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Trucking Company Owner Slammed with Fine & Jail Time for Bilking the Marine Corps

Trucking Owner Gets Finned and Jailed

Trucking Owner Gets Fined and Jailed

One of the most honest businesses in the world is OTR trucking. You pick up freight, you deliver it, you bill the receiver and they pay the bill. Pretty simple, if you ask me, and honesty through billing, while delivering the freight in a timely manner, always means repeat business. And that’s what a successful trucking operation is all about.

Don’t Mess with the Marine Corps

Of course, there are always going to be some unscrupulous people out there who think they can pull a fast one. Take the case of one Christopher Whitman, owner of United Industrial Trucking of Georgia. It seems he had a contract with a Marine Corps base to deliver goods on a regular basis, and he got a little greedy. Here’s the blurb about it.

Christopher Whitman was sentenced in an Albany federal courtroom late Thursday afternoon after his conviction on 57 counts of bribery and defrauding the government.

Prosecutors said Whitman and two others participated in bribes to over-bill the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany by tens of millions of dollars for trucking contracts between 2008 and 2012.

Stupid is As Stupid Does

Take a lesson from Forrest Gump. You don’t want to bribe or defraud anyone in this business. Not only is it completely illegal and unethical, but when you get caught, and you will, you’ll have to pay the consequences.

Worse than that, you never want to even consider doing something like this to a Government institution, especially a Military branch of the service. If you get busted, like Mr Whitman did, you are going to be spending some serious time in the big house, on top of all of the millions of dollars in fines you’ll owe. That’s stupid is as stupid does.

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Team Drivers to Get a $5,000 Signing Bonus with Werner Enterprises

Sign Me Up For A Signing Bonus

Sign Me Up For A Signing Bonus

If you have been a fan of Trucker to Trucker, you know that the OTR truck business is booming! It is so good right now that companies don’t have enough drivers for the freight to haul. That is a win-win situation if you are an independent looking for more work, or if you are breaking into the business and are looking for available over-the-road jobs.

In either case, now is the time to pick and choose who and where you want to drive, and the options have never been better. Check this out.

Werner’s $5000 Dollar Bonus

Although there are several companies that are recruiting needed drivers to haul freight, and among them are J.B. Hunt, Swift Transportation and others, Werner Enterprises tops the cake by throwing out a $5,000 dollar signing bonus!

When this offer was initially posted, there were about 100 positions to fill there, but trust me on this, that kind of deal is not going to last very long. You’ll have to get them while the gettin’s good, and if you snooze, you lose.

Werner is one of the most respected and recognized names in the trucking business, so this could be a dream job for anyone who gets it. This is a “team driver” position, where two drivers share the duties and can, therefore, cover more ground than just a one driver rig.

Veterans Paid Apprenticeship

This can be an especially lucrative deal for a G.I. Vet. Werner will pay for their apprenticeship at a trucking school, at no cost to them. And that’s probably the best way to thank any G.I. for service to their country. So if you are a vet and you want to be a trucker, now is the time.

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Trucking Revenue Tops a Whopping $700 Billion for the First Time Ever!

The Power Of Trucking

The Power Of Trucking

Who says trucking is dead? The year 2014 was a banner year for the trucking industry. Over 700 million dollars was made in revenue, accounting for over 80% of freight hauling. The industry, as a whole, employed more than 7 million people, 3.4 million of which were truck drivers. And, it looks like this trend will continue in 2015. Here’s why:

Low Fuel Prices

Say what you will about service and efficiency, but lower fuel prices were the biggest reason for this record amount of revenue. When fuel prices are low it costs less to use trucks than any other form of transportation. Sure, if you are shipping huge amounts of freight cross country, it might be less expensive to use a train. But for most shipping applications, all you need is a big rig, there is no cost comparison, and lower fuel prices make the difference.

New Truck Purchases

Because of the increased revenues, many companies, and owner/operators were able to replace their aging truck or truck fleets with new and more efficient models. The added benefit is that newer models get more miles to the gallon, which can also be used to lower freight bills for the customer. And lower freight bills mean more repeat customers overall.

The other aspect of newer trucks are the wear and tear factor. Wear and tear, and the maintenance associated with it, are greatly reduced with newer models. Because of this, companies and even the individual trucker, can charge less for shipment because the maintenance budget will be less.

2014 and the highest revenues ever made in the trucking industry, reinforces the fact that over the road truckers remain vital to the economy, in every aspect of shipping and freight hauling, with no end in sight.

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Basic Fall Maintenance Tasks

Basic Fall Maintenance

Basic Fall Maintenance

Fall is here, and it’s time to get ready for the winter. If you own your own rig, get some basic maintenance done before the snow flies. Let’s face it, you don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere on a frigid and blowing winter day trying to fix something that should have been done earlier. Here are some things you can do now that will save you some time later.

Replace Broken Mud Flaps

In the wet of rain or snow, you don’t want to be kicking up road debris or ice as your are moving down the highway. The least you might do is throw something into your brakes or kick up a stone and puncture your gas tank. The worst of it is you could throw up a chunk of ice and damage a car that’s next to you. So, change out any broken ones, and do that now before the cold weather sets in.

Hose Off your Radiator

The summer bugs, birds and bees are all stuck in your radiator. Now is the time to hose them off before the coming winter. Goodness knows, you don’t want your rig to overheat in the middle of a cold spell. So hose out your radiator and get all of the gunk out.

Spray Lube your Door Locks

Don’t get caught locking your doors at a rest stop, only to have the keyhole freeze solid when you come back to your rig. Virtually any commercial spray lube will both lubricate the locking mechanism while chasing water away. And, if your locks do freeze up, always carry a small container of lube on your person. Keep it warm in your pocket and use it just like any other lock antifreeze.

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Truck Drivers Win Overtime Settlement in Alabama

Trucker Wins Settlement

Trucker Wins Settlement

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division sent a clear message to Fitzhugh Contracting LLC and other motor carrier companies that truck drivers are entitled to overtime pay when they work beyond 40 hours in a single work week. According to Alabama Media Group, the logging and contracting company is required to pay $56,367 in back wages and another $56,367 for damages to 63 workers. The total payment of $112,735 is for paying employees at their regular rate for overtime work; a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Truckers and overtime pay

As they do with any other employee, companies must pay overtime to truck drivers who work beyond the standard 40 hours in a single work week. However, there are some exemptions to this requirement. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) includes what is called the Motor Carrier Act. Found in Section 13(b)(1), it exempts companies from paying overtime to drivers who travel across state lines for deliveries on a regular basis. This same exemption applies to drivers who do not fall under the small vehicle exemption, drivers working for a company that meets the definition of 49. U.S.C. Section 13102, and those drivers and other workers whose duties involve the safe operation of vehicles involved in interstate and/or foreign commerce.

Full information on overtime for truck drivers can be found at the United States Department of Labor website.

Vigorously pursuing companies that violate laws

Frank McGriggs is the deputy regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in Atlanta. McGriggs said it is unlawful for employers to attempt to increase their profits by underpaying drivers, falsely classifying them as independent contractors, or failing to pay overtime properly. There have been several other similar suits in recent years. McGriggs advises all companies to take note of the possible consequences of violations.

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