California amends intrastate hours-of-service regulations

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The California Highway Patrol amended its hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for intrastate operations. Effective Nov. 11, 2007, an intrastate truck driver may not drive more than 12 cumulative hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty or for any period after the end of the 16th hour after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty.

Further, an intrastate driver of a tank vehicle with a capacity of more than 500 gallons transporting flammable liquid may not drive more than 10 hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty and after the end of the 16th hour after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Also, the new requirements maintain 80 hour/8 day limit, but add a 34 hour restart provision.

The amendments do not apply to motor carriers and drivers engaged in interstate commerce and drivers of vehicles transporting hazardous substances or hazardous waste, as defined in 49 CFR 171.8. These drivers must comply with the federal driver hours-of-service regulations contained in 49 CFR 395.

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J. J. Keller Foundation Gives $10,000 Grant at MC&E

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November 2, 2007

News Release

J. J. Keller Foundation Gives $10,000 Grant at MC&E

Neenah, WI – James J. Keller presented the 6th annual J. J. Keller Foundation $10,000 Trucking Education Grant while taking part in the Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E) last week in Orlando.

This award, given in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) President's Annual Truck Association Executives Council (TAEC), is passed on to the winner's designated non-profit education or research organization for the advancement of safety within the trucking industry.

This year's recipient is Thomas Howells, President of Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association.

Past award recipients include:
2006 – James W. Runk, President of Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
2005 -- Karen Rasmussen, President & CEO of Arizona Trucking Association
2004 -- George W. Burruss, President & CEO of Missouri Motor Carriers Association
2003 -- J. Richards Todd, President of South Carolina Trucking Association
2002 -- Michael J. Riley, President of Motor Transport Association of Connecticut

About Keller
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. of Neenah, WI, employs 1,200 associates and is a leading specialized publisher and services provider. Founded in 1953, the company offers a wide variety of risk and regulatory management products to customers throughout North America. J. J. Keller helps customers in industries such as transportation, construction, utilities, manufacturing and food processing comply with DOT, OSHA, EPA, DOL, FDA and USDA requirements. The company’s diverse product line includes technical publications; computer software; training programs; online management tools; specialized forms; and supplies.

J. J. Keller also provides safety consulting, on-site training and a variety of transportation services, including licensing, permitting, fuel tax reporting, driver log auditing and driver qualification file management.

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J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. offers preview of FleetMentor™

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J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. offers preview of FleetMentor™

Beta test for innovative online service to launch January 2008


Neenah, WI – As a leader in the transportation industry, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. recently provided attendees at the American Trucking Association Management Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida a preview of its new, innovative online fleet management solution, FleetMentor™. Attendees were also invited to register to participate in the large-scale beta test scheduled to launch in January 2008.


FleetMentor™ provides transportation professionals with over 60 interactive tools to more effectively manage three areas of fleet management: operations, personnel and safety.  FleetMentor™ is the only service available that provides the tools and resources to manage all three areas of a transport operation.


The Operations area provides fleet managers with tools to make better business decisions. Tools in this area range from identifying fixed and variable costs to determine optimal bill rates, tracking accident claims, and managing insurance policies.  The Personnel area provides features to aid in the management of drivers and other operations personnel with tools for creating competitive salary and pay packages, improving driver retention, and managing the DOT required drug and alcohol testing processes.  The Safety area provides help with OSHA and DOT recordkeeping requirements, compliance audits and hazardous materials management.

“FleetMentor™ provides fleet managers with techniques and advice for being more successful managers, for gaining better control over their operations, and for accomplishing more on a daily basis,” said Rustin Keller, Corporate Internet Products Manager. “The impact this solution will have on our customers’ operations will be invaluable.”


Transportation professionals can now to register to participate in the beta test by visiting  Prior to the January launch, participants will receive weekly insider information on the tools and resources that will be part of the new service.


About FleetMentor™

Excellence in fleet operations depends on effective management of fleet personnel, operations and safety. FleetMentor is the only service that provides fleet managers with the tools and resources necessary to manage all three. FleetMentor has over 60 interactive features to help fleet managers stay in control, get more done, and be successful. To learn more about FleetMentor and register for the beta test, visit

About J. J. Keller
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. was established in 1953 and has become the nation's most respected name in risk and regulatory management.  The company employs over 1,100 associates and serves over 300,000 customers including more than 90% of the Fortune® 1,000.  Keller’s diverse product line includes publications, consulting, online services, and outsourced services.  For more information, go to


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Vertial Alliance Group launches Web-based safety training

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Vertial Alliance Group launches Web-based safety training
By Aaron Huff

Vertical Alliance Group Inc., an online publisher of trucking recruiting sites like and, launched, a new Web-based safety training program for commercial truck drivers.

VAG Safety Training provides ongoing Web-based training that is customizable, affordable and easily accessible by drivers since most drivers have their own PCs, says Jay Wommack, founder, president and CEO of Vertical Alliance Group. The company outsources the production of its training modules to industry safety experts that specialize in safety training for commercial drivers, he says. currently offers programs for all commercial drivers, including school bus drivers. Offering comprehensive training programs like those available through allows trucking companies to keep drivers informed of the most recent safety issues affecting them on the job, anytime, anywhere, Wommack says.

"This flexibility is key for the trucking industry, as in-person training programs or seminars can be difficult to coordinate due to the mobility of drivers. provides high-quality training, on-the-go," Wommack says.

The online training videos and presentations cover issues that apply to virtually any driver, such as adverse weather, distracted driver, loading and unloading, and tailgating. In addition to these broad topics, safety training can be customized to meet the specific needs of any trucking company. will either deploy video modules provided by trucking companies at no additional cost, or Vertical Alliance Group can create custom videos and presentations for an individual company for a service charge based on location and complexity.

Additionally, Vertical Alliance Group will continue to add new training modules each month to keep drivers updated of the most current safety issues.

Alligator on the Zipper

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Alligator on the Zipper
Explores Lives of Women Truck Drivers
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New York, NY 10/25/2007 Traditionally, trucking has been viewed as a male dominated industry but in the past five years, women have become a growing presence in the trucking world. Attracted to the freedom of the road, the potential of making a good living, and the autonomy of the trucking lifestyle, more and more women are becoming drivers and finding that they love the job.

Alligator on the Zipper is the first documentary film to record this demographic surge. Directed by Ivo Stainoff, the film gives a rare and visually stunning glimpse into the lives of women truckers. It explores the reasons why women chose to become truckers, and ultimately why they love their work.

The film takes us on the road with seven adventurous, hardworking, often humorous and freedom loving women drivers who have opted for the trucking lifestyle. It captures the spirit of these seven women as they crisscross the highways and back roads of the United States hauling their loads. As the women drive, their life stories unfold. One of the women in the film is "mogul in the making" Patsy Van Flateren, a Belgian immigrant, whose drive and willpower have propelled her to build a successful flatbed trucking business and to overcome an abusive past. Another is Jackie Wheeler, a former actress whose dream is to appear on Oprah to tell her "rags to riches" story. A third profile is that of Jan Steward, a trucker who runs her business based on following her Christian principles. The stories of these women and four others deliver a compelling and candid look into the world of women truck drivers.

The film was produced and directed by husband/ wife team Ivo Stainoff and Jessica Chornesky " The film is meant to dispel stereotypes and to serve as a source of empowerment to potential women drivers. So many women feel intimidated by the idea of driving truck. Yet when they finally take the leap feel incredibly empowered," says Chornesky

Mr. Stainoff, a Bugarian-born director was influenced by his childhood experiences. "I have always been attracted to people whose freedom loving spirit leads them to live an independent lifestyle. My mother drove a truck for a period of time while we were living in the Caucus Mountain region in Eastern Russia and I remember her determination in sub-zero temperatures."


The film is available for purchase at More information and a trailer can also be viewed on the site.

Alligator On the Zipper
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U.S. Xpress offers jobs to exiting soldiers with new Military Incentive Program

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 23, 2007) – U.S. Xpress voiced its continued support for America’s troops today with the announcement of its new Military Incentive Program.

The program, which is available to anyone who has served at least two years in the armed forces and separated within the past 12 months, offers former soldiers a head start on the truck driving career path with special increased salary rates. 

Participants in the program will be credited with two years of job experience. That means their starting pay will be equal to that of a truck driver who has already been behind the wheel for two years. For new CDL graduates, that means an increase in starting pay of up to 6.5 cents per mile.

“The men and women of the U.S. armed forces give so much to our great country,” said U.S. Xpress Field Recruiting Manager Homer Paul. “The Military Incentive Program is our way of saying thanks.”

According to Paul, participants in the program could earn up to $40,000 or more in their first year of work with U.S. Xpress, and would also be eligible for CDL tuition reimbursement.

“The Military Incentive Program is a win-win situation for everyone,” Paul said. “The participants are getting the benefit of being ahead of the game in terms of salary, plus they’re getting to work with one of the leading companies in the trucking industry. And we are getting the benefit of receiving the kind of highly trained and dedicated individuals that you find in the armed forces.

“We want to give these individuals a well deserved jump-start into their professional driving careers,” Paul said, “and our Military Incentive Program will do just that.”

"Operation Safe Driver" Targets CMV - Non CMV Drivers

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Washington, DC (October 16, 2007) – In an effort to address the twelve percent
of fatal crashes on highways involving trucks and buses, the Commercial Vehicle Safety
Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA), is launching a new campaign concentrating on the unsafe driving practices of
commercial and non-commercial drivers. The effort, dubbed “Operation Safe Driver,” is
intended to improve commercial and non-commercial driver behavior and performance
through effective enforcement, education and awareness strategies. The program will
occur October 21-28, 2007 across North America.

 “Research has shown that most fatal crashes stem from decisions or actions made
by the driver – passenger vehicle drivers as well as commercial operators,” said John H.
Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “All drivers need
to remember that the responsibility for driving safely is literally in your hands.”

The objectives of the campaign are to:

• Increase commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity;

• Increase non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity;

• Increase safety belt enforcement activity;

• Increase driver roadside inspections;

• Increase driver regulatory compliance;

• Implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the
motor carrier population; and,

• Increase the awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around
commercial motor vehicles.

“Through Operation Safe Driver, CVSA and our partners in law enforcement aim
to take enforcement action against unsafe and fatigued commercial drivers and non-
commercial drivers operating in an unsafe manner around commercial drivers, and to
raise the awareness of the motoring public about the hazards of operating around
commercial vehicles,” said Stephen F. Campbell, CVSA’s Executive Director.
“Improving highway safety for commercial vehicle operations starts with the driver and
focusing attention on the importance of safe driving and proper driving techniques are
critical to making our highways safer. In addition, the motor carrier industry plays an
important role and we encourage them to implement proactive steps to ensure their
drivers are well rested, buckle up and do proper trip planning to make it to their
destinations safely.”

 “It is important to share the road responsibly with other vehicles, including
commercial motor vehicles. Drivers of passenger vehicles need to understand how
commercial motor vehicles operate and know their limitations. Sharing the road
responsibly will mean safer drivers and fewer deaths and injuries on our nation’s
roadways,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state,
provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry
representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our mission is to promote
commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement,
industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members
who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility
and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout
North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on
CVSA visit