A Highway Chase, A Trucker, A Mini Fridge And The Police?

Posted in: advice, Business Factoring News, Freight Bill Financing News, Freight Hauling Financing, Freight Hauling News, Staffing Company Finance News, Trucking Finance News, Trucking Financing News- Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

Western Pennsylvania Police were involved in a 34-mile chase with trucker Christoper Boyer. A call was made from Christoper informing the police that he was planning to purposely crash his truck. During the chase Christoper continually threw items at the police, socks, shoes and even a small refrigerator.The truck was finally stopped by the police using spike strips. Because Christoper was refusing to leave his cab,the police entered and used their stun guns. Christoper is being charged with aggravated assault and DUI charges among with other charges.

To read more about his usual police chase go to NBCPhiladelphia.com

 

Associated Press Staff.(2015). Trucker throws mini-fridge,socks & shoes at police during highway chase.NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved from http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird/Tractor-Trailer-Driver-Arrested-After-34-Mile-Chase-292013301.html

C.R. England Seeks Driver Training Exemption

Posted in: Freight Hauling News- Dec 03, 2014 No Comments

C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process.

England, a large refrigerated hauler, offers commercial driver’s license training in partnership with a number of schools. Under rules set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a CDL holder must accompany a trainee with a commercial learner’s permit who does not yet have the full license.

In a petition to the agency, England asked that this requirement be suspended when the trainee has passed the CDL skills test but has not yet received his certificate.

Before this restriction went into effect, states routinely issued temporary CDLs to drivers who passed the test. With a temporary permit, England could route the trainee to his home terminal, where he could get his CDL and be assigned to an on-the-job training position with a trainer.

This allowed the trainee to become productive immediately, England told the agency.

England said the rule forces it to send the driver home before hiring him, which creates a risk that he might move to another company after getting the CDL, or to hire him and send him home in a non-productive run.

The exemption would allow the trainee to drive as part of a team on that trip, resulting in reduced costs and increased productivity, England told the agency. It would apply only to trainees who have passed the CDL test and who have a commercial learner’s permit.

Trucking Info Staff.(2014.)C.R. England seeks driver training exemption.Trucking Info.Retrieved from http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2014/12/c-r-england-seeks-driver-training-exemption.aspx

 

Giving thanks: Driver dispatches

Posted in: Freight Hauling News- Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

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What/who are you thankful for this year? We asked the question again at Overdrive‘s Facebook page, coming up on the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday. It yielded more than a couple responses, perhaps summed up best by Jim Schranz with this: “Thankful I’m still out here truckin’ despite all the ups and downs in this business.”

Following find a few more of the responses. And feel free to drop your own message of thanks in the comments here.

John Danner: For my family, and having a job.

Susan Swanson Smolen: Family, friends, my son and a job.

James Shores: I’m thankful for everything good and bad, but especially Jesus.

NOTE: The following dispatches were originally published in November 2013. What are you thankful for this year? Drop us a comment below.

We asked, and you answered. Following find a round-up of readers’ answers to the question What are you thankful for? As for Matt Owens, commenting on our Facebook page, he kept it simple. “I’m thankful for a 650-hp Kenworth T800 with three functional drive axles” to keep his business rolling, he wrote.

Sage words.

Driver David O’Malley wrote in with this well-considered dispatch:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

I guess I could complain about being unemployed with 20 years’ accident-free experience. As I sit here and e-mail you on my Macbook Pro sitting in my office in my log home on two wooded acres in Southern Massachusetts.

I guess I could whine about how the doc screwed me on my med card because I was one number off on my blood pressure and now I can never get a two-year card again.

I guess I can stomp my feet and make my face turn red now that I need two 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m.s…

Or moan and groan that shippers and receivers are killing us with wait times, even though i mostly have run flats all my life and really have no clue about waiting. Forty-five minutes to me is an eternity…

But, wow, here I sit and if I ask how I got here, trucking is the answer. It’s all I have done. It’s all I know. It has not been easy, but as far as hard is concerned I bet there are a few people over in the Philippines who would kill to trade places with me.

My children are almost grown and healthy, due to the insurance I have always had through my few trucking jobs. My daughter is looking at colleges and will actually go to one of them. Yes of course it won’t be easy, but it’s doable because of my work in the industry.

My marriage is actually still going strong after 18 years, in part because I have always been gainfully employed , and the time apart I think actually helps the union get stronger at times.

I have a shop full of toys with two wheels and four, collected and paid for over the years with money earned in trucking. And no not always as much money as it should have been or used to be, but it’s always been there.

I have worked hard — American-type hard, and there aren’t too many people who can say they earned their dollar that way anymore. I’m proud of that!

So when a trucking magazine asks me what I am thankful for at Thanksgiving time, I answer trucking!

Happy Holidays!

And happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Overdrive!

Bradley Coddington: I’m thankful that I have finally been able to take a vacation after five years.

Terence Gunderson: I’m thankful for all I have — my family, my health, my job and my freedom. I’m running through Thursday to be home Friday and the weekend. Crazy shoppers on Friday: be safe if you’re out and about.

Todd Darnell: Thankful for my family and my God! They are both my rock! I could lose everything — as long as I still had them both, I would be fine!

Bill Weaver: I’m thankful for all of my loves — God, Family, Country. We might be in some tough times, but we can all thank the U.S. soldier for preserving and protecting what we have.

Jesse Skubal: For my first issue of Overdrive in the mail today!

Richard Young: I’m thankful for my family.

John Andrade: I’m thankful that I work for Ashley furniture as a delivery driver and that provides for my family of seven kids, my mom and my wife. I can’t thank God enough for providing me with driving job that I love very much. I’ve had my CDL for about nine years now, and I own three trucks (two 26-foot Hino and a Mitzu). I’ve been doing the same job for 17 years.

Corey Carlson: Thankful for a great surgeon who fixed my eye, allowing me to get back on the road soon. Also, I’m thankful for my loving, supportive wife.

John Sendzimer: I’m thankful for my seven years behind the wheel. Been out for three years, but I still care about the industry.

Darryl Harris Sr.: Thankful to have a loving family. Thankful to have gainful employment. And, first and foremost, I’m thankful for the Almighty for providing me with both. Amen.

Joe Merabelle: For making it home from a round trip to North Dakota while fighting a chest cold.

Al Riso: I’m thankful that I’m not in Texas.

Luz Carouso: I am thankful that drivers care about one another, even through simple gestures such as a flash of the lights or holding the door open at a truck stop. I am grateful knowing that young drivers will gain more insight on operating in a professional manner by watching experienced men and women. I am thankful to be associated with people who want to put in a full day’s work and earn the money that protects and nurtures their families.

Jason Akers: No holiday here, but I’m thankful to have a loving family and a decent job. Got to keep the wheels a’turning. Christmas right around the corner and trying to get enough to buy my son an iPad.

Edward Robert Pelletier Gomez: I lost my truck and everything last week. Stressed out of my mind, but blessed to be healthy and alive.

Stephen Allen: I’m thankful for all God’s blessings. I’m home for the holiday with my wife, three kids and seven grandchildren.

Daniel Malmquist: I’m thankful for waking up every morning still breathing, bu most of all for those out there on the front lines protecting our freedom who will not be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. God bless them and the United States of America. And yes, I will be running this week. With 20 years in the military, missing many a holiday, what’s one more?

Daniel McCreary: I’m thankful for a family that doesn’t complain about the crazy trucking schedule. And though I don’t always see eye to eye with my company’s management, I’m thankful for a secure job that allows me to comfortably support my wife and six children. I’m thankful for customers who make my job a real pleasure.

Dwight Nelson: I’m thankful just to be back on the road driving again [after going through a nasty divorce]. I ended up losing my Chevy Silverado, my 2005 Volvo truck, my CDL, my house, my two sons and damn near my mind. I was off the road from August 2009 to January 2013. I’m now a driver trainer with Total Transportation of Mississippi. So far I have a 100 percent success rate with all of my trainees. I make sure that all of them are road ready and properly trained before I sign off to allow my company to let them go out as solo drivers. So far, all of my students are running teams and doing a good job. I’m dealing with some sciatic nerve damage in my left leg, but I’m not going to let it get the best of me. I’m wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to share your stories about what you’re thankful for. Thank you Jesus.

Payne Overton: My son, son-in-law and family friend all were killed in a car wreck this past year, Dec. 13, 2012, by a truck driver. He fell asleep at the wheel and T-boned my son’s car. At first I blamed the driver. But I started to think about my husband, who is an owner-operator himself. I know how hard it is trying to pick up and make deliveries on time. I am thankful that my son, son-in-law, and friend did not know what hit them. It was that fast. For all of the drivers out there: I thank you for all you do. I am at peace now, seeing things through a driver’s eyes. I have been on our truck with my husband many times. I thank God for just getting by one more day. I am thankful for my family, friends and the drivers I know and love.

Overdrive Staff.(2014).Giving thanks: Driver dispatches. Overdrive Online.Retrieved from http://www.overdriveonline.com/giving-thanks-driver-dispatches/?pg=2

Good Deed: Rush-hour drivers give trucker a hand

Posted in: Freight Factoring News, Freight Hauling News, Trucking News- Nov 25, 2014 No Comments

During afternoon rush hour a few weeks ago, my wife and I were heading north on Norcross Road toward Highway 153. Traffic was heavy in all directions.

As we stopped for a red light at the intersection of Ely Road, a large pickup truck traveling east stalled in the middle of the intersection. The driver, who was alone in his vehicle, stepped out to try to push his truck out of the way.

Within 60 seconds, four other men had left their vehicles to help. Another man walking nearby also joined the task, and the group quickly moved the stalled truck into an adjacent, convenience store parking lot.

The intersection was cleared in a very short time, the helpers returned to their cars and normal traffic flow resumed.

Another beauty of the moment was that not a single driver sounded his horn. I’m sorry I can’t give even one name of the kind souls involved.

 

Early morning fire destroys trucking company building in St. Agatha

Posted in: Freight Hauling News, Trucking News- Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

Firefighters mop up after an early morning fire destroyed the R.F. Chamberland garage in St. Agatha on Saturday.

Julia Bayly | BDN
Firefighters mop up after an early morning fire destroyed the R.F. Chamberland garage in St. Agatha on Saturday.
 ST. AGATHA, Maine — The state fire marshall is on the scene in St. Agatha to determine the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed the R.F. Chamberland, Inc. garage and workshop.

The fire broke out in the 20,000-square-foot structure just before 2 a.m., according to St. Agatha Fire Chief Bob Guerette. When crews arrived, they found the structure totally engulfed and turned their attention to saving the business’s nearby office building.

“Three quarters of the roof was down when we arrived,” Guerette said at the scene Saturday morning. “So all we did was focus on saving the office.”

The two-story office, which houses the business headquarters for the on-road trucking transportation company, sustained some external heat and smoke damage but was saved.

“At one point, the wind picked up and the flames were just rolling and pushing fire toward the office,” Guerette said. “The fact that it has a metal roof certainly helped.”

Second-generation business owner Dale Chamberland, who lives next door to the garage, said he was woken at around 2 a.m. by a passer-by who spotted the fire.

“It was burning pretty well at that point,” Chamberland said. “There was 40 years worth of tools and collecting things inside there.”

The building also housed 10 tractor-trailer trucks and a box truck, which were destroyed by the blaze, Chamberland said.

The building and its contents were insured, and there were no injuries reported.

For the time being, Chamberland said they hope to convert a nearby truck washing bay into a temporary workshop.

“Because they were able to save the office, we are still in business,” he said.

The company employs between 80 and 85 people. Co-owner Nicole Chamberland did not know Saturday whether or how many workers would be affected by the fire.

Temperatures early Saturday morning were well below freezing, and Guerette said they approached zero with the wind chill.

“We had some pumps start to freeze up toward the end, but that was about it,” he said. “The guys were able to keep warm.”

Forty-five firefigthers responded to the blaze, Guerette said. St. Agatha was assisted by the Frenchville Volunteer Fire Department and North Lakes Fire and Rescue.

Sgt. Tim York of the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Saturday morning, with senior investigator Tim Lowell, and had no comment regarding the possible cause of the fire.

This was York’s third trip to Aroostook County this week, following two fatal fires. One fire claimed the life of a St. Francis man on Wednesday, and another killed amother and her three children in Caribou on Thursday.

 

Bayly,J. (2014).Early morning fire destroys trucking company building in St. Agatha.Bangor Daily News. Retrieved from  https://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/22/news/aroostook/early-morning-fire-destroys-trucking-company-building-in-st-agatha/

 

Truckers Battle Over Work Hours

Posted in: Trucking News- Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

Despite setbacks in the struggle, truckers continue to fight for better safety regulations. The changes to trucking laws have negatively impacted productivity by at least 3 to 5 percent, according to the American Trucking Association—without promising any real solution for driver fatigue.

The ATA and other groups want to repeal certain aspects of the DOT’s latest regulations. Most specifically:

  • The 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. rule. The requirement for two consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. off periods does not properly ensure safety and instead presents a logistics nightmare.
  • CSA safety scores. The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses numbers that can be inaccurate and misleading. These scores must be revised so the public gets the most accurate information.

More trucks are on the road during daytime, including rush hour traffic, because regulations keep many trucks off the road between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. That endangers everyone.

In fact, the rules put more pressure on drivers to get in their mileage within the legal hours. Nobody should want truckers to feel rushed and stressed while driving.

Truckers have reason to look forward to trucking laws getting fixed. The FMCSA has acknowledged some negative consequences of the laws, although they have not taken action swiftly.

Also, an amendment by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), which would have repealed much of the new regulation, was approved by the Senate before ultimately being nixed. That was during a time of negative publicity because of a Walmart truck crash that killed one person and injured celebrity Tracy Morgan.

Truckers continue to push for better safety scores and a better method of preventing driver fatigue. The current rules are not working, but it will take more efforts to get the DOT to reevaluate and do the right thing.

Trucker To Trucker Staff.(2014).Truckers battle over work hours.Trucker to Trucker Blog.Retrieved from http://www.truckertotrucker.com/blog/truckers-battle-work-hours/

Doctors: Keep Drivers Off Road If Using Certain Prescriptions

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Doctors who advise federal regulators said last week that truck drivers should be kept off the road if they’re taking prescribed drugs such as OxyContin and Percodan, but they declined to recommend changes because current rules allow drivers legal use of the drugs.

However, in a joint meeting, two key committees that advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forwarded to the agency a slate of recommendations they said would help certified medical examiners evaluate the fitness of truck drivers who legally use drugs authorized by the government.

The agency tasked the medical review board to update recent research on the government’s Schedule II drugs and offer recommendations if changes are needed.

Schedule II opioid drugs have a high potential for abuse and can cause side effects. They are considered dangerous and potentially can lead to psychological and physical dependence, medical experts and the federal government have said.

Current FMCSA regulations allow drivers to use prescribed Schedule II drugs if their treating physician and a medical examiner feel their use will not impede the safe operation of a motor vehicle, said Gina Pervall, chairman of the medical review board and a physician who is medical director for Occupational Medicine Services at Johns Hopkins University.

By contrast, the Federal Aviation Administration does not permit airline pilots to fly while using opioids and a number of other drugs.

“Because we have a regulation in place, we can’t just change it,” Pervall said after a joint meeting of the medical board and the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee on Oct. 27. “We’d have to change the rule.”

That could take years, she said.

So instead of calling for an outright ban, the two committees recommended that FMCSA require that a primary treating physician fill out and sign a standardized questionnaire to verify that a patient is taking the drug properly and not exhibiting side effects “that would adversely affect the driver’s ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle.”

“The questionnaire is a big deal,” said Steve Owings, MCSAC chairman and founder and president of Atlanta-based Road Safe America.

“Medical examiners only get a snapshot of the driver,” Pervall said. “So the questionnaire is to give the medical examiner some support from someone who is familiar with this particular driver and his history, his medications and his responses to the medications.”

She added, “It’s really a tool that will support the examiner in saying this person is fit, that he’s taking his medications and not having side effects related to them. Or conversely, that he’s not fit because of these medications and side effects that he’s having.”

Other recommendations the two committees approved included educating medical examiners on potentially dangerous narcotic drugs and certain over-the-counter drugs that can cause drowsiness, to issue guidance for driver use of narcotics and to convene a panel to further study Schedule II drugs.

In a national study of hospital emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, more than 67% of the overdoses involved prescription opioids, including methadone, followed by heroin, other unspecified opioids and multiple opioids, according to research published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Opioid overdose exacts a significant financial and health care utilization burden on the U.S. health care system,” the study said. “Most patients in our sample overdosed on prescription opioids, suggesting that further efforts to stem the prescription opioid overdose epidemic are urgently needed.”

The five-member medical board and other medical experts advising the board said that recent research offers “moderate evidence” that opioid use can carry with it increased risk of fatalities, injuries, crashes and unsafe driver actions.

However, the research has concluded that there is “weak evidence” to support the contention that legal use of Schedule II stimulants increases crash risk.

If FMCSA acts on the questionnaire recommendation, it would require a medical examiner to send the form to the primary treating physician if a driver lists any Schedule II prescribed drugs on a medical examiner form. The treating physician then would fill out the form and return it to the medical examiner.

Although the two committees overwhelmingly approved the recommendations, there was debate over whether some primary physicians would sign the questionnaire due to liability concerns.

“A doctor would need to have his head examined to sign this form,” said Todd Spencer, a member of the MCSAC and executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Albert Osbahr III, a member of the medical review board and a physician who is director of Occupational Health Services at Catawba Valley Medical Center in North Carolina, pointed out that a common problem is that truck drivers don’t always honestly answer questions about their medical history when they fill out their portion of the medical examiner’s form.

Mitch Garber, a physician with Engineering Systems Inc. and a member on the medical board’s expert drug panel, said another problem is that an estimated 40% or more of patients don’t take their drugs in the properly prescribed manner.

 

Miller,E.(2014).Doctors: keep drivers off road if using certain prescriptions.Transport Topics. Retrieved from http://www.ttnews.com/articles/printopt.aspx?storyid=36487

Freight Groups Ask White House for West Coast Port Talks Mediator

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More than 100 groups that are concerned about the direction of newly contentious West Coast port contract talks asked President Obama to name a federal mediator to foster a settlement.

“While the parties to the negotiation stated earlier this year that they would continue operations throughout the negotiations, we have seen crisis levels of congestion at the ports since September,” said the letter signed by American Trucking Associations, the National Retail Federation and the Transportation Intermediaries Association. “Both parties recently issued press releases accusing each other of reneging on this commitment.”

Earlier this week, the Pacific Maritime Association, the management negotiators representing ocean carriers and terminal operators, claimed the International Longshore & Warehouse Union orchestrated slowdowns in Pacific Northwest ports. After the union denied that was the first public outburst since talks began, PMA said similar disruptions began in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest U.S. ports.

“The sudden change in tone is alarming and suggests that a full shutdown of every West Coast port may be imminent,” said the letter, also signed by the Retail Industry Leaders Association and groups representing importers of goods including shoes and wood products. “The impact this would have on jobs, downstream consumers, and the business operations of exporters, importers, retailers, transportation providers, manufacturers and other stakeholders would be catastrophic.”

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

The six-year port contract expired July 1. Talks began six months ago. The groups expressed concern that there could be a repetition of a 2002 lockout, which for 10 days paralyzed freight transport in the world’s largest consumer market.

 

Watson ,R.(2014)Freight goups ask white house for west coast port talks mediator.Transport Topics.Retrieved from http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=36539&t=Freight-Groups-Ask-White-House-for-West-Coast-Port-Talks-Mediator-

Lawmakers approve transportation funding plan in South Dakota

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PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers looking for ways to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in necessary repairs to highways and bridges have finalized a proposal that will go to the Legislature.

The Highway Needs and Financing Committee passed the recommendations on Friday.

Republican Sen. Mike Vehle is chairman of the committee. Vehle’s plan would come up with more than $100 million in its first year through a variety of fuel taxes, vehicle fees and other assessments.

But Vehle says those additional funds won’t fully address the growing problem. Tax increases will face an uphill climb in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Officials say 25 percent of state roads will be rated as poor within the next decade, compared to about 2 percent now.

The Associated Press.(2014).Lawmakers approve transportation funding plan in South Dakota. The Trucker.com. Retrieved from http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/11/7/LawmakersapprovetransportationfundingplaninSouthDakota.aspx

NASTC names its America’s Best Drivers team 2014

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The National Association of Small Trucking Companies named the 13 member drivers of its 2014 America’s Best Drivers team, among them independent owner-operator Richard Clapp, based in Villa Grove, Ill., with 46 years behind him and upward of 4 million accident free miles.

[related-post id="69088"/]The members of the groups represent, all told, 533 years of accident free experience and near 51 million miles. All honored during NASTC’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., are listed below. The group was set to enjoy a night at Grand Ole Opry, among other activities. The conference runs through midday Nov. 8.

Mark Theisen, Brenny Specialized, 47 years, 5 million miles
John Ciaravino, Cayenne Express, 35 years, 4.1 million miles
Larry Lister, Champion Transportation, 43 years, 5.6 million miles
Kermit Heaton, Chicago Xpress, 50 years, 5 million miles
Ronald Berg, Classic Bulk Carriers, 41 years, 4.8 million miles
Thomas Reid, Corriher Trucking, 39 years, 4.6 million miles
Mary Peterson Norton, Bob Erickson Trucking, 35 years, 3.7 million miles
Edward Harmer, Denis Gray Trucking, 40 years, 4 million miles
Wendell Firestone, Frerichs Freight Lines, 49 years, 4.7 million miles
Dan Kaddatz, Hull Transport, 50 years, 6 million miles
Richard Clapp, Richard Clapp Trucking, 46 years, 4 million miles
Gary VanHoosier, Robertson Williams Transport, 33 years, 4 million miles
Brian Goedeker, Waletich Corp., 25 years, 4 million miles

Dills,T. (2014).    NASTC names its america’s best drivers team 2014. Etrucker.Retrieved from http://www.etrucker.com/ovd/nastcs-names-its-americas-best-drivers-team-2014