|Nunley family continues on after loss of father, trucker
The Christmas season hits every grieving family hard, and the tight-knit Nunley family is no
different. Darrell Nunley, a trucker from Severn, MD, died in his sleeper at the age of 38 this
past June from a congenital heart problem. Darrell left behind a wife, OOIDA member Shawn
Nunley, and three young boys.
|Economists tossing around the ‘R’ word
In a recession, economic activity slows down – and so does the trucking industry. For the first
time in a long time, some financial publications are using that dreaded ‘R’ word – saying a
recession could be around the corner.
|Italian truckers protest diesel prices; country at a standstill
In Italy, a three-day-old strike by thousands of truckers who are protesting high diesel fuel
prices has shut down much of the nation’s economy.
|OOIDA, coalition to Mary Peters: Deny I-80 tolls
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked the U.S. Department of
Transportation to “just say no” to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission by denying its
request to toll Interstate 80 in the state.
|Pennsylvania House reps write to DOT to stop I-80 tolls
Less than one week after state senators sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary
Peters in opposition to interstate tolling, a dozen representatives from the Pennsylvania House
have followed suit with a letter of their own.
|Truckers are loud and clear on NY Thruway toll increases
In New York, lawmakers are getting an earful on the toll increases planned for the New York
Thruway. “This is New York’s Main Street; it goes right across the doggone state,” said OOIDA
member Gene Schafer, Corfu, NY. “Increased tolls won’t do.” The New York Assembly’s
Standing Committee on Transportation will gather public concerns of truckers and others at
upcoming public hearings.
|California to get say in toll road plan
Pending approval at the federal level, California could yet have its say in the proposed
construction of a toll road in Orange and San Diego counties that runs partially through a state
|Lawmaker tries for fourth time to add tolls to I-70 in Missouri
A Missouri state lawmaker has renewed his effort to eliminate a couple of barriers prohibiting
toll roads and bridges in the state. Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee’s Summit, has filed legislation that
would enable the state’s Highways and Transportation Commission to fund, build and operate
toll roads and bridges, specifically, on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.
|CFI plays Santa to hundreds
The management and employees at Contract Freighters Inc. in Joplin, MO, are definitely
observing the true spirit of Christmas.
|L.A., Long Beach ports consider new container fee to generate $1.6 billion
The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission plans to consider on Monday, Dec. 17, approving
a new fee of $35 per every 20-foot equivalent unit shipping container in order to raise $1.6
billion for a truck replacement program.
|Guadalupe Cooling: Not in the bathroom business
Guadalupe, CA – Disgusting. That’s the way a produce hauler described a situation he
recently encountered when picking up a load of produce in late November.
|Guilty plea for CDL fraud at Missouri trucking school
The Department of Justice recently announced another guilty plea in the case of officials at a
truck-driving school in West Plains, MO, conspiring to fraudulently approve CDL testers.