truckers

U.S. diesel price surges again, up 8.2 cents

The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel climbed for the third consecutive week, this time jumping 8.2 cents to $2.879 for the week ending Jan. 11. The price, which has climbed 15.3 cents since Dec. 21, is 56.5 cents higher than the same week last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The price is the highest since Nov. 10, 2008, when it was $2.944. All regions tracked by DOE saw price increases. ...

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TCA selects owner-operator of year finalists

The Truckload Carriers Association has named finalists for its 2009 Owner-Operator Driver of the Year and 2009 Company Equipment Driver of the Year contests. Competing for the owner-operator contest, co-sponsored by TCA and Overdrive magazine, will be Steven Recker of Warren Transport Inc., Larry Severson of Dart Transit Co. and Woodrow Walker, also of Dart Transit. For the company equipment contest, co-sponsored by TCA and Truckers News, the contenders will be Gordon Colvin of Con-way Truckload, Richard ...

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UPS hauler weighs in on foggy driving

In Gary Richards' Monday "Roadshow" column in the Silicon Valley Mercury News paper, Richards called on Aptos, Calif.-based UPS trucker Dan Casas to help answer the question of a writer about the safety of closely following a big rig in fog to get through a dangerous drive. Casas was gracious and knowledgable in his reply.

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Schneider National sweeps awards

Schneider National won 43 national awards for its service in 2009.

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Cranking up the new year — queue everbody’s favorite Sammy Hagar tune, will you?

With unfortunate toll hikes in New York, haulers got another late Christmas gift with the new year in the implementation of an Illinois state law that raised maximum interstate speed limits, formerly split between 55 and 65 mph for trucks and cars, respectively, to an even 65 for both.

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Permitting Tony the truckstop tiger

After a year and more of challenges to the legality of Tony the truckstop tiger's residence at the Gross Tete, La., Tiger Truck Stop by animal rights activists, the AP reports the owners have obtained necessary permits from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to keep the tiger. South Carolina-based hauler Kris Ewing took the opportunity of a Christmas run to Laredo to stop in and take a few pictures of Tony and the truckstop ...

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A creeping, sputtering recovery

It appears that trucking and the economy will be slouching toward health and stability during 2010. Here are forecasts from three sources.

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Employees file lawsuit against Arrow

The plaintiffs seek compensation under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

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One hauler’s early Christmas at the truckstop

Trucker Jeremy Holley blogs at www.jholley.wordpress.com, and his post from Wednesday, Dec. 22, was a gem of a story from "about five years ago," he wrote, "something that I’ll never forget because it really made my day."

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Arrow Trucking closes

Arrow Trucking Co. abruptly closed Dec. 22, effectively stranding its company drivers, news sources report.

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