Photos are from the 2018 New York State Truck Safety and Education Symposium and Safety Exhibition.

The New York State Truck Safety and Education Symposium and Safety Exhibition is a two-day event that provides attendees with the latest information on safety issues and compliance initiatives facing the trucking industry. It is a collaborative effort organized by transportation experts from both the public and private sectors including the Trucking Association of New York, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, the NYS Department of Transportation, the NYS Police, the Governors Traffic Safety Committee, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The Education Symposium attracts hundreds of professionals from across the Northeast whose primary interest is the safety of their fleet, company, organization or municipality. Attendees are comprised of presidents, vice presidents, general managers, fleet and safety managers, logistics and human resources personnel, law enforcement and municipal administrators.

The symposium will feature topics including the use of technology in trucking, accident reconstruction, identifying and preventing drowsy driving, proper storage and disposal of waste oil, New York State’s rest break and minimum wage standards for the trucking industry, NYS Department of Transportation’s online permitting system HOOCS (Highway Oversize/Overweight Credentialing System), as well as updates on the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, and ELDs.

The Safety Exhibition offers an opportunity for companies to showcase products and services that promote or enhance safety or education in the trucking industry.



Distracted Driving Keynote
Karen Torres, Distracted Driving Advocate

Karen Torres’ father, Patrick Mapleson, was struck and killed by a distracted driver while working along the highway. Since 2009, she has been deeply driven to prevent distracted driving crashes and death, and has become a safety advocate, speaker, and educator having shared her story with thousands of students during driver education classes, school assemblies and peer leadership programs. Karen’s advocacy has been featured in various television segments, newspapers, magazines and roadway safety campaigns. She was asked by Gov. Cuomo to speak along side him at a “No Texting While Driving” press conference.

The Fourth D of Impairment – Drowsy/Fatigued Driving
Maureen Kozakiewicz, Highway Traffic Safety Representative, GTSC

Driver behavior is one of the most critical elements in our Highway Transportation System. Learn how impairment through drowsy/fatigue affects professional drivers and employers as well as tips for inclusion of this topic in your road safety plan.

ELD Update
Timothy Grimley, Safety Investigator, FMCSA
FMCSA will discuss the most common mistakes found since the ELF mandate went into effect as well as what you can do to avoid them.

Proper Use & Disposal of Waste Oil
Russ Mulvey, Professional Engineer, NYSDEC
Learn the proper storage and disposal of waste oil, fuel spill clean-up procedures and disposal of clean-up materials.

Collision Reconstruction
Lt. Dan Bates, T/Lieutenant, Division Traffic/Collision Reconstruction Unit Program Manager, New York State Police

Attendees will hear how collision reconstruction experts respond to, identify, collect and preserve physical evidence at the scene. Learn how the evidence is analyzed and interpreted to determine the cause and reconstruct a cohesive picture of what occurred.

Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Workplace
Matthew Dillon, Senior Associate, Carter Conboy
Now more than ever, companies need to make sure they are protecting their employees from a wide variety of issues, including sexual harassment. Attendees will be advised on how to handle employee complaints and comply with New York’s new sexual harassment laws.

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles
Christina Ameigh, Fleet Sales Manager, Volvo Group North America
Advancements are being made every day and successful testing of both semi-autonomous and fully autonomous trucks are occurring. The future of this technology and how you should be preparing for the use of autonomous trucks in the market will be discussed.

Rest Breaks & Wage and Hour Laws
Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resources
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
This session will cut through the confusion of rest breaks and wage and hour laws in New York as it relates to the transportation industry.

State Agency Updates
NYSDOT, NYSDMV, NYS Thruway Authority
Learn what you can expect in the coming months and years from the state agencies which regulate the trucking industry.

HOOCS and Spotted Lanternfly: New Requirements for Trucking
NYSDOT, NYS Department of Ag & Markets
NYSDOT will provide an update regarding the deployment of the Highway Oversize/Overweight Credentialing System. The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest. Learn how to identify and stop the spread of SLF and its devastating effects on New York’s forests as well as the agricultural and tourism industries.

Federal Agency Updates
Learn what you can expect in the coming months and years from the federal agencies which regulate the trucking industry including updates on the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, diabetes rule, crash preventability demonstration program as well as possible changes to HOS, and preparing for automated vehicles.

Level I Inspection
Larry Johnson, Motor Vehicle Inspector, NYSDOT
Do you know what the NYS Department of Transportation is looking for during a Level I Inspection? See first-hand what is inspected during the 37-step North American Standard Level I Inspection procedure.

Enforcement Roundtable
Moderated by Sgt. Ray Weiss, NYSP
Law enforcement representatives from the federal, state and local levels field questions from attendees regarding current enforcement issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring their specific questions to the discussion


Premium Level Sponsors:


coffee break SPONSOR:




Access Compliance, LLC

CarmaLink, Inc.

CJS Violations Services, Inc.


Keevily | Spero Whitelaw, Inc.

PENN Power Group

Rosco Vision Systems

Tracey Road Equipment, Inc.

*as of Jan. 10, 2019