Trucker Charity ramps up for sixth annual Christmas Group fundraiser

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The Trucker Charity Christmas Group is now accepting donations and nominations for their sixth Annual Christmas fundraiser. The proceeds will be used to help needy trucking families.

Trucker Charity is a 501 (c)(3) group made up of truckers. The volunteer charity raises funds for trucking families across the U.S. and Canada each Christmas season as one of their many projects. In the past five years, the group has raised $46,500 and helped 78 trucking families.

If you know of a trucking family who needs assistance, nominate them at truckercharity.org and click on Christmas Group. You can also find out how to make a donation at the website.

PILOT FORCED TO PAY UP IN FUEL REBATE CASE

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The total amount Pilot will dole out in its class-action settlement with trucking companies who sued the company over an alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme is $72 million, according to a petition Pilot submitted this week to the Arkansas court that settled the case in July. 

Of the total, $55 million is designated as the principle amount owed — what the truck stop chain had allegedly defrauded customers out of — $4.1 million will be paid to class members as part of the 6 percent interest owed on the principle, $3.5 million will go to the cost of the internal auditing and another $14 million is designated for attorneys’ fees, though that amount could be smaller, the court documents say.

– See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/pilot-settlement-reaches-72-million-in-owed-rebates-and-interest-court-petition-shows/#sthash.ZYzSjYg2.dpuf

Mobile communications technology stands to transform the way truck inspections take place

ImageThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Intermodal Association of North America will demonstrate its paperless Driver Vehicle Examination Report Notification Service Nov. 18 at the Intermodal Expo next week in Houston, Texas.

Mobile communications technology stands to transform the way truck inspections take place, with big implications for the CSA program and owner-operator businesses.‘Wireless Roadside Inspection’ inches closer to reality

The technology provides intermodal equipment providers and motor carriers with paperless DVER access, retrieval and storage. The association collaborated with agency officials on the program, which it expects to modernize the process of obtaining IEP provider reports.

The new DVER service will notify IEPs and carriers when a DVER has been issued. It also provides a paper copy of the IEP provider report, which concerns intermodal chassis violations, and emails a IEP report copies to the carrier and the IEP. A dedicated web portal manages and stores the reports.

More information is available at www.intermodal.org

Troops2Truckers Helps Vets Become Professional Truck Drivers

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  During 2013 and 2014, the United States Armed Forces will return nearly 30,000 troops from the Middle East, mostly from Afghanistan, back to the United States. As these men and women return, what we do know is that they return with a “new normal” that will impact where they go, how they live, and what type of jobs they will be more successful at.
       The goal of the Veteran Resource Network’s CDL training for veterans is to leverage as many existing resources as necessary in offering services to veterans. The Troops to Truckers program will further this goal but utilizing existing training, Veterans Affairs, veteran organizations, and other connections so that the only new elements created to provide these training opportunities are created to facilitate the breaking down of barriers to opportunity.
       Find out more at  http://troops2truckers.net/