Deborah Whistler

New broker law impacts carriers who forward freight

Beginning Oct. 1 anyone acting as a broker or a freight forwarder, including motor carriers who broker loads, are required to register and obtain broker or freight forwarder authority from FMCSA.  Brokers and freight forwarders will also now be subject to a minimum $75,000 financial security requirement.

GAO criticizes tolling practices

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office blasted the Port Authority that manages bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey — among other bi-state tolling agencies — for implementing toll increases without giving highway users adequate time to review and comment.

Hiring felons  1

Do you have a blanket policy against hiring applicants with arrest or conviction records? If you do, you could get in trouble with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC has targeted several large companies — including carriers — for failing to consider the possible discriminatory nature and disparate impact that their hiring policies may have.

Staying compliant in an uneven CSA world 

If your rig gets inspected in Texas, you are more likely to get a light or lamp violation. And trucks traveling through Indiana are more likely to get speeding violations. In Oregon, truckers get more hours-of-service (HOS) violations and in Louisiana it’s more likely you will get cited for not buckling up.

TCA sponsors health fairs at TA/Petro locations 

To help professional truck drivers lead longer, healthier lives, the Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) will sponsor free health fairs at 18 TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers (TA/Petro) across the United States during Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Reflecting the theme “Make Your Destination Another Birthday,” the events will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, or Wednesday, Sept. 18, depending on the specific location.

Legislation would prevent shortcuts in setting sleep apnea regs 

Trucking interests are applauding legislation introduced late last week that would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from taking shortcuts in the process if they intend to set standards for screening and testing professional drivers for sleep apnea.

Old Dominion opens southwest Chicago service center 

Old Dominion Freight Line opened a 100-door facility southwest of Chicago serving a regional industrial and manufacturing hub. The Chicago West Service Center is a newly constructed facility located in Crest Hill, with close proximity to a number of busy thoroughfares, including interstates 55, 80, 88, 355, 39, 90 and 57.

New Mexico driver wins national trucking honors

Ralph Garcia, America’s Road Team Captain and professional truck driver for ABF Freight System, received the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award at the American Trucking Assns.’ 2013 National Truck Driving Championships for best exemplifying what it means to be a professional truck driver. Garcia also took home first-place honors in the 4-axle division.

North Dakota lowers speed on U.S. Highway 52/281 near bypass

An increase in the amount of commercial truck traffic moving through the U.S. Highway 52/281 bypass northwest of Jamestown, ND, prompted a speed limit reduction and more caution signs around the intersection, according to a report in the Jamestown Sun.

Texas DOT proposes lane restrictions for big trucks

The Texas Dept. of Transportation is seeking comment from the public on a proposal that would prohibit trucks with three or more axles, as well as truck-tractors — whether or not they are hauling trailers — from using the left lane of Interstate 35 through much of McLennan County.

Drivers asked to nominate carriers for 'Best Fleets to Drive For' contest

The Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) is inviting truck drivers to nominate carriers for the 6th annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest, TCA’s annual evaluation of the best employers in the trucking industry.

C.R. England lays off 81, blames regs, economy and tightening market

A “stagnant economy, increasing federal regulations and a tightening market for drivers” are the reasons Utah-based reefer carrier C.R. England found it necessary to lay off 81 workers on Aug. 30.

Delaware law requires backup warning devices on trucks

A bill recently signed into law by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell requires all commercial vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more to be equipped with an audible signal letting bystanders know that the vehicle is backing up.

Indianapolis downtown highways closed

Drivers in Indianapolis can expect big disruptions as highway crews have closed a stretch of Interstates 65 and 70 in the city’s downtown this week for what’s expected to be a two-month highway project.

The stretch of highways closed to through traffic effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, although some exit and entrance ramps will remain open. The work is necessary to lower the highways under bridges that have been hit repeatedly by oversized trucks.

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