|SPECIAL REPORT: L.A., Long Beach OK grants for Mexican carriers
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach boast of bringing in 40 percent of the nation's
imported goods, and plans to cut emissions at each port have been highlighted in mainstream
news recently. However, a Land Line investigation into the ports' multibillion-dollar clean truck
program, however, shows that the $2.2 billion program could pay for the replacement of trucks
owned by Mexican trucking companies while it excludes U.S. trucks that run any miles outside
|Truck, electronics load hijacked at Port of Long Beach
Long Beach port police are reportedly looking for three suspects in an expensive truck heist this
week. According to the Los Angeles Times the tractor's license plate reads 7556776, and the
accompanying trailer's license plate read GT66777.
|Hit-and-run driver kills trucker on I-80 near Scranton, PA
In Pocono Township, PA, southeast of Scranton, a 63-year-old trucker was killed Tuesday night,
Aug. 12, when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Police are looking for a dark sedan -
possibly a 2000 Hyundai Elantra sedan, black with a white pinstripe. They say it could have
severe damage to its right side and could be missing part of the front passenger door.
|Trailer wheels bounce across I-95, kill motorist in Philadelphia
In an accident Thursday, Aug. 14, on Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia, a motorist was killed
when wheels flew off of a semitrailer.
|FMCSA shuts down another bus company
Federal officials announced on Thursday, Aug. 14, that they've shut down the operation of a
third Houston bus company in the wake of an Aug. 8 crash that killed 17 people in Sherman, TX.
|Shenandoah Travel Plaza re-opens after five-year hiatus
After being shuttered for nearly five years, the historic Shenandoah Travel Plaza is slowly
coming back to life. The truck stop was originally built in the 1970s and has been closed since
|Economy tough on trucking in second quarter
Trucking companies going out of business continued at a record pace in the second quarter
according to a report released by trucking analyst Donald Broughton. In the second quarter of
2008, 970 trucking companies with five or more trucks went out of business. They join 935
companies that were shuttered in the first quarter.
|Michigan pursues road funding solutions via tax proposals
With their state struggling to come up with solutions to help pay for road work, three Michigan
state lawmakers are hopeful their tax proposals will gain favor at the statehouse. Local voter
approval would be required for their passage.
|Stricter seat-belt rule, teen driving restrictions sought in Nevada
Lawmakers in Nevada are busy filing bill draft requests for possible legislation that could be
brought up for consideration during the 2009 regular session. Among the efforts getting
attention are proposals that are intended to make the state's roadways a little safer, including
primary seat belt enforcement and teen driving restrictions.
|Northeast governors slam federal transportation policy
The governors of five states in the Northeast said this week that the Bush administration policy
to toll and privatize infrastructure does little to solve their transportation problems.
|World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics coming up soon
There's an image Cpl. Norm Schneiderhan sees when he thinks about the World's Largest
Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. It's a truck driver, standing next to a law enforcement officer,
with each looking up at the Special Olympics athlete they carry on their shoulders. Truckers
across the country are making plans to join in regional celebrations of the eighth annual convoy
- combining the efforts of truck drivers and law enforcement officers to raise money for Special
|Truckin' for Kids Truck Drags set for Sept. 27-28
The 28th Annual Truckin' for Kids Truck Drags and Show & Shine will be Sept. 27-28 at the
Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA. More than 250 trucks from the U.S., Canada and Mexico,
including owner-operators and small fleets and a crowd of at least 5,000 are anticipated.
|Study finds Canadians' driving habits unchanged
Although the government has been telling us that Americans have reduced their driving by
billions of miles due to the high price of fuel, a Canadian study says our neighbors to the north
haven't changed their driving habits.