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This month, September 16th – 22nd, Riverside Transport, Inc. celebrated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The terminals hosted a multitude of events to recognize their drivers ranging from prize drawings to a pig roast.
Every day of the week Riverside Transport, Inc. conducted vehicle inspections on tractors, driver credentials, permit books & logbooks. All of the drivers that completed an inspection had their name entered in a drawing to win a laptop!

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On Friday September 7, 2012, Riverside Transport experienced a great loss; the loss of one of its finest and longest term owner operators. Dave Cowen, 55 years old, having spent over 17 years with RTI and traveled over 2 million miles on behalf of all the families and customers serviced by RTI.
When I first heard the tragic news of Dave’s death, my immediate thought was what a great loss to his family and friends and to all his RTI family. With such outstanding career performance demonstrated through the highest level of safety, customer service, kindness and friendliness, Dave will be missed by all of us at RTI. Dave was nothing less than an exemplar driver – not a blemish on his driving record and a perfectly clean CSA score.

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The Truckers Jamboree was held in Oak Grove, MO at Petro on Saturday, June 11, 2011. People trickled in and out during the day and there was food, music and fun. Here’s the pictures


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By R.L.”Pa Russ Mauzy”

Lately, I have heard many company drivers tell me that they started out being a lease driver, only to find that they weren’t making any money so they gave up their lease and became a company driver.  There are too many drivers out there saying that they don’t know how lease drivers make any money and I tell them that I have no complaints.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making money hand over fist, but I am surviving out here.  If I wanted to put a little more effort into “MY BUSINESS” I could probably find more ways to save money, but I’m surviving and happy now, with very little effort.

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* On-Highway Diesel Prices, by Week and PADD
(Self Service Cash Price in Dollars per Gallon, Including Taxes)

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By R.L. “Pa Russ” Mauzy

hours_of_service-300x225By now, many of your now that I am not only a lease operator with RTI, I am also an ex-Deputy Sheriff with a specialty in Commercial Vehicle Safety.  I also try to keep up on the current regulations as well as the proposed regulations pertaining to the operation of commercial motor vehicles.  With that being said, I have been asked to give the “drivers’ perspective” of the proposed changes to the DOT Hours of Service regulations.  Of course, this perspective is solely mine, however, I believe I address it from a common sense angle that most, if not all, drivers would agree with.

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