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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Carriers Caught Between Conflicting Agencies on Hiring

By Jim Beach

Carriers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take steps to prevent high-risk individuals from driving their trucks. But an initiative of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may put a hamper on carriers’ efforts.

Tags: Drivers, Background Checks, Litigation, EEOC, Truckload Carriers Association

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Accommodating Drivers' Religious Beliefs

By Truckinginfo Staff

Can you fire a driver who refuses to work on Sunday because of his religious beliefs? Better be careful -- such an action could violate the Civil Rights Act, according to transportation attorneys.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, EEOC, Employment

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers.

By Jody Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Driver Fitness, Drivers, Driver Health

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Do Your Drivers Measure Up?

Photo by Jim Park

By Joe Gallick, NationaLease

The face of your company that customers (and often, their customers) see most is not that of the CEO, CFO, or even the fleet manager. It’s that of your driver. Who has a major impact on your company’s bottom line when it comes to fuel consumption efficiency, non-scheduled maintenance, and accident avoidance? Again, it’s your driver. So having the right metrics to evaluate driver performance is absolutely essential to the success of your business. But what are those “right metrics?”

Tags: Drivers, CSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Fleets Find Benefits in Factory-Installed Inverters

By Truckinginfo Staff

In Joe Egan’s office, a framed picture shows a long-haul tractor, or more precisely, its charred remains. “It’s not one of our trucks, but it illustrates what can happen when an electrical fire is caused by a bad inverter installation,” he says. “It gives a visual reminder to any driver who comes into my office what can happen if an inverter isn’t installed correctly.”

Tags: Drivers, Inverter

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Expect Big Impact on Workers Comp from Obesity Classification

Fluffy's only claim has been for more to eat.

By Jodi Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

The reclassification this summer by the American Medical Association of obesity as “a disease state” effectively declared that one-third of all Americans has a medical condition requiring treatment. The obesity classification will have a tremendous impact on health insurers and workers compensation insurers alike.

Tags: Drivers, Workers' Compensation, Driver Health

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Dec. 1 OSHA Training Deadline Looms

By Truckinginfo Staff

OSHA wants you to train your workers in Hazard Communication, and wants you to do it by Dec. 1 of this year. The trick? It’s a totally new curriculum. Hazard Communication — more commonly known as the “Right to Know” rule about hazardous chemicals in the workplace — is the most frequently cited rule in OSHA.

Tags: Hazmat, Drivers, Instructional Technologies, Driver Training, OSHA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CDL/Med Card Merger: The Deadline is Near

By Jill Schultz, J.J. Keller

An important deadline is just around the corner for CDL drivers and their motor carriers. As of Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must have supplied information about the type of driving they do (self-certify) and the status of their medical certificate/card to their state driver’s licensing agency.

Tags: CDL, J.J. Keller, Med Card, Drivers, compliance

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

Photo by Keith via Flickr

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Drivers, Safety, Safety & Compliance, HNI

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Can Driving Time be Considered Off-Duty Time?

One of the requirements is the vehicle must not be “laden.” If you drive a tractor-trailer, this means not even pulling a trailer. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller & Associates

This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EOBRs Are now ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule requiring electronic logging devices for keeping driver logs.

By Jim Beach

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, EOBRs, ELDs, Hours of Service, Drivers

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways to Manage Risk in the Age of CSA

By Deborah Lockridge

CSA may be an enforcement tool for the FMCA, but you also can use CSA as a catalyst to create transparency and accountability in your organization.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, CSA, HNI

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Which Drivers Make Good Lease-Purchase Candidates?

By Jim Park

While capacity is important, the DOT's new CSA enforcement regime and ever-nosier agencies like the IRS make it clear that you simply can't take people that need to be led by the hand into a lease-purchase program.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Taking the Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who shares the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: Drivers, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fleet Safety Conference, Fit to Drive

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Your Cost-per-Mile

On-board computing systems can help cut cost per mile through helping improve fuel mileage, reducing out of route miles and more.

By Louis McAnally, VP Operations, PeopleNet

Fleet managers understand that reducing cost-per-mile (CPM) by a single penny means huge savings, considering the number of miles a fleet drives each year. Here's how technology can help.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, MPG, Information Technology, PeopleNet, HOS, Fuel and Oil, EOBRs

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Healthcare Reform: Pay or Play

By Kirsti Correa

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires individuals to have health insurance, could change the way trucking companies handle their healthcare coverage policies for employees. The Truckload Carriers Association held a webinar on May 23 to discuss its analysis of the ACA and the impact it will have on the trucking industry.

Tags: Drivers, Business, Health

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Regulations, Drivers, Truck Capacity Focus of Shipper Meeting

Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson, right, shares the stage with trucking analyst Thom Albrecht, managing director at BB&T Capital Markets, during the 11th Annual Transplace Shipper Symposium held in Dallas earlier this month. Sanderson and Albrecht encouraged shippers to treat drivers with respect — or risk not having reliable truck service as capacity tightens. (Photo courtesy Transplace)

By J.K. Jones, Contributor

Shippers must work smarter and cooperate closely with their carrier partners to offset expected losses in truck capacity caused by government regulation, according to presentations at the 11th Annual Transplace Shipper Symposium held earlier this month in Dallas.

Tags: Drivers, Transplace, Shippers

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Tips for Teaching New Log Rules

By HDT partner, Today's Trucking

New hours of service rules go into effect July 1. Are you ready? The American Trucking Associations has published an easy-to-use, free tipsheet to help you help your drivers understand the new HOS rules.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Training, Driver Training, Hours of Service

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

The Army National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

By Oliver Patton

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, Immigration reform, Drivers, Recruiting

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Pay: A New Look at an Old Problem

By Evan Lockridge

Truck driver pay is often summed up in just two words: Not enough. But one analyst sums up the situation lately with the words “productivity bonuses” and “sign-on bonuses.” Gordon Klemp, publisher of the National Survey of Driver Wages, talks about whether those are good or bad in this story from the May issue of HDT.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver pay, Drivers

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Driving Habits Feeding Your Fuel Bill?

By Jim Park

Poor fuel mileage can be a make-or-break proposition for owner-operators, and a lot of whether you get 6 mpg or 8 mpg depends on your skills and habits as a driver. Two drivers on two identical trucks can see a difference of up to 30% in fuel economy. Much of that chasm stems from good or bad pedal and stick management, and the driver's willingness to use available technology to his best advantage.

Tags: Drivers, MPG, Fuel Economy, Owner-Operators

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2013 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Talk Drivers, Equipment, More

By Deborah Lockridge & Oliver Patton

Each year, HDT honors the industry's most innovative truck fleet leaders with its Truck Fleet Innovator Award. Winners are profiled in the magazine, honored during a special event in conjunction with the Mid-America Trucking Show and become a valued resource for HDT's editors.

Tags: Fleet Innovators, Drivers, Prime Inc., Paramount Freight Systems, Cowan Systems LLC, Jet Express

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do You Have a DQ File?

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

The driver qualifications regulations, which are found in Part 391 of the FMCSA regulations, apply to all interstate drivers and most intrastate drivers that operate a commercial motor vehicle – no matter whether your company employs one driver or 1,000.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, FMCSA, Recordkeeping

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Roadside Dietitian: Love Your Heart

Pam Whitfield, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a Master's in Nutrition & Dietetics, and Don Jacobson, a writer and noted outdoor cook, are the authors of“Road-cookin’: A long haul driver's guide to healthy hating.”

By Contributed by Pam Whitfield & Don Jacobson

February is American Heart Month for one really good reason. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country, accounting for about a quarter of all deaths every year. That means the odds are nearly six to one that you will die of a heart problem rather than in an accident.

Tags: Fit to Drive, Health, Diet & Nutrition, Drivers

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Trio of Trucking Resolutions

By Deborah Lockridge

Highway funding, driver respect and fixing CSA are on HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's wish list for 2013.

Tags: Drivers, Infrastructure, CSA

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3 Steps to a Better Culture: Improve CSA Compliance by Valuing Your Drivers

By John Hill, Contributor

In my 38 years of involvement with highway safety, and even more recently as a safety consultant, I have observed a unique situation distinctive to safe and compliant companies: They value their employees by creating a safety culture

Tags: compliance, Safety, Drivers, CSA

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ahead of the fitness curve: Q&A with Bob Perry, founder of Rolling Strong

As part of his Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour, Bob Perry rolls a truck tire 7 miles and invites drivers to walk along.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Bob Perry has been trying to help drivers be healthier for about 25 years, but he was way ahead of the curve. It's only in the past couple of years that the industry has embraced the notion that healthier drivers are safer, happier and more productive

Tags: Diet & Nutrition, Drivers, Health

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Screening Best Practices for Speeding Time to Hire

By Steven Spencer, Contributor

These days, transportation companies are caught between the proverbial driver shortage and their CSA BASIC scores

Tags: Drivers, compliance, hiring, HireRight

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Oakley Maximizes Driver Recruiting AND Retention

By Francis Hare, Contributor

Little Rock-based Oakley Trucking maintains a turnover rate less than 1/3 the current industry average for fleets the American Trucking Associations categorize as "large" (above $30 million in revenue). How

Tags: Drivers

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Orientation: How Much is Retained?

By Guest Commentary Megan Younkin, Contributor

In my seven years with Strategic Programs Inc., I have yet to come across a transportation organization that does not have an orientation for their newly hired Professional Drivers

Tags: Drivers

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial vehicle drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards

Tags: Drivers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers and Brakes

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

In 2003 and again in 2004, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted continent-wide surveys of drivers' brake system knowledge. The results were shocking

Tags: Drivers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Training: You Get What You Pay For

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's no B-Team in trucking. Nor do parallel roadways exist where inexperienced rookies can safely hone their skills before stepping onto the big road with the pros

Tags: Drivers

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Changes for CDL Holders Already Causing Some Problems

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers are changing in regard to medical cards. The rules remain the same as to which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) while operating a commercial vehicle, but drivers will now have to provide an up-to-date copy of this card to the DMV when they obtain it

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety and Driver Engagement

By Rim Yurkus, Contributor

The recession made surviving companies smarter about several things. BR (Before Recession) companies would measure job satisfaction - the premise being: If you make drivers happy, they won't quit

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Employee Health: A Little Psychology

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When United Natural Foods Inc. started offering voluntary "know your numbers" health screenings in 2010, 72% of the non-driving employees participated, but only 31% of drivers. This year, 97% of non-drivers and 98% of its approximately 1,000 drivers participated

Tags: Drivers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA Safety & Security Division Honors Weight Loss Showdown Winners

From left: Jeff Bone, Cline Wood Agency; Tom Liutkus, TravelCenters of America; Carl Bailey, Hirschbach Motor Lines; Linda Moran and Kathy Ayers, Lindora Clinic; Terry Leahy, Hirschbach Motor Lines.

Losing weight is rarely fun or easy, but winners of the Truckload Carriers Association's inaugural Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown proved that it can be done

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Failure to Communicate

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How can you expect to maintain a good relationship if you never talk with your partner? This is where a marriage has something in common with your relationship with your drivers and owner-operators

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Employee or Contractor?

Over the years courts have identified on a case-by-case basis various facts or factors that are relevant in determining whether an employer-employee relationship exists

Tags: Drivers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firm and Fair: Recruiting and Retention at ADM

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

"It pays to operate in accordance with the law." That's one way ADM Trucking Inc., Decatur, Ill., is able to recruit and retain drivers, according to Sam Richardson, assistance vice president of operations

Tags: Drivers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An All-Too-Common Conflict

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Successful trucking depends on successful relationships - in every corner of our game. Nowhere is this more true than in the hyper-difficult connection between drivers and dispatchers

Tags: Drivers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS Driver Ron 'Big Dog' Sowder Reaches 50 Years Accident Free

UPS Driver Ron Sowder recently celebrated 50 Years of accident-free driving for UPS.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Ron "Big Dog" Sowder has a good reason for his nickname: He's driven 50 years and 4 million miles without a single accident

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Monitoring Driver Behavior can Improve Safety and Reduce Costs

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to wor

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Almost Ready with 6D Vision Technology, Better Than Eyes

The Daimler team has devised a way to distinguish between static and moving objects, and an object's direction and speed.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

One definition of success in driving any sort of vehicle is getting where you're going without hitting stuff. Doing that involves the coordinated use of brakes and throttle and steerin

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Better Way to Drug Test? Hair Testing Reveals Disturbing Facts About Driver Drug Use and DOT Requirements

Hair testing has gotten better over the years. Labs have standardized their procedures. And demand is rising, which will presumably continue to drive quality up and cost down.

By Tom Nunlist, Contributor & Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

In late 2005 and early 2006, two J.B. Hunt drivers were involved in accidents that claimed three lives. Both drivers had clean records, but both tested positive at the scene for cocaine. The Arkansas-based transportation and logistics company decided it was time for a change.

Tags: Drivers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology, CSA, and a Culture of Safety

Research shows that making 'chores' socially competitive is a sure-fire way of provoking behavioral change.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Technology is not only changing what the driver looks for in the job, but also what the job looks for in the driver

Tags: Drivers

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fair Credit Reporting Act Affects Driver Hiring

By Rob Moseley, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Last May, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admini­stration began its pre-employment screening program service, or PSP. The PSP service compiles information regarding driving records of commercial drivers for use by motor carriers in making employment decisions

Tags: Drivers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Coming Driver Shortage, Part 2: Who Will Be Driving Your Trucks?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

That trucking is about to experience its worst labor shortage ever should as come no surprise. Our fate was cast years ago, though a few cruel twists have conspired to make it worse than it otherwise would have been.

Tags: Drivers

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetMind White Paper Offers Tip and Tools to Ensure Waste Fleet Safety

FleetMind Solutions, Inc., has released a white paper called "Waste Fleet Safety: Tips and Tools to Ensure Safe Driving" that discusses strategies for improving waste fleet safety

Tags: Drivers

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