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In this July 24, 2017, file photo, James Matthew Bradley Jr., left, arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing in San Antonio, Texas. Bradley, the driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year has been sentenced to life in...
2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Volvo’s 1983 introduction of the Integral Sleeper, the first North American truck model to offer a modern, streamlined design and integrated sleeper compartment. With the 1983 introduction, Volvo set a new North American design standard since followed by all heavy-duty manufacturers. (Courtesy: VOLVO...
Every region in the country showed an increase for the week ending April 23. WASHINGTON — In a trend that’s not likely to end soon, the average on-highway price of a gallon of diesel increased 2.9 cents to $3.133 for the week ending April 23, according to the Energy Information...
The system closes the TrailerTail when the truck goes in reverse or stops. LONGVIEW, Texas — STEMCO Products Inc. has announced a new aerodynamic product, the TrailerTail Automatic fuel-saving system. This newest version of the signature TrailerTail deploys automatically when the trailer reaches 35 mph, ensuring fuel savings on every...

Bendix milestone

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Bendix spokesman says air dryer has "legacy of reliability."     ELYRIA, Ohio — A funny thing happens when some people lay eyes on the Bendix AD-9 air dryer at trucking industry events like trade shows or distributor gatherings. “They’ll come up, grin, and pat it like you would a faithful dog,...
At 8 p.m. Monday, eastbound I-64 over Captain Frank Road — located 0.29 miles east of I-265 — will be restricted to a single lane while concrete barrier wall sections are put in place for traffic control. ©2018Fotosearch     FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor will begin patching, widening...
Thompson currently serves as a Board Member for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and served as president of the organization in 2016. (Courtesy: ARDOT) LITTLE ROCK — Major Jay Thompson has been named Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police (AHP), a Division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT),...
PennDOT  says by the end of the month eight more bridges will be open.©2018Fotosearch The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement project, a public-private partnership (3P), has led to the completion of 390 bridges with 50 more under construction, reports the American Association of State Highway and Transportation...
Recently, Western Star collaborated with WTFC to create a promotional wrap on a 5700XE model featuring the organization’s name and pictures of its members.   PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Star today announced a new rebate program for the members of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC). WTFC members qualify for the...
Melissa Allen says she got her CDL because truck drivers will always be needed.   Melissa Allen was recently named Women In Trucking's April Member of the Month. She has been serving her country as an over-the-road truck driver for the past four years — but driving isn’t the only thing she...
“We think it’s irresponsible to put young drivers behind the wheel of a truck in order to avoid addressing the real problems of high turnover,” said Todd Spencer, acting president of OOIDA.     GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has signed a letter along with other industry...

Diesel prices surge

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On-highway diesel prices spiked this week after a brief hiccup last week in their upward trajectory.    As so often happens, oil prices were falling Monday as diesel prices were surging — the national average running up 6.1 cents a gallon from last week — the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)...
Hours of Service issues continued to rank high on the list of out-of-service violations. There were 6,565 drivers put OOS for no driver record-of-duty status. (Courtesy: OMNITRACS) WASHINGTON — If the latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is any indication, there were a good number of trucks...
Sometimes it’s so difficult for truck drivers to get seen by a doctor they get in the habit of ignoring their health problems altogether, half hoping their hectic lifestyle doesn’t catch up with them. But it is catching up with them, according to one clinic’s findings from professional truck drivers’...
Logged-in carriers and enforcement users with crashes determined to be “not preventable” as part of the program can view measures and percentiles calculated with and without those crashes. (Courtesy: COMDATA) The other shoe has dropped, so to speak, regarding ELDs and CSA violations. As of April 1, new violations associated with...
Texas saw the most freight coming through its ports, $24.8 billion in truck freight — 14.3 percent more than last year — while Michigan followed with $13.3 billion. New York saw $7.4 billion, up 3.2 percent over 2017. U.S.-NAFTA truck freight rose 10.2 percent this past January compared with the...