Archive for February, 2009

Where are we suppose to park, for a 10 hour break?

February 28th, 2009

The Hours of Service rule says, we can drive for 11 hours as long as we have a full 10 hour break. I have been hearing a lot of talk lately, of state patrol officers and DOT officers targeting rest areas in Ohio. Going in and awakening resting truck drivers at all hours of the night wanting to inspect their paperwork and log books.

WTF! do they want us to do? A driver has to be off the road before dark in order to find a parking place at truck stops. They (State police) do not want us parking on ramps. Now, they want to start enforcing a stupid law of no more than 3 hours in a rest area. Well, Mr. DOT officer where would you propose us to park?

Maybe, I am going overboard a little bit. But, I thought we were all trying to work together towards a safe highway? We are regulated and forced to obey the rules that are bestowed upon us, but when we try to obey the rules they somehow come up with a loop hole that is to their advantage. What do they want? Do they want, us drivers driving around tired? Or, do they want a well rested driver that is alert and awake running up and down their highways?

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Applications Pour Into Local Trucking Companies

February 28th, 2009

Applications are pouring in at trucking companies due to the fact that truckers can earn up to $60,000 a year. CBS13 went to find out more on why some are choosing to “ride” out the recession.

There used to be a shortage of truck drivers, but now trucking companies can have their pick.

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Oh, GOD here we go again. Another “News” station giving out false information about the trucking buisness. All these people who read this article are thinking wow I can make $60,000.00 in a year, for just driving a truck.

The funny thing is…Where does a “newbie” truck driver make $60,000.00 in this industry?

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Logistic Dynamics Awarded “Best Broker” Status by NASTC

February 28th, 2009

Logistic Dynamics, Inc. (LDI), a Buffalo, NY based third party logistics provider has been awarded the “Best Broker” status by the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) for their proven commitment to paying carriers on-time and ethical business practices. Each year the NASTC awards this designation to help its trucking company members do business with only the most respected freight brokers in the industry. Members designated as Best Brokers are recognized for achieving excellence based on experience, credit score and payment policy.

“Only the top 5% of all freight brokers in the United States qualify for the NASTC Best Broker program so we are very honored to be a part of the NASTC and look forward to working with more of the members,” said Dennis Brown, the company’s CEO. Logistic Dynamics, Inc. is also recognized as a TIA Performance Certified Broker and a First Advantage Gold Book Broker both of which demonstrate the company’s long-term commitment to the trucking industry.

About The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC)

NASTC is dedicated to leveling the competitive playing field by helping small trucking companies control their costs through managed purchasing, analysis, consultation and advocacy, allowing our member companies to grow, prosper and remain a significant force in the transportation industry.
www.nastc.com.

About Logistic Dynamics, Inc.

Logistic Dynamics, Inc. is a Buffalo, New York, based third party logistics provider that specializes in transportation management services including full truckload, less than truckload and rail. Our mission is to provide innovative, practical and top-quality logistic services that offer our customers a competitive advantage. To learn more about Logistic Dynamics, Inc. please call 1-800-554-3734 or visit our website at www.logisticdynamics.com.

Logistic Dynamics, Inc.
Lisa Czapla
Marketing and P.R. Coordinator
email:
phone: 1-800-554-3734 x1315

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80 per cent of space sold for Canada truck show

February 23rd, 2009

ExpoCam 2009, Canada’s national truck show, which takes place at Place Bonaventure in Montreal from April 16 to 18, will provide fleet owners and managers with a one-stop source of information on products they need to operate more efficiently. It can make the difference between staying in business and becoming another statistic!

“Not only is more than 80 percent of the exhibit floor booked, but we have had an amazing visitor pre-registration,” says Elizabeth McCullough, Show Manager. “To date, more than 6,000 industry members, mostly from Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario have pre-registered. What’s especially important is that 28 percent of pre-registrants are senior managers or owners. These are the crucial industry decision makers,” said McCullough.

ExpoCam is held every two years and will be the largest truck show in Canada in 2009. It’s where members of the Quebec trucking industry, come to see and buy. The show places particular emphasis on the impact of new technology on Canada’s trucking industry. On display will be the latest in trucks, trailers, heavy duty parts and accessories, engines and power train components, service shop equipment and supplies, tires, fuels, financial services, and many other products and services used in the trucking industry. An expected 17,000 industry professionals will meet more than 275 exhibitors from across North America.

  • ExpoCam 2009
  • Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec
  • Thursday, April 16, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Friday, April 17, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday, April 18, 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admittance to ExpoCam is open to industry members for an advance online registration fee of $10 or for $20 payable at the show.

    New in 2009 is the ExpoCam Green Route. In today’s economy, saving fuel and operating more efficiently is absolutely essential. The Green Route will highlight exhibitors whose products promote fuel efficiency or reduce emissions. The Green Route will provide fleet owners and managers with a one-stop source of information on products they need to operate more efficiently. Detailed information on the Green Route is at: ExpoCam Green Route

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Teamsters Union Slam New Speed Limiter Law

February 23rd, 2009

Teamsters Canada who represents thousands of truck drivers across Canada say that the new speed limiter legislation (Bill 41) which became law in Ontario on January 1st 2009 will not prevent accidents as the government suggests, but will only burden drivers with additional costly adjustments to their trucks, expenses that an industry already reeling from recessionary layoffs and lack of work cannot afford.

The Ontario regulation, similar to one passed in neighbouring Quebec, requires all heavy trucks manufactured since 1996 and weighing more than 26,000 pounds be electronically speed-limited at a maximum of 105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph.

Owner-operators in Canada and the U.S. say that the law limits competition and is a potential violation of provincial and cross-border trade laws. A speed limiter which is a governor module already installed in trucks
needs to be set electronically. Drivers from outside the Province and the U.S. must have the regulator set at a dealership or garage, at a cost of between $75 and $150 per occasion. They would have to make this adjustment both when entering and leaving the Province. Most states in the U.S. have speed limits
of 70-75 mph. If caught without regulators, drivers will be fined $250 in Ontario and $350 in Quebec.

Robert (Bud) McAulay, National Freight and Tank Haul Director for Teamsters Canada and a former transport driver himself for over 25 years stated that this new law is all about saving fuel costs for trucking
companies, not safety. “I applaud the efforts made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he says, “but other considerations need to be made on environmental issues that don’t affect highway safety for motorists. How do you expect to have a safe highway when the Ministry of Transportation is allowing two different speed limits?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the result of trucks being regulated at 105 kph and cars traveling at 120 kph and higher will create; a lot of angry tailgating motorists waiting for their chance to pass, which will result in aggressive driving not to mention the increase in lane changes. With three lanes of traffic all heading in the same direction and trucks occupying the right two lanes, if a truck wishes to overtake a slower vehicle, it will cause motorists to all head for the third lane, which will result in aggressive lane changes.

And if a tractor trailer is faced with a critical situation and needs to straighten the rig out to prevent a jack-knife by accelerating, it will be very difficult to do this safely at a maximum speed of 105 kph,” he stated. Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of Transportation, had meetings with the Ontario Trucking Association but chose not to hear what the truckers, represented by Teamsters Canada, had to say on this very important issue. McAulay also commented that President Obama, during his visit to Canada last week, emphasized the importance of opening up the borders to allow a better flow of truck traffic between the world’s two largest trading partners. “Bill 41 is clearly a detriment by our Provincial government towards the out-of-Province driver,” he said.

The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is
affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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East Tennessee companies announce layoffs

February 23rd, 2009

The number of East Tennessee companies notifying the state of layoffs continues to rise.

The JTEKT automotive plant in Vonore, Great Dane Trailers in Huntsville and the United Trucking Driving School in Dandridge have filed notice with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development on work force reductions totaling about 160 people.

JTEKT, which manufactures hydraulic steering gear equipment and hoses for automobiles, will furlough about 150 people from a labor force of about 590 at its Vonore plant, said Don Knight, director of human resources. The company also operates a plant in Morristown and about 105 people will be furloughed there, Knight said. This is part of a reduction of 300 employees companywide for JTEKT North America Inc., which has 11 locations across the United States.

Reduced demand in the automotive industry and continuing tight credit conditions led to the actions, Knight said, emphasizing that the furloughs were required after company officials took several other cost-cutting steps that still were not enough to maintain revenues. When the economy rebounds, it hopes to recall most of those furloughed, Knight said.

Great Dane Trailers, which has a truck trailer manufacturing facility in Huntsville, announced the layoff of 11 workers on Feb. 12. A company spokeswoman could not be reached for comment, but as of November, the company employed about 130 workers making flatbed trailers widely used in the trucking and construction industries. At that time, Brandie Fuller, company spokeswoman, said the downturn in homebuilding had hurt the construction market which reduced demand for the trailers.

United Truck Driving School, which did not immediately return a call for comment, let three employees go effective Feb. 20.

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CB Radio Repair Shops – Are there any good ones left?

February 23rd, 2009

I think this is a dying breed that truckers are going to have to deal with in the future. Oh yea, you can find a “hack shop” out on the road at many truck stops. But, they basically do nothing but charge really high prices. I only know of one “good” CB Radio Repair Shop, and the owner knows what he is actually doing. I have dealt with this shop for many years, and they have never done me wrong.

They are located: South side of 80/90 (Ohio toll Road Exit-71) Get on RT. 420 and go south past the TA Truck Stop and Pilot Truck stops. Travel about one mile, and you will see Tire Shop sign, turn left onto RT. 163 and then turn right into the parking lot.

I stopped one time at a place on I-75 at exit 99. I will say this for them, they damn sure will jump on the job you want done. I had them to install my Connex 4600 Turbo for me, along with having them to install my Wilson 5000 antenna. They did a superb job, and was done in less than 1 hour. But, Damn they are expensive…It cost me $99.00 to have that done, the only thing extra I bought was a cheap $12.00 fiberglass antenna for the passanger side AM/FM. One thing else I did not agree with was. After they installed my Wilson 5000 antenna, they “tried” to set the swr’s of the antenna…Inside the metal building!

When it was done, I kindly thanked and made my way towards my original CB Shop to have the Swr’s fixed. Of course they were out, so he readjusted them, and have not had a minutes trouble out of it since.

Anybody know of any “good” shops left around list them as a comment and if enough get posted I will fix another page listing them..

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Trucker Attempts To Avoid Head-On Crash By Dodging Wrong-Way Buick

February 23rd, 2009

A Bristol man was seriously injured early today when his car, which was traveling north in the southbound traffic lanes of I-81, collided with a southbound tractor-trailer.

Trooper James Fillers, who investigated the 2:54 a.m. collision said Matthew Hall, 52, of State Street, Bristol, was flown from the scene near the 49-mile marker of I-81 to Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Hall was being treated in the hospital’s intensive-care unit this morning, according to Trooper Fillers, who said numerous criminal charges also are pending against the injured man.

Officers think Hall apparently began driving the 1984 Buick sedan north in the southbound traffic lanes of I-81 at Exit 44, which is about five miles south of the accident scene, according to Fillers.

He noted that the sedan struck the trailer of a tanker truck registered to Barger Leasing, of Weber City, Va., that was being driven south on I-81 by James Pierson, 36, of Gate City, Va.

Even though Pierson swerved his truck into the median of the four-lane divided highway in an attempt to avoid a head-on collision, the northbound sedan still hit the rear wheels of the truck’s tanker trailer, according to Trooper Fillers.

Pierson escaped injury in the collision, but Hall was trapped in the wreckage of his car until freed by the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department, the trooper said.
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Indiana trucker wins Lucas-built motorcycle

February 23rd, 2009

An Indiana owner-operator is the new owner of a barely street legal 2008 RSD 250 Pro-Street motorcycle, built by Lucas Cycles. In a contest sponsored by AMBEST – America’s Best Truck Stops – and Lucas Oil, the winner was drawn from more than 2 million qualifying Ambucks cardholders.

Jack Yowell of Brazil, IN, was awarded the grand prize in a ceremony at the AMBEST/Steel City Travel Center in Brazil, IN. Yowell is an owner-operator with more than 40 years of professional driving experience.

The bike was built by Lucas Cycles and donated by Lucas Oil. The keys and title were handed over to Yowell on Feb. 16 by Forrest Lucas, owner of Lucas Oil and Steve Allen, president of AMBEST.

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Winter storm warning over for West Michigan, but not before multiple crashes

February 21st, 2009

Snow-slicked, wind-whipped highways around Grand Rapids got so clogged with crashes Saturday that even the rescuers needed help.

U.S. 131 was closed along five stretches in Kent and Allegan counties for parts of the morning and afternoon. A Kent County sheriff’s patrol car was hit at a crash scene, with the deputy still inside, and so was a Plainfield Township fire truck.

“It’s pinball action,” Plainfield fire Lt. Jeff Drake said after a car bounced off another vehicle and hit the fire truck, causing about $2,500 in damage. “It’s a mess out there.”

“It’s become a parking lot in the median,” a Kent County dispatcher said, when a dozen afternoon crashes closed U.S. 131′s southbound lanes near Post Drive in Plainfield Township, where the patrol car was hit. The officer, who wasn’t hurt, had to crawl out of the smashed car.

Backups from that closure stretched to 10 Mile Road at 2 p.m., police said, reporting whiteout conditions.

Later, the highway was closed at 12 Mile Road, because of a jack-knifed tractor-trailer and several other smashed cars. That accident caused some injuries, police said, but most of the day was surprisingly injury-free.

In Wyoming, police responded to about 20 accidents along U.S. 131 from morning to midday, and they closed northbound lanes for a time to clear the wreckage.

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I’m just glad I did not have to work this weekend….I might have been in the middle of this!

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