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- FBI Asks For Truckers’ Help In Catching Alleged Sexual PredatorRepresentatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have reach out to TruckersReport, asking for help from our community to identify a man involved in a sexual assault case that has gone cold. Please check out the details of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) Alert below. According to information provided by the FBI, the suspect was involved in a violent sexual assault last year at a truck stop in New Mexico on May 1st, 2019. On that evening, the suspect went up to the victim and her friends at an art exhibit and followed them to multiple other locations throughout the night including bars and restaurants. At the end of the night, the suspect asked the victim for a ride back to a TA truck stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he said his rig was parked. Once there, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim in her vehicle. None… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Can Tolls Be So Expensive That They’re Illegal?As states struggle to plug the holes in their transportation budgets, tolls come up again and again as a potential solution. New tolls, truck-only tolls, or – in the case of Pennsylvania – tolls that have increased every single year for since 2009. The tolls have increased so much that the state has been fighting off a lawsuit which now might be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to answer the question: Can tolls be too high? At the core of the question is the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, specifically the “Dormant Commerce Clause” which prohibits states from passing legislation that discriminates against or excessively burdens interstate commerce. So, at what point can tolls be labelled “excessive?” According to lawyers for the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the PA Turnpike Commission has been collecting tolls illegally ever since a 2007 state law forced the… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Traffic Blocked For 10 Hours By “Tumblegeddon” – Tumbleweed Pileups Were 20-30 Feet ...Like many truckers, there was a group of drivers on a stretch of highway in Washington who were ringing in the new year away from home. But their delay wasn’t due to an accident, bad traffic, or winter weather. These motorists were buried under a mountain of tumbleweeds that covered cars and trucks alike. On New Year’s Eve, hundreds and hundreds of tumbleweeds found their way onto State Route 240 just outside of Richland, WA. It started with just a few on the road. Soon though, high winds had brought so many that drivers couldn’t see the road in front of them. Wherever they pulled over, they were soon buried by piles of tumbleweed up to 30 feet high. While this may sound like a minor annoyance, according to WSP Trooper Chris Thorson, the road was actually closed for around 10 hours. Highway workers had to bring in snow… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Owner-Operators Get Temporary Relief Just Hours Before New Law Went Into Effect In Califor...California’s controversial AB5 took effect at the stroke of midnight on January 1st. The law was meant as a crackdown on gig-economy employers like Uber to ensure that workers get employee rights. Owner-operators would have been – and still might be – collateral damage of the law, but a judge issued a temporary hold on enforcement for truckers. California Assembly Bill 5 puts a strict “ABC” test on independent contractors. If a job fails to meet any of the three requirements, a worker performing that job must be categorized as an employee and not an independent contractor. The three requirements are: That the worker is free from control and direction of the hiring entity That the worker performs work that is outside of the core business of the hiring entity That the worker engages in “an independently established trade, occupation or business.” Multiple lawsuits have been filed against AB5… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago