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September 1, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Names I Heart Trucking Contest Winners

People’s Choice Winner “Susie tearing up the blacktop from coast to coast” by Susan De Ridder. Photo: Courtesy of Women in Trucking

Women In Trucking has announced the winners of the association’s "I Heart Trucking" photo contest which ran from June 23-24.

Tags: Contest, Photo, Awards, Women in Trucking

September 1, 2015 - Industry News

New Jersey Braces for Pope's Impact on Traffic

Pope Francis Image via Kino Border Initiative

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has sent out a traffic alert in preparation for a visit from Pope Francis on Sept. 26-27.

Tags: New Jersey, Traffic Congestion, Department of Transportation, Philadelphia, New York City

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

Southern California Ports to Adopt Appointment System

Photo: PierPass

To reduce truck congestion, a cargo appointment system will be adopted by 10 terminals operating out of the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Puts Support Behind Driver Hair Testing Option

In a letter, the ATA urged congress to move forward with legislation that would allow fleets to use hair samples in a federally mandated drug screening program for drivers.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

August 21, 2015 - Industry News

New Coalition to Look for Truck Parking Solutions

Photo: FHWA

In a truck parking survey mandated by the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act (MAP-21), almost half of the state departments of transportation surveyed reported that truckers were forced to park on freeway interchange ramps and shoulders of highways.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Truck Parking

August 17, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Driver Wins Truck Driving Championship

Ronald Emenheiser, 2015 Bendix Grand Champion

Walmart driver Ronald Emenheiser was named the 2015 Bendix Grand Champion at the 78th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships in St. Louis.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Bendix, Walmart

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

ACT Raises Pay for Company Drivers and Owner Operators

American Central Transport is increasing pay for both company truck drivers and owner operators, the trucking company announced.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, American Central Transport

August 13, 2015 - Industry News

USA Truck Allows Flexibility in Choosing Hometime

Photo: USA Truck

USA Truck has implemented its Choose Your Hometime initiative that allows over-the-road driving team members to select when and where they take time off.

Tags: Driver Shortage, USA Truck

August 13, 2015 - Industry News

I-65 Bridge Closure Still Causing Big Delays

The Wildcat Creek bridge on I-65 is closed while INDOT crews examine it. Some of its supporting piers sunk about 8 inches into the creek bed below.  Photo: Indiana Department of Transportation

A bridge closure on I-65 through Layfayette, Indiana has caused serious delays and it may be shut down for a while longer.

Tags: Indiana, Bridges, Interstate 65, Road Closure

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

2 Plead Guilty in California CDL Bribery Scheme

Two defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to sell fraudulently obtained Class A commercial driver’s licenses by bribing DMV employees in Northern California.

Tags: CDL, DMV, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Crime & Fraud

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Awake Over 28 Hours in Tracy Morgan Accident

The Walmart truck driver involved in a fatal crash with a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan was awake for more than 28 hours prior to the crash, according to an NTSB investigation.

Tags: Accidents, New Jersey, Fatal Accidents, Fatigue, Walmart

August 7, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driving Championships Set to Kick Off Soon

Competitors at last year's Truck Driving Championships.

The 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships hosted by American Trucking Associations are set to kick off on Aug. 13 in St. Louis.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Competition, Driving Safety

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Settles Discrimination Lawsuit for $200,000

Celadon Trucking Services has agreed in a consent decree to pay $200,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Celadon, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Freymiller Releases Online Radio Station for Truckers

Image: FreymillerRadio.com

Freymiller Trucking has rolled out Freymiller Radio, a driver appreciation digital radio channel that streams live over the internet for truckers on the road.

Tags: Drivers

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Food Service Fleet's Video Tech Improves Safety

Photo courtesy of TBHC Delivers.

TBHC Delivers, based in Nashville, deploys SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its fleet and sees dramatic decreases in driver texting and excessive speeding.

Tags: Driving Safety, SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, TBHC Delivers, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

TA Kicks Off St. Christopher Relief Fund Campaign

TravelCenters of America has launched its annual campaign to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps truckers suffering from medical-related financial hardship.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, St. Christopher Fund, Fundraiser

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?

The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, GAO, 34-Hour Restart

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Nebraska Trucker Pleads Guilty to Threatening FMCSA Inspector

A Nebraska trucker could face up to a year in prison for threatening FMCSA employees over the phone.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Crime & Fraud

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Supports GAO Recommendations for HOS

FMCSA has voiced its support of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that examined the hours-of-service changes that were implemented in 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Fatigue, HOS

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Trucking Firm over Driver Suspension

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Oak Harbor Freight Lines $20,000 for retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when sick or fatigued.

Tags: OSHA, Driving Safety, Fatigue, Fines

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Contractor/Employee Debate Heating up at Ports

Some port drivers in Savannah believe they are "misclassified" as independent contractors. Photo via Justice for Port Truckers.

Are drivers who handle the drayage of intermodal containers into and out of the nation's ports employees or independent contractors? The controversy was visible this week at ports on both coasts.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors, Drayage

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Interstate 10 To Reopen After Bridge Collapse

Photo via Caltrans

Interstate 10 near the border between California and Arizona will reopen to traffic this week after the bridge was washed out earlier in the week by flooding.

Tags: Caltrans, Flooding, I-10

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Involved in Crash Declared Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after a crash investigation revealed several cases of falsified records.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Fatal Accidents, Crime & Fraud, Imminent Hazard

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

J&R Schugel to Offer Drivers EpicVue DirecTV

The satellite TV package will be available for as many as 150 company and lease-purchase drivers and owner-operators as a pass-along benefit for $60 per month.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Recruiting

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Falls 12 Percentage Points in First Quarter

Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

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