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The first Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference and Expo was a huge success.

Question: What does a Mars engineer, a dating doctor, a satellite radio host, a NASCAR driver and a safety administrator have in common?

They were all speakers at the recent Women In Trucking Association’s Accelerate! Conference and Expo.

The 350 attendees learned about self defense and self esteem, how success depends on relationship building, being a female racer in a male dominated environment and much more. Although the topics were diverse, they were all focused on creating a positive environment for women employed in the transportation industry.

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance - Request for 30-Day Extension of the May 27, 2014 Deadline

CVSA requested a 30-day extension to submit comments on FMCSA’s proposed electronic logging device mandate, citing the complexity and significance of the rule as reasons. In a formal letter to the agency, CVSA Executive Director Stephen Keppler requested that the May 27 deadline be extended to June 26. FMCSA has not yet responded to the request. To comment on the proposal, visit regulations.gov and use the docket number FMCSA-2010-0167. Below is the copy of CVSA’s letter.

 

May 7, 2014

 

Administrator Anne Ferro

U.S. Department of Transportation

Obama to Ask Congress for Cash for Roads, Bridges

America's roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure Congress into giving the nation's infrastructure an infusion of cash.

Senators Unveil Six-Year Highway Bill

A Senate panel unveiled bipartisan legislation that would authorize six years of U.S. highway and mass-transit programs, acting with construction projects at risk of slowing months before the November election.

The bill, drafted by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and other members, would provide the same amount of money each year as in the current two-year, $105 billion legislation expiring in September, plus inflation.

Extra crispy: French fry truck burns in Maine

WATERVILLE, Maine — Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.

The city's fire chief says overheated brakes were the suspected cause of the night blaze in the middle of the busy parking lot. The driver said he pulled over when he smelled smoke from the back of the truck.

The Portland Press Herald reports that nobody was injured in the fire.

FMCSA rejects ATRI criticism of HOS restart study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has told Fleet Owner that it stands by the validity of its field-study report on the efficacy of the restart provisions within the current Hours-of-Service (HOS) rule in the face of a witheringly negative analysis of that report released this week by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

Scam Alert! Fake Recruiter

A man going by the name Larry Davis is posing as a recruiter from Knight Transportation. The man is using contact lists from commercial driving schools to get in touch with drivers. He offers them training in exchange for wiring him $200.

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association has stressed that this is a scam. Knight does not employ anyone by the name Larry Davis, nor does it charge recruits.

Two Drivers Found Dead in Their Trucks In The Same Vicinity This Week In Ohio

Two drivers, in two separate trucks, on two separate days, were found dead in their trucks this week.

According to the News-Herald, on April 14, employees at Five Star Trucking, located at 4380 Glenbrook Road in Willoughby, Ohio, found Richard Pulsipher, 44, slumped over in the driver’s seat of his truck.

When police arrived they found Pulsipher, of Kearns, Utah, deceased.  Pulsipher’s truck had allegedly been parked at the Five Star Trucking lot for two days.

Massachusetts fleet owner gets fine, probation for bribing FMCSA inspector

A Massachusetts trucking company owner has received one year’s probation and a $1,000 fine for bribing a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspector.

Irfan Dushku, owner of Korca Enterprises, Inc. was sentenced for bribery of a public official in Worcester’s U.S. District Court March 26. The Worcester company owner pled guilty Nov. 21 to paying a FMCSA Safety Inspector $1,000 to produce a false Compliance Review  to avoid negative findings

Driving Tips for Severe Weather

Truckers, we know you all know this.  Just a reminder.

Spring is a time for warmer, wetter weather.  For many, spring is a welcome sight after a long, hard winter, but can bring about many driving challenges.

Spring weather often flip flops from warm to cold and back again.  It’s often hard to prepare for the day ahead, when you’re traveling from snow, to thunderstorms then to dry roads, but these are some tips to help you navigate the roads of spring:

Rain/Heavy Rain:

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