Owner Operator Land Weekly Trucking News Digest #52

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Written by Owner Operator Team

Shell Rotella SuperRigs Winners

This year the truck beauty contest – the 38th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs – was virtual. First and second places were taken by a 2016 and 2010 models Peterbilt 389. You can find the winners’ photos in this post

New Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Peterbilt, and other heavy-duty models 

Better fuel economy, advanced active safety systems, Trucks’ Dynamic Steering, and after-treatment systems – this is just a small part of the innovations in new heavy-duty models announced for 2021. And of course, there are several zero-emission newcomers. Discover them all from this post

Who is an Independent Contractor?

Are you an independent contractor truck driver? Are you sure about this? Because the U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that aims to clarify who’s an employee and who’s an independent contractor. And The American Trucking Associations supports this proposal. Read more about the rule here

Mack medium-duty trucks come back to the market

The last time Mack launched medium-duty trucks in 2001. And on September 1, production of a new MD Series of medium-duty Class 6 and 7 trucks began. Read more about these vehicles and see the photos here

Team drivers had a deal with COVID-19 while on the road

Glenn Helmly and Melissa Labigang are team drivers who contracted coronavirus in August. The situation was complicated by the fact that they were on the road and hauled loads. In this post, they talk about their symptoms, problems finding a hospital to get tested, the time it took them to recover, and advice to other truck drivers.