Arizona has about 194,000people searching for employment. But there's work available in the long-haul trucking industry for those who can cut it, even if they've never driven a truck and don't know how to use a stick shift. The Phoenix area has four major trucking companies — Knight Transportation Inc., Swift Transportation Co., C.R. England Trucking and Gordon Trucking Inc.— that each are seeking about 200 drivers, according to a recent analysis by Wanted Analytics, a human-resources data company.
Toyota Transport, the automaker’s in-house vehicle transportation trucking company, added its first car hauler that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). The Long Beach, Calif.-based truck and trailer emits 85% less overall particulate matter and 10% less carbon dioxide than its diesel-powered counterpart. The CNG truck was commissioned by Toyota and designed and built in collaboration with Peterbilt and Cottrell, Inc., the truck and trailer manufacturers.
JEFFERSON — A Jefferson-based trucking company has been shutdown by the federal government because it was deemed "an imminent hazard to public safety." The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week that Garfield Trucking, LLC, 4810 Route 46 South, Jefferson, has been ordered to "immediately cease all intrastate and interstate operations."
The bipartisan push to deliver the first major highway bill in a decade is drowning out warnings from safety groups about big changes they say will make the nation's roads more dangerous: teenagers at the wheel of big rigs, budget cuts for the automobile safety watchdog and a loophole that lets auto dealers loan out defective cars.
That's because of pressure from industry groups and lobbyists who've managed to insert items from their long-standing wish lists into a $350 billion bill that covers highway spending into the next decade for projects ranging from fixing crumbling bridges to studying the impact of marijuana-impaired drivers.