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Colvin wins 2009 company driver contest

Gordon "Butch" Colvin of Udall, Kan., is the 2009 Company Equipment Driver of the Year.

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Dinero moves new cross-border program foward

The Obama adminstration has renewed its pledge to reopen the U.S.-Mexican border and allow commercial trucks from the United States and Mexico free access to each other's respective interior highways. Some officials says this could happen before the end of the year. What's puzzling is how this will work. Soon after taking office, Obama signed an omnibus spending bill that cut off funding a cross-border pilot program implemented under the President Bush. The major argument was that Mexican trucks were too unsafe to operate on American highways. ...

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Uncle Sam wants a closer look at your 1099

Your status as an independent contractor will face greater scrunity in the coming years if the federal government has its way. Several states are already strengthening their classification laws for workers. Now the Obama Adminstration would like give the movement more firepower. In his proposed 2011 budget is a $25 million "Misclassification Initiative." It would allow the Department of Labor to hire more personnel to investigate classification cases, as well as seed grants for states to address ...

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Join us for sleep apnea webinar

Don't get caught asleep at the wheel when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration moves forward with new health regulations, which will  include screening and/or testing for sleep apnea. To bring you up to speed on sleep apnea, Truckers News will host a free one-hour webinar on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. (CST) featuring Dr. Mark Berger.  The president and chief medical officer of Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics, will discuss how the disorder affects your health and ...

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DOT sends message with texting ban

Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

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CSA 2010: The new sheriff in town

This month's cover story "Maximum Exposure" in Truckers News deals with CSA 2010 -- the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new safety compliance program set to roll out this summer. While it's a total new way of doing business, CSA 2010 looks to work in favor of good drivers. I made this argument in my monthly "Editor's Journal" column in the same issue. While I expect to get letters from drivers who disagree with me, (and yes I ...

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Employees sue Arrow Trucking

Arrow Trucking Co. faces a lawsuit alleging unpaid wages and violation of a federal law requiring businesses to give advance notice of closing.

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Guidelines for choosing a broker

If you decided to use a broker, you need to do your homework. The most important thing is find a reputable broker who makes sure you make money.

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Blind Spot: Keeping one eye on the road just doesn't cut it

A little reminder that trucking in the United States, despite the daily stresses brought on by dispatchers, traffic, shippers and law enforcement, is just not that bad when compared to some parts of the word. Take this story, for example. According to the published report, a truck driver in China had his one of his eyes frozen shut after driving approximately 500 miles with his head sticking out the driver's window. Why? Because he had replaced his ...

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'Trusted' label puts target on backs of some NAFTA carriers

Apparently being a trusted carrier and a secure carrier may not always be the same thing. At least not when it comes to crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. A recent Associated Press story revealed that drug dealers are targeting Mexican trucking companies that use a Free and Secure Trade Lane, or FAST Lane, crossing into the United States.  Some drivers for companies that are a part of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT, have allegedly felt pressured by ...

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