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OSHA backs UPS driver who refused to drive without an ELD

A New Hampshire driver for UPS Freight will receive more than $47,000 after filing a whistleblower complaint that UPS forced him to drive without an ELD.

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Several fires in Southern California continue to threaten residents and motorists

The fire situation in Southern California has not improved. In fact, it is getting worse. The Thomas Fire has expanded to 132,000 acres, up from 45,000 acres on Tuesday morning. Several other fires have developed and spread in the region, putting motorists and residents in the immediate area in danger. Thomas Fire Strong Santa Ana […]

Crime & Courts

Texas trucking owner, DPS officer plead guilty to inspection bribery

A Texas man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations of successfully bribing a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper to receive favorable Level 1 safety inspections, federal court documents reveal. Orlinte Cruz, owner of Cruz and Sons Transportation and UGMA Logistics in Dallas, was indicted on Honest Services Wire Fraud on Nov. 16 […]

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Open enrollment for health insurance ends Dec. 15

The deadline to purchase health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is one week away. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and ends Friday, Dec. 15. Those who do not enroll in a qualifying plan during the open enrollment period will be unable to purchase health insurance in 2018 unless they have a qualifying event […]

Crime & Courts

Man indicted on murder charges in death of truck driver

An 18-year-old has been indicted on second-degree murder charges in Baton Rouge, La., for the August slaying of a Tennessee truck driver. Landry Carter, 18, faces life in prison, according to The Advocate. Keith Odom, a 49-year-old truck driver from Jonesborough, Tenn., was shot to death on Aug. 8. Odom was reportedly shot while repairing a […]

News, State

Wisconsin becomes 15th state to permit 550-pound APU exemption

In an effort to encourage more truck drivers to stop idling, a new law in Wisconsin raises the allowable weight limit for trucks. States were given the ability in 2005 to allow heavy-duty trucks to exceed the 80,000-pound maximum weight limit to encourage the use of idle-reduction equipment. During the next decade many states adopted […]

News, TRACER Alert

TRACER ALERT: Red Volvo VNL with white Sun Valley trailer stolen in Florida

A red 2007 Volvo VNL pulling a white 1999 Sun Valley van trailer was reported stolen on Dec. 6 at 829 Benoist Farms Road in West Palm Beach, Fla. The truck has “Red Summer Transportation” on the side, and the trailer has “#201” on the sides. TRACER lists a Florida license plate of BA60AD and a VIN […]

Crime & Courts

Jackknifed truck, drug abuse cost Kentucky driver his CDL

A Kentucky-licensed truck driver who jackknifed his tractor-trailer in August and has repeatedly been found incapacitated by a Schedule I controlled substance has lost the right to drive a commercial motor vehicle. Scotty R. Kinmon was declared an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He was served the order […]

Opinion

ELD mandate isn’t about safety

This statement will not serve as news to truck drivers, but it still needs to be said. The electronic logging device mandate has nothing to do with safety. While truck drivers are well aware of this, many people in the general public remain misinformed. Case in point, check out a recent column from Chris Tomlinson […]

News, State

Missouri bill would increase fuel tax 10 cents

While talks continue in Missouri for a solution to the state’s nearly one-half of a billion dollars in annual road and bridge funding needs, a state lawmaker has filed legislation that relies on a fuel tax increase. A 23-member task force of state officials and private citizens is working on a list of transportation funding […]

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House committee roundtable addresses autonomous tech in trucking industry

As both the House and Senate have autonomous vehicle bills sans trucks floating around Congress, the issue of what to do with heavy commercial vehicles and AV technology is still on the table. Those issues were addressed during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee roundtable on Thursday, Dec. 7. Committee members discussed emerging technologies in […]