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A golf tournament is displayed on the EpicVue flat-screen TV inside a truck’s sleeper. The company offers its service based on three-year and five-year contracts. Photo via EpicVue
Attracting and Retaining Drivers with Satellite TV
By Jim Beach
Cargo Transporters recently started installing in-cab satellite TV systems in some of its trucks and the driver feedback has been encouraging.
Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National
Driver Dilemma: In Search of Owner-Operators
By Deborah Lockridge
After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them.
Art Johannson and Amanda Jones. Photo courtesy Drivewyze
One Woman Driver's Take on the Driver Shortage
By Deborah Lockridge
Amanda Jones has been on the road with husband Art Johansson for 13 years and driving for a little less than a year, so she's got some interesting perspectives on what fleets can do to attract and keep drivers, especially female ones.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think
By Rolf Lockwood
Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.
Q&A: PeopleNet's New Trucking GM Mark Kessler
By Deborah Lockridge
A chat with the head of PeopleNet's new Trucking Division about big trucking issues and how better using data can help fleets win the day.

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Photo: J.J. Keller
FMCSA Still Seeking Drivers for 34-Hour Restart Study
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still seeking volunteer truck drivers for its 34-hour restart study.
Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload
Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions
Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.
Navistar's ProStar ES 110, unvieled at Expocam in Montreal, April 17. Photo by Jim Park
Navistar Takes ProStar ES to 110,000 GVW
By Jim Park
Downspeeding isn't a good approach to fuel savings in high GVW applications, so Navistar is offering Canadians a ProStar ES spec designed for 110,000 GVW. It features Eaton's 16-speed UltraShift and engines from Cummins and Navistar optimized for higher weights.
Ports Must Adapt to Volume, Says N.J. Trucking Association
Addressing the monumental traffic backups at the Ports of New York and New Jersey, the New Jersey Trucking Association called on the ports to adapt to the higher volume and increase gate hours.
CVSA Sets Annual Roadcheck for Early June
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.
The Bose ride system coutneracts the shaking and jarring potentially experienced by drivers on the road. Image:Freightliner
Driver Friendly Options Added to Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution
Freightliner has added driver-friendly options to its Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution models to add to comfort, safety, health and productivity.
Prime Invites Drivers and Carriers to Fittest Trucker Competition
Prime is reserving 30 competition slots for drivers from other fleets to participate in its Fittest Trucker in America competition, taking place Aug. 29 at the company's headquarters in Springfield, Mo.
The 2015 Image Team Left to right:  Ingrid Brown, Stephanie Klang, Ellen Voie (WIT President/CEO), Carol Nixon, Allyson Hay, Wyzeena Heeny. Photo via Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking Names Image Team Members
Five women have been chosen to be the members of Women In Trucking’s Image Team, the organization announced. The Image team will participate in public events for legislators, regulators and industry leaders to further the mission of WIT.
ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA
Turnover Still Over 90 Percent at Truckload Fleets
Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.
ATRI Researching Truck Parking Via Driver Survey
The American Transportation Research Institute is researching truck parking and truck parking reservation systems through a new survey of drivers. Drivers can take the survey through the end of April.

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Navman’s Drive Apps Streamline Driver Workflow Navman Wireless released the Drive suite of applications combining fleet management, communication, navigation, dispatching, and documentation systems into a single interface.
Idaho Releases Trucker Version of 511 App The Idaho Transportation Department has released a specialized trucker’s version of its traveler services 511 mobile app that reformats the information in the standard app for commercial vehicles.
Bose Ride System II Delivers New Features, More Functionality Adjustable seat settings will help drivers who are accustomed to the firmer feel of an air ride seat will find the Bose II seats easier to get used to.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
Pre-Employment Screening Added to iiX Background Checks Pre-employment Screening Program records are now available as part of iiX’s suite of commercial driver background checks. The records provide employers with a quick way to screen driver safety profiles.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
A Whitepaper Guide to Improving the ROI of Driver Safety
Best practices for driver risk management and fostering a culture of driver safety are outlined in this timely white paper. With so many drivers on the road today, creating a culture of safety is an ongoing effort. Businesses must recognize and understand their risks and take proactive steps to ensure they understand real-time changes in driving behaviors that warrant concern.
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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