|SPECIAL REPORT: House questions medical self-certification, GAO study
Several members of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expressed
outrage Thursday at the lax standards used by many states to verify the health of commercial
|U.S. representative to meet with truckers in Washington state on Aug. 8
In recent months, truckers in Chehalis, WA, have staged two fuel protest rallies in hopes of
gaining media and lawmakers' attention about the dire situation they are facing as they
continue to be squeezed by soaring fuel prices. It seems their efforts are paying off. U.S. Rep.
Brian Baird, D-WA, announced this week that he will be hosting a community forum to discuss
the impact of high fuel costs on truckers in Washington state.
|Hoosier Tradewinds owner says company has paid its drivers
The owner of an Indiana trucking firm says the company's recent bankruptcy filing hasn't
stopped owner operators and company drivers from being paid. Hoosier Tradewinds of
Arcadia, IN, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 10. Since then, the company has arranged
payments for drivers who are owed money, according to Ben Cook, owner of Hoosier
|House approves Rep. Oberstar's bridge funding bill
It's been almost a year since the Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007,
killing 13 people including a truck driver. In response to a call to action by U.S. Rep. James
Oberstar, D-MN, the House of Representatives voted 367-55 to approve a bill, HR3999, to
intensify the inspection process and prioritize deficient bridges for repairs. The program
includes $1 billion in new funding.
|Take note: Primary election season begins Tuesday
Truckers out on the road across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections
are scheduled in several states in the coming days. Oklahoma's primary election is set for
Tuesday, July 29. The following week, on Aug. 5, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri will
have primaries, while Tennessee voters will head to the voting booth Aug. 7.
|Massachusetts bridge repair plan advances
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allot nearly $3 billion to
speed up repairs of the most neglected bridges in the state.
|August weekend construction to keep traffic slow in Seattle
Multiple Seattle-area construction projects scheduled during weekends in August could lead to
traffic back-ups as long as 13 miles, some media outlets are reporting. The Washington
Department of Transportation announced this week that it will close southbound lanes of
Interstate 405 near Interstate 90 from 11 p.m. Fridays to 5 a.m. Mondays on the weekends of
Aug. 8-11, Aug. 15-18 and Aug. 22-25.
|Canadian truckers urged to comment on speed limiters
A Canadian owner-operator group is urging truckers to submit comments on the controversial
issue of government-mandated speed limiters. "It is urgent that you make your views known by
responding to this request for comments" OBAC Executive Director Joanne Ritchie stated in the
call to members.
|Missouri trucker receives Trucker Buddy's Gary King award
Bruce Barnes, an owner-operator from Troy, MO, is the 2008 recipient of the Gary King
Memorial Trucker Buddy Award.
|OOIDA member breaks longest tractor-wheelie record
Mike Hagan is a long-haul trucker by trade, but something of a stuntman in his spare time. For
more than four years now, Hagan, a 25-year trucking veteran and OOIDA member from
Whitehall, MT, has been working toward breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest
farm tractor wheelie - a feat he accomplished by going 5.3 miles on his two rear tires at Elk
Park, north of Butte, MT, on Thursday, July 24.