The free My DAT Trucker Services app for the Android is getting a significant upgrade in April. Dan Fuller, the founder of the Hotels4Truckers.com online directory and discount engine for truck-parking-friendly hotels around the U.S. and Canada, said the directory will now be available free of charge within the app. “We’re not charging the $9.95/year membership fee to access hotel data and receive the same discounts” when utilized the My DAT app, Fuller said.
The online directory of truck-parking-friendly hotels, featuring discounts on many, is offering free memberships (normally $9.95/year) at its Mid-America Trucking Show booth #67140 through March 23.
The Hotels4Truckers service continues to expand its partnerships with hotel chains with discounts for drivers, added Fuller, its most recent deal being the addition of the America’s Best Value Inn network. Vicki Schell, vice president of distribution for the network of independently owned and operated locations, said the company was proud to be delivering better prices and services to the nation’s professional drivers. Around 200 of the company’s total 950 locations in North America are currently accounted for in the Hotels4Truckers directory for their truck-parking facilities. “We’re working on getting that number closer to 500,” Schell said.
Hotels4Truckers users will be able to save up to 12 percent, or $7.20, on the network’s average $60/night room reservation, Schell said.
Added Fuller, “That’s close to what you’d spend idling the truck with diesel as high as it is.”
New partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking
Fuller also announced a Hotels4Truckers partnership with the well-known Truckers Against Trafficking organization to promote on-highway haulers’ vigilance in fighting what TAT representative Mark Brende called an epidemic of human trafficking, often via youth abduction, in the United States. “Truckers have the greatest vantage point to respond to this,” Brende said. “We’re asking the trucking community to stand up and help solve this problem.”
Added Fuller, “We’re going to be [TAT wallet cards with info on their reporting-hotline] and putting those in all our membership packets that we mail out to drivers to raise more awareness and get more drivers out there making the calls” to the TAT hotline when they witness trafficking in parking lots or anywhere around the nation. Hotels4Truckers is also looking at ways to get TAT training material”to hotel staff through owners and managers,” said Fuller.
Schell pledged to put the TAT hotline number — 888-373-7888 — “on our landing page. And so can our counterparts at other brands.”
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.