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The Trucker News Staff produces engaging content for not only TheTrucker.com, but also The Trucker Newspaper, which has been serving the trucking industry for more than 30 years. With a focus on drivers, the Trucker News Staff aims to provide relevant, objective content pertaining to the trucking segment of the transportation industry. The Trucker News Staff is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Michelin Tire web

Michelin redesigns fuel-efficient trailer tire for dry-van, reefer and tanker segments

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. announced Aug. 3 that it is launching the fuel-efficient Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire for the North American line-haul market. The tire is Michelin’s most fuel-efficient trailer tire to date, the company says, based on internal rolling resistance tests using comparable line-haul trailer tires in tire size 275/80R22.5 LRG for the Michelin X Line Energy T and 445/50R22.5 LRL for the Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire The SmartWay-verified X One Line Energy T2 is targeted for the dry-van truckload, refrigerated truckload and tanker segments. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, fuel ranks...
Drivewyze Bypass web

Drivewyze adds new weigh-station bypass locations in Montana, Illinois

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DALLAS — Drivewyze has bolstered its PreClear weigh-station bypass service with 12 new locations in Montana and Illinois. The new sites expand the company’s weigh-station services in both states to offer drivers even more bypass opportunities. Montana now has 12 active Drivewyze sites, while Illinois has 17 bypass locations. According to Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze, the expansion in both states, further streamlines freight movement. “Not having to stop for inspections saves both time and money — weigh station bypass is the low-hanging fruit for fleets and owner-operators to keep on the move,” he said. “It’s one of the best...
Truck Turning

Trucker Tools partners with TVC Pro-Driver to provide drivers with access to legal services

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RESTON, Va., and OKLAHOMA CITY — Trucker Tools has announced a new partnership with TVC Pro-Driver that will provide access to legal representation and other services for independent truckers directly through the Trucker Tools Mobile Driver App. Oklahoma City-based TVC Pro-Driver provides truckers with comprehensive, subscription-based support services including legal counsel and representation, fuel, shopping and equipment discounts, roadside assistance, and other benefits throughout the U.S. and Canada. Focused on helping professional drivers and fleets stay on the road and earning, TVC Pro-Driver has provided CDL legal protection for more than 30 years. Trucker Tools features real-time shipment visibility, trip planning,...
SelecTrucks Chattanooga web

SelecTrucks opens new used-truck center near Chattanooga, Tennessee

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FORT MILLS, S.C. — Monday, Aug. 3, marked the opening of SelecTrucks’ newest location, SelecTrucks of Chattanooga. This location is the third SelecTrucks center to open this year and the 29th store in the company’s network. SelecTrucks is a brand of Daimler Trucks North America LLC and one of the largest retailers of used trucks in North America. SelecTrucks of Chattanooga is positioned to conveniently serve customers who are traveling along the Interstate 75 corridor. The group specializes in selling off-lease used day cabs and sleepers from major national fleets and is a member of the Premier Truck Group family...
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Truckers Against Trafficking training leads to suspect’s arrest on felony child sex abuse charges

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Through a combined effort of multiple agencies and training provided by Truckers Against Trafficking, the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) was able to apprehend a suspect wanted for felony charges of child sexual abuse, according to a statement released by the highway patrol August 4. On June 18, WHP troopers were notified of a possible victim of human trafficking by officials from the Colorado Port of Entry. The initial clues were observed by a Colorado Port of Entry officer while inspecting a commercial vehicle. The officer, who recently completed in-depth training provided by Truckers Against Trafficking, became suspicious after...
Old Dominion Truck web

Old Dominion reports decreased second-quarter earnings but says overall financial results ‘solid’

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Last week Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL) released financial results for the three- and six-month periods ending June 30. Prior-period share and per share data in the report has been adjusted to reflect the company’s March 2020 three-for-two stock split. “The second quarter of 2020 was one of the most difficult periods we have experienced, although our ream responded quickly to efficiently manage our operations in this environment,” said Greg Gantt, president and CEO of ODFL, referring to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the company. “Given the circumstances with the domestic economy, the decrease in...
BlueDEF web

New BlueDEF Platinum helps reduce harmful deposits in trucks’ exhaust systems, manufacturer says

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Old World Industries LLC, the manufacturer of BlueDEF, has launched a new premium product, BlueDEF Platinum, which the company describes as a “breakthrough innovation” in diesel exhaust fluid. Ten years ago, the federal government tasked manufacturers with reducing the emitted nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels of diesel vehicles, which resulted in the development of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that use diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Since the inception of SCR, there have been issues with deposit build-up especially with low-quality DEF, which can lead to back pressure, resulting in increased fuel consumption as well as reduced engine power. Because...
Loves branded water

Love’s offers new store-brand candy, water options for truckers, other travelers

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores now has more snack and drink options available for customers with the expansion of its Love’s-brand product line. New candy and water options are now available. “We listen to what our customers want, and what they want is superior products at competitive prices,” said Mark Romig, director of merchandising for Love’s. “Based off customer feedback, we’ve added new candy options this year and removed two that didn’t resonate. We’ll continue to introduce new products to keep our shelves stocked to get our customers back on the road quickly.” Love’s Travel Snacks launched...
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The Trucker News Channel — Stuck Truck

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In this episode we cover: Stuck Truck in Massachusetts | Renewable diesel in California | CAT Scale Rig of the Week | Fittest Driver: Push Up Challenge Tucker Russ: Hey truckers, I'm Tucker. A truck gets stuck under a bridge and Massachusetts, and California gets a few more renewable diesel stations. Plus, we'll give you a look at a fitness contest just for truckers. Are you up for the challenge? And that's just a quick look at the stories we're recovering, as well as our Cat Scale Rig of The Week on this edition of the Trucker News Channel. Tucker Russ: We all...
Auto Hauler web

$5,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction of suspects recorded stealing auto...

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MIAMI — Everfleet LLC, a national transportation company, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people captured on surveillance video stealing a $400,000 auto transport tractor-trailer. Investigators believe the suspects might be members of organized crime rings targeting the trucking industry. The incident took place in the early-morning hours of May 29, 2020 at 4850 SW 52nd St. in Davie, Florida, where the truck driver parked the vehicle overnight. A video-surveillance camera onboard Everfleet’s vehicle captured the crime in progress. In the video, a white four-door Jeep Wrangler, which might have been following...
Semi with Flatbed

OOIDA pushes Congress to temporarily waive HVUT in next COVID-19 relief package

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WASHINGTON — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked Congress to provide economic relief to struggling small-business truckers by suspending the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) for one year as part of the next COVID-19 response package. “Truckers are still on the front lines, filling store shelves and supplying hospitals,” said Todd Spencer, president of OOIDA. “Suspending the HVUT is a way that Congress could easily offer fast, direct relief to all motor carriers. And believe me, they need it, much more than just a ‘thank you.’” On July 30, OOIDA sent a letter to both House and Senate leadership,...
Truck in Tunnel

Economy, commercial-vehicle markets recovering but path forward will be choppy, ACT says

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — More people and politicians are taking the threat of COVID-19 more seriously is resulting in a “choppy” economic path forward, according to the Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest released by ACT Research July 27. The monthly report, which combines ACT’s proprietary data analysis from a variety of industry sources, paints a comprehensive picture of trends that impact the transportation and commercial-vehicle markets. The report includes a high-level forecast summary, complete with transportation insights, and reviews top-level considerations such as for-hire indices, freight, heavy- and medium-duty truck segments, the total U.S. trailer market, used truck sales information and a...
USA Truck web

USA Truck notes some losses, balanced by modest improvements, during second quarter of 2020

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VAN BUREN, Ark. — USA Truck Inc. (USAT) reported a consolidated operated revenue of $123.7 million for the second quarter of 2020 compared to $133.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, according to a report released by the company July 27. The company’s base revenue, which excludes fuel surcharge revenue, was $113.2 million compared to $116.7 million for the 2019 period. A net loss of $0.9 million, or 11 cents per diluted share for the second quarter of 2020 and an adjusted net loss of $0.5 million, or 6 cents per diluted share, was reported. During the same quarter in 2019,...
US Xpress Enterprises web

U.S. Xpress’ second-quarter report shows $8.6 million increase in operating revenue over same time...

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc. reported overall improvements for the second quarter of 2020, according to a report released July 28. “I am very pleased with our second-quarter results, as we are beginning to see the tangible, financial benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on utilizing technology to improve our processes, accelerate the velocity of our business, improve our customers’ and drivers’ satisfaction, and lower our costs,” said Eric Fuller, the company’s president and CEO. “The approximate 500 basis points of sequential margin improvement we achieved exceeded normal seasonality,” he continued. “The successful launch of our digital fleet, ongoing success...
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TravelCenters of America opens first Arizona TA Express

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WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — TravelCenters of America Inc. has opened a new TA Express in White Hills, Arizona, through a franchise agreement with Orly Jackson and Lissette Fernandez. A newly constructed building sits on seven acres of land at 19210 North U.S.93. Amenities at TA Express White Hills include: 67 truck parking spaces; 23 auto parking spaces; Seven diesel fueling lanes with RFID and DEF at all lanes; Conoco gasoline; Eight showers; Travel store; Food options: Krispy Krunchy Chicken, US Subs, on-site deli with freshly prepared food options; Game room; Laundry facilities; Transflo scanning; and CAT Scale (coming soon) “Our TA Express brand has...
The Trucker Newspaper Digital Edition - August 1-14, 2020

The Trucker Newspaper – Digital Edition August 1, 2020

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The Trucker Newspaper Digital Edition August 1, 2020: Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects; ATA says 'this is good news for truckers'
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Florida man clings to hood of semi-truck for 9-mile ride

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Over the weekend, several social media users shared a startling video of a man clinging to the hood of a semi-truck on the Florida Turnpike. The bizarre incident began around 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, when police received a call about a disoriented male leaving his vehicle on an exit ramp near Boynton Beach. The man then crossed a concrete barrier between the north and southbound lanes of the turnpike. That’s where a truck driver, who has been identified by Florida station KIRO as Edward Hughes entered the picture. Hughes reportedly stopped to assist the man who was frantically waving. The...
Freightliner Battery Electric Trucks web

Freightliner’s battery-electric fleet logs more than 300k emissions-free miles in real-world use

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner’s Innovation Fleet of 30 battery electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks has accumulated more than 300,000 miles of real-world use by customers, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced July 31. The fleet’s purpose is to test integration of battery electric technology into large-scale commercial transportation operations. “Co-creation with our customers is a cornerstone of Freightliner’s unique approach to the market,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of on-highway sales and marketing for DTNA. “The knowledge and expertise our logistics customers have in fleet operations with their thousands of trucks is invaluable as we design and engineer the zero-emissions future...
Child Drinking Milk

Regional dairy council, trucking companies deliver more than 200,000 gallons of milk to local...

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — In just three months, Dairy MAX, a nonprofit regional dairy council, and partner trucking companies have distributed more than 200,000 gallons of milk to food banks in a multistate area, according to a statement released July 29. The delivery effort, which began in May, is part of dairy farmers’ collective COVID-19 relief efforts. Dairy MAX represents more than 900 dairy farm families across eight states. As the COVID-19 pandemic increased Americans’ reliance on food banks for survival, dairy farms stepped in to help families in need, providing nutrition, fighting hunger and caring for neighbors. Americans may...
California Highway 101

Analysis of highway patrol data exposes dangers of proposed oil-trucking route in Santa Barbara,...

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — There’s been a large truck collision every week, and almost two fatalities per year, on average over the past five years along the California highways over which ExxonMobil wants to send as many as 70 oil tanker trucks a day, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity. Santa Barbara County will soon vote on ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its dormant offshore drilling platforms and truck that oil along coastal Highway 1, Highway 101 and the notoriously hazardous Route 166. “This disturbing data shows that ExxonMobil will endanger California’s motorists and...