TMHA Winter Meeting One Week Away
Before leaving the office to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, make sure you have registered for the TMHA Winter Meeting!

This meeting is yet another event you do not want to miss!  It will be held on Wednesday, December 2, and Thursday, December 3, at Jumer's Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, Illinois.

Things will get kicked off on Wednesday night with a cocktail reception and dinner at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse to welcome everyone to Rock Island.  This night promises to be a relaxing evening and a great way to casually network with other TMHA members.

Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant.  The shuttle will depart Jumer's at 5:45 p.m., with return service departing Johnny's at 9:15 p.m.

The meeting will resume on Thursday with a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. and then the membership meeting at 8:00 a.m, with a special presentation by FMCSA Division Administrator Shirley McGuire.  Immediately following the membership meeting, attendees will receive three presentations on litigation cases, economics and in-cab cameras to carry them through the remainder of the meeting.

If you have not already registered to attend this free member meeting, please use the link below to register.

Contact the TMHA office at (515) 244-5193 or [email protected] with questions.


TMHA Board
of Directors
Mike Connell
Bennett Motor Express
First Vice President
Dave Gallano
Gallano Trucking
Second Vice President
Tom Witt
Roehl Transport
Past President
Jon Coca
Diamond Transportation System, Inc.

Clayton Fisk
Warren Transport

Jeremy Ihle
Ihle Transport, Inc.
Heather Johnson
Transportation Logistics
TMHA Mission Statement  
To provide an ongoing forum for education, networking and advocacy for flatbed, step-deck and lowboy (RGN) carriers that specialize in the transportation of machinery and machinery-related commodities throughout the United States and Canada.
Roehl Transport Wins National Recognition

Roehl Transport recently won the American Trucking Association "President's Award for Safety." The award was presented at this year's Annual Safety Awards Recognition Banquet to John Spiros, Roehl's Vice President of Safety and Claims.  

A carrier is limited to only being able to receive the award once every three years. This is the third time since 2008 that the carrier has received the award.

This award was well deserved and is an indication of the focus on safety and safe driving that the company exhibits. John Spiros was quoted as saying, "We're very proud of our company when it comes down to the safety they exhibit on the road."  

Roehl Transport has more than 2500 employees, and also won the first place award for carriers who have logged more than 100 million miles on the highways.
E-log Rule Nears Publication

The long awaited Electronic Logging Device rule has cleared the White House's Office of Management and Budget, which clears the way for the rule to be published in the Federal Register.

This publication will be the final version of the rule, and it will take effect two years after its publication, giving carriers and owner-operators a two-year window to comply with the rule's requirements.

The proposed version of the rule was published last March and the final rule would require all drivers who are currently required to keep paper records of duty status to fall under the rule's ELD requirement.

In addition to requiring the installation and use of the devices, the rule will also spell out the minimum hardware and software requirements for the devices, as well as the required data transfer capabilities at roadside inspections.

An update by trucking regulators on the status of a congressionally mandated study of the restart rules indicated that the completed study likely will reach Congress by mid-February, instead of next month.

The study is to address whether the rule has safety benefits and is better for drivers in terms of fatigue, health and work schedules. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which was contracted by the agency, spent five months collecting data for the study.

The restart rules are required to remain suspended until a final study is presented to Congress, according to a 2015 funding law in December 2014 that suspended FMCSA's rule requiring truck drivers to take off two consecutive periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. during a 34-hour restart.  Trucking companies are presently required to adhere to HOS regulations set prior to July 2013

American Trucking Association Safety Council Meeting Update
TMHA's Executive Director, Don Egli, was privileged to recently attend the ATA Safety Management Council's annual meeting held in Little Rock, Arkansas. This conference is a great venue to keep up with the things that are going on in Washington.

Attendees spent two days of listening to speakers giving updates, as well as sitting through the different safety and regulatory committee meetings.

The keynote speaker was Dave Osiecki, Executive Vice President of ATA and Chief of National Advocacy. Dave spent quite a bit of time going over the contents of the Highway Authorization bill, addressing things that were thought to be included in the bill at that time. 

The Machinery Haulers Association Holiday Office Hours


The TMHA office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November, 27.  Normal office hours will resume on Monday, November 30 at 8:00 a.m.


If you are in need of emergency regulatory assistance, please contact Don Egli via email or phone at (515) 991-5630.