March 25, 2021 By Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
The following is a statement from the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
Doug Ball, former SC&RA vice-president of transportation, passed away unexpectedly on March 16 from a stroke. He joined the U.S. Army after graduating with ROTC from the University of Montana.
After serving in Vietnam as a company commander, he joined the FBI as a special agent and retired as the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center. He retired in 1995 and went on to a second career as the vice-president of transportation at SC&RA, retiring in 2014 after more than 13 years.
During his stint at SC&RA, Ball advanced SC&RA’s agenda on a host of transportation and permitting issues including: increased limits on tridems and trunnions; increased night-time and weekend travel allowances; increased 46,000 lb. tandem weight limits in multiple states; and better port access and egress for members.
He worked with NTSB, FMCSA, and other industry partners to respond to an NTSB recommendation on improving pilot car operations through improved training and communications. This work was the real start for SC&RA’s more aggressive position of helping to improve pilot car operations and communications between the motor carriers/drivers and pilot car operators. Most importantly, Ball focused his life first on family, but brought a sense of humour, levity and personality to industry events and had a profound impact on those with whom he worked. He will be sadly missed.
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