5-15-2020 | Issue 10
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Eddie LeSueur

Eddie received a goody bag from Sam's Club, Store #6572 in Knoxville, TN when he delivered there recently to thank drivers for all their hard work and service during this difficult time. Thank you for supporting these essential workers.
Tennessee Road Team Captain on Billboard for #ThankATrucker

Motorists driving I-55 in West Tennessee, will see one of our finest Road Team Captains, Ambassador Vernon Brewer - UPS Freight, on a billboard reminding them to "Thank a driver". This campaign is done in conjunction with Trucks Move America Forward, ATA and TTA. We are proud to have Vernon representing our industry in West Tennessee.
We will be joining AAA Auto Club and Pilot Company for a #ThankATrucker event on Saturday, May 30, 11:00 - 1:00 PM CDT. The location will be at the Pilot on 231 in Lebanon, TN.
TN Road Team Captain John Tetreault - Averitt Express, was chosen by his company to do an interview for The Trucker Magazine. He was chosen for going above and beyond his driver duties as a Road Team Captain and his story about the father/son relationship that greatly influenced his decision to become a professional driver. They are planning to run it in the June 15 Father’s Day edition.
Shared by Paula Harper
This was on Facebook. A FedEx Terminal Manager's daughter is the artist who is thanking drivers.
Tennessee Road Team Captain on Cover of FedEx Magazine

TN Road Team Captain Ambassador Paula Harper - FedEx Freight, will be featured on the cover of the upcoming FedEx magazine along with the article from last month's Newsline. Another great representative for our industry!

While many of us are quarantined with our families, many of our drivers are away from their families putting themselves at a health risk making sure we all have what we need. They want to assure everyone that they want nothing more than to get safely home to their families and are doing all they can do to make sure they and others on the highways around them make it home to their families each day. As a reminder, below are some family pictures they have sent in for you to see the families they have waiting at home.

TN Road Team Captain David Brady - Old Dominion Freight Line, enjoys time with his extended family.
TN Road Team Captain Ambassador Paula Harper - FedEx Freight, wears her face mask as she holds her new grandson, August, for the first time.
TN Road Team Captain Eddie LeSueur - Skyline Transportation, in truck with grandson, Jack.
Granddaughter Sara with Eddie on the Star - Knoxville’s Riverboat!!

Eddie gives grandson, Oliver, a view from his big truck.
TN Road Team Captain Eddie Lindsey - Big G Express, visits with new grandson, Mason, as he makes a stop there while over the road.
Eddie snaps this cute pic with granddaughter, Lucy, as they leave for church.

May 13, 2020 (Shelbyville, Tenn.) — On May 30, 2020, Big G Express will hold its fifth annual Big G Motorcycle Ride benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This fundraiser will help St. Jude continue to lead the way in how the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Hours of Service Drivers Final Rule

FMCSA revises the hours of service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers subject to those rules without adversely affecting safety.

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The Agency:
  • expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception;
  • expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours;
  • requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break; and
  • modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside of the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour driving window.
U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) yesterday published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Here’s what others are saying about the new rule:

“Today’s rule is the result of a two-year, data-driven process and it will result in needed flexibility for America’s professional truck drivers while maintaining the safety of our roads…We appreciate the time and attention President Trump, Secretary Chao and Administrator Mullen have paid to our industry and to this regulation, which, while maintaining the core limitations on drivers’ work and rest cycles, makes smart changes to portions of the rules.”
Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations President and CEO

Operation Safe Driver Week is July 12-18 With a Focus on ...

CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week will go on as scheduled, July 12-18. Law enforcement personnel throughout North America will be looking for drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways. Identified drivers will be pulled...

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The Way Forward | American Trucking Associations

Capitalizing on this Moment Reagan twice oversaw increases in the federal fuel tax during his Presidency, and for good reason. It's the most conservative, efficient and viable funding mechanism readily available for infrastructure improvements....

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ATRI Board Approves 2020 Top Research Priorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Rebecca Brewster(404) 247-8787May 12, 2020 Arlington, Virginia - The American Transportation Research Institute Board of Directors has approved the 2020 Top Research Priorities as identified by ATRI's Research...

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FMCSA ROAD SAFETY CONTEST IS NOW OPEN. Everyone who uses the roads has a role to play in safety. This includes large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.

This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads. 

The 2020 Road Safety Art Contest is now open! 
Click below to learn more about the annual contest and to download the entry form. Contest ends  June 26, 2020 .