|LAWSUIT UPDATE: Allied/North American offer $1.25 million settlement
Friday, May 2, 2008 - After having negotiated an $8 million settlement in the fall of 2007 with
truckers in a lawsuit about problems with their owner-operator leases, Allied Van Lines and
North American Van Lines filed for bankruptcy in February this year with $5 million still due to be
|Truckers continue grassroots campaign to motivate New York lawmakers
Across the country, truckers have started grass-roots movements in several states to wake up
their lawmakers to the harsh realities many drivers are facing - losing their livelihoods as high
fuel prices and a rocky economy continue to beat up the industry.
|TWIC to be required in New England on Oct. 15, nationally by April 2009
Truckers and other port workers will be required to have Transportation Worker Identification
Credential cards to enter ports in the New England region by mid-October and at all other U.S.
ports by April 2009, the Transportation Security Administration announced Friday, May 2.
|Corzine aggressive tolling plan 'politically dead'
Gov. Jon Corzine plans to revise his aggressive proposal to increase tolls on some of the
nation's busiest toll roads. Corzine has reportedly declared his proposed 15-year, 800-percent
toll increase "politically dead."
|Tennessee bill would limit diversion of road funds
A Tennessee Senate panel has approved a bill intended to help protect road funds. The Senate
Finance, Ways and Means Committee voted 7-2 to advance a bill to the full Senate that would
make it more difficult for the state to route fuel tax money to other budgets.
|Detour on I-40 through downtown Knoxville to last 14 months
Truckers who normally take Interstate 40 through downtown Knoxville, TN, will be detoured onto
I-640 and I-275 for the next 14 months. Highway crews shut down a section of I-40 on
Thursday, May 1.
|Tennessee authorities to pursue death penalty against Mendenhall
Tennessee prosecutors say, if given the chance, they'll pursue the death penalty against
accused serial killer Bruce Mendenhall - a former trucker from Illinois accused of killing at least
|New York bills would end ton-mile tax, reduce fuel tax in certain areas
Two bills in the New York Assembly would eliminate collection of a tax applied to truck drivers
and reduce the state's fuel tax in certain areas.
|Lawmakers want oil market to be free from manipulation
Looking past the current prices at the pump, lawmakers pressed the president and the U.S.
attorney general to form a task force to make sure oil markets aren't being illegally manipulated.
|Los Angeles grabs up congestion grant that New York passed up
U.S. DOT officials say Los Angeles will receive a $213 million federal grant to purchase buses
while freeing up city funds to convert high-occupancy vehicle lanes into high-occupancy toll
lanes. A DOT spokeswoman confirmed that the money will come from a proposed $354-million
grant that state lawmakers in New York left on the table, which was designed to implement
congestion pricing in New York City.
|Volvo, Mack engines join CARB clean-idle club
Truckers who want to avoid the off-and-on fiasco created by the California Air Resources
Board's new idling restrictions have a few more engines to pick from that will give them a free
pass from the idling regs.
|Goodyear joins SmartWay program
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
SmartWay Transport Partnership, which previously approved using the company's Fuel Max
linehaul tires on SmartWay tractors and trailers.
|'Big Truck' horse to run in Kentucky Derby
You wouldn't expect to see a "Big Truck" running in a horse race, but that's exactly what's going
to happen at this weekend's Kentucky Derby.