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NATSO to distribute alerts for abducted children

  The travel plaza industry plans to distribute information about missing children in truck stops nationally, the truck stop trade group NATSO Inc. said. The group will collaborate with the Amber Alert program to distribute its information. Missing children will be identified on posters, electronic displays and signs to nearly 1,150 stops, as well as posting children’s identities on the trade group’s website at NATSOFoundation.org.  

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Parking Solutions

Governmental efforts to expand truck parking continue in many states. The next step — providing real-time space availability information — is just around the corner in select areas.

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Jason’s Law: Time for action is now

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved a two-year transportation authorization bill (S. 1813, or MAP-21) extending current funding levels and making other enhancements that could lead, said Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, to new jobs. Of chief interest for trucking advocates is the inclusion in this bill of Jason's Law, intended to fund various initiatives to expand and ensure the safety of truck parking on the National Highway System. In a hearing ...

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A trucking ambassador: Interviewing ‘Truck Stop Missouri’ star Joe Bechtold

The Truck Stop Missouri series on the Travel Channel has been running for a couple of months now, featuring the goings on in and around the 12 business that make up the Midway Travel Plaza between St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri, I-70 exit 121. Midway General Manager Joe Bechtold (pictured) has seen his expectations realized in many respects. "Has it brought in more business?" I asked him yesterday. "Yes. Definitely," he said, simply, as ...

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LogBook

Driver data could go public, U.S. and Mexico sign trucking deal, broker regulatory bill reintroduced and other industry news items are featured.

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Business group opposes rest area commerce bill

The legislation would permit states to sell food and fuel from interstate rest areas.

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LogBook

Hours comment deadline extended, lawmakers protest cross-border plan, bill would allow truck safety tax credit, FMCSA issues CDL amendments and other industry news items are featured.

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Unity diaries: Jason’s Law lives

It's been more than two years since New York trucker Jason Rivenburg was slain in South Carolina after being held up while parked at an abandoned commercial property. It's also been two years since House member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill named for Rivenburg, "Jason's Law," to provide boosted funding for states to expand secure truck parking along freight corridors. As time drags on, oftentimes comparatively small initiatives tend to vanish from the memories of ...

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Jason’s Law re-introduced

Jason’s Law would provide $20 million annually over six years for truck parking upgrades on the National Highway System.

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Groups oppose diverting highway funds

OOIDA testified against proposal to shift Highway Trust Fund dollars to non-highway transportation projects.

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