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October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Could Hit All Time High This Year

From left, Derek Leathers, Rebecca Brewster, and Bob Costello talk numbers at ATA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - The trucking industry could be short 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017, warned American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello Sunday at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, ATA MC&E

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

HDT’s New ELD Channel Keeps You Up to Speed

Heavy Duty Trucking has launched a new ELD channel on Truckinginfo.com that contains every news story, feature article, and video our editors produce on the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDs, ELD Mandate, ELD

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Pay Hikes Abound as Fleets Try to Retain Drivers

HDT File Image

Several fleets have announced pay and benefit increases for drivers as the industry keeps trying to address the driver shortage.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

October 18, 2017 - Product News

Driver iQ Offers Training Records for New Drivers

Photo: Driver iQ

Background screening provider Driver iQ has announced that it is offering access to Truck Driving School Records, allowing carriers to access driving school records as part of the pre-employment process.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, Background Checks, Hiring, Screening, Driver iQ

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Supports President’s Health Insurance Executive Order

Screenshot via WhiteHouse.gov

The American Trucking Associations has praised President Trump for signing an executive order that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans.

Tags: Driver Health, Healthcare Costs, Donald Trump

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Executives Look to the Future

Navistar included all its latest models for test drives at an event at its proving grounds outside of New Carlisle, IN, earlier this week.<br />Photo: Jack Roberts

After a tough run earlier this decade, Navistar told trucking reporters it is "back in business," touting its new and improved product line, a booming vocational market and a strong economy.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, International Trucks, Vocational Trucks

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Tags: TRALA, ELD, ELD Mandate

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy Names Executive Director

Photo: Trucker Buddy

Trucker Buddy International recently named Alan Welborn as its new executive director, replacing retiring Randy Schwartzenburg.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, New Hire

October 10, 2017 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Integrates Supply Chain Software into ELD

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, has announced the integration of the company’s Prophesy Dispatch TMS, a trucking software solution for truckload carriers, brokers, and private fleets, and Teletrac Navman's Director fleet management solution.

Tags: ELDs, HighJump Software, Teletrac Navman

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Take to the Streets to Protest ELD Rule

Screen shot, CBS Sacramento video

Truckers around the country -- including in the nation's capital -- gathered to protest the upcoming ELD mandate, which goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: ELD Mandate, OOIDA, ELDs, Truck Drivers, California

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Gauging the Tech that Will Drive the Future of Trucking

Volvo&amp;rsquo;s Lars Stenqvist says the technologies set to most potently change trucking are connectivity, electromobility and automation.  Photo: David Cullen

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist sees the potential for a chicken-or-egg dynamic slowing down how quickly smart trucks and smart highways can be integrated to leverage their potential to boost trucking efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, Smart Trucks, Smart Highways

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Four Former Pilot Executives Plead Guilty to Rebate Fraud

Four former Pilot employees pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud. Photo: Evan Lockridge

John Freeman, former sales VP of Pilot Flying J, has pleaded guilty alongside three other former Pilot employees of mail fraud and wire fraud after the FBI found that Pilot defrauded 5,500 customers of over $56 million.

Tags: Fleet Fuel Cards, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

J.J. Keller Program Lets Fleets Reserve ELDs

Photo: J.J. Keller

With some industry observers worrying about whether the supply of electronic logging devices will meet the demand as we near the Dec. 17 deadline to install the mandatory devices, J.J. Keller & Associates announced it will make the transition earlier for fleets who want to wait until closer to the deadline.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Trucking Services Getting Out of Driver Training Business

A Celadon Driving Academy student practices his driving skill on a TransSim simulator. Photo: Celadon

Days after it announced it was selling off its flatbed division, Indiana-based Celadon said it’s getting out of the driver training business.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Truck Drivers, Celadon Group, Celadon, Truck Driving Schools

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

AscendTMS, FreightRover Integrate Services

Photo: AscendTMS

The partnership allows any accepted load by a carrier or driver, via the FreightRover website or app, to automatically update the AscendTMS software.

Tags: Software, TMS, Load Board, AscendTMS, Fleet Management Software, Mobile Apps

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Turnover at Large Truckload Carriers Hits Highest Point in 2 Years

The turnover rate at truckload carriers surged in the second quarter of 2017, according to American Trucking Associations, possibly reflecting a tightening market for drivers.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

ATA chief Chris Spear testifying on autonomous truck technology to Senate panel on Sept. 13. Photo: ATA, via Twitter

While the House has already passed a bill that could help bring self-driving cars to market faster, a Senate panel is taking a more deliberative approach by considering whether such legislation should also help foster the development of autonomous truck technologies.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Truck Driver Helps Save Unresponsive Man

David Miller has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) for his help in saving a man&#39;s life. Photo courtesy of TCA.

David Miller saw a man fall on the floor, unresponsive. The driver performed CPR until emergency medical services arrived, helping save the man's life.

Tags: Florida, Tennessee, TCA, Celadon, TCA Highway Angel, EpicVue, Image

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Community Outreach, Drivers, Image

September 7, 2017 - Product News

Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

The Anticipation feature measures the gap in time between lifting off an accelerator and applying the brakes. Image via Blue Tree Systems

Blue Tree Systems introduced a new feature called Anticipation, which tracks and measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage in normal driving.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Blue Tree Systems, Driver Coaching, Telematics, Fuel Efficiency, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Uber Freight Says it Can Get Drivers Home

&amp;lsquo;Get Home&amp;rsquo; shown in the &amp;lsquo;For You&amp;rsquo; load recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight announced a new feature, called “Take Me Home,” designed to highlight loads that can help drivers return home.

Tags: Freight, Load Board, Uber, Uber for Trucking, Mobile Apps

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

Screenshot via SmartDrive

Hub Group has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety platform for its fleet of more than 2,600 tractors, with the aim of improving driver safety and fuel economy.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Hub Group, Drivers, Safety

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