Federal agents raided the Pilot Flying J Corporate Headquarters in Knoxville, TN on Monday the 15th of April. Agents from both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took part in the raid. When the agents arrived, they instructed everyone to turn off their computers and phones and then asked all non-essential personnel to leave the building. According to the Chattanoogan, the raiding agents were made up of 30 FBI and IRS agents wearing bulletproof vests who focused mainly on talking with IT, accounting, and customer service officers. [click to continue…]
After about 19 months of hibernation, the proposed rule requiring the installation of speed limiters on commercial motor vehicles has resurfaced.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first proposed the federally mandated installation of speed limiters back in March of 2011. The NHTSA has stated that the installation of speed limiters on heavy commercial trucks would reduce fatalities in crashes involving commercial vehicles on roads with speed limits of 55mph or above. [click to continue…]
A CDL school in Brooklyn, NY has shown the industry a new low. The school, N&Y Professional Service Line, has allegedly been helping students cheat to pass their CDL exams. According to prosecutors, the owners would supply the student with a jacket that had camera hidden in the sleeve. The student would point the camera at questions, transmitting the image to the owner waiting in a van outside. The owner would then transmit the answer to the student via a beeper they were given. [click to continue…]
There are few sights in the world that can compare to the beauty of a freshly washed rig. The light bounces off of the streak-free metal, the tires are that fresh new-tire black, and the colors shine brightly as the truck flies along the open road. There’s a sense of immense pride that can be felt when you climb out of your rig to greet other drivers’ envious stares. Another reason has been added to make sure you take pride in the appearance of your truck; if your rig is too dirty, you might not be allowed to deliver your load. [click to continue…]
Okay, so there’s some issues in the trucking industry – I’ll be the first to admit that – but parking your rig in front of the White House and threatening to detonate a bomb inside the rig is probably not the best way to get your voice heard. This seems pretty obvious to me, but that’s exactly what a Pennsylvania driver did last week in hopes of getting to speak to the president about some regulations he was unhappy with. [click to continue…]
Imagine that you’ve just left your current trucking job, or just earned your Class A CDL and now you’re out there applying for a new trucking job, hoping to find one that will pay the bills and get you home enough to be able to remember what your family looks like. You’ve been talking to recruiters and weighing your options, when you get a call from a new recruiter who promises you great pay, flexible schedules, and a waiver for any previous criminal activity or driving infractions. Does it sound too good to be true? That’s because it is! The FMCSA has just issued a warning that fake recruiters have been calling up driver applicants, promising them incredible jobs, and then taking wire transfers to “prove financial solvency.”
Real recruiters don’t exactly have a reputation for being entirely trustworthy, but now we have to deal with fake recruiters out there calling truckers up and scamming them out of hundreds of dollars! [click to continue…]