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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.

News, Safety & Security

Bill combating human trafficking detailed

A recently filed report from Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., provided some details regarding a bill that would designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator within the Department of Transportation. The Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, or S1536, was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in July and passed the Senate in September. On Oct. […]

Analysis, News

Climate change significantly affects Midwest infrastructure, report says

Hurricanes devastated entire cities this year, including significant damage to infrastructure. Is climate change to blame, and can we do something about it? According to the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, the answer to both questions is “yes.” In the United States, temperatures are rising and extreme weather is more commonplace, according to a 2015 Environmental […]

Crime & Courts, News, Safety & Security

California trucker faces misdemeanor charge for ‘reckless driving’ during protest

A California truck driver is charged with reckless driving after police say he attempted to make his way through a crowd of protestors at a natural gas storage facility in the Los Angeles area on Monday. The driver, Trever Ziese, 46, of Ventura, posted $5,000 bond and was released from a jail facility in Van […]

News

Prize truck shown off at military hiring fair

Transitioning military personnel received a sneak peek at the Transition Trucking program’s top prize – a 2017 Kenworth T680 equipped with a 76-inch sleeper – during the Hiring our Heroes Transition Summit this past week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood, Wash. The summit was coordinated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our […]

Elections, News, State

ELECTION 2017: Texas counties to decide on transportation bonds totaling $367 million

Voters in multiple Texas counties will decide next month whether to tap bonds to get transportation work done. Ballots in Travis County will include a question to benefit infrastructure throughout the Austin-area locale. Proposition A on the Nov. 7 ballot calls for authorizing the issuance of $93.4 million in bonds for transportation and road safety projects countywide. […]

Analysis, Driver Fitness, News, Safety & Security

Forrest Lucas joins American Sikh truck owners in ELD mandate protest

Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products Inc. has joined with Sikhs Political Action Committee Chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, to express concern regarding the Trump administration decision to allow the electronic logging devices mandate to go forward. The mandate is scheduled for Dec. 18, but has faced a barrage of lawsuits, petitions and protests. In […]

Analysis, News

Cross border freight increasing; trucks still hauling most of it

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in August trucks moved nearly 65 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. All five modes experienced an increase in freight year to year for the fourth consecutive month. The value of freight hauled across the […]

Driver Fitness, News

Truckers get free flu shots through a St. Christopher Fund vaccine program

The St. Christopher Truckers Fund is continuing with free vaccine vouchers for the 2017-18 season, a program that is being once again supported with funding from OOIDA. Through April 30, vouchers for free flu shots will be available for truckers. Also, truckers may get vouchers for free pneumonia and shingles vaccines. They are available through […]

News

Canadian truck group expects ELD mandate by spring 2019

As truckers in the United States brace for a mandate on electronic logging devices, a Canadian trucking group predicts Canada will have its own mandate sooner than later. Speaking at a seminar last week in Milton, Ontario, Mike Millian, the president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, gave an update on the Canadian […]

Analysis, Fuel prices, News

Diesel up a penny; highest average price in more than a month

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went up a penny to $2.797 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Oct. 23. This marks the second consecutive increase after one week of decreases which was preceded by just one week of increases and the highest prices since Sept. 11, when diesel was $2.802 […]