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- Chain Up! “Cannot Afford… To Be Late” Says Swift DispatcherA ‘driver leader’ for Swift Transportation is in hot water after he sent a message to drivers which seemed to encourage them to drive in unsafe weather conditions. He told them “U have chains on your truck” and “if we can drive we will.” On December 2nd, while the Northeast was getting winter weather warnings, a message went out to some Swift drivers from an unnamed Swift ‘driver leader.’ “U have chains on your truck, we cannot afford to have you down or the load to be days late due to weather,” said the message on the onboard computer system. “If we can drive, we will- whether it be 5 mph or an appropriate speed as long as we are safe. Its trucking, it’s the job, lets do it. Thanks all” When a trucker took a photo of the message and posted it on social media, the post got… ..... Read More.6 days ago
- Report: DMVs Are Selling Your Data For $50+ Million Per YearA new report from Vice claims that the California Department of Motor Vehicles is making over $50 million a year selling drivers’ personal information to anyone from insurance companies to private investigators. And it looks like California isn’t the only state making tens of millions a year off of your sensitive data. According to Motherboard, Vice’s tech reporting division, state DMVs across the country are selling drivers’ personal information to thousands of businesses and individuals. Following up on an initial report published in September, Vice submitted public records act requests to California’s DMV. The documents Vice received in response showed that in FY 13/14, California made $41,562,735 from selling driver information. That number has grown over the years and in FY 18/19, revenues from selling that data reached $51,626,162. “The DMV takes its obligation to protect personal information very seriously,” said a CA DMV representative. “Information is only… ..... Read More.6 days ago
- Highway Patrol Trooper Charged With “Gross Misconduct,” BriberyA former Tennessee Highway Patrol officer has been charged with crimes related to an alleged bribery scheme he ran at a weigh station. The officer has been indicted on six felony charges. Ray Lee Stubblefield Jr. worked at the weight station on I-81 in Greene County, Tennessee. According to WATE, Stubblefield allegedly accepted bribes from truck and trailer repair businesses in exchange for sending them ‘customers.’ Stubblefield faces three counts of bribery of a public servant and three counts of conspiracy to bribe a public servant. The violations allegedly occurred between 2015 and 2017, but an internal investigation didn’t begin until March of 2019. Stubblefield was fired for “gross misconduct” on September 12th, 2019. Court documents don’t appear to indicate whether or not any of the three business owners who paid Stubblefield kickbacks have been charged with a crime. Stubblefield is scheduled to be arraigned on January 10th. … ..... Read More.6 days ago
- Former Celadon Executives Charged With FraudTwo former Celadon executives have been indicted on a total of 14 criminal charges and are facing an SEC civil complaint after allegedly taking part in a fraud scheme. The former president and the former chief financial officer are the latest to be charged thanks to an investigation which has already seen guilty pleas and settlements worth tens of millions of dollars. On December 5th, the criminal charges and SEC complaint were filed against former Celadon President William Meek and former CFO Bobby Peavler. The two men allegedly took part in the accounting fraud scheme which saw the company’s share prices inflated artificially. According to the SEC complaint, with the help of Peavler and Meek, Celadon was able to hide losses by selling trucks between Celadon and one of its subsidiaries. The company then filed these false financial reports with the SEC, falsely inflating the company’s value to shareholders,… ..... Read More.6 days ago
- Warning: Heavy Cargo Theft Threat Over ThanksgivingWith the end of November fast approaching, we’re entering that time of year. Yes, it’s cargo theft season. While in recent years the number of cargo thefts have been going down, the average value of each load stolen has been going up. And there is no time of the year where cargo thefts spike more reliably than over the holidays. And it starts with Thanksgiving weekend. According to SensiGuard, the number of cargo thefts over Thanksgiving weekend spike by 51% when compared to the rest of the year. It’s not just that the increased number of trucks on the road during the holiday season gives thieves more opportunities. It’s also that over Thanksgiving weekend, trucks are more likely to be sitting unattended. Data from CargoNet shows that between 2013 and 2017, cargo thieves stole $9.4 million worth of goods on average each year. The most common targets for cargo… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Trucker Severely Beaten With Pool Cue, But ‘No One Saw Anything’Police are asking for help in identifying the person or persons who attacked and severely beat a trucker. Despite the attack occurring at a bar on a Saturday night, everyone – even the bartender that the trucker had been talking to – claimed that they didn’t see what happened. On September 7th, 2019, Bruce Adams was driving through Glendale, Arizona with his co-pilot; his dog, Cash. He stopped at a local bar and left Cash to guard the truck while he went inside for a drink. Adams ordered a drink from the bar and started facetiming with a friend. He later told police that he got only half-way through his drink when he got a “strange vibe” and asked the bartender to close out his tab. The last thing Adams remembers from that night is that the bartender started arguing with him about returning his card. When he… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago