• Donnie Parsons, The Mason and Dixon Lines
In December 2012, TCA will select the top three finalists. The grand prize winner will be announced at TCA’s Annual Convention, March 3-6, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Each owner-operator finalist will be profiled in a 2012 issue of Overdrive.
TCA is conducting a similar program for company drivers with Overdrive’s sister publication Truckers News.
— Staff reports
FOR-HIRE FREIGHT rose 0.9 percent in September from August, reaching the highest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index. DOT reported freight shipments rose 4.2 percent in the last four months. September’s index was 4.3 percent higher than a year earlier.
TRANSCORE’S September North American Freight Index rose 3.2 percent from August and 45 percent from a year ago. Alongside the increase in spot market freight volumes, truckload freight rates gained in September for all equipment types.
CLASS 8 TRUCK preliminary net orders for October improved both month over month and year over year, ACT Research Co. reported. FTR Associates said October orders for all major North American truck makers increased 17 percent over September and 46 percent year-over-year, marking the third consecutive month of increasing orders.
Medical certificate changes start Jan. 30
A new law affecting medical certificates for CDL holders will begin implementation Jan. 30 and be phased in through 2014.
In 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a final rule requiring CDL holders to provide a current original or copy of their medical examiner’s certificate to the issuing state driver licensing agency.