Focus on Major 2017 FMSCA & CSA Regulatory and Compliance Changes, including the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Regulation

Memphis TN – April 12, 2017 – Summit Idealease sponsored a private truck fleet safety and compliance seminar called, “TRANSPORATION INNOVATION: Leading the Way to Improve Safety and Compliance” on April 12, 2017, at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center at the University of Memphis Campus. The one-day seminar helps private truck fleet professionals main­tain a safe fleet, provide safety training to their managers, reduce violations and accidents, and satisfy annual Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance requirements.

The seminar is provided by Idealease, Inc. in partnership with the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). Idealease is a fully integrated transportation solutions provider that delivers expertise, responsiveness, and stability to the truck transportation industry. Idealease is the leader in comprehensive safety and compliance seminars for private fleets.

Support for this seminar was provided by sponsors Cyntryx, TAP Publishing Company, Hercules, Anthony Liftgates, Assured Telematics, Eaton, Meritor, Goodyear, and Wex Inc.

Cal Alexander, Summit’s Vice President for Lease & Rental, noted that “The Idealease safety event has been a huge success in Memphis for the past four years. The participation and teamwork of the Lease & Rental Team, along with the Truck Sales Department, has been the key to the event’s popularity. This year’s registration topped 140 customers and prospects, making it the largest attended safety seminar to date. The main speaker Dave Helge, Vice President of Maintenance & Safety for Idealease Corp., has been a main stay of the event over the years. However, the grass roots effort of the local Summit team drives the attendance. I want to thank our Summit Team of Jeffrey McDermott, Stuart Hellen, and William Walker for taking ownership of the event, and helping to differentiate Summit and Idealease from the field. This truly is a Best-In-Class event.”

The 2017 seminar provides a simplified, step-by-step approach to help attendees understand how to comply with FMCSA regulations, manage commercial motor vehicle safety, and control liability exposures. Virtually all aspects of commercial truck operation are covered, including:  FMCSA driver screening tools, driving qualifications, hours of service (drivers’ daily logs), drug and alcohol testing rules, vehicle maintenance and inspection, accident recordkeeping and CSA.

After attending the seminar, private truck fleet professionals will have current information to help manage fleet safety for all major areas scrutinized during state and federal compliance inter­ventions and reviews. The seminar’s step-by-step approach simplifies compliance with federal and state regulations, hours of service (drivers’ daily logs), drug and alcohol testing rules, vehicle maintenance and inspection, accident recordkeeping, and driver qualifications. Attendees also learn about new and proposed regulatory changes and how to enhance their safety programs above and beyond regulation requirements.

All seminar attendees receive the Idealease Guide to Transportation Safety and Compliance, a manual that assists fleet managers with safety and compliance documentation; the Idealease Pre- and Post-Trip Inspection DVD for driver education; and a subscription to the Idealease Safety Bulletin, a weekly safety and compliance e-mail publication.


About Summit Holdings

Summit Holdings is a privately-held company that does business as Summit Truck Group, Summit Bus, and Summit Idealease. The company operates 32 commercial truck and bus dealerships in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Summit Truck Group represents and services International®, Volvo, Mack, Ford, and Isuzu commercial trucks, and Crane Carrier specialty vehicles. Summit Bus represents and services IC Bus™, ElDorado National, and other commercial bus brands. Commercial truck lease and rental, mobile and dedicated maintenance services are offered through 19 Idealease™ locations. Summit serves customers with more than 1,400 employees, 475 technicians, over 475 service bays, and over $31 million in all-makes stocked parts. Additional information can be found at

About Idealease, Inc.

Idealease, Inc. is the premier transportation company in North America. Idealease is a fully integrated transportation solutions provider with a commitment to our Customers’ success. For over 34 years, Idealease has been the leader in comprehensive safety and compliance seminars for private fleets. Idealease delivers expertise, responsiveness and stability to the truck transportation industry with commercial vehicles spec’d to customer needs, superior service, and predictable cost. The total Idealease fleet includes more than 45,000 trucks, tractors, and trailers. Four hundred and thirty Idealease locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have the most qualified service technicians, diagnostics technology, access to a vast parts inventory, and unmatched truck expertise in the transportation industry. Additional information is available at

About National Private Truck Council 
Founded in 1939, the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of the private truck industry and corporate/business private truck fleet management.  NPTC is the premier marketplace of information, networking and skill building for private truck fleet professionals as it leads in shaping the future of corporate transportation. Additional information is available at