P.A.M. Transport Leading the Way Down 'Greener' Roads

By Biff McGee, Guest Columnist
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

Everyone knows the effect that today’s pollution will have on tomorrow’s environment, and it’s no secret that responsible companies are starting to realize that protecting our world can do more than just help their bottom line. Since 2004, the trucking industry has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership to create ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, save fuel, and develop better strategies for protecting the environment. To date, over 400 trucking companies, including USA Truck and Averitt Express, have joined the SmartWay program. But one carrier, P.A.M. Transport, has taken its commitment to going green to the next level.

On October 22, P.A.M. Transport received an Environmental Excellence Award from the EPA, recognizing the company’s many efforts to become more eco-friendly. The Tontitown, Arkansas-based trucking company used a variety of strategies to save fuel and reduce its equipment emissions, including team driving, weight reduction, speed management, and idling control methods. Although there are over 600 members of the SmartWay program, P.A.M. Transport was one of only 34 companies to receive this award. However, awards are not the most important reason for going green; company President and CEO Robert Weaver realizes that SmartWay’s impact on his company is having some very positive benefits. "The partnership provides us with tools and information, and contributes on a daily basis to significant improvements in our efficiency and environmental performance,” he says. “We urge all of our colleagues in the freight industry to consider joining SmartWay.”

The SmartWay Transport Partnership has not only made the trucking industry aware of the dangers of pollution, but it has also helped companies find ways to make a difference through their everyday activities and even cut operating costs. The EPA estimates that SmartWay’s trucking partners, including P.A.M. Transport, will conserve over 600 million gallons of diesel fuel and eliminate over 7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions this year alone. By 2012, SmartWay companies will have saved between 3.3 to 6.6 billion gallons of fuel and over 33 to 66 million tons of carbon dioxide. And as the SmartWay Transport program continues to grow, the trucking industry will continue to adapt new ways to prevent pollution and protect our environment for years to come.

For more information on the SmartWay Transport Partnership, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartway.

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. (PTSI) is a transportation holding company incorporated in June 1986. It conducts its truckload carrier operations through its wholly-owned subsidiaries: P.A.M. Transport, Inc.; P.A.M. Dedicated Services, Inc.; P.A.M. Special Services, Inc.; P.A.M. Logistics Services, Inc.; Choctaw Express, Inc.; Choctaw Brokerage, Inc.; Allen Freight Services, Inc.; Decker Transport Co., Inc.; and East Coast Transport & Logistics, Inc. P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is headquartered and maintains it's corporate and administrative offices in Tontitown, Arkansas.

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