Risk and Safety Management Council
Safety is Our Driving Concern
With more than 300 member companies, the Kentucky Trucking Association represents the unified voice of the trucking industry in Kentucky. Highways across the nation serve as the ‘office place’ for more than 3 million professional truck drivers. KTA and its members are committed to safety, courtesy and professionalism every day and for every mile.
As an industry, trucking is a vital part of the Kentucky economy. Trucks deliver more than 80 million tons of freight annually to every city and community in the Commonwealth. The trucking industry employs 113,000 people or approximately 1 in every 14 jobs around the state, and more than $5 billion in wages annually. 89% of all Kentucky communities depend exclusively on trucks, driven by 28,000 professional drivers of large and other heavy duty trucks, for delivery of goods and services. And 100% of every finished product in Kentucky and around the nation arrive at its final destination by truck.
KTA’s goal is to keep our state moving, our economy growing, and our highways safe. Throughout the year, KTA hosts safety meetings, seminars and special events in every area of the state. And we also partner with our state law enforcement and transportation government agencies to ensure that our companies and drivers have the best and latest information to keep Kentucky highways open, safe and secure.
Meetings, Seminars and Special Events
KTA has established Chapters and meeting areas around the state. Our Risk & Safety Management Council meets in Louisville on the third Tuesday of each month. Speakers and topics at these meetings appeal to safety, maintenance and operations professionals in the trucking industry. Our other chapter cities include: Bowling Green, Fort Wright, Lexington, London/Somerset and Paducah. KTA meets in these locations at least once a quarter with a wide range of topics and activities including driver recruitment, regulatory & DOT compliance, and truck safety inspections at nearby Kentucky scale houses. These meetings and events offer a variety of educational and networking opportunities that are beneficial to trucking companies and to our allied members.
Kentucky Truck Driving Championships (TDC)
Each year in May, the Kentucky Risk and Safety Management Council will host the annual TDC. Drivers from around the state compete with the best of the best for the opportunity to advance on to the American Trucking Associations Nationals. The Kentucky TDC brings the safest drivers to the Kentucky Speedway and the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in northern Kentucky for two days of testing and driving. Only the best in the class will get the opportunity to advance on to nationals. For printable TDC registration forms for this year, please Click here.
Awards & Recognition
The Kentucky Trucking Association along with its Risk & Safety Management Council recognizes its members and employees each year through several awards designed to reward safe driving and safe workplace practices.
Safe trucking fleets may apply for the KTA Fleet Safety Awards that are sponsored each year by Great West Casualty. These awards honor the safest fleets in Kentucky, those in good-standing with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and those with the lowest accident frequency ratio.
In addition, Industrial Safety Awards recognize trucking companies who have the best ratio of hours worked relative to time lost due to industrial accidents. Winners for both these awards are selected in various size and business categories.
The Kentucky Driver of the Year is a way for you to promote and recognize your best drivers. To win this award, a driver must be nominated by his/her company, have an impeccable driving record, recognized as an outstanding employee, and be an enthusiastic spokesperson for the trucking industry. In short, he or she must be the ‘Best of Your Best’ as a professional driver.
Finally, the Kentucky Safety Director of the Year is a means of recognizing that one special man or woman in truck fleet safety whose accomplishments have led to outstanding performance for his/her company. The award is designed to promote and advance high standards for the qualifications and the performance of individuals employed in truck fleet accident prevention.
Commercial Vehicle Training
The goal of the Kentucky Trucking Association is to educate all that want to learn more about safety and commercial trucking in Kentucky. KTA has assembled an incredible group of instructors and advisors available for training classes, seminars and presentations. Instructors have extensive experience and knowledge in trucking regulations, defensive driving, transporting hazardous materials, trucking and workers compensation insurance, state fuel taxes, permitting, and vehicle registration.
For groups of 10 or more, a KTA representative will come to a location of your choice and customize a training session for your employees. KTA will also offer seminars and classes in selected areas around the state throughout the year. And the Kentucky Road Team is available for “Share the Road” presentations to groups of all ages in all areas of the state.
Please contact our office for further details and check out our schedule of events on our website.
Small Carrier Online Training Program
Has your insurance company ever asked to see your safety training program? As a small carrier that can be a loaded question. Safety is very important, but developing and maintaining an actual program is another story. The reality is the insurance company is looking at the risk your company presents. Having a safety training plan would be a good start, but having an actual program would be even better. With many of our members being a small guy we understand the challenges in developing your own program. It is hard enough to host one or two safety meeting a year much less actually develop a training program.
Kentucky Trucking Association has created an online safety training program that is perfect for the small guy. The program comes with 52 training modules and 4 corrective action videos. It is completely online allowing the owner & supervisors to track his driver progress via the computer. The driver will be able to take the training at his or her own pace. Once the 52 modules are completed a certificate will be printed for the company and driver records. When the tough question comes about having a training program from FMCSA, insurance, or an attorney the company can show they did everything in their power to consistently train their driver(s). Kentucky Trucking Association members will receive a 10% discount. Click here for more details.