Thank you!

Thank you!

It’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all Truck Drivers who keep Cypress Truck Lines, Sunbelt Transport and America running strong.

Every day you’re on the road, you are making a huge difference.


DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK! September 14th through September 20th

Opinion: One Week Isn’t Enough to Honor Drivers | Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News

 In thinking about what I wanted to say to mark National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, I kept coming back to one thought: One week is not enough. One week is not enough to recognize all that these hardworking professionals do for our industry and our country. They truly are moving America forward by delivering the things that make our quality of life possible. One week is not enough to thank and appreciate the 3.4 million men and women who get behind the wheel every day with safety first and foremost on their minds. Safety is an important part of what it means to be a professional truck driver — and millions of drivers hold that responsibility sacred, and their efforts are paying off. Today, trucking is much safer than it was a decade ago — and is virtually unrecognizable compared with the image of the outlaw, renegade industry portrayed in the media in the 1970s and ’80s. One week is not enough to talk about the advances in technology and training and professionalism that have led to an approximately 30% drop in truck-involved crashes over the past 10 years — and it is not enough to talk about safety improvements to come. Today’s driver slips behind the wheel of a true engineering marvel — replete with all manner of devices and design elements intended to keep the truck, its driver and its cargo moving safely and efficiently. However, the most important piece of technology in the cab is — and will be for some time — the driver. These professionals have to deal with an ever more challenging work environment: highways that are increasingly clogged with traffic and that no longer are adequate for a 21st-century economy. These professionals also are increasingly sharing the road with aggressive and distracted drivers — who in our current, fast-paced world are putting safety in the back seat to get to their destinations faster while trying to multitask on their cellphones.
Professional truck drivers see these dangerous behaviors every day, yet they continue to improve their safety record even as they move more and more of the nation’s goods. So, truly, one week is not enough to highlight their importance. Yet, we should at least take this week, Sept. 13-19, to appreciate just what these men and women sacrifice for our industry and our economy. They give up time with their families, nights of sleep in their own beds and the trappings of home to deliver the medicine to our hospitals, the food to our restaurants and the clothes to our stores. The cost of our quality of life is often missed ballgames and recitals and a family who misses their mom or dad. So, we should remember and thank those families as well for their sacrifice. I’m often asked about the shortage of drivers in our industry, and I reply that driving a truck isn’t for everybody. And while this is true, for many millions of Americans it isn’t just a job, it is a career and a gateway to a middle-class lifestyle for themselves and their families. Driving a truck pays more than the national median wage, according to a report by the departments of Education, Labor and Transportation. That same report highlights why we need to appreciate our drivers, not just this week but all the time. More than half of the current pool of drivers are older than 45, and it is believed there will be nearly 1.2 million job openings for truck drivers between 2012 and 2022. We need to show our appreciation to these tremendous professionals, not only to keep those already in our industry behind the wheel but to attract new and enthusiastic drivers to trucking. How do we show our appreciation? This week, carriers and shippers and service providers alike will be taking time out to thank their drivers, holding cookouts and other celebrations of their efforts. But we all can do our part. A friendly wave, giving that truck on the road a wide berth as you share the highway and even pausing a moment to think about how the back-to-school items you’ve recently purchased got from where they were made to the shelf of your local store. These are gestures that should be appreciated, not just this week but every week. One week is not enough to recognize all that these men and women do, but it’s what we have this week. So please, take a few moments to thank your drivers — and all drivers. American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade federation for the trucking industry, has headquarters in Arlington, Va., and affiliated associations in every state. ATA owns Transport Topics.

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Cypress Truck Lines

Jacksonville, FL



Time-sensitive flatbed hauler, primarily of building materials and steel product, that prides itself on advancing driver safety



“Safety is our top priority,” says Thad Penland, Cypress Truck Lines vice president. “We tell our employees that everything else will take care of itself as long as you are safe.  For that to really be part of the culture, everyone needs to buy into it— which starts at the top.”

Indeed, the family-owned company publicly states that its drivers are its “most important asset” in helping keep Cypress running at the top of its game.

The time-sensitive carrier moves flatbed freight primarily within a territory roughly stretching from east of the Rockies south to the Texas border and east to the eastern seaboard. Its largest concentration of equipment runs in the Southeast.

Penland points out that with over 600 drivers, Cypress is “large enough to command a market presence to secure year-round freight, yet small enough to make sure that each and every driver is taken care of.”

He advises that Cypress is willing to invest in technology that will help provide its drivers with “a sense of stability, security and safety” to make sure each of its company drivers  “can work with peace of mind.”

Ensuring that sort of working environment is perhaps especially crucial for Cypress as it prides itself on offering excellent customer service predicated on fielding the “best drivers in the industry” and keeping “an acute focus on delivering freight on-time.”

With all that in mind, Cypress determined it could further improve its impressive safety performance with a video-based system.  Toward that end, says Penland, the carrier “extensively evaluated” systems offered by various providers.



Ultimately, the fleet opted to purchase SmartDrive’s video based-safety program to gain “a deeper view of overall safety performance” and cut its collision-related costs by reducing claims and exonerating drivers when not at fault.

Payback came very fast. Penland reports that within weeks of implementation, Cypress saw its safety score improve by 57% and recorded drop-offs in speeding and distracted-driving incidents of 58% and 48%, respectively.

The video-based safety program identifies unsafe driving by capturing video and audio input as well as vehicle and driving data. It automatically offloads video footage for review and analysis of what happened out on the road.

As Cypress views it, the SmartDrive system correctly measures individual driving performance so that good drivers can be identified and additional training can be directed toward those whose driving poses a significant risk to the business.

“SmartDrive has brought a tangible perspective to our culture of safety by providing insight to the challenges our drivers face daily on the road,” says Penland. “The program is in place to protect our drivers and we are already seeing it positively impact our fleet operations— exonerating two drivers who were not at fault in addition to significantly reducing collision costs.

“The system has become a key part of our on-boarding and training programs,” he adds. “We rest easy knowing that we can quickly identify new drivers that need further training, lowering our risk while improving overall performance.”

Penland is also pleased that Cypress drivers are themselves acknowledging the “peace of mind” that the SmartDrive video platform is bringing to all the time they spend hard at work at the wheel.

“When the SmartDrive camera was first installed in my truck, I viewed it as a burden,” relates Cypress driver Larry Robinson. “However, after experiencing the benefits of this technology first-hand, I am now confident that, should an incident occur while I'm on the road, and it's not my fault, I will have the proof I need to be exonerated. That's peace of mind.”

New Cypress Driver



Mr. Butler looks very proud standing beside his International :)






Congress likely to suspend some hours-of-service provisions, require FMCSA to further study rules’ impacts

After nearly a year and a half of asking Congress for it, the trucking industry got its wish Tuesday evening: A potential rollback of some of the more restrictive elements of FMCSA’s 2013-implemented hours-of-service rule for truck operators.

Congress likely will send a bill to the White House in the coming days that includes a provision that will put a stay on enforcement of two key elements of the 2013 rule: The requirement that a driver’s 34-hour restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the provision limiting the use of the restart to one time per week. The suspension of enforcement will last at least until Sept. 30, 2015.


Trucking rallies behind Congressional action to suspend HOS restart provisions

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If the $1.1 trillion spending bill — which prevents a government shutdown and funds most government departments through next September — passes both chambers of Congress and President Obama signs the bill into law, enforcement of those provisions shall be halted immediately, according to the bill.

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, as the bill is called, was produced by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday night, and it has received praise from the Senate Appropriations committee, too.

It is said to be a deal crafted by the top brass from both chambers of Congress and is expected to be passed by both chambers this week.


Restart rollback among ‘higher level’ items in budget talks – stay tuned

A suspension of the restart provisions in the hours-of-service rule is among the more controversial riders still being negotiated, but time is running out as ...

In addition to suspending enforcement of the two restart provisions, the bill also directs the Department of Transportation to initiate a “study of the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts of the restart provisions,” according to the bill.

It requires the DOT to submit to Congress its conclusions from the study, which the bill says will show if the 2013 HOS rule “provide[s] a greater net benefit for the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts” than previous hours regulations.

The bill also requires the DOT Inspector General to oversee the agency’s study.

The hours-of-service suspension provision was reported to be a point of contention among members of Congress, but it ended up making the cut in the bill’s final version.

The Senate Appropriations committee had voted in June to include the provisions — the so-called Collins Amendment — in its version of the annual appropriations bill for the DOT.

Squabbling between Senate leaders, however, prevented the bill from making it to the Senate floor, where the Collins Amendment was expected to face opposition.

Both the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association — among other trucking groups — support the Collins Amendment’s inclusion and implementation.

ATA Management Conference & Exhibition

It’s a Wrap: ATA Management Conference & Exhibition

The American Trucking Association’s Management Conference and Exhibition was held earlier this month in San Diego, CA - and we had a great time!  Rand McNally was pleased to once again sponsor the ATA Truck PAC Event, which included a meet and greet with U.S. Senator Roy Blunt at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center.

During the conference, Rand McNally also made some exciting announcements, which included new opportunities for our TND™ 760 and TPC 7600 customers – like integrations to Pegasus Transtech for scanning, and Drivewyze Pre-Clear for weigh station bypass services.

The Public Knows:
Professional Truck Drivers Are Dedicated, Professional and Safe!

At one of the sessions during the conference, a special report was provided by Public Opinion Strategies, highlighting the results of a recent national poll with 800 consumers on the topics of trucking, road conditions, and ideas about how to generate more revenue to fix our crumbling infrastructure.

Here are some of the results:

  • 48% expressed a desire for the government to spend MORE money on transportation infrastructure – tied with anti-terrorism, and second behind K-12 education!
  • 65% had a favorable impression of the trucking industry – ahead of rail and airline industries.
  • 57% felt the trucking industry had a good-to-great safety record!  And 71% reported that they believe passenger vehicle drivers are definitely more likely than truck drivers to execute unsafe maneuvers, such as tailgating, aggressive driving, or improper lane changing.
  • 82% felt that they would have a much more favorable impression of the safety of the trucking industry if new technology were put into each truck to make sure drivers weren’t on the road for too long.

Career day at University Christian School!

Career day at University Christian School! Good job Alvin Jones, 15 year Cypress veteran!


Cypress Trucks! We are proud of our equipment!

Beautiful pictures of Cypress trucks, thanks guys for all the pics we will be using to create our calendar. 


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Job Posted 10/17/2014 2:34 PM


Jacksonville, FL 32206


Company Driver




Some of the benefits of this exceptional opportunity are:

More Time at Home – As a local driver, you will be able to spend every night and weekend home while regional drivers will be home every weekend…100% guaranteed!

Driver PAY and Benefits – Cypress Truck Lines offers the best pay in the industry! They also include an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays, 401k that matches 50 cents on the dollar up to 6% of your gross!,  long term and short term disability as well as performance, safety, and driver referral BONUSES.

Company Reputation – Cypress Truck Lines has experienced consistent growth since opening their doors in 1972. They are one of the most recognized carriers in the industry and have received the highest rating available from the Department of Transportation.

Room to Grow – Cypress Truck Lines promotes from within the company, which allows you the opportunity to grow and work your way up to positions; such as Fleet or Driver Manager, Safety supervisor, or other maintenance or operations positions. Many of their current directors and managers were once drivers too, so they would never ask a driver anything they haven’t done themselves.


To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, you must have at least the following:

  • Class A CDL License
  • At least 6 months driving experience OR graduate of tractor trailer driving school