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Since March there have been 36 accidents involving commercial vehicles on what is known locally as “The Big Curve” at the merge of the Beltway and the Interstate 270 spur in Bethesda, Maryland. Police blame speed for most, while others suggest that stretch of highway needs to be rebuilt. An enforcement blitz in May by
Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020: FMCSA suspends hours regs for relief haulers along Gulf Coast, I-10 closed at AL/FL lineHurricane Sally made landfall as a Category 2 storm just before 5 a.m. Central time Wednesday at Gulf Shores, Alabama, with high winds and heavy rain affecting areas from around the Mississippi/Alabama
Photo: Jim Park The American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council will be celebrating the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week September 21-25. “Professional technicians ensure that drivers are able to travel safely – which has always been, and remains our highest priority,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The technician team of
The California Trucking Association, in partnership with the California Highway Patrol, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and members of the trucking industry, is staging a celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. CTA is marking the week with a number of events across the state, providing truckers with a drive-by lunch and personal
Two veteran truckers — one in Alabama and the other in Michigan — were honored in their respective states as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Combined, they have deriven more than 7 million accident-free miles. Rosko Craig is Alabama’s Driver of the Year Alabama’s Truck Driver of the Year was honored at the
Photo: Scania Scania, a Traton brand, has officially launched its range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric trucks with a focus on last-mile operations. “It is with a great deal of pride that we announce the start of Scania’s long-term electrification commitment,” says Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson. “We will over the coming years annually
The American Trucking Associations Tuesday, Sept. 15 opened nominations for the 2020 Mike Russell Trucking Image Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the image and reputation of the trucking industry. First awarded in 2007, the Mike Russell Trucking Image award is given to an individual, motor carrier, trucking organization, and industry supplier who
Moving today at just 2 mph, Hurricane Sally is delivering what forecasters say are potentially dangerous amounts of rain along much of the U.S. Gulf Coast. “Because of that slow movement, we’re going to see torrential rainfall, a dangerous amount of rainfall,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in an online briefing Tuesday morning.
Odyne develops and sells hybrid drive systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The system allows trucks more than 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption among other benefits. Photo: Odyne Odyne Systems, LLC announced a multi-year agreement with EnerDel, Inc., a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery packs, to provide EnerDel’s PE500-403 Vigor + units for
Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020: PrePass adds safety alerts for drivers to Motion appPrePass Safety Alliance announced last week it has completed work on more than 1,000 new PrePass Alerts, allowing drivers to benefit from nearly 1,400 PrePass Alerts that appear in-cab on the PrePass Motion weigh station bypass app. The
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is the perfect time to say, “i Luv My Trucker!”. Only a few short months ago, as Americans tried to get their heads around something called the COVID-19 coronavirus and panic shopping emptied grocery store shelves, professional truck drivers quickly became “essential” and were hailed as heroes by everyone from
It’s the beginning of a new school year, and I’ve been reminiscing about so many of the enjoyable experiences I’ve had visiting schools. Tops among them: Being invited to the schools with my truck and trailer, meeting with students, teachers, sometimes parents while teaching safety programs. Beyond safety, though, these events offered opportunities to share
Fastport has named its 10 finalists for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award, which recognizes the top rookie military veteran truck driver. The program recognizes top drivers who have made the successful transition from active duty military to driving a truck. The winner receives a Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch sleeper that’s powered by
Image: Gettyimages.com/maogg; ryasick “These truly are the times that try a man’s soul!” says Steve Rush, president of tanker fleet Carbon Express, saying the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting shutdowns, and damage to the economy have forced his team to “work smarter.” We’ve asked fleet executives and managers in various parts of trucking operations to share some
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is being held through Saturday, Sept. 19. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week kicked off Sunday, Sept. 13, and throughout the week this week, companies will be honoring truck drivers for their hard work with recognition, deals and more. NTDAW is a week dedicated to celebrating truck drivers in the U.S.
Baylor Trucking, a family-owned truckload carrier based in Indiana, plans a special event to be held Saturday, Sept. 19 to celebrate its 75th anniversary and to recognize its professional truck drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The company puts drivers and their spouses up for two nights in a hotel to attend the event
Given my colleague James Jaillet’s reporting on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s increasing reliance on offsite work on compliance reviews, which included the reality that the agency had granted itself the ability to issue a safety rating with purely offsite work in some instances, I wondered about the question in the title here. Might
Hurricane Sally is expected to grow in strength in the next day or so and effect the Gulf Coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warnings are up for areas north of there. Sally is expected to make landfall Tuesday as a Category 1 storm. The latest update from
Photo: Jim Park The American Trucking Associations, along with the industry as a whole, began its week-long celebration of the 3.6 million commercial truck drivers who are the focus of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. “The critical impact and service of the professional men and women behind the wheel who drive our economy forward every
Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Sept. 14, 2020: COVID-19 emergency declaration extended through year’s endThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday announced it is extending its COVID-19 emergency declaration, which suspends hours of service regulations for certain haulers, through Dec. 31. The declaration was issued following President Trump’s declaration of national emergency in
The Truckload Carriers Association and its sponsor Tenstreet will be hosting a special hour-long segment on the Dave Nemo Show (SiriusXM Channel 146) beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 15 during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The event which will feature: Numerous “Thank You” messages geared toward the driver population from television entertainers
The three finalists in the recent competition for Overdrive’s 2020 Small Fleet Champ award shared a lot in our online panel discussion about mistakes they’ve made and the principles they’ve learned in growing their businesses and maturing as leaders. Senior Editor Todd Dills highlighted many of their key points in his recent recap of that
Access Now Putting a commercial vehicle and driver on the road can be expensive. As a fleet owner, you know how important it is to run your fleet as efficiently as possible by maximizing utilization and minimizing miles. Download the Route Optimization Explained to learn the best way to manage your fleet more efficiently, including: Why
Roland PackerNominated by Barbara Packer, Husband We have been married for just about 50 years and he’s been driving for about 40+ years. I admire him for being on the road and sacrificing his well being and comfort to make sure his family was safe and secure. Missed out on a lot of family events
The report claims that Nikola had the truck towed to the top of a hill on a remote stretch of road and simply filmed it rolling down the hill. Screen grab from YouTube. Nikola Corporation issued a statement on Friday, Sept. 11, in response to claims made about Nikola by Hindenburg Research, which has a
Michaela “Scott” ElsensohnNominated by Ralph Singer, Friend for over 10 years Scott has been trucking for over 30 years. He is an old school trucker. A rare breed these days. Scott gets out and inspects trailers like no one I’ve ever seen. Scott is always willing to lend a hand to a driver who needs
Photo: FMCSA Changes to truck driver hours of service rules take effect at 12 a.m. eastern time on Sept. 29, meaning they’ll take effect earlier for drivers in other time zones – drivers on the West Coast, for instance, will start operating under the new rules at 9 p.m. Sept. 28. The changes, designed to
Discover how technology can streamline and improve your fleet’s bidding process. Bid season proves time and time again to cause a headache for even the most seasoned professionals. However, when handled effectively, the process can yield positive results on your fleets balance sheet at the end of the year. Join us for the webinar, “Don’t
Tony JacobsNominated by Forrest Keith, brother trucker Tony is a 30+ years truck driver that has pulled every kind of trailer out there. He gets up early every day and delivers his loads on time but mostly early. He even hauls FEMA loads too. He is a safe truck driver and treats all with respect.