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The Latest Threat to the Owner-Operator Model
By Deborah Lockridge
New guidance from the Department of Labor issued in July could pose a threat to the trucking industry's use of owner-operator drivers as independent contractors, with the American Trucking Associations calling it "an aggressive departure from prevailing classification standards."
Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge
The Smart Road to Younger Drivers
By Deborah Lockridge
While lowering the age of drivers may cause panic in the media, being smart about training young drivers can significantly reduce the risks.
The Risks of Hiring Inexperienced Drivers
By Denise Banks, HNI
Trucking companies hiring inexperienced drivers may be opening themselves up to more risk than it's worth.
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Reassessing the Independent Contractor
By Robert F. Dow and Douglas A. Smith
Truck driver classification should be weighed in light of current waged hour laws, safety regulations and the Affordable Care Act
Electronic logs, speed limiters, a drug and alcohol testing database and other regulations will mean more drivers are needed, even if the economy slows. Graph: FTR
Commentary: Regulatory Drag and the Driver Shortage
By Evan Lockridge
Despite projections of an economic slowdown, upcoming regulations could still require fleets to find large numbers of new drivers.

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People’s Choice Winner “Susie tearing up the blacktop from coast to coast” by Susan De Ridder. Photo: Courtesy of Women in Trucking
Women In Trucking Names I Heart Trucking Contest Winners
Women In Trucking has announced the winners of the association’s "I Heart Trucking" photo contest which ran from June 23-24.
Pope Francis Image via Kino Border Initiative
New Jersey Braces for Pope's Impact on Traffic
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has sent out a traffic alert in preparation for a visit from Pope Francis on Sept. 26-27.
Photo: PierPass
Southern California Ports to Adopt Appointment System
To reduce truck congestion, a cargo appointment system will be adopted by 10 terminals operating out of the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
ATA Puts Support Behind Driver Hair Testing Option
In a letter, the ATA urged congress to move forward with legislation that would allow fleets to use hair samples in a federally mandated drug screening program for drivers.
Photo: FHWA
New Coalition to Look for Truck Parking Solutions
In a truck parking survey mandated by the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act (MAP-21), almost half of the state departments of transportation surveyed reported that truckers were forced to park on freeway interchange ramps and shoulders of highways.
Ronald Emenheiser, 2015 Bendix Grand Champion
Walmart Driver Wins Truck Driving Championship
Walmart driver Ronald Emenheiser was named the 2015 Bendix Grand Champion at the 78th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships in St. Louis.
ACT Raises Pay for Company Drivers and Owner Operators
American Central Transport is increasing pay for both company truck drivers and owner operators, the trucking company announced.
Photo: USA Truck
USA Truck Allows Flexibility in Choosing Hometime
USA Truck has implemented its Choose Your Hometime initiative that allows over-the-road driving team members to select when and where they take time off.
The Wildcat Creek bridge on I-65 is closed while INDOT crews examine it. Some of its supporting piers sunk about 8 inches into the creek bed below.  Photo: Indiana Department of Transportation
I-65 Bridge Closure Still Causing Big Delays
A bridge closure on I-65 through Layfayette, Indiana has caused serious delays and it may be shut down for a while longer.
2 Plead Guilty in California CDL Bribery Scheme
Two defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to sell fraudulently obtained Class A commercial driver’s licenses by bribing DMV employees in Northern California.


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Premium Seats for Class 7 and 8 Trucks Bostrom Seating brand is introducing the Wide Ride Core seat, a premium all-makes option for Class 7 and 8 commercial trucks.
EpicVue Offers inMotion Satellite TV Drivers can now record a TV show while the truck is in motion with EpicVue's new inMotion option.
KeepTruckin eLog App is Redesigned KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logbook App has been redesigned with a new interface, features and expanded support.
Wisconsin Releases 511 Travel Information App The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has launched the 511 Wisconsin app that provides statewide travelers with information on traffic conditions.
Pegasus TransTech Updates Transflo Mobile+ App Pegasus TransTech announced the version 1.5 upgrade to its Transflo Mobile+ application designed for customizing load workflow for drivers.
Quantifying the Costs of Unsafe Drivers
The decision to overlook driver performance can lead to costly consequences, and many businesses lack the right protocols for driver safety altogether. Lean how you can improve the ROI of driver safety.
Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior
GPS vehicle tracking provides a powerful tool for managing your vehicles more effectively, helping you control fleet costs and improving productivity. Fleet operation isn’t just about the vehicles but also the people who drive them.


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