| August 07, 2007

The Great American Trucking Show drew almost 46,000 people in 2006. This year’s show promises to be bigger.

Celebration time at GATS
The Truckers News booth will be a festive and rewarding stop for some lucky attendees of the Great American Truck Show in the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Aug. 23-25. For the fourth year, it will hold its Mardi Gras Giveaway, where show goers have the chance to win a daily cash drawing.

Entrants must have a valid CDL and can pick up entry forms in the main show lobby. After visiting participating exhibitors’ booths and picking up the full variety of colored Mardi Gras bead strings, entrants deliver their completed entry forms and beads to the Truckers News booth #18015 for a chance to win $1,000 at the end of the day.

The Mardi Gras Giveaway takes place each day of the show.

Other attractions at GATS include:

  • Free concerts by Aaron Tippin (Friday, 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Volvo Trucks) and the Wreckers (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Mobil Delvac). Truckers News also will present its annual Great American Trucking Family Award prior to the Tippin concert.

  • Overdrive magazine’s annual Pride & Polish show-truck competition.
  • More than 600 industry exhibitors, from OEM truck and parts manufacturers to fleets to industry organizations.
  • Various free educational seminars for drivers and owner-operators, including the ATBS and Overdrive sponsored Partners in Business seminar, 2-4 p.m. Friday.

People planning to attend the show can register by calling (800) 633-5953, ext. 1361, or visiting this site, roll over “Attendees,” click “Register to Attend.”
- Todd Dills

Truckers News Celebrates 30 years
Truckers News’ 30th anniversary celebration begins at GATS. The first issue of the magazine was published by the National Association of Truckstop Operators as an 8-page newsprint paper in November of 1977. Randall-Reilly Publishing is the publisher today.

Among other giveaways, a limited number of 30th Anniversary commemorative pens will be available at the Truckers News booth. A special anniversary issue of the magazine is planned for November.

Roadcheck 2007 Shows Advances in Truck Fleet Safety
The U.S. trucking industry showed improvement in truck safety, including an increase in the number of drivers wearing their safety belts, as well as industry compliance with hazardous materials regulations, according to the results of the 2007 truck safety Roadcheck conducted throughout North America by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Figures also showed slight increases in the number of drivers and vehicles parked for work and rest violations as law enforcement officials continue to do a better job of targeting drivers with previous violations.

Underscoring the effectiveness of industrywide efforts to educate drivers about truck safety and enforce safety measures, the number of vehicles, including trucks and buses, placed out of service represented 21.5 percent of the vehicles inspected. This compared with 21.7 percent in 2006.

The number of safety belt violations during the June 5-7 enforcement blitz decreased significantly to 829 in 2007 from 1,223 a year earlier. The number of hazardous materials trucks placed out of service also declined to 17.7 percent from 18.2 percent in 2006. The number of trucks parked for brake defects also dropped.

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