FedEx’s 2010 annual report, issued June 16, noted FedEx Ground was involved in 50 class action lawsuits, several individual lawsuits and 40 state tax and other administrative proceedings over the independent contractor issue.
— Jill Dunn
GREATWIDE WILL INTRODUCE an indemnity health care plan option for its 3,000 owner-operators, effective Dec. 1. It will replace the optional major medical insurance plan because it is not compliant with levels of coverage mandated by the new federal health care plan, the company said.
TWO MEN CHARGED as accessories in the murder of trucker Jason Rivenburg were sentenced in South Carolina to 30 days in jail Aug. 30. Jimmy Haygood, 21, and Willie Reed, 21, can serve the time on weekends. On March 5, 2009, New York-based truck driver Jason Rivenburg was murdered at an abandoned gas station and robbed of $7. Willie Pelzer, 22, was convicted of the murder and is serving a life sentence without parole.
FTR ASSOCIATES released data showing August Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American original equipment makers at 12,337 units, up 8 percent over July’s net orders and 17 percent better than August 2009.
APU grants offered to OOIDA
Members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association who reside in specific states may apply for an auxiliary power unit grant. OOIDA will offer members a 40 percent reimbursement for the APU’s cost and installation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given a $1 million grant to OOIDA to help install nearly 300 emission-cutting auxiliary power units in trucks that operate in EPA regions 6 and 7.
Region 6 covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 tribal nations. Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.
OOIDA is among five organizations included in a total grant of more than $5.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funds (DERA).
Through DERA, EPA provides support for retrofits, engine upgrades, vehicle replacements, idle reduction, cleaner fuels and financing for clean technologies for trucks, buses and non-road equipment. The improvements funded by these grants consist of EPA-verified and certified technologies to assist in the reduction of diesel emissions.
— Staff reports
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