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The Trucker News Channel Episode #051

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In this episode we cover... - Sticky situation on highway. -FMCSA wants younger drivers? - Driver leaves truck running on highway and goes missing. All this and more news at thetrucker.com

Trump aides reportedly downplaying idea of increase in gas tax for infrastructure

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WASHINGTON — It’s looking more and more likely you’ll need a pair of double — no, triple-strength binoculars to locate even a glimmering hope that there will be a viable infrastructure bill this anytime soon. Sure, President Donald Trump and the Democrats met recently and agreed on the need for $2.2 trillion in infrastructure improvements, but as usual, there was no talk about from whence the money would come. And now, it appears that the best way to fund the Highway Trust Fund — at least in the eyes of the trucking industry — is being quashed by the White House. POLITICO...

At the Truck Stop: This expediter’s loads are light and so are his spirits

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Seeing Ray Shamel standing in line at the Petro truck stop off Interstate 40, exit 161, near Little Rock, Arkansas, you could almost mistake him for a professional truck driver. He looks the part. And he’s obviously at home at a truck stop. Then again, he’s got a little more pep in his step, he’s a little less bedraggled than most truckers are as they take care of business and life’s necessities. He’s quick to smile and to start a conversation wherever he finds one. He’s relaxed rather than weary. There’s a simple explanation for the similarities and the differences, and...

NTSB: Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer

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DETROIT — A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined. The car drove beneath the trailer, killing the driver, in a crash that is strikingly similar to one that happened on the other side of Florida in 2016 that also involved use of Autopilot. In both cases, neither the driver nor the Autopilot system stopped for the trailers, and the roofs of the cars were sheared off. The Delray Beach crash, which remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and...

Cargo theft shows 19% decrease in volume in Q1 2019 vs. Q4 2018

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BEVERLY, Mass. — SensiGuard Supply Chair Intelligence Center said Wednesday it recorded 144 cargo thefts in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2019. The intelligence center is part of SensiGuard Supply Chain. SensiGuard said 55 of the incidents occurred in January, 33 in February and 56 in March. The average loss value per incident was $116,717, representing a 19% decrease in volume and a 4% decrease in value from the fourth quarter of 2018. When compared to the same quarter in 2018, the 2019 data represents a 25% increase in volume and a 1% increase in value. There was one theft valued at...

FMCSA wants comments on possible 2nd pilot program for 18- to 20-year-olds

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesday said it is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. “Commercial trucks and buses are essential to a thriving national economy, and the department wants to ensure the public has an opportunity to comment on this important potential change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Drivers ages 18-20 may currently only operate CMVs in intrastate commerce. In July 2018, USDOT announced the details of the Commercial Driver Pilot Program required under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation...

Diesel prices continue to rise on West Coast, drop everywhere else

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The average price for a gallon of diesel nationwide fell 1.1 cents for the week ending May 13, to currently stand at $3.160 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The just-concluded week continued in exaggerated fashion a pattern that has developed over the past few weeks. While prices along entire the West Coast rose, they dropped everywhere else in the nation. Although no region experienced much a shift, the gains on the West Coast were more significant that the drops elsewhere, which left the national average so close to evening out. The largest price change occurred in...

Montana governor signs infrastructure bill

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HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a series of bills Friday that allow for spending nearly $400 million on buildings, bridges and water systems across the state — an effort aimed at creating jobs, boosting the state’s economy and clearing up a backlog of needed work. The bills include money to repair or replace 14 bridges and 51 water, wastewater and sewer projects. Overall, the 2019 Legislature passed $2.7 billion in infrastructure projects, including highway projects. One of the measures was the result of a bipartisan effort to set guidelines to determine how much money the state can afford...

The Semi Funny Comedian – Wrong way driver

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Friday fun.  The Semi Funny Comedian returns.

To prep for Roadcheck, Goodyear offering tire inspections, tire management services

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AKRON, Ohio — To help trucks stay on the road during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck which starts on June 4, members of the Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network are offering tire inspections and other tire management services. Tire and wheel issues accounted for 19.1% of all out-of-service violations identified during last year’s Roadcheck event. The Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network encompasses more than 2,300 locations, including Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers and authorized, independent Goodyear commercial tire dealerships, both of which offer a variety of tire management services. These include yard checks and, in...

The Trucker News Channel Episode #049

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In this episode we cover... - 2 flatbed carriers flatline - Bail hearing in Colorado crash - Amazon gets in the trucking biz - Trucker road rages with wasp spray All this and more news along with our Cat Scale Rig of the Week on this edition of The Trucker News Channel.

California court dismisses lawsuit, citing FMCSA ruling on meal breaks

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A California court has dismissed a portion of a class-action lawsuit brought by a professional truck driver against the carrier he worked for claiming the company had failed to provide him with adequate meal and rest periods in accordance with California’s meal-and-rest-break-requirements. The dismissal is the first application in a court case of a decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in December that federal rest-break laws supersede California’s meal-and-rest-break regulations and possibly portends a shift in the legal standing of the long-running issue. On May 2, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the portion...

Lawmakers make another attempt to repeal the FET on trucks

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have introduced H.R. 2381, the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019 on April 30 that would repeal the current 12 percent federal excise tax or FET on heavy commercial trucks and trailers. Though monies generated by the FET tax goes into the Highway Trust Fund, Rep. LaMalfa called that revenue “unreliable” since the high price of new trucks and trailers makes sales “inconsistent” year-to-year. On average, he said the FET adds between $12,000 to $22,000 to the final sale price of a new truck. During the last Congress,...

2nd flatbed carrier in less than a week shuts down suddenly, leaving questions

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Small businesses go belly up all the time.  On Wednesday, when Dothan, Alabama-based flatbed carrier Williams Trucking, LLC suddenly announced to its workers that the company is going out of business and that they should stop what they’re doing and bring their trucks and trailers back to the terminal, few people not directly affected might have taken notice. But the fact that the manner which the sudden shuttering occurred seemed to echo what happened just days earlier with a large flatbed carrier makes the move by the smaller carrier much more noticeable. According to reports by Dothan-area TV stations, employees received...

At the Truck Stop: Young rookie flatbed driver grew up wanting to get behind...

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In the running debate over whether professional truck drivers under the age of 21 should be allowed to run loads interstate, one of the main arguments made by those who are opposed to the idea is that young people lack the maturity to handle the job, that they just aren’t serious-minded or responsible enough. Then there’s the old classic, “These kids today, they don’t wanna work.” That may not be true about a lot of young adults, but not all of them. To borrow a phrase from Rod Serling, respectively submitted for your approval is one Mr. Kie-Aire Collins, a...

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week set for July 14-20 with focus on speeding

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GREENBELT, Md. — Law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for drivers engaging in dangerous driver behaviors July 14-20 for the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week. Drivers engaged in unsafe driving behaviors will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning and/or citation. The Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. The program is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration (FMCSA) and...

The Trucker News Channel Episode #048

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In this episode we cover... - 28 vehicle pile up - Thwarted suicide by truck - Oil prices rise - Kenworth and Toyota team up All this and more news at thetrucker.com  

Bail set at $400,000 for flatbed driver in fatal Colorado crash

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GOLDEN, Colo. — A speeding semitrailer whose driver appeared to one witness to be "wide eyed" and "terrified" passed a truck ramp before plowing into other vehicles on a crowded highway near Denver, killing four people and injuring at least six others, according to court documents released Saturday. The truck driver, 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, of Houston, made his first court appearance Saturday after being arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. State District Judge Chris Zenisek set $400,000 bond. Aguilera-Mederos, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, didn’t speak during the hearing. He was represented by Denver attorney Robert Corry, who...