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Trump and Trucking – We want to hear your views in the comments section

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Late night TV host Seth Meyers recently posted this video to YouTube called “The Check In: Trump and Trucking”.

As a business news agency, we try and stay neutral and not have a dog in this hunt.

However, we would like to know what our readers think in our comment section provided below.

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  1. Jonathan Elias Parker

    August 16, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Most of us drivers contract and owner ops don’t need a 30 min break. We rarely drive 8 hours without stopping somewhere. A 30 min break is good fashioned around company drivers and unions. We just just want to get our day done and go get food or go home. Even in a drop and hook situation its takes an hour to get it done. Some of us aren’t milking the clock and view this as a another forced rule brought on by the Obama admin.

    • vinny

      August 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      what i hate the most is that most of these truckers are either idiots, retards and have been brain ewashed by the liberal democrat media that i hate so much, because all of these changes in trucking were passed under obama, but they all blame Trump, the E-log mandate was passed under Obama and by the way he tried to repeal it but the stupid ass ignorant liberral piece of shit democrats opposed it, so stop being idiots in blaming Trump when in fact everything being implemented is in the mandate. so get the courage and stop being crying babies and blame the right person, OBAMA

  2. Randall R. Kniess

    August 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    The only best I have had with the the new tax laws was the loss of the deductions. It cost me over $2,000.00 last year. And the sorry excuse my Congressman gave me when I asked him. Well, no money will leave my wallet for his campaign. That was a huge mistake in an otherwise promise fulfilled first two years of being harassed by a bunch Trump hating lunatics.

  3. Arline Bennett

    August 18, 2019 at 7:57 am

    You just don’t realize what he has done to the owner-operators in this country. I’m retired but still, help protest like Oct 3rd, 2019 we will be in DC on the National Mall Parked. We will be staging at the Fredericksburg Fair Grounds on the 2nd and going in after Midnight on the 3rd. We have gone downhill since the FMCSA has taken over. Too many regulations have been handed down. I don’t know how they will survive with the cheap fright and finds for being 10 minutes late to the receivers and having to pay lumpers is total BS. TRUMP needs to get behind the Driver, not the MEGA companies and The ATA He is just following the frigging money. We got his ass in once we can do the same again if he helps. Good to see the faces of my brothers and sisters in the interview.

  4. Bobby Sanders

    August 18, 2019 at 8:15 am

    The rates dropped because of a broker war when brokers started bidding on loads for 25% lower rates for instance a load that paid $1450 now they said they can get it hauled for $900 and when trucks aren’t willing to haul that load the shipper is so dumb they let the load sit and have loads get delivered days late waiting on that to happen! The brokers play the major part in rate drops!! The trade war didn’t help the trucking industry either but at some point the other countries had to held accountable! It will get better! Unless we elect a democrat president! Then we will loose everything we own! They will break us with their free give away of our tax dollars to illegals and worthless lazy ass folks!

  5. joseph

    August 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I voted and support trump but he has been the worst president ever for trucking and regulations that are tailored and designed to put owner ops out of business and favor large mega carriers. example: mega carriers are calling for insurance minimum to go from 750k to 5 million. what this would do is cause our insurance compaines to double or even triple our rates from $1200 per month for 1 truck to 2600-3400 because of the increased risk the insurere faces. However it has no effect at all on mega carrier billion dollar trucking companies because guesss what they are self insured they dont buy insurance from progressive so they dont pay anything additional. now when our insruance doubles or triples and the rates to haul freight dont go up any at all then that means we will go bankrupt. large mega carriers can call up the fmcsa on the phone and bam they say where do you want us to bend over and how long. but when i call fmcsa and ask for a rule change to benefit me they say who are you I say joseph with xxxxcompany owner operatorxxx they say oh we dont hear calls of this type if you have an issue you should write your congressman. we have no say in anything the eld mandate was pushed by mega carriers and got passed because it benefits them the most and hurts ower operators do i really need the government to tell me when to go to bed at night and for how long some of us have different sleep patterns and want to nap for 3-4 hours during the day when traffic is heavily congested and then want to drive 3-4 hours at midnight to get through a city that has bad traffic. current rules dont allow us to do that because our clock will run out so were forced to drive in heavy traffic at peak times. if they change this we can have a lot of trucks pull off the road and sleep a couple hours untill trafic conditions improve which would be better for small cars people driving home from work by the way of which small cause far more accidents then truck.

  6. James Simmons

    August 18, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Wish our President could deregulate the FMCSA as he has done for other companies
    It is really getting hard to make it out here anymore,been trucking 42yrs now and it’s worse than I have ever seen it. Looking to hang it up at the end of this year because of it,been screwed over that ELD more times than not.

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Minnesota Trucking Association names Scott Post as 2019 driver of the year

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Scott Post, a contract truck driver for FedEx Ground, has been selected as the Minnesota Driver of the Year by the Minnesota Trucking Association. Post has been driving a truck for 41 years and has more than 2.5 million safe miles. (Courtesy: Minnesota Trucking Association)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Minnesota Trucking Association named Maplewood, Minnesota resident, Scott Post, a professional truck driver contracted for FedEx Ground in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2019 Minnesota Driver of the.

“This award is a great way to honor the best in our industry. Driving safe is no easy task, especially when you take into consideration his daily driving conditions like congestion, driver distractions and Minnesota winters. Having 2.5 million safe driving miles is an outstanding accomplishment,” said John Hausladen, MTA president. “We’re proud to award Scott for this achievement.”

Post is employed by Spartan Logistics in Newport, Minnesota which is a contracted service provider for FedEx Ground. FedEx Ground provides 1-5-day delivery of small packages to all 50 states, plus Canada. Scott has been driving a truck for 41 years and has driven more than 2.5 million safe miles.

“Scott Post is one of the safest, most attentive, detail-oriented drivers I’ve ever had,” said Randy Kurek, Owner of Spartan Logistics. “He’s always ready to learn and at the same time, is a sponge for industry knowledge. He lives and breathes trucking.”  In addition to being an outstanding professional truck driver, Post is involved with many community organizations, including Operation Lifesaver, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics and the Minnesota Trucking Association’s Trucks for Toys program.

Throughout 2019, drivers are nominated by their companies and one driver is chosen each month to be the Driver of the Month. The drivers who are chosen meet a high standard of requirements including an outstanding driving and work record; contribution to industry and highway safety; and involvement in the community.

In January, MTA hosts the Driver of the Year Banquet and one of the twelve nominees is selected as Driver of the Year by a panel of judges including Matthew Marin, division administrator for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Deb Ledvina, director of commercial vehicle operations at MnDOT; and Captain Jon Olsen, Minnesota State Patrol.

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Transportation Secretary calls on industry to ‘Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking’

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The Department of Transportation wants to train the transportation workforce, including professional truck drivers, on the issue of human trafficking. The DOT anticipates over 1 million employees across all modes of transportation will be trained because of this program. (iStock.com/WendellandCarolyn)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced a series of efforts to combat human trafficking in the transportation sector. Secretary Chao was joined by leaders from Congress, state governments and the transportation industry responding to this call to action.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to working with our public and private partners to fight human trafficking on America’s transportation system,” Chao said.

Among the initiatives announced by Secretary Chao is a renewed focus on the “Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking” pledge to train the transportation workforce and raise public awareness on the issue of human trafficking across all modes of transportation.  Secretary Chao is challenging the transportation industry to commit to “100 Pledges in 100 Days.” The Department anticipates over 1 million employees across all modes of transportation will be trained because of this initiative.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, affecting millions of adults and children in the United States and worldwide. Victims are of every age, race, gender, background, citizenship, and immigration status. Some are trafficked within their own communities on various forms of transportation, while others are transported to new locations.

To amplify counter-trafficking efforts, Secretary Chao established an annual $50,000 award to incentivize individuals and entities, including non-governmental organizations, transportation industry associations, research institutions, and state and local government organizations, to think creatively in developing innovative solutions to combat human trafficking in the transportation industry. The Department will review applications and determine the individual or entity that will most effectively utilize these funds to combat human trafficking.

Secretary Chao also announced $5.4 million in grant selections through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative. Twenty-four organizations across the country will each receive funding for projects to help prevent human trafficking and other crimes on public transportation. A list of the selected projects is available online.

To support the Department’s counter-trafficking efforts, the DOT Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking completed a report in July 2019 that recommends actions the Department can take to help combat human trafficking and best practices for states and local transportation stakeholders.

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Former NASCAR driver and Talladega’s iconic trucker John Ray dies at 82

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John Ray whose diesel big rig sporting the giant American flag became iconic during the track’s national anthem performances, has died. (Courtesy: Talladega Superspeedway)

TALLADEGA, Ala. —John Ray, whose big rig sporting a giant American flag became iconic during Talladega Superspeedway’s national anthem performances, has died, according to a news release. The former NASCAR driver was 82 years old.

Since 2001, Ray had driven his gold, brown and chrome Peterbilt with a large American flag down the Talladega frontstretch prior to the start of races.

“National anthems at Talladega Superspeedway are the most iconic, and it’s because of our great friend John Ray,” said Speedway President Brian Crichton. “What he brought to our fans can’t be duplicated. He was an incredible, passionate man who supported the track and all of motorsports with everything he had. His spirit will live here forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ray family.”

For more than 40 years, Ray was a member of the White Flag Club, a dedicated service group of local businessmen from surrounding communities that assist during race weekends.

In 2001, after the 9/11 terror attacks and the tragic passing of his longtime friend Dale Earnhardt Sr., Ray, along with then Talladega Superspeedway Track Chairman Grant Lynch, looked to boost the morale of a country, and a fan base that had gone through tough times.

“I had a crazy idea to run my rig out on the track with an American flag attached to the back,” said Ray, who lived down the street from the track in Eastaboga, three years ago. “It started off as a tribute to the country and to Dale.

“I never thought it would become the heart-felt moment that it has over the past some-odd years, but I’m glad it has become a tradition that means so much to the fans and the Talladega family. It represents such a sense of pride that we all share together as a nation and as a community. It is my honor and privilege to do it,” added Ray, who eventually gave up the driving duties of his big rig and handed them off to his late friend Roger Haynes, and last year to his son Johnny.

That wasn’t Ray’s first time at the 2.66-mile track. Ray, who owned “John Ray Trucking Company” since the early 70s, actually set the world speed record for a semi-truck and trailer around the mammoth track at 92.083 mph in 1975 — in a powerful Kenworth.

“We were testing brakes for a company out at the track,” Ray said. “One thing led to another — and there I was truck, trailer, and all — making my way around the track, trying to set a speed record. It was something else.”

Ray drove in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1974-1976. He competed in eight races, four at Talladega (where his best career finish was 22nd in 1974), but an accident at Daytona in 1976 ended his driving career. He continued as a car owner and essentially gave one of the sport’s greatest legends one of his first opportunities: 10-time Talladega winner Earnhardt. It would be Earnhardt’s third career start.

To read the full release, visit Talladega Superspeedway’s website.

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