Industry News

| December 11, 2008

In the lawsuit filed Nov. 15, charges Sprint with installing a defective wireless system in a configuration “that Sprint knew or should have known would be unstable in the truck stop environment.”

As a result, the lawsuit charges, “TSN’s subscribers have complained in large numbers that they have been unable to connect to the access points.”

Six owner-operators with outstanding business and safety records, including one husband-and-wife team, are finalists for Overdrive 2005 Trucker of the Year.

Ted Chapman of King, N.C., is an independent produce hauler.

Harold and Helen Eanes of Christiansburg, Va., are flatbed haulers for Landstar Ligon of Jacksonville, Fla.

Doris Hansen of Lavina, Mont., is a flatbed hauler for Quality Transportation of Baker, Mont.
Richard Paley of Portland, Conn., is an independent hauler of military equipment.

Michael White of Wolfe City, Texas, hauls liquid chemicals for Quality Carriers of Tampa, Fla.

Finalists were selected from the magazine’s 12 2004 Trucker of the Month honorees. The winner, who will receive prizes from many industry manufacturers and service providers, will be announced in the February Overdrive.

The revised hours-of-service rule due this year must be able to “withstand any assault that might come from an outside party,” Rose McMurray, associate administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, told Randall Trucking Fall Symposium attendees.

FMCSA is counting on a 10-person team of experts to ensure the agency considers all aspects of the rule, including driver general health, 11 hours of driving, the 34-hour restart and the sleeper berth exception, McMurray said.

“When we promulgated the rule last year, we believed we had sufficient evidence to issue the rule the way it was, including years of fatigue research,” she said. “I think what we’ll see is more evidence that substantiates the rule. I wouldn’t expect to see wholesale changes.”

Interest groups that successfully filed suit to block the 2003 version of the rule included Public Citizen, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH).

As FMCSA revamps the rule, it is looking at the feasibility of using electronic onboard recorders to monitor driver hours of service. The agency is mandated by Congress to consider the devices; also, “there is a tremendous push on the safety side of this industry to look at whether recorders are the answer,” McMurray said.

FMCSA will consider comments on the proposal from the trucking industry. “We’re, of course, concerned, as you are, with balancing the benefits of this technology with privacy,” McMurray said.

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