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- Conjoined twins: Bhutanese girls separated in six-hour surgeryThe 15-month-old girls from Bhutan are "doing very well", Australian surgeons say. ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Melbourne incident: Man arrested after fire and stabbingsPolice say a "small number of people" have suffered stab wounds in central Melbourne, Australia. ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Ex-Pilot Flying J Execs Get Minimum Prison SentencesThree former executives at Pilot Flying J have been sentenced to jail time for their roles in the infamous fuel rebate scam which defrauded trucking companies out of tens of millions of dollars. All three pled guilty to charges brought against them. None of them will serve more than 30 months in prison. John “Stick” Freeman was the former head of the Pilot sales team. It was he who allegedly led sales meetings where he instructed employees how to go about defrauding trucking companies. Freeman explained his involvement by saying “our culture at the very top was to be hyper-competitive.” According to his attorney, Freeman became a cooperating witness “on day one.” Because of that cooperation, he was sentenced to only 30 months in prison. He will also have to pay a fine of $100,000 and serve two years of probation. Vicki Borden, another former executive, will also… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Trucking School Owner Gets 4 Years For Bribery, FraudThe former owner of Central Truck Driving School has been sentenced to over four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud. He had been working with California DMV employees to issue CDLs to students who had not earned them. Central Truck Driving School had four different locations. One each in Fremont, Lathrop, Fresno, and Salinas. Most students who passed through the doors earned their CDLs the normal way. But a joint investigation spearheaded by the FBI found that some of the students at the school were bribing their way into the driver’s seat. Between 2012 and 2015, Central Truck Driving School owner Mangal Gill would accept bribes from students. He would then pay off partners inside the California DMV. Those partners would then alter the DMV’s database to show that the students had passed their written and skills portions… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- 1 In 7 Trucks Had “Critical Brake Violations” Say Brake Safety Week InspectorsOf all the commercial motor vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week this past September, 14.1% were found to have “critical brake violations.”. That means almost 1 out of every 7 CMVs that were inspected were placed out of service. Brake Safety Week is part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s “Operation Airbrake” program. It is conducted in partnership with the FMCSA here in the U.S. and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators in Canada. This year it ran from September 16th-22nd. Enforcement officers conducted 35,080 inspections on CMVs checking specifically for brake violations. During that time, 4,955 CMVs were placed out of service because of “critical brake violations.” According to the CVSA, the goal of Brake Safety Week is not only enforcement, but also to inspire drivers and carriers to do brake maintenance checks and educate them on how and why that’s necessary. Brake safety gets its… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Trucker Group Helps Fellow Drivers Dealing With DepressionImage: Truckers For TruckersMichael Suson is a second-generation truck driver. With 25 years of experience under his belt, he knows pretty much everything there is to know about trucking. And he also knows that while truckers are more likely to suffer from depression than the general public, they’re not usually willing to talk about it. Suson is the founder of a group called Truckers For Truckers. Suson’s sister, Sherry Dallas, is one of the group’s administrators. Dallas told Fleetowner that the group was created “to give truckers and their families a platform to communicate within a closed-group environment with people just like themselves facing depression.” Dallas said that after Suson lost a few close friends to suicide, he realized that he needed to come to terms with his own depression. He started talking to other drivers about it, and that led to the creation of a Facebook group called… ..... Read More.1 week ago