AKRON, Ohio — As finalists for the 27th annual Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award, a Pennsylvania truck driver used his rig as a “roadblock” to stop an out-of-control car; an Arkansas truck driver extinguished a fire and rescued a trapped fellow trucker whose legs were burning after a crash; a Massachusetts truck driver noticed a burning vehicle more than a quarter-mile off the highway on which he was driving, and made an effort to save the unconscious driver; and an Oregon driver who had his own rig struck in a multi-vehicle accident was able to pull one trapped driver from a burning car and contribute to the rescue of two others from another vehicle.
WASHINGTON — Despite doubts among many lawmakers that it will create many jobs, the House on Thursday passed legislation giving companies that hire the jobless a temporary payroll tax break. The measure passed 217-201 on a mostly party-line vote. The bill also extends federal highway programs through the end of the year.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz Ph.D. are among the officials who will celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies for a $22 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project at the port that reportedly will create 250 construction jobs and improve port cargo flow and public safety along one of the port’s key surface streets.
WASHINGTON — The two Obama administration officials most closely associated with developing a new cross border trucking program with Mexico have been warned by two U.S. Senators from Washington state that it’s time to move the process forward.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Drivers who just can’t resist tapping out a text message could be pulled over by police under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold its fifth hours-of-service listening session in conjunction with upcoming Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The purpose of the meeting is to gather information and comments as the agency prepares a rulemaking proposal on HOS requirements for commercial vehicle drivers.