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NTSB says truck-car crash that killed 6 demonstrates need for its latest safety recommendations

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This photo shows the SUV that was struck in the rear by the tractor-trailer. There is substantial damage to the entire vehicle with the most damage in the rear. (Courtesy: NTSB) WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board said a highway accident brief published by the NTSB Tuesday for its investigation of a June 2016 highway crash that killed six people and injured five, illustrates the need to implement 15 safety recommendations associated with the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements for fatigue, occupant protection and collision avoidance. A seven-passenger sport utility vehicle with a total of 11 occupants...

Old Dominion exec Earl Congdon honored with Diamond Legacy Award by ATA

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Earl Congdon, center, accepts the American Trucking Associations Diamond Legacy Award from ATA President and CEO Chris Spear, left. David Congdon, vice chairman and CEO, looks on. (Courtesy: AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS) ARLINGTON, Va. — Old Dominion Freight Line Executive Chairman Earl E. Congdon was honored by American Trucking Associations with the Diamond Legacy Award at a recent ceremony in Orlando, Florida. The inaugural award recognizes the lasting legacy Congdon has created at ODFL, in ATA and throughout the trucking industry from a career that spans more than half a century. “Earl comes from one of trucking’s great families. He grew his parents’...

FMCSA issues guidance on ELD compliance, gives agri transporters temporary waiver

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Based on a March 9 policy announcement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Old Dominion Freight Line has withdrawn its petition for a waiver on the electronic logging device rule. (Courtesy: OLD DOMINION) WASHINGTON — Old Dominion Freight Line has withdrawn its petition for a temporary exemption to allow alternate electronic logging device phase-in period after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued guidance March 9 that rendered the request moot. Old Dominion requested the exemption November 28, 2017, in order to give the carrier up to at least another year from the ELD mandate to install ELD-compliant software and...

Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill; trucking exemptions in, Denham measure out

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President Donald Trump praised the increases the bill provides for military spending and said he had "no choice but to fund our military," AP reported. WASHINGTON — After hinting that he might not sign it, President Donald Trump inked a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown, The Associated Press reported. Under the appropriations bill, livestock and insect haulers are exempt from the ELD mandate through September 30, because that’s when the appropriations end, according to Adrienne Gildea, deputy executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), whose officers are tasked with enforcing ELD compliance and various...

Ex-White House spokesman Ari Fleischer touts Trump at TCA Convention

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Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, assessed the current state of American politics in general and the Donald Trump presidency in particular as the keynote speaker Monday at the 80th annual Truckload Carriers Association Convention (Courtesy: WIKIPEDIA) Statistically, they say, public speaking is the number one fear people have. Ari Fleischer is not among those people. For more than 30 years, high-level communications has been his specialty. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he has served as press secretary for three members of Congress, as well as stints as field-director for the National...

No to young truckers

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“We think it’s irresponsible to put young drivers behind the wheel of a truck in order to avoid addressing the real problems of high turnover,” said Todd Spencer, acting president of OOIDA.     GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has signed a letter along with other industry stakeholders in opposition to proposals to lower the age requirement for obtaining an interstate CDL. The letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and was also signed by a long list of diverse groups. An opening statement in the letter said, “As the nation’s leading...

PennDOT: 3P completed 390 bridges

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PennDOT  says by the end of the month eight more bridges will be open.©2018Fotosearch The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement project, a public-private partnership (3P), has led to the completion of 390 bridges with 50 more under construction, reports the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). By the end of the month, eight additional bridges will open for traffic and 20 will begin construction, the organization said in a newsletter posting from Transportation Today. “The $899 million project was launched in 2013 as a way to address the state’s structurally deficient bridges while taking into account...

Former CVSA chief promoted

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Thompson currently serves as a Board Member for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and served as president of the organization in 2016. (Courtesy: ARDOT) LITTLE ROCK — Major Jay Thompson has been named Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police (AHP), a Division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), according to agency officials. Thompson began his career with the Department as a Telecommunications Operator in 1988.  He left the Department in 1990 and was rehired in 1992 as an AHP Patrolman.  While working in Pine Bluff, he was promoted to the ranks of Patrol Officer First Class and Corporal.   After...

Indiana EB I-64 traffic shift Monday night

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At 8 p.m. Monday, eastbound I-64 over Captain Frank Road — located 0.29 miles east of I-265 — will be restricted to a single lane while concrete barrier wall sections are put in place for traffic control. ©2018Fotosearch     FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor will begin patching, widening and installing a new 2-inch modified latex bridge deck overlay on eastbound Interstate 64 at its 3-span bridge over Captain Frank Road next week.  Traffic restrictions will begin — weather permitting — Monday night, April 23. At 8 p.m. Monday, eastbound I-64 over Captain Frank Road — located 0.29 miles east...

Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence

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In this July 24, 2017, file photo, James Matthew Bradley Jr., left, arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing in San Antonio, Texas. Bradley, the driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year has been sentenced to life in prison. (Associated Press: ERIC GAY) SAN ANTONIO — The driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year was sentenced April 20 to life in prison. James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty in October to a count of transporting the immigrants resulting in death and...
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Mississippi OKs $25 million in bonds for bridge improvements

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JACKSON, Miss. — Top Mississippi officials have approved the state's borrowing $25 million to help repair or replace dangerous bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Treasurer Lynn Fitch make up the state Bond Commission. Legislators voted several weeks ago to give the commission permission to issue $50 million in bonds for bridges. The commissioners met Monday and voted unanimously to issue half of that. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said the other half could be issued in July. The state issues bonds to finance big-ticket items, and the money is paid back over decades. Bryant recently declared a...

TMAF celebrates 4 years of progress building its brand awareness as industry advocate

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 Trucking Moves America Forward is getting its message seen across the country on 186 truck wraps, each seen by an estimated 16 million people a year. Quick quiz:  We’ve all heard of the company IBM, but do you know what the letters stand for? How about CBS? Or CVS, as in CVS Pharmacy? Chances are good you didn’t know all three. Over time some entities become so well-known by their acronym that it replaces the full name – KFC, anyone? In a few rare cases, the alphabet can disappear altogether and a logo becomes all a company needs to be identified,...

13 truckers help Michigan police thwart possible suicide

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DETROIT — Michigan State Police used 13 big rigs to keep a man from jumping off an overpass on the I-696 freeway early Tuesday. Chris Harrison, who claims to have been part of the “trucker wall” in a Facebook post on the Twisted Truckers page, said the act of heroism took place between 1 and 3 a.m. Tuesday, starting with one truck. Harrison, in replying to other Facebook users, said police waved six or seven of the truckers through on the eastbound side of the freeway, then did the same thing on the westbound side. Because of the joint effort, police said...

FMCSA declares Georgia trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety

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WASHINGTON -- The Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered an Acworth, Georgia-based trucking company Daya Trucking to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations after investigators found the company to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.  Daya Trucking, which operates 39 trucks hauling general freight, was served the federal order on April 23, 2018. In March 2018, after receiving information that Daya Trucking may be a reincarnated and/or an affiliated entity of Ekam Truck Line, FMCSA initiated a compliance investigation.  In 2017, Ekam agreed to enter into a consent order as a condition of upgrading its proposed FMCSA safety...

Arkansas Department of Transportation joins anti-trafficking initiative

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is joining a national initiative by signing the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge, according to agency officials. The Department of Transportation’s initiative is comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to maximize their collective impact in combating human trafficking. The partnership focuses on five key areas: leadership, education and training, policy development, public awareness and outreach, and information sharing and analysis. ARDOT Director Scott Bennett presented the signed pledge during the April Arkansas Highway Commission meeting. “Awareness is critical. Knowing what to look for and how to respond is essential,”...

3 die as big rigs collide on I-40 in Arkansas

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CARLISLE, Ark. — Three people died in a collision Tuesday afternoon involving two 18-wheelers on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas, a wreck that closed part of the busy interstate for hours. The crash near the Carlisle exit in Lonoke County reportedly occurred shortly before 3:20 p.m. Carlisle is located some 30 miles west of Little Rock. Arkansas Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle, said a truck headed east crossed the median and hit a FedEx truck in the westbound lanes. An Arkansas State Police report said a 2016 Peterbilt driven east by 64-year-old Jerry Stice of Westville, Oklahoma, crossed into the westbound lanes...

Border Patrol agents discover 59 illegal aliens in back of big rig

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LAREDO, Texas — Border Patrol Agents on April 20 discovered 59 illegal aliens inside the trailer of a big rig. The illegal aliens were found in good health and identified as being from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras and Peru. The driver and passenger, both United States citizens, were arrested and the tractor-trailer was seized by Border Patrol The discovery began when agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 35, north of Laredo, Texas, encountered a tractor-trailer at the primary inspection lane. The driver and passenger were questioned regarding their immigration status and referred to secondary checkpoint after a Border...

DriveriQ survey shows carriers raising driver pay to help improve recruiting and retention efforts

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TULSA, Okla. — Driver iQ, a provider of background screening and driver monitoring services to the trucking industry, says carriers taking part in its first quarter 2018 Recruitment and Retention Survey are raising driver pay to help improve recruiting and retention efforts. “Not only do recruiters believe that pay must be increased, companies are already raising pay and recruiters expect that salaries will continue to increase,” said Lana R. Batts, co-president of Driver iQ. “By taking the pulse of truckload recruiters across the nation, this survey highlights trends and future expectations of driver applicants and recruits. That information leads to...

House passes amendment to disallow states from setting meal, rest breaks

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An amendment passed Thursday would clarify Congress’ intention to have primary regulatory authority over interstate commerce and end the erosion of this authority by states who impose meal and rest break rules that run counter to national uniformity. WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives Thursday passed an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would prevent states from creating a patchwork of meal and rest rules for interstate truck drivers. The amendment was approved by a vote of 222-193, and reaction from both sides of the issue soon followed. “The Truckload Carriers Association applauds Thursday’s vote and looks forward to...

Stranded in woods, trucker walks 14 miles to safety

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LA GRANDE, Ore. — An Oregon trucker who went missing for four days walked a shorter distance to get home than was reported by the man's employer, authorities said Sunday. Oregon State Police Sgt. Kaipo Raiser said the agency's investigation shows Jacob Cartwright, 22, walked about 14 miles over four days before he showed up Saturday near the town of La Grande. His boss, Roy Henry of Little Trees Transportation, previously said Cartwright walked 36 miles back to civilization after getting lost in a remote and rugged area. Henry has said Cartwright went missing Tuesday when he took a wrong turn and...