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California Trucking Group Sues State Over Contractor Test
Nov 14, 2018 17:45:29

The California Trucking Association and two independent owner-operators are suing California over the state’s test to determine if a driver is an employee or a contractor. The association, along with operators Ravinder Singh and Thomas Odom, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California seeking relief against the test. In the April 2018 Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles decision, the California Supreme Court adopted the A...


Ram Tracking Grows
Nov 14, 2018 14:26:36

Ram Tracking expanded its workforce and moved into a new 2,468 sq.-ft. office. The move was necessitated by a growth in sales and employee count, the company announced. It has recently added new products, including a vehicle dashboard camera. The company says it plans to continue growing, with a goal of increasing its workforce by another 28%. “Business growth is soaring and in the last couple of months alone we’ve recruited six new members of staff,” said Simon Gaunt, ge...


Diesel Price Drops Again
Nov 14, 2018 14:20:37

The average price per gallon for a diesel fuel dropped 2 cents on Monday, Nov. 12, compared to the Monday before, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. This is the third consecutive week of average price drops. The price is 40.2 cents higher than one year ago Monday. Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA for Monday: •    U.S. – $3.317, down 2.1 cents. •    East Coast – $3.314, down 1.5 ...


Hair Testing Again A Question.
Nov 14, 2018 14:14:46

Todd Spencer of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association recently questioned the Trucking Alliance’s claim that an opioid addiction problem exists in the trucking industry. Spencer suggests no data supports that claim. The Trucking Alliance claims otherwise and offers the following evidence. JB Hunt Transport is one of freight transportation’s largest employers. Since 2006, the company has relied on two drug tests before hiring a job applicant. The first is a urin...


Truck Driving School Owner Goes To Prison
Nov 12, 2018 16:38:49

Mangal Gill, of San Ramon, Calif., was sentenced last week by a U.S. District Judge to four years and three months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud. Gill owned Central Truck Driving School. Between April 2012 and April 2015, Gill conspired with employees of the California Department of Motor Vehicles and others to fraudulently obtain commercial driver’s licenses for Gill’s truck school students and others who did not take or pass the written or the beh...


Cascadia Recall
Nov 12, 2018 16:32:53

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain Freightliner Cascadia trucks because of a brake light issue, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. More specifically, more than 6,000 model year 2017-18 Freightliner Cascadia trucks are affected by the recall. Affected trucks may have brake lights that remain activated after the brake pedal is released. Confusion among drivers of trailing vehicles may increase the likelihood of a crash.   Remedies fo...


Trucking Industry Election Contributions Lowest Since 2010
Nov 12, 2018 16:30:53

The trucking industry contributed $5.79 million to election campaigns for the 2018 midterm cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, with industry donations heavily favouring Republican candidates. However, a few of the top benefactors of trucking contributions lost their bids for re-election. The top recipient of trucking-contributed campaign dollars, incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California, barely beat his opponent, Democrat newcomer Josh Harder. Other...


Truck Stop Operators Make Big Donations To Trucking Charities
Nov 08, 2018 15:43:32

TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel centre brands, has concluded its 2018 annual campaign for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. The customer and employee support received during the annual “Band Together for SCF” campaign, along with raffles and other events held throughout the year, resulted in donations in the amount of $244,849.80 to the SCF.   TravelCenters has been supporting drivers thro...


UPS Preparing For Work Stoppage
Nov 08, 2018 15:41:12

Just weeks after UPS parcel carriers approved a new labor contract, UPS Freight will stop picking up shipments from customers and suspend all service beginning today, Nov. 7, in anticipation of a possible strike, according to a statement from the company. Union members will vote this week, but since a strike is already approved, should the vote be “no,” UPS is preparing for the worst. A “yes” vote would see service resume on Nov. 12.   “To help you pla...


Truck Driver Allegedly Fails To Merge Killing Road Worker, Could Face Charges
Nov 08, 2018 15:38:53

Indiana authorities are considering filing charges against a truck driver after investigators say the driver failed to merge safely in a construction zone striking a construction vehicle which then struck and killed a road worker.   The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on US 31 just south of 296th Street around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Investigators believe a 43-year-old man was driving a red 2012 Kenworth semi northbound on  US ...


Cabinet Shuffle Includes New Minister of Transportation for Ontario
Nov 08, 2018 15:33:18

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has shuffled his cabinet four months into his term, after the loss of a senior minister who now faces a third-party investigation. Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod confirmed on Monday that the government launched a third-party investigation into an allegation against him, without specifying its nature. The cabinet minister’s departure came on the same day that Mr. Ford lost a top staffer that Global said is facing different allegations of sendi...


CN Rail buys TransX
Oct 31, 2018 17:14:51

Canadian National Railway Co. has signed a deal to acquire the Winnipeg-based TransX Group of Companies. Financial terms of the deal for the privately owned trucking firm were not disclosed.   CN chief executive JJ Ruest says the deal will help strengthen the company’s intermodal business, notably the refrigerated segment. The companies say TransX will continue to be based in Winnipeg and will operate independently. TransX was founded in 1963 and has 3,000 employees. T...


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Trucking News
California Trucking Group Sues State Over Contractor Test
Nov 14, 2018 17:45:29

The California Trucking Association and two independent owner-operators are suing California over the state...


Ram Tracking Grows
Nov 14, 2018 14:26:36

Ram Tracking expanded its workforce and moved into a new 2,468 sq.-ft. office.

The move was ...


Diesel Price Drops Again
Nov 14, 2018 14:20:37

The average price per gallon for a diesel fuel dropped 2 cents on Monday, Nov. 12, compared to the Monday b...