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Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - How To Be A Better Shipper

Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Speak up, drivers! How do shippers treat you?

TORONTO— How do shippers and consignees routinely treat truck drivers on pickups and deliveries? The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) wants to hear from you on the matter.

The OTA has launched the first-ever Operation UpGRADE survey, a five-minute survey that asks drivers to rate the best and worst facilities based on their performance and treatment of drivers. The survey’s aim is to raise awareness of truck driver treatment among supply chain participants while recogniz

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Iowa Legislature approves fuel tax, truck fee increases
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

The state of Iowa is in line for its first fuel tax increase in more than a quarter-century. Permit fees for certain truck loads could also be on the rise.

Iowa lawmakers are working on possible solutions to address an annual transportation funding shortfall estimated at $215 million a year.

Gov. Terry Branstad has called on

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Bill would license, regulate grain dealers
A bill was filed Wednesday (Feb. 25) that would let the State Plant Board require grain dealers to post surety bonds, obtain a license, and temporarily rescind that license without a hearing.

Senate Bill 555, the Arkansas Grain Dealers Act, is a reaction to the loss by Arkansas farmers of millions of dollars unpaid by Brinkley-based dealer Turner Grain Merchandising. Butch Calhoun, Arkansas' secretary of agriculture,
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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 - Complying with FSMA: Direct drive technology

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that each year approximately 48 million people get sick,128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne illness. To combat these effects, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to restructure the food safety system to one of prevention rather than react

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 - Woman sentenced to five years in prison for ripping off trucking company
By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer

A former bookkeeper at a California trucking company was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to skimming almost $3.5 million from the company since 1998.

Patricia A. Francisco, 62, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney to 63 months in prison. Francisco pleaded guilty to four coun

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 - Snow removal bill would help but trucking industry will kill it

The bill requiring snow removal from trucks is a great start but it's also a joke. Fines will be between $25 to $75. Really? I do not see 95 percent of the drivers adhering to this. The time it takes to clean off the trailer will cost the driver more money than the fine.

The fine should be at least $600, with $500 going to the damaged automobile if there is one. That $500 will at least cover the deductible to have the automobile fixed.

As I have said about other trucking issues

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 - Trucking companies target jobless oil workers

U.S. oil company job cuts that cost machinery operator Drew Sanford his spot at Halliburton Co. are shaping up as a boon for trucking companies desperate for big-rig drivers.

Already equipped with a commercial licence, the 30-year-old Sanford left North Dakota and landed at Oklahoma City-based Stevens Trucking Co. He is sometimes on the road as long as four days at a stretch, but the working conditions are good, he said, and "I'll probably just stick here for a while."

His caree

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 - Driverless big rigs: new technologies aim to make trucking greener and safer

In the opening of Steven Spielberg’s 1971 film Duel, an impatient salesman gets stuck behind a rattling, soot-belching tractor-trailer on a lonely stretch of California highway. Just before the truck’s driver is revealed to be a homicidal maniac, the salesman has time to gripe about the vehicle’s billowing emissions. “Talk about pollution,” he coughs as he is enveloped in the rig’s thick, black smoke.

Pollution in the trucking industry has long been

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 - Rogue truckers pushing the limits on Oregon highways

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rogue truckers are pushing their limits and putting your safety at risk, from reckless driving for better travel times to taking stimulants to stay awake.

Sergeant Yvette Shephard has been on the job with Oregon State Police for 21 years. She spends much of her day behind the wheel of her police cruiser.

Her dad was a trucker; her brother is a trucker.

KATU's Shellie Bailey-Shah asks her if she thinks truckers are better on the road than average drivers.

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