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Group pushes FMCSA for rulemaking before changing crash preventability program

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WASHINGTON — A coalition of 10 trucking-related organizations has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a rulemaking if the agency intends to change how it analyzes and publishes data on motor carrier crashes. The petition was filed on June 14, 2019, by the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform (MCRR) coalition, which includes organizations representing more than 10,000 carriers, shippers and brokers. David Gee, chairman of Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT) said FMCSA officials have indicated that they plan to make permanent as a matter of enforcement policy its crash preventability pilot program, the Crash Preventability Demonstration...

The Trucker News Channel Episode #055

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In this episode we cover... - Some drivers may need to retake CDL test. - Bees buzzing on highway in Bozeman. - Trucker does Usain Bolt imitation. - One truckers dirty rig is another drivers art. All this and more news at stagetrucker.wpengine.com

Diesel prices drop everywhere, and by more than a nickel in California

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The average price for a gallon of diesel nationwide fell by 3.5 cents for the week ending June 17, to currently stand at $3.07 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). For the second week in a row, diesel prices fell in every region of the country, with California seeing the largest drop, 5.2 cents, to stand at $4.006 per gallon. This is in contrast to roughly a month ago, when California was seeing price increases while most of the rest of the nation was experiencing a drop in diesel prices. Overall along the West Coast, diesel fell...

Great Dane’s Laura Roan Hays chosen chairwoman for Women In Trucking

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PLOVER, Wis. — Laura Roan Hays, branch manager for the Tampa and Miami branch locations for Great Dane, is the new chairwoman of the board of Women In Trucking (WIT). Hays was chosen at the organization’s annual meeting where the association votes on term renewals and officers. The board provides guidance for the non-profit association that works to elevate the issue of gender diversity in the transportation and logistics industry. Roan Hays succeeds Mary Aufdemberg, director, acquisitions and operations, Daimler Trucks North America and Daimler Trucks Remarketing, who reached the end of her term. “It has been a pleasure to serve as chairwoman...

ATA’s Spear, OOIDA’s Spencer testify at state of trucking hearing

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WASHINGTON — American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear Wednesday told members of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee the ATA is committed to working with lawmakers as they begin work on a transportation reauthorization bill. Meanwhile, Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association told the committee that the state of the American trucking industry is “broken.” The two executives were among several witness who spoke during the hearing — dubbed as “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America” — before the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Spear also spoke to the industry’s commitment to strengthen and grow...
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The Trucker Newspaper – June 15, 2019 Digital Edition

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The Trucker News Channel Episode #054

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In this episode we cover... - FMCSA wants to know about your detention time. - Pace of driver pay increases. - Trucker swerves for miles. - New tech from Hawaii mimics nature for fuel savings.

House Appropriations Committee approves FY2020 transportation budget

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WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill on a vote of 29-21. The legislation funds the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies, including the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. In total, the legislation provides $137.1 billion in budgetary resources, an increase of $6 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $17.3 billion above the President’s budget request. The bill includes $75.8 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $4.7 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $17.3 billion...

John Christner Trucking’s John Mallory wins TCA safety award

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Truckload Carriers Association has named John Mallory, John Christner Trucking’s director of safety, as the 2019 TCA Safety Professional of the Year and made him recipient of the Clare C. Casey Award. The award was presented during the TCA’s 38th Annual Safety & Security Division Meeting in Memphis. John Christner Trucking is located at Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The award is bestowed upon a trucking industry professional whose actions and achievements have made a profound contribution to enhancing safety on North America’s highways. “John has an absolute passion for our industry, particularly making it safer,” said John Christner Trucking’s vice president...

The Trucker News Channel Episode #053

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In this episode we cover... - FMCSA to rule on HOS this Friday. - Trucker with honors arrested on child porn. - International Road Check + in Michigan. - Trucker Tech Report

Efforts to thwart human trafficking increasing among state DOTs

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WASHINGTON — Efforts to thwart human trafficking are increasing among state departments of transportation, though there is still a way to go in terms of spurring “deeper engagement” on their part. Data from an ongoing survey of anti-human trafficking efforts by state DOTs entitled “State DOT Contributions to the Study, Investigation and Interdiction of Human Trafficking,” – indicates 45 percent of the agencies participating in poll are either “highly” or “moderately” engaged in such efforts, according to an article in the Journal, the official publication of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.. Paula Hammond, senior vice president at...
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The Trucker Newspaper – June 1, 2019 Digital Edition

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I’ve had some secondhand second thoughts about those 18-year-old drivers

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In my last column, I mentioned something about looking at online reader comments, and how truckers tend to do a better job of staying on topic and making actual contributions to whatever the story is about compared to what you find on the internet in general. I also said something about regularly checking our reader comments to see what drivers have to say about whichever topic is taking its turn as one of the “hot” ones of the moment. These days, the question of whether 18-year-olds should be allowed to drive commercial vehicles interstate has been getting a lot of attention,...

ACT: Class 8 engine production to grow before drop late in 2019

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to the recently released North American Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, Class 8 production is expected to continue growing in 2019 before an anticipated drop late in the year and into 2020. Diesel is still the dominate power source and vocational truck demand is more stable than tractors demand, the two organizations said. “Trucks are the primary application of engines under 10L, with the proportion closely following truck production,” said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “Although there is an industry trend to smaller displacement engines, movement from premium over...

Daimler Trucks establishes global organization for highly automated driving

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BLACKSBURG, Va./PORTLAND, Ore./STUTTGART, Germany — Effective June 1, Daimler Trucks is establishing the Autonomous Technology Group as a global organization for automated driving, bringing together its worldwide expertise and activities. The main tasks of the new unit comprise overall strategy and implementation of the automated driving roadmap, including research and development as well as setting up the required operations infrastructure and network, heading towards the series production of highly automated trucks (SAE level 4). The newly established Autonomous Technology Group is part of Daimler Trucks’ global effort to put highly automated trucks onto the roads within a decade. To achieve this, Daimler...

2 major bridges in Arkansas closed because of flooding temporarily reopened

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UPDATE 12:08 p.m., Tuesday, May 28 Historic flooding along the Arkansas River that required prompt shutdown of two bridges that span the waterway in the City of Fort Smith are able to be temporarily reopened, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. Late Monday night, the U.S. Highway 64/71B (Broadway St.) bridge – known locally as the Midland Bridge – and the I-540 river bridge over the Arkansas River were closed to traffic because of anticipated high water levels impacting roadways leading to both structures. The predicted floodwaters did not rise to the level anticipated last night and after a...

Bendix offers tips on preventing OOS order during Roadcheck

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ELYRIA, Ohio — Need evidence of how important foundational maintenance is to keeping vehicles on the road and operating safely? Try this: During last year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck, brake systems, tires and wheels, and brake adjustment represented well over half – 63.8 percent – of the violations that led to vehicles being placed out of service. With this year’s International Roadcheck around the corner on June 4-6, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake) reminds fleets and owner-operators that taking care of the basics is a must. “The 2018 Roadcheck followed a common pattern of...

Round 2 of infrastructure talks go bust as Trump walks out of meeting

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WASHINGTON — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes. Round 2 of the president's consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash. Prospects for passing a large infrastructure bill evaporated Wednesday as Trump announced that he won't work with Democratic lawmakers on policy while they continue to investigate him. Trump took umbrage at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation earlier in the day of him being "engaged in a cover up." He met briefly with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats...

ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index surges 7.4% in April

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ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index surged 7.4% in April after decreasing 2% in March. In April, the index equaled 121.8 (2015=100) compared with 113.4 in March. “The surge in truck tonnage in April is obviously good for trucking, but it is important to examine it in the context of the broader economy,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “February and March were particularly weak months, as evidenced by the 3.5% dip in tonnage due to weather and other factors, so some of the gain was a catch-up effect. In addition, the...