Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2010

They are contesting mandates that motor carriers with a 10 percent or greater occurrence of non-compliance with hours of service regulations in a single compliance review will face mandated use of the EOBRs for two years.

OOIDA pointed out that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intends to propose that EOBRs be required for “considerably more motor carriers and drivers.”

The association said that before FMCSA or Congress implements a broader mandate, questions such as whether the mandated use of EOBRs makes economic sense, the regulatory burden and effectiveness on highway safety must be answered.

The EOBR rule officially went into effect June 4. The compliance deadline for the regulation is June 4, 2012.

— Staff reports

Schneider National celebrates 75 years

Retired driver Julius Borley, 85, was honored for his past service at Schneider National’s diamond anniversary celebration. Borley, a World War II infantryman, started with the company in 1948, when Schneider was a small intrastate hauler. He drove the company’s first interstate load in 1958 and continued to haul until he retired in 1990. Also recognized were retired drivers Bernie Watzka, Merlin Lardinois, Duane Livermore and Vern Johnson.

Schneider National, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers with more than 11,000 trucks, celebrated its 75th anniversary June 10 at its Green Bay, Wis., headquarters.

CEO Chris Lofgren took the helm of the carrier in 2002, following Don Schneider, son of the company’s founder. The company was founded in 1935 when Al Schneider sold the family car to buy his first truck.

“The fact that we can stand here today and celebrate our 75th anniversary is a tremendous testament to Al, to Don, and three generations of the Schneider family,” Lofgren said, “along with the tens of thousands of associates committed to the ideals that we have held dear for 75 years: safety, respect, integrity and excellence.”

Since launching the company’s million-mile club in 1985 to recognize drivers with impeccable safety records, more than 2,200 Schneider National drivers have reached that milestone. Among those on hand was Bob Wyatt, the company’s sole 4-million-mile driver.

— Todd Dills

Wal-Mart to control more of its freight

Where it can do it more cheaply, retail giant Wal-Mart is taking over delivery of supplies from manufacturers to its distribution centers and stores to cut costs.

Wal-Mart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez would say only that the conversion program began last year and will continue for up to a year.

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