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KNOXVILLE, TN—Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has reached an agreement with the FBI to pay a $92-million penalty over the next two years instead of facing criminal prosecution.
The deal does not stop customers from filing civil suits against the company, but rather keep prosecutors from filing criminal charges against the company and maybe even its top employees.
Pilot Flying J admits that individuals in the company are guilty of a fuel rebate fraud, but as a whole, the company claims that neither it or its CEO were involved.
As part of the settlement, Pilot agreed to fully cooperate with the FBI and help track down the employees responsible for the criminal offenses.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims the fraud was “prevalent within (Pilot’s) direct sales group and carried out with the knowledge and participation of employees responsible for the operation and oversight of direct sales. Pilot has accepted legal responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, which caused more than $56 million in loss to its customers, and agreed to pay full restitution to every victim of the fraud.”
The joint FBI and IRS investigation into the fraud resulted in last April’s raid of Pilot’s Knoxville headquarters and other offices. Since the raids, 10 Pilot Flying J employees—including supervisors—agreed to cooperate with the investigation and pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud charges for their parts in the diesel fuel rebate scandal. So far, none have been sentenced.
Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam commented: “We, as a company, look forward to putting this whole unfortunate episode behind us, continuing our efforts to rectify the damage done, regaining our customers’ trust, and getting on with our business.”
Pilot Flying J also confirmed that some supervisors pressured employees to participate in the fraud.
While the company did reach a judge-approved, $85 million class-action settlement last October, half a dozen cases remain open against the company by carriers and customers that opted out of that settlement.
In the wake of the scandal, several Pilot employees have either left on their own or been fired. Among the deposed employees are John Freeman, vice president of national sales, and Mark Hazelwood, company president. Several others have been put on administrative leave as the company sorts through the scandal fallout.
Drivers are endangering their lives by using ineffective tactics to combat sleepiness behind the wheel, according to a new survey by automotive marketing company DMEautomotive.
More survey respondents say they're more likely to open windows, blast music, turn up the air conditioning or pull over to exercise or stretch than do what safety experts recommend: pull over and take a nap.
About 42% of nearly 2,000 motorists surveyed they say open a window or sun roof to stay awake while driving; 35% say they pull over to exercise or stretch; 35% listen to loud music; and 25% turn up the air conditioning.
"Drowsy driving is the culprit behind more than 100,000 U.S. accidents each year, and 16.5% of deadly ones," says Mike Martinez, DMEautomotive's chief marketing officer. "This survey about the ineffective and sometimes wacky things Americans do to fight sleepiness at the wheel should be a real wake-up call."
The survey was done by e-mail in May, and 1,982 motorists who had a vehicle serviced at a dealership or repair shop within the past year completed it.
Other ineffective tactics cited by 10%-21% of respondents are eating, singing, listening to talk radio, talking to or slapping oneself, stretching in the car and smoking. Eight percent say they splash water on their face or neck.
Just 23% say they pull over and take a nap. The most popular method to stay awake — cited by 53% of respondents — is drinking a caffeinated beverage.
Caffeine can be an effective often temporary drowsy-driving fighter, but shouldn't replace napping, Martinez says.
It can take 30 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, and caffeinated drivers can experience "micro-sleeps," falling asleep for a few seconds, he says.
Scientific research shows that an effective tactic to combat drowsy driving is a 30-minute nap, followed by drinking one to two cups of strong coffee, Martinez says.
Another recommended way to combat sleepiness — for drivers who are not traveling solo — is to let someone else who is rested drive.
Nearly 42% of respondents says they switch drivers to combat sleepy driving.
Younger drivers — under age 35 — are "significantly more likely to do ineffective things" to fight drowsy driving, Martinez says.
Forty-three percent of young drivers who responded to the survey say they listen to loud music to fight sleepiness. More than 30% say they eat or sing to combat drowsiness.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes annually, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.
"As tragic as these numbers are, they only tell a portion of the story," NHTSA says. "It is widely recognized that drowsy driving is underreported as a cause of crashes."
A fatal crash last month involving comedian Tracy Morgan may show the danger of sleepy driving, Martinez says.
Comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, was killed June 7 on the New Jersey Turnpike in Morgan's limousine van. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs, and three other passengers in the limo were injured.
Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges. A criminal complaint accuses him of not sleeping for more than 24 hours prior to the crash.
Most Americans, Martinez says, "have had the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving drilled into them, but they remain asleep about the dangers of drowsy driving."
Drivers should "heed their sleepiness behind the wheel," he says, and realize there are only three proven ways to fight drowsy driving: Get proper sleep before the trip, pull over for a nap or switch to a rested driver."
The New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says, "The best remedy for avoiding drowsy driving is getting enough sleep." That means seven to nine hours of "good quality sleep" for most adults, the committee says.
Fuel hauler, blogger and Truth About Trucking Live online radio host Allen Smith reports that David Clark, the Indiana-based father-in-law of the young driver (Michael Boeglin) murdered in Detroit some weeks back, will be joining a discussion of nationwide parking issues on Smith’s program Wednesday, July 15, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT.
Boeglin’s widow, Ashley Boeglin, will likewise be a part of the program’s discussion, Smith reports.
Clark has made news recently in his efforts to assist his daughter, Boeglin’s widow, through the tough time following her husband’s death. Ashley Boeglin will likewise be a
Some industry interests have joined that effort. Broker and DOTAuthority.com president James Lamb’s young Small Business in Transportation Coalition is taking donations to funnel toward the widow and her father-in-law as well as raise awareness of the safe-parking issue. You can read more about that effort via this link.
A group of California state lawmakers are pushing to delay putting fuels under the state’s cap-and-trade program.
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States all over the map are taking steps to curb human trafficking.
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Vermont DMV officials say they busted a tractor-trailer driver with pot, a pipe and a kit to create an artificial drug-free urine sample.
Authorities say an inspector smelled marijuana when Brendan Dolan, 51, South Burlington, was stopped as part of a routine safety check on Interstate 91 in Hartford Tuesday night. That's when they say a drug detection dog found about 1 ounce of marijuana and the other materials.
Inspectors determined Dolan was not under the influence. He was taken off the road for 24 hours and issued fines of more than $1,000.
Federal law requires commercial drivers to be subject to random drug tests.
WASHINGTON — The current congressional standoff over highway construction dollars is causing some discomfort among the people charged with keeping Minnesota's roads and bridges in proper shape.
Without a deal soon between Congress and President Barack Obama, the federal Highway Trust Fund could run dry. That could create problems for states like Minnesota that depend heavily on federal money for expensive road projects.
Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle has assembled a list of worst-case scenarios should the fund become insolvent next year. One option, according to a Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/1rrfASu ) published Wednesday, is focusing solely on maintenance and putting new construction on hold.
In Minnesota, there are 300 and 400 highway projects a year. Of this season's $3.1 billion in road work, about 30 percent of the tab is picked up by the federal government.
But next year's slate is unknown. Take Martin Road, a six-mile stretch north of Duluth that has weathered some rough winters recently and needs to be repaved at a cost of $3.2 million. Normally, the federal government would pick up $2.5 million of that tab and the rest would fall to locals, but this is the type of project that could be put on ice.
The cash reserves in the federal fund are set to be depleted by Aug. 29, while Congress is in recess. The search for a fix — probably temporary — is on.
The Republican-led U.S. House was eyeing surpluses in other transportation-related accounts, such as the Leaking Underground Storage Tank fund, according to Minnesota Public Radio News (http://strib.mn/1rrfASu ). It is stocked with proceeds from a tiny tax on motor fuel and is supposed to be used in cleaning up leaking gas station tanks.
The federal highway fund, whose main source of money is the federal gas tax — 18.4 cents per gallon — that has remained unchanged and not indexed to inflation for the past 21 years. The U.S. House passed an $11 billion bill to patch that fund, also tapping into fees on travelers and change pension rules in order to come up with 10 months' worth of money.
Not surprisingly, there's a partisan divide among Minnesota's congressional delegation about what to do.
Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan said he's prepared "to consider a gas tax or a sales tax on petroleum or additional general revenue funds. We simply have to fund our transportation and infrastructure." Democratic Rep. Tim Walz also says he's keeping those options open.
Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen said his party won't back an increase in the federal gas tax to fund transportation spending long-term and that lawmakers should look at other ideas.
"I think that people know that we have to be creative when it comes to highways and bridge," Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told MPR News. "Democrats and Republicans have been willing to talk about other ways to do things and that's what we have to do in a longer-term plan."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Looking for a job? For truckers, it's become the "road less traveled by”, and trucking companies are in desperate need for drivers across the country; Charlotte is no exception.
The Port of Virginia saw record setting container volumes in June and for the fiscal year.
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Despite efforts by truck drivers to postpone a vote until more information could be obtained on the availability of truck parking in Pierce County, Wash., the county council approved an ordinance that bans truck parking in residential areas.
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The House of Representatives approved a $10.8 billion bill on Tuesday, July 15, in an effort to keep the Highway Trust Fund operating at full steam through May 2015. The Senate is considering a similar bill.
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The U.S. Senate will consider suspending regulations adopted last year outlining commercial drivers’ rest rules to conduct a $4 million study on the changes which a number of state and national trucking advocates say is needed.
An amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill offered by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, calls for the suspension of changes made last year to the two-night rest requirement and the once-a-week limitation on the 34-hour restart provision.
Collins wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study the changes and determine if the restart rule helps save lives or causes more truck traffic during peak driving hours.
Collins’ amendment would suspend the law that lets truckers use the 34-hour rest period once a week, giving them the opportunity to use the 34-hour break more than once a week.
Louisiana Motor Transportation Association executive director Cathy Gautreaux said the restrictions limiting drivers to one 34-hour restart per week and requiring two periods of rest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. have created unintended consequences.
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