Marten Transport, Ltd. and Pottle’s Transportation, Inc. Win TCA’s Grand Prize Fleet Safety Awards


Las Vegas, NV 

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is pleased to announce the grand prize winners of the highly coveted 2004 National Fleet Safety Awards: Marten Transport, Ltd., of Mondovi, Wisconsin, won in the category of companies operating over 25 million miles annually, and Pottle’s Transportation, Inc., of Bangor, Maine, won in the category of companies operating under 25 million miles annually.

TCA presented the awards to Robert Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Marten Transport, and Barry Pottle, president of Pottle’s Transportation, at the annual Banquet and Awards Dinner on March 8, 2005, at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. The two were selected from among 18 division winners in the National Fleet Safety Division Awards announced in January. Both companies strive to meet stringent standards in their overall safety programs, on and off highway, and were judged to be the best in their commitment to improving safety on our nation’s highways.

Marten Transport attempts to create a working environment that champions safety and instills a safety mindset in every employee and at every level of the organization, from new drivers to dispatch operators, from department-level managers to front-line supervisors. According to President Marten, safety is the guiding principle in the company’s every decision. Marten Transport makes it clear to its customers and employees that the company has an “unwavering commitment” to safety. The company has implemented a proactive safety training program, which includes providing quarterly safety training to its drivers and rewarding accident-free drivers with safety bonuses. Among its many safety-related practices, Marten gives its fleet managers primary responsibility for supervising the safety of their drivers, regularly schedules inspections of equipment, and celebrates the achievements of its drivers. Annually, Marten Transport awards more than 60 percent of its total driver force for completing another year of safe driving. In 2004, Marten Transport won first place in both the Wisconsin and Georgia Motor Carriers Associations’ Fleet Safety Contests.

Pottle’s Transportation believes its foundation for success is the quality of its safety program. Safety-related practices at Pottle’s include careful screening and qualifying of drivers, an open-door policy of communication with management, supplemental training to reinforce and expand drivers’ skills, regular equipment inspection and maintenance, and extensive accident investigation and prevention procedures. Pottle’s also recognizes and invests in its drivers to promote their positive attitude and work ethic regarding safety and the transportation industry in general. This small, family-run business has an impressive Safety Department that is involved in all aspects of the company’s operations. As a result of its diligent efforts, the department significantly reduced the number of equipment and driver violations in 2004; fine amounts dropped by as much as 82 percent. Recognizing that safety is the key to its success, Pottle’s has focused its efforts on safety rather than growth, actually downsizing its fleet to make running a safe operation a priority over increasing profits.