A spokesman for the Indianapolis-based carrier did not respond to a request for comment.
The American with Disabilities Act bars discrimination based on a disability or a perceived disability, as well as prohibits employers from subjecting applicants to medical examinations before making a conditional employment offer, according to Laurie Young, an Indianapolis EEOC attorney.
The medical screenings included vision, hearing, blood, urine, blood pressure and requests for applicants’ list of prescriptions and medical histories.
The lawsuit names 17 applicants and includes applicants hurt by the carrier’s practices, which the commission states date back more than three years.
The commission seeks compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction to prevent Celadon from future non-compliant ADA practices. The EEOC attempted to settle with the 3,300-truck carrier before going to court.
— Jill Dunn
THE VOLVO XE13 powertrain package was named the top technical achievement of 2011 by the Truck Writers of North America. One of six finalists was Rigdig’s Truck History Reports, produced by Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information, publisher of Overdrive. RigDig partners with the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System to integrate truck data from salvage yards, recyclers, insurance carriers and state titling agencies. Randall-Reilly’s Equipment Data Associates division operates the service at www.rigdig.com.
Daimler recalling 103,000 Class 8 trucks
Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 103,000 of its Class 8 trucks manufactured between 2006 and this February, it said in a notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall is to fix an engine fuel line that could be damaged during maintenance, NHTSA said. “The pump to rail high pressure fuel line support system is sensitive to assembly torque and may be damaged during service work,” NHTSA said. “The line supports may loosen, potentially leading to fuel line cracking and a fuel leak.”
Owners may call (800) 547-0712 for details and NHTSA safety hotline at (888)327-4236 on recall 12C-2.
— Staff reports
CALIFORNIA. An assembly bill would change requirements for smoke tests for certain state-based trucks. The bill would mandate the Air Resources Board to exempt from testing trucks with 2007 and newer model year engines. Plus, all affected trucks would avoid smoke testing entirely starting in 2023. Current regulations require smoke testing of 1998 and older trucks for operators of two or more vehicles. Single-truck operators are exempt.
ILLINOIS. The U.S. 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River at Cairo has reopened after being closed since January 2011. It will have a GVW of 80,000 pounds.
INDIANA. The I-64 Ohio River Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville, Ky., and New Albany, Ind., has reopened after a five-month emergency closure to repair structural supports.
IOWA. The state has accepted bids to outfit its commercial vehicle inspectors with AR-15 rifles, similar to those used by the state patrol. Officers would use the weapons in traffic enforcement. The rifles could be ready for use by summer.