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Committee sends truck parking legislation to entire House

Legislation to fund the creation of more truck parking was approved today by a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Its next stop will be the full House. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved an amended version of the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act through the markup process.......Read More

Truckers-July

Hear what to expect at this year's Walcott Truckers Jamboree

Since 1979, truckers and fans of trucks have gathered at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop for the annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree. This year's Jamboree will be held July 14, 15, and 16 and feature:

- the annual Super Trucks Beauty Contest.. Read More

FMCSA extends comment period for proposed speed limiter rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is extending the comment period for its proposal to install speed limiters in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The comment period for the advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking is extended from June 3, 2022 to July 18, 2022. The agency has so far received more than 12,100 comments on the Federal Register, many of which are against the proposal.....Read More

Research firm: ‘Sky isn’t falling’ in transportation industry

ACT Research is responding to a recent op-ed piece that ran in a transportation trade publication proclaiming that “the sky is falling” in the transportation industry. According to ACT officials, their staff has received many questions surrounding the issue. “To be fair, for the first time since Q2’20 transportation metrics stopped moving ‘up and to the right’ in Q1,” said ACT President and Senior Analyst Kenny Vieth......Read More

Massive tornado rakes through Big Easy; truck driver recounts survival

A tornado flipped cars and heavy trucks, ripped off rooftops and deposited a house in the middle of a street in the New Orleans area, part of a storm front that caused damage in places as it blew from Texas to South Carolina. Professional truck driver Anton Santana said he had just parked his rig near his home when the tornado struck.......Read More

US truckers planning pandemic protest to begin heading to DC

Modelled after recent trucker protests in Canada, truck drivers in the United States are planning on setting off on a massive cross-country drive towards Washington, DC to protest against coronavirus restrictions. Organisers of the “People’s Convoy” say they want to “jumpstart the economy” and reopen the country......Read More

Canada drops vaccine mandate for its truckers after pressure from industry

Canada will allow unvaccinated Canadian truckers to cross in from the United States, reversing a decision requiring all truckers to be inoculated against the coronavirus, Canada's border agency said....Read More

Colorado DA seeks to reduce trucker’s 110-year sentence

During a Dec. 27 status hearing in Colorado's First Judicial District Court, a judge set Jan. 13 as the date for a resentencing hearing for truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos. A Colorado district attorney has asked a court there to reduce the 110-year prison sentence of truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos to 20 to 30 years.......Read More

OOIDA advocates for more truck parking in letter to Buttigieg

Todd Spencer, president and CEO of OOIDA, requests that $1 billion of discretionary funds in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act be dedicated to adding more parking for truck drivers.the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) submitted a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg requesting that $1 billion of discretionary funds.........Read More

What the largest infrastructure spending bill in history means for trucking

In a scathing opinion, the conservative 5th Circuit sides with trucking interests, calls OSHA rules ‘an unlawful overreach.’ Mandate next heads to another court on its way to likely hearing before the Supreme Court. President Biden, this week, will sign into law the largest federal spending package in history aimed at improving U.S. roadways, bridges, ports, and other transportation infrastructure. .........Read More

PrePass real-time safety alerts now available nationwide

PrePass Safety Alliance recently upgraded the PrePass safety alerts system to include critical traffic warnings across all 48 contiguous states. Motor carriers and commercial vehicle compliance agencies now benefit from thousands of alerts that appear in-cab on the PrePass app........Read More

Rocket scientists say they found the solution to semi-truck rollovers

A team of trucking outsiders—made up of rocket scientists and automotive engineers—are working on a fifth-wheel solution to reduce the death and injuries caused by Class 8 truck and trailer rollovers on U.S. highways. Large truck rollovers killed more than 300 people in 2019. Another 9,000 people are injured in Class 8 truck rollovers......Read More

Five good things that happened in trucking

TCA Scholarship Fund awards most students to date; announces new scholarship, Women In Trucking opens nominations for 2021 Influential Woman in Trucking Award, West Michigan parts campaign raises $12,500 for local charities, and more.the act of responding to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else. ...Read More

What infrastructure talks mean for trucking

While bipartisan infrastructure agreements on Capitol Hill are unraveling, the trucking industry seeks a plan that would first and foremost fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges to create better freight delivery networks.....Read More

Lighting the way to successful roadside inspections

In 2020, lighting was the most common vehicle violations of commercial vehicle roadside inspections, according to FMCSA. A bad light can be the first impression a truck makes on an enforcement officer. Gino Fontana, a vice president of operations for Transervice’s Berkeley Division, keeps track of various regional and national safety blitzes as part of his fleet maintenance program.,,,,Read More

Five good things that happened in trucking

 The first truck stop turned pop-up vaccine clinic in Irving, N.Y. began offering COVID-19 vaccines to truck drivers, motorists, Natives from the Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories and residents from surrounding communities.The owner of Native Pride Travel Plaza in Seneca's Tallchief Territory, J.C. Seneca, partnered with G-Health Enterprises to make it happen......Read More

Polar vortex strains freight networks, drives spot rate increases

At a time when rates would typically drop off, this year’s weather event, combined with the ongoing pandemic, is putting more upward pressure on freight rates. An Arctic polar vortex is headed East after blasting areas of the Midwest and Southern U.S. with bone-chilling weather and record deep freezes in Texas and Oklahoma,....Read More

Meeting heavy haul challenges

Omega Morgan's approach to heavy haul trucking starts with performing route surveys to detect potential road hazards, eliminate delays, and determine the safest way to transport oversized loads. Size matters at Omega Morgan, but so do flexibility, innovation, and careful planning......Read More

Santa is a truck driver

A 55-foot Engelmann spruce crossed the country in November from its origin in the Uncompahgre National Forest in western Colorado to the nation’s capital. You may have seen it. It was the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. A load the size of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stands out on the road any time, but particularly this year with reduced traffic from the COVID-19 pandemic. ..........Read More

FMCSA seeks comments on integrating autonomous trucks

The government wants to know how the trucking industry would like to proceed with autonomous technology for over-the-road commercial freight as it seeks to streamline how conventional fleets would welcome self-driving trucks.......Read More

GP Transco continues progress, plans move to new HQ

On April 15, as some trucking companies struggled with losing freight because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, one northern Illinois carrier showed just what it means to be truly “essential” these days.
That was the day an Antonov AN-124 cargo plane landed at Chicago Rockford International Airport, delivering 600,000 pounds of much-needed medical supplies from Malaysia. During the......Read More

Harvey Butcher hangs up the keys

Rush Truck Centres of Canada has announced longtime salesman Harvey Butcher has retired. Butcher’s 49-year career concluded May 31. He has spent the last eight years selling new and used trucks and trailers to customers in Durham Region on behalf of Rush Truck Centres of Canada. “Harvey is now ready for more games of golf and time with his wife, kids and grandkids,” the company said......Read More

Changes to hours of service effective Sept. 29

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published in the Federal Register changes to the regulations it says provide “greater flexibility” while not undermining highway safety. The changes go into effect Sept. 29. The changes had been announced in the middle of May. Publication in the Federal Register was required to make them official.....Read More

Spread of COVID-19 forces lockdown of Gallup, NM

The City of Gallup, New Mexico and its some 22,000 residents are still on lockdown as the state’s governor extended an order intended to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.........Read More

TWO OF THREE WHO DIED IN WYOMING I-80 PILEUPS WERE TRUCKERS

Two truck drivers were among the three people killed in last week’s massive pileups on Interstate 80 in Wyoming, and a new video shows part of one of the collisions as it unfolded......Read More

2 TRUCKS CRASH ON I-15 IN CALIFORNIA; 2 PEOPLE DIE

Two people died when two tractor-trailers collided and caught fire on southbound Interstate 15 in Barstow, California early Sunday morning, Jan. 19.....Read more

2 TRUCKERS AMONG 5 KILLED IN PA TURNPIKE CRASH

Two truck drivers were among the five people who died in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 5. Both were in one of two UPS tractor-trailers that struck a loaded tour bus that overturned on the turnpike southeast of Pittsburgh.....Read More

LOADED WITH LETTUCE, TRUCK HITS DISABLED VEHICLE IN LA

A tractor-trailer loaded with lettuce stuck a disabled vehicle and rolled over Monday, Dec. 30 in the Sunland neighborhood of Los Angeles. The collision and a small fire occurred at about 12:20 a.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway.....Read More

HIGH WINDS TOPPLE TRUCKS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

High winds in Southern California Tuesday, Dec. 17, knocked over several tractor-trailers and caused many more to stop alongside one freeway about 50 miles east of Los Angeles......Read More

BUTANE TANKER ROLLOVER STOPS I-15 TRAFFIC FOR 10 HOURS

A tanker with two trailers of butane rolled over on Interstate 15 in Lehi, Utah Saturday morning, Nov. 30, closing the highway for more than 10 hours and forcing the evacuation of some nearby residents.....Read More

 

DRIVER DIES AS TRACTOR-TRAILER FALLS FROM I-10 IN SAN ANTONIO

A 62-year-old trucker died Thursday, Nov. 7, when his tractor-trailer fell from an interstate in Texas. Elsewhere, two tractor-trailers and a box truck were involved in a construction zone accident in Wisconsin Thursday, and a trucker had......Read More

KENTUCKY CARRIER CORETRANS HIKES DRIVER PAY

Kentucky-based CoreTrans recently announced a five-cents-per-mile pay increase. Drivers will also receive a half-cent-per-mile raise every six months with no maximum, according to a.......Read More

   

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