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House T and I Ranking Member Sam Graves says VMT program is best way to address trust fund shortfall

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Ranking House T and I member says a VMT is the best way to ensure that everyone contributes to the Trust Fund and helps maintain and improve our surface transportation system. (Courtesy: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES)

WASHINGTON — Acknowledging that before President Donald Trump and Congress can work together to develop an infrastructure plan, the Highway Trust Fund shortfall must be addressed, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves said Thursday the only viable solution to the program is to initiate a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) program.

“We’ve kicked this can down the road so many times already, pretty soon we’re going to kick it completely off the map,” Graves said during his opening remarks at a committee hearing on “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our News’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.”

Congress is going to consider a number of options to address this problem, but Graves said he believes the only viable future lies in a transition to a VMT program.

“I see this as the best way to ensure that everyone contributes to the Highway Trust Fund and helps maintain and improve our surface transportation system,” he said. “VMT is already being applied at the state level, and it’s time to pursue this solution nationally.”

Graves said in proposing a VMT, he was not suggesting that “big brother” would be tracking motorists’ every move.

“Protecting Americans’ privacy is critical, and we can absolutely do a VMT program without intruding upon people’s privacy,” he said.

Graves pointed to time and technology as being key to implementing an infrastructure plan.

“Time is money, so any delay in the project delivery process consumes valuable and limited resources that could be used for other potential improvements,” he said. “Streamlining project delivery – while continuing to protect the environment – is a priority for the Administration, and it will continue to be a priority for me.”

The Missouri Republican said America will never have the infrastructure system it needs and deserves if it doesn’t do a better job of incorporating technology.

“Compared to other countries, our infrastructure is falling behind, and in some cases falling apart,” he said. “Technology is rapidly developing, but our infrastructure doesn’t always reflect those advancements.  That needs to change.”

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Drivewyze completes Missouri weigh installations, now fully deployed with 19 locations

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Drivewyze President and CEO Brian Heath noted that Missouri is a centralized state in the U.S., home to major trucking lanes connecting the west and east coasts. (Courtesy: DRIVEWYZE )

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DALLAS — Drivewyze has completed its service site rollout in Missouri at all 19 weigh stations across the state. Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass is now operational at all Missouri locations, delivering weigh station bypass opportunities to its customers driving in the state.

“Our bypass service network is second to none in Missouri,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze. “Drivewyze is the largest provider of weigh station bypass service by a factor of almost two — with more than 750 service sites in North America. By providing more bypass opportunities than our competitors, we enable our customers to earn a higher safety return on investment than anyone else in the industry. The time has never been better for carriers to adopt weigh station bypass, or switch away from transponder-based systems. Now, they can maximize our bypass services in Missouri and enjoy the same extended coverage of our transponder-free services offer across the country.”

The final four activated Missouri Drivewyze sites are located in Kearney (northbound), Platte City (northbound), and Willow Springs (both east and westbound). Kearney is on I-35, northeast of Kansas City (between Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa); Platte City is on I-29, northwest of Kansas City (between KC and Omaha, Nebraska); and Willow Springs is on Highway 60/63, southeast of Springfield.

“Missouri is a centralized state in the U.S., home to major trucking lanes connecting the west and east coasts,” Heath said. “With hundreds of trucking companies based in the state, we are pleased to offer state-wide services to all carriers operating in Missouri, as well as those passing through. This is another step forward for Drivewyze — and our customers — and we look forward to continue revolutionizing the freight industry with world-class service and technology. More bypasses not only improve a carrier’s bottom line, it makes a positive impact on driver’s lives.”

Carriers can eliminate the cost and administration of traditional transponders with Drivewyze. The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service is integrated with existing in-cab equipment like electronic logging devices, smartphones, tablets and other in-cab telematics systems. Customers can now receive bypass opportunities in 42 states and two Canadian provinces.

The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application is available on a number of Drivewyze partner platforms, including Omnitracs, Orbcomm, PeopleNet, Transflo, Rand McNally, Zonar, Platform Science, ISSAC and Switchboard. The application is also available for drivers to download on Android and iOS-based tablets or smartphones.

Fleets can request a free weigh station activity report to help them determine how much time and money they could save by using Drivewyze PreClear.

Drivewyze comes with a free Weigh Station Heads-Up service for real-time notifications at more than 1,200 weigh stations and inspection sites nationwide.

To learn more about Drivewyze, please visit www.drivewyze.com. 8

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Pilot Flying J to hold in-person, virtual hiring event May 2

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Pilot Flying J is hiring an average of 10 positions per location with some states adding more, including Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia. (Courtesy: PILOT FLYING J)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J will conduct its first-ever Newsal Hiring Day on May 2 – the largest in-person and virtual hiring event in the company’s history.

Gearing up for the influx of travelers this summer, the company aims to hire more than 5,000 new team members across its network of more than 750 travel centers in the U.S. and Canada. Pilot Flying J invites job seekers to experience and explore what it means to be part of the Pilot Flying J team with on-the-spot in-person and virtual interviews.

“Making the decision to start a career at Pilot Flying J provides the opportunity to work hard, have fun and live up to one’s full potential, while also advancing professionally,” said Paul Shore, chief people officer of Pilot Flying J. “Hiring 5,000 enthusiastic team members to join our company in a wide array of positions across North America is an exciting challenge, especially during a time of low unemployment. To help candidates get a feel for our values and culture, learn about the great benefits we offer and find the right job opportunity, we can’t rely on standard outreach. That’s why we’re inviting everyone to join us on Newsal Hiring Day.”

Shore said Pilot Flying J is seeking hands-on, high energy individuals with a people-first service mentality.

Candidates are invited to visit all Pilot and Flying J travel centers and Truck Care service centers on Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. for on-the-spot interviews and information. To make it easier for candidates to learn more and apply wherever they are, the company also is offering virtual job tours and interviews available at pilotflyingj.com/hiringday.

Open positions include:

  • Travel center leadership and entry level part-time and full-time roles in quick-service restaurants, deli, retail and maintenance
  • Truck Care mechanics and certified technicians
  • Professional drivers for fuel transport, DEF, crude and refined fuel

The company is hiring an average of 10 positions per location with some states adding more, including Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.

For technology candidates, Pilot Flying J is hosting Tech Night, a meet-and-greet at the company’s support center and headquarters in Knoxville. On May 2 from 5-7 p.m., interested individuals are invited to bring their resumes, meet the company’s IT leaders, enjoy light refreshments and learn more about the growing Technology Innovation department. The company plans to hire 55 professionals in technology fields, including mobile developers, data scientists, engineers and more.

Pilot Flying J promotes a team member-first culture and offers both part-time and full-time team members benefits, such as weekly pay, tuition assistance, 401(k) participation, dental and vision plans and paid time off.

On average, the starting salary for hourly, entry-level employees at Pilot Flying J travel centers is $10.75 per hour, $3.50 more than the federal minimum wage. Comprehensive and affordable medical plans are also available to full-time team members, including a $10 per week plan for Travel Center team members, and access to no-cost medical consultations with Teledoc. In addition, team members enjoy unique perks, including free beverages and 50% off on deli and made-in-house PJ Fresh meals while at work.

“Giving back to the communities in which the company operates has been a core value of Pilot Flying J since the beginning. Team members are encouraged to take part in volunteer opportunities, fundraising efforts and other philanthropic activities in support of their local communities,” Shore said.

For more information about Newsal Hiring Day events, visit pilotflyingj.com/hiringday. To learn more about the company, benefits and view open positions, go to jobs.pilotflyingj.com.

Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 135 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 14 on Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies.

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J. Marshall Mizell named Landstar’s 2018 Rookie of the Year

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J. Marshall Mizell's (at right) attention to customer service helped him achieve Landstar System's 2018 Rookie of the Year Award. At left is Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. (Courtesy: LANDSTAR SYSTEMS INC.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Landstar System Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering specialized transportation services, presented the 2018 Rookie of the Year Award to independent Landstar agent J. Marshall Mizell during Landstar’s Annual Agent Convention held in Marco Island, Florida, this month.

Landstar defines a rookie as an independent agent who is new to the Landstar network but not necessarily new to the transportation industry.

Mizell, of MM Transportation LLC, based in Pearson, Georgia, joined the Landstar network after several years on the open road as an owner-operator. Mizell decided to turn his experience as a professional truck driver into his strength as an independent Landstar agent in October 2017.

“The customers Marshall hauled for as a professional truck owner-operator became his first customers as an independent Landstar agent,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “His respect for the road has helped Marshall develop loyal relationships with customers and Landstar business capacity owners.”

Since opening, MM Transportation LLC has generated more than $2.6 million in Landstar revenue with no cargo claims or preventable accidents. Landstar Rookie of the Year Award recipients must be part of Landstar for less than two years, demonstrate an outstanding revenue performance and encompass excellence in customer service. Nominees for the 2018 award joined Landstar between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Landstar System Inc. is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity owners and employees.

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