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- Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For “PAST DUE” Biennial Update Letters, Phone CallsTruckers have been getting a rash of letters and phone calls from companies using scare tactics to scam them out of their hard-earned money. The scam has been so wide-spread that the FMCSA has posted a notice reminding drivers of the problem. On August 26th, the Markesan Police Department posted on Facebook about a scam targeting truck drivers. A few days later, the Wisconsin DOT followed up with their own post, and finally even the FMCSA joined in. Scammers are calling truckers as well as sending them letters and emails trying to get them to give up credit card information. One letter posted by the Markesan Police Department came from a group called DotService.com which claims that “you are now PAST DUE to complete and file your Biennial Update with DOT.” The letter also warned that failure to comply could “result in civil penalties of up to $1,000 per… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Detention Time Delays Are Up And Guess Who’s To Blame?A new study has been published by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) on detention time and the impact that delays can have on truck drivers. If it seems like delays have been getting worse in the past couple of years, that’s because they have – by a lot. ATRI conducted a survey of over 1,900 drivers and carriers between 2014 and 2018. Based off of the responses, detention time increased dramatically. And it looks like shippers and receivers are taking the lion’s share of the blame. Over the four-year period, the survey found that both the number and duration of delays increased. For example, there was a 27.4% increase in the number of delays at a shipper or receiver that lasted 6 hours or more. In fact, the frequency of every category of delay increased. The ATRI found that most drivers considered a wait of more than two… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Sleepy Trucker Claims Dispatcher Pushed Him To Drive While On Sleeping PillsA trucker has been arrested and charged with DUI after he fell asleep several times during his sobriety test. The driver is blaming his dispatcher for forcing him back on the road even after he had taken sleeping pills. According to The Mercury, driver Brock Claggett was driving on Route 422 in Pennsylvania near Exeter when the 911 calls started coming in. Claggett had allegedly been swerving all over the road, cutting people off, and falling asleep at the wheel. When Exeter Police officers stopped Claggett, they reported that he had trouble pulling the truck over onto the shoulder. Claggett was allegedly slurring his words and was falling asleep while talking to authorities. He told police that while he was stopped in Baltimore three hours earlier, he had taken 1 1/5 Ambien sleeping pills. When his dispatcher called him to tell him to get back on the road, Claggett… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Jury Orders $280 Million Payment, Largest Ever Verdict Against Trucking CompanyAfter a fatal accident in 2016, a lawsuit was filed against the truck driver who caused the crash, his carrier, and the carrier’s parent company. A Georgia jury has found all three liable for the death of one of the accident’s victims, and awarded her family what is believed to be the largest ever verdict against a trucking company: $280 million. Judy Madere, a 58-year-old woman, was riding in a car driven by her daughter when the accident occurred on July 18th, 2016. Her twin sister and two of her granddaughters were also passengers in the car. When Kenneth Cathey’s truck crossed over the center line of U.S. 80 in Alabama and struck their vehicle head-on, all five occupants of the car lost their lives. Plaintiff’s attorneys claim that the truck crossed into oncoming traffic when Cathey fell asleep at the wheel. Cathey claims that he had swerved to… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Carrier Shuts Down, Leaves 300+ Drivers StrandedIt wasn’t too long ago when sudden closures like the one at Arrow Trucking was an anomaly. When the carrier stranded hundreds of drivers just three days before Christmas in 2009, drivers were shocked. Yet recently it seems almost normal that drivers are finding out that their carrier has gone under only when their fuel cards stop working. Now it’s happened again, with hundreds of HVH Transportation drivers left out in the cold. HVH Transportation Inc. officially shut down on August 27th according to Transport Topics. CEO John Kenneally, reportedly told reporters that the shutdown was due in part to rising insurance premiums. When the company ran out of money, Kenneally claims that the bank froze the company’s assets. Kenneally says that once the fuel card operators caught wind, they froze the accounts, shutting truckers’ access to fuel immediately. That’s when drivers began finding out that the company was… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- HOS Reform: Mega-Carrier Group Wants More Time In Order To Sway LawmakersNow that the long-awaited Hours Of Service (HOS) reform proposal has been published, officials are seeking comment from the public. But with over a month left to go in the comment period, a trade group that represents large trucking companies is asking for more time to make their case. The American Trucking Association (ATA) has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to extend the public comment period by 30 days. It appears that they need more time to decide what’s in their members’ best interests and to present a united front. “ATA is concerned that there will be insufficient time within the current comment period to coordinate with our members and develop comments on this important NPRM,” stated the petition signed by ATA Vice President of Safety Daniel Horvath. October 7th, the last day to submit comments, falls right in the middle of the ATA’s annual conference. Horvath… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago