White House Salute 2 America 2020

Truckers from ATA member companies recognized during White House’s ‘Salute to America’

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Drivers from several American Trucking Associations member companies were guests of President Trump as part of the White House’s “Salute to America” Independence Day celebration. “Our members and drivers are continuing to keep our nation moving despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of ATA. “While we as a country take time to celebrate our freedoms today, we appreciate that Americans — from the president on down — are continuing to recognize our industry’s important role in supporting our frontline responders, while continuing to deliver to stores, homes and markets across...

TravelCenters of America offers free meals to veterans on July 4

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WESTLAKE, Ohio —All active duty military, veterans and reservists can be treated to a complimentary meal at select quick service restaurants, and at Country Pride and Iron Skillet locations on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4. TravelCenters of America Inc., operator of the TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express brands, invites anyone who has served in the armed forces to receive a complimentary meal of their choice from a special menu by showing proof of service to their restaurant server prior to ordering. Proof of service includes U.S. Uniformed Services ID card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veteran organization...
United States and Mexico

Mexico-based carriers can still operate in United States under USMCA

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For years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect on Jan. 1, 1994, the trucking industry in the U.S. worried about one particular provision. The agreement called for the lifting of restrictions prohibiting Mexican carriers to operate in the U.S. Canadian carriers were already allowed to deliver loads originating in Canada to points within the U.S and pick up loads returning to Canada. Mexican carriers, on the other hand, were allowed to operate in clearly defined “commercial zones” near U.S.-Mexico border crossings. Freight from Mexico that was bound for destinations outside of the commercial zones had...
Truck in Minnesota

Minnesota DOT announces second round of state’s Highway Freight Program funding

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota cities, counties, ports, waterways, railroads and airports can apply for funding for highway and intermodal projects that benefit freight movement through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota Highway Freight Program. The statewide competitive program is designed to help meet Minnesota’s freight transportation needs by improving the safety and mobility of freight transport. Up to $56 million may be available for state fiscal years 2023-2025. The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2020. The funding can be used on any public road, railroad crossing or intermodal facility, if the project provides a public freight benefit. Some examples of freight...
Trucks on interstate in summer

Fleet managers can take steps to ensure drivers’ safety on the road this Fourth...

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PORTLAND, Ore. — While the Fourth of July holiday may mean a long weekend for many workers in the U.S., it may not be the case for truck drivers. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and while some people will stay home this weekend, others may venture out on the road now that businesses, parks and beaches have begun opening up. Regardless of what traffic the weekend may bring, fleet owners and managers can help their drivers prepare safe pickups and deliveries with these helpful tips for sharing the road, courtesy of EROAD, a company that develops technology solutions that...
Nancy Pelosi

House approves $1.5 trillion plan to fix nation’s crumbling infrastructure

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House approved a $1.5 trillion plan July 1 to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels in the U.S. The bill also authorizes more than $100 billion to expand internet access for rural and low-income communities and $25 billion to modernize the U.S. Postal Service’s infrastructure and operations, including a fleet of electric vehicles. Lawmakers approved the Moving Forward Act by a 233-188 vote, mostly along party lines. It now goes to the Republican-controlled...
USMCA Flags

Trucking industry, U.S. border agency weigh in as USMCA takes effect, replacing NAFTA

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WASHINGTON — The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect at 12 a.m. today (Wednesday, July 1), replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a June 30 statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the new agreement will facilitate more efficient trade, stronger enforcement and more economic opportunities for North America. The USMCA includes updated rules regarding origin, customs administration and trade-facilitation provisions, intellectual property rights protections and fair labor conditions. “The USMCA completely replaces NAFTA and marks the beginning of a new era of American prosperity,” said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of CBP. “Thanks to President Trump’s...
Peace Bridge Buffalo NY

Nearly 10,000 pounds of marijuana confiscated in largest drug seizure at northern border, CBP...

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility in Buffalo, New York, made a northern border record seizure of 9,472 pounds of marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment manifested as storage containers. On June 25, CBP officers referred a tractor trailer being driven by a 26-year-old male who is a citizen of India and permanent resident of Canada. During a nonintrusive inspection scan of the truck, CBP officers noticed anomalies within the storage bins, performed a tailgate exam and discovered vacuum-sealed packages filled with what appeared to be marijuana. A complete...
Loves commemorative mug

Love’s supports military families through Operation Homefront; customers can help by purchasing special-edition mugs

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops is donating $125,000 to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit with a mission of building strong, stable and secure military families. Customers can increase the donation amount by buying a special edition Operation Homefront/Love’s 24-ounce mug for $7.99. The mugs are available any Love’s Travel Stop beginning July 1 and continuing while supplies last. For each mug purchased, Love’s will donate an additional $2 to Operation Homefront. “As a company that understands the value military men and women bring to work every day, we’re proud to support Operation Homefront and its mission,” said Jenny Love Meyer,...
Trucks on I10 Arizona

Arizona DOT extends increased truck-weight limits through July 30

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation has extended through July 30 the temporary higher weight limits for commercial trucks hauling critical supplies and goods during the current public health situation. In April, the state’s gross weight limit for commercial vehicles was lifted from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 without the need for an overweight permit. The Arizona DOT previously extended the temporary measure to June 30; it will now remain in effect until July 30. For more information, visit azdot.gov.
Digital trucking concept

Trimble moves annual in.sight conference to virtual format; registration open for August event

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Registration is now open for Trimble’s 2020 in.sight user conference + expo, which will be held as a virtual event Aug. 24-26. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers, partners and employees. As we have closely monitored the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to hold in.sight online in 2020,” said James Langley, senior vice president of Trimble Transportation. “One of the things that COVID-19 has demonstrated is how important it is for the industry to work together,” he continued. “This year’s virtual event is designed to facilitate that collaboration, with educational and networking opportunities...
Capitol Hill

Latest amendment to INVEST Act would strip $2 million liability insurance requirement

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Those interested in repairing our country’s infrastructure were dismayed to learn that an amendment to the INVEST in America Act being considered in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure would increase minimum financial responsibility levels from $750,000 to $2 million. The amendment was proposed by Rep. Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia (D-Illinois) and passed the committee by a vote of 37-27 on June 17. The amendment prompted the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), to pull its support of the bill, saying the amendment was a “poison pill” for its membership. At the same time, American Trucking Associations (ATA), an organization...
Medical exam

Espyr’s Fit to Pass program now offers mobile app to help drivers improve health,...

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TAMPA, Fla. — Fit to Pass, a program designed by Espyr to reinforce healthy lifestyles for commercial drivers and prepare them to pass the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recertification exams, is now available as an easy-to-use mobile app. Espyr’s Fit to Pass is a year-round coaching program designed to improve the health of professional drivers. Ninety days before a driver’s scheduled DOT recertification exam, the program intensifies to help him or her pass the test. “We’re elated to be partnering with Transflo to improve the health of professional drivers and help them protect their livelihoods by passing the DOT re-cert...
Clark Memorial Bridge

Police: Protesters block Clark Memorial Bridge; 33 arrested

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police brutality protesters blocked a bridge connecting Kentucky to Indiana for three hours before police dispersed the crowd and arrested 33 people. Protesters blocked lanes on the Clark Memorial Bridge Monday morning (June 29), bringing traffic to a standstill, news outlets reported. The bridge, which connects Louisville, Kentucky, to Jeffersonville, Indiana, is one of the only toll-free bridges crossing the Ohio River, according to news outlets. Indiana officials contacted Louisville authorities around 11 a.m. Protesters set up signs and banners on the roadway with images of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers who...
Border crossing fee

U.S. Customs encourages commercial carriers to pay truck-user fees online to avoid border delays

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DETROIT — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations offers a tip to commercial carriers to help streamline border crossings: Carriers and their agents can prepay the single-crossing user fee online before arriving at the border online through the Decal/Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS) website. Cash and credit-card payments will still be accepted at the border, but carriers who pay upon arrival may experience additional processing delays. “Paying the single-crossing user fee online, prior to arriving at the border, may help commercial drivers reduce fuel consumption and help avoid unnecessary wait times at the border,” said Devin Chamberlain, port...
No handheld devices

Indiana law prohibiting drivers from holding mobile devices takes effect July 1

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana law that prohibits drivers from holding mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, goes into effect Wed., July 1; however, drivers may continue to use voice-operated or hands-free technology. Officials hope the law will reduce distracted driving and improve safety on the state’s highways. The law was a key piece of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2020 legislative agenda and was approved by the Indiana General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Holcomb signed the measure into law on March 18. “As drivers, we all have a responsibility to our fellow Hoosiers to limit eye and hand distractions that...
Walton School of Business

University of Arkansas’ supply-chain management program ranked No. 1 in North America

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The supply-chain management undergraduate program, part of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been ranked No. 1 in North America by Gartner, a global research firm. Gartner, which studies and rates companies and academic programs across a variety of industries, releases its findings on supply chain programs every two years. In Gartner’s latest rankings, released June 24, Arkansas’ program moved up 14 spots in Gartner’s Top 25 from the previous rankings in 2018. Brian Fugate, department chair and the Oren Harris chair in transportation, said the university’s department of supply-chain management...
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California adopts first-of-its kind requirement for zero-emission trucks in ‘bold’ step to reduce pollution

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — By 2045, every new truck sold in California will be zero-emission. That’s according to the California Air Resources Board, which on June 25 adopted a first-in-the-world rule requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024 and culminating in 100% zero-emission trucks by 2045. A statement from CARB describes the move as “bold and timely,” adding that it sets a clean-truck standard for the nation and the world and marks the most important air-pollution regulation to date implemented by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration. The rule zeroes in on air...
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Truck-screening tech at Arizona ports of entry designed to enhance safety, allow efficient movement...

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PHOENIX — To help freight move efficiently while ensuring that commercial vehicles can operate safely on state highways, the Arizona Department of Transportation has expanded its use of technology that screens moving trucks for weight and identifying information. This system, already in use at select rest areas — including McGuireville on I-17, Sacaton on I-10 and Canoa Ranch on I-19 — is now operating at Arizona DOT’s commercial ports of entry along I-10, I-40 and State Route 95 in Parker. “This truck-screening system will allow our officers to focus on the commercial vehicles that need our officers’ attention,” said Jeff Stanhope,...
Interstate 84 crash

NTSB report says driver fatigue, inadequate traffic control contributed to 2018 crash that killed...

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WASHINGTON — On June 11, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its final report on the probable cause of a 2018 multivehicle crash on Interstate 84 in Boise, Idaho. The crash occurred about 11:32 p.m. MDT Saturday, June 16, 2018, when a 2019 Volvo tractor in combination with a 2015 Great Dane refrigerated semitrailer crashed into the end of a traffic queue in a work zone. The 2019 Volvo tractor-trailer collided with a Jeep, which was pushed into the rear of a 2003 Volvo tractor in combination with a 2008 Great Dane refrigerated semitrailer; the 2003 Volvo tractor-trailer moved...