in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Nominees from each state are submitted, and a winner is determined from a panel of transportation industry, law enforcement and regulatory personnel.
Congratulations to Allen and the entire Navajo Express Safety Team!
Reed Newman from Great West Casualty Company presents the Regional Safety Supervisor of the Year Award to Allen Lowry from Navajo Express. The award was accepted on Allen’s behalf by Ken Burbidge, Safety Supervisor at Navajo Express (UT).
Navajo Express had four professional Drivers participate in the Colorado State Truck Driving Championship. All four Drivers had a great day competing in the very challenging written and road tests. Navajo’s Robert “Bob” Richards walked away with the 1st place trophy for the 5-Axle Sleeper Berth Tractor-Semitrailer class. Bob is from Fairview, UT and is married to the lovely Patricia Richards. Bob started driving with Navajo on June 28, 2011 and he has driven over 2,000,000 miles during his lifetime, driving 1,262,850 of those miles with Navajo. His experience of trucking was reflected on his 1st place trophy, and also in the students he trains for Navajo. If you see Bob please wish him luck as he will be representing the state of Colorado and Navajo Express in the
National ATA competition in Indianapolis, IN in August.
(Pictured left to right – Charlie Hamilton, Bob Richards, Don Connor, and Richard Downs)
(Pictured left to right – Bob Richards and Allen Lowry)
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Navajo Express, Inc. was proud to be in attendance on Friday night to see Colorado’s safest fleets recognized for their hard work in keeping America’s roadways safe. We were even lucky to have received two awards of our own: Allen Lowry for Safety Supervisor of the Year and a 3rd place in the Fleet Safety Awards (Truckload Over 3 Million Miles).
DENVER, Colorado – Navajo Express was among those honored for their outstanding safety efforts during the previous year at the 2015 Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) Safety Awards Banquet. During the evening, Navajo was awarded 3rd Place – Truckload Division Over 3 Million Miles, which is given for overall fleet safety based on CSA metrics.
In addition to the 3rd place award, Allen Lowry, VP of Safety at Navajo Express also received the award for 2015 Safety Supervisor of the Year. This is awarded to the person who exemplifies professionalism and integrity in the workplace, while advancing their safety program throughout the company, drivers and other employees. This person has shown continued improvement in safety data such as crash rates, out of service rates, and workplace injury rates. In addition, the committee looks at the willingness to engage in new technologies or methods to further safety concerns in both vehicles and driver behavior.
“For the second year in a row we have been award for our commitment to building safety into everything we do at Navajo. On top of that, with an individual like Allen leading this charge for us, I can assure all of our business partners that unsafe driving will never be an issue for Navajo Express,” quoted Don Digby, Jr., President of Navajo Express.
Allen Lowry, Director of Safety added, “This recognition by the CMCA is proof that the policies and procedures that we have put in place at Navajo have made us a safe and reliable carrier. We continue to actively engage our drivers and support staff to understand the value of safety and the importance of doing everything we can to operate in a safe manner. I am also honored to be recognized, but have to thank everyone at Navajo for this great team effort and accomplishment.”
About the CMCA
Since 1939, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association has been the Voice of Trucking in Colorado. They are a driving force in promoting the interests of trucking, affecting change and improving the bottom line. The CMCA works closely with the State of Colorado and our members to ensure that the new technologies for bypassing ports, electronic credentialing and others offer true value from a cost and time standpoint.
About Navajo Express, Inc.
Navajo Express, Inc. is a national transportation provider with decades of experience in providing logistic solutions for our customers. Based out of Denver, CO, we move freight of all varieties – refrigerated, dry van, hazardous materials and much more, specializing in grocery store deliveries. Our fleet of over 1000 trucks provides continuous shipping coverage across the 48-states. For more information visit www.navajoexpress.com.