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Werner Enterprises (WERN) Operation Freedom truck received the “Most Technologically Advanced Cab” award at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 21-23 in Louisville, Ky. The military themed Operation Freedom truck was one of 79 trucks in the competition and won the award due to its advanced technological equipment.
“At Werner, we are proud to be known as a technological leader. It’s important that we continue to push the envelope, testing new products and strategies, so that our drivers are equipped with the best technologies available,” stated Steve Phillips, senior vice president of operations for Werner Enterprises. “The investments we make in our fleet are consistent with our dedication to the safety of our drivers and the safety of the motoring public.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finally decided to acknowledge the need for more truck parking… in the most non-committal way possible. The USDOT announced its attention to begin studying the availability of truck parking on a state-by-state basis.
You might think that they have finally woken up and realized the absolute necessity for this sort of action, but no, even now they had to be pushed to it. The study is part of a 27-month surface transportation reauthorization bill that Congress approved last July. It will begin on April 1st and will look at truck volumes in each state and the availability and quantity of parking spaces that those states need.
A driver could face felony charges in Washington State for not cleaning zebra mussels off a boat he was hauling. Felony charges? How many other “civilians” can land in that kind of hot water for failing to be 100% diligent 100% of the time?
Felony crimes are nasty crimes: murder, armed robbery, grand larceny, drug trafficking … and apparently failing to clean mussels from boats. The State of Washington is, rightly, working hard to prevent a zebra mussel infestation. One of the chief ways of inviting an infestation is to allow contaminated boats into uncontaminated waters. The waters won’t stay that way for long.
The California Air Resources Board announced that its month-long multi-agency campaign to ensure that trucks traveling on California’s roadways are obeying state air pollution laws was a huge success.
Truck driver Jason Harte of Rogers, Ark., has been named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel for freeing children trapped in a minivan after a severe crash.
The American Trucking Associations’ June tonnage index had its largest month-to-month gain so far this year, thanks to a larger-than-estimated loss the previous month. Tonnage is still up year over year.
Over the past week, two trucks crashed as a result of their inability to stop on hills. In both cases, the mainstream media reported that the trucks’ brakes had failed. That illustrates what the mainstream media knows about truck brakes.
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After four months of decline, North American Class 8 truck orders took a modest upturn in May. Order activity is not where many hoped it would be at this point in the recovery, but analysts say the industry is still relatively healthy.
On Wednesday, May 30, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association’s Office of Analysis, Research and Technology is will hold its annual webinar providing data on truck and bus crashes in 2010 and trends during the past five years.