Trucking News

Court Strikes Down the Use of EOBRs Over Harassment Questions

In an important decision for trucking companies and those interested in truck driving jobs alike, the mandatory use of EOBRs (Electronic On board Recording) has been overturned by a three judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court,

This vitally important decision for truckers and the trucking business alike has showcased how regulations designed to enforce hours of operation remain in flux. The original rules applied only to truck drivers who had violated their hours of service requirements, but were eventually expected to apply to all interstate truckers.

New Program in Oregon Aims to make Anti-Idling Equipment Affordable

Cascade Sierra Solutions of Eugene, Oregon — the manager of the DOE grant program — announced a $10 million Shorepower Technologies Electrification Project, otherwise known as STEP, for trucking employees and trucking companies. The STEP program offers idle reduction equipment to help those in long distance truck driving jobs reduce the amount of time that the trucks idle while the drivers are on mandated break periods.

The Great American Trucking Show

The Great American Trucking Show, to be held at the Dallas Convention Center from Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27, 2011. The show provides owners of trucking firms and drivers with the opportunity to see the latest innovations in big rigs and accessories. Owners and company drivers can register for numerous prizes, attend educational seminars and be entertained at several venues within the convention center. A beauty contest will also be held at the show.

Upcoming Events For Professional Truckers

Upcoming Events For Professional Truckers:

August 19th and 20th: Chase County Fair Truck Show: Imperial, Nebraska
This event will include a truck simulator, show trucks, food, and truck polishing.  Visit for more information: ccftruckshow.com.

August 19th and 20th: Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show: Eau Claire, WI.
This show will feature Ice Road Trucker star Alex Debogorski as well as music, health education, raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson, and much more.  More information may be found at eauclairebigrigtruckshow.com.

IdleAir Opens 2 new Facilities

IdleAir has continued the expansion of the locations their service is offered by opening facilities at 2 separate truck stops.

The first new location is located in Shepherd, Texas at the Champion Travel Plaza located on Highway 59.  The second new location is in Claysville, Pennsylvania at the Petro located at I-70 exit #6.

Highway Closure Alerts

A few major highway closure will disrupt traffic flows over the next few weeks.  These inlclude both I-57 on the Mississippi River and I-70 in Denver.

I-57

The I-57 bridge spanning the Mississippi River will be closed to both directions of traffic.  The closure is expected to last from August 16th through August 19th as repairs are made to the bridge.

For northbound traffic, the detour is MO-74 through Cape Girardeau, IL-146, IL-3 back to I57.  For Southbound traffic, take IL-3, IL-146, MO-74 to I55.

I-70

2011 National Truck Driving Championships

On August 9th, 2011, over 400 top professional truck drivers from across the nation will be heading to Orange Country Convention center in Orlando, Florida. This is the site for this years National Truck Driving Championship (NTDC) and National Step Van Driving Championship (NSVDC). Unlike most vehicle based competitions, this one, sponsored by the American Trucking Association, is based entirely on safety, earning it the moniker the “Super Bowl of Safety” among enthusiasts and participants.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

The week of September 11-17, 2011 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and is recognized by the trucking companies. The special efforts of the truckers are acknowledged by everyone during this week. The truck driving jobs are challenging assignments that require dedicated people to spend lots of time away from their homes. The experienced, professional drivers are essential for transporting the loads each day. To celebrate the event, there will be a Third Annual Video Contest that is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

NTSB Recommendations for Rollover Protection for Tankers

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), more controls are needed that can make tanker trailers safer to drive. Recommended safety mechanisms include reducing rollover incidents and installing rollover stability control systems. These recommendations outline numerous steps for the trucking industry as over-the-road hauling remains a vital part of the economy.

Highlights of NTSB Recommendations

Trucking Outlook for 2011

As the latest freight statistics show the highest freight volume year-over-year increase since January, and rates for both truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) rising, the expectation may be that the second half of 2011 will be better than the first, with more tonnage hauled and more truck driving jobs generated. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to predicting where the trucking industry is headed in the second half, and the statistics don’t tell the whole story.

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