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Autonomous Truck Startup OTTO Purchased by Uber Technologies

In the last issue of WTN we had an article describing the how a group of former Silicon Valley Google engineers were developing technology that would allow a truck to drive itself. While many truckers sneer at the very thought of being replaced by a computer, big money is betting this technology has a future. […]

WSTA Launches Weekly e-Newsletter

To better serve our members the WSTA began publishing a weekly electronic newsletter on Aug. 8th. The e-Newsletter is a compilation of relevant news from the previous week and will be in your in-box every Monday morning. The newsletter will allow the association to provide you with a much wider variety of articles than we […]

Blue Cut Fire Destroyed CHP Weigh Station

The 2016 western fire season has scorched over 100,000 acres just in California alone. In mid-August the 36,000 –acre Blue Cut fire began along interstate 15 in Cajon Pass closing the freeway to all vehicle traffic for two days. The Blue Cut fire forced the evacuation of 80,000 people in San Bernardino County and destroyed […]

Is Citizenship A Requirement For CDL?

A recent case in the state of Maryland has brought this question to the forefront for the trucking industry—do holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) have to demonstrate they are U.S. citizens or, at least be able to prove they are legal permanent residents of the U.S. in order to obtain a CDL? At issue […]

Econ 101: Why California Has the Highest Gas Prices in the Country

A recent article on the website Priceonomics.com entitled “The Mystery of California’s High Gas Prices” caught our attention this month because we have been writing about “the mystery” for some time. On July 25th, the retail price of gasoline nationally was $2.21 per gallon according to the Energy Information Agency…and then there was California – […]

President’s Report – August 2016

Computers, Smart phones and self-driving trucks…oh my!!! Greetings, Greetings…hope everyone is well!!  Recently I had a situation where I left my cell phone at home and as luck would have it, I did not realize it until I was almost to the office.  Of course this was a day where I had back-to-back meetings and […]

Op-Ed: Increasing Safety Through Driver Training

By Ellen Voie, President/CEO, Women In Trucking, Inc. Recently a young (23-year-old) professional driver maneuvered her loaded tractor-trailer onto a 19th century bridge in Paoli, Indiana. The driver held a commercial driver’s license (CDL), but apparently the definition of what constituted a ton was not part of the training curriculum. The bridge was posted with […]

BIT Update: A New Way to Check Carrier Inspection Results

Reform of the California Highway Patrol’s BASIC Inspection of Terminal (BIT) will also change how brokers, shippers, motor carriers, and others validate participation in BIT (while the acronym is unchanged, it is no longer called the Biennial Inspection of Terminal program). Many brokers and motor carriers as part of their carrier selection process (sub-hauler checklist) […]

FMCSA Issues Final Rule Mandating EOBR’s/ELD’s

Exemptions May Help Reduce Compliance Costs By Joe Rajkovacz, WSTA Director of Governmental Affairs Washington D.C.-On December 10, 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued its congressionally mandated rule requiring drivers subjected to federal hours-of-service rules to use electronic logging for compliance with federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules. Championed by the American Trucking Association […]