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Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills 7/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status 7/12/2019 ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant 7/10/2019 New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters 7/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week 7/5/2019 Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July 7/3/2019 Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks? 7/1/2019 Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks 6/28/2019 Experts warn of active wildland fire season 6/26/2019 More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking 6/24/2019 Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award 6/21/2019 Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs 6/19/2019 Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers 6/17/2019 Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo 6/14/2019 HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers 6/12/2019 FMCSA takes a further look at detention time 6/10/2019 Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest 6/7/2019 Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week 6/5/2019 Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo 6/3/2019 Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments 5/31/2019 Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration 5/29/2019 Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts 5/25/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles 5/24/2019 Autonomous trucks on USPS test run 5/22/2019 Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules 5/20/2019 Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC 5/17/2019 Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA 5/15/2019 Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins 5/13/2019 Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole 5/10/2019 Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South 5/8/2019 Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets 5/6/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers 5/3/2019 'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states 5/1/2019 Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers 4/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business 4/26/2019 ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for 4/24/2019 Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks 4/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings 4/19/2019 Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels 4/17/2019 Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business 4/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise 4/12/2019 Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need 4/10/2019 Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border 4/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules 4/5/2019 Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates 4/3/2019 Don't get scammed by skimmers 4/1/2019 Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking 3/29/2019 Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers 3/27/2019 Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy 3/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 3/9/2019 3/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017 11/30/-0001

Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, July 5, 2019

Last Updated: Thu, July 4, 2019

Prime Inc files complaint against Amazon

In a confusing scenario right out of Joseph Heller's novel "Catch 22" long-time motor carrier Prime, Inc., is butting heads with the relatively recent new commercial shipper Amazon over the use of the Prime name on its delivery vehicles.

Prime, Inc., filed a complaint this week in the Western District of Missouri against the giant eCommerce company claiming that Amazon's use of "Prime" on its commercial vehicles creates confusion with Prime's own brand.

The motor carrier began operations in 1970, and has been using its Prime Inc. mark since 1980.

However – and this is the Catch 22 – when Prime, Inc., tried to register its trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2011, and again in 2017, its application was denied both times because its request would create confusion with Amazon's "Prime" mark covering its new shipping service.

Prime, Inc., is asking the court to cancel Amazon's registration for "Prime" in use for their shipping services alleging that Amazon's original filing for the trademark in 2005 was based on it providing a shipping service for others, but that Amazon didn't begin its own shipping operations until about 2015.

Prime, Inc., is also asking for injunctive relief, damages and attorney fees.

Mother intends to fight against HOS overhaul

Recent news that President Trump has taken an interest in the latest proposal by FMCSA to revise the hours of service rules has supercharged a movement that has been dedicated since 1994 to tightening those rules.

Daphne Izer of Lisbon, Maine, told the Times Record, a Midcoast Maine daily, this week that she intends to travel to Washington, DC, this month to lobby Congress against allowing any changes to regulations that would ease the HOS requirements for drivers.

The FMCSA is yet to release its final recommendation on the HOS rules changes. The proposal has been going through the process for official approval. The latest news is that the agency expects to publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on July 31.

Mrs. Izer lost her 17-year-old son in 1994, along with three of his friends, as the result of an accident with a truck driver who had fallen asleep and rammed into their car that was in the breakdown lane on the Maine turnpike.

She created a local organization called Parents Against Tired Truckers, and then later merged it with an Alexandria, Virginia-based, group called the Truck Safety Coalition.

Mrs. Izer is convinced that the more time a driver spends on the road the greater potential for unsafe driving and the greater the risk for crashes, claiming that the data doesn't support changing the rules.

“These changes will not improve safety and will in some cases, diminish safety,” Harry Adler, executive director of the coalition, told the Times Record. “Flexibility is the pitch (behind the push for changes), yet there’s a huge cost to it.”

“The trucking industry understands their important role in highway safety,” Brian Parke, the president and chief executive officer of the Maine Motor Transport Association countered in the Times Record article.

He added that truck drivers are well aware of the need for breaks, but want to be the ones who determine when and for how long those breaks should be.

Mrs. Izer said that in addition to fighting against HOS rules changes her group is also going to be active in sponsoring bills before Congress mandating governing equipment to enforce a 65-mph cap on big-rig truck speed.

National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week in September

Truckers often catch the brunt of motorists' aggravation at being on the road – quite often very unfairly to the truck drivers who actually, on the whole, take extreme measures and exhibit extraordinary skill on a minute-by-minute basis to protect the motoring public from harm.

To try to offset some of that unfair umbrage the American Trucking Associations partners with leading trucking companies and others to salute truck drivers by hosting an annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week every September.

Besides honoring truck drivers themselves during company-wide and state-wide events like barbecues and award ceremonies, the purpose of the week is to give the motoring public an opportunity to learn more about the 3.5 million truck drivers who ply America's roads, and to thank them for delivering critical goods to their communities.

One highlight of the week; which runs from September 8 through September 14 this year, is a special recognition that will take place on Friday, September 13, at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, during the Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves game.

“National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is one of the trucking industry’s favorite weeks,” said ATA Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna.

“It’s a chance for the industry to work with the general public, policymakers and members of the media to acknowledge truck drivers for their dedication to safety and professionalism. We encourage everyone to visit the official NTDAW website to see the variety of tools we use to spread the word about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, such as suggested events, sample op-eds and press releases.”

Sources: Transport Topics, The Times Record, ATA

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