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Monday Mar 30, 2015 - FMCSA denies brokers request for exemption from bond

The Trucker News Services

3/30/2015

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Monday in a Federal Register notice to be published Tuesday that the agency had denied an application from the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents (AIPBA) for an exemption for all property brokers and freight forwarders from the $75,000 bond provision included in MAP 21.

The agency noted that on Dec. 26, 2013, it had

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Monday Mar 30, 2015 - Shell, AirFlow Building Truck Expected to Break mpg Records in 2 Years

Nicknamed the StarShip, Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co. owner and designer Bob Sliwa are developing a new hyper-fuel mileage Class 8 tractor trailer expected to break fuel-efficiency records after its 2017 debut.

This next-generation concept truck is an exciting project for Shell, according to Selda Gunsel, vice-president of technology for Shell Global Solutions. “The transportation industry is dynamic and we intend to stay at the forefront of innovation — collaborat

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Monday Mar 30, 2015 - Trucking group opposed 75 mph speed limi

In a recent editorial, The Lima News editorial board opposed the proposed increase in the speed limit and we couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the editorial purported that the Ohio Trucking Association “touts the economicbenefits of being able to transport goods more quickly throughout the stat

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015 - Increase in fracking trucks has drawbacks

CADIZ, Ohio — The warning signs and convoys of semi trucks have become part of the landscape in eastern Ohio’s shale country, where a drilling surge has brought more big rigs to rural roads.

Oil and gas truck traffic ahead.

The orange placards and the trucks they portend might be the clearest sign yet of the dual role locals say the region’s oil and gas industry has assumed as both economic engine and potential danger for drivers sharing winding two-la

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015 - Trucker Threatens FMCSA Inspector After Receiving Fine

When inspectors put rigs out of service to keep the roads safe, it costs truckers time and money. Aside from maybe a bit of grumbling, generally drivers finish up for the day with no further incident. Recently though, one driver got so upset that he has been charged with threatening an FMCSA inspector. But he didn’t stop there.

According to the office of Inspector General, Ronald Mockelman was issued a fine for making a threat of bodily harm to a feder

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015 - New shipper coalition blasts carriers for focusing on price instead of service

A week after announcing its formation, a new shipper coalition in Shanghai lambasted container lines for focusing on price to the detriment of service.

The Global Shippers’ Alliance — which consists of membership from the European Shippers’ Council, the Asian Shippers’ Association and the American Association of Exporters and Importers — took heat in return from carriers, as members were accused of overbooking shipments by as much as 3

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Friday Mar 27, 2015 - Calif. Man Electrocuted While Dumping Grain

March 27--The death of a 51-year-old Hanford man who was electrocuted Wednesday while unloading grain from his tanker truck has been ruled an accident, Fresno County Coroner's officials said Thursday.

Officials say it was around 3:15 p.m. when truck driver Luis Santos attempted to drop off a load of grain at a dairy southwest of Easton. Santos had to climb on top of his steel tanker to loosen the grain, which officials said often sticks inside truck trailers since it c

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Friday Mar 27, 2015 - Farm varmints take a ride to the grain elevator

Dad recalls years ago climbing a bin to check the corn only to find six eyes staring back at him.

Mama Raccoon and two pups had decided to call it home. Apparently, she had navigated the grain leg and drop pipes and decided the bin was a nice place to have a family. Not wanting the fight that day, he drew corn from a different bin. He went back a few weeks later, and all was well as the family had moved out.

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Friday Mar 27, 2015 - Industry, gov’t support needed to keep truckers trucking goods

When store shelves become sparsely stocked and farm products are stalled at point of origin, it will be too late to sound an alarm.?

So it’s time now to look carefully at the shortage of truck drivers across Canada — indeed, across North America — and figure out solutions.?

Trucking firms across the West already report difficulty finding enough drivers to ship goods. They anticipate the situation will grow worse because few people are joining the industry.?


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Thursday Mar 26, 2015 - Freightliner SuperTruck hauls goods, sips fuel

Freightliner has unveiled the result of its SuperTruck project, and it lives up to the name.

The tractor-trailer was developed in partnership with a five-year, $115 million Department of Energy program that challenged truck makers to improve big rig fuel economy by at least 50 percent, and match the funding by the same amount.