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The Trucker Newspaper - May 1, 2019

The Trucker Newspaper – May 1, 2019 Digital Edition

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Flatbed driver faces vehicular homicide charges after fiery Colorado crash

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A flatbed driver is in police custody and is being charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide after a fiery crash Thursday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 70 just outside of Denver that involved at least 28 vehicles, including four semis. The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. Mountain Time, on I-70 at Colorado Mills Parkway, in the Denver West section of Lakewood, just west of Denver. That section of I-70 remained closed Friday morning and is not expected to reopen until Saturday while investigators go over the scene before it is cleaned up. Initial reports said that one person was killed in...

53 J.B. Hunt drivers feted at Million Mile Celebration

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LOWELL, Ark. — J.B. Hunt Transport Services held its annual Million Mile Celebration event April 23 at company headquarters in Lowell, Arkansas, to recognize 53 drivers who recently surpassed 2, 3 and 4 million safe miles driven in their career with the company. J.B. Hunt awarded $750,000 in safe driver bonuses, with each driver earning an amount based on their total miles achieved. “Drivers like these are the big reason why J.B. Hunt is one of the safest fleets on the road today,” said Craig Harper, executive vice president and chief operations officer of J.B. Hunt. “If you traveled to the...

Oil prices climb in wake of Iranian oil sanctions decision

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NEW YORK — Global oil prices are rising in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on nations that import Iranian oil and could eventually climb to levels that would impact American consumers. Analysts said Tuesday that by taking Iranian crude off the market, the price of Brent crude oil — which is traded internationally — could rise to $80 per barrel or higher, depending on what happens in other countries where supply is at risk. "That would certainly be felt by U.S. consumers, especially going into the driving season over the summer," said Paul Sheldon, chief geopolitical...

The Trucker News Channel Episode #047

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In this episode we cover... - Black Smoke Matters post mortem. - Trump trucker tax troubles - No need to cry over spilled milk in Texas

Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel cell technology displayed at LA port

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LOS ANGELES — The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship was the featured Class 8 truck at a major, zero emissions trucking event that featured more than 100 participants from government, industry, local community and the media held Monday at the Port of Los Angeles. Kenworth Truck Co. and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emissions Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. The first new, jointly developed Kenworth/Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Truck (FCET) produced from the collaboration debuted at the event. The effort is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF)...

Survey says motorists support more safety measures

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WASHINGTON — A new report finds American motorists “strongly support” a broad array of safety measures, from reducing local street speed limits and building more roundabout intersections to stricter seatbelt enforcement efforts. According to an article in the Journal of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. motorists conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Road to Zero Coalition, the report, entitled “Underutilized Strategies in Traffic Safety: Results of a Nationally Representative Survey,” found support for a variety of motor vehicle safety initiative, including: Increasing the use of...

FMCSA reminds truckers drug, alcohol clearinghouse coming soon

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Remember two years ago, when it seemed like the entire trucking industry was counting down the days to the ELD deadline? Well, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants drivers to be aware of another countdown happening right now, although with much less hoopla than the Great ELD Panic of ’17. At the recent Mid-America Trucking Show, Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director of enforcement and compliance, gave a presentation to raise awareness about the soon-to-be launched federal CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Mandated as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, in 2012, the same...

Pilot Flying J’s new mobile app hits the road

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J has launched its new mobile app. With features specifically geared toward the professional driver as well as the auto traveler and RV customer, the app is designed to make travel easier for everyone on the road, according to Mike Rodgers, senior vice president and chief strategy and information officer. Developed with drivers in mind, Rodgers said the new Pilot Flying J app saves users time and money with a more personalized experience tailored to drivers' type of travel, location, preferences and needs. "By focusing on the moments that matter most to our guests, we designed our...

GOP states discover a tax hike they have to like: for roads

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LANSING, Mich. — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it's time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the past month alone, the Republican governors of Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas have signed fuel tax hikes. Meanwhile, proposed increases are being considered by three legislatures that are fully or partly GOP-controlled, including a whopping 45-cents-a-gallon hike in Michigan. The moves show a growing willingness in conservative places to take on the fearsome politics of higher taxes,...

West Virginia to start new measure designed to make section of I-77 safer

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PRINCETON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials say they hope some new measures will make a dangerous section of Interstate 77 safer to travel. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports West Virginia Parkways Authority said it would lower the speed limit from 70 to 60 by the end of April, increase patrols and check tractor-trailers' equipment more often. Parkway General Manager Greg Barr made the comments Monday during a ceremony in which a bridge was dedicated to two Parkways to the late Nathan Andrew Thompson of Princeton and his nephew, 21-year-old Richard Nathaniel Lambert of Kegley. Both men, who were West Virginia Parkways...
The Trucker Newspaper, April 15, 2019

The Trucker Newspaper – April 15, 2019 Digital Edition

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Health caution urged for truckers who ate at Kentucky Popeyes’ TA location March 17-April...

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FLORENCE, Ky. — A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen located at 7777 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky, within the TravelCenters of America facility.  An ongoing investigation of the facility found that this employee worked during a period of time when ill or infectious, which included the dates of March 17 through April 5. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with the hepatitis A virus because of an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen during the dates listed...

After 31 years on the road, driver sees more is lost than gained through...

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Standing at the grill counter, picking out the side dishes to his early afternoon meal, Thomas Bast seemed to be in no particular hurry. Or at least he didn’t seem like a man who felt rushed. He chatted a bit with the woman who was putting together his meal, and once he had his Styrofoam container in hand, he turned casually, in no great rush to get back to his truck. Did he have time to talk? Yeah, sure, he could spare a few minutes. After 31 years behind the wheel, he wears his experience. You can see it in...

ACT: Freight recession possible, rate recession likely

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A freight recession is possible and a rate recession is likely, ACT Research said in a new monthly report focusing on the future of the U.S. trucking industry. The report covers the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors. “Truckload spot rates are set to soften further because of tractor capacity additions, pulling the contract rate market down by mid-year. LTL rates will be most resilient and continue to rise due to the unique dynamics in that market, but TL and intermodal rates are heading lower,” said Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s vice president and senior analyst. Dry van rates,...

Mack Trucks seeks entries for 2020 Mack calendar contest

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Owners of Mack trucks have the chance to once again be in the spotlight for a month courtesy of the 2020 Mack Calendar Contest. For the fourth year running, six lucky truck owners will be chosen by Mack Trucks' social media followers to appear in next year's Mack Calendar. The contest runs from April 2 to May 31, 2019. “Mack built its reputation on the hardest-working trucks and owners in the industry, and great-looking Mack trucks are always celebrated by our passionate fans,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing. “The calendar contest gives everyone a...

Study: 47,000 U.S. bridges in poor condition, pace of repair slows to crawl

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WASHINGTON — The length of America’s structurally deficient bridges if placed end-to-end would span nearly 1,100 miles, the distance between Chicago and Houston, a new examination of federal government data shows.  And it’s a problem that hits close to home. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently-released U.S. Department of Transportation 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals 47,052 bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition. Cars, trucks and school buses cross these compromised structures 178 million times every day, the data show. Nearly 1,775 are on the Interstate Highway System. The most traveled...

ATA outlines multi-pronged campaign to get Congress moving on road funding

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations is taking a multi-pronged approach to get Congress moving on comprehensive funding for the nation’s infrastructure, with an eight-week TV ad campaign, digital ads, bills to be introduced in the House’s Ways and Means and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees later this spring and a bombardment of Washington, D.C., and state Congressional districts by state trucking associations and other industry representatives. However, said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear at a news conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump will have to put his full weight behind funding efforts for it to move forward. The ATA and...