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  • LIVE: Big Rig Police Chase (California)

    09/13/2016 1:07:19 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 56 replies
    FOX 10/YouTube ^ | 09/13/2016 | Staff
    Stolen Big Rig in Riverside, California carrying hazardous waste.
  • US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers

    08/26/2016 4:53:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2016 4:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways. A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it.The proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, does not force older heavy vehicles to add the...
  • 1,690-Page ‘Climate Change’ Reg Increases Cost of Tractor-Trailer Up to $15,119

    08/22/2016 11:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 22, 2016 | 12:52 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly issued a new regulation last week that is meant to help protect the world from “climate change” by limiting “greenhouse gas emissions” and improving fuel efficiency in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operated in the United States. The 1,690-page regulation is approximately 700,000 words long. A “regulatory impact analysis” published by EPA and NHTSA estimates the regulation will add an average of as much as $13,749 to the cost of a tractor truck and $1,370 to a trailer, making some tractor-trailer combinations $15,119 more expensive in 2027 than they...
  • 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...
  • High Cancellations Hurt July Class 8 Truck Orders

    08/05/2016 3:59:46 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    TruckingInfo.com ^ | 3AUG2016 | Staff Writer
    It looks like July was another off month for Class 8 truck orders as industry analysts are predicting some of the lowest numbers since 2010, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR. FTR is predicting Class 8 truck orders will come in at around 10,400 units while ACT Research is projecting 10,500 units for the month. Both forecasts are well below July 2015 orders and mark one of the weakest months since 2010. Compared to June, orders were down 19%, which FTR attributed to higher than normal order cancellations in the month. “Usually there are a low number...
  • Trucks Hauling Bread and Deli Meat Snarl Traffic in NJ

    06/18/2016 6:41:57 AM PDT · by njslim · 37 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | 6/17/2016 | Dave Hutchinson
    It was a messy morning on Interstate 287 Friday as two accidents, including one involving a truck carrying deli meat and another truck carrying bread, snarled traffic on both the northbound and southbound sides in Central Jersey. At 3:46 a.m., State Police received a report of an accident on southbound Interstate 287 involving two tractor-trailers in South Plainfield at mile post five, said Capt. Stephen Jones, a State Police spokesman. One was carrying bread while the other was hauling deli meat.
  • Vice President Biden applauds RhodeWorks during visit

    05/30/2016 12:39:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Turn To 10 ^ | May 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vice President Joe Biden said Rhode Island needs to invest in its transportation infrastructure after touring a dilapidated highway bridge he joked is being held up by a children's toy. "For 10 years, you've had Lincoln Logs holding the damn thing up. Go look at it," he told a crowd of local politicians and construction trade and labor leaders who gathered Friday to hear him speak.
  • Class 8 Truck Orders Plunge 39%; Large Truck Sales vs. Recessions

    05/08/2016 6:33:17 PM PDT · by fella · 47 replies
    fxstreet ^ | 6 May 2016 | Mike Misch Shedlock
    First, let’s take a look at the reports, then we will take a look at what this may mean for the economy. Class 8 Truck Orders Plunge 39% The Wall Street Journal reports Truck Orders Fall in April. Last month, trucking fleets ordered just 13,500 Class 8 trucks, the big rigs used on long-haul routes, down 16% from March and 39% from a year earlier. It was the fewest net orders in any April since 2009, FTR said. DAT Solutions, an Oregon-based transportation data firm, reported that loads available for dry vans, the most common type of tractor-trailers used for...
  • Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Part 2: The Highway Serial Killings Initiative

    05/06/2016 10:49:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    FBI.GOV ^ | May 6, 2016
    Since the Highway Serial Killings Initiative began in 2004, ViCAP analysts have compiled a list of more than 750 murder victims found along or near U.S. highways, as well as nearly 450 potential suspects. If there is such a thing as an ideal profession for a serial killer, it may well be as a long-haul truck driver. FBI Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo is quick to point out that long-haul trucking is an honorable profession and that the overwhelming majority of drivers are not murderers—but it does happen, and the pattern is unmistakable. More than a decade ago, analysts for the...
  • [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...
  • Beer, chips spill onto I-95 after semi overturns in crash

    03/23/2016 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Quality_Not_Quantity · 28 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | 3/23/16 | Click Orlando
    MELBOURNE, Fla. - A crash involving two tractor-trailers hauling beer and chips overturned on Interstate 95 in Brevard County, spilling the snacks all over the roadway and blocking lanes for hours on Wednesday morning. The crash was reported at milemarker 187 in Pineda Causeway just after 3:30 a.m. Florida Highway Patrol said the tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer was driving southbound on I-95 when the driver attempted to move into center lane and swerved to avoid another vehicle.
  • Bernie Sanders promises to “take trucks off the road” if elected

    03/13/2016 7:52:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 98 replies
    Live Trucking ^ | 3-11-16
    During a recent campaign event, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shed some light on his plans for the trucking industry. In the short clip, which can seen above, Sanders promised to “do great things” if elected president, including “creating a state of the art rail system which takes trucks off the road.” The crowd at the event responded with thunderous applause. Several drivers immediately contacted us, expressing concern over the statements. “This guy has to be stopped” said one reader. What do you think? Is it political rhetoric used to excite uninformed followers, or will the trucking industry be significantly downsized...
  • Tractor-Trailer Carrying 70,000 Pounds of Bacon Collides with Amtrak Train

    06/09/2015 8:17:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 58 replies
    thedailymeal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Karen Lo
    A Chicago-bound Amtrak train had an unfortunate encounter with a tractor-trailer carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon that was “obstructing the tracks” last Friday, June 5 — the same day we reported on Indiana’s amazing bacon lottery. The train, Texas Eagle Train 22, collided with the truck near Illinois Route 53, and managed to overturn the truck, splitting it in half. “There's boxes everywhere [sic],” a passenger told NBC Chicago. “But somehow the driver was OK.” None of the crew or passengers were injured in the crash, but we assume all hope for the bacon was lost. However, if there were...
  • Delaney visits Hagerstown to push corporate-funded infrastructure bill

    05/19/2015 11:12:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | May 6, 2015 | Don Aines
    Rep. John Delaney was in Hagerstown Wednesday to pitch his proposal for long-term funding of transportation and other infrastructure projects by repatriating the overseas earnings of American corporations. "There hasn't been anything really transformative to put a lot of money into infrastructure," Delaney, D-Md., told a small group of businesspeople at Bulls & Bears restaurant. He pointed out that the federal gas tax — the primary source of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund — has not been increased since the early 1990s, in part, because it is politically unpopular. It also is a regressive tax that hits lower-income people...
  • What Will Happen to Truck Stop Towns When Driverless Truck Technology Expands?

    05/19/2015 7:56:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Route Fifty ^ | May 18, 2015 | Michael Grass
    In just a few years, communities that depend on the trucking industry for their vitality will be facing major economic disruption.Roscoe, Nebraska, is a good place to contemplate how the evolution of long-haul travel can change a community. This unincorporated settlement—some classify Roscoe as a “semi-ghost town”—sits about seven miles east of the city of Ogallala along U.S. 30, which follows the old Lincoln Highway route and before that, various overland migration trails to California, Oregon and Utah. Just off U.S. 30, opposite the Union Pacific freight-rail tracks, there’s an abandoned gas station with its former pump, pictured above, standing...
  • 100+ Truck Convoy in Virginia

    05/05/2015 11:07:11 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 49 replies
    Does anyone have any idea what this is all about? Some are suggesting it is for the Special Olympics which raised $30,000 - but 115 trucks has to be carrying much more than $30,000 worth of donations.
  • Driver Suffered "Coughing Attack" Before Fatal Big Rig Crash Off Southern CA Freeway

    04/17/2015 1:14:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/17 | Jonathan Lloyd and Vanessa Ruiz
    The crash near the interchange of the 118 and 210 freeways left others hospitalized in critical conditionA big rig driver suffered what authorities described as a "coughing attack" at the wheel before crashing off a Southern California freeway and slamming into a pickup in a fatal collision that involved several other vehicles. The northern San Fernando Valley crash, which left four people hospitalized in critical condition, occurred under the 210 Freeway-118 Freeway interchange near the Paxton Street exit. The big rig crashed off the 210 Freeway freeway and down an embankment before crossing an exit ramp and slamming into the...
  • 18 wheeler with over 32 tons of weight achieved 12.2 mpg which is over double regular efficiency

    04/01/2015 4:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | March 30, 2015 | Brian Wang
    Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program has achieved 115 percent freight efficiency improvement – surpassing the Department of Energy (DOE) program’s goal of 50 percent improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs. Testing was also conducted at the DTNA Detroit engineering facility to demonstrate engine efficiency by achieving 50.2 percent engine brake thermal efficiency. The final SuperTruck demonstrator ran a five-day, 312-mile round trip route on Texas Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Dallas, at a weight of 65,000 lbs GVWR at a speed of 65 mph, where it achieved an average result of 12.2 mpg.Solutions...
  • Trucking Industry Sues Oregon Over Fuel Law

    03/25/2015 7:01:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff
    Oregon’s new governor Kate Brown two weeks ago signed into a law a bill requiring distributors to reduce the carbon “intensity” of vehicle fuel by 10 percent over the next decade. Now the American Trucking Associations has joined with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer Energy Alliance in suing Oregon to block the fuel standards. “The Oregon program is set up to give a big boost to Oregon’s small biofuel industry, without reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, and at the expense of higher fuel costs for everyone,” said ATA Vice President for Energy and Environmental Affairs Glen...
  • How Will 3D Printing Affect Trucking?

    03/19/2015 12:35:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    HDT's TruckingInfo ^ | March 18, 2015 | Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
    Business is booming, fuel prices are down. So it’s time to start thinking about the next threat to the industry: 3D printing. Advocates of 3D printing have said it can transform manufacturing. This week, a new startup company announced a new 3D printing technique it says may actually deliver on that promise. In traditional 3D printing, the machine "prints" layers of material to create a 3D object. This takes time and leaves ripples showing where those layers were laid down. But what if you could "grow" an object out of a pool of liquid, much like the T-1000 rising from...
  • Crash on AL interstate caused by trucker pulling his own tooth

    01/30/2015 11:54:27 AM PST · by don-o · 58 replies
    AP via WRCB TV ^ | January 30, 2015
    TUSCALOOSA, AL (AP) - Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth. The Alabama Highway Patrol says the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked near Tuscaloosa. The crash report states: "He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof."
  • Trucking Schools

    10/13/2014 10:04:07 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 38 replies
    My 23 year old grandson is still wunderin' what to do. He/we came across all these trucking schools that are free AND pay you while they teach!!!!!! I won't mention any specific one but there are several/many. This sounds way too good. Too good to be true???? Now I'm sure there are contracts that need to be signed. I'm guessing maybe like a 5 year commitment where you drive for the company while they take back the schooling pay. I'm thinking that doesn't sound too bad?????
  • Why Is It So Hard for Employers to Fill These Jobs?

    08/24/2014 6:54:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 178 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 23, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    America has a deficit of workers. Willing workers. Capable workers. Skilled, or at least semi-skilled workers, who can do a job and do it well. There are at least one million jobs that go begging day after day if only employers could find workers to fill them. This probably seems hard-to-believe. After all, how can America have a worker shortage when we have about 18 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed? When the real unemployment rate is 12 percent? Well certainly the economy isn’t creating nearly as many jobs as it should – in large part because of regulatory...
  • Tracy Morgan Crash Among Hundreds Involving Walmart Trucks In Past 2 Years (380 Crashes, 9 Deaths)

    06/10/2014 4:12:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    CBS New York ^ | June 9, 2014
    The accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed a passenger on his limo bus was one of hundreds of crashes involving Walmart trucks in the past two years. Walmart trucks have been involved in 380 crashes in that time, federal data shows. Nine people have been killed; 129 have been injured.
  • This High-Paying Job Has 235,600 Unfilled Positions Across The US

    05/11/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2014 | RICH SMITH, THE MOTLEY FOOL
    You wouldn't think that the old saw, "Good help is hard to find," had anything left to it, what with last week's unemployment report out of the U.S. Department of Labor showing unemployment in America is still 6.3%. The fact that hourly wages in America grew a measly 1.9% over the past 12 months tends to suggest there's little slack in the jobs market, too. (After all, if it was hard to find good help, wouldn't it stand to reason that employers would be paying through the nose to attract workers?) In one industry, they may have to: trucking. Help...
  • Scalia’s factual error not only one in recent Supreme Court decisions

    05/03/2014 1:11:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    Constitution Daily ^ | 5/2/14 | Scott Bomboy
    The legal press is up in arms over a factual error made by Justice Antonin Scalia in a Supreme Court decision this week. But Scalia isn’t alone among justices who’ve been corrected by academics and even a few bloggers. In Scalia’s case, the problem in his dissenting opinion in EPA v. Homer was magnified by the fact that he mistaking categorized a decision he wrote himself in 2001 called Whitman v. American Trucking. The miscue didn’t get by Harvard law professor Richard J. Lazarus, who took the step of formally writing the Supreme Court to correct the errors after Tuesday’s...
  • Is Walmart's WAVE Concept Truck The Fuel-Efficient Future Of Semis?

    03/03/2014 12:37:37 PM PST · by posterchild · 48 replies
    Green Car Reports via autos.yahoo.com ^ | Mon Mar 3, 2014 | Stephen Edelstein
    Heavy-duty trucks spend more time on the road than passenger vehicles, so improving their efficiency can have a major effect on emissions--and their owners' bottom lines. That's why Walmart is getting into the truck-design business with the WAVE--Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience--concept. With its aerodynamic cab, the WAVE certainly doesn't look like any other large truck currently on U.S. roads.
  • Walmart Revolutionizes Its Fleet With This New Design

    02/20/2014 8:07:55 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 86 replies
    Walmart recently unveiled their new concept big rig, called the WAVE. Short for Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen on the road. Not only does it have a radical new appearance, but many of the internal features are also unprecedented. The steering wheel is positioned directly in the center of the cab, with a completely digital dashboard displayed on monitors on either side of the wheel. On the outside, the trailer is made of carbon fiber and sheds 4,000 pounds off the weight of traditional semi trucks, allowing it to haul more goods. The aerodynamic design...
  • Sydney tunnels have giant water holograms. [video only]

    10/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 10-22-2013 | tennews.com.au
    Basically, it appears that certain tunnel entrances in Sydney have a system that monitors the height of vehicles as they are approaching the tunnel entrance. If a vehicle such as a truck is too high to clear the roof of the tunnel a series of lighted signs warn the driver to stop. If the driver ignores these signs there is one final sign that appears. A curtain of water is sprayed down at the tunnel entrance and a huge STOP sign is projected onto it. It's a good idea in my opinion and I can appreciate the thinking behind this...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Truck Convoy Protest Causing Traffic Problems on Capital Beltway (Live Thread)

    10/11/2013 6:30:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 109 replies
    CBS ^ | Friday, October 11, 2013
    A convoy of tractor-trailers planning to circle the Capital Beltway in protest of the federal government has begun its descent on the Washington area and is causing some traffic problems for the morning commute. The “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” which organizer Zeeda Andrews said could attract as many as 3,000 big rigs to the nation’s capital, only had about 10 participants as of 8:30 a.m. Andrews insists the convoy is meant to be a peaceful protest rather than a traffic clog. The organizer said Thursday that reports of the trucks planning to take up three lanes of the Beltway...
  • Truckers’ Capital Beltway protest isn’t a hoax, organizers say

    10/10/2013 4:17:57 PM PDT · by yoe · 87 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2013 | 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.[snip]The protest group’s agenda has evolved since the story began making the rounds of news outlets across the country early this week with a story in U.S. News & World Report, which said the truckers wanted members of Congress to be arrested, while others called for the ouster of President Obama. Andrews said the group still...
  • Truckers to Shutdown America

    09/19/2013 12:35:37 PM PDT · by maddog55 · 46 replies
    FaceBook ^ | 09/19/2013 | Truckers
    The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers! We won't be rolling 11-13!!! (55k+ likes!!
  • 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...
  • Daddy, What Was a Truck Driver?

    07/27/2013 10:36:25 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2013 | DENNIS K. BERMAN
    <p>Over the Next Two Decades, the Machines Themselves Will Take Over the Driving.</p> <p>Caterpillar will have 45 self-directed trucks at a mine in Australia.</p> <p>And then one day, man went the way of the mule.</p> <p>Some 5.7 million Americans are licensed as professional drivers, steering the country's vast fleets of delivery vans, UPS trucks and tractor-trailers.</p>
  • U.S. crude oil increasingly moves by barge, truck and rail

    07/11/2013 10:58:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | July 11, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. crude oil increasingly moves by barge, truck and rail The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its annual data series tracking how crude oil reaches the refinery gate. Not surprisingly, the 2012 data show heightened reliance on crude receipts via barge, truck and rail. There has been much discussion about the rise in U.S. crude oil production and the resulting overhang in inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma and elsewhere in the midcontinent because of pipeline infrastructure that has not kept pace with burgeoning domestic crude oil supply. The supply-pipeline mismatch is encouraging market participants to increasingly rely on alternative...
  • Feds, truckers clash over new safety rules

    07/01/2013 12:31:58 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 30, 2013 | By John W. Schoen
    The federal government thinks long-haul truckers like Bryan Spoon need more rest. But with the Department of Transportation's new rules forcing drivers to take longer breaks and cut back on hours behind the wheel, Spoon thinks the government has created a solution looking for a problem. "I wish the government would just quit trying to fix something that's not broken," Spoon said on a recent rest stop in Columbia, Mo., after hauling a load of construction materials on the 48-foot Great Dane flatbed behind his 2009 Volvo 780. "If I get any more breaks out here I won't be able...
  • Truck Drivers Not Revved Up About New Safety Rules

    06/30/2013 5:44:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 39 replies
    The federal government thinks long-haul truckers like Bryan Spoon need more rest. But with the Department of Transportation's new rules forcing drivers to take longer breaks and cut back on hours behind the wheel, Spoon thinks the government has created a solution looking for a problem. "I wish the government would just quit trying to fix something that's not broken," he said on a recent rest stop in Columbia, Mo., after hauling a load of construction materials on the 48-foot Great Dane flatbed behind his 2009 Volvo 780. "If I get any more breaks out here I won't be able...
  • Uzbek citizen arrested in Idaho, accused of supporting militants

    05/16/2013 6:19:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/16/2013
    U.S. officials charged an Uzbek citizen in Idaho with providing bomb-making knowledge and other support to an Islamist militant group, knowing that it would be used in an attack, authorities said on Thursday. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, a national of Uzbekistan living legally in Idaho, was arrested in Boise and faces a three-count grand jury indictment in Idaho and a single-count indictment in Utah, prosecutors said. They said Kurbanov provided information and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The group supports establishing strict Islamic rule in Uzbekistan. Authorities said...
  • Natural gas considered for trucking fuel

    03/24/2013 4:20:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Amid the nation's shale gas boom, natural gas is being considered as an alternative to diesel to fuel heavy trucks. The "Blueprint for a Clean and Secure Energy Future" unveiled by U.S. President Barack Obama last week calls for "putting in place new incentives" for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on natural gas or other alternative fuels and providing a credit for 50 percent of the incremental cost of a dedicated alternative-fuel truck for a 5-year period. "The natural gas vehicle market is already growing but the vehicle incentives the president calls for would help accelerate that growth and...
  • Study shows shale boom provides boost to trucking

    02/05/2013 5:53:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Shale energy exploration, the growing practice of deep horizontal drilling to harvest oil and natural gas previously beyond reach, has changed America’s energy industry and overall economy. The fact that natural gas prices are at a ten-year-low is a strong indicator of this positive change. And in the areas where the actual drilling occurs– Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota– there are even more direct economic impacts of what has been called the “shale boom.” Benesch, an Ohio based firm with expertise in transportation law, recently collaborated with National Tank Truck Carriers in Washington, D.C. and the Ohio Trucking...
  • Experts Warning of Coming Crisis: a Shortage of Drivers.

    11/15/2012 5:00:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Truckers America ^ | November 14, 2012
    Experts are warning of a coming crisis: a shortage of truck drivers. The Associated Press reports demand is so high that more than 100,000 trucking jobs are expected to go unfilled each year through 2016. Mohammed Khan, the Director of the Great American Truck Driving School in Detroit told WWJ’s Sandra McNeil he’s seen a 50-percent jump in enrollment at his school since 2010. “People do want to become truck drivers. The fact is that the demand just ups the supply right now,” said Khan. ”There are a lot of truck driving jobs that are wanting because they just can’t...
  • Navistar to Close Garland, Texas, Plant to Reduce Costs(EPA induced)

    10/31/2012 8:48:47 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/31/12
    Navistar International Corp. (NAV) plans to close its Garland, Texas, assembly plant, as the embattled truck maker shrinks it manufacturing capacity in response to falling demand for commercial trucks. The plant near Dallas employs about 900 workers and has been Navistar's primary site for assembling heavy-duty trucks in recent years. The company intends to cease operations at Garland during first half of next year. Closing Garland is expected to lower Navistar's costs by increasing the utilization of other plants. SNIP Navistar, which also makes military trucks and school buses, has lost $241 million during the first nine months of its...
  • Former Teamsters face racketeering, extortion charges

    09/19/2012 6:17:44 PM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 09/19/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet And Dave Wedge
    Four former members of the Teamsters union were in federal court today to answer charges they behaved like common thugs, committing multiple acts of extortion and racketeering while beating up and bullying their own brotherhood who tried to question their methods and leadership, authorities said. John Perry, 60, of Woburn, Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, 44, of Braintree, James “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis, 49, of Quincy, and Thomas Flaherty, 49, of Braintree, have been charged in a 30-count indictment with racketeering, conspiracy to extort, extortion, attempted extortion, mail fraud, prohibition against certain persons holding office and theft of government money. The...
  • 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,...
  • RIP: Dale ‘Truckin Bozo’ Sommers

    08/24/2012 11:00:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | August 24, 2012 | John Kiesewetter
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  • Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting

    07/29/2012 6:54:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2012 | Dane Schiller
    The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing news about Truck 793 - a big red semi supposedly getting repairs in Houston. "Your driver was shot in your truck," said the caller, a business colleague. "Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?" "What did you say?" Patty recalled asking. "Could you please repeat that?" The truck, it turned out, had been everywhere but in the repair shop. Commandeered by one of...
  • Tons of trucking jobs ... that nobody wants

    07/24/2012 12:04:38 PM PDT · by Signalman · 60 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 7/24/2012 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- During tough economic times with high unemployment, Americans should be jumping at any chance to work, but trucking companies are struggling to hire drivers. There are as many as 200,000 job openings nationwide for long haul truckers, according to David Heller, director of safety and policy for the Truckload Carriers Association. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also sees the demand for truckers increasing, up from the 1.5 million drivers on the road now. It expects trucking to add 330,100 jobs between 2010 and 2020, an increase of 20%. But these positions are difficult to fill,...