Deborah Whistler

Truck screening system provides one-stop data

Help Inc. is providing states adopting its mainline truck screening PrePass service and its in-station, the 360SmartView system, with a single-screen view of all truck activity.

Feral hogs a danger on America’s ‘fastest highway’

Speed isn’t the only danger on America’s “fastest highway,” the extension of the State Highway130 toll road connecting Austin and San Antonio Texas, which opened last Wednesday with an 85-mph speed limit, the highest in the U.S.

Regal Logistics expands operations to Los Angeles

Regal Logistics has purchased a distribution center in Los Angeles, creating a nationwide footprint for the Fife-based company with 1.6 million sq. ft. among locations in Fife, Los Angeles and Charleston, S.C. The new facility is scheduled to open in January.

U.S.-China Clean Truck and Bus Summit hailed as a success

More than 120 attendees from leading U.S. and Chinese clean truck and bus technology companies, together with representatives from key agencies of both governments, took part in the first U.S.-China Clean Truck and Bus Summit in Beijing this week to help link U.S. firms with Chinese partners to increase exports.

Brooklyn police plan crackdown on oversized trucks

Police in Red Hook, NY, are planning a crackdown on illegal oversized trucks that are frequently used by warehouses and factories in the city’s industrial center to reduce their shipping costs, according to a DNA info report.

GT Logistics opens Texas terminal for shipments of crude oil

GT Logistics held the grand opening for its new 100-acre state-of-the-art multi-modal GT OmniPort terminal in Port Arthur, TX, last week. Developed at a cost of approximately $95 million, the terminal is designed to handle crude oil and other products transported via truck, rail, ship and barge.

Light rain blamed for 9-semi crash in California

Two successive accidents involving a total of nine big rigs was blamed on light rain that made the roadway slippery last week on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass in California.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a dump truck was traveling south in a truck bypass lane on I-5 at Highway 14 when he lost control about 2:20 a.m., causing a collision involving four big rigs. Traffic behind the accident began backing up, and a short while later, five big rigs approaching the scene collided.

John Christner Trucking commissions pink, lavender semis to raise cancer awareness 17

John Christner Trucking commissioned two pink and lavender semis to heighten awareness for breast cancer and other forms of cancer. The brightly painted Kenworth tractors were delivered last week at the Sapulpa, OK-based truckload carrier’s headquarters.

Driver awarded $30,000 and reinstatement in whistleblower case 1

A Tennessee truck driver who blew the whistle on Brush Creek, TN-based trucking company Mark Alvis after he was terminated for refusing to drive a truck due to illness, fatigue and being over on his driving hours has been awarded $30,000 in compensation and ordered reinstated to his job by the Dept. of Labor.

Drivers, carriers asked for input on navigation systems

While navigation systems are becoming increasingly commonplace in the nation’s commercial vehicles, the impact that these devices have on driver behavior, decision making and safety is not fully understood, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization.

East Coast braces for “Frankenstorm”

Weather forecasters are predicting the merging of a hurricane and winter storm will pound the East Coast as early as this weekend, bringing with it gale force winds, heavy rains and flooding that could cause more than $1 billion in damages, making this “Frankenstorm” worse than “The Perfect Storm” that wrecked havoc on the Eastern seaboard in 1991.

Truck OEMs to discuss EPA regulations at diesel emissions conference

Speakers from Volvo, Cummins, Daimler, Navistar and other truck manufacturers will discuss Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations at Integer Research’s fifth Diesel Emissions Conference & DEF Forum USA 2012, taking place Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at The Westin Cincinnati.

NC trucking company sentenced for falsifying driver logs 1

Larry Morris Trucking, Snow Camp, NC, was sentenced to 60 months of probation for making false statements relating to the falsification of drivers’ hours of service records on Oct. 10 in U.S. District Court, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Professional driver gym opens in Dallas

Arlington-based Snap Fitness has opened its first professional driver’s gym at the Flying J truck stop on Interstate 20 in Dallas, TX. The Dallas facility offers personal training, dietary guidance, strength training all geared to the unique needs of truck drivers.

The 24-hour facility is located at 7383 Bonnie View Rd. Dallas next to the Flying J Travel Plaza. 

TCA still looking for Wreaths Across America volunteers

The Truckload Carriers Assn. said a call for volunteers to deliver wreaths to veteran’s cemeteries as part of the Wreaths Across America program resulted in only two out of 385 for-hire carrier and private fleet members signing up. The trucking association is asking that those interested in honoring veterans immediately fill out a form to volunteer.

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