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Let’s take a look at the industry news from a busy March with news about truck parking, regulation enforcement, and more.

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some trucking news that you might have missed.

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Pilot plans to build 10 new locations and add 500 truck parking spaces – Pilot Travel Centers LLC recently said it continues to prioritize strategic growth in 2024 with plans to add 35 travel centers and remodel more than 75 locations across its network. It is also expanding its truck maintenance network of Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J (STMP) shops.

TA announces Arkansas store with 100 truck parking spaces – The new TA truck stop is a franchised store located at 100 Fish Lake Drive in Atkins, Arkansas.

North Carolina Love’s reopens after remodel – Love’s says that the Dunn store (3948 Hodges Chapel Road) located off of I-95 at Exit 77 reopened for business with a “fresh look and upgraded services” on March 28.

B.C. to open parking facility, amenities for truckers in Surrey – Commercial longhaul truck drivers traveling through the Lower Mainland will soon have another safe, convenient place to stop and rest when the North Surrey truck parking facility opens March 28, just off Highway 17 (the South Fraser Perimeter Road).

Minnesota Adding 16 Truck Parking Spots Along Interstate 94 – Minnesota will add 16 truck parking spots at two eastbound rest areas along Interstate 94 in an $81.5 million package of projects to improve the state’s freight network and address truck parking issues.

TA looks to make travel centers safer for women drivers and truck stop workers – TravelCenters of America (TA) announced an initiative to make the company’s truck stops safer for all guests, with a focus on women drivers and truck stop workers.

Love’s reopens Oregon truck stop – Love’s Travel Stops reopened a truck stop in Troutdale, Oregon, that was closed for a rebuild.

Regulation & Enforcement

I-80 scale houses now have 24/7 restrooms for truckers, Iowa troopers say – The Iowa State Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit (ISPCMVE) shared welcome news over the weekend that some I-80 scale houses now have 24/7 restrooms for truckers.

Tennessee to add Weigh-In-Motion tech at nearly 30 sites statewide – New Weigh-In-Motion technology is coming to dozens of interstate and state routes in Tennessee within the next year.

Ontario opens truck inspection station near Thunder Bay – The Ontario government has opened a new commercial vehicle inspection station on Highway 11/17 near Thunder Bay. Located in Shuniah, the $30 million state-of-the-art facility is part of the province’s plan to improve road safety and deliver faster and better transit infrastructure in the north.

Ohio Debuts Warning Signs to Deter Rear-End Highway Crashes – Ohio is putting wrong-way driver technology to use in a new “end-of-queue” warning sign system to deter deadly rear-end crashes at 13 dangerous highway areas where traffic suddenly comes to a stop due to congestion.

Trooper uses numbers to explain why cutting off a semi truck is so dangerous – An Indiana State Police trooper recently went viral with a post breaking down the numbers to explain why cutting off a semi truck is so dangerous.

How California’s regulations impact fleet management nationwide – As folks were ringing in the New Year, many California fleets were also wringing their hands as they juggled multiple reporting requirements for several new fleet rules in the state. And these regulations are not only for those vehicles domiciled in California. Regulations have expanded to encompass vehicles that may occasionally roll through the state, with requirements for owners, operators, brokers and hiring entities.

Take note of Florida Trucking Association’s new ‘Share the Road’ campaign – Don’t ride beside an 18-wheeler; they can’t see you, and something could fly off their truck. Don’t cut off an 18-wheeler; wait until you see both headlights in your rearview mirror before moving over because they can’t stop on a dime. These are just a couple of the lessons I’ve learned over the years from my mother, the passenger-seat driver.

California Postpones Periodic Smog Test Check for Trucks – The California Air Resources Board has delayed the first periodic testing deadline for the Clean Truck Check Program to Jan. 1, 2025.

CVSA’s new out-of-service criteria: What truckers need to know – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has updated the out-of-service criteria for 2024 with 11 new conditions ranging from small paperwork items to new quirks in the 20% rule for brake violations. The new conditions will take effect on April 1.

Manitoba premier says he’s considering extending tax holiday on fuel – Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew said Tuesday he is considering extending his government’s fuel-tax holiday, which is set to expire at the end of June.

Baltimore Bridge Collapse Disrupts Truck Transportation Indefinately – After a tanker slammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge near Baltimore, truckers are being rerouted. Adding to the disruption, one of the country’s Top 20 busiest ports has begun diverting cargo vessels.

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