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The coronavirus: A truck driver’s guide to germs and illness — Part 4

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  HYGIENE: BEYOND HAND-WASHING As a truck driver, you may do everything within your ability to protect yourself from germs. Most likely you follow the time-proven recommendations to avoid illnesses of many types — hand-washing, using sanitizer, avoiding people showing symptoms of illness, and when possible, staying home from work are typical steps of your daily routine. But you need to protect more than your body from risks. Keeping your home and your workplace as germ-free as possible is just as important. When driving a truck, these two locations often overlap. For days, weeks or months at a time, your truck may...
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The coronavirus: A trucker’s guide to germs and illness — Part 2

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GERMS 101: AN INTRODUCTION FOR TRUCK DRIVERS Robert Dudley, M.D., a physician in New Britain, Connecticut, told The Trucker, “Protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus is a matter of following the same recommendations to avoid any illness. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. And, in the case of the coronavirus, avoid large crowds. Also, keep up with the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” You’re probably thinking, that’s all a doctor can say? He doesn’t have access to inside information or recommendations not yet official, but something the CDC might soon release? Unfortunately, the answer is...
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FMCSA sends proposed HOS rule to White House; last step before being made final

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The long-awaited, hoped for revision to the Hours of Service rule took a giant step toward reality when acting Administrator Jim Mullen announced the rule had been sent to the White House for approval. “After carefully reviewing these comments, I am pleased to announce today that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving forward with a final rule on Hours of Service and that the agency has sent a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review,” Mullen said during a general session Tuesday morning at the 82nd Annual Truckload Carriers Association convention...
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Snowy pileups in Wyoming Sunday result in at least 3 deaths

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CRESTON, Wyo. — At least three deaths and numerous injuries have been reported after multiple collisions that occurred along Interstate 80 in Wyoming Sunday. About 3:39 p.m. Sunday, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers responded to reports of separate crashes involving multiple vehicles between mileposts 181 and 184 near Creston, Wyoming. According to a statement issued by the Wyoming Highway Patrol on Monday, troopers arrived to find more than 100 vehicles involved between both crashes.Multiple injuries and three fatalities have been confirmed with the crashes. I-80’s east and westbound lanes remain closed in the area while troopers continue to investigate the accidents. As of...
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Nashville trucking company directly impacted by Tuesday’s tornado

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In the early hours of Tuesday morning, one or more tornadoes ripped through central Tennessee, touching down in Nashville and damaging homes and businesses in at least eight counties. The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 22 deaths, and more than 200 people were hospitalized because of injuries sustained during the storm, according to a report on Weather.com. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and about 43,000 customers were still without power late Tuesday afternoon, according to Nashville Electric Service. The tragedy struck close to home for area truckers, as...
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Jet Express’ Kevin Burch receives TCA Past Chairmen’s Award

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express of Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded the Truckload Carriers Association’s Past Chairmen’s Award. Burch was honored during a general session at the associations’ annual convention here. Burch is known for his leadership of the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) initiative that is designed to enhance the image of trucking among the general public. Burch has amassed more than 40 years of experience in the trucking industry, which includes less-than-truckload, truckload, air freight, and consolidation. Since 1990, he has been president of Jet Express, Inc., as well as a partner in the company. Under Burch's...
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Bison Transport, Erb International earn top safety awards at TCA convention

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It was a lucky 13 for Bison Transport, which was named grand prize winner of the large carrier division of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Fleet Safety Award contest during the association’s 82 annual convention here. Bison Transport, which competed in the more than 25 million mile division, is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The contest was a clean sweep for Canadian carriers as Erb International of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, was named grand prize winner in the less than 25 million mile division. Both carriers demonstrated that they had unrivaled safety programs and impeccable records over the last...

FMCSA reminds truckers drug, alcohol clearinghouse coming soon

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Remember two years ago, when it seemed like the entire trucking industry was counting down the days to the ELD deadline? Well, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants drivers to be aware of another countdown happening right now, although with much less hoopla than the Great ELD Panic of ’17. At the recent Mid-America Trucking Show, Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director of enforcement and compliance, gave a presentation to raise awareness about the soon-to-be launched federal CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Mandated as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, in 2012, the same...

National, on-highway diesel prices ring up at $3.258

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On-highway diesel prices crept up today in all but two of the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 10 reporting sectors, with the national average ringing up at $3.258 a gallon. That’s up 6 tenths of a cent from last week, when the national average was $3.252. Although diesel in all 10 sectors is under $4 a gallon, there aren’t any sectors showing diesel below the $3-a-gallon mark. In the Gulf Coast area, diesel was selling for $3.039 a gallon, the cheapest in the country, while California diesel is still flirting with the $4 a gallon mark, ringing up just below it at $3.969...

If you’re trying to find your bliss in the work you do, you’re looking...

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For the last few decades, there’s been a certain breed of sanctimonious would-be life coaches out there spreading this idea that the key to professional happiness is to “follow your bliss,” that if you “do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I get the feeling this quote was written by someone who literally never worked a day in their life, at least not at a real job. Nevertheless, it has been a very popular saying among people who like to present themselves as wise in a wind-chime tinkling, “embrace the universal energy” metaphysical kind of...
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FMCSA final rule lowers annual registration costs for motor carriers

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WASHINGTON — Motor carriers will now see a reduction in the price they must pay to register their vehicles. On February 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a final rule that realigns the fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan. According to the document posted on the federal register last week, this rule establishes reductions in the annual registration fees the states collect from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies for the UCR Plan and Agreement for the registration years beginning in 2020. “For the 2020 registration year, the fees will be...

FMCSA offers resources for upcoming CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday released additional online resources for commercial driver’s license holders, employers, state driver licensing agencies, medical review officers and substance abuse professionals regarding the upcoming implementation of the agency’s CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020. The new clearinghouse resource webpage provides commercial motor vehicle  stakeholders with a variety of informative resources about the clearinghouse, including a comprehensive fact sheet, implementation timeline, frequently asked questions, and more. Additionally, CMV stakeholders can sign-up to receive clearinghouse-related email updates as the implementation progresses. “As this Congressional mandate is enacted, FMCSA’s goal is to provide as...
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FMCSA suspends HOS regulations across nation for those aiding COVID-19 relief

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially granted relief from hours of service (HOS) regulations beginning Friday night for commercial vehicle drivers transporting commodities related to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The declaration specifically suspends Parts 390-399 of the Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, in which HOS is Part 395. This is the first time the FMCSA has issued a nationwide relief, and the announcement follows President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in response to the new coronavirus pandemic earlier in the day on Friday, March 13. FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief...
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Toilet-paper trucker: Driver gets warm, unexpected reception when delivering TP to Costco

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HAZLET, N.J. — As shoppers were lined up around the building at a New Jersey Costco, a white Freightliner Cascadia pulled up to the loading dock carrying a one of today’s most valuable consumer products — toilet paper. Chuck Small of Wareham, Massachusetts has been a truck driver for more than 30 years. In all of that time, he said, he’s never seen such appreciation for a truck driver carrying a basic commodity — but this was different. He hopped out of the truck and announced, “I’ve got your toilet paper!” and the shoppers and employees all applauded him as if...

224-mile detour set for Arizona bridge repair project on I-15

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Construction detours are never welcome. But at least in developed areas they won’t take you too far out of your way. When they happen in more remote areas, you can be forced to take the scenic route. That could be the case for some truckers using the busy Interstate 15 corridor over the next year. I-15 only runs for 29 miles as it cuts across the northwest corner of Arizona, but bridge work in a three-mile section of that span will send some drivers will send some drivers on a 229-mile detour, bypassing the state altogether. Starting May 29, crews will...
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Owner-operators plan ‘mayday’ protests to bring awareness to drastic decline in rates, broker operations

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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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Arkansas DOT to issue permits for food trucks to serve truckers at select rest...

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Trucking Association and Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) are working to bring more food options to truck drivers at two state rest areas during April to ensure additional safe places to eat and rest for the professionals who carry essential supplies and aid to communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a release by the Arkansas Trucking Association, ARDOT will be issuing temporary permits to certified food-truck operators to serve truck drivers at four locations in Arkansas — eastbound and westbound exits at Social Hill rest area on Interstate 30 west of Malvern...

Montgomery Transport feeding drivers from new food truck named ‘Breaker 1-Swine’

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Montgomery Transport & Entities has begun feeding professional over-the-road drivers throughout the industry with the launch of a new mobile eatery, Breaker 1-Swine, the name obviously a spin-off of the almost forgotten trucker slang term “breaker, breaker one nine.” This 24-foot food trailer will serve Friday lunches to Montgomery Transport staff and drivers each week as a gesture of gratitude for all the hard work they do week in and week out, according to CEO Rollins Montgomery. In addition, Breaker 1-Swine will travel around to nearby shippers and industry events to serve other Montgomery entity professional flatbed drivers...
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Truck driver faces multiple charges in crash that killed 4 children on I-70 in...

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CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. — The Indiana State Police have confirmed that four children died in an accident that involved two tractor-trailers and a Chevrolet passenger vehicle on Interstate 70 in Wayne County, Indiana. The driver of one of the trucks is facing multiple charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated as well as reckless homicide. Around 5 p.m. on July 9, Wayne County Deputies responded to a three-vehicle crash on I-70 near the Cambridge City exit, just west of a construction zone. Upon arrival, deputies found a Chevrolet car and a 2004 Kenworth tractor with a loaded box trailer off...

Road Safe America cites hike in big rig crash deaths, again calls for speed...

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ATLANTA — Road Safe America Tuesday federal crash data it had analyzed showed that all but six U.S. states had increases in big-rig truck crash deaths from 2009 to 2017, the most recent year of available data. From 2009 through 2017, a total of 35,882 people died in large truck crashes, the organization said in a news release. “The sad fact is that many of these deaths could have been avoided if use of existing speed limiting and automatic emergency braking technologies had been the law,” said Steve Owings, co-founder of the highway-safety non-profit Road Safe America. Statistics show that from 2009...