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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.
Truck on Icy Hill

SmartDrive introduces new driver-assist offerings to deliver added protection, safety for truckers

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SAN DIEGO — SmartDrive Systems, which specializes in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, has released SmartSense for Speeding for Conditions and SmartSense for Sitting Duck, offering never-before-available capabilities to support and protect drivers. Tested by nationally recognized fleets, these intelligent driver-assist offerings represent an expansion of SmartDrive’s intellectual property portfolio. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patents in June 2020 for the technologies, which help fleets alert drivers so they can avoid driving too fast for poor weather or road conditions; the tech also assists drivers who may be parked in unsafe locations. “With insurance premiums, nuclear verdicts and everyday...
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Fittest Driver Contest: Push Up Challenge

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ATLANTA — Espyr’s Fit to Pass, a customized coaching program designed to improve the health of professional drivers and help them meet the physical requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recertification exam, has announced a six-week Fittest Driver contest. The competition, which begins Aug. 3 and ends Sept. 12, is designed to test the strength and conditioning of drivers and help get them on the road to better health. There is no cost or purchase required to enter the contest. During the virtual online event, drivers will compete by performing as many push-ups as they can in one uninterrupted set. To...
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Trucker missing in Mississippi: Police say disappearance is ‘really suspicious’

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GAUTIER, Miss. — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a truck driver whose 18-wheeler was abandoned at a rest stop on eastbound Interstate 10 in Gautier, according to a statement from the Gautier Police Department (GPD). Dimitri Rai Williams, 47, was last seen parking his 18-wheeler at the rest stop about 6 a.m. Monday, July 27, Interim Police Chief Danny Selover told news outlets on Wednesday, July 29. GPD’s statement noted that Williams pulled into the rest area, followed by a black SUV; Williams exited his truck and got into the passenger side of the SUV. Williams was...
Semi at Sunset

Spot truckload rates rose amid supply-chain imbalances during week ending July 26

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BEAVERTON, Ore. — Spot truckload freight rates continued to increase last week, bucking typical trends for late July, according to the DAT Spot Truckload Market Summary for the week ending July 26. The summary is produced by DAT Solutions, which operates DAT One, the industry’s largest load board network. The number of spot dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed loads on DAT One decreased 3% during the week ending July 26 while the number of trucks posted increased 2%. Spot rates, which usually taper off during July, have been elevated as shippers and freight brokers turn to the spot market to...
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Speed limits could soon rev up on Oklahoma’s rural turnpikes, interstates

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Drivers on some rural roadways in Oklahoma may see increased speed limits in the near future. Following extensive studies by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), the state has determined that speed limits on portions of rural interstates and turnpikes are due for a tune-up. Recommendations on the changes are now heading to the respective boards of each agency for consideration. The recent passage of Oklahoma HB 1071 set the stage for statewide studies on potential maximum speed limit increases of 75 mph on rural interstates and 80 mph on rural turnpikes....
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TSA extends hazmat endorsement renewal through Oct. 29

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WASHINGTON — An exemption from Renewal of the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Security Threat Assessment for Certain Individuals that was set to expire at the end of July has been extended 90 days and will now expire Oct. 29, according to a notice published in the Federal Register today (July 31) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The exemption, initially published in the register April 8, allows states to extend by 180 days the expiration date of hazardous materials endorsements (HMEs) that expire on or after March 1. The notice states: “If a state grants an extension, the individual with an expired...
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Fyda Freightliner Pittsburgh to launch mobile repair service program Aug. 1

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PITTSBURGH — Fyda Freightliner Pittsburgh Inc., at 20 Fyda Drive in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, will launch a new Mobile Repair Service (MRS) program Monday, Aug. 3. The service will be available during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and emergency call-out is available 24/7. Fyda Pittsburgh’s MRS program is designed to create a better partnership with customers by offering additional services to support their businesses. “We feel that mobile service will add value and convenience for our customers. We expect MRS to be an extension of our shop capabilities and that our customers will find this to...
Colorful shifters

Shifter accessories available in vibrant colors from United Pacific Industries

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – United Pacific Industries has expanded its commercial truck parts line with its new Vibrant Color Series shift knobs, shift covers, shifter shaft extensions and other shifter accessories to customize cab interiors. The new products include: 13/15/18-Speed Gearshift Knobs for Eaton Fuller shift knob assemblies offered in a variety of high-fashion colors, including cadmium orange, indigo blue, electric yellow, emerald green, candy red, liquid silver and pearl white. A Stainless Gearshift Knob Cover, Chrome Range Selector Cover and Chrome Splitter Button for Eaton Fuller 13 speed shifters are also available. Lower Gear Shift Knob Covers designed to...
Capitol Hill

OOIDA leads coalition in saying ‘no’ to federally mandated insurance hikes

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WASHINGTON — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) led a coalition of more than 60 trade associations in voicing opposition against any increase of federally mandated insurance minimums for motor carriers. On July 27, the coalition sent a letter to Senate transportation leadership contending that higher insurance levels would do nothing to improve highway safety and would have a severe economic impact on truckers, farmers and manufacturers by significantly increasing their operational costs. “It’s ironic because Congress likes to praise the trucking industry when it fits their agenda,” said Todd Spencer, president and CEO of OOIDA. “Yet too many lawmakers want to...
Independent Contractor – August 2020 Digital Edition

Independent Contractor – August 2020 Digital Edition

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Independent Contractor August 2020 Digital Edition: California adopts first-of-its kind requirement for zero-emission trucks
Trucker's Connection August 2020 Digital Edition

Trucker’s Connection – August 2020 Digital Edition

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Trucker's Connection August 2020 Digital Edition: Your one stop shop for trucking jobs.
Big Money Trucking Digital Edition August 2020

Big Money Trucking – August/September 2020 Digital Edition

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Big Money Trucking Digital Edition Date: August 2020 Robert Morris and ‘Fiona’ increase autism awareness with inspirational truck
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Transportation leaders to launch first-of-its-kind industry report analyzing fleet adoption of clean, advanced vehicle...

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LOS ANGELES — Clean technology consulting firm and producers of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) is authoring a report on the current and future adoption of clean and advanced vehicles across the nation’s on-road transportation industry. The State of Sustainable Fleets report is the first technology-neutral, comprehensive industry resource that examines five fuel and vehicle technologies across eight medium- and heavy-duty transportation sectors. The report will be released Tuesday, Aug. 11; a two-part virtual launch event is planned to share the report’s findings. The report will provide insights from on-road vehicle fleets into...
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ATA takes annual management conference to virtual format

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has officially decided to make this year’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition a virtual event to be held Oct. 24-27. The event, originally scheduled for October in Denver, Colorado, was changed to a virtual setting by a unanimous decision by ATA officers. “We have been working closely with the Gaylord Rockies Resort to ensure our attendees would be safe, in addition to having an exceptional experience and meeting,” ATA President Chris Spear wrote in a letter to members and vendors. “Unfortunately, the state of Colorado and the City of Aurora have recently put additional...
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Neste opens four new renewable diesel fueling stations in California

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HOUSTON — Neste, a leading producer of renewable diesel, has opened four new fueling stations in northern and central California, providing greater accessibility to 100 percent renewable diesel. The fueling stations are open 24/7 and are strategically located near major commercial freight routes in order to accommodate commercial fleet vehicles of all sizes. The new cardlock locations are operated by Jeffries Brothers Petroleum and are located at: Wasco, Calif. – 750 U.S. 46 Wasco, Calif. – 2098 U.S. 46 Buttonwillow, Calif. – 35750 U.S. 58 Shafter, Calif. – 102 South Beech Ave. Each location is regularly supplied with Neste MY Renewable Diesel,...
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The Trucker News Channel — Truck Stop Pop

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In this episode we cover: Truck Stop Pop | Truck Stop Face Coverings | Self-driving is a Decade Away Tucker Russ: Hey, truckers, I'm Tucker. A new line of beverages made specifically for truckers will soon hit store shelves, and large truck stop chains are joining the list of retailers requiring face coverings. Also, a new research report from MIT found that the trucking industry is still a long ways away from being fully autonomous. That's great news for drivers, and that's just a quick look at all the stories we're covering on this edition of The Trucker News Channel. Tucker Russ: Well,...
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Latest reports from ACT Research show month-over-month improvements in June for freight index, truck...

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a negative impact on the global economy, reports from ACT Research (ACT) for June show continued rebounds in the North American trucking industry after shutdowns in March, a “dismal” April and slight improvements in May. ACT has created a COVID-19 Market Watch webpage to track noteworthy high frequency macroeconomic and transportation-specific market indicators. FOR-HIRE TRUCKING INDEX The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, which includes data for June, shows continued, significant improvement in the diffusion index measures tracked. The volume index rose to 70.4 in June, up from 19.3 in...
LaQuenta Jacobs

XPO Logistics appoints LaQuenta Jacobs as chief diversity officer

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GREENWICH, Conn. — XPO Logistics, Inc.  has appointed LaQuenta Jacobs to the newly created position of chief diversity officer, effective August 3, 2020. Jacobs will provide cultural leadership and strategic direction as an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion at XPO. She will report directly to the chief executive officer. According to a news release from XPO, Jacobs is a progressive human resources executive with 23 years of experience leading organizational development initiatives for global public companies. She joined XPO in 2018 as head of human resources for the company’s last mile business unit, with responsibility for HR and recruiting operations in the United...
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Montana works to update bridge load ratings across state to ensure safety

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HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has begun implementation of new load posting procedures on public bridges across the state as mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a result, motorists may soon start to notice new weight limits and signs on some bridges. The postings are part of recently updated federal requirements for bridge load rating and posting. Bridge weight restrictions are required when the engineering analysis of a bridge, known as a load rating, indicates that the structure cannot carry standard, legal loads. Load ratings provide information about how much distributed weight can safely...
Ohio River Cairo Bridge

U.S. 51’s Cairo Bridge to close Aug. 1-31, resulting in 80-mile detour for drivers...

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PADUCAH, Ky. — Beginning at 6:30 a.m. central time on Saturday, Aug. 1, the Cairo Bridge will be closed to all traffic, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). The bridge, located on U.S. 51, spans the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois. In addition to allowing extensive maintenance work along the approach levee on the Kentucky side of the bridge, the closure will accelerate a deck and expansion-joint maintenance project on the bridge itself. Kyle Poat, chief engineer for KYTC’s District 1, said he realizes the closure will be a hardship on commuters, businesses and industries that depend...