Utility Trailer celebrates 50,000th dry van milestone

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company says it has exceeded an important milestone by producing the 50,000th dry van trailer at its Glade Spring, Virginia manufacturing plant.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City’s parent company) is a locally owned company operating 106 retail supermarkets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The Company commissioned the production of Utility’s 50,000th 4000D-X Composite dry van manufactured at the Glade Spring, VA plant.

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PA State Police to crack down on truckers

Pennsylvania State Police said they are cracking down on speeding and aggressive truckers in the Washington, PA, area especially over the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

State police Lt. Douglas Bartoe, patrol section supervisor for Troop B in Washington, said troopers will be out in force looking for a wide range of violations involving truckers.

“We’ve been noticing a higher amount of truck traffic on Interstate 70 between the Eighty Four and West Chestnut Street exits,” Bartoe told the Oberserver-Reporter. “Some of these drivers are speeding and driving aggressively and recklessly.

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Contributed by Fleet Owner | By Deborah Whistler

CMV Inspection planned in Virginia

According to the Culpeper Daily Progress, the Culpeper police, the Virginia State Police, Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Unit troopers, DMV scale crews and DMV special fuel tax agents are teaming up to conduct a CMV inspection campaign in Culpeper, Virginia, later this week.

“We want to ensure that heavy trucks operating on town streets are doing so in compliance with federal and state regulations,” Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins told the Daily Progress.

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Transportation secretary nominee Foxx eases through Senate committee

According to reports from Washington, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx — the man tagged to replace Secretary Ray LaHood in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as head of the Department of Transportation — made it through the first part of his Senate confirmation process fairly non-consequentially.

In a cycle in which several of Obama’s nominees faced tough question and answer sessions from the Senate prior to nomination, Foxx spoke without controversy about continuing work LaHood did on cracking down on distracted driving, according to a report from The Washington Post, who also said Foxx said he’d look for new ways to fund infrastructure and would try to implement new technologies.

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Least recognized, but most important Jobs

This is something that we don’t think about often enough. There are so many gigs out there that are vital to our society & the way we function – but which ones are the ‘most important jobs?’ Check out our list of ‘Top 10 Least Recognized, But Most Important Jobs’. Thank a truck driver today!

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UPCOMING CHANGES FOR CDL HOLDERS

Regulations for CMV drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards.  The changes affect various kinds of drivers differently. The rules remain the same as to which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) while operating a commercial vehicle, but drivers will now have to provide an up-to-date copy of this card to the DMV when they obtain it.

As part of this process, all CDL holders will have to self-certify the type of classification in which they operate as well (which will determine their requirements for filing their Fed Med card with the state) by 2014, and some may have to do so earlier than that.

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Contributed by CDL LIFE | By Don Jerrell

Are You Ready for July 1, 2013

The new HOS rules go into effect July 1. And yet because of the various lawsuits and will-they-or-won’t-they run-around from the FMCSA, many fleets haven’t even tested the new rules with their operations.

ARE YOU READY? MNTDL suggest looking at measures to be implemented immediately. MNTDL utilizes and suggests Pro-Tread has a great tool to implement with your staff and drivers to be prepared and understand the changes.

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FMCSA Waives Trucking HOS Rules for Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has temporarily waived truck driver hours-of-service rules for drivers who are helping recovery efforts from the major tornado that hit near Oklahoma City on Monday. FMCSA said Tuesday it was waiving a number of trucking rules, including hours-of-service, “as a result of interruptions in the availability and/or delivery and repair of services and property throughout the region, to include the state of Oklahoma, and a need for emergency transportation of medical supplies and personnel, food, fuel and other emergency relief.” The waiver only applies to emergency relief operations and will expire when the situation is no longer an emergency, or on June 5, whichever is sooner, the agency said. Federal law allows FMCSA or state governors to waive HOS rules for a variety of emergency situations. READ MORE Contributed by Transport Topics | By Timothy Cama – Staff Reporter  

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT – Former MNTDL Driver

On May 4th, 2013 former MNTDL driver S. Jones that was hired on directly with a large private carrier and took 1st place in their local driving competition his first year on board with them! This is a great example of the quality resources that MNTDL supplies to its customers. Michelle Keene, Tim Barnes and Cary Watkins of MNTDL were on-site assisting with the competition and Cary Watkins shown in the picture with S. Jones could not have left the event that day any prouder of S. Jones accomplishment. Congratulations Mr. Jones, everyone at MNTDL is very excited for you, and very proud of you…

Orlando Job Fair & Recruiting Event

MNTDL participated in a large scale recruiting event & job fair in Orlando. Cary Watkins, Michelle Keene and MNTDL President & CEO James W. Hall III were on-site speaking with the thousands of people that attended this event in search of work. MNTDL had a significant amount of traffic from attendees that were not CDL drivers, but interested in a career as a CDL driver because they notice that there is always a plethora of opportunity as a professional CDL driver. This might be worth focusing on moving forward, how many of the unemployed people out there could be a great CDL driver? How can our industry focus some attention to communicating with these individuals, and where is there any assistance to put them through a training program and regiment to develop new drivers to combat the driver shortage issue?