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Alabama adds human trafficking awareness training for new CDL applicants

Thursday, June 13, 2019

This week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill (HB261) into law requiring all new students studying to obtain a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) through an accredited CDL trade school or training program to complete a human trafficking awareness training course.

The group T ... Read More

High-Flying Hawk Wins Alabama TDC

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

David Hawk, a FedEx Freight truck driver from Gardendale, Ala., posted the overall highest combined score to earn the Grand Champion Award at the Alabama Trucking Association’s Truck Driving Championships held in Pelham, Ala., Friday, May 31, at the Pelham Civic Complex.

The Alabama ... Read More

ALDOT announces no lane closures Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation for many traveling south, and the Alabama Dept. of Transportation has announced it will have no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after noon on Friday, May 24, through midnight, Monday, May 27.

However, in Birmingham, motoris ... Read More

Alabama Legislature approves bill that lowers age restrictions for truck drivers

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Yesterday, by a vote of 24-0, the Alabama Senate approved a bill allowing 18 year old drivers to legally operate a combination commercial vehicle of 26,000 lbs. or more within Alabama state lines only.

Alabama had been one of only two states that restricts Intrastate Commerce to drivers ... Read More

Alabama Road Team hits final push as school year comes to an end

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The Alabama Road Team has been keeping the pace lately as the school year begins to wind down.

Yesterday, Road Team captains Richard Pratt and Rusty Holmes met with dozens of driver’s ed students at Springville High School in Springville, Ala. (Saint Clair County School District) to di ... Read More

ATA recognizes top fleets, managers at annual safety banquet

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Alabama Trucking Association Safety and Maintenance Management Council showcased its safest fleets, drivers and fleet managers at the group’s annual Fleet Safety Awards Banquet held March 25 in Birmingham, Ala.

The event, co-sponsored by Carrier Transicold South, McGriff Tire and Se ... Read More

Congress to reintroduce bill to lower interstate driver age

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A bipartisan effort in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that emerged that would allow drivers as young as 18 years old to drive heavy duty trucks in interstate commerce.

According to a report by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine the Developing Responsible Individual ... Read More

Nominate your best for ATA’s Fleet Safety Awards

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Alabama Driver of the Year Moses Thomas lifts his trophy during the 2018 SMMC Fleet Safety Awards.

Nominat ... Read More

ALDOT to close Birmingham’s I-59/20 bridges starting Jan. 21

Friday, January 04, 2019

Starting Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, the Alabama Dept. of Transportation (ALDOT) will shut down the I-59/20 bridge system that runs through Downtown Birmingham for 14 months while it replaces the aging structures.

Designed in the 1960s, Birmingham’s Interstate 59/20 bridges ... Read More

FMCSA grants petitions blocking California’s meal and rest break requirements for truckers

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration​ announced Friday, Dec. 21 that California’s meal-and-rest break rules are preempted by federal hours-of-service regulations.

In 2011, California passed a law requiring employers to provide a ... Read More