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Overdrive Staff | March 01, 2011

Those selected are:

• 1st Express Inc. – Toledo, Ohio

• Best Cartage – Kernersville, N.C.

• Bison Transport – Winnipeg, Man.

• Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc. – Clayton, Ala.

• Con-way Truckload – Joplin, Mo.

• Dart Transit Co. – Eagan, Minn.

• Don Hummer Trucking – Oxford, Iowa

• Erb Group – New Hamburg, Ont.

• Fremont Contract Carriers – Fremont, Neb.

• Kennesaw Transportation – Rydal, Ga.

• Brian Kurtz Trucking – Breslau, Ont.

• MacKinnon Transport – Guelph, Ont.

• Paramount Freight Systems – Ft. Myers, Fla.

• Pride Transport Inc. – Salt Lake City, Utah

• Schneider National – Green Bay, Wis.

• Motor Carrier Service, Inc. – Northwood, Ohio

• Trimac Transportation – Houston

• Vedder Transportation Group – Abbotsford, B.C.

• WTI Transport, Inc. – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

• Yanke Group – Saskatoon, Sask.

In addition, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch” (honorable mentions):

• Drive Logistics – Windsor, Ont.

• Hueneman Trucking – Garner, Iowa

• Tennant Truck Lines Inc. – Orion, Ill.

• Spirit Truck Lines Inc. – San Juan, Texas

• Turk Enterprises – St. Andrews, Man.

The next phase of the contest is to choose the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh Inc. These winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 13-16 in San Diego.

— Staff reports



UCR enforcement begins

Roadside enforcement officers began Feb. 1 verifying if interstate truck operators have 2011 registration with the Unified Carrier Registration.

Individuals and companies operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce must register and pay a fee annually. The revenues generated are used for commercial vehicle safety programs.

Fees are $76 for the smallest interstate operator to $73,346 for operators of 1,001 or more power units. Trailers are excluded from registration, but the UCR board raised truck fees to make up for the loss in revenue. Truckers are not required to carry proof of registration, but may want to, according to the National Conference of State Transportation Specialists.

– Jill Dunn



HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

ARIZONA. The state is monitoring a pilot program that issues a permit for trucks from Mexico weighing 80,001-90,800 pounds to deliver fresh produce in a sealed container to the Nogales commercial zone. The state DOT says the permit may be tried in other Arizona ports.

FLORIDA. Tolls are now cashless on the Florida Turnpike’s 47-mile Homestead Extension. Drivers can pay using SunPass or receive a mailed bill under the toll-by-plate photo system. Mailed invoices include a $2.50 administrative fee. On south Florida highways, tandem trailers are allowed only on the Homestead Extension.

IDAHO. ConocoPhillips is transporting oversized loads of oilfield equipment 174 miles in nighttime routes through the state. The loads are traveling on U.S. 12 from Lewiston to the Montana border. The loads are permitted to travel between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

KANSAS. A bill would raise the speed limit to 75 mph from 70 on rural sections of divided four-lane highways. The change wouldn’t affect highways posted with 55 mph and 65 mph speeds. Several Western states impose a 75 mph limit in certain areas.

MAINE. A bill would reopen two rest areas along I-95 closed two years ago because of budget cuts. Two Pittsfield sites were shuttered in 2009.

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