Schneider National, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is offering $6,000 tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates to give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry. The program will cover the entire cost of some truck driver training programs, according to Mike Hinz, Schneider vice president.
Environmental groups blasted a proposal to build a 220-mile privately funded toll road in Maine that would connect the state with Canada, claiming the highway would pose a threat to the state’s environment and tourism economy, according to a Business Week report.
The Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) has named Bryan Blair, a truck driver for Pegasus Transportation of Louisville, KY, to its roster of Highway Angels for pulling a fellow trucker to safety and alerting authorities after his load shifted causing his rig to roll over.
On May 26, 2012, Blair was driving in front of a flatbed hauling a huge coil of steel when the driver took a turn too quickly, causing the load to shift. The chains securing the coil snapped causing the coil to roll off and flipping the rig.
A large-scale truck inspection blitz in Oregon led to more than 25% of commercial drivers checked being put out of service for hours-of-service violations, according to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation.
The state screened trucks at three locations along Interstate 5, the main north-south route through the state. The state DOT put 256 truckers out of service for violations ODOT spokesman David House told the Statesman Journal.
NHTSA will hold a public hearing on July 24 regarding the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a new standard that would require truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 26,000 lbs. to be equipped with an electronic stability control (ESC) systems.
Zero-emission trucks, such as hybrid-electric trucks receiving power along major roadways — similar to light-rail trains and buses in some cities — could be in demonstration in the next few years and eventually be part of a zero-emission corridor along the busy I-710 Freeway leaving the Ports of Los Angeles, according to a recent Calstart study.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Alabama-based truck company MTI Transportation, LLC, to immediately cease all transportation services based on evidence that it was a chameleon operation for two unsafe truck companies previously shut down by the agency.
A trucker jumped from his rig on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to stop a tanker truck whose driver died behind the wheel, according to a report in the LeHigh Valley Morning Call.
State police said the trucker, who was not identified, saw the slow-moving tanker truck in the left northbound lane on Sunday, July 15, pulled over, ran to the truck, climbed aboard and stopped it.
Bomb threats made at two of the busiest Canada/U.S. border crossings in less than a week shut down the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, stranding hundreds of truckers attempting to cross the border and costing them substantial sums of money.
In an effort to help trucking fleets expand when they are having difficulty obtaining traditional bank financing, The American Truck Group (ATG) said it is offering a Rent to Buy contract, whereby the customer makes payments and National Truck Funding, a division of ATG, will borrow the funds to purchase the truck. At the end of the contract, the customer has the option to purchase the truck at a low cost.
Veolia ES Solid Waste, the solid waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. (VESNA), announced the introduction of a fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered refuse trucks to its Waunakee, WI, service area.
Veolia has invested in 13 new CNG-powered trucks and a CNG fueling infrastructure that includes 48 fueling bays, allowing for future expansion of the fleet as required to support the community’s needs.