Archive for March, 2010

Ambulance Chasing Lawyers – Trying To Get Rich Off Trucking

March 31st, 2010

This morning when I started my daily routine of searching for news articles about trucking and the drivers and the industry, one particular news article caught my attention fairly quick. It was titled “Trucking firm involved in 11-person fatal crash had poor safety rating.” The courier journal from Louisville, KY. reported that the trucking company involved in the crash on I-65 that killed 10 people and the truck driver, had a poor safety rating with the FMCSA. » Read more: Ambulance Chasing Lawyers – Trying To Get Rich Off Trucking

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BREAKING NEWS: FMCSA Announces New HOS Effective Immediately

March 31st, 2010

New HOS effective immediately was announced today! Now you are to drive Five hours and take a mandatory three and a half hours off and it has to be in the sleeper-berth. And you must take a picture of you sleeping and scan it and send it to the FMCSA local office. » Read more: BREAKING NEWS: FMCSA Announces New HOS Effective Immediately

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Women In Trucking honors female drivers at ‘Salute to Women Behind the Wheel’

March 30th, 2010

The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association’s “Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel” brought together nearly 300 female professional drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY last Saturday, March 27. » Read more: Women In Trucking honors female drivers at ‘Salute to Women Behind the Wheel’

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Why Places Post ‘No Truck Parking’ signs

March 30th, 2010

I have seen this posted so many times, I figure it’s about time to answer it properly.

I have seen a few try to answer it, but they are all wrong.

The signs are not put there to be “mean” or anything, and they sure are not put there to be ignored. Even if you the driver thinks that is the only place to park.

You the driver of the company truck do not pay for the fuel in that truck, so it does not cost you to drive on until you can find a place where truck parking is permitted. » Read more: Why Places Post ‘No Truck Parking’ signs

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Check out ‘Heaven On Earth’ in Oregon

March 30th, 2010

Is there really a ‘Heaven On Earth‘ in Azalea, Oregon?

Well, I have never been to it “personally” but from the sound of it, it sure looks like there might be. Trucker Steve from Twitter said, he has been several times and it is a great spot.

Heaven On Earth is a Restaurant and Bakery located in Azalea, Oregon that offers a lot of “great food” and plenty of truck parking as well as free Wi-Fi.

Located in Azalea, Oregon just off I-5 at exit “eighty-six,” it a good place to stop and have a good meal. They are famous for their family size cinnamon rolls, great country style food, and homemade apple butter spread. They (Heaven On Earth) sent me a message on Twitter the other day, “@Truckdrivernews Any drivers traveling thru Azalea, OR. at exit 86 on Easter? Stop at Heaven On Earth Restaurant & Bakery for a Turkey/Ham Dinner.” » Read more: Check out ‘Heaven On Earth’ in Oregon

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St. Christopher Fund – What is it, and How can I Help

March 30th, 2010

St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund (SCF), is just about the only place a trucker can turn to when medical assistance is needed and the truck driver doesn’t have health insurance.

Some truck drivers work for companies that don’t offer a health insurance plan for drivers. Or it may be that the driver is an owner-operator, and simply can’t afford to have health insurance on themselves. » Read more: St. Christopher Fund – What is it, and How can I Help

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Crash on I-65 near Munfordville, Kentucky

March 28th, 2010

First of all my condolences go out to all the families effected by this tragedy.

I also want to say that I am by no means an accident re-creator or an expert in investigating crashes.

But there has been a lot of talk about this accident that happened Friday morning. Any accident that involves a fatality is bad but this one took eleven lives all at once. Again this is just an accident, they happen and there is not much that can be done to prevent accidents from happening. » Read more: Crash on I-65 near Munfordville, Kentucky

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NTSB Dispatches Investigating Team to I-65 Accident

March 26th, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a “Go Team” to investigate this morning’s fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer and a van in Kentucky. » Read more: NTSB Dispatches Investigating Team to I-65 Accident

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Heavier Weights for Same Money and Safety Concern

March 26th, 2010

There are two bills that need to be discussed that are parts of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act.

One of the bills will allow the gross weight to be increased from “eighty thousand” pounds to “ninety seven thousand” pounds. Is this something that really needs to be discussed? The way the roads and bridges are now, is this really something to even consider? » Read more: Heavier Weights for Same Money and Safety Concern

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Open the Border up to Mexican Trucks – Might be a Good Idea

March 25th, 2010

Opening the border up to Mexican trucks allowing them to haul throughout the U.S. might be a good idea.

Realistically no, but hypothetically yes.

I say this because of the implementation of CSA2010, which realistically is a stronger way to govern trucks – all trucks. » Read more: Open the Border up to Mexican Trucks – Might be a Good Idea

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