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TravelCenters of America opens first Arizona TA Express

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WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — TravelCenters of America Inc. has opened a new TA Express in White Hills, Arizona, through a franchise agreement with Orly Jackson and Lissette Fernandez. A newly constructed building sits on seven acres of land at 19210 North U.S.93. Amenities at TA Express White Hills include: 67 truck parking spaces; 23 auto parking spaces; Seven diesel fueling lanes with RFID and DEF at all lanes; Conoco gasoline; Eight showers; Travel store; Food options: Krispy Krunchy Chicken, US Subs, on-site deli with freshly prepared food options; Game room; Laundry facilities; Transflo scanning; and CAT Scale (coming soon) “Our TA Express brand has...
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Regional dairy council, trucking companies deliver more than 200,000 gallons of milk to local...

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — In just three months, Dairy MAX, a nonprofit regional dairy council, and partner trucking companies have distributed more than 200,000 gallons of milk to food banks in a multistate area, according to a statement released July 29. The delivery effort, which began in May, is part of dairy farmers’ collective COVID-19 relief efforts. Dairy MAX represents more than 900 dairy farm families across eight states. As the COVID-19 pandemic increased Americans’ reliance on food banks for survival, dairy farms stepped in to help families in need, providing nutrition, fighting hunger and caring for neighbors. Americans may...
California Highway 101

Analysis of highway patrol data exposes dangers of proposed oil-trucking route in Santa Barbara,...

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — There’s been a large truck collision every week, and almost two fatalities per year, on average over the past five years along the California highways over which ExxonMobil wants to send as many as 70 oil tanker trucks a day, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity. Santa Barbara County will soon vote on ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its dormant offshore drilling platforms and truck that oil along coastal Highway 1, Highway 101 and the notoriously hazardous Route 166. “This disturbing data shows that ExxonMobil will endanger California’s motorists and...
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Trucker missing in Mississippi: Police say disappearance is ‘really suspicious’

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GAUTIER, Miss. — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a truck driver whose 18-wheeler was abandoned at a rest stop on eastbound Interstate 10 in Gautier, according to a statement from the Gautier Police Department (GPD). Dimitri Rai Williams, 47, was last seen parking his 18-wheeler at the rest stop about 6 a.m. Monday, July 27, Interim Police Chief Danny Selover told news outlets on Wednesday, July 29. GPD’s statement noted that Williams pulled into the rest area, followed by a black SUV; Williams exited his truck and got into the passenger side of the SUV. Williams was...
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Speed limits could soon rev up on Oklahoma’s rural turnpikes, interstates

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Drivers on some rural roadways in Oklahoma may see increased speed limits in the near future. Following extensive studies by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), the state has determined that speed limits on portions of rural interstates and turnpikes are due for a tune-up. Recommendations on the changes are now heading to the respective boards of each agency for consideration. The recent passage of Oklahoma HB 1071 set the stage for statewide studies on potential maximum speed limit increases of 75 mph on rural interstates and 80 mph on rural turnpikes....
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TSA extends hazmat endorsement renewal through Oct. 29

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WASHINGTON — An exemption from Renewal of the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Security Threat Assessment for Certain Individuals that was set to expire at the end of July has been extended 90 days and will now expire Oct. 29, according to a notice published in the Federal Register today (July 31) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The exemption, initially published in the register April 8, allows states to extend by 180 days the expiration date of hazardous materials endorsements (HMEs) that expire on or after March 1. The notice states: “If a state grants an extension, the individual with an expired...
Capitol Hill

OOIDA leads coalition in saying ‘no’ to federally mandated insurance hikes

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WASHINGTON — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) led a coalition of more than 60 trade associations in voicing opposition against any increase of federally mandated insurance minimums for motor carriers. On July 27, the coalition sent a letter to Senate transportation leadership contending that higher insurance levels would do nothing to improve highway safety and would have a severe economic impact on truckers, farmers and manufacturers by significantly increasing their operational costs. “It’s ironic because Congress likes to praise the trucking industry when it fits their agenda,” said Todd Spencer, president and CEO of OOIDA. “Yet too many lawmakers want to...
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ATA takes annual management conference to virtual format

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has officially decided to make this year’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition a virtual event to be held Oct. 24-27. The event, originally scheduled for October in Denver, Colorado, was changed to a virtual setting by a unanimous decision by ATA officers. “We have been working closely with the Gaylord Rockies Resort to ensure our attendees would be safe, in addition to having an exceptional experience and meeting,” ATA President Chris Spear wrote in a letter to members and vendors. “Unfortunately, the state of Colorado and the City of Aurora have recently put additional...
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Neste opens four new renewable diesel fueling stations in California

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HOUSTON — Neste, a leading producer of renewable diesel, has opened four new fueling stations in northern and central California, providing greater accessibility to 100 percent renewable diesel. The fueling stations are open 24/7 and are strategically located near major commercial freight routes in order to accommodate commercial fleet vehicles of all sizes. The new cardlock locations are operated by Jeffries Brothers Petroleum and are located at: Wasco, Calif. – 750 U.S. 46 Wasco, Calif. – 2098 U.S. 46 Buttonwillow, Calif. – 35750 U.S. 58 Shafter, Calif. – 102 South Beech Ave. Each location is regularly supplied with Neste MY Renewable Diesel,...
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Suspend federal excise tax on trucks during pandemic, Democrats ask

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WASHINGTON — Fifty-five Democratic members of the House of Representatives have called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders to temporarily suspend the federal excise tax (FTE) on the sales of heavy-duty trucks and trailers during the COVID-19 crisis. The July 20 letter, signed by Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., noted that the domestic trucking industry had played an important role in ensuring the delivery of vital medical supplies and essential consumer goods nationwide. The names of 54 other members of Congress we listed below that of Pappas. “Like other important industries that employ millions of Americans, the trucking industry has...
Seattle Bridge

Seattle bridge repair effort advances but future of structure remains unclear

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SEATTLE — Workers on Monday, July 27, managed to attach two large platforms to the underside of a damaged commuter bridge that was declared a “civil emergency” by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan earlier this month. The platforms were put in place to allow crews to begin work to stabilize the bridge, KOMO-TV reported. However, officials say they still don’t know whether or not the repairs they are set to start will permanently fix the bridge. The West Seattle Bridge that links the West Seattle neighborhood to the rest of the city has been closed since March, after officials said cracks in...
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Montana works to update bridge load ratings across state to ensure safety

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HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has begun implementation of new load posting procedures on public bridges across the state as mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a result, motorists may soon start to notice new weight limits and signs on some bridges. The postings are part of recently updated federal requirements for bridge load rating and posting. Bridge weight restrictions are required when the engineering analysis of a bridge, known as a load rating, indicates that the structure cannot carry standard, legal loads. Load ratings provide information about how much distributed weight can safely...
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U.S. 51’s Cairo Bridge to close Aug. 1-31, resulting in 80-mile detour for drivers...

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PADUCAH, Ky. — Beginning at 6:30 a.m. central time on Saturday, Aug. 1, the Cairo Bridge will be closed to all traffic, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). The bridge, located on U.S. 51, spans the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois. In addition to allowing extensive maintenance work along the approach levee on the Kentucky side of the bridge, the closure will accelerate a deck and expansion-joint maintenance project on the bridge itself. Kyle Poat, chief engineer for KYTC’s District 1, said he realizes the closure will be a hardship on commuters, businesses and industries that depend...
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NATSO encourages travel plazas, truck stops to require masks and starting this week, several...

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Last week NATSO, an organization representing the truck stops and travel plazas, encouraged truck stops and travel plazas nationwide to adopt a policy requiring customers to wear face coverings or masks to protect the health and safety of employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Love’s Travel Stops was the first large truck-stop chain to mandate face coverings. This policy will go into effect on July 29. Pilot Co. and Travel Centers of America followed suit with mask requirements also beginning this week. NATSO said in a news release that the differing mask requirements from one locality to...
Love's in Green River Utah

Love’s Travel Stops now open in Wadsworth, Illinois, and Green River, Utah; offer total...

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, a nationwide travel-stop network, is now serving customers in Wadsworth, Illinois, and Green River, Utah, with the July 23 opening of two new locations. The Wadsworth store, located on U.S. Highway 41, adds 75 jobs and 107 truck parking spaces to Lake County, Illinois. The Green River store, located off U.S. Highway 191, adds 55 jobs and 80 truck parking spaces to Emery County, Utah. “Opening our 22nd location in Illinois and our seventh location in Utah is something we’re excited about,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s. “We...
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WIT’s sixth annual Accelerate! Conference goes to virtual format, scheduled for Nov. 12-13

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PLOVER, Wisc. — The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced that its sixth annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo will be held Nov. 12-13 and will transition to a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “After monitoring the recent escalation of COVID-19 cases nationwide, as well as in Dallas where the in-person conference was originally scheduled to be held Sept. 23-25, it has been determined that focusing on a comprehensive virtual event is the best path forward for the association and our attendees, said Brian Everett, organizer of the event. “This decision was made in conjunction with soliciting feedback from...
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Driver facing felony charges in Indiana crash that killed 4 children declared ‘imminent hazard’...

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CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind., and EATON, Ohio — A truck driver who was charged with multiple felonies related to a July 9 accident in Wayne County, Indiana, that resulted in the death of four children has been arrested on separate charges in Preble County, Ohio, according to county records. In addition, the driver has been declared an “imminent hazard to public safety” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A July 14 report by Ohio news outlet WHIO noted that Corey Withrow, 31, of Camden, Ohio, was arrested July 14 and charged with violating terms of probation related to a...
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TruckPark, DAT Solutions team up to help drivers easily find, reserve safe parking spaces

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CHICAGO and PORTLAND, Ore. — Drivers using the new DAT One mobile app now have a quick and easy way to find and reserve safe, secure truck parking, thanks to a partnership between TruckPark, a truck-parking and travel-guidance service, and DAT Solutions, a leading online freight marketplace. As almost any over-the-road driver knows, finding secure overnight parking when — and where — it’s needed is a chronic point of frustration. All too often, as drivers approach their daily mandated limit of 11 hours of driving, they waste precious time and fuel trying to locate an available parking spot. “DAT is dedicated...
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Mexico’s secretary of transportation resigns in dispute with president

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andréz Manuel López Obrador’s decision last week to put management of the country’s customs operations in the hands of the military has claimed one of his cabinet ministers who opposed the move. López Obrador said Thursday, July 23, that he had accepted the resignation of Transportation Secretary Javier Jiménez Espriú. The president said he had a “dispute” with Jiménez, who thought Mexico's sea ports should be managed by his agency. “I believe that because of the current situation, because of the corruption that reigns in the ports, in customs and finally also because of the contraband...
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Southern California carrier ordered to reinstate employee fired for refusing overweight load

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SAN FRANSISCO — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on July 15 ordered JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. to reinstate an employee that was terminated for refusing to drive what the employee believed to be an overweight vehicle at the company’s Wilmington, California facility. OSHA also ordered the company to pay more than $190,000 in back wages, $25,000 in punitive damages, $5,000 in compensatory damages and attorney’s fees. OSHA investigators determined that JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. violated the whistleblower provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) when the company terminated the driver. Two months before...