Trucking needs the ‘brotherhood virus’ to come alive, spread

Owner-operator Jim Bardsley believes about the best thing that could happen to trucking, from perspectives of safety and so much more, is the spread of the “brotherhood virus,” a return of some semblance of honor to the hiring practices, follow-on training protocols and more in place today at carriers large and small.

In this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, Kentucky-based Bardsley, hauling with David Griffith Trucking of Corbin, Ky., reflects on his three-decade-plus career and the years-long seeming dormancy of the virus, in part that elusive camaraderie enjoyed among too few in the trucking world, among other subjects covered. Those include issues with electronic logging devices, a 1980s Ford LTL9000 he’s recently purchased and is looking to restore and put into operation, and the beginning of the long wind-down into retirement. Take a listen:

Owner-operator Bardsley’s current hauler is this early-90s Peterbilt 379 — ELD-exempt, of course. Other units in the Griffith fleet, however, aren’t exempt, and Bardsley details in the podcast a little of the now-mostly-resolved set-up issues the fleet had early on with the KeepTruckin ELD platform.

This gem of a 1980s Ford LTL9000 flat top may one day end up as Bardsley’s part-time hauler if and when he puts another driver in his Pete.

Trucking & Delivery Association Pushes Back Against NYC’s Plan To Crack Down On Congestion

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City says drivers will soon see fewer double-parked trucks and blocked intersections, because of drastic changes to a parking ticket plan.

But as CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported, the Trucking and Delivery Association is not happy to hear that.

The city says it’s about easing congestion, but opponents say it will stab small businesses in the back.

Driving around the five boroughs, traffic can be maddening.

“Very bad traffic today, oh my goodness,” one driver said.

The city says it’s trying to tackle the problem by zeroing in on trucks, cutting back on breaks truckers get when it comes to paying tickets.

Over the last 10 years, thousands of companies have gotten many of their parking summonses discounted through a city program they signed up for. The idea is to make managing tickets easier and quicker. It also saves companies the hassle of fighting every ticket.

But come this fall, those perks will change.

For example, double parking outside Midtown costs most drivers $115. Companies in this program used to pay nothing, but will now have to pay $65.

Obstructing traffic at an intersection typically costs $115. Truckers used to pay $100, but will have to pay the full $115 instead.

The city estimates the changes will bring in $17 million annually.

Grymes asked Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg whether this is a way to raise revenue for the city.

“No, this really actually comes out of the mayor’s announcement of the city’s congestion action-plan last year,” she replied. “We’re making some changes to the program that we hope will incentive better behavior, quicker turnover and reduce congestion. It’s not going to be a big revenue-raiser.”

Ken Thorpe, with the New York Trucking and Delivery Association, represents more than 700 small businesses that make deliveries. He called their work crucial to the city economy.

“I think it’s a crime what this administration is doing under the name of safety and reducing congestion, which is laughable,” he said.

He said navigating the five boroughs is not easy, especially with bike lanes and pedestrian plazas.

“Why should a trucker be getting a parking ticket at all?” he said. “What do you think the likelihood is of you, in every instance, finding a nice, clear curb spot? You’re not going to.”

Thorpe said these tickets could make or break a small business and his association might sue the city.

Big companies like UPS are still reviewing the potential impact.

The changes are expected to take effect November 1.

Police: Driver of landscaping truck that struck Manheim Township school bus has been identified

UPDATE: The vehicle and its driver have been identified, police said Friday evening. The driver’s name has not yet been released.

Police are looking for a truck driver who fled the scene after colliding with a loaded school bus in Manheim Township.

Police said the crash occurred at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Belair development.

According to the report, the blue work truck failed to stop at a stop sign while traveling east on Belair Drive. The truck struck the front end of the bus, which was traveling north on Brockton Road.

No one was injured, although the yellow crossing arm mounted on the front bumber of the bus was damaged.

The truck, which was photographed by the bus’s in-car camera system, was described by police as a landscape truck.



This Benbrook truck driver’s accused of defrauding company of nearly $93,000

A Benbrook trucker has been named in a lawsuit that is trying to get him to repay nearly $93,000 in fraudulent fuel charges.

The lawsuit alleges that Jose Garza used an unassigned and unauthorized fuel card to charge more than $92,500 for fuel — for trucks that were idle or not assigned to him.

Garza was given a fuel card by his employer, Quickway Distribution Services of Nashville, to purchase gas for the truck that he drove, according to the lawsuit. But he was able to get another fuel card that was not assigned to any Quickway employee, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit accuses Garza of entering different truck identification numbers not belonging to the truck that he drove, and to trucks that were idle, when purchasing fuel to keep his additional gas purchases from being detected.

Quickway demanded that Garza, who no longer works for the company, repay them but he has not, the lawsuit states. Quickway’s insurer, National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburg, PA., filed suit in the Fort Worth federal court on Thursday, court documents show.

Brent Martinelli

Brent Martinelli, the lawyer who filed the suit, said the alleged fraud began in October 2013 and lasted until at least the next year, but may have gone on longer. Martinelli said he was not sure when Garza stopped working for Quickway.

Attempts to reach Garza were unsuccessful.

The lawsuit alleges one count each of unjust enrichment, fraud and theft, and is asking the court to order the reimbursement of approximately $92,500, the cost of filing the lawsuit, attorneys fees and other reasonable costs.

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