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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

Check before driving into California’s wildfire area

Out-of-control fires continue to destroy property and devastate the landscape in California. “We’re not even close to being out of this emergency,” officials with California’s Office of Emergency Services told reporters on Friday, Oct. 13. Commercial drivers who must traverse the northern counties of the state should check online at Quickmap.dot.ca.govfor road closures and other information. […]

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Wreaths Across America launches new sponsorship program

Wreaths Across America recently announced a new sponsorship opportunity called Rolling Ambassadors for professional truck drivers, bikers, police officers, and first responders. A nonprofit organization, Wreaths Across America was founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that was started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission […]

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Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to thwart throwing objects at vehicles

One effort halfway through the Pennsylvania statehouse is intended to improve safety and deter delinquent behavior on various overpasses around the state. The Senate voted unanimously to approve a bill that would require the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to erect fencing on certain state-owned bridges. It now moves to the House. PennDOT already has guidelines […]

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Trucking propels Transportation Services Index to all-time high in August

The official freight index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, reveals August freight experienced significant gains in trucking, enough to make up for declines in water and pipeline freight to push the index to an all-time high. Trucking freight made a giant leap for a second consecutive month, increasing to 147.9 from 143.9, […]

News, Tolls

San Francisco area voters to decide on bridge toll rates increase

A new law in California permits San Francisco area voters to decide whether to raise bridge tolls. The additional revenue would help get $4.45 billion in transportation work done over the next 25 years, including a project to reduce truck traffic. Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, describes the effort as a “comprehensive regional traffic relief […]

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Traffic deaths increased for second consecutive year in 2016

Official traffic fatalities numbers for 2016 have been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the numbers reflect what most expected: fatalities increased compared with 2015. A total of 37,461 people were killed last year on the nation’s roadways, a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year. That is nearly 2,000 more people […]

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DAT Solutions: Spot van rate on MembersEdge hits $2.09 a mile

Load posts on DAT MembersEdge dropped 3 percent during the week ending Oct. 7, taking the edge off the uptick from the previous week. Truck posts gained just 1 percent, which kept load-to-truck ratios high: Vans: 6.5 available loads per truck Flatbeds: 46.7 loads per truck Reefers: 12.4 loads per truck Tight capacity pushed rates […]

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In-vehicle technology can be as distracting as cellphones, study finds

Cellphones have been the scapegoat for distracted driving over the past decade, but a new study suggests another electronic that could be a major problem: in-vehicle technology. Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied the unintended consequences of the technology that comes standard in 30 model year 2017 passenger vehicles. “Visual and […]

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Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act 2018 begins Nov. 1

Despite multiple attempts in Congress to alter or overturn the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place. Insurance industry experts say the individual mandate, and the tax penalties that go with it, are not going anywhere in 2018. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Those who do not enroll in […]

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OOIDA scholarship tops $300,000 mark for money awarded

Each year, the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund awards one renewable $2,000 scholarship and four renewable $1,000 scholarships for the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Since the program started in 1998, more than $315,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 96 students, allowing them to seek a […]