Weeks prior to the United States Forest Solution introduced the choice of owner-operator Larry Spiekermeier and also Whitewood Transportation to transport the 2017 UNITED STATE Capitol Xmas Tree, Spiekermeier recognized he and also his company were solid challengers.
“It just goes to show you that when you concentrate on doing your job well and safely, there are some pretty amazing opportunities that can result, ” said Larry Spiekermeier, the driver chosen to transport the tree.
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But Spiekermeier could not tell a sole, not even his spouse, Mary Ann, or their 3 grown kids, that they were just one of few finalists. It wasn’t easy for him to keep his secret from them.
“When I first learned from Whitewood Transport’s safety director (Brad Wilson) I might be driving the Kenworth T680 that would deliver the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, I was speechless, ”
Spiekermeier said. “If you would have told me at the start of my driving career in 1968 that I would one day be stepping up to the plate to deliver ‘The People’s Tree’ to the U.S. Capitol, I would never, ever have imagined it.”
A Volkswagon executive has pleaded guilty to federal charges after being arrested earlier this year for violating the Clean Air Act.
Automotive News reports that the judge sentenced him to 7 years in prison and a $400,000 fine.
This is the maximum sentence and highest possible fine you can receive for this white-collar crime.
The judge said he was responsible for a massive cover-up and was the key conspirator in the dirty deed.
His lawyer had asked for 40 months supervised release and “only” a $100,000 fine, but no dice.<
The prosecution basically called him a big fat liar and apparently, the judge agreed.
Few things are as frustrating as cars that won’t even drive the speed limit in the left lane. Fortunately for Nevada drivers, doing so is now officially illegal. While everyone knows that drivers regularly fudge the rules while out on the road, widespread awareness of the new law change should at least keep the overly cautious, speed-fearing types over to the right!
Many people have already been ticketed for dipping below 55 in the left lane since the law’s inception in July of 2017. The initial ticket is a stinging fine of $50, and repeat offenses will cost up to $250. If this isn’t a deterrent for clogging up the left side of the road, what is?
Of course, it must also be understood that the left lane is still meant for passing. Anyone expected to blaze through at high velocity is still prone to being ticketing for speeding. You must also be careful of any emergency or construction vehicles that might be taking up that side of the road on official duty; the new law has exceptions that state such vehicles are well within their right to travel more slowly if needed.
Skoda said it would make a decision this year on whether or not to enter the U.S. market, but it looks like the Czech automaker needs more time to make up its mind. According to a report from Autocar, Skoda is putting its U.S. ambitions on hold to focus on low-cost cars for India.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen Group teamed up with Tata Motors in the hopes of building a low-cost car for emerging markets. Skoda was recruited to lead the project for VW, leaving the brand little time to focus on its plans for the U.S. “We will need more time to work on the U.S. plans now,” Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier told Autocar.
“There is no hurry to rush into the U.S. and no deadline to even decide if we should be looking to go there,” Maier added. “There’s no need to make a decision right away.”