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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
In response to the worst wildfire season on record in parts of the West, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday, Sept. 10, extended its regional emergency declaration that grants hours of service breaks to truckers providing “direct assistance” to relief efforts. The extension applies to the states of California, Washington, and Oregon, and lasts
Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Sept. 11, 2020: FMCSA issues emergency declaration for West Coast, suspends hours regs for relief haulersThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday issued an emergency declaration for California, Oregon and Washington due to wildfires sweeping across the region. The declaration suspends hours of service regulations for drivers and
The World Health Organization was founded in the wake of World War II, following formation of the United Nations — the United States playing a large part in both efforts. After President Trump officially began to pull the United States out of WHO in the wake of accusations of mismanagement and ineffectiveness as COVID-19 began
Two stolen trailers loaded with food bound for Hurricane Laura relief efforts in Louisiana were recovered late last month, and one man was arrested in connection with one of the thefts. Tennessee Highway Patrol officers on Sunday, Aug. 30, located the two stolen trailers that contained a total of $450,000 worth of Meals Ready to Eat
Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020: Volkswagen continues pursuit of Navistar acquisition with larger offerVolkswagen’s commercial truck arm, Traton, on Thursday bumped its offer to acquire Navistar to $43 per share. Volkswagen, which already holds 16.8% in the maker of International Trucks, in January offered $35 a share to acquire the rest of
Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020: Record-setting West Coast wildfires force highway closuresSections of many highways up and down the West Coast are closed as record-setting wildfires spread from California into Oregon and Washington. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire), a record number of acres have
“It was certainly already a trend,” said Daren Hansen, a senior transportation safety consultant for J.J. Keller, of FMCSA’s move toward remote compliance audits. “Now, the pandemic shot those numbers up.” The U.S. DOT in 2020 has increasingly targeted trucking companies with compliance reviews conducted via email and telephone in place of on-site reviews in
The American Transportation Research Institute wants to know. The trucking industry research organization, today launched the 2020 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks members of the trucking industry to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the
Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020: GM takes stake in Nikola in electric truck partnershipNikola Corporation and General Motors on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership that gives the Detroit automotive behemoth an ownership stake in the Arizona-based hydrogen-electric startup in exchange for use of GM’s battery system and fuel cell tech. Nikola
While Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer, it normally does not also indicate winter’s arrival. However, parts of the Rocky Mountains and Upper Plains have gotten an early taste of winter weather. The Wyoming Department of Transportation this morning reported closings on parts of Interstate 80 and showed on Facebook that as much
Click through this map image for a larger version if needed — it shows early and absentee voting options for each state during normal election years. With uncertainty around COVID-19, some states are changing their voting rules for 2020 to allow more people to vote by mail. Check with your state’s election officials to find
Yet another nationwide enforcement blitz looms. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s previously-postponed Roadcheck 2020 is this week. From Wednesday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 11, law enforcement officers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, at designated fixed locations, or as part of
Updated as of September 1, 2020, to reflect the rescheduled Roadcheck inspection event, where Level 3 inspections are more likely to be prevalent this year than in prior years. The ability to produce proper documentation, including medical card status, is a big part of any Level 3, driver-only inspection, likewise the focus of next week’s
Trucking news & briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020: IRS emphasizes alternatives for 2290 proof of payment, given delays in paper filers’ Schedule 1 receiptsThe Internal Revenue Service’s Ogden, Utah, service center, which processes Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax payments filed via paper Form 2290, has only recently reopened and is sorting through a backlog
Overdrive explored in January the topic of ABC tests and the threat they pose to the traditional leased-owner-operator model in-depth. Read that coverage here, as well as 2019 in-depth coverage of the issue at this link. Will owner-operators be able to continue to work in California, particularly those that get their loads from other carriers?
Hot on the heels of seeking comments on a proposed pilot program to provide more flexibility in drivers’ hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Friday, Sept. 4, announced it’s proposing and seeking public comment on another new pilot program to allow drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles
Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Sept. 4, 2020: FMCSA proposing pilot to allow 18-to-20-year-old drivers to run interstateThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking the next step in potentially allowing 18-20-year-old truckers to drive across state lines. The agency will soon publish in the Federal Register a proposal for a new pilot program
Cops in suburban Corpus Christi, Texas earlier this week stopped a tractor-trailer loaded with peppers and found more than $1 million in cocaine hidden in the produce. Officers from Nueces County, the Robstown Police Department, and Jim Wells County stopped a tractor-trailer south of Robstown, Texas Tuesday, Sept. 1. While they were questioning the driver,
This year has no doubt been a wild ride in any number of different ways for every one of you, I’m guessing. Whether you’re leased to a carrier and newly dealing with regular customers’ facility restrictions and the necessity of new personal protective equipment on-site or at the once routinely familiar and now sometimes ever-stranger-seeming
In the wake of the devastation Hurricane Laura’s caused on the Gulf Coast recently, American Trucking Associations is dispatching its Mack Heroes Truck to deliver relief supplies to the citizens of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The powerful storm left 19 dead in Louisiana and Texas, and damage estimates range from $8 to $12 billion. The Heroes
Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020: Comment period opens for proposed hours flexibility pilot programThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now accepting comments on a proposed pilot program that would give more hours of service flexibility to drivers by allowing them to pause their 14-hour clock. The agency announced the proposal Friday, Aug.