The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said such increases endanger road users and hasten infrastructure deterioration. Many transportation safety groups oppose the legislation and say past size and weight increases have not yielded fewer trucks, trips or miles traveled.
In March 2009, a bill to freeze Interstate truck lengths, the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, or H.R. 1618, was referred to committee with 128 co-sponsors. The following month, a Senate committee held hearings on an identical bill, S. 779, which has seven co-sponsors.
— Jill Dunn
CARL KRITES, a Con-way Freight truck driver based in Wapakoneta, Ohio, was named the 2010 National Truck Driving Grand Champion. A driver for 31 years, he topped 415 other professional drivers from across the U.S.
FOR-HIRE TRUCKING continued to add jobs in July, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since March 1, trucking companies have added 13,000 jobs.
SPOT FREIGHT MARKET in July increased 122 percent over a year earlier, TransCore reported. July’s North American load volume, however, was 14 percent lower than June. Spot freight loads for dry vans and refrigerated vans each dipped 8 percent in July compared to June, while flatbed load availability declined 17 percent.
THE DEADLINE for carriers to use updated alcohol testing forms has been extended from Aug. 1 to Jan. 1, says the U.S. Department of Transportation.
U.S. Xpress founder gets milestone truck
Few trucking executives buy 50,000 trucks over the course of their careers, but Max Fuller has accomplished something even more unusual. On Aug. 5, the co-chairman and chief executive officer of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based U.S. Xpress took delivery of his 50,000th truck of a single make – Freightliner.
In a ceremony at U.S. Xpress headquarters, Fuller officially took possession of the 2010 Freightliner Cascadia 72-inch sleeper with Detroit Diesel DD15 engine. Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, also presented Fuller with a memento – a Freightliner etched into a block of crystal. “It might be the only Freightliner you ever get for free,” Daum quipped as he handed the trophy to Fuller.
Closing out the ceremony, Fuller handed the Cascadia keys to driver James Waldo, who has worked for U.S. Xpress and Southwest Motor Freight for 38 years.
In 1974, Fuller took over purchasing responsibilities from his father Clyde, owner of Southwest Motor Freight, representing the beginning of his relationship with Freightliner. Fuller’s first order was about 150 trucks, which was almost half the Southwest Motor Freight fleet.