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Is the Economy Destroying the Trucking Industry?

March 13, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry will continue to grow as long as the economy itself is growing. But what can the trucking industry expect for itself and OEMs (this describes a company’s relationship with computers and IT producers) in 2019? OEMs, or Original Equipment Manufacturers, are producers of goods that resell another company’s product […]

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Border Agents Find $12M of Meth on Frozen Strawberry Truck

February 20, 2019

PHARR, TX – Border patrol stopped a frozen strawberry truck as it crossed into Texas territory and had no idea what they would find. Currently, a man is in custody of The Customs and Border Protection teams. He harbored almost $13M of methamphetamine as well as frozen strawberries in his truck. The incident occurred on […]

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BANNED: Using Gender to Calculate Auto Insurance Rates

February 11, 2019

CALIFORNIA – Following in six other states’ footsteps, California just became the seventh state to ban auto insurers from using gender as a factor to calculate insurance rates for customers. The decision was put into effect on the first of January. This occurred because regulators and lawmakers increased pressure on insurers to focus their costs […]

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automation

Will Robots Take Your Driving Jobs?

January 28, 2019

UNITED STATES – As technology increases year after year, so does the promise of self-driving cars and automation technology in the trucking industry. While the technology brings a lot of good, like possibly reducing accidents, regulating the flow of freight, and more… it increases some fears for drivers. How does this technology impact truck drivers? […]

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Supreme Court Decision on Owner-Operators Impacts the Trucking Industry

January 16, 2019

UNITED STATES – On January 15, the US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in the New Prime v. Oliveira case. And, the impact of this Supreme Court decision could affect the trucking industry across the nation. The results of the decision? That owner-operators can’t be forced into mandatory arbitration. John B. Lewis, a partner with BakerHostetler, […]

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Candy Cane Lane in Trouble

December 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA – Candy Cane Lane might be in trouble. Residents of the Woodland Hills neighborhood known for its twinkly holiday displays of elaborate Christmas lights are worried the tradition might be dying out. The tradition began in 1952 when residents of the neighborhood bordering the 101 Freeway and Pierce College started decorated their […]

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Racing Against the Clock Can Cause More Truck Crashes and Deaths

November 2, 2018

The federal rule requires truck drivers a rest break after driving for 8 hours. According to some representatives of the industry, the rule caused many arguments and even is considered to be harmful as it can cause more crashes and deaths.   The year 2017 broke the record of having the highest level of large […]

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Uber Freight Starting Trailer Renting Platform

October 22, 2018

Uber Freight division is launching the new Powerloop service starting from Wednesday. With the platform, pre-loaded trailers will be available to eligible carriers. Also, it will make a trailer pooling program that allows smaller fleets and owner-operators to access the network.   The platform already operates in Texas and tested by Anheuser-Busch.   “The platform […]

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California Increases Truck Weight Limits

September 24, 2018

CALIFORNIA (state) — A bill was signed on 21 Sep that allows near-zero-emission or zero-emission vehicles to weigh up to 82,000 pounds. California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed that bill.   The California Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Coalition suggests that the bill will allow heavy-duty trucks to exceed California’s weight limits by 2,000 pounds. The […]

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California Wildfire Against Truckers

September 7, 2018

  REDDING, CALIFORNIA – Officials reported California freeways that have recently been tremendously affected by an explosive wildfire forced many truckers to abandon their vehicles.   The fire destructed both sides of Interstate 5 near the Oregon state line and expanded to 23 square miles.       The affected areas are mainly rural and […]

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100+ Job Openings at DrayNow After Raising $5 Million in a Capital Fundraising

August 28, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — A Conshohocken firm, DrayNow has a booking and trucking software which is connecting millions of shippers to truckers. The company said they have raised over $5 million in an A-Series venture capital fundraising from Comcast Ventures, and from Osage Partners, operating in Philadelphia.   The software platform that is built, the DrayNowMarketplace, […]

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More than 45,000 Recalled Trucks from Daimler: Ignition Control Issues Detected

August 20, 2018

Over 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors are being recalled by Daimler Trucks North America. The cause of the recalling is the issue concerning the ignition control which is not performing required bulb checks in different situations when it is needed.   The issue is noted from the documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   […]

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trucking inspections news

Rear Impact Guard Information To be Gathered Later This Month

August 3, 2018

Commercial motor vehicle law enforcement officers in each state will gather information on rear impact guards as they perform routine inspections. The data gathering will be later this month.   The information on rear impact guards will be collected during the week of Aug. 27-31 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Rear Impact […]

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“This is the Most Creative Time in the Human World”: Oregon DOT Administrator

July 23, 2018

SPOKANE, Washington — According to Matthew Garrett, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, technology is rapidly changing all aspects of public and private sector operations.   And the speed of change is expected to increase soon, so state DOTs need to ready themselves for both the “challenges and opportunities” that level of change will […]

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A Truck Driver Rescued From a Ravine on I-8 in California

July 12, 2018

ALPINE, California — A truck driver has been rescued after he was found at the bottom of a ravine on I-8 in California. Deputies from the Alpine Sheriff’s Station in San Diego County located the driver Tuesday after receiving a request to check on him because he was overdue.   The driver’s truck’s GPS showed him […]

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DOT in Iowa Shares Video of Horrible Crash Between Two Trucks

July 6, 2018

A horrible crash happened between two trucks yesterday in Iowa.   The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) shared the video of the crash online.   The crash happened on the I-35 by the Iowa 210 exit. The video shows a large black truck that is pulled over at the very last lane with the emergency […]

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Over $ 1 Million Worth of Heroin Seized from a Car Hauled by a Semi-Truck

June 25, 2018

ALAMOGODO, New Mexico — Over $1 million worth of heroin was seized from a sedan being hauled across the Mexican border by a semi-truck late last week.   The drugs were discovered on June 21st at the New Mexico Immigration checkpoint in Alamogordo, New Mexico.   According to the local news, the semi-truck hauling multiple […]

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Prime Being Sued by the EEOC for Neglecting Sexual Harassment

June 15, 2018

Springfield, Missouri — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged lawsuit against the Prime Inc., which claims the fleet was negligent in preventing the sexual harassment of one of its female drivers.   “We don’t comment on pending litigation,” a Prime spokesperson sayid.   In the lawsuit filed this week, the EEOC alleges that Prime violated federal […]

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An Early Morning Fire Destroyed 6 Trucks

June 7, 2018

ONTARIO, Canada — Six tractors were destroyed Wednesday, June 6, in an early morning fire at a trucking company in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.   Local fire officials place the value of the trucks destroyed at Trans 99 Logistics at $500,000. No cause was given, but Guelph fire officials say the fire as not suspicious in […]

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FMCSA Issued an Emergency Declaration for the Coastal Areas of Some States

May 29, 2018

GULF SHORES, Florida — While most of the United States was busy with the Memorial Day weekend and vacations, Gulf Coast states are bracing for an early start to hurricane season.   Although Alberto has been rated a subtropical storm, falling short of the hurricane designation, it’s being called the first storm of the year. […]

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A Truck Driver Found Dead after Truck Rolled Down from I-15 in Arizona

May 8, 2018

MOHAVE COUNTY, Arizona — A truck driver was killed after his semi tractor-trailer crashed at the bottom of a deep ravine, miles north of Cedar Pocket Tuesday in Arizona.   He found dead after he crashed off I-15 down a steep embankment near Cedar Pocket.   Police received a call around 10 a.m. this morning […]

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Two Deputies Shot and Killed in Attack in Florida Restaurant Attack

April 20, 2018

GILCHRIST COUNTY, Florida — A gunman shot and killed two sheriff’s deputies in a restaurant in Gilchrist County, Fla., on Thursday, in an attack that seems to have come with no warning.   Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were shot through the window. The gunman was later found dead nearby.   […]

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West Virginia Turnpike Toll Fees to Double in 2019

April 11, 2018

The West Virginia Parkways Authority unanimously voted to move forward with a proposal that will double the current WV Turnpike fees.   The vote was taken during a board meeting on April 5, 2018.   If the proposal passes, a single-fee discount E-ZPass will be available exclusively to Class 1 passenger vehicles for a $24 […]

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Semi-Truck Driver Was Looking at His Phone at Time of Fatal Crash

March 1, 2018

The semitrailer driver had his eyes on his cell phone for the eight seconds preceding the crash Tuesday in Lake Elmo, according to charges filed Wednesday in Washington County. Investigators say 28-year-old Samuel Wayne Hicks of Independence, Wisconsin, made no effort to brake before striking the vehicle – which was at a complete stop at […]

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Raymond Martinez Confirmed to Head FMCSA

February 14, 2018

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) finally has a new leader. Raymond Martinez was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate by a voice vote, almost five months after being nominated by President Trump.   Martinez most recently served as head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. He also ran the New York State […]

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Truck Crash

A Rollover Truck Crash on I-294 Left a Truck Driver Dead and 2 Injured

January 30, 2018

ROSEMONT, Illinois — Authorities have identified the driver killed in a four-vehicle crash on I-294 near O’Hare Airport that left two others injured.   Illinois State Police said a 2009 International truck with semi-trailer failed to reduce speed and rear-ended a 2004 Peterbuilt tractor with a semi-trailer, causing a chain reaction crash, causing the Peterbuilt […]

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UCR Registration

Reduced UCR Fees Announced by the Government

January 5, 2018

On January 5 the federal government declared reduced annual fees for commercial carriers required by law to participate in the UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) Plan. In addition to it, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has supervision of UCR published the final rulemaking in its official webpage. The new fees go into effect […]

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ELD

Babin Makes His Last Effort to Cancel ELD Mandate. He Urges Trump to Issue Executive Order Today

December 14, 2017

On Thursday morning Congressman Brian had a speech urging Trump to cancel the fast-approaching ELD mandate. Bubin presented his speech today, on December 14 just 4 days before ELD mandate (December 18). The ELD Extension Act, or H.R. 3282, was introduced in the summer of 2017 and has since gained 68 additional sponsors. Still, despite […]

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Man was arrested for DOT Registration Number Scam

November 30, 2017

A 27-year-old man Aaron G. Hynes, was arrested for illegally obtaining 2,100 DOT numbers. He planned to sell this numbers. According to police, he is going to spend 18 months.   Aaron G. Hynes was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Nov. 8 to 18 months in jail and two years of supervised release for […]

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ELD

FMCSA Declared Additional ELD Transition Guidance

November 21, 2017

FMCSA (the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) today announced on Nov. 20 that in advance of the Dec. 18, 2017 execution of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, and to further facilitate a transition to the rule by motor carriers, the Agency will be providing guidance related to implementation procedures […]

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Four Opioids added to DOT drug tests for truckers

November 14, 2017

Attention truckers! Since the first of next year, truckers will be tested for the use of four commonly prescribed and sometimes abused pain medications.   The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is amending its drug testing panel in order to meet new Health and Human Services drug testing rules. A final rule was published in the Federal Register Monday, […]

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Hazard

Tennessee Truck Driver was declared an “Imminent Hazard to Public Safety”

November 7, 2017

FMCSA (the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has declared Earnest Paul Biddwell, Tennessee-licensed trucker to be an imminent hazard to public safety. In addition, FMCSA suspended his operation of any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  Paul Bidwell was served the federal order since Cotomer, 2017.   On August 3, CDL […]

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Attention! UCR Registration is Cancelled.

October 30, 2017

Attention! The United Carrier Registration (UCR) Board of Directors is canceling until further notice the start of the 2018 registration period though FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) finishes the rulemaking process for 2018 payments.   UCR is recommending to all states that the implementation period for 2018 compliance not begin until 90 days after […]

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Truck Driver Charged With Threatening to Kill Trump

October 25, 2017

A trucker has been charged in federal court with threatening to kill President Donald Trump in numerous phone calls to Secret Service field offices. Matthew Lariviere a Special Agent wrote in a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday that James Anthony Jackson repetitively called the Secret Service field office in Chicago on Oct. 12-13 and made more […]

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Who Will Be the New Head of FMCSA?

September 27, 2017

  President Donald Trump plans to nominate Raymond P. Martinez to run the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to an update posted to the White House’s website. Martinez is the current chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.   Martinez must be confirmed by the Senate, to become the official head of […]

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USDOT Issued Emergency Declaration Before Irma Hurricane

September 8, 2017

Elaine L. Chao the Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation has directed FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to provide the following states with Regional Emergency Declaration before Hurricane Irma: Georgia Florida Alabama North and South Carolina Mississipi Tennessee the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,  and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands   Emergency Declarations […]

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OOIDA Suggests FMCSA to cancel the deadline for ELD mandate

August 31, 2017

December 18 was set a deadline for ELD (the Electronic Logging Device) mandate. It requires that all vehicles that were produced after 2000 should be equipped by ELDs. Nevertheless, OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association) is not in favor of the rule.   The OODIA justifies its opposition by saying that 26 states failed to […]

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DOT’s Warnings and Restrictions for Truckers About Driving During the Eclipse

August 18, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 21, with the first total solar eclipse visible to the continental U. S. in nearly 40 years happening. Therefore, many states in the path of the total eclipse have supplied restrictions to truckers. The eclipse will be noticeable in almost every state of the contiguous U.S., however, at least portions of 14 […]

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FMCSA Official reminds Safety Inspectors about ELDs Registration with the federal trucking regulatory agency

August 11, 2017

On Aug 9, an agency official remained law executing officials that ELDs (electronic logging devices) should be registered at FMCSA in order to be valid.   Danielle Smith, a transportation specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s passenger carrier division said: “It’s not an ELD unless it’s listed on our website. That’s going to […]

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More than 21 co-sponsors Signed Bill to Cancel ELD Mandate

August 3, 2017

More than 21 U.S. House members signed the bill to cancel ELD (electronic logging device) mandate by two years. Nevertheless, it should be noted that currently, the Congress is busy with sorting out larger reforms that is why the bill cannot become the law.   The only opportunity that the bill will become a law […]

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Good News for Truckers! Congress proposed 2-year ELD postponement.

July 31, 2017

If newly proposed legislation about electronic logging devices (ELDs) becomes law truckers will have 2 more years for installing ELDs. On July 19 Brian Babin who announced the bill submitted the ELD Extension Act to Infrastructure Committee as well as to the House Transportation. Under present law and regulation, the mandate is planned to be […]

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FMCSA Proposes Two New Rules Which Eases CDL Transitioning

June 12, 2017

Two new rules that seek to make CDL licensing more efficient and cut its costs were proposed on June 9 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “Taken together, these two proposals will help ease the entry for thousands of qualified individuals into career opportunities as professional truck and bus drivers – a critical occupation […]

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Wrong Way Crash Which Resulted In Death and a Fire Leads to Days of Repair Work for The I-75

May 2, 2017

Reconstruction is still in process due to fiery crash on I-75. The collision took place between a car and a tanker which was full of gasoline. The reason of the crash was the car travelling in the wrong direction. Repairs on the road are estimated to continue through Thursday. They began on Monday where crews worked […]

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