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  • Montana plane crash kills 'Ice Road Truckers' TV show star

    08/29/2016 9:34:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/29/2016
    <p>MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A plane crash in western Montana has killed a star of the History channel reality show "Ice Road Truckers" and another man.</p> <p>History spokeswoman Susan Ievoli confirmed Monday that 52-year-old Darrell Ward died Sunday in the fiery crash on the shoulder of Interstate 90, southeast of Missoula.</p>
  • American Truckers Just Got BAD News From Obama… This Is a Total Disgrace

    08/20/2016 4:13:34 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 88 replies
    American truckers, and the big rigs they drive, are literally the lifeblood of this nation, transporting food, raw materials and finished goods from one end of the country to the other and back again, delivering what is needed where it is needed when it is needed on a daily basis. But those truckers just had a major roadblock placed in their way, courtesy of President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, and the consequences for not only the trucking industry, but America as a whole, could be devastating. According to The Daily Caller, the EPA just announced on Tuesday that it...
  • What you need to know about driving on Interstate 95 during the DNC

    07/02/2016 10:11:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 24, 2016 | Emily Babay
    Motorists on Interstate 95 during the Democratic National Convention should be prepared for weight restrictions and ramp closures. PennDot has outlined what drivers on the interstate should expect before, during and after the DNC, which will be held July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. Here's what you need to know: Open to passenger vehicles Like other highways in the area, I-95 will be open to passenger vehicles. No vehicles weighing more than 5 tons Vehicles that weigh more than five tons won't be permitted on I-95 between Exit 13 (for Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and...
  • Pensions may be cut to 'virtually nothing' for 407,000 people

    05/20/2016 5:05:57 PM PDT · by bkopto · 65 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 5/20/2016 | Katie Lobosco
    The Central States Pension Fund has no new plan to avoid insolvency, fund director Thomas Nyhan said this week. Without government funding, the fund will run out of money in 10 years, he said. At that time, pension benefits for about 407,000 people could be reduced to "virtually nothing," he told workers and retirees in a letter sent Friday. In a last-ditch effort, the Central States Pension Plan sought government approval to partially reduce the pensions of 115,000 retirees and the future benefits for 155,000 current workers. The proposed cuts were steep, as much as 60% for some, but it...
  • Brick thrown from overpass hits trucker in face on Pa. Turnpike

    05/12/2016 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    ABC 7 NY ^ | May 6, 2016 | Trish Hartman
    BRISTOL TWP., Pa. -- Police in Pennsylvania are looking for the person who sent one trucker to the hospital and put several others in danger. They say the suspect was throwing bricks off an overpass into traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, hitting three trucks Thursday night. Action News met up with truck driver Randy Blake on his way back home to West Virginia. He was still in shock after a harrowing night. Randy tells us, "That somebody could be that stupid to do something that heinous just for the kicks of it." Randy was driving eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike...
  • Trump reaches out to Teamsters union

    05/07/2016 10:31:06 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/7/2016 | Harper Neidig
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to praise workers in the Teamster union and attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The union has not made an endorsement in the election so far, but typically backs Democratic candidates. Trump appeared to be referring to a series of "Teamsters for Trump" groups on Facebook, several of which has members numbering in the thousands. NPR reported this week on Teamsters member who normally back Democrats but prefer Trump this election.
  • [Hoax Article: See OP's Post #76 ] Brokered Convention Will See Epic Traffic Jam in Cleveland-70

    04/09/2016 1:28:11 PM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 79 replies
    RedStateWatcher.com ^ | 04/09/16 | "tfg" - RedStateWatcher.com
    Cleveland, we have a problem. A 'Yuuge' problem! 700 angry truckers (and growing) are watching the political developments in the US very closely and are preparing to act. The leader of the group, who asked to be unnamed, warned "If the leaders of the Republican party plan on defying the will of the voters, we feel that that's an act of treason. And I can promise you that they will see an epic traffic jam in Cleveland." He continued, "And guess what, that'll be the least of their worries!" The spox [spokesperson] was referring to the brokered convetion the GoPe's...
  • Trucker Teams Drive to the Rescue of Online Shipping

    12/24/2015 5:47:49 AM PST · by Cecily · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 24, 2015 | Loretta Chao
    Truck-driver teams are emerging as the shipping heroes of the holidays. Retailers and parcel carriers have been turning this season more than ever to teams, in which drivers pair up to keep trucks rolling for hundreds of miles over 20 or more hours a day. They are trying to meet the demands of holiday shopping that has swung hard toward online sales, pressing retailers and their delivery companies to move goods rapidly, and cheaply, across long distances. That has raised the profile of the small subset of truck drivers who spend weeks or even months away from home, crisscrossing the...
  • How truckers protect themselves on the road

    12/18/2015 9:35:42 AM PST · by aimhigh · 24 replies
    FleetOwner ^ | 12/18/2015 | Larry Kahaner
    Contrary to what many drivers believe, there is no federal law that prohibits truck drivers from carrying guns in their trucks as long as they adhere to local and state laws. However, many carriers prohibit company drivers from carrying weapons. Says Brian: "Even when I was a company driver I carried even though the employee handbook stated that it was against company policy. I'd rather get fired because I've got it than to need it and end up in a box underground because I didn’t have it." James Lamb, chairman of the Small Business and Transportation Coalition claims that he...
  • Muslim truckers who refused to deliver alcohol awarded $240,000

    10/30/2015 2:17:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    A jury has awarded $240,000 to two Muslim men who say they were fired from an Illinois trucking company after refusing to deliver alcohol. A judge found Morton-based Star Transport Inc. violated the religious beliefs of Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdikarim Hassan Bulshale. A trial to determine whether they were entitled to damages ended Oct. 20 with the jury's judgment. A 2013 lawsuit filed by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the men wouldn't deliver alcohol because it was against their religious values as practicing Muslims. The lawsuit claimed the company didn't provide them "with a reasonable accommodation and by...
  • Obama EEOC Fights for Religious Liberty -- for Muslim Truckers

    10/28/2015 8:01:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2015 | By Daniel John Sobieski
    Well, at least they were not told to bake a cake for a gay wedding. In President Obama’s fundamentally transformed America, Christian bakers are forced by the blunt instrument of government mandate to cater a gay wedding regardless of their religious beliefs, but Muslim truckers can now refuse to transport alcohol because their Muslim beliefs and Sharia law prohibits it. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission press release cheerfully chirps about its victory over Star Transport, a trucking company based in Morton, Illinois: A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired...
  • Florida toll road mistakes hit thousands of drivers

    10/17/2015 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | September 29, 2015 | Steve Andrews
    TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Driving on Florida toll roads is part of doing business for trucker Bill VanEpps. “Tolls are a huge expense, and it adds up to a lot of money at the end of the year,” Bill said. He noticed a lot of mistakes with his EPass account so he switched to SunPass in January. “I’ve discovered weekly mistakes,” Bill added. Between January and September, Bill found 42 mistakes by the SunPass electronic tolling system. “My rig is a five axle rig. I’ve been charged for as many as 7 at one time. I’ve been charged for as...
  • ‘Operation Truck Stop’ enforcement effort targets off-toll-road traffic in Northern Indiana

    08/12/2015 5:01:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Overdrive ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Dills
    Indiana is known for its targeting of truckers relative to the behavioral aspects of on-highway safety — no state devotes a larger share of its focus to ticketing and issuing warnings to drivers for moving-type violations. When officials in the northern part of the state in late June announced a weeklong “Operation Truck Stop” three-county enforcement effort during the July 4 holiday week along U.S. 20, a common Indiana Toll Road alternate, in late June, regular readers could have been forgiven for seeing little news there. As Overdrive‘s reports on the state made clear in the last year, such efforts...
  • Labor leaders or independents here? You can sink TPA TPP, TISA, TTIP in under 48 hours. Here's how.

    06/13/2015 2:26:10 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 42 replies
    Self | June 13, 2015 | An American
  • Truckers road rage waltz

    12/21/2014 10:48:47 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 12 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | unknown
    It was strangely majestic for a moment.
  • Auburn lawmaker draws fire for comments about truck drivers

    12/12/2013 12:20:10 PM PST · by Domandred · 9 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 12/12/13 | Lindsay Tice
    The Maine Republican Party on Wednesday released an email in which State Rep. Brian Bolduc, D-Auburn, railed against noisy trucks and questioned the intelligence of truck drivers. "... one look at them and you can see they probably dont (sic) have a whole hell of allot (sic) of brains in their heads," Bolduc wrote in the email. Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage said the email was written in November and forwarded to the Republican Party a few days ago. He said the email was originally sent to multiple officials, but he declined to say who those officials were. He...
  • Trucking industry leader: Tea party a 'corrosive' force (RINO former KS Gov. Bill Graves)

    10/22/2013 12:04:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 21, 2013 | Kevin Robillard
    So much for the great trucker-tea party alliance. Barely a week after conservative activists were counting on a massive protest by truck drivers to snarl the Beltway and bring President Barack Obama to heel, the head of the nation’s largest trucking industry organization denounced the right-wing movement Monday as a “corrosive” force that threatens the business community’s ties to the GOP. “What’s most alarming is the collapse of the Republican Party and the emergence of the conservative wing of the party, most often referred to as the Tea Party, and its emergence as a very corrosive force,” American Trucking Associations...
  • Truckers demand Impeachment!

    10/13/2013 5:32:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 32 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/13/2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    Did you know that Pres. Lucifer closed the World War II Memorial in D.C., although the memorial had been built with private (not government) funds? Did you know, however, that illegals were allowed to demonstrate in the National Mall just a few feet away from the WWII Memorial, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 — notwithstanding the supposed government shutdown? Illegals at National Mall Here’s an update of the Truckers Ride For the Constitution movement: These are the demands of RideForTheConstitution.org: Our Constitutional demands are simple: We want our legislators to follow the law. Independent truckers are leading this convoy to deliver...
  • Judicial Watch's Klayman: Truckers 'Threatened', 'Harassed by the Government'

    10/11/2013 9:27:08 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | October 12, 2013 | You Tube
    Truck drivers protesting government corruption in today's "Ride for the Constitution" may have been intimidated by government officials and law enforcement, according to Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, and former Department of Justice prosecutor. Klayman revealed to MRCTV in an exclusive interview that the truckers were allegedly threatened with arrest and advised to stay out of D.C.
  • Ride for the Constitution truckers slow D.C. traffic

    10/11/2013 8:45:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    WTVR ^ | October 11, 2013 | Scott Wise & Jerrita Patterson
    A group of truckers left Doswell, Virginia Friday morning to take part in the ‘Ride for the Constitution’ in Washington, D.C. They planned to join truckers from across the country slowing down traffic around the nation’s capital. Virginia State Police, who beefed up patrols ahead of the planned demonstration, pulled over at least one group of truckers, according to WTOP.com. “Four commercial vehicles began driving side-by-side across all four northbound lanes of I-495 on the Inner Loop slowing traffic to 15 mph. Virginia State Police stopped the four tractor-trailers at the 53 mile marker (Fairfax County) and warned them not...
  • Truckers’ Capital Beltway protest isn’t a hoax, organizers say

    10/10/2013 5:37:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/13 | Lori Aratani
    So it wasn’t a hoax after all? Organizers of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally say they are indeed coming to Washington on Friday — but whether they will shut down the Beltway or just make a lot of noise remains to be seen. Zeeda Andrews, one of the organizers of the event, said the ride is a go, but emphasized that it will be peaceful. She said that Georgia trucker Earl Conlon “overstepped his boundaries” earlier this week in saying the event was just a ploy to get attention for the group’s agenda. “Yes, it is happening,” she...
  • The Modern American Revolution - Truckers ride on DC

    10/10/2013 6:18:24 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 81 replies
    This month ALL Americans have an opportunity to participate in a nationwide protest. None of us can ever say we couldn't do anything to make a difference because there is an option available to EVERYONE. On… See moreSee More This month ALL Americans have an opportunity to participate in a nationwide protest. None of us can ever say we couldn't do anything to make a difference because there is an option available to EVERYONE. On Friday, October 11th through Su...nday, October 13th, American truckers are planning an event called, Truckers Ride For The Constitution. Thousands of truckers plan on driving...
  • US News and World Report Smears DC Trucker Protest with False Allegations - Here's the Truth

    10/09/2013 3:44:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 8, 2013 | Suzanne Hamner
    With the Ride for the Constitution three days away, it came as no surprise when a story appeared in US News and World Report yesterday indicating that truckers were planning to congest the DC beltway and arrest congressmen during their October 11-13, 2013 event. According to their source, Earl Conlon, the truckers would ride 3 lanes deep circling I-495 and demand the arrest of those in office who have violated their oath. This part of the story is false. As someone who has been in contact with the organizer and their media spokesperson, the message has been and continues to...
  • 'Truckers for the Constitution' Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen

    10/07/2013 6:33:28 PM PDT · by Fireone · 59 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2013 | By Steven Nelson
    Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway "three lanes deep" as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution. "We want these people arrested, and we're coming in with the grand jury to do it," he said. "We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people's grand jury, they...
  • 'Truckers for the Constitution' Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen

    10/07/2013 1:12:02 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 79 replies
    US News ^ | October 7, 2013 | Steven Nelson
    Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally. Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders. Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway "three lanes deep" as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution. The...
  • Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment to rally for truckers headed to DC

    09/26/2013 11:05:32 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 13 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 9/26/2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    The Truckers to Shut Down America-campaign will be cheered along the way by a “patriot wave” from the Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment group when it crosses the country to meet in Washington, D.C. “On Friday, October 11th, Overpasses will support the truckers going to the nations District of Corruption [Washington D.C.]!” the Overpasses Facebook page says. “We’ve gotten emails to the website, messages to the main page from truckers, thanking us for waking them up! We need to be out there, cheering them on their way to DC!” Both groups are nonpartisan and are recruiting grassroots volunteers from across the...
  • ‘Now Is the Time for Mass Resistance’

    09/23/2013 2:13:45 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 22, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    TheBlaze posted a story earlier this week about a group of truckers who are planning to “shut down Washington, D.C.,” for three days starting Oct. 11 to protest the “corruption against the Constitution.” The Facebook-fueled movement, “Truckers To Shut Down America,” states that truckers will refuse to haul freight, and they’re encouraging others to not shop or bank during that period.
  • 1 Million Truckers to Protest Obama by Shutting America Down for 3 Days in October

    09/19/2013 8:14:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/19/13 | Suzanne Hamner
    As someone whose family operates a trucking company, there was no surprise when the announcement to organize a one million trucker march in October appeared online at reagancoalition.com and on a Facebook page. According to reagancoalition.com: There is a Facebook page called "Truckers to Shutdown America." This is one of the messages they posted: My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th. Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action. No commerce on those days...
  • 1 Million Truckers... Shutting America Down for 3 Days in October

    09/17/2013 3:56:30 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 12 replies
    Freedomoutpost ^ | 9.17.2013 | Suzanne Hamner
    "By halting the transport of goods throughout the country and ceasing all money transactions and shopping for three days, it would signal a nationwide peaceful protest against the tyranny in Washington."
  • Truckers Knew We Were In A Once-In-A-Generation Recession Before Anyone Else

    01/23/2013 11:24:27 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Rob Wile
    Truckers Knew We Were In A Once-In-A-Generation Recession Before Anyone Else Rob WileJanuary 18, 2013, 11:29 AMYoutube If you ever wondered what industry is the American' economy's most accurate bellwether, here's some pretty good evidence that it might be trucking. In the just-released minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's December 11, 2007 meeting, then-St. Louis Fed Governor William Poole recounted what he was hearing from his nonfinancial business contacts about orders and sales. Most reported softening activity, but nothing dire. But not Poole's trucker. From the December 2007 transcript: UPS is expecting a peak season that is milder than...
  • New California regs forcing trucks off the road

    01/02/2013 10:19:17 AM PST · by lward99 · 39 replies
    Times 247 ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 | Katherine Timpf
    California rang in the New Year by placing certain truck engines, trailers, tires and even entire vehicles on its environmental out list — requiring motor carriers to spend tens of thousands of dollars on new equipment that may never meet the state's ambitious objectives. The new rules apply to trucks registered in other states — and even other countries. “The state is forcing certain trucking companies and operators to make investments that are going to add cost with no return with regard to fuel efficiency, and therefore no impact on their desired policy operative,” said Steve Laskowski, senior vice president...
  • America's Truckers Have Some Bad News About The US Economy

    08/28/2012 9:13:09 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    America's Truckers Have Some Bad News About The US Economy Sam Ro Aug. 28, 2012, 10:50 AM Almost every good we own has been in a truck at one point or another. As such trucking volumes are a key bellwether of the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, truck volumes are looking "weaker than normal" so far in August. This is according to Christian Wetherbee, Citi's trucking analyst. From his note to clients: Last week we conducted a series of channel checks in the Truckload sector and while July freight was in line with expected seasonality, and up from last year’s relative weakness,...
  • Five dozen lawmakers protest ‘untenable’ oil field regulations

    08/04/2012 4:58:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A bipartisan group of House members has called on the Department of Transportation to reverse regulatory guidance issued in June that limits the ability of supply trucks to service oil and gas fields. Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) and 60 other members of the House argued in a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the guidance will harm not just the oil and gas industry, but related industries that contribute to job growth. They also argue that the guidance reversed 50 years of established practice with little warning to the industry. "Such a change significantly restricts the operations of individuals...
  • Bureaucrats on Board: Mandating Electronic Recorders for Truckers

    05/08/2012 4:22:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | May 8, 2012 | By James Gattuso
    America’s truckers are known for their independence, often driving alone in their rigs from one end of the country to the other. Now Congress wants to give them company in the form of an electronic “big brother.” Under a provision buried in the 600-page transportation bill recently passed by the Senate, truckers large and small would be required to buy and maintain “electronic on-board recorders” (EOBRs) that would document their travel time and distance. The annual cost to truckers and trucking firms: $2 billion. EOBRs are devices that record how long a truck is in motion and the distance traveled....
  • California Truckers Take EPA to Court Over Emissions Rules

    01/06/2012 9:55:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/6/12 | Claudia Cowen
    For the first time, the federal government is regulating big-rigs, RV's, and tractor-trailers in much the same way it's held car makers to rigorous fuel efficiency standards for decades. But a group of California truckers contends the regulations will drive them right out of business -- and has filed suit to block them. The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering large trucks and buses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 percent and overhaul engine design starting with models built in 2014. Most operators will need to spend thousands upgrading their rigs or buying new vehicles,
  • Group stops trucks at Oakland port during shutdown

    12/12/2011 8:06:00 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12 December 2011 | Vivian Ho
    (12-12) 07:27 PST OAKLAND -- A group of protesters have succeeded in stopping a line of big-rigs from entering the Port of Oakland this morning during their march to shutdown the busy cargo terminal. Organizers have pledged to march to the port and shutdown the terminal, one of the busiest on the West Coast. Some unions, including the one representing Oakland teachers, are supporting the day-long strike while others, like the longshoremen's union, say shutting down the port will harm hard-working stevedores and truck drivers. Carrying signs saying "Shutdown Wall St. on the Waterfront" about 200 protesters marched the three...
  • Mexican Trucks Are On Our Roads (Taxpayers Pay to Help Them Run)

    11/11/2011 8:31:03 PM PST · by This Just In · 36 replies
    The Eagle Forum ^ | 11.9.11 | Phyllis Schalfly
    Mexican Trucks Are On Our Roads by Phyllis Schlafly November 9, 2011 Phyllis Schlafly After years of negative votes in Congress and the opposition of the American people, on October 21 Barack Obama allowed the first Mexican truck to cross the border at Laredo, Texas and head north to deliver door-to-door service of its load of industrial equipment. This implemented an agreement quietly signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Mexico City on July 6 with Mexico's secretary of Communications and Transportation. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) calls this deal a major anti-jobs program, saying: "We're literally taking good jobs here...
  • Congressmen, Teamsters Sound Alarm As Trucks Set To Cross US-Mexico Border

    10/19/2011 3:36:22 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 24 replies
    CBS News Los Angeles ^ | 10/19/11 | Staff
    SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Union and trucking industry leaders joined a pair of Southland lawmakers on Wednesday to warn Americans about a potential economic fallout if Mexican trucks are allowed to travel unchecked across the border. Reps. Bob Filner (D-San Diego), and Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) joined James Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Todd Spencer, the owner-operator of the Independent Drivers Association, to voice their concerns over the bilateral pilot project that is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days. The bipartisan group argues that allowing Mexican trucking companies to travel into the U.S....
  • Was 70 mph a bad idea?

    07/20/2011 7:47:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 138 replies
    The Northern Virginia Daily ^ | July 20, 2011 | Preston Knight
    WOODSTOCK -- The last few days have been busy for Shenandoah County emergency personnel on Interstate 81. Or, as some people may feel, it's been like old times. Four notable crashes in a 10-mile stretch since Thursday afternoon -- there were two that day, one on Friday and a tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday morning -- may have been the most in such a short period of time since the Virginia Department of Transportation raised the posted speed limit throughout most of the jurisdiction to 70 mph last the fall. Official crash data, though, is not yet available for the past few...
  • Truckers protest requirement they buy new trucks for work at Port of Oakland

    07/19/2011 10:43:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 7/19/11 | Sean Maher
    OAKLAND -- To the accompaniment of big rig cabs driving through downtown and honking their horns Tuesday afternoon, a handful of protesters gathered outside City Hall to say truckers are being unfairly treated despite their progress in reducing emissions. New state rules that took effect Jan. 1 required truckers hauling at California ports to either install expensive filters (estimated by protesters at $15,000 to $25,000 per vehicle) or upgrade their trucks to models from 2004 or newer. After speaking to a small crowd of onlookers outside City Hall, AB Trucking President Bill Aboudi said in an interview that a UC...
  • Third day of Shanghai strike threatens China exports

    04/22/2011 10:30:36 AM PDT · by poinq · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Fri Apr 22, 4:46 am ET | Melanie Lee and Royston Chan
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Striking truck drivers protested for a third day on Friday in Shanghai's main harbor district amid heavy police presence and signs the action has already started to curb exports from the world's busiest container port. The strike is a very public demonstration of anger over rising consumer prices and fuel price increases in China. It comes as the government struggles to contain higher inflation, which hit 5.4 percent in March, fearful that rising prices could fuel protests like those that have rocked the Middle East. A crowd of up to 600 people milled about outside an office...
  • The Mindset of Supposed Entitlement

    02/04/2011 5:59:20 AM PST · by captjanaway · 4 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | 2/4/11 | Mark Taylor
    To what lengths will cash strapped Democrat controlled states, counties and municipalities go to fatten their coffers to pay for their inflated budgets? While law enforcement should be chasing “bad guys” – the crack dealer, the murderer, the thief – those types of law breakers only strain an already tight budget filled with this gimme program and that gimmie program. No, all you have to do is follow the money trail. One look at Rhode Island will illustrate just that. Truck drivers are prime targets for any number of traffic violations apart from speeding. The fact that they are “just...
  • Obama's Plan to Admit Mexican Trucks

    01/18/2011 5:21:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafley
    It is amazing that, with unemployment unacceptably high, the Obama administration has endorsed a plan that will cost U.S. jobs and make highway driving for Americans more dangerous and less pleasant. Barack Obama wants to admit Mexican trucks to drive on all U.S. highways and roads. Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, explained what this means: "U.S. truckers would be forced to forfeit their own economic opportunities, while companies and drivers from Mexico, free from equivalent regulatory burdens, take over their traffic lanes." We wonder if Mexico has any regulatory standards at all. Mexican trucks...
  • U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    12/17/2010 3:46:56 PM PST · by patlin · 96 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | 12-17-2010 | Reuters
    The U.S. government on Friday proposed prohibiting commercial truck and bus drivers from using cellphones while behind the wheel... http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/news-releases/2010/Rule-to-Ban-Hand-Held-Cell-Phone.aspx
  • Truck Drivers seek Gastric Sleeve Surgery for CSA 2010

    10/12/2010 3:16:54 PM PDT · by GailA · 24 replies
    ask the trucker.com | 8/6/10 | N/A
    The lifestyle of truck drivers can lead to many health problems and many drivers are looking at the new safety initiative, CSA 2010 as focusing on the problem of obesity and sleep apnea. The concerns drivers are having is due to the following statement, found in the CSA 2010 document which states: “Driver Fitness BASIC—Operation of CMVs by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications.” The “medical qualification” that many drivers are concerned with, is the possible disqualification due to being overweight. We have received emails from drivers who are...
  • It’s the summer of highway traffic jam hell in China

    09/07/2010 12:17:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | September 6, 2010 | Bill Schiller
    HUAIAN COUNTY, CHINA—So you think struggling home from Ontario’s cottage country was tough? Think again. And consider, if you will, the case of Chinese trucker Pang Laisuo. On Sunday his coal-laden transport truck was caught in a traffic jam near here, about 240 kilometres north of Beijing. Pang knew he’d have something of a wait. What he didn’t know was that it would last 18 hours. “Everyone who pulled up at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon ended up being stuck there until 10 o’clock Monday morning,” says Pang, a lean and grizzled man in his 50s speaking at a roadside stop...
  • U.S. Spent $550,496 on Study...To Learn About the Sex Lives of Truck Drivers

    07/04/2010 8:06:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | July 1, 2010 | Adam Cassandra
    (CNSNews.com) - The federal government has spent $550,496 on a project that involved conducting “focus groups and in-depth interviews” with American long-haul truck drivers to learn about their sex lives in order to assess their risk of contracting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. The project has failed to find any instances of HIV among the truck drivers studied. “Several international studies have documented substantial levels of sexual risk behaviors and high rates of STI and HIV amongst long-distance truck drivers living in diverse settings including India, Bangladesh, South Africa and Thailand,” says the abstract for the grant published by...
  • The Midnight Trucking Radio Network

    04/01/2010 11:39:52 PM PDT · by restornu · 13 replies · 975+ views
    The Midnight Truckers are another barometer on the pulse of the nation for if they are moving so is the economy! CLICK TO LISTEN!
  • It's time to send a message to Washington D.C. ...Please forward this to all truckers ASAP!!

    03/18/2010 7:51:41 PM PDT · by adm5 · 190 replies · 4,753+ views
    me | 3-18-10 | adm5
    We've melted down Congress' phonebanks, we've written and sent emails and faxes, we've vented our frustrations at townhall meetings for a solid year, we've written our newspapers and blogged about it until we are blue in the face, and yet we've done all of this to no avail. The time for talking is almost over, but... There is still time for a peaceful, non-violent expression of AMERICAS ANGER AT THE SOCIALIST/DEMOCRAT LEADERS IN CONGRESS AND AT THAT ARROGANT BASTARD TEMPORARILY RESIDING AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. Here's what I propose:
  • New Friday deadline looming for Port of Oakland truckers (CARB Thugocracy to determine who works)

    02/02/2010 10:26:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 492+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/2/10 | Cecily Burt
    Port of Oakland truckers are facing another deadline: They have until Friday to line up financing to pay for diesel filters or new trucks to comply with the state's strict air quality rules that went into effect Jan. 1. Drivers who are not able to purchase the new equipment will not be able to haul cargo at the Port after Feb. 15, but organizations who are offering low-cost loans to pay for the filters say they have received fewer applications than they expected. About 1,300 drivers who haul cargo for the Port were denied grant funding for filters and trucks...