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- Suspect At Large: Two Truckers Stabbed Multiple Times By Fellow TruckerPolice are looking for a trucker who stabbed two fellow drivers on the side of the road in California. The stabbings are thought to have been the result of a road rage incident. According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Salas, the incident occurred at around 7:30am this past Wednesday. An unnamed flatbed driver had stopped on southbound Highway 99 in Fresno. The driver told police that he had stopped to check on his load. The suspect pulled up behind the parked flatbed in his own truck, got out, and confronted the man. Authorities didn’t give more details as to what the argument was about, but it escalated to physical violence. Just then, the brother of the flatbed driver who was hauling his own load pulled up behind the suspect’s vehicle. When he got out of his truck, the suspect allegedly pulled a knife and began stabbing the two… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Roadcheck Inspections Shine Light On Hours Of Service Issues, MoreCommercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck is the largest enforcement blitz of the year. This year it saw inspectors in the U.S. and Canada put huge numbers of vehicles and truck drivers out of service. The most common violation for drivers? Hours of Service violations. Between June 4th and June 6th of this year, 67,072 commercial vehicle inspections took place as part of CVSA’s International Roadcheck. During those inspections, 17.9% of the vehicles (12,019) were placed out-of-service and 4.2% of the drivers (2,784) were placed out-of-service. Vehicles were placed out of service at a higher rate in Canada than in the U.S. (19.9% and 17.7% respectively), but drivers were placed out-of-service at a higher rate in the U.S. than Canada (4.4% and 2% respectively). CVSA’s focus on steering systems didn’t yield huge results with only 2.5% of all out-of-service violations relating to steering issues. Instead, braking systems took… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Tell FMCSA What You Think About Their Hours Of Service ProposalNow that the long-awaited Hours of Service (HOS) reforms have been proposed, federal regulators are looking for feedback. And as our comments section proves, truckers have plenty to say on the subject. After months of delays, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has finally published the proposed rule reforming HOS regulations. They are requesting comment from the public. The comment period will be open until October 7th, but truckers aren’t wasting any time. So far 148 comments have already been submitted. You can comment on the proposed rule here. There are 5 proposed changes in the rule. Extends the maximum allowed on-duty period for short haul drivers from 12 hours to 14 hours. Also extends the radius to qualify for the short-haul exemption from 100 to 150 air miles. Extends maximum “driving window” allowed during adverse driving conditions by an additional 2 hours. Changes the rules surrounding the… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago
- Truckers Losing Licenses Because CDL School Lost Their PaperworkHundreds of truckers have had their CDLs revoked thanks to missing paperwork from the trucking school they graduated from. Now some drivers have lost their jobs along with their CDLs. Back in 2018, Carolina Truck Driving School was audited by the DMV. The Charlotte-based CDL school couldn’t provide documents proving that hundreds of their students had actually passed their CDL skills test. According to WSOCTV, the North Carolina DMV sent out 280 letters to drivers whose records were missing, telling them that they would need to retake their skills test. Some had only days before their licenses were set to be revoked. “When I opened the letter, I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?'” Chris Carney told WSOCTV. “Why should the burden fall on us? We took the test. We passed the test. Somebody else should be held responsible other than us.” The owner, Barry Henson, told WSOCTV that one… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago
- Strange Smell At Truck Stop Sends 17 To HospitalWhat started with just a “noticeable smell” at a truck stop, led to a hazmat team, decontamination tents, an evacuation, and ambulance rides and overnight hospital stays for 17 people. At 3:40pm on Friday, August 16th, a mysterious smell was reported at the Bannock Peak Truck Stop and Casino in Idaho. When authorities arrived at the location just off of I-86 near Pocatello, numerous patrons reported feeling ill. In total, 17 people were taken via ambulance to the local Portneuf Medical Center. Since the hospital didn’t know what had caused the illness, the patients went through a decontamination process in tents outside before being allowed in to the hospital. They were kept overnight for observation as a precaution, but all 17 were released the following day. Meanwhile, the Pocatello Fire Department told reporters on Friday night that though they had searched the area for hours, they could not find… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago
- Trucker Helps Crashed Teens On Mission TripA trucker has been awarded a TCA Highway Angels title after his quick thinking kept an SUV full of teenagers on a mission trip out of danger. And he did so immediately after their vehicle struck his truck. It was May 23rd and Melton Truck Lines driver Justin Rockcastle was driving on I-70 near Thompson Springs, Utah. It was near freezing and the weather was a nasty mix of rain and hail. From behind him, Rockcastle saw a white SUV coming up on his left side. Before it could pass him, the SUV started hydroplaning. It slammed into the truck’s drive tires, bounced up and back, did a 180-degree turn, and was thrown into the center median ditch where it rolled multiple times before coming to a stop. Rockcastle was able to maintain control of his truck, pulled it over, and ran to help the people in the SUV.… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago