Changes to Qualcomm HOS

Changes to Qualcomm HOS

As you have probably heard and some of you have already experienced, so changes are coming to the HOS regulations regarding Electronic Logging Devices or "ELDs". Basically, as of 12/16/19 every truck is required to be equipped with an ELD that meets FMCSA technical standards.  Some of those technical standards are: Logging information regarding actual driving of the vehicle must be pulled directly from the vehicle engine ECM. Start of Trip (Driving) must be recorded beginning when the...

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Three Points of Contact

Three Points of Contact

The most frequent cause of injuries for drivers are slips and falls from tractors and trailers. For the most part, this is caused by drivers failing to enter or exit their vehicles properly.   Did you realize that jumping from the tractor or trailer without using steps and grab rails can cause very serious, if not debilitating, injuries to ankles, knees, hips and back? Such injuries are the result of the increased impact forces on joints. Studies found that when a driver did not...

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Melissa Nishan Wins recognition

Melissa Nishan Wins recognition

Epes Transport System is pleased to share that our very own, Melissa Nishan is being recognized as a 2019 Women in Trucking “Top Woman to Watch in Transportation” by Redefining the Road magazine.  The mission of the Women in Trucking organization is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.  This annual recognition is one that is designed to help promote...

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Driver Vacation Policy Update

Driver Vacation Policy Update

Once again, our QIO process proves itself a worthy tool. That in conjunction with some productive conversations with our drivers, we are proud to say yet again, "We Heard You"! So, it is with great pleasure that we are announcing an enhancement to our company driver vacation policy for mileage-based company drivers. The current vacation policy states that a mileage-based company driver must take vacation in full-week increments.  So regardless of the circumstances, if the driver wants...

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Driver Recognition Meeting Dates

Driver Recognition Meeting Dates

GREENSBORO NC - DRIVER RECOGNITION MEETING Our annual meeting to recognize and celebrate our professional drivers for their service and safety achievements will be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2019. We will meet at Embassy Suites - 204 Centreport Dr, Greensboro (near intersection of I40 and Hwy 68). Doors open at 5:00pm.  Spousal Support meeting begins at 5:30pm.  Dinner served at 6:00pm. A brief presentation with an Epes update will be at 7:00pm, with driver awards and...

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Maximize the Value of Your Tires

Maximize the Value of Your Tires

Tire-related costs are the single largest maintenance expenditure for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) fleet operators, and represent one of the two highest costs of running a truck, second only to fuel! Improper tire maintenance is also a major cause of tire failure and blowouts. Many of these costs can be averted by ensuring that drivers always inspect and maintain their tires. Properly kept tires deliver more mileage, reduce fuel costs and tire malfunctions, and increase safety and...

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EPES receives Prestigious Award from Frito Lay

EPES receives Prestigious Award from Frito Lay

Pictured from left to right Chris Bailey LCC East Manager Frito Lay, Mark Whittaker VP PepsiCo Transportation, Barry Mulkay Director PepsiCo Transportation, Jose Reyes Director Transportation Frito Lay Epes Transport was awarded, by Frito Lay their Platinum Service Award. Only one carrier is given this honor. To be a recipient, the carrier must provide 97.5% - 98.4% on time delivery, be proactive in problem solving, have open communications, and zero cargo claims. The carrier must also...

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2019 Best Fleets To Driver For

2019 Best Fleets To Driver For

GREAT NEWS!   Carriers Edge and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) have formally announced Epes Transport System, LLC as a "2019 BEST FLEETS TO DRIVE FOR." In 2012 Carriers Edge and the TCA announced that Epes Transport was A FLEET TO WATCH.  This week, with the entire industry watching, we celebrate the monumental honor of being recognized as a 2019 BEST FLEETS TO DRIVE FOR.  An even greater honor associated with this announcement has come from our...

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JOSEPH WEAVIL NAMED TCA HIGHWAY ANGEL

JOSEPH WEAVIL NAMED TCA HIGHWAY ANGEL

Epes Transport driver led authorities to victims, who were trapped and invisible from the highway Alexandria, Virginia: Joseph Weavil, a truck driver for Epes Transport of Greensboro, North Carolina, is the Truckload Carriers Association's (TCA) most recent Highway Angel. Weavil notified authorities and led them to an accident scene that was not visible from the road. On December 22, 2009, Weavil was driving north along I-95 near the Pocahontas Parkway in North Carolina when he saw a car...

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MALCOLM COSTON AS A HIGHWAY ANGEL

MALCOLM COSTON AS A HIGHWAY ANGEL

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has recognized truck driver Malcolm Coston of Mebane, N.C., as a Highway Angel for helping two stranded motorists on I-80 in Iowa. According to a letter of gratitude written by Yvonne De La Rosa Thayer, the daughter of the two people Coston helped, her parents were traveling from Ind. to Denver when the driver's side rear tire blew. As the couple sat stranded on the side of the road, it seemed nobody wanted to offer assistance in the 98 degree...

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Eddie Loflin named TCA Highway Angel

Eddie Loflin named TCA Highway Angel

Eddie Loflin named TCA Highway Angel for his heroic actions Alexandria, Virginia:  Eddie Loflin of Thomasville, North Carolina, a professional truck driver for Epes Transport System, LLC of Greensboro, North Carolina, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for his willingness to protect an injured motorist as well as comforting the man in his time of need. In April of 2018, professional truck driver Eddie Loflin...

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Night Blindness

Night Blindness

While driving down a dark, twisting two-lane road, the glare of an oncoming vehicle’s high beam headlight suddenly appear.  The vehicle flashes past and for the next two seconds you are blind.  You have just experienced a common hazard known as night blindness.  Night blindness occurs when the eye is accustomed to low levels of light and the light intensity suddenly rises.  The eyes attempt to adjust to the new light level, but if that level of intensity is only...

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"No-Zone" Awareness or What you don't "NO" can hurt you

Collisions frequently occur when traffic is merging from one lane to another. These merging maneuvers are most prevalent at highway entrance/exit ramps, at the approach to “mix-masters” or highway junctures as well as on local streets and highways where lanes are reduced due to construction of lane obstructions. Did you realize that 2 out of every 10 collisions are the result of an improper lane change maneuver? As a professional truck driver, this situation poses an even greater challenge due...

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