Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2010

FTR ASSOCIATES released preliminary data showing May Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American truck makers at 12,903 units, a 10 percent decline from April. Although May orders slowed from the previous month, year-over-year comparisons show a 75 percent improvement over May 2009.

GOVERNORS of Illinois and Indiana have signed legislation to jointly build the Illiana Expressway that would link I-55 south of Joliet, Ill., to I-65 near Lowell, Ind., and skirt the congested Chicago area. The proposed expressway will serve as an alternate route to the heavily traveled I-90/I-94 corridor.

Nominations open in merged contests

Overdrive and the Truckload Carriers Association have announced a new monthly and annual owner-operator recognition program. It will combine Overdrive’s Trucker of the Year program and TCA’s Owner-Operator of the Year program to recognize the industry’s most outstanding owner-operator.

Nominees drawn from an annual solicitation will be featured as Overdrive TCA Owner-Operators of the Month. The annual winner will be drawn from those 12 finalists.

Nominees are judged on safety, professional accomplishment and contributions to the industry and their community.

The contest is open to all owner-operators who log a majority of their miles in the truckload segment. For nomination forms and information about rules and eligibility, visit www.overdriveonline.com/oo.

The nomination deadline is Aug. 15 for the 2011 Overdrive TCA Owner-Operator of the Year. That winner will be presented at TCA’s annual convention, March 4-7, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

Overdrive’s sister publication, Truckers News, and TCA are hosting a comparable competition for company drivers.

The annual winners of both contests will receive prizes.

— Staff reports

OOIDA challenges recorder rule

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association on June 3 filed a legal challenge of the impending electronic onboard recorder regulation.

OOIDA and three members filed a petition for review with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Plaintiffs include OOIDA members William J. Culligan, Adam D. Burnett and Douglas A. Oldham.

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