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January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Look at CSA After Two Years

By Oliver B. Patton

In the two years it has been up and running, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has demonstrated many flaws and shortcomings. But the program is credited with the signal achievement of shining a brighter light on truck safety.

Tags: Topics & Trends, FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

Tags: Topics & Trends, CSA, FMCSA, Safety, compliance

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-Tech Solutions Could Address Truck Parking Problem

Smartphones are one way drivers could learn about available truck parking spaces.

Nearly 100 people participated in a webinar last month on the truck parking shortage and innovative ways this problem can be addressed. The webinar was put on by the Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition. Several studies dating back to the 1990s have found that there is an inadequate supply of truck parking, especially along key freight corridor

Tags: Topics & Trends, Truckstops, Parking

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CargoNet Offers Cargo Theft Prevention Tips

CargoNet's analysis of historical cargo theft data shows that the rate of cargo theft increases over holiday weekends, so it's offering suggestions for how companies can help prevent theft

Tags: Topics & Trends, Security

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Building a Culture of Safety

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

In 1986, the Chernobyl-4 nuclear reactor exploded, spewing molten core fragments and radiation. It killed more than 30 people and contaminated 400 square miles around the Ukrainian plant. A "poor safety culture" was identified as a major factor. That was one of the first uses of the term

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October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using a Safety Program to Get the Best Rates in a Hard Market

By Contributed HNi

With a hard market on the way for the insurance industry, it's more important now than ever to shore up your safety program (although developing a safety culture should always be a focus, no matter what the market conditions.

Tags: Topics & Trends, Safety, Insurance

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 ways to improve trucking's image

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Trucking image. It's something just about everyone in the industry wants to improve, but it's a moving target, a never-ending battle

Tags: Topics & Trends, Image

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Highway Funding: The Journey Ahead

By Analysis Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Congress recently passed a highway program that was better than expected, and both parties took credit for it during their recent presidential nominating conventions - but it's not nearly what the country needs

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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sustainable transportation is no longer 
an option

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What kind of a message is your fuel surcharge sending your customers? Perhaps what I should be asking is, what might your fuel surcharge be saying to your customers' customers?

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maverick Transportation Focuses on Safety Culture

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Technology plays a role in promoting safety at Maverick Transportaton in Little Rock, Ark. But the technologies deployed "are part of our overall safety program and a part of our safety culture," says Dean Newell, vice president of safety and driver training

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Swift Transportation Got Back on Track

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

SAN DIEGO -- "It doesn't matter if you are big or small, the principles are the same," said Richard Stocking, president and COO of Swift Transportation, in discussing how his company got back on track following the recession

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Violations

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Vehicle maintenance violations are a huge threat to a carrier's safety record. There are close to 200 separate violations on FMCSA's list of point-carrying infractions, and many carry ratings of 5 points or higher

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Two Fleets Divulge Keys to Award-Winning Safety Programs

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Rocha Transportation and Bison Transport, winners of the 2012 Truckload Carriers Association's National Fleet Safety Award, admit that maintaining a high level of safety is hard work

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April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One on One with Jerry Moyes, Swift Transportation

Jerry Moyes is the CEO and founder of Swift Transportation, the largest trucking company in the U.S.

By Jason Rhyno, contributor

As CEO and founder of Swift Transportation, the largest trucking company in the U.S., Jerry Moyes knows a thing or two about trucking

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April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 7 Steps to Selling Your Trucking Business

By Peter Carter, Contributor

Nobody's going to buy your business if: a) it's unhealthy or b) they can just take it

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Infrastructure Funding: What Now?

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

It's more than two years late and still no one knows if Congress will pass a highway bill this year, much less what will be in it

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Next-Generation Leaders Run a Tight Ship

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A panel of young truckload executives talked about making sure growth, technology, employees and customers are all contributing to a carrier's success during a panel discussion last week at the Truckload Carriers Association's annual conference

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February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Recruiting and Retention: It's All About Respect

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

It was clear at last week's Recruitment & Retention Conference, put on by the Truckload Carriers Association and ACS Advertising, that forward-thinking carriers are realizing that recruiting and retention in the new environment means treating drivers are more than steering-wheel holders

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December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Survey Reveals Top Trucking Concerns

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives by the American Transportation Research Institute revealed the top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry

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December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trends to Watch in 2012: Economy and Business

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A recent survey by GE Capital of mid-market chief financial officers showed that transportation CFOs, while less optimistic about the U.S. economy and the global economy than their counterparts, are one of the more optimistic groups of CFOs when it comes to the state of their own industry

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November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air Force Truckers Haul U.S. out of Iraq

A U.S. Air Force M915 tractor from the 70th Medium Truck Detachment leads a convoy of 43 vehicles through Iraq with a load of equipment and supplies. They traveled 1,100 miles in seven days. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

Air Force truckers from the 70th Medium Truck Detachment and convoy escort team soldiers of B Troop, 1-94 Cavalry, Pine City, Minn., Army National Guard, met for the first time on Oct. 26. Only hours later, these men put their lives in one another's hands as they convoyed throughout Iraq, hauling out cargo as the U.S. withdraws from the country

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November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting-Edge Customer Service

Getting the freight there on time and undamaged is just the beginning. (Photo: Con-way)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When a customer calls Southeastern Freight Lines, he doesn't hear, "press one for sales, press two for maintenance, press zero for a company directory.

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All-Volvo Company Does Log Transport Around The Clock in Sweden

By Text and photos Sven-Erik Lindstrand, European Editor

An all-Volvo fleet of nine trucks with I-Shift transmissions hauls logs 24 hours a day, seven days a week in southern Sweden. For a couple of hours, a group of North American truck editors in Sweden got a chance to follow first-hand the transport of timber from where the trees were harvested to a nearby sawmill

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Theft Trends and How to Keep Cargo Safe

By Nick Erdmann, Transport Security

Cargo theft has impacted nearly every industry, from paper products to televisions

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA's Safety Professional of the Year Sets the Tone

Don Lacy, TCA's 2011 Safety Professional of the Year

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

When Don Lacy implemented weekly safety meetings as one of his first actions as director of safety at Prime Inc.

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September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Construction Dead? Think Again.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Construction is dead, right? Not entirely. Even in down times there are things a-buildin,' and some people are buying new vocational trucks, say truck-maker representatives

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Supply Chain: It Takes More Than Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In 1932, the Brown family started National Hauling with one truck. Today the New Jersey-based company, rebranded as NFI, offers regional truckload, drayage, intermodal (including refrigerated containers), dedicated fleets, warehousing, cross-docking operations, packaging, and global logistics

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Industry Trends Prompting More Fleets to Look at Leasing Equipment

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

As trucking companies cautiously poke their heads out of their shells after struggling to survive the recession, they're finding higher prices for new equipment

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Forecast: A Long Climb Out of Recession but a Busy Couple of Years for Trucking

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

It's going to take many years to rebuild the economy from the Great Recession, but there are positive signs for the near term, and the outlook is good for trucking over the next couple of years, says economist Noel Perry, senior consultant for FTR Associates

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January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking Rebounds With New Approach Born Out of Economic Necessity

By Guest commentary Lisa H. Harrington

Supply chains today face extraordinary levels of volatility, and companies are scrambling to manage risk that is unprecedented in scope, amplitude, and frequency. In the wake of the U.S. economic meltdown, no segment of the supply chain has remained untouched by volatility and risk

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CVSA Vision: Safety Is More than Enforcement

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is best known as the outfit that issues those clearance stickers to trucks that pass a roadside inspection. That has been the alliance's core program since it was founded in 1980

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks Lauds North America's Safest Fleets

MacKinnon Transport, Inc. of Guelph, Ont., and Upper Lakes Foods of Cloquet, Minn, recognized for their high standards and demonstrated commitments to safety, were named winners of the 2010 Volvo Trucks Safety Award

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Technologies & Lawsuits

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Widespread adoption of high-tech safety technologies, such as collision warning systems with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning systems, stability control, fatigue warning devices and other technologies, could have a significant impact on litigation in the futur

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