Trucking news and briefs for Friday, July 8, 2022:
CloudTrucks offers new credit card to owner-ops
"Virtual" trucking carrier CloudTrucks has launched a new credit card option for independent owner-operators and small fleets.
CT Credit is a no-fee, no-interest Visa business card that aims to help these businesses better manage expenses and build healthy business credit. It also doesn’t require a hard credit pull at application, the company added.
The card is designed to function for advances on a load's payment, with fairly low credit limits to cover expenses like fuel, repairs and meals. It's ideal in lieu of traditional credit sources individual business owners may not qualify for, CloudTrucks said.
CT Credit product manager Hali Mo said the CT Credit program is open to all owner-operators, even if they aren’t already doing business with CloudTrucks. “Owner-operators can choose to work with CloudTrucks how they wish,” Mo said -- whether that’s with the virtual carrier for leased operators, the CT Credit program, the CT Cash factoring program, or the CT Flex program for independent owner-operators.
“However, it is worth noting that if a CT Credit customer is also using CT Cash as a factoring solution, they can gain a more complete view of the money going in and out of their business to stay in better control of their cash flow and finances,” Mo added.
The card’s systems allow drivers and team managers to track balances at any time and provides a complete view of income and expenditures for those using the CT Cash factoring service. It also offers a cashback option from purchases made with CloudTrucks’ discount partners like Road Ranger, Pilot Flying J and Love’s Maintenance.
CloudTrucks also reports on-time payments to credit bureaus so customers can build business credit, unlock higher credit limits, and set themselves up for future financial opportunities to grow their trucking business.
[Related: Real success with a 'virtual' carrier: Owner-operator Jason Hurley's CloudTrucks experience]
Southeastern Pennsylvania police teaming up to target aggressive drivers
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced this week that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on area roadways as part of a statewide mobilization that runs through August 21.
The enforcement wave will focus on heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running and tailgating. PennDOT said motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.
Law enforcement will use traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement and multi-jurisdictional patrol strategies to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
In 2021, 1,483 aggressive driving crashes resulted in 27 fatalities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, PennDOT said. Aggressive driving crashes are crashes involving at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.
The goal of targeted enforcement, PennDOT said, is to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.
[Related: Operation Safe Driver enforcement blitz upcoming next week, July 10-16]
I-17 rest area closing until next spring, but parking still allowed
Beginning Monday, July 11, the Arizona Department of Transportation will renovate and upgrade facilities at the Sunset Point Rest Area along I-17 at milepost 252 north of Phoenix.
The rest area will be closed to travelers for several months while the improvement project is underway. ADOT expects the project to be completed by spring 2023.
The project will upgrade the water and septic systems, as well as the restrooms and vending areas. Truck parking will also be expanded at the rest area.
During the closure, truck drivers will be allowed to continue using Sunset Point to park and get some rest. Although facilities will be limited, portable restrooms and handwashing stations will be provided for commercial drivers to use. All other drivers are encouraged to use facilities in other areas, including Black Canyon City, which is about 10 miles south of the rest area, and Cordes Junction, which is 10 miles to the north.
Drivers should be aware that there are no facilities at the Badger Springs and Bumble Bee exits on I-17, ADOT added.
Other improvements to be made to the Sunset Point Rest Area include renovation of covered ramadas and upgrading sidewalks, lighting and signage. Crews also will work to renovate a sundial memorial honoring ADOT highway workers who have died in the line of duty.
[Related: Brake Safety Week inspection blitz coming in Aug.]