| November 01, 2009

“Despite the low measured prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in the study, many drivers reported sexual behaviors that would place them at risk for acquiring these infections,” he said.

— Jill Dunn


Short Hauls

PETERBILT MOTORS CO. said it is permanently closing its Madison, Tenn., truck assembly plant Dec. 1 as part of a realignment of its manufacturing operations. The Madison plant has not built trucks since the summer of 2008, when Peterbilt and United Auto Workers were unable to negotiate a new contract and the economy worsened.

HIGHWAY HERO nominations are being accepted through Nov. 30 by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which runs the annual program to recognize professional drivers whose brave actions helped others on the road. Nomination forms and program details may be found at www.goodyear.com/truck/news or by calling (330) 796-8183.

TRAFFIC DEATHS on U.S. roads fell to a record low in the first half of 2009, according to projections released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Estimates show that 16,626 people died in traffic crashes between January and June – a 7 percent decline from 17,871 for the same period last year. Projected figures for the period also show a record low fatality rate of 1.15 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from 1.23 deaths during the same period in 2008.


Arrow’s Back On the Road returns

Arrow Truck Sales has launched its Back On The Road 2010 campaign, presented by Volvo Trucks North America.

In its third year, the campaign is designed to benefit a trucker in need of a truck and a job. This year, it will also consider nominations from truckers who help others or otherwise support the trucking industry.

Arrow is soliciting stories from truckers who may have lost their truck – and their livelihood – through circumstances beyond their control. Arrow is also accepting nominations based upon stories of truckers helping others.

The chosen trucker will receive a 2007 Volvo VNL670 and a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express.

In addition to the truck and work agreement, the winner will receive tires, an auxiliary power unit, ATBS consulting, fuel cards, filters and insurance, plus other products.

Country music star Aaron Tippin plans to return as celebrity spokesman for the 2010 campaign. A former truck driver, Tippin also will serve on the winner selection committee. Tippin’s latest album, “In Overdrive,” is dedicated to classic trucker songs.

Arrow will accept nominations until Dec. 6 at www.backontheroad2010.com. Applications must include a personal account of 250 to 750 words. The winner will be announced in March and receive the truck and other prizes during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

— Deirdra Drinkard



FMCSA to launch online driver records

A Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program will start in December, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The DPES will allow carriers to access driver inspection and crash records electronically.

The program will effectively expand upon services offered by private companies, notably DAC reports provided by HireRight.

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