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The Truck Boss Show speaks with OOIDA

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Truck Boss team discusses Arizona's effort to help drivers find parking and low fuel prices. Then they sat down with Women In Trucking Association CEO, Ellen Voie, to discuss their mission, Lewis Pugh, VP of Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) about what they are doing for truckers and more truck insurance 411 with Mark Holland.
Elaine Chao addresses trucking industry

Transportation industry doubles Secretary Chao’s call for ‘100 Pledges in 100 Days’ to stop...

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WASHINGTON — In January, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called on the nation’s transportation industry to “put the brakes on human trafficking.” Chao asked for 100 pledges, within a 100-day period, from industry organizations to train employees to fight the crime of human trafficking and help raise public awareness of the growing problem. Today (May 7), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that more than 200 transportation industry leaders have answered Chao’s call to help fight human trafficking. That number is more than double USDOT’s initial commitment to seek out “100 Pledges in 100 Days” from transportation, labor and...
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Drinking straight from the tanker

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David Compton: There is no doubt that, during the coronavirus, some people might be imbibing a little bit more than normal, and there's nothing like drinking straight from the tap. However, Gabriel Marino of Haywood, California really must have wanted some wine and took drinking from the tap to the extreme. It seems a tanker was on northbound Highway 99 in Turlock, California when Marino pulled his vehicle to the left and started trying to get the attention of the tanker driver. The trucker pulled to the right shoulder of the freeway thinking there might be mechanical problems. Marino and the tanker...
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Truck drivers can stream Road Dog Trucking Radio for free through May 31

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SiriusXM's Road Dog Trucking Radio, channel 146, is offering an exclusive free-to-air channel for professional truck drivers on the front lines, through Sunday, May 31. Road Dog Trucking Radio can be heard wherever truckers tune in — on SiriusXM radios, on the SiriusXM app and at home on a variety of connected devices and speakers. This channel is now available to subscribers nationwide and to everyone — including anyone who is not already a SiriusXM subscriber — as part of SiriusXM’s free streaming access period through May 31. For more information and to start listening, visit siriusxm.com/streamfree. For a listing...
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PrePass integrates with Geotab’s open API for weigh station bypass, safety alerts

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PHOENIX — PrePass Safety Alliance has announced that its PrePass MOTION app will now integrate with Geotab. This integration will give qualified motor carriers an additional option to expand bypass opportunities and help improve fleet safety and efficiency. The PrePass MOTION app uses a cellular connection to provide carriers with weigh station bypassing and in-vehicle driver safety alerts. Drivers will receive alerts indicating work zones ahead, gusty wind areas, steep grades and no-commercial-vehicle roads, among others. “Geotab is committed to providing fleet owners and managers with customizable solutions that help address the specific needs of their fleet. As such, we are...
Illinois DOT trucker thank you

Illinois DOT partners with local groups to provide free food for truckers at weigh...

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — To help the public show appreciation to the trucking industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Transportation will coordinate with groups that want to provide free food to truckers. Events that meet and follow specific safety requirements will be held at select IDOT weigh stations throughout the state. “We are proud to offer our assistance in saying thank you to truckers and giving them some encouragement in their travels,” said Omer Osman, the state’s acting transportation secretary. “All of us owe these men and women our gratitude for keeping the nation’s supply chain moving, making...
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Joint research by ATRI, OOIDA, identifies COVID-19 impact on trucking, offers recommendations

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ATLANTA — The nation’s truckers provide vital resources during COVID-19 pandemic but the crisis has still had a negative impact on the industry as a whole, according to a report released today (May 5) by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). According to the report, the global crisis has affected all aspects of trucking operations, including deliveries, travel times, detention and truck parking. The report also provides recommendations and guidance on future strategies should another national disaster strike. “The trucking industry has weathered national disasters in the past and is doing so again through the...
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Louisiana extends commercial truck weight-limit waiver through May 31

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has extended the weight-limit waiver for commercial trucks assisting in COVID-19 relief efforts through May 31 or the end of the statewide stay-at-home order. The waiver allows commercial vehicles traveling on the state’s public highways to have a gross weight of 88,000 pounds. Shawn Wilson, secretary of the state’s DOTD, announced the extension of the waiver on April 30, citing the continued spread of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, at the time of this writing, the state has a total of 29,673...
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Pilot Co. introduces rebranded fuel card with new fleet benefits

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Co., which operates Pilot and Flying J travel centers, has rebranded its commercial-fleet credit card and rewards program. The new Axle Fuel Card promises quick credit approvals and enhanced payment terms, money-back rewards, and loyalty benefits for fleet drivers. “In the current environment, trucking companies and their drivers are facing unprecedented challenges as they work incredibly hard to supply our country. The majority of goods that we rely on every day are transported by truck, and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep them moving,” said Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Co. “Through...
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Howes Hall of Fame announces Tony Justice as second inductee for inaugural class of...

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Independent musician and truck driver Tony Justice has been selected as the second person to be inducted into the inaugural class of the Howes Hall of Fame for 2020. “It is just a huge honor,” Justice said. “Something I never would have dreamed about or thought about. It brings a positive light on the industry that we have gathered that much support. It is a really big honor.” According to a press release from Howes, Justice has sold more than 100,000 albums in the past nine years — in addition to averaging more than 2,500 miles per...
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The Trucker News Channel 100th episode

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In this episode we cover... - GATS canceled - Milk tanker spills - Arizona adds emergency parking for trucks - Semi hit and run David Compton: Hi, I'm David Compton. Welcome to the 100th episode of The Trucker News Channel. The Great American Truck Show cancels. Troopers need your help finding a hit and run trucker. And there's an old saying there's no use crying over spilled milk, that is unless you're this tanker driver. And Arizona begins an emergency truck parking project. These are just some of the stories we're going to cover on this 100th episode of The Trucker News Channel. David Compton: MATS, GATS,...
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Southern California truckers organize for ‘slow roll’ looking to raise awareness of low freight...

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. — On the other side of the country from Washington D.C., southern California truckers held a protest echoing the concerns of other owner-operators from coast to coast regarding low freight rates. While the protests in Washington D.C. aimed to physically garner the attention of the federal government and the White House, one of the southern California event’s organizers, owner-operator Miguel Ramirez said this protest was a part of a nationwide effort to call attention the low rates truckers are being offered from brokers for hauling essential goods. “We are joining a national movement, and it is taking place...
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Truckers begin ‘slow roll’ at the Port of Los Angeles

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We are on scene at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California as more than 60 truckers begin a slow roll in protest of low freight rates. Stay tuned as we will have more in-depth coverage and interviews to follow.
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‘Mayday’ protests begin; exploring the issues and looking at what can be done

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Today’s the day. May Day. Or “mayday,” as protest organizers who have adopted the well-known international radio distress signal, have labeled May 1, 2020. Demonstrations have begun in Washington D.C. and in Chicago. In Washington, dozens of trucks are parked along Constitution Avenue, within view of the White House, blowing their air horns in unity with the cause. Reporters from several local television stations have covered the event, broadcasting coverage of the parked trucks and crescendo of air horns. Interviews with organizers and participants have been observed on sidewalks near the demonstration. Homemade banners proclaiming “Make trucking great again” hang...
Officers distribute masks

Highway Patrol distributes free masks to truckers at Arkansas weigh stations, some rest areas

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SOCIAL HILL, Ark. — Truckers stopping at Arkansas’ Social Hill rest area along Interstate 40 received free protective masks Thursday, April 30. The masks were distributed by officers from the Arkansas Highway Police division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. “We have individuals from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Arkansas Highway Police and the Arkansas Trucking Association all out here trying to get PPE (personal protective equipment) to commercial truck drivers, making sure that they have masks, hand sanitizer and things that they need to keep them healthy while they’re out working,” said Shannon Newton, president of the...
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Trucker’s son felt ‘called’ to offer free truck parking at his lot on I-44...

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STRAFFORD, Mo. – In an effort to support truck drivers and give them a safe place to park overnight, Bob Mericle is offering free parking at his lot in Strafford, Missouri. “There is no charge whatsoever,” he said. “I just wanted a spot for drivers to come in and get some rest. I wanted to find a way to help drivers.” Mericle opened Bob’s Parking, which sits on a 15 acre lot, on Interstate 44 about three months ago. He said he had some extra spaces, so he decided to help and it has really blown up across social media. “We appreciate...
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Research explores impact of COVID-19, recovery on nation’s transportation, commercial-vehicle markets

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Columbus, Ind. — In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the North American commercial-vehicle market, as well as the global economy, addressed the spiraling pandemic with shutdown announcements, but the report continued by preparing readers for the restarting phase to come. The report, which combines ACT’s proprietary data analysis from a variety of industry sources, paints a comprehensive picture of trends impacting transportation and commercial-vehicle markets. This monthly report includes a relevant, high-level forecast summary, complete with transportation insights for use by commercial-vehicle dealer executives, reviewing top-level considerations such as for-hire indices, freight, heavy-...
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Idaho community steps up to provide food, essentials for truck drivers

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The generosity of the community has been overwhelming for one trucking company in Idaho. “It took us by surprise,” said Whitney Polson, human-resource director for Super T Transport. “To see the outpouring of love and support for the drivers, and the outpouring from communities across the country, it has been a moving experience. This is hard for them too, and you don’t know until you are in the driver’s seat.” Recently Super T Transport held a canned-food donation drive. While Polson said she couldn’t say exactly how much was donated, she said they received enough food to...
The Trucker Newspaper - May 1, 2020 - digital edition

The Trucker Newspaper – May 1, 2020 – Digital Edition

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The Trucker Newspaper Digital Edition May 1, 2020: Owner-Operators feel pain of rate decline due to pandemic; protesters block freeway in Houston