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Celadon Trucking to acquire selected equipment assets from Robinson Transport 2

Celadon Trucking Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Celadon Group, Inc., announced that it has agreed to purchase a portion of the operating equipment of Robinson Transport, Inc., based in Columbus, OH, to increase density in Celadon’s traffic lanes in and out of the Midwest and reinforce its driver pool, a company announcement said.

Trucking company pays $630K to settle discrimination suit

Fontana, CA-based Scully Distribution Services, a trucking firm operating in 11 western states, is paying $630,000 to settle a racial harassment and discrimination lawsuit brought against the fleet a year ago by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to a Mercury News report.

Iowa Highway 20 expansion project will help truckers

Crews have finished paving a 26-mi. stretch of Highway 20 between Rockwell City and Early, Iowa, making the highway four lanes all the way from Dubuque to Early. The road expansion project —which should be open by Thanksgiving — will shave 100 mi. off a trucker’s round trip from Early to Chicago, according to U.S. Congressman Steve King.

Trucks restricted to right lane in Chatham County, Georgia

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation will soon be installing signs along U.S. 80 in Chatham County, GA, restricting trucks with more than six wheels to the right lane in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion.

NY senator calls for nationwide standards for truck GPS

Guided by faulty information obtained from Global Positioning System (GPS) devices causing truckers to hit low bridges in New York more than 200 times each year, according to a U.S. senator who wants the Dept. of Transportation to issue nationwide standards for GPS devices in commercial trucks.

Los Angeles prepping for ‘Carmageddon II’

California highway officials are hoping the closure of a 10-mi. stretch of one of the busiest freeways next weekend is a rerun of last year's two-day closure of the same segment of Interstate 405, but some fear apathy may cause a real traffic nightmare this time around.

Warnings of a potential traffic nightmare kept hundreds of thousands of motorists off the highway during the I-405 closure last year — dubbed “Carmageddon” — making it one of the lightest freeway traffic weekends ever.

Volvo calls European road train project a success 2

The SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) — a unique project investigating the potential for integrating road trains of platooned vehicles in a mixed environment with other road users — has been “successfully” completed in Europe.

Report shows truckers at New York Container Terminal paying 144% above national average

A Port Authority study shows that truckers using the New York Container Terminal pay on average $40.25 more in tolls than haulers going to New Jersey terminals, according to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn).

Malliotakis said in a Staten Island Advance report that an average 20-mi. trip costs $83.34, which is 144% above the national average.

Traffic nightmares prompt VDOT to suspend bridge closures

A traffic nightmare that resulted from bridge closures last weekend has prompted the Virginia Dept.

‘World’s Largest Truckstop’ to grow even larger

Iowa 80 Truckstop, touted as the “World’s Largest Truckstop,” will soon be even larger. Iowa 80 is in the process of adding 110 more truck parking spaces, which will bring the stop’s total parking capacity to over 900.

Dirt work has already begun on the expansion project, which is scheduled to be completed in the spring. 

Virginia program helps veterans get CDLs

In what is being called the first of its kind program in the nation, the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles has joined forces with the military and trucking companies to help military veterans and members of the National Guard and reserves obtain commercial drivers licenses.

Court rejects death sentence appeal in 1998 road rage killings of two truckers

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal to get Douglas Feldman, 54, off death row for the road rage slayings of two truck drivers in 1998 in Texas.

Feldman, a former financial analyst, was convicted in 1999 of murder in the shooting deaths of truckers Nicholas Velasquez, 62, of Irving, TX, and Robert Everett, 36, of Marshfield, MO.

ATA urges Texas to curb highway speeds

The American Trucking Assns. is urging the Texas Transportation Commission to reverse its decision to allow vehicles to travel 85 miles per hour on a privately managed stretch of State Highway 130 linking Austin and San Antonio.

Meritor recognizes drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Meritor, global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for the commercial vehicle market, announced it will go all out to recognize professional truck drivers this week in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Maryland will ticket trucks parked on I-83 shoulder

Truckers who currently park their rigs on the shoulder of Interstate 83 in Maryland to sleep or rest are being warned to make other parking arrangements. According to the Maryland State Police, they will begin ticketing trucks parked on the highway shoulder.

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