OOIDA supports STAR awards program for safe drivers

| 4/30/2010

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is showing support for a new safety award, known as the Safe Transportation Achievement Recognition – STAR – program recently introduced by the California Highway Patrol.

The program’s aim is to “formally recognize California motor carriers in the truck and bus industry for their efforts in making safety their number one priority in their day-to-day operations,” according to the CHP website.
OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz said this is a great way to recognize owners of trucking companies who have a terminal in California. 

“This is a great opportunity for OOIDA members to receive some much-needed recognition for all they do,” he said. “Small-business truckers are among the safest drivers out there, yet there aren’t many opportunities available to them to receive the kudos they deserve.”

The deadline for STAR entries is July 1. The safety award winners will be recognized on Sept. 19 at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit, hosted by the CHP, in Anaheim, CA. CHP Commissioner J.A. Farrow will be on hand to present the safety awards in nine categories. The event is being hosted in advance of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) meeting scheduled for Sept. 20 in Anaheim.

Entry Criteria

  • Company with one or more terminal locations in continuous operation in California for a minimum of six years;
  • Minimum of three consecutive “satisfactory” ratings in CHP terminal inspections (dubbed the BIT program) and no “unsatisfactory” ratings for past six years;
  • Minimum of six consecutive “satisfactory” bus terminal inspections (all terminals) and no “unsatisfactory” ratings for past six years;
  • Current “satisfactory” rating for compliance with Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing requirements; no “unsatisfactory” ratings;
  • Valid intrastate or interstate permit, registration, or authority;
  • Interstate carriers must have Federal Safety Evaluation Area rating of 75 or less.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer