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Jarrod Marinello

Jarrod Marinello

Imagine surviving a semi truck carrying 30,000 pounds of goods slamming into you, and then finding out you carry more insurance than the driver of the semi.

In 2016, a private carrier driver was involved in a car accident that injured my brother to the extent he had to be transported by helicopter to the ER. In discovery, I learned that private carriers, companies that transport their own cargo, are not regulated at all.

Everyone else on the road is required to have insurance, but private carriers are not.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not require private carriers to have insurance. The same goes for state DOT departments that don’t regulate, but require private not-for-hire carriers to have insurance falls 4-6 times lower than required of any other kind of commercial carrier.

Making matters worse, the fatality rate per vehicle mile traveled is more than 50 percent higher for large trucks than the rate for all highway vehicles combined, according to the FMCSA.

There is a plan for stronger regulations through the Unified Registration System (URS), a new electronic registration system. Unfortunately, the FMCSA just delayed the implementation of the URS once again.

Once the URS is ready, all private carriers will be regulated and will be required to have at least $750,000 insurance.

The continued delay of this protection should be a major concern to the general public. It is to me.

 

 

Today was National Bring Your Dog to Work. Here are the BATs with their pooches.

Chuck and Piper

Chuck and Piper

Eric wife  dogs

Eric with his wife, Jackie, and Venice and Wylee

Steve with Frank

Steve with Frank

 

(as told by Baby Nora)

Nora

Baby Nora

Lots of people visit me. I’m quite popular for someone who was only born a month ago.

But, yesterday, I got to visit the BATs. I was relieved to find out they weren’t the scary kind. This made me very happy. Mommy says she works there, whatever that means.

This was a big adventure for me. The only other times I’ve left the house is to see the doctor, and I’m not too sure about that place, yet.

At the BAT place, I got to meet so many new people- Ashley, Rebecca, Katie, Joe, Luke, Jon, Eric, two Steves, Justin and Stephen. They made sounds that made me smile. All of the girls took turns holding me, but “Uncle Joe Joe” was the only one of the guys brave enough to hold me.

Nora meets "Uncle Joe Joe"

Nora meets “Uncle Joe Joe”

One of the Steves and Ralph were funny. They were playing with toys that shoot soft things. I can’t wait until I’m big enough to play with toys like them!

Mommy kept telling me all these guys- Jon, Ben, Luke and Eric- were going to have friends for me soon. I guess that means I’ll get to visit again! Maybe I’ll be big enough to play with the soft shooting toys then! I can’t wait!

While I let whoever wanted to hold me to do so, I was so happy to be back in Mommy’s snuggly arms. That is my favorite place to be.

 

Justin PefferIf there is ever a question about something that happened in history, especially World War II, ask Justin Peffer. He enjoys history so much, he spends quite a bit of his free time reading it.

But, he still takes the time to enjoy other activities, like playing basketball, jogging and watching football.

Peffer started on BAT’s Dispatch Team in February. He earned a degree in Business Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He believes his abilities to communicate and think outside of the box make him great at his job.

He also has a combination of abilities which can make him fun to be around- he can make light of any situation, has a great memory and pays attention to details.

Everyone is making their picks for the big game this weekend, including the team at BAT.

The Seattle Seahawks are the favorite here, with 50 percent of the votes.

“Age and talent level at Seattle will override the age and hard work of Patriots,” explained Chuck Kizer.
BAT picks

The New England Patriots got only a third of the votes, not including a vote for just Tom Brady winning the game.

“They will use deflategate as a chip on their shoulders and win by 10,” Steve Barnes said of the Patriots. “Although, I’m starting to hope they lose.”

Showing how much we love our college sports (or, perhaps how little we know or care about the difference), the Huskers even got a vote to win the NFL’s championship game!

If you are still planning your party for Sunday, check out the recipes we shared last year.

 

Tuesday’s election wasn’t all about Democrats and Republicans. In some states, it was also about transportation.

Transport Topics recapped some of the measures for road funds in its article “Voters split on transportation measures and on how best to pay for roads.”

Truck drivers must follow federal requirements to stay rested in order to prevent accidents, but, as seen in the recent NJ Turnpike crash that killed comedian James McNair and injured Tracy Morgan, some drivers may not be getting that rest.

As a result, Sen. Chuck Schumer wants electronic logging devices, or black boxes, to watch over drivers and prevent them from fixing log books.

For more information, read NBC’s article.

BAT DONATES TO THREE TOURNAMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– With the beautiful spring weather comes golf tournaments raising money for many worthy causes. BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, donated to a few recently.

On May 24, BAT sponsored a hole at the Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament at Eagle Hills Golf Course in La Vista, Neb. On June 1, we sponsored a hole for the Arch Alumni golf outing, also at Eagle Hills. On June 5, we sponsored a hole at the Annual Golf Classic in New York to benefit the Regional Food Bank.

golf hole 2

golf hole 1

About BAT Logistics
Backhaul and Track Logistics d/b/a BAT Logistics provides transportation solutions to the shipping community. Our core strength is full truck load services in dry, refrigerated, and rail commodities. Our services are executed using key national carriers with a focus on small to medium sized carriers. We operate in headhaul and backhaul lanes both regionally and cross-country. We also utilize door-to-door rail services that cover the entire nation. Our industry knowledge and experience using rail transportation gives us a clear and distinct advantage over the competition.

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Phone – 7122567260
Fax – 7122567265
20 Arena Way, Suite 2
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
www.batlogistics.com

Can you believe BAT is now six years old? To celebrate our anniversary, we held our First Annual BAT Spirit Week. Each day had a special theme for which we could dress up for prizes.

Monday was Best Team Spirit, Tuesday was Hat Day, Wednesday was Pajama Day and Thursday was Crazy Hair Day. Today was BAT Spirit Day, and we were treated to a professional massage!

Our daily winners were Charlie on Monday, Katy on Tuesday, Anthony on Wednesday, Joe on Thursday and Charles on Friday.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday
Friday

Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks. He told the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to propose the new regulations by March 2015.

The White House has released a fact sheet with details on the announcement. Truckinginfo.com has article explaining the announcement and what is already on the way, including reactions from the trucking industry.