Truck-Involved Fatalities Fell in 2020

For the year 2020, the comprehensive data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals there was a reduction in highway traffic and miles traveled. The figures for the Vehicle Miles Traveled between 2020 and the previous year decreased by 13.2 percent. However, surprisingly, the highway accident death rate during the lockdown increased compared … Continued

DOT Modernizes Hours

As of May 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, known as FMCSA, of the United States Department of Transportation published its finalized update to the hours of service rules. This regulations update was completed with the goal of improving safety on the roadways and applies to commercial vehicle drivers. In a statement, U.S. Transportation … Continued

COVID and Trucking Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unexpected challenges for almost everybody over the past several months. However, the difficulties faced by truckers are unique. While some truck drivers are characterized as “essential workers” and remain able to work, all are facing unprecedented circumstances, nonetheless. Some of the difficulty’s truckers face are logistical. For example, many have … Continued

Taxes for Owner Operators

In 2018, a new tax reform came into effect. It affected many people in different ways. Owner operators, however, likely benefited – and will continue to benefit – from this reform. For certain business structures, called pass-through entities, a big change was made. The tax reform allowed for a 20% deduction of earnings. These entities … Continued

Push for truck stops to help stop human trafficking

Originally published on American Trucker by American Trucker staff. It’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman of the NATSO Foundation is urging the truckstop and travel plaza industry to continue fulfilling its commitment and responsibility to combat human trafficking. Wlazlowski Neuman, on Friday, reminded … Continued

Snowstorm Slams Missouri

A snowstorm in the Midwest has created pandemonium on many Missouri highways on Saturday afternoon, causing nearly 900 accidents and 1800 stranded motorists. The snowstorm cased 57 injuries and four deaths due to traffic accidents, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. As of 2:00 pm this afternoon, MSHP has responded to: • 3918 calls … Continued

A Family for Christmas

Waller Truck office employees banded together to make Christmas as good as possible for a local Excelsior Springs family. The family consisted of a boy (12 yrs) and a girl (9 yrs) and their parents, who live together in a trailer with limited access to water and electricity. We bought everything the family asked for … Continued

Fire Marshal Monty T.’s Story

Monty T., a Waller Truck driver since 2009 (and due to celebrate his ninth anniversary with the company), has always contributed to his community. A volunteer firefighter, Monty has worked in one capacity or another for local fire departments since 1981. Read his and his wife, Joyce’s, story below! Originally published on the Missouri Department of … Continued

REAL: A Tool to Track Emissions on Trucks

The California Air Resources Board has adopted a new emissions tracking program that would help regulators identify vehicles with excess smog-related and greenhouse gas emissions. REAL: The New Way to Measure Real Emissions Assessment Logging (REAL) now requires an On-Board Diagnostic system. This is part of new amendments to the On-Board Diagnostic Regulations that CARB … Continued

Josh W’s Story

After Josh W, a Waller Truck hostler/city driver, exited the Marines, he turned to truck driving. Josh had spent his time in the service as a Motor Transport Operator, or truck driver in short. “We started with Humvees and moved on up,” Josh said. “The first time I got in a truck was January 2008.” … Continued