Year in Review: Most read stories of 2013

Year in Review: Most read stories of 2013

No. 10

Push on to test truck drivers for drugs via hair-testing

While the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) newly released report on actions needed to eliminate alcohol-impaired driving by motorists has naturally garnered much media attention this week, the American Trucking Assns.(ATA) is prodding the Dept. of Transportation to take action to further curb truck impaired driving by truckers.

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No. 9

Pilot Flying J under federal investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) raided the Knoxville, TN, corporate headquarters of Pilot Flying J on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation believed to center on unpaid customer rebates.

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No. 8

House overwhelmingly passes bill on sleep-apnea regs

By a whopping bipartisan vote of 405 to 0, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill (H.R. 3095) that will require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA)  to follow its full rulemaking procedure—rather than merely furnish a “guidance”— when it addresses the issue of sleep apnea’s impact on commercial drivers.

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No. 7

Outlook 2013: Year of the driver

Face it. The long-haul trucker is king of the road. And in 2013, he will reign only more supreme. Thanks to changes in demographics, regulations and economic indicators, this year should shape up to be the biggest “year of the driver” since before the start of the Great Recession.

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No. 6

Blue Fleets: The 2013 NG engines

There’s a warm blue (for the color of the flame when natural gas is ignited) glow being cast over the spec’ing choices of more and more truck fleets seeking to go green, both to gain green by spending less on fuel and to demonstrate environmental sensibility by switching to trucks powered by either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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No. 5

Congress gets earful on HOS

Testimony before a Congressional subcommittee yesterday on impending changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules for truck drivers cast some more light on the intentions of the revisions and the difficulty of roadside enforcement of the changes—as well as what may well shape further battles over the rule’s content.

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No. 4

Cargo thieves becoming 'strategists,' say experts

A range of new cargo theft tactics are being deployed to help thieves take better “control” and thus mitigate the risks of the crimes they are trying to commit, according to experts with insurance provider Travelers.

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No. 3

Chevy launches 2014 Silverado 1500 light-duty pickups

SPRING BRANCH, TX. Chevrolet this week rolled out the 2014 lineup of its Silverado full-size, light-duty pickups. According to the OEM, the trucks have been redesigned “from hood to hatch.” Indeed, the 2014 version is markedly distinctive from the previous generation (2007-13 model years) of the biggest-selling Chevy model in the U.S.

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No. 2

Alarm sounded over "staged accidents" targeting tractor-trailers

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Nevada Trucking Assn. (NTA) are warning truck drivers in the Las Vegas area to be wary of deliberate attempts by criminals to cause accidents for the purpose of collecting insurance money.

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No. 1

Scope of federal raid on Pilot Flying J now apparent

Details have begun emerging in the general media about the April 15th raid of the Knoxville, TN, corporate headquarters of major truckstop operator Pilot Flying J by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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