Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Feb. 7, 2020:
EFS, Fleet One fuel cards back online after Wednesday outage
A fuel card outage Wednesday that affected EFS and Fleet One cards left some truck drivers without fuel, according to social media reports from drivers. WEX, the parent company of EFS and Fleet One fuel cards, among others, confirmed the outage and apologized for the inconvenience it caused.
“We are authorizing transactions and working directly with our customers to resolve any outstanding issues,” said Rob Gould, director of public relations for WEX. “We extend our sincerest apologies to all of our customers for any inconvenience.”
WEX did not provide additional information as to what caused the outage.
Border Patrol busts human, drug trafficking attempts by truckers
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents recently announced three incidents involving truck drivers.
On Jan. 21 near Laredo, Texas, agents intercepted a large human smuggling attempt at the I-35 checkpoint. A service canine alerted agents to the trailer, and agents referred the truck for secondary inspection. The driver then failed to stop, continued to driver north, then fled on foot. Upon opening the trailer, agents found 63 immigrants, all illegally present in the United States. Agents also tracked down the truck driver, a U.S. citizen. The driver and the migrants were arrested.
In a separate incident on Feb. 2, agents near Edinburg, Texas, arrested a truck driver and nine illegal immigrants. In a similar situation, a service canine alerted agents to the trailer, where agents found nine immigrants.
Finally, on Jan. 29, agents seized more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana that was stored inside the flooring of a flatbed trailer. Agents near El Paso, Texas, referred a tractor-trailer for an intensive exam, and an x-ray inspection found anomalies within the floor of the flatbed trailer. Agents found the 1,577.4 pounds of marijuana in 419 bundles in the trailer.