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Con-way Freight

March 02, 2010 12:00 ET

Con-way Freight Announces Best Year for Safety Since 2003

Company Reduced Accident Frequency Rate and Earned More Than 70 Industry Safety Accolades in 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that 2009 was a great success for its safety program, which contributed to improved statistics and numerous industry safety awards. Using Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) standards, the company reported an accident frequency rate of .53, or one accident for every 1.9 million miles driven. That number represents a 13.1 percent decrease from Con-way Freight's 2008 figure. The nationwide average accident frequency for motor carriers is .71, and FMCSA considers a carrier to be operating safely when its rate falls below 1.50.

FMCSA defines a reportable accident as an occurrence that renders a vehicle inoperable or causes a fatality or an injury requiring immediate medical assistance away from the scene. Under Con-way Freight's more stringent internal accident reporting standards, the company recorded its best statistics since 2003. It achieved an accident frequency rate of 8.87 per million miles driven in 2009, the lowest since the score of 9.50 it achieved seven years ago. Con-way Freight has also seen a reduction in accident frequency every year for the past five years, with 2009's figure a full 26 percent lower than the rate it reported in 2005. Within the company, an accident is defined as any incident in which a company commercial motor vehicle makes contact with another vehicle, causing any type of damage or injury.

"Con-way Freight's exemplary results demonstrate a clear dedication to the safety of its drivers and the motoring public," said Bill Graves, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations (ATA). "I congratulate the company on continuing its successful trend of progress in this extremely important area."

Con-way Freight's exemplary 2009 safety performance also extended to the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) -- also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety" -- held in Pittsburgh in August. The company sent a record 88 competitors to the event, ultimately racking up Grand Champion, Rookie of the Year and three divisional first-place wins. State winners from 37 states participated in the event, with each driver facing tests in three areas: a timed written exam, a pre-trip inspection test and a driving skills test.

In addition to its seven-year safety record and highest-ever number of competitors at NTDC, 2009 was also a banner year for Con-way Freight in winning safety awards. The company received more than 70 during the course of the year, including:

--  32 trucking association fleet safety awards from 22 states and the
    American Trucking Associations
--  34 state trucking association driver of the month awards
--  Three state trucking association driver of the year awards
--  Two state trucking association safety professional of the year awards

"These impressive safety achievements truly exemplify the commitment to safety shown by the drivers who represent Con-way Freight on the roads and at our customers' facilities every day," said John G. Labrie, president, Con-way Freight. "We employ some of the safest drivers in the industry and our drivers' accomplishments in 2009 are further evidence of that. I commend them for their safe practices and proven dedication."

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About Con-way Freight

Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of more than 300 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Con-way Freight offers LTL freight transportation across North America and through Global LTLTM delivery in the United States from around the world. Global solutions include international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service; U.S. delivery for inbound international cargoes from Europe through an exclusive alliance with TNT; direct service to more than 30 Bahamian and Caribbean ports through TropicalDirectSM; and domestic offshore transportation to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.

Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit

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