Trucking News Roundup

By: Classadrivers.com

Truck Stop Chain Pilot Flying J Makes $100 Million Improvements

Pilot Flying J is making changes for the better! The chain recently announced their $100 million plan to improve their menu and amenities. Pilot Flying J will now offer healthier menu choices, like fresh roasted chicken and home-style meatloaf. They will also offer “coffeehouse-quality beverages”, which include eight flavors of coffee, cappuccinos, iced coffee, and hot chocolate. In addition, the restroom and shower facilities have been upgraded with new tile and lighting, larger showers, and no-touch toilet flush and hand dryers.

By offering new and healthier dining options as well as upgraded hygiene facilities, the company is helping to change the negative stereotypes of truckers and improve the industry as a whole.

Texas Ranks #1 for Maintenance Violations

The Department of Public Safety reported that truck drivers in Texas are found with the most maintenance violations of all fifty states. Texans also rank #5 for fatalities caused by improper truck maintenance (as opposed to driver negligence). Interestingly enough, the state ranks in the lowest percentiles of other violations, coming in at 42nd for moving violations and 47th for hours of service.

Because of these statistics, the state has decided to focus on the truck rather than the driver, conducting 534,304 truck inspections last year. An average state like California undergoes nearly 65,000 fewer inspections a year.