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National Transportation Center holds industry-sponsored boot camps

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INDIANAPOLIS — The National Transportation Center, an organization dedicated to attracting, training and retaining the industry’s workforce, said it has been experiencing growing success with its industry-sponsored, hands-on training boot camps. In addition, the NTC Foundation that supports the nation’s first centralized transportation training and employment center, said two industry experts — Women In Trucking President and CEO Ellen Voie and former Werner Enterprises executive Dwayne Haug —  have joined its board of directors. “The transportation industry has always had a challenge reaching young people and making them aware of the many career opportunities it can offer,” said Tom Weisenbach, chief...

Judge says no to Hazelwood’s request to delay beginning prison term until after Christmas

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood will spend Christmas behind bars. U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier denied Hazelwood’s request to delay beginning serving his prison term for a fraud sentence until after Christmas. “If the court attempted to set (prison) dates that did not conflict with any religious holidays, it would be unable to set any dates at all,” the judge wrote. “Easter, the most important Christian religious holiday, would come just a few short months after Christmas.” The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Collier had already granted Hazelwood's request to push back his first day behind bars...

WIT’s Ellen Voie named 2018 Transportation Person of Year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) has named Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women In Trucking Association as the 2018 Transportation Person of the Year. The award was presented recently at the NASTC annual conference here. Voie created WIT in 2007 and has been a spokesperson for gender diversity in the trucking industry ever since. The association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Today, over a decade later, Voie, the association, and its members...

Port haulers, warehouse workers to strike Monday at Ports of LA, Long Beach

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LOS ANGELES — Port haulers and warehouse workers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, plan to strike Monday, October 1 over what they say is continued “misclassification” as owner-operators rather than company drivers, the Teamsters Union announced Friday through its Justice for Port Drivers organization. Specifically, the union and port drayage drivers are taking issue with XPO Logistics and NFI Industries for labeling the haulers as independent contractors rather than company drivers and as a consequence, are shorting them wages, among other things. According to a Teamsters news release, the workers will be striking at company facilities,...

TCA gala raises more than $80,000 for Wreaths Across America

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ARLINGTON, Va. — More than $80,000 was raised September 26 as the Truckload Carriers Association hosted its sixth annual fundraising gala in support of Wreaths Across America (WAA) at the Crystal Gateway Marriott here. More than 230 attendees — trucking executives, industry suppliers, military families, and members of the press — attended. New this year, WAA hosted its 2018 Virtual Convoy in conjunction with the gala. The event was broadcast live to hundreds of thousands of social media followers encouraging viewers to help fill a trailer with wreaths; the fundraiser was quite successful with $15,000 collected. The funds will support logistics...

Nationwide diesel prices take tiny tick upward; difference 1 cent or less in all...

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Changes in diesel prices were barely noticeable during the week ending September 24, with most regions seeing a gain of 1 cent or less, while there were a few regions where the price dropped by a fraction of a cent, and there was no change at all on much of the West Coast, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Put it all together, and the nationwide average price for a gallon of diesel rose a mere $0.003, to $3.271. The bad news is the price has climbed throughout the month of September; the good news is the gain...

F4A amendment fails to make final FAA reauthorization legislation

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WASHINGTON — An amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 that would have clarified Congress’ intent to have primary regulatory authority over interstate commerce and end the erosion of such authority by states who impose meal and rest breaks that run contrary to national uniformity failed to make the final bill as approved last week by House and Senate leadership. House and Senate Committee leaders announced late Saturday they had reached a bipartisan final agreement on the three-year reauthorization act, which said would provide long-term stability and critical reforms to the FAA. The aforementioned amendment had been approved...

Travel Centers to celebrate National Coffee Day

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Saturday is National Coffee Day and truck stop chains are planning to celebrate in various ways. Pilot Flying J says it is treating guests to a free cup of Pilot coffee (any size) Friday and Saturday through the mypilot app. Pilot Flying J said guests who take advantage of the promotion can enjoy a choice of Pilot Flying J’s exclusive line of coffee varieties including new cold brew, bean-to-cup coffee and a limited time offer of pumpkin caramel macchiato. Participants can open (or download) the mypilot app for find a coupon in the myOffers portion of the app. The new bean-to-cup coffee allows...

Drivewyze adding five locations in Nebraska

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DALLAS – Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass has expanded its service into Nebraska, adding three more locations on Interstate 80, and two on Highway 2. These five locations join an existing Drivewyze service site on I-80. All six Nebraska bypass sites are located at busy weigh stations and are integrated with weigh-in-motion sensors embedded in the roadway. The added locations in Nebraska follow Drivewyze’s announcement that 21 locations in Oregon, through the Oregon Green Light (OGL) preclearance program, will be activated soon. In addition, six locations in Missouri were activated at the end of August. “We continue with our aggressive expansion, having coverage in...