Friday, July 8, 2022 Trucking News and Briefs:
CloudTrucks offers a new credit card for owner-operators
“Virtual” trucking carrier CloudTrucks has launched a new credit card option for independent owner-operators and small fleets.
CT Credit is a no-fee, no-interest Visa business card that aims to help these businesses better manage their expenses and build healthy business credit. It also does not require a firm credit application, the company added.
The card is designed to work for advances on the payment of a charge, with credit limits low enough to cover expenses such as fuel, repairs and meals. This is ideal instead of traditional sources of credit that individual business owners may not qualify for, CloudTrucks said.
CT Credit Product Manager Hali Mo said the CT Credit program is open to all owner-operators, even if they don’t already do business with CloudTrucks. “Owner-operators can choose to work with CloudTrucks however they want,” Mo said – whether it’s with the Virtual Carrier for Leased Operators, the CT Credit program, the CT Cash factoring program or the CT Flex program. for independent owner-operators. .
“However, it should be noted that if a CT Credit client is also using CT Cash as a factoring solution, they can get a more complete view of the money coming in and going out of their business to keep better control of their cash flow. treasury and finance,” added Mo.
The card’s systems allow riders and team leaders to track balances at any time and provide a complete view of income and expenses for those using the CT Cash factoring service. It also offers a cashback option on purchases made from CloudTrucks discount partners such as Road Ranger, Pilot Flying J and Love’s Maintenance.
CloudTrucks also reports on-time payments to credit bureaus so customers can build business credit, unlock higher credit limits, and prepare for future financial opportunities to grow their trucking business.
[Related: Real success with a ‘virtual’ carrier: Owner-operator Jason Hurley’s CloudTrucks experience]
Southeastern Pennsylvania police team up to target aggressive drivers
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced this week that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will join Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated crackdown. of aggressive driving to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on area roads as part of a statewide mobilization that runs through August 21.
The enforcement wave will focus on heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running and tailgating. PennDOT said motorists exhibiting other dangerous behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.
Law enforcement will utilize traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, lane enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-patrol strategies. jurisdictions to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
In 2021, 1,483 aggressive driving crashes resulted in 27 deaths in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, PennDOT said. Aggressive driving collisions are collisions involving two or more aggressive driving factors in the same accident. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless cornering or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.
The goal of the targeted enforcement, PennDOT said, is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths related to aggressive driving on state roads. Any aggressive driver stopped by the police will receive a ticket.
[Related: Operation Safe Driver enforcement blitz upcoming next week, July 10-16]
I-17 rest area closed until next spring, but parking still allowed
Beginning Monday, July 11, the Arizona Department of Transportation will renovate and upgrade facilities at the Sunset Point Rest Area along I-17 at mile post 252 north of Phoenix.
The rest area will be closed to travelers for several months while the improvement project is underway. ADOT expects the project to be completed by spring 2023.
The project will upgrade water systems and septic tanks, as well as toilets and vending areas. Truck parking will also be expanded at the rest area.
During the shutdown, truckers will be allowed to continue using Sunset Point to park and rest. Although facilities are limited, portable toilets and hand washing stations will be made available to commercial drivers. All other drivers are encouraged to use facilities in other areas, including Black Canyon City, which is approximately 10 miles south of the rest area, and Cordes Junction, which is 10 miles north.
Drivers should be aware that there are no facilities at the Badger Springs and Bumble Bee exits on I-17, ADOT added.
Other improvements to the Sunset Point rest area include renovating the covered ramadas and improving the sidewalks, lighting and signage. Crews will also work to renovate a sundial memorial to honor ADOT highway workers who have died in the line of duty.
[Related: Brake Safety Week inspection blitz coming in Aug.]