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| March 07, 2006

FMCSA’s Sandberg Resigns
The top official of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Annette Sandberg, has given notice of her resignation, said Duane DeBruyne, the FMCSA’s deputy director of communications.

DeBruyne confirmed that the resignation is slated to take effect March 1.

Sandberg has been FMCSA administrator since August 2003, taking office four months after the agency published its revised hours of service rule. Hours issues have occupied much of her time since.

Before leading the FMCSA, Sandberg was chief of the Washington State Patrol and a deputy administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The American Trucking Associations gave Sandberg a “job well done” in a goodbye press release.

“She and her team of safety professionals consistently demonstrated a willingness to openly examine motor carrier concerns and issues while maintaining the highest commitment to highway safety,” the release said.

The ATA noted that during Sandberg’s tenure, the injury rate from crashes involving large trucks dropped 13 percent, while the fatality rate from such crashes dropped to the lowest point since the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping records in 1975.
-Lance Orr

America’s Traveling Truck Show Rolls Out in April
America’s Traveling Truck Show will stop at 20 Petro Stopping Center locations across the nation this spring and summer, beginning in Wheeler, Calif., on April 4.

Each three-day show will open from 1-7 p.m. daily and will feature truck makers, carriers, product and services providers, and entertainment.

The tour will end in Weatherford, Texas, the week before the Great American Trucking Show, which starts Aug. 24 in Dallas.

“We’ll have a delineated area in the back parking lot with the truckers, and we’ll roll in exhibits,” said Randy Schwartzenburg, executive director of ATTS. “This is a great opportunity for us to take trade shows to the trucking professional instead of requiring them to make their way to a convention center.”

The show is operated by Randall-Reilly Publishing, publisher of Truckers News and owner of GATS.

Attendees with a valid CDL can register to win a Trucker’s Dream Package and cash prize.

For information on ATTS, visit this site.

Show Dates/Truckstop Locations
April 4, 5, 6/Wheeler, Calif.
April 11, 12, 13/Las Vegas
April 18, 19, 20/Kingman, Ariz.
April 25, 26, 27/Milan, N.M.
May 2, 3, 4/Amarillo, Texas
May 9, 10, 11/Oklahoma City
May 16, 17, 18/Joplin, Mo.
May 23, 24, 25/Effingham, Ill.
May 30, 31, June 1/New Paris, Ohio
June 6, 7, 8/Stony Ridge, Ohio
June 13, 14, 15/Carlisle, Pa.
June 20, 21, 22/Bordentown, N.J.
June 27, 28, 29/Ruther Glen, Va.
July 5, 6, 7/Mebane, N.C.
July 11, 12, 13/Florence, S.C.
July 18, 19, 20/Atlanta
July 25, 26, 27/Bucksville, Ala.
August 1, 2, 3/Jackson, Miss.
August 8, 9, 10/Shreveport, La.
August 15, 16, 17/Weatherford, Texas
-Lance Orr

Carriers Optimistic About Year Ahead, But ’07 Technology a Concern
This year will be a “continuation of the hot market we’ve enjoyed for several years,” Jim McReynolds, Caterpillar general manager, on-highway engines, told attendees Jan. 23 at Heavy Duty Dialogue in Las Vegas.

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