NEWS & EVENTS

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May 5, 2021

Gino Fontana, a vice president of operations for Transervice’s Berkeley Division, keeps track of various regional and national safety blitzes as part of his fleet maintenance program. “If Brake Safety Week is coming up, for example, we send notes to our shops in advance so that every piece of equipment that comes in — no matter what — they put an eye on the brakes, the brake lines, those types of things,” he said.

In 2020, lighting was the most common vehicle violations, comprising 12% of roadside violations, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Cory Adams, vice president of engineering for Peterson Manufacturing, told American Trucker that many lighting issues could be addressed during post-trip inspections...

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March 17, 2021

The jury is still out, but odds are that at least some of the regulatory activity involving the trucking industry that was not acted upon in the four years under the Trump administration will be considered by the Biden administration. That is possibly the case with the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019. The bill that includes speed limiter legislation is described on Congress.gov, the official website for U.S. federal legislative information presented by the Library of Congress, as follows:

 This bill directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement regulations to require (1) all new commercial motor...

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February 2, 2021

Trucker Path has revealed the results of its Best Truck Stops winners among chain and independent facilities. The rankings were based on ratings, reviews, feedback and votes from among more than one million Trucker Path app users.

 

“We have more than 6,000 chain and independent truck stops listed in the Trucker Path app and we’re constantly adding new locations,” said Steven Lopez, vice president of business development at Trucker Path. “Trucker Path Best Truck Stops recognition lets drivers know they’ve come to the right place.”

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January 8, 2021

Now that 2020 is hindsight, members of the trucking industry can  —  at some point — look forward to meeting in person again at events, where they can touch and feel the game-changing new equipment and trucks, talking needs and services over a cocktail and appetizer, and wandering around expo halls until they find that one thing or person that will help them revolutionize their business.

Unfortunately, until at least the spring, many traditional in-person events have been eschewed for virtual events. On the bright side, as the weather starts to warm up, it appears (for now) that we will all be able to meet again. ...

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November 30, 2020

After a year of unparalleled economic growth in 2018, 2019 sputtered to the finish line, creating volatility in trucking operations and costs, according to findings released this week by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

The research organization’s 2020 update to its annual “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking” uses detailed financial data provided directly by motor carriers of all sectors and fleet sizes to document and analyze trucking costs from the previous two years.

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September 4, 2020

Protecting Cargo from Thieves this Labor Day Weekend

Cargo theft typically increases over Labor Day weekend because thieves see an opportunity, says Scott Cornell of Travelers Insurance. He recently shared insights on how truckers can keep their freight and assets safe this holiday weekend.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought new challenges to the supply chain, and the protection of cargo assets has become an even greater necessity for the trucking industry. Scott Cornell, transportation lead, crime and theft specialist at Travelers Insurance, shares insight on how to protect assets during Labor Day Weekend.

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August 5, 2020

Trucking industry lobbyists are pushing legislators to temporarily halt the federal excise tax on new truck purchases and the annual Heavy Vehicle Use Tax levied against most Class 8 vehicles in the U.S. They say a suspension would help boost the economy.

Two long-standing truck taxes are in the industry's cross-hairs for suspensions that would provide temporary relief to independent drivers and carriers during the COVID-19 recession that has put extra strain on the trucking industry. 

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July 24, 2020

Over the past 10 years, the commercial auto industry has experienced its share of challenges that have impacted the transportation sector.

 

Nuclear verdicts, higher maintenance expenses, reduced freight demand and poor infrastructure, compounded by an aging workforce and driver shortage, have all led to the state of the insurance market today.

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July 20, 2020

Commercial truck drivers are at higher risk for developing adverse health conditions due to the sedentary nature of the job and unhealthy eating habits on the road. And poor health can make passing their CDL re-certification exams quite challenging.

In response to the COVID-19 national health emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a waiver granting an extension for re-certifications for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders through Sept. 30.

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June 10, 2020

Beginning October 1, 2020, all premium finance payments made with a credit card will incur a 2.5% fee.  

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June 3, 2020

Under normal circumstances, it’s essential for most people to get up every day and go to work to provide for their families—to pay the mortgage, put food on the table, heat and cool their homes, and pay the bills in general. But these are anything but normal circumstances. Many of these same people who go to jobs every day are not only essential to their families, but also to the safety and well-being of the entire country. They have a different sense of purpose, and that mission now has taken on a national urgency.

“We are supporting the medical field, so our work is always important,” said Kevin Grayson, beverage/EV production manager for Mickey Truck Bodies, which supplies Jefferson, N.C.-based American Emergency Vehicles/REV Group with the aluminum bodies that are upfitted into full-service...

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April 16, 2020

President Trump held an event at the White House on Thursday to honor truck drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic, whom he described as the “lifeblood of our economy.”

“In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are carrying us to victory,” Trump said at the event, of which he deemed the theme “thank God for truckers.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was also at the event and noted states have been working to make accommodations for truck drivers, who have had a difficult time accessing food on the road.