In this episode we cover…
– Trucker busted for rolling recording studio
– State wants to tick slow drivers in the fast lane
– Carrier takes unique approach to driver retention
– Love’s spreads the love
Hi, I’m David Compton. Jessica Rose is out on assignment. A trucker gets busted for rocking while he’s rolling and then we’ll take a look at a carrier who’s taking a unique approach to driver retention. And we also have some viral video of a driver showing some extreme patriotism.
Hi, I’m Craig Maltman. Love’s Travel Stops continues to spread the love with three new locations. And South Carolina wants to ticket slow pokes who hang out in the fast lane. And in my deck report I’m going to take a look at a charging partnership in California for Volvo electric trucks. All this plus our Catskill rig of the week on this edition of the Trucker News Channel.
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In Washington, recently a trucker brought a whole new meaning to the term rock and roll. It appears the driver was recording his rock music as he was rolling down the highway. Let me explain. Washington State trooper by the name of Trombley recently stopped a semi truck for going 17 miles an hour over the limit. That was only the beginning of it. While the driver, whose identity was not revealed, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and drugs, that’s not the crazy part. The driver admitted that he produces any records music while driving down the highway and he had a mini studio set up in his rig, complete with a computer monitor and keyboard near the truck’s dashboard. The driver even admitted he had a dropdown mike from the ceiling of the cab. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores is now serving customers in Greenville, Virginia, Watonga, Oklahoma, Flowers, Mississippi, thanks to three Travel Stops that have now opened. The Greenville store, located on Lee Jackson Highway, adds 45 jobs and 85 truck parking spaces to Augusta County. Watonga store, located off Highway 3, adds 40 jobs and 50 truck parking spaces to Blaine County. The Flowers store, located off Interstate 20, adds 72 jobs and 94 truck parking spaces to Warren County. All three locations are open 24/7 and offer many amenities such as Arby’s, McDonald’s, and Chester’s Chicken. In honor of the grand opening, Love’s will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at each location and also donate $2,000 to River Heads High School in Greenville, $2,000 to Building a Better You in Watonga and $2,000 to Bovina Elementary School in Flowers, Mississippi.
Driver retention is an important subject for carriers these days and that leaves some carriers thinking out of the box, literally. In this case, it’s a box of groceries. Let me explain. I had a chance to speak with Mike Holland, president of Great Plains Transport, which is a company that’s taking a unique approach in addressing two problems drivers have, consistent pay and dealing with a lifestyle away from home. Great Plains offers their drivers a salary based pay structure of $65,000 per year, paid out weekly. That means that drivers don’t have to worry about how they’ll pay the bills if they have a slow week. Great Plains Transport also rewards their drivers with mileage based bonuses of up to a $1,000 a month. But that’s not all. They also provide groceries to keep the rig’s fridge full. Drivers get to order what they want online and have their groceries delivered to them. The end result, a healthier lifestyle, non-dependent on often unhealthy truck stop fare. Here’s the way Holland describes their program.
The salary will just take care of a lot of the issues that we deal with out there from inconsistent paychecks. A paycheck can be consistent for an over the road truck driver because he gets held up at a dock. Not totally out of his control. Maybe the dock worker was driving in and he blew two tires on the interstate. Well he’s not there to drive the forklift, to unload the unit so that this driver can get onto his next job or so he can get home. It has this domino effect, if you will, where now he doesn’t get home, he doesn’t get that load off. He misses his reload the next morning that puts him back home. As the puzzle were perfectly put together. Well, trucking isn’t perfect.
Some of the most powerful lawmakers in South Carolina are backing a proposal to allow officers to pull over people who drive too slowly in the left lane of major roads. Many lawmakers find their way to Columbia on interstates that only have two lanes in each direction and supporters of the bill said something needs to be done to encourage anyone not passing another vehicle to get out of that left lane. Pretty much every southeastern state, except North Carolina and South Carolina have these types of laws already. The bills in the House and the Senate, they differ in the details. The House version would have a fine of $200 and add two points to an offender’s driver’s license. The Senate version would only have a fine of $100. Many in the state hope the bill will, pardon the pun, pass.
This week’s Cat Scale rig of the week goes to Andrew Shanks of Deshler, Ohio. Andrew was a diesel mechanic before he became a driver and that’s paid off in this rebuilding of a 1987 International 9670. He’s now owner operator at A Shanks Enterprises where he mostly pulls a dry van. When he’s not out going to truck shows, Andrew likes to hunt and go to races along with spending time with his wife and two daughters and he’s also got another child on the way. Thanks Andrew, you got a great looking rig there. And if you have a rig you’d like to show off here on the Cat Scale rig of the week, send us a video to [email protected].
There’s no denying that our country is polarized right now when it comes to politics. However, we can all stand up and cheer when respect is given to our flag. A ring doorbell video recently captured a FedEx driver taking time out of his day to show some respect when the wind had knocked down a flagpole in someone’s front yard. Take a look.
Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group and a leader in electric vehicle charging has announced the installation of charging infrastructure for a fleet of electrified commercial trucks as part of its ongoing partnership with Volvo Trucks. The heavy duty fleet charging stations are the first of four installations by Greenlots at warehouses across Southern California. Greenlots installed two fully operational 50 kilowatt DC fast chargers at the Fontana site and its plans to install an additional 150 kilowatt DC fast charger in the next month. All of the charging equipment for the project is connected to Greenlots’ Sky EV charging network software, which enables seamless management of Volvo’s fleet and charging stations while balancing grid demand.
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