Bearing a heavy load

The Waggoners Trucking, an Irving, Texas-based car hauler, paid $300,000 to the Business Software Alliance – a watchdog group representing leading software manufacturers – to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of software programs installed on its computers, BSA said. The Waggoners also agreed to delete any unlicensed copies, purchase replacement software and strengthen its software management practices.

A former third-party CDL examiner for the North Carolina DMV was ordered to pay $8,500 in fines and restitution for issuing CDLs to 151 applicants without proper testing, according to DOT’s Office of the Inspector General. Jimmy D. Halcomb of Broadway – who was sentenced Feb. 13 in U.S. District Court in Greenville – also was placed on two years of probation after pleading guilty Oct. 10, 2006, to a charge of making false statements.

A new Illinois law allows counties and municipalities to post warning signs against the unnecessary use of jake brakes without a sufficient muffler system, but the law does not apply to systems with adequate sound muffling. A violation is punishable by a $75 fine, but a driver legally may use a noisy system to avoid an accident.

An employee of Covenant Transport was charged with stealing trade secrets from the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company. Authorities said they found a folder with Covenant’s top 100 customers in a vehicle belonging to Brandon Matthew Simmons, 25, of Trenton, Ga. Police said Simmons admitted he planned to use them to start his own brokering business.

Q Regulations have been proposed that would hold intermodal equipment providers accountable for the “roadworthiness” of their containers and chasses. I firmly believe the regulations do not go far enough. One thing that seems to be missing is the fact that terminals often load heavy containers on chasses that are not adequate to haul them. This exposes my company to risk by forcing us to use the same equipment that may have been subject to undue stress countless times.

A The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on roadability in the Dec. 21, 2006 Federal Register in response to a congressional mandate in the SAFETEA-LU legislation now codified at 49 U.S.C.