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Uber Freight under microscope

Uber Freight under microscope
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Big G Express sponsors 5th annual motorcycle ride benefiting St. Jude’s

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — On May 30, 2020, Big G Express will hold its fifth annual Big G Motorcycle Ride benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This fundraiser will help St. Jude continue to lead the way in how the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. “This cause is very important to us at Big G,” said Tim Chelette, driver and fundraiser organizer with Big G Express. “It’s our fifth year getting to do this – the first four years we raised more than $31,000 for the cause and it has been fantastic! I know people...
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U.S. Border Patrol foils three human-smuggling attempts in a single day, two involving tractor-trailers

LAREDO, Texas — May 14 was a busy day for agents of the U.S. Border Patrol near the Laredo, Texas, crossing between the U.S. and Mexico. In three separate incidents, agents discovered a total of 62 people in three failed human-smuggling attempts. The first incident occurred in the early afternoon, when a tractor-trailer approached the Interstate 35 checkpoint. After an immigration inspection of the driver, a nonintrusive scan of the tractor-trailer revealed several people being transported in the trailer. Upon opening the trailer, agents discovered 48 people from Mexico, including two juveniles, who were determined to be in the U.S....
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CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week to proceed as scheduled July 12-18

GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2020 Operation Safe Driver Week will go on as scheduled, July 12-18, according to a May 12 statement. During the weeklong traffic-enforcement safety initiative, law-enforcement personnel throughout North America will be looking for drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. Identified drivers will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning or citation. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, having less traffic on the highways during the COVID-19 pandemic may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws, including speed limits. Many jurisdictions report seeing a...

FTR reports April preliminary net trailer orders hit lowest level in modern era

FTR Transportation Intelligence has reported that preliminary net trailer orders for April sank to the lowest level in the modern era (since 1990), coming in at just 300 units. April order activity was down 95% month over month and down 98% year over year. Trailer orders for the past 12 months now total 162,000 units. The severe recessionary conditions caused many fleets to pull back on orders previously scheduled for 2020 delivery and place very few new orders. The dry van segment was hit particularly hard, and refrigerated van orders suffered some as well. Vocational orders remained tepid after falling...
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Comcar files for Chapter 11

Comcar files for Chapter 11
Steven Dixon holding a NCI hat

At The Truck Stop: Veteran driver who ‘always gives 110%’ snags National Carriers’ highest...

The term good Samaritan is often used to describe a person who does good deeds out of compassion, not because of any hope of reward. Stephen Dixon could easily be considered a good Samaritan. He enjoys helping others, and his deeds were certainly noticed when he was named 2019 Driver of the Year by National Carriers Inc. (NCI), largely because of his willingness to go out of his way to help fellow drivers. At the end of the day, NCI officials said, it’s Dixon’s attitude of service that pushed him to the forefront among fellow drivers, and it’s a key reason he...
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The Trucker News Channel – Cops run from semi

The Trucker News Channel - Cops run from semi
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He’s a trucking Uncle Sam! The perfect song for these times

He's a trucking Uncle Sam! The perfect song for these times
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In conjunction with protests in Washington, OOIDA steps up its efforts to enact change

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) continued a busy week on Wednesday (May 13) with a message to the majority and minority leaders of both houses of Congress. The five-page letter included a list of requests for congressional action. “Congress must provide more targeted relief specific to our industry,” the letter stated, and OOIDA recommended a series of steps. This letter followed up on a May 6 missive, sent to all senators and representatives, that asked for a requirement that brokers provide electronic copies of the information required in 49 CFR 371.3 to carriers upon completion of the load, as well...
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Truckers see escalation, results during 13th day of Washington protest

WASHINGTON — After an eventful day in Washington May 13, small trucking businesses protesters came a very large step closer to achieving the goals of their cause as their protest now nearing its third week. President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows spoke to the group for nearly 15 minutes, assuring them that Trump is aware of their cause and is listening as the nearly 150 assembled truckers voice their concerns. “The president has heard you, and he wants us to get something done,” Meadows told the group. One major accomplishment, whether intended or not, is that the protest group...
Barnhart truck in front of Gas Monkey Garage

Barnhart aids delivery of Gas Monkey Garage’s Richard Rawlings’ donation of energy drinks to...

DALLAS — Barnhart Transportation and ShipSmith have partnered with Richard Rawlings and the Gas Monkey Foundation to provide 13 truckloads of Gas Monkey Energy Drink to COVID-19 first responders and health care workers across the country. Richard Rawlings put out a request for trucks on Instagram, seeking assistance in getting his product to health care workers in COVID-19 hotspots. Jeff ‘Smitty’ Smith, owner of Charleston, South Carolina-based ShipSmith, responded and knew how to make it happen. “Everyone is looking for ways to help during this crisis, and this was the perfect opportunity to reach out to Barnhart to make it happen,”...
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Peterbilt reintroduces Model 389 Pride & Class package after limited runs in 2014, 2017

DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt Motors Co. has announced the return of the Model 389 Pride & Class package due to popular demand. Introduced with a limited production run in 2014 and 2017, the Model 389 Pride & Class package’s unique styling and touches of understated elegance are truly unique. Key external features of the Model 389 Pride & Class package include a highly polished hood crown surrounding a classic-style louvered grille sheet, a brightly polished hood spine, chrome hood side accents and polished hood fenders. The side of the truck is accentuated with polished rocker panels, bright cowl skirts, a...
Ryder employee wearing a mask made by Goodwill

Goodwill South Florida produces 20,000 masks to protect Ryder employees working on logistics front...

MIAMI — Goodwill South Florida has converted a portion of its sewing operations to manufacture 20,000 masks for employees at Ryder System Inc. to wear as they support the flow of essential goods and services needed in the fight against COVID-19. “James Ryder was one of three founders of Goodwill some 60 years ago, so when we got the call from Ryder asking if we could help produce scarce personal protective equipment for their employees, we immediately sprang into action,” said David Landsberg, CEO of Goodwill South Florida. It’s also fitting because just last year, when Goodwill celebrated its 60th anniversary,...
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Pennsylvania DOT reopens indoor facilities at more roadside rest areas

Harrisburg, Penn. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has reopened indoor facilities at three additional rest areas statewide. PennDOT's rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Gov. Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place. Many rest areas across Pennsylvania have since reopened. Additional cleaning and maintenance will be performed at all reopened locations. Tourism services are not available at this time. The following locations reopened May 11: Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County, 3.5 miles east of Exit 242; Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia County, 10 miles...
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Industries come together to #thankatrucker, provide hand sanitizer, meals for drivers

ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations, along with OneBeacon, U.S. Bank, Michelin and Hydro-Chem Systems, announced May 11 that the organizations are working together to provide hand-sanitizer stations, along with meals for professional truck drivers, through a new initiative: “Providing for the Frontlines.” In addition to celebrating the unsung heroes in the trucking industry who continue to deliver America’s goods through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative aims to provide relief to the hard-working men and women who spend their days and nights behind the wheel. “OneBeacon Insurance is proud of truckers and their unwavering determination to continue to deliver much-needed goods...
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TCA now accepting college scholarship applications for funds provided by the trucking community

The Truckload Carriers Association awards about 50 scholarships to students each year to students who have a family connection to TCA. One past recipient of one of the top scholarships is Blake Quinn of Springfield Missouri, who is a student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His dad works for Prime Inc., and Quinn is studying supply management. “As I progress through my college career, I am made increasingly more aware of the impact the trucking industry has had (and continues to have) on my family life,” Quinn said in a press release from TCA. “As a supply-chain major, I...
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Cattle truck tips and cows go flying

Cattle truck tips and cows go flying
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Modern-day heroes: Georgia Ports Authority recognizes work of trucking community to keep supply chain...

SAVANNAH, Ga. – As the nation faces concerns over COVID-19, Eric McCray realizes that the trucking community is the heartbeat of America, keeping the supply chain moving and store shelves stocked. "Our drivers are essential workers," said McCray, director of human resources for TCW Inc., a trucking company who consistently hauls from the Port of Savannah. "We make sure everything runs like it's supposed to." McCray said precautions in place aim to make sure employees return safely home to their families. TCW and other trucking companies serving the Port of Savannah are transporting much-needed essentials such as medical supplies, food, and...
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CDC offers COVID-19 guidance to keep OTR drivers safe, healthy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an article to help over-the-road truck drivers stay healthy and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The article, titled “What Long-haul Truck Drivers Need to Know about COVID-19,” appears below. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Symptoms often include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Our understanding of how the virus spreads is evolving as we learn more about it, so check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention...