Virginia

Our favorite agency: Guess who’s on Facebook…

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Facebook page could be a great venue for drivers to get their viewpoints heard by the general public. Also: detail on an upcoming public meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

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Utility receives safety award

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company has received the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association Annual Safety Award for its Marion, Va., manufacturing plant. Utility’s Marion plant manufactures 3000R refrigerated trailers. The plant has been honored with the “Category A” award for large trailer manufacturing plants, which have attained over 750,000 hours worked in a year without a lost-time incident. In fact, Utility’s Marion plant worked over 1.89 million hours in 2011 without an incident resulting in days away from ...

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Three states join tolling program

FYI: TRUCKING NEWS IN BRIEF/The Federal Highway Administration on Feb. 17 named North Carolina as the last of three states to participate in a program with authority to charge tolls on interstates.

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Breaker-breaker: Thursday Channel 19 news round-up

Tonight on American Trucker on the Speed Channel: You The third episode of the second season of the American Trucker documentary show on the Speed Channel is called, simply, "Independent." It will explore, well, guess who? The episode runs at 10p.m. eastern time, with replays throughout the week. See the full schedule. Or if you've as yet missed it, click on the cover image here to read Truckers News editor Randy Grider's story about the ...

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Utility plant back in action after Va. tornado

You'll no doubt recall the Petro Stopping Centers location in Glade Spring, Va., that was hit by a tornado during the big outbreak back in late April. (Find information about it in my post from April 28, in the comments section.) Less-remarked-upon in driver forums and the trucking press was another industry-related business also hit there. Utility Trailer's Glade Spring plant was in the storm's path, and it left many trailers in production there unrepairable, plant ...

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Custom Volvo Class 8 VHD pickup makes splash

Volvo Trucks is offering customers the experience of a lifetime at the company's New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Va., a little more interesting with the addition of a severe service model VHD built in modified pickup truck form. The bright orange, one-of-a-kind Volvo VHD chassis has a full-size crew cab and a pickup bed.  The four-door, five-seat vehicle is powered by an EPA 2010-certified 500-hp Volvo D13 engine and features an I-Shift transmission. It was designed and ...

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Need a light load?

What's 9 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide and weighs 180 lbs.? We're not talking about the Sasquatch here, but rather the collective dimensions of these three roosters, posted Wednesday on the uShip site needing transport from Hesperia, Calif., to Virginia Beach, Va. The receiver? Well, a little informed guesswork tells me it's none other than the Pollard's Chicken restaurant locations opening this year in and around Virginia Beach. Maybe the family that started the small business is making ...

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States waiving hours rules

Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi are waiving the hours-of-service rules for truckers.

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