March 2015

About The Cover: Click it or Ticket or Worse – Death: Just this month NHTSA came out with a new Seat Belt Safety Program for Tweens (ages 8 to 14). This new campaign aims to increase the consistent and proper use of seat belts among this pre-driving group. The goal is for our kids to develop good seat belt practices that will stay a habit into driving age and adulthood. When we researched this issue concerning commercial truck drivers, we were somewhat shocked that in 40% of all fatal heavy truck related accidents, the truck driver was not wearing his or her seat beat. According to CDC research, between 2009 and 2012, about 700 drivers of large trucks or their passengers died in crashes in 2012, and an estimated 26,000 were injured, the report states. So we are dedicating this issue of the magazine (see centerfold) to seat belt awareness month for truck drivers.

The Teamsters Union picked up its first win in months in its efforts to organize FedEx Freight workers, both the union and the carrier announced on Friday, March 13, 2015. Fifty drivers at FedEx Freight’s Stockton, Calif., terminal will now fall under the union’s representation following a 33-12 vote in

In light of a recent Amtrak Train crash and other crashes with large trucks, this is a good time to remind everyone it is crucial once a vehicle becomes stalled or hung up on railroad tracks, to immediately notify the appropriate railroad by telephoning the emergency numbers show here:

California is an expensive place to live, especially in the coastal cities, but there is something truly out of whack with the cost of motor fuels compared to other states nearby, not to mention the rest of the country. Most of us have been listening to the news reports of

Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) last month announced her proposal to increase transportation infrastructure funding by billions for California’s highways, bridges, and roads—a big boost over Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed transportation budget.

PAM Transport, Inc. has been ordered to pay 12 of its former truck drivers a total of $477,399 in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The California Supreme Court agreed in early March to review an appeals court decision that may have far-reaching ramifications in the tricky world of independent contractors. The case, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, involved a class action lawsuit brought by delivery drivers who alleged they were misclassified as

New ozone regulations being proposed by the federal EPA would essentially force us all into electric cars and we probably still wouldn’t come into compliance. Ho hum. Kind of the same old story for the San Joaquin Valley, where we’re never in compliance and we’re constantly being told our “FILTHY

A recent article in the Fresno Bee forecasts that the area of the state with some of the worst air quality is seriously considering banning the use of gasoline and diesel fuels to meet proposed U. S. Environmental Protection Agency ozone and nitrogen oxide (NOX) standards.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is taking on the issue of Mexican motor carriers operating across the U.S. border is not over. The union recently filed suit with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to block the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) from implementing its decision to open the

Have you ever seen the sarcastic sign in an office the reads, “Poor planning on your part, does not constitute a crisis on my part!” It is usually hanging over someone’s work area, where other people frequently come with their time-crunch crisis, asking for help to bail them out of