News roundup, May 12: Speed-focused inspection blitz slated for July; Pete brings back ‘Pride & Class’ 389

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, May 12, 2020: 

Law enforcement to focus on speeding during Operation Safe Driver Week
Law enforcement will be paying closer attention to unsafe driving behaviors of both truck and car drivers July 12-18 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

CVSA says less traffic on the roads due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws, including speed limits. A number of jurisdictions, CVSA says, have seen “a severe spike in speeding” during the pandemic.

To combat that trend, CVSA has selected speeding as the focus area for Operation Safe Driver Week.

“It’s essential that this enforcement initiative, which focuses on identifying and deterring unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, go on as scheduled,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “As passenger vehicle drivers are limiting their travel to necessary trips and many commercial motor vehicle drivers are busy transporting vital goods to stores, it’s more important than ever to monitor our roadways for safe transport.”

In addition to the focus on speeding, law enforcement will also be on the lookout for distracted driving, seat belt use, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, evidence of impaired driving and more.

Peterbilt brings back Pride & Class package for Model 389
Peterbilt announced Tuesday it is bringing back the Pride & Class package for the Model 389. The company introduced the package in 2014, and it had a limited production run through 2017.

389 Pc White Background Rgb 300dpi Med 2020 05 12 14 54Key external features of the Model 389 Pride & Class package include a polished hood crown surrounding a  louvered grille, a polished hood spine, chrome hood-side accents and polished hood fenders. The side of the 389 Pride & Class package includes polished rocker panels; bright cowl skirts, battery box, fuel tanks; and trimmed mud flaps.

The package also includes a polished exterior sun visor, bumper, exhaust stacks and a Pride & Class emblem on the sleeper.

On the inside, the truck sports a Platinum Arctic Gray interior, charcoal dash top and Blackwood-finish trim accents. Black leather seats are embroidered with the Pride & Class logo on the headrests, and the cab and sleeper are carpet-lined. Bright gauge bezels, a special steering wheel and Pride & Class emblems on the dash and accent trim round out the interior.

The Model 389 Pride & Class is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships.

Annual Make-A-Wish convoy going virtual
The Make-A-Wish of Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley organization and members of its Mother’s Day Convoy Committee have rescheduled and reinvented the annual fundraising event that was to have been held on Mother’s Day, May 10. The new 2020 Virtual Convoy will be Sunday, Aug. 16.

A statement from the organization says there will be what it is calling “a modified, small truck convoy with the top 30 drivers and key sponsors,” broadcast live on its Facebook page.

For the past 30 years, the annual Mother’s Day Convoy was held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This year was to be its first at a new location, the Manheim Auto Auction.

While there will not be a carnival as at past convoys, Make-A-Wish says it will create ways for supporters to still experience convoy traditions safely at home. It will be announcing these updates on a weekly basis each Sunday on the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy Facebook event page starting May 17th.

The organization says it is still counting on the truck event to raise funds, which typically support over 75% of the wishes granted in Susquehanna Valley each year. There are nearly 500 local children with critical illnesses waiting for their wishes to come true, according to the organization. Last year’s convoy, which was sponsored by the RoadPro Family of Brands, raised $600,542 and attracted some 550 trucks.

EXPEDITE EXPO RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER | The annual Expedite Expo show, hosted by the group behind Expedite Now magazine, has been rescheduled for October 23-24 in Fort Wayne, Ind., to be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The annual event is well-known among expedited-segment owner-operators for an exhibit floor, networking opportunities within the tight-knit niche, and perhaps most of all a solid series of forums and educational sessions. The rescheduling decision was made in light of concerns that the original July 17-18 dates would not suit a climate that would be “ready for a group meeting,” organizers said. “The health, safety and security of our staff, attendees and exhibitors is very important to us.”EXPEDITE EXPO RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER | The annual Expedite Expo show, hosted by the group behind Expedite Now magazine, has been rescheduled for October 23-24 in Fort Wayne, Ind., to be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The annual event is well-known among expedited-segment owner-operators for an exhibit floor, networking opportunities within the tight-knit niche, and perhaps most of all a solid series of forums and educational sessions. The rescheduling decision was made in light of concerns that the original July 17-18 dates would not suit a climate that would be “ready for a group meeting,” organizers said. “The health, safety and security of our staff, attendees and exhibitors is very important to us.”

Landstar extends load bonuses for drivers
Landstar announced Monday it has extended its load bonuses for its owner-operators for another week through May 22.

The company is paying owner-operators and agents an extra $50 for each load delivered with a confirmed delivery date. The bonus has been in effect since April 1.

Tyson paying truckers $1,000 COVID bonuses
Tyson Foods is offering $120 million in “thank you bonuses” to more than 116,000 frontline workers, including truck drivers.

Truckers will receive a $500 bonus payment in early May and a second $500 bonus will be paid in July. Tyson is also increasing short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30 for employees who are unable to work due to illness.

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