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The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. 
Fleets Can Help Drivers Maximize Fuel Economy
By Jim Park
The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. Part 6 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.
Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
Commentary: The Reality of Autonomous Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
If autonomous Trucks aren't driverless, what, then, are the potential benefits? Think of it as cruise control on steroids.
Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.
The Automated Revolution is Real
By Jim Park
After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.
Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation
Training for the Long Haul
By David Cullen
Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead. Part 5 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.
Henry Popplewell of SkyBitz and Chris Smallwood of U.S. Xpress shared details on the fleet's experience since implementing SkyBitz’s trailer tracking system. Photo: Jim Beach
4 Ways Technology Can Improve Fleet Operations
By Jim Beach
Information technology permeates all parts of a successful trucking fleet's operations today, and sessions at ALK's Transportation Technology Summit last week showcased technology used in trailer detention management, in-cab navigation, in-cab video and driver hiring.

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Bill Would Address Minimum Driver Age
A Senate bill would create a pilot program to study allowing younger CDL holders to operate across state lines.
Over 10,000 Veterans Used the CDL Skills Test Waiver
More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have taken advantage of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program since it began in 2011.
NOLA Protest Ends As Port Addresses Trucker Concerns
A three-day protest at the Port of New Orleans by independent truck drivers has come to an end after meetings between the truckers and terminal operators.
Photos: Rand McNally
Rand McNally Publishes 35th Edition of Trucker Atlas
Rand McNally has released the 2016 edition of its Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas with updated maps and content for drivers.
Local TV station reports on trucker protest at Port of New Orleans.
Port Truckers Protest in New Orleans
Truckers at the Port of New Orleans are sick and tired of handling damaged boxes that they don't get paid for and are protesting, according to a local TV station.
Court Rules Against Walmart in Minimum Wage Suit
A U.S. District Court has ruled that Walmart had violated minimum wage laws by failing to adequately pay its drivers for all of the time they were under the company's control.
CDL Tester Indicted in South Carolina
A third-party CDL tester used by South Carolina has been indicted for giving tests he wasn't supposed to and skimping on the tests themselves.
FedEx says its contractors no longer operate under the model challenged in this case. Photo: FedEx
FedEx Settles Independent Contractor Suit for $228 Million
FedEx Ground reached an agreement with plaintiffs in an independent contractor lawsuit to settle for $228 million.
Photo via C.R. England
FMCSA Grants C.R. England Driver Training Exemption
The FMCSA has granted C.R. England a training rule exemption allowing drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a vehicle on public roads without requiring a CDL holder to monitor them from the front seat.
Transport America: All Owner-Operators to Make $1 a Mile
Transport America, Eagan, Minn., changed its pay plan for its owner-operators, allowing all the company’s independent contractors to make $1 per mile.

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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.
Trucker Path Now Tracks Parking Availability A new feature has been added to the Trucker Path app allowing users to see parking availability in locations across the country.
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.
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Asset: Driver Shortage Special Report
A special compilation of published posts summarizing key issues around the truck driver shortage, and changes the transportation industry is making to address the ongoing problem.
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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