Deborah Whistler

Articles by Deborah Whistler
Early harvest leads to trucking back up at the Mississippi

The extremely dry conditions during the growing season have caused both corn and soybeans to be ready for harvest at the same time, impacting the ability of Mississippi River barges in Iowa to keep up with the quick pace, putting a strain on truckers who have to wait in line to unload crops.

Closures for US 281/Loop 1604 interchange in San Antonio

Closures for the US 281/Loop 1604 Interchange project in San Antonio, TX, will continue through Oct. 19,
Alamo RMA officials said there will be lots of activity along Loop 1604, according to a WOAI News report.
US 281 roadway closures:

EPA awards $30 million in DERA grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $30 million in grants for clean diesel projects across the country.

The Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses.
Recipients of the grants were selected based on a proposal’s potential for maximizing health and environmental benefits by targeting areas that have significant air quality issues, EPA said.

SmartWay honors industry leaders for supply chain efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 40 companies — including 32 trucking companies — with the 2012 SmartWay Excellence Awards for achievements in moving freight more efficiently while reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions.

NJ Turnpike crash to affect traffic on I-195 for months

Drivers traveling westbound on Interstate 195 near interchange 7a in Mercer County, NJ, can expect continuing traffic delays in the coming months as a result of a fatal accident earlier this month.

A dump truck overturned and burst into flames on Oct. 3, killing the driver. Flames from the blaze damaged an Interstate 195 overpass along the New Jersey Turnpike causing shutdowns and major traffic delays on the toll road and 195.

Love’s Travel Stops opens Oklahoma CNG fueling facility 4

Love’s Travel Stops announced the opening of its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel facility designed for rapid fueling of heavy-duty trucks near Oklahoma City.

The fast-fill CNG pumps are located at the Love’s Travel Stop on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit west of downtown Oklahoma City.

ATA report: Trucker fatigue numbers ‘wildly exaggerated’

Anti-truck special interest groups are responsible for wildly exaggerating the role of fatigue in large truck crashes, according to a new white paper released by the American Trucking Assns.

FMCSA warns of fraudulent letters

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning fleets to be alert to another round of fraudulent USDOT letters dated Sept. 24, 2012, that are being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials.

The letters appear to be from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name, Julie Weynel – Senior Procurement Officer, who FMCSA said emphasizes is “not” an employee of USDOT.

Chain of accidents tie up Florida’s I-75

Bad weather was cited as the cause of a chain of accidents on Florida’s Interstate 75 last Friday involving 47 vehicles in at least seven separate collisions, shutting the roadway down for hours and leaving at least 52 people injured, according to a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol said.

FMCSA cuts red tape in pre-employment screening program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has introduced an expanded version of its Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), making it easier for more motor carrier companies, with the driver’s consent, to access PSP records.

A PSP record includes three years of crash history and five years of roadside inspection history for commercial drivers. PSP is now available to eligible intrastate motor carriers and companies directly involved in the pre-employment screening and hiring of commercial drivers.

NY senator wants to seize trucks not on designated truck routes

A New York state senator’s bill would allow law enforcement officials to seize trucks after multiple oversized vehicle violations, according to a report in the Forest Hills Patch.

Trucking applicant sentenced in bizarre DUI case

A Stafford County, VA, man convicted of showing up drunk seeking a job as a truck driver at Estes Express Lines last year was ordered to serve two years and eight months in prison.

According to prosecutor Andrea McCauley, Michael Rene Ruiz, 51, went to the trucking company on Oct. 7 of last year seeking a job as a truck driver. Ruiz, who had no license and was drunk when he got to Estes offices, got into a dispute with company officials after being told no job was available.

Hwy. 55 in south Minneapolis to close for 10 days

Beginning today drivers in south Minneapolis will need to deal with lane and ramp closures on Hwy. 55 at the busy E. 28th Street intersection in south Minneapolis.

The beginning stages of the highway project gets underway at 9 a.m. today when access to and from 28th Street to northbound Hwy. 55 is closed and drivers will be directed to the inner lanes as work begins on the east side of the road.

Highway work in Lake County, CA, will cause traffic delays

Caltrans is advising drivers of construction projects set to occur on highways in Lake County, CA, this week that could result in traffic delays. The work on several sections of Highway 53 and Highway 20 include:

Macon trucking company owner charged with trailer theft

Bradley K. Blackshear, the owner of Q&B Trucking of Macon, GA, was arrested and charged with stealing 21 box trailers that were discovered at the lot of a local recycling company, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s office.

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