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I’m sorry to have to write this, but we’re going to have to get real about Santa Claus. I don’t mean the bit about whether he exists or not. No sir. I’m talking about whether his reindeer and sleigh are up to safety code and if he even has a CDL...
BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Kinedyne, a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control technologies, has introduced the EASE-Z Winch Bar family. The EASE-Z Winch Bar is a patented Z-shaped winch bar that rotates 360 degrees, providing greater leverage. The bar comes in one standard model and two combination versions that have...
Now that Canada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, professional truck drivers plying highways on both sides of the border are reminded that trucking in North America is still a “zero tolerance” industry. That’s according to Garth Pitzel, who is director of safety and driver development for Canada-based Bison...
For the 10th week in a row on-highway diesel took a price plunge, showing up Wednesday down 4.4 cents to just above $3 a gallon at $3.077. That was compared with $3.121 December 17. In all 10 sectors monitored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, diesel prices dived, with Midwest...
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JOPLIN, Mo. — Employees of transportation company CFI once again played the role of Santa Claus by supporting charities serving thousands of individuals in eight cities across the U.S., Mexico and Canada in their annual holiday giving campaign. Now in its 25th year, the Truckload of Treasures campaign supported 17...
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio  — Work to widen roads and make other safety improvements is planned in an area of Ohio's Amish country plagued by crashes resulting in injuries, according to federal and state officials. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Transportation said they are teaming up on...
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New Jersey state police say a crash involving a car and a tanker truck on the Garden State Parkway has left four people dead. The accident happened about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes near Exit 81 in Berkeley Township. State police say the car slammed...
COLUMBUS, Ind. — At the top line, North American Class 8 net orders totaled 28,082 units in November, compared to build at 27,973 units, according to ACT Research. “As we move into the year’s home stretch, freight-related data points continue to shift from strong growth to more moderate levels of...
In this edition we cover... - Love's dog parks. - Trucker saves two dogs - Free flu shots for truckers
WASHINGTON – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Friday said it is granting petitions to preempt the State of California’s meal and rest break rules, which differ from current Federal hours-of-service regulations. FMCSA’s granting of these petitions is in response to widespread concern from drivers, concerned citizens, and industry stakeholders. ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island transportation officials say they've received federal approval to build the state's next 10 truck tolling structures. The Department of Transportation said Thursday the Federal Highway Administration reviewed an environmental assessment and found no significant impact from the gantries, which clears the path for construction. Rhode Island...
WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting goods rose at a modest pace last month, but the gain was driven entirely by demand for military aircraft. Excluding transportation equipment, orders fell. Durable goods orders impact the trucking industry because trucks transport most of the goods once they are produced. The Commerce...
Kenworth W990
KIRKLAND, Wash. — The Kenworth W990, the new long-hood conventional tractor, is now available for order. “The Kenworth W990 leverages the 67-year evolution of the iconic W900 platform to provide Kenworth customers with a product that captures the pride, image, freedom, and spirit of trucking; and continues Kenworth’s tradition of...
Fancy red rig
WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has quietly scrapped the so-called split sleeper berth study in deference to the agency Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to Hours of Service regulations. The study, which was posted for comments in a Federal Register notice June 6, 2017, never...
WASHINGTON — None of the 1,156 employees of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be furloughed if the federal government shuts down at midnight Friday, according to a document provided by the Department of Transportation. All staff positions at the agency are funded by multi-year appropriations, indefinite appropriations and...
LAKE WALES, FLORIDA — Oakley Transport Inc., an ISO-certified liquid and dry bulk food grade transporter, has instituted an annual appreciation award, labeled Safety’s Super Sweepstakes, for outstanding driver safety and performance. The winner will receive a 2020 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Beginning January, all active Oakley Transport driving professionals...
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday that there were 5,147 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal work injuries reported in 2016. The fatal work injury rate decreased to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.6 in...
WASHINGTON – Santa has his elves to keep his North Pole operation running at full tilt. But everywhere else it takes volunteers to uphold the Christmas spirit. Across America, the trucking industry has done its part to make the season merry, according to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the organization...
SEATTLE —  With the holiday travel season officially here, QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace, Thursday released a new proprietary study on the 25 most car accident prone cities in the country. From highest to lowest, here are the 25 cities with the highest rates of car crashes: Columbus, Ohio ...