August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
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
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Compliance, Independent Contractors
January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
By HDT Staff
For 2015, as the trucking industry is dealing with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking is delving into the topic of truck drivers. The 10-part series in the magazine is complemented by WebXclusive features.
Tags: Driver Pay, Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training
August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story
There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.
Tags: Emissions, Drivers, Equipment, Statistics, Parts, industry statistics, Fuel and Oil
April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, Driver Training, Instructional Technologies, OSHA
November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
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
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 & Compliance, HNI
August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
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
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
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
April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
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 - WebXclusive
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
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
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
November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
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
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