Getting Ready for Christmas
Again this year we are launching the 2014 Trucker Christmas. We are putting an all out Plea for donations to make a Merrier Holiday for more than ever Truckers and their families.
Find Loads on the Go
By Jorge Sanchez, Product Manager, DAT Solutions
Loads have been plentiful this year, with freight tonnage records set in August and freight volume surging well above expectations in September. From January through August, spot market freight availability as measured by load posts was up by more than 55% year over year, which indicates that a larger proportion of shippers are seeking capacity on the spot market.
With this flurry of load board activity, the best loads don’t stay available for long, so you can’t always wait until you’re in front of a computer to find them. Here are some ways you can keep your finger on the pulse of what’s available while you’re away from your desk or to help you stay loaded while on the move.
Mobile Load Boards
If you subscribe to one of DAT’s Load Board services, you get instant access to loads from your smartphone or tablet at no extra cost. There’s no need to download a separate app. TruckersEdge (truckersedge.net/m), Express (express.dat.com/m), and Power (power.dat.com/m) are all optimized for mobile, meaning you can enjoy unlimited posts and searches on your phone or tablet’s internet browser wherever you have mobile service. From the palm of your hand, you can plan ahead and search for loads wherever they may be, regardless of your current location, and post unlimited trucks in the lanes you run.
Air Ambulance Service good for Truckers
Bob Hataway President/eChaplain at TransAlive USA
Oct 24 2014
Air Ambulance Service
TransAlive USA works in conjunction with Air Ambulance Card from Birmingham, AL to provide their air service for critical medical issues for drivers and their families.
The Air Ambulance service transports drivers from medical facilities by ground ambulance to local airports. Drivers are placed on an airplane and flown to their destination in a matter of hours as opposed to days with the AmCoach. There they are transported by ground ambulance to a medical facility of their choice.
Medical staff as needed accompany the driver in transit. Extreme emphasis is placed to get the driver to medical facility of choice safe and sound. Family members are allowed to travel as well.
All services are free to members of Air Ambulance Card.
Drivers can call our cell 817-320-0567 – Landline 800-USA-HURT to enroll or they can go online by visiting Air Ambulance Card. Use our code TRANSALIVE for our special discount. Programs are available for individual drivers or family drivers. Call 817-320-0567 for more information.
Bob Hataway, President and Founder of TransAlive, said, “During my forty years serving drivers and their families, I have received requests for air service and could not help. We can now!”
Frequently air travel is the only acceptable means of travel. TransAlive is proud to make this service available to drivers and their families nationwide.
Tell them Trucker Charity sent you…..
HOS up for Grabs
HOS up for Grabs?
Posted on 22 July, 2014 By Kevin Scullin
It’s not often that trucking regulations generate debate beyond the inner-circle of those who make their living in the industry. But new hours of service rules that took effect July 1, 2013 have gained national attention a year after they were implemented.
Over the past year, trucking industry groups have rallied against the rules—especially the new mandatory breaks and 34-hour restart—citing loss of productivity and questionable effects on safety. (Our own Mark Montague wrote about it in his blog post HOS Update: Carrier Rate Increases Don’t Cover Productivity Loss.)
In June, the issue of how many hours a trucker should drive was catapulted onto the national stage. Here are some of the highlights in the HOS debate:
July 1, 2013 – New hours of service regulations go into effect. The regulations state that drivers are permitted to be on duty for no more than 14 hours per day, with only 11 hours behind the wheel. A mandatory, 30-minute break must occur within the first eight hours. After each six-day work week, the driver must reset his clock with a 34-hour off-duty period that includes two segments from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
June 5, 2014 – Senator Susan Collins (left), a Maine Republican, proposes to suspend for one year two HOS provisions and calls for the Department of Transportation to conduct further studies. Her amendment would suspend the restart rule and the requirement of two consecutive rest periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The Senate Appropriations Committee votes 21-9 to adopt the amendment as part of the 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
June 7, 2014 – A truck on the New Jersey turnpike crashes into a limo van, killing comedian James McNair and seriously injuring comedian and TV star Tracy Morgan. Prosecutors blame the crash on fatigued driving. The story—along with the HOS debate—gains national attention. Media outlets across the country report on the issue and news commentators and the public alike express their opinions on how many hours a truck driver should be allowed to drive.
June 18, 2014 – Senator Cory Booker (left), a New Jersey Democrat, offers an amendment that would undo Collins’ previous amendment to suspend two HOS rules. The senate never votes on his proposal, as debate on a bill was pulled from the senate floor after procedural objections were raised regarding the vote threshold on amendments.
What’s next – The appropriations bill is not expected to return to the floor for debate until an agreement on considering amendments is reached. It has been placed back on the legislative calendar.
Trucker Charity partners with DAT to offer a special on the TruckersEdge load board. Sign up for TruckersEdge today and get your first 30 days free by signing up at http://www.truckersedge.net/promo133 or entering “promo133” during sign up.
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Note: This article was adapted from DAT’s blog post on www.DAT.com. It was first published in July 2014
Getting Ready for Christmas
Again this year we are launching the 2014 Trucker Christmas. We are putting an all out Plea for donations to make a Merrier Holiday for more than ever Truckers and their families.
Tribute to our Last Ride Home Program
Volume VI - Edition II - February 5, 2014
Scripture describes America today!
Historical background: In the book of Genesis, Joseph, the son of Jacob who had been sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh in Egypt. Joseph predicted seven years of rain and seven years of drought. He recommended that Pharaoh plan for the drought.
In the seven years of drought, Canaan, the home of Jacob, was affected as well. Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to purchase grain. The brothers were surprised to find Joseph, their brother, in charge of the grain.
Joseph brought his family to Egypt and provided food for them. Over time, however, Joseph died and the new Pharaoh did not remember him.
The new Pharaoh was concerned that the Israelites were a foreign people in Egypt, and their numbers were growing. Pharaoh took the Israelites captive and enslaved them.
To address the numbers, he ordered the midwives to kill the male babies. In Exodus 1:16, "When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."
This is the first recorded instance of gender-based abortions. It was abortion on demand by Pharaoh and as a matter of convenience for the Egyptians. The midwives, however, feared God and could not do as ordered but instead reported the Hebrew women were vigorous and gave birth before they arrived.
When abortions did not deter the numbers of the Israelites, Pharaoh ordered all male babies to be thrown in the Nile River.
The Israelites became so oppressed in their slavery and the killing of their children that they cried out to God. They could not help themselves or protect their families. Only God could help them.
Exodus 2:23-24, "The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob."
Is this not where America is today?
Gender-based abortions were prevalent when the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. It was the government that ordered the abortions by killing the boy babies.
A type of abortion being practiced in America today is gender-based abortions. Abortions on demand or for convenience are as gender-based as any reason given for abortions.
And when our government gives people the right to kill babies that is only one step from the government ordering the killing of babies. To have the right by law to kill is not any different than the government allowing the killing of babies.
Secondly, while America does not consider herself enslaved as in the case enslaved to man, America is enslaved to sin. Promiscuity is but one example of our slavery to sin.
Same sex marriages; free sex; non Defense of the Marriage Act (DOMA) between a man and a woman; and abortion on demand, gender-based, or convenience; with free contraceptives are all demonstrations of promiscuity.
America has become enslaved to sin through promiscuity. Enslavement to sex is rampant across America. The standard of the day is it is OK to engage in sex without thought of consequences and without accountability.
Should pregnancy occur then just have an abortion and kill the baby as a matter of convenience. Then you can continue again.
The President promotes promiscuity by executive order. Funding of Planned Parenthood, abortion clinics, free contraceptives, and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision has killed over 50 million babies without even a whimper of remorse from us.
The slavery and the killing of their children brought the Israelites to recognize that their only solution was to cry out to God. Exodus 3:9-10, God speaking to Moses, "And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them."
The slave masters over Israel were actually Israelites themselves. Their own people were forcing them into slavery. Our own people are forcing us into a life of sin with the rule of law. We have accepted our enslavement to sin as the status-quo.
We want God out - we do not want to offend - we must be tolerant - it is the law of the land - we fear what can be done to us - and some actually agree abortion is OK - IS THIS NOT REASON TO CRY OUT TO GOD?
Will America cry out to God?
We will not see change until we cry out to God. He will make a way for us out of our enslavement to sin. Is there another Moses "on the back side of a desert" being prepped to deliver us from bondage? Is there a person of God who will step up?
Most agree that America is not crying out to God. We are just accepting the status-quo and hoping for a political change as a solution - NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
Instead of accepting the status-quo - or hoping that a change in the political landscape will be the solution -- WE MUST CRY OUT TO GOD! The cry could be led by pastors from pulpits across America, or even a politician - BUT remember it must be from us to God.
Are we so oppressed that we need to cry out to God? I fear our problem - we are not!
SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
BLOG by Virginia Chomo
I have exciting news for the Trucking industry. Being part of Trucker Charity has gotten me even more involved with the trucking world than just being a part of a trucking family. The ones that have really made a huge impact to my heart is being part of our “Last Ride Home” program. Dealing with the unfortunate families that have lost their loved ones out on the road has made me question what is happening to our Drivers. I have been a truck driver; I am third generation of a four generation trucking family, and have gained a multitude of truck driving friends and families of drivers.
To many of our drivers are developing heart disease, vascular disease, breathing problems and other conditions that have been too easy for the general public to blame other things than what I have come to believe is long term exposure or frequent exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning. I have no proof, there are no studies, no data and no one has any sure answers. I have talked to coroners, unless there are clear signs of extreme exposure it is not tested for. Here is the data I have found.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:
Dull headache Weakness Dizziness Nausea Vomiting Shortness of breath Confusion Blurred vision Loss of consciousness
In my research I came across stories like these:
Former truck driver might have gotten Carbon Monoxide
Posted In: Cardiovascular disease 1,296,120 Replies
Posted By: Systor
May 12, 2007
Hello, I'm a former truck driver, and I was wondering if anyone out there reading this has suffered carbon monoxide poisoning? About 6 years ago, I believe I was poisoned over the course of a summer while driving a rig over the road. In the first three weeks, I developed slurred speech, memory problems, and confusion. I kept driving the same truck for the next three months, but my symptoms didn't worsen. They didn't improve, either, though. Also, I installed a CO detector in the truck during that time. It never went off during that three months. After I got off the truck, I developed severe headaches that were centered in a spot on the top of my head. My short term memory was pretty much non-existent for several months, then gradually got better, altough it's still not 100% six years later. I have circulation problems as well. In cold weather my hands and feet will turn purple, yet they don't ache or turn numb on me.
Do you see semi trucks mentioned here?
There are a variety of sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include:
The improper or incomplete burning of natural gas or carbon-based fuels such as propane, gasoline, kerosene, wood, coal, and charcoal.
Un-vented or improperly vented heaters and furnaces, which lead to an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning cases during the winter months.
Faulty chimneys or fireplaces
Faulty fuel burning gadgets such as space heaters and gasoline engines
Gas appliances and heaters in small and enclosed spaces
Faulty central heating systems
Blockages that can cause improper ventilation in enclosed spaces where fuel is burned (e.g. kitchens, lounges with chimney blockage etc.)
All of these sources are ones that could be present both in the home and in the workplace. However, there are also some sources that are more occupational and workplace related such as forges, blast furnaces, boiler rooms, breweries, docks, petrol refineries, paper and steel production, and combustion engines. Below you will find a list of those most at risk from or susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, both occupationally and within the home:
All the information I found disappointed me and drove the idea to find answers home to me.
This is what I found out;
All of the current smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors were for homes, boats, RV’s, and even airplanes. None were for Semi trucks. SO I HAD TO FIND ANSWERS:
I called Honeywell; I was told, “No we can’t tell you any detectors for semis. There are no standards set for them.”
I called RK Instruments, Global Resources and Quantum Group Inc. Same answer; we can’t recommend one because there are no standards set.
I called Honeywell back and finally after a lot of questions and asking who I need to talk to I got one of their technicians in development. I asked him first what did it mean to have a standard for a detector and he told me that a standard is set by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind. Then I asked him, how do I get a standard set; he told me it is very difficult, there has to be a manufacturer request one be set and they will only do that if they are assured of a market. I then asked how long all this would take and was told that if I could get it started it could take years.
Well all this was unacceptable. I didn’t want it to get tied up and as so often is the case if you are not a person affiliated with this industry. So I called UL…. That started the exciting journey I have been on. One Feb 24th, I talked to a product specialist. I talked with him and told him what I was after and what was needed and he told me that I needed to talk to the head engineer that developed the standards or smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. I said great. Thinking this would take me forever. I was wrong. I gave me his name, phone number and e mail address. I called him and left a message and had plans to call after a few days. Well to my amazement he called at 7:30 the next morning. We discussed what I was looking for and what we needed. He was very understanding and supportive.
It has been an experience that I will never forget. I was accepted to the STP (Standards Technical Panel) committee that the UL uses to assist them to basically cover all the bases for the certification process. These teams are made up of professional and technical people from different corporations and manufactures and industries all over the United States. I was invited on March 17th and 18th 2014 to Raleigh NC for a meeting and to give a presentation about what I was asking them to do. It had to go before this panel for approval in order to proceed with STP and UL. I of course accepted. I decided to fly there because of the time situation as I was also getting things together to go to Mats in Louisville and driving to both places from Michigan would just be too much for me. I stayed at the Doubletree/Hilton. The place was so beautiful. The meeting was being held in one of their ballrooms. It was a journey getting there. The plane was delayed out of Grand Rapids which knocked my connecting flight out of whack, so they rerouted me through LaGuardia in NY. I finally got to the hotel about midnight, my luggage got there the next morning about noon. I went to the meeting, although a little late, but just in time for lunch which alone was quite a spread. It was quite interesting and informative. I had a name plate and got quite a few questions about who Trucker Charity was. It was nice to see how many were interested. The reason I was there was on the agenda so it helped peak there interest in what I was after. My turn was last on the agenda, per my request. I gave a presentation on the need for these in semis. I started with numbers of semis on the road and drivers. I showed pictures of truck fires and had stories about our “LAST RIDE HOME” and articles on carbon monoxide illnesses and effects. I gave several personal stories that also demonstrated the need. One about my brother that suffered a stroke after prolonged exposure to CO, and one President of Trucker Charity, Inc , Lance Wood, had told me about how his dog had saved his and his wife, Kacie, lives by waking them up to find their truck full of fumes from a neighboring APU unit’s exhaust thus saving their lives. In the end I asked them to please help save our drivers. It was well received, and there were questions and discussion on possible solutions and I told them that I would have a semi truck there afterwards. The certification process has been accepted and has already started. I have been asked to head the task group that will work with UL to get the certification we need to get UL Standards set for affordable Carbon Monoxide and Smoke detectors for Semi Trucks. My son Joseph Shelton showed up, albeit it was an hour and a half after the meeting because of delays of traffic and construction getting there; it let the 12 of them that stayed see for themselves the many obstacles that our people are exposed to. My son is very mechanical capable as well as a driver so all that was interested could see one up close and he went over everything from under the hood to the back, including an APU. There were several UL members, scientific/technical persons, and manufactures that stayed over. All I can say for certain is the testing is proceeding rapidly and several manufactures have shown sincere interest in this project. I will keep you update through this blog as things progress.
This is a huge step in the protection of our Truck Drivers. Not Just in the United States but possibly worldwide.
Diesel Fumes Do Kill: A Case of Fatal Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Directly Attributed to Diesel Fuel Exhaust with a 10-year Retrospective Case and Literature Review*
- Sean M. Griffin M.D.1,
- Michael K. Ward B.S.2,
- Andrea R. Terrell Ph.D.3 and
- Donna Stewart M.D.4
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008
© 2008 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 53, Issue 5, pages 1206–1211, September 2008
Ralph Wayne Maness
Born: May 26, 1953
Ralph Wayne Maness, 60, of Sanger beloved Husband Father Grandfather Brother and Friend passed away on Friday, April 18 in Rochelle, Illinois. Wayne was born on May 26, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Ralph and Katherine Maness. He married Taylor George on January 17, 2014 in Denton.
The LAST RIDE HOME
of Christopher Williams has been completed with him being delivered to family and friends in Paragould Arkansas drive safely driver on the big road in the sky RIP
Its the least we can do as brothers and sisters of the road. We will have a truck available to provide this last ride home that this driver and his family deserves. We are happy to provide the Last Ride Home. We ask all to support this trucking family in there time of loss.
Per Vicki Williams (wife)
"A fellow trucker was found 1/13/2013 on the floor of his truck at loves truck stop in W. Memphis AR. Trucking com...pany did nothing to find him...after 5 hours of doing nothing,fellow trucker jumped in and found him within an hour. The trucking company did nothing to get him home with dignity or anything to help his family. A co-worker made a donation but the wife was left with his final paycheck and mile bonus check to cover expenses...The wife is disabled and raising their special needs grandson....Chris, the driver was only 47...The family left with nothing but facing loss of their home and all their income.....This charity stepped up and provided to this family what the company should have..Bringing this man home to his wife and grandson with dignity...GOD BLESS YOU. ...THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH"
7:28 p.m., Saturday Jan. 18
On Friday the trucking community lost another driver William Charles "Road Runner" Maness below is the information on the visitation and service
LAST RIDE HOME
Thank you Rose for the incite and drive to help us form who we are here. Now not only will we ask What would Rick do? We will also ask what would Rose do?
President of Trucker Charity Inc Director of Truckers helping Truckers.