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June 2019

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16 | Overdrive | June 2019 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a pro- posal to expand its pilot program for commercial driver's license holders under the age of 21 for interstate operations. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association opposes the expansion, while the American Trucking Associations sup- ports it. There is already apilot program in the worksfor 18-to-20-year-old CDL holders with military driving experi- ence to drive across state lines. The proposed expansion would be for nonmilitary-trained drivers. Under-21 drivers can drive intra- state in most states. Both chambers ofCongress have introduced Drive Safe Act legislationthat would allow them to drive interstate, but neither bill has seen action since their intro- duction in February. FMCSA said it's looking for input on under-21 drivers' safety perfor- mance and recommendations regard- ing training standards, supervision and possible restrictions. Comments can be filed atRegulations.gov by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0346. — Matt Cole Younger driver pilot expansion proposed N E W S Employees of three major trucking companies rat- ified a new five-year contract with the Teamsters. YRC Worldwide Inc. in May announced employees of YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn approved the new master labor agreement. A statement from YRC Worldwide said its union- ized drivers voted May 3 to ratify the agreement. The final supplemental agreement was approved May 14. Contract highlights include yearly wage increas- es through 2023, an extra week of vacation time for certain employees and a prohibition against using driverless trucks through the contract's duration. The new agreement, which the company said covers about 24,000 employees, went into effect immediately, with economic changes retroactive to April 1. — James Jaillet Teamsters contract bars driverless trucks FMCSA is asking for public comments on a potential interstate pilot program for nonmilitary-trained drivers under the age of 21. KLLM TRANSPORTATION last month acquired the refrigerated division of Maverick Transportation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jim Richards, KLLM CEO, said he expected 100 to 150 Maverick drivers to stay on with KLLM. The company employs about 3,500 drivers, which includes sister company Frozen Foods Express. BISON TRANSPORT acquired all the assets of the COFC (container on flat car) intermodal operations of Indianapolis-based Celadon Group. Terms were not disclosed. Bison, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, said the pur- chase enhances its ability to support cross-border shippers in Canada, the United States and Mexico. PENSKE LOGISTICS notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that it is permanently shutting down a facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, due to a local trucking contract termination. The July 20 shut- down will impact 80 employees, most of whom are drivers. KENWORTH BROKE GROUND on a $140 million paint facility at its Class 8 plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. The plant produces T680, T880 and W990 trucks for the U.S. and Canadian markets. TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA rebranded the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Steele, North Dakota, to TA Express. The facility on Interstate 94, Exit 200, has a Caribou Coffee, Pizza Hut Express and Subway and 75 parking spaces. TA plans to add a Cinnabon and a three- bay TA Truck Service repair facility. The facility is the first of four Coffee Cup Fuel Stops being rebranded as TA Express. The other three are in South Dakota, in Vermillion, Summit and Hot Springs.

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