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or a driver, safety makes its way through the ranks,” safety aficionado Dunn said. “I encourage all of our employees to get involved in the conversation on safety—what it takes to be safe.” Montana was selected alongside

Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, New Jersey, Kansas, Maryland and Delaware as a test state for CSA 2010. While all states will be required to implement the revised safety standards fully by January 2011, these nine states have been reporting its affects to Congress since 2009. So how is CSA 2010 affecting one of

the safest transportation companies in the nation? “I think it’s going to be a real boom to the trucking industry,” Dunn said. “We’re very aware of the impact CSA will have on Davis and the industry as a whole.” McKinny and Roullier admit CSA 2010 is

likely the most important piece of legislation to affect trucking since deregulation. “This is making it mandatory to track what your drivers are doing,” Roullier said. “If you’re not on top of them, you’re going to have some issues going forward. Growth is going to be very difficult in our industry in the next few years. We’re going to lose a fair number of drivers because of CSA and that pool has already decreased.” The availability of qualified drivers, they

of 1976. Just two years later, McKinny recommended his former co-worker at Samson’s, Jim Dunn to assume all safety management responsibilities. Dunn, who currently serves as executive vice president, was brought on board because “we needed someone to take over our fledgling safety and insurance department,” McKinny said, “I came to Davis in safety. As we started to grow, it was clear we needed to address safety in a hurry. I was impressed with Jim, his credentials and his background.” Roullier was the last of the current co-

owners to join. “I was in public accounting back in the early to mid 70s,” Roullier recalled. “At the time our office was doing the quarterly returns for Davis, and I became friends with Don Davis. He asked if he wanted to go to work for Davis, ‘well, give me a proposal’ he told me.” In late 1980, Roullier became a part of the Davis family. After Don Davis passed away, Roullier and others

bought out Davis Transport Inc. from his estate. Roullier, McKinny and Dunn became the official owners in 1983. Davis employs around 20 staffers and operates across 48 states. On March 2 in Las Vegas, Roullier

accepted the National Fleet Safety Award on behalf of Davis Transport. The Truckload Carriers Association who sponsors the award also recognized Davis in 2005 (Division II, 2nd place) and in 1999 (Division III, 3rd place). “Safety has always been a focus, but it

has certainly been reborn in terms of how important it is in so many facets of the business,” Roullier said. “It used to be, the customers only cared when their freight got there, but now safety is important to them as well as the insurance companies who are watching you.” Davis takes a top-to-bottom approach

to safety. “Everyone at Davis is responsible for safety—whether you’re a dispatcher

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admit, is going to continue to be a problem, but “you’re going to weed out a lot of the less desirable drivers,” Dunn admitted another potential problem could exist with the data produced from report. “We have to maintain the consistency of information across all states—to be sure we have a level playing field.” “As a pilot state, we have a good preview

of what is coming, what to expect of our drivers and what they would need to do in their day-to-day to meet regulations and requirements,” McKinny said. “We have had to cancel some driver contracts, but I think it’s a good example to others of how important our safety goals are. CSA has whittled down the number of trucks on the road and will continue. Rates will go up to compensate and trucking will look more attractive for the unemployed.” Despite economic conditions of the past

two years, Davis Transport has remained profitable. Dunn, McKinny and Roullier agree financial recovery is essential for the future of transportation, but their worries lie elsewhere. “While economic conditions are very important, I think regulatory issues the industry is going to be faced over the

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