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Truckers begin ‘slow roll’ at the Port of Los Angeles

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

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

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...

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

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

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

The Trucker Newspaper Digital Edition May 1, 2020: Owner-Operators feel pain of rate decline due to pandemic; protesters block freeway in Houston
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Owner-operators plan ‘mayday’ protests to bring awareness to drastic decline in rates, broker operations

Truck drivers have received a lot of media attention in recent weeks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are realizing how essential drivers are to the nation’s economy, society’s way of life and even our survival. For a change, nice things are being said about truckers in the nontrucking media. Restaurants are finding ways to feed drivers whose trucks can’t fit in the drive-thru lanes, food trucks are serving truckers at rest areas, and ordinary people are giving free lunches to truckers. However, drivers in one segment of the driving population say they are feeling decidedly unappreciated. Owner-operators, who depend...
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Missouri DOT extends permit for trucks carrying overweight loads during COVID-19 crisis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In an effort to ensure the flow of essential supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced April 28 that the agency is extending the time frame for trucks to be able to carry heavier loads on the state’s interstates and highways. The special overweight permit — which allows haulers to transport up to 100,000 pounds on any state-owned highways, including interstates — will be available until June 15. Movement under this special permit is authorized 24 hours per day, seven days per week. “This extension will continue to support the vital flow of goods at...
Hand Sanitizer

ATA, Protective Insurance Co., ABF Freight team up to provide free hand sanitizer refills...

ARLINGTON, Va. — As professional truck drivers continue to serve on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis, American Trucking Associations has partnered with Protective Insurance Co. to expand the availability and supply of hand sanitizer to truckers along major U.S. freight corridors. “Crossing the bridge from crisis to recovery hinges on the integrity of our supply chain and its ability to keep moving. Protecting America’s truck drivers and ensuring they can stay safe and healthy while on the road is paramount. While we continue to work with federal agencies on the strategic distribution of PPE (personal protective equipment), we’re...
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Howes Hall of Fame recognizes those who impact the industry

David Compton: Joining me today is Rob and Erica Howes from Howes Products, and Ellen Voie from Women in Trucking. Welcome, everybody. Erica Howes: Thank you. David Compton: Well, let’s first start with Rob and Erica. I hear this was a big year for Howes, and some special things are in the work. Tell us about it. Rob Howes: Yeah, we’re really excited to celebrate our hundredth year and wanted to give back to the customers that got us here. So that’s why I put together a platform called the Howes Hall of Fame. And Erica’s going to tell you a little more about that. Erica Howes: So...
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Free pre-trip inspection training app can help schools prepare new drivers during COVID-19 pandemic

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Experts say a shortage of qualified truck drivers could pose a threat to the nation’s supply chain, causing a shortage of food and other products on grocery-store shelves. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased this risk because of the training difficulties presented by social-distancing guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We need to train more drivers as quickly as possible,” said John Kearney, CEO of Advanced Training Systems (ATS), a designer and manufacturer of virtual simulators for driver training and other applications. For some years, Kearney said, there has been a national...
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More locations added for distributing free masks to truck drivers

Last week The Trucker reported that about 800,000 masks have slated for distribution to U.S. truck drivers along the nation’s high-volume trucking lanes. While distribution dates have not yet been released, more than 30 distribution points have been added to the original six locations in California, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, New York and Texas: California: Interstate 5 northbound in Los Angeles, mile marker 203. Georgia: Interstate 75, southbound, mile marker 179 just north of Macon. Illinois: Interstate 80/Interstate 294 eastbound, mile marker 1 in Chicago. Nebraska: Interstate 80 westbound, mile marker 431 near Omaha. New York: Interstate 87 northbound, mile...
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Freight rates, volumes slip, according to latest For-Hire Trucking Index

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Last week ACT Research released the latest For-Hire Trucking Index, which included March data. The index showed contraction in both volumes and freight rates, now at 42.4 and 43.2, respectively. Productivity, while neutral at 50.0, was likely supported by the temporary pantry-stocking phenomenon. “Because of the talk surrounding a surge in freight driven by pantry stocking, the volume index decline was somewhat surprising, but likely reflects the start of shutdowns late in March,” said Tim Denoyer, vice president and senior analyst for ACT. “COVID-19 is adding a new level of pricing pressure due to the sharp decline in...
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Mississippi students say ‘thank you’ to truckers with hand-written messages

RICHLAND, Miss. — When Linda Waterloo accepted a temporary position with Hartfield Academy in Flowood, Mississippi, she never expected to have one of the craziest semesters of her life. Having already been a teacher for what she described as “an eternity,” she said having to move to teaching entirely online due to the current pandemic, has been quite the experience. “I have really loved it,” she said. Waterloo teaches seventh-grade English at Hartfield Academy. Recently, she and her class sent more than 60 letters to truck drivers in the area. “My son, Trey, is the CEO of Capital City Trucking, and he told...
U.S. Border Patol Agents

El Centro Sector border patrol sees spike in tractor-trailer smuggling trend from Mexico to...

SALTON CITY, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents with the El Centro Sector have issued a notice to the public about smugglers attempting to use tractor-trailers to transport immigrants across the border. On March 20, agents reported that they stopped the fourth attempt of this type over the last four months. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. as agents conducted surveillance on a white 2012 International Prostar tractor-trailer traveling northbound on Highway 86. Subsequently, agents followed the tractor-trailer as it approached the Border Patrol’s immigration checkpoint on Highway 86. During inspection, while Border Patrol agents conducted an immigration check on the driver, a...
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Staff layoffs prompt Michigan to temporarily close restrooms at five welcome centers

LANSING, Mich. – Restrooms at five Michigan welcome centers closed April 25 after the state’s department of transportation laid off the workers responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the facilities. The restrooms are scheduled to reopen May 11. The temporarily shuttered facilities include: Sault Ste. Marie; Monroe; Coldwater; New Buffalo; and Detroit. During the facility closures, the ramps and parking lots will be closed as well due to security and sanitary concerns, with the exception of the Detroit location, which has a shared parking lot. MDOT previously closed restrooms at two additional welcome centers – Menominee, due to no separation between the restrooms...
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The Trucker News Channel – Free masks for truckers

In this episode... - Fast food chain gives away food to truckers - 800,000 masks to be given away on truck routes - Howes Hall of Fame - We give away some Stellar Pluto Duo headsets David Compton: Hi, I'm David Compton. It's time to make a run for the border, as I'm going to show you which fast food chain is giving away free food to truckers. And 800,000 masks are slated for distribution to truck drivers at six rest stops along the nation's high volume trucking lanes. Plus, we're giving away some real cool Stellar Pluto+Duo headsets later on in the show. And...
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Small-town restaurant provides free meals for passing truck drivers

CORNING, Ark. — When Linden Massey (aka “The Crazy Pitmaster”), owner of Harold’s Bar-B-Que, put out a request on Facebook on March 25, asking the community to supply a few hamburger buns to help keep his business afloat during the COVID-19 crisis, he never expected the response he received. “I received a mountain of hamburger buns,” Massey said. He said once he received the buns, he decided to return the favor by giving out sandwiches to passing truck drivers. On the first day, he and his staff started by making 10 sandwiches at a time to give away. As news spread...
Taco Bell Truck Event

Fast-food headquarters thinks ‘outside the bun’ to feed truck drivers

IRVINE, Calif. — Taco Bell is offering a free lunch to truckers and other essential personnel at its headquarters, 1 Glen Bell Way beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time today (Friday, April 24). The event, which will be repeated next Friday, May 1, features a “truck-thru” lane that’s accessible to large trucks and other service vehicles and is aimed at truck drivers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, law-enforcement officers and other essential works. During the event, the Taco Bell kitchen staff will serve custom Cravings Boxes; each includes a Crunchwrap supreme, a bean burrito, cinnamon twists and a Baja Blast beverage. Drivers taking...