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Touch a Truck or Train
A brand new 2020 Peterbilt truck will be on display Saturday, June 1, at the annual Touch a Truck or Train event at the Sioux City Railroad Museum. Marketing and sales staff from Peterbilt of Sioux City will be on hand to hand out information and share their love of the trucking industry. Visitors of all ages can climb into the cab, blow the horn, and check out the latest in over-the-road transportation.

Touch a Truck or Train runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Railroad Museum, 3400 Sioux River Road. Other activities include browsing the railroad displays as well as climbing aboard fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles and military equipment. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children, and $20 for groups up to four. For more information, visit the Sioux City Railroad Museum page on Facebook.




IMTA: Trucking industry regs are ‘muddied’
Several government regulations are “muddying the waters” of the trucking industry, according to Don Egli, director of Safety & Security at the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA). Egli presented his annual update to members April 25 in Sioux City. What’s one of the biggest bones of contention in the industry right now? Hours of Service (HOS) rules. “There’s been a big discussion for the last two years,” Egli said. More flexibility is needed, according to industry leaders, especially in the areas of the 14-hour rule and 30-minute breaks. Requested exemptions to the HOS also are helping create gray areas within the rule’s interpretation. The Ag Exemption, for example, contains language that is open to interpretation, such as agricultural “commodities” versus “supplies.” “It’s a contentious topic,” Egli said. Personal Conveyance Guidelines and ELD exemptions also are open to interpretation because of the “guidance” provided to law enforcement, he said. Pending legislation could change current rules. Egli suggested tracking updated information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website, fmcsa.dot.gov.


MPG continues career outreach
Midwest Peterbilt Group’s Marketing and Recruitment staff continued their efforts in April, attending career fairs in Moville, right, and South Sioux City, below. In addition to sharing information on diesel tech training, high school students were “lured” to the MPG tables with a challenge: Use power and hand tools to complete a timed task. “Fastest time of the day wins a Peterbilt hoodie or T-shirt.”


CVSA roadcheck set for June 4-6
The importance of safe steering and suspension systems will be the focus of the 2019 CVSA International Roadcheck initiative in June. While checking vehicle compliance is always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA is highlighting steering components and suspension systems this year as a reminder of their importance to highway safety. “Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police. “Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking.” CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.


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UTA foundation to award $2,500 scholarships

The Used Truck Association (UTA) Jerome Nerman Foundation will award 10 college scholarships to qualifying students. Each $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to students who are nominated by UTA members in good standing. Deadline is September 13, 2019. For more information, or to download an application, visit uta.org/the-jerome-nerman-family-educational-fund.


Truck Shows and Special Events Schedule

Summer 2019

Nebraska Truck Driving Championships: May 30 - June 1, 2019 Fonner Park, Grand Island, NE.

16th Wheel Jam Truck Show: May 30 - June 2, 2019 in Huron, SD at the state fairgrounds.

IMTA Truck Driving Championships: to be held June 13 - 14, 2019 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree: June 14 - 15, 2019 at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, I-70 Exit 28, Oak Grove, Missouri.

ATHS Southeast Iowa Chapter 8th Annual Antique and Working Truck Show at Ottumwa Park and CampgroundJct Hwy 34 & 149, Ottumwa, IA, June 15, 2019

30th Sandhills Ranch Expo June 19 -20, 2019 in Basset, Neb.

Walcott Truckers Jamboree: July 11 -13, 2019 The 40th Annual Jamboree hosted at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, IA.

Made in the Shade Truck Show & Shine: July 20, 2019 David City, Nebraska. Butler county Fairgrounds

Semi truck Show and Shine: Colfax County Fairgrounds, Leigh, Neb. Saturday July 27, 2019

15th Annual Iowa-Nebraska Classic Truck Show: Aug. 3, 2019 at Sapp Bros. Truck Stop North West Parking lot, Omaha, NE. Food, Music and Vendors. Info 402-895-8040.

10th Annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck & Tractor Show August 16 - 18, 2019. Northern State Fair Grounds, Chippewa Falls, WI.

DAKOTAFEST: Schlaffman Farm, 2300 Spruce St. Mitchell, SD August 20 - 22, 2019 Follow us on facebook at "Dakotafest".

 Fall 2019  

BIG IRON CLASSIC: Sept 6 - 7, 2019 Dodge County Fairgrounds, Kasson, MN.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
Sept 8 - 14, 2019

Husker Harvest Days: Sept 10 - 12, 2019 9000 W. Husker Highway, Wood River, NE

SD Truck Convoy for Special Olympics:
Big Rigs, Big Hearts, Big Results
Sioux Falls, SD Sept 20 - 21, 2019
Rapid City, SD Sept 27 & 28, 2019

 Winter 2019 - 2020  

Nebraska Power Farming Show: Dec 10 - 12, 2019 Lancaster Event Center, 4100 North 84th St. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Iowa Power Farming Show: Iowa Events Center 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa. Jan 28- 30, 2020.