Overdrive Staff

Trucking rap sheet: Trucker charged for threatening FMCSA inspector, HHG movers’ scheme busted

A truck driver has been indicted on charges of making a threat to a federal employee following repeated phone calls in which he threatened an FMCSA inspector with bodily injury in retaliation for issuing him a fine.

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Dart Network installing Bose Ride seats

Dartco Inc., a member of the Dart Network, announced that it has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks. Long-haul employee drivers who have been with the company three or more years and drive a truck with less than 250,000 miles on it will be among the first to receive the seats. Also, Dart Transit is offering the seat as an alternate to its sign-on bonus for newly contracted owner-operators. Dart’s current owner-operators are eligible ...

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R+L relocates its Canadian Gateway Service Center

R+L Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio, relocated its Canadian Gateway Service Center from Elgin, Ill., to Janesville, Wis. The company said the move expands its Canada service capabilities with enhanced daily direct loading to and from nine Western Canada Service Centers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The new facility features a 100,000-square-foot service center and a newly renovated 4,940-square-foot shop, both with 24/7 guarded access.

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Averitt employees donate $450,000 to St. Jude

Through weekly contributions, truck drivers and other employees of Cookeville, Tenn.-based Averitt Express raised a total of $450,000 in 2014 that was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 1986, Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s charitable employee-giving program, has contributed nearly $7.5 million to children-related charities, including the Shriners Burn Institute and Ronald McDonald House.

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Prime driver gives life to save co-driver, cousin

TCA recently named Boyd Miles, a former drive for Prime Inc., a TCA Highway Angel after he rescued his cousin from being hit by an oncoming car. Tragically, however, Miles died in the rescue attempt.

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Ol’ Red: Owner-op’s custom ’82 Freightliner cabover

Owner-operator Robert Carr says he loves this 1982 Freightliner COE “like my kids.” The truck is powered by a a 400-hp Cummins. Carr says the truck has been “totally redone” from its stock set-up.

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Old Dominion opens, expands service centers

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened a new service center in Watertown, S.D., and an expanded service center in Oshkosh, Wis. The Thomasville, N.C.-based less-than-truckload carrier said it opened its third South Dakota facility because of increasing population and economic growth in the region. The one-acre 12-door service center employs five. Old Dominion said it expanded its Oshkosh facility because of the region’s resurging paper industry. The eight-acre 48-door service center created 15 new jobs ...

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Bill would expand trucker drug testing options to hair samples

Both chambers of Congress introduced recently a bill that would allow trucking companies the option to drug test their drivers via hair sample rather than urine sample to satisfy federal drug testing requirements.

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Rugged Volvo I-Shift for severe-duty applications

The reinforced I-Shift will be standard on VHD models with heavier weight ratings – straight trucks rated at 66,000 lbs. GVWR or higher and tractors rated at 125,000 lbs.

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Double Coin bringing ‘Ice Road Truckers’ star to MATS

Double Coin and CMA, a tire manufacturer and marketer, announced a celebrity appearance by Alex Debogorski of History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, set for March 26-28 in Louisville, Ky. Debogorski will be signing autographs on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. in booth #18068. “Ice Road Truckers" premiered on the History Channel in June 2007 and ...

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