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The Trucker Newspaper - April 15, 2018

The Trucker Newspaper - April 15,

Vol. 31, No. 8 www.thetrucker.com April 15-30, 2018 Former White House press secretary Fleischer touts Trump before friendly, compatible audience at TCA convention The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY MATS in pictures With over 1 million square feet of floor exhibit space and1,008 exhibitors, the 2018 Mid- America Trucking Show attracted 71,327attendees from 47 states and 13 countries. Page 8 Navigating the news Spending bill inked.................3 Urgent care available ............4 TCA Best Fleets ....................7 Drivers of the Year................10 Trucker put OOS..................11 News roundup......................14 Truck Stop............................18 Women to Watch..................21 Tonnage slips.......................23 Fleet Focus...........................25 Full stability...........................33 VNL 760 production..............35 Around the Bend..................37 The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY 35th Highway Hero Frank Vieira, second from left, who administered first aid to a motorist who had been pierced through the neck by a broken steering wheel after a crash, is the 35th recipient of the prestigious Goodyear Highway Hero Award. Page 37 Klint Lowry klint.lowry@thetrucker.com KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Statistically, they say, public speaking is the No. 1 fear people have. It’s safe to say Ari Fleischer is an exception. For more than 30 years, high-level communications has been his specialty and this past summer he signed on with Fox News as a political contributor. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he has served as press secretary for three members of Congress, as well as stints as field director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and as spokesman for the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee. He then served as deputy communications director for George H.W. Bush’s 1992 re-election campaign and as communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign in 2000. When Dole dropped out of the race, Fleischer joined George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. When Bush was elected, Fleischer was hired on to stand on the loftiest stage on Earth, as White House press secretary. He held the job for two and a half years. His tenure included the always difficult breaking-in period for the new administration, made even more hectic following the protracted 2000 election challenge. He was travelling with Bush on 9-11, and then stood as White House spokesman during the run-up to two wars. So taking the stage March 26 as the keynote speaker before a friendly, politically compatible crowd at the Truckload Carriers Association’s 80th Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, was hardly a white-knuckle moment. See Fleischer on p12 m Courtesy: U.S. HOUSE Rep. Brian Babin says truckers need Hours of Service options to safely operate amidst today’s federal commercial vehicle regulations. Courtesy: TRUCKLOAD CARRIERS ASSOCIATION Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, assessed the current state of American politics in general and the Donald Trump presidency in particular as the keynote speaker last month at the 80th annual Truckload Carriers Association Convention. Texas Rep. Brian Babin introduces REST Act; would pause 14-hour clock, loosen rules in HOS THE TRUCKER STAFF WASHINGTON — Rep. Brian Babin, R- Texas, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has introduced H.R. 5417, The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers (REST) Act, legislation that would modernize Hours of Service regulations for truck drivers. The REST Act would allow drivers to take one rest break per shift for up to three consecutive hours. The single off-duty period would not be counted toward the driver’s 14-hour, on-duty allowance and would not extend the total, allowable drive limits. “I’m proud to introduce the REST Act and give America’s truckers the options they need to safely operate under today’s rigid federal regulations,” Babin said. “This bill is an important step in making the way for improved highway safety.” The REST Act requires the Department of Transportation to update HOS regulations to allow a rest break once per 14-hour duty period for up to three consecutive hours as long as the driver is offduty, effectively pausing the 14-hour clock. However, drivers would still need to log 10 consecutive hours off duty before the start of their next work shift. It would also eliminate the existing 30-minute rest break requirement. “American Trucking Associations believes See HOS on p10 m