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November 23, 2017 - Press Release

Houston Truck Driver Wins International ProStar

Houston area driver Jim McCauley receives the keys to an International ProStar from Danny Thomas of Navistar as the winner of the OnCommand Connection Sweepstakes. (Photo courtesy of Navistar)

The sweepstakes, which was open to qualified truck drivers holding a CDL, celebrated the availability of OnCommand Connection Telematics.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Drivers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Sweepstakes, International ProStar, Navistar OnCommand

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Installs Signs to Prevent Wrong Way Driving

Photo: Arizona DOT

The Arizona Department of Transportation has added large “Wrong Way” signs along Interstate 17 on bridges and other structures to help prevent wrong-way drivers.

Tags: Highway Safety, Arizona, Arizona DOT

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Seeks to Exempt ‘Small-Business Truckers’ from ELD Rule

Photo: FMCSA

With the new electronic logging device mandate set to take effect in less than four weeks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue a temporary but lengthy exemption to the new safety rule for “small-business truckers.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Autonomous Vehicles Could Save Trucking $300 Billion in Labor Costs

Autonomous technology could offer trucking net savings between $100 billion and $125 billion, according to a report by Wall Street analysts. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by a Wall Street analyst firm says the potential savings from autonomous technology are huge, but notes that new costs will be created as it takes hold in trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fleet Management, Tesla, Driver Pay, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Amazon App Helps Get Drivers In and Out of Warehouses Faster

A new Amazon app called Relay allows drivers enter cargo information, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate. Photo: Amazon

The new app, called Relay, is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process.

Tags: Drivers, Amazon.com, Driver Assistance Systems, Mobile Apps, Delivery Fleets

November 20, 2017 - Product News

Pro-Tread Releases Mobile Training App for Drivers

A new new mobile platform from ITI allows employees to meet training, safety and compliance needs with the tools fleets are already providing for ELD, routing, inventory and other fleet management needs. Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced the new Pro-Tread Mobile App, giving drivers options on when, where and how they can complete required training.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Mobile Apps

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing to haulers of agricultural commodities a 90-day temporary waiver of the new electronic logging device mandate, and also is clarifying how ELDs will work with the personal conveyance provision and the 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption of the hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Hours of Service

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Offers New Compensation Package for Experienced Drivers

CFI also recently announced it's bringing back its viper-red trucks. Photo: Screen shot from CFI YouTube video

The Experienced Driver package is designed to reward professional drivers working with CFI or another over-the-road trucking company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI, Drivers

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, is the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safe Driving, Safety

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

ABF Freight to Work with Teamsters on Collective Bargaining Agreement

Photo: ABF Freight

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight is getting ready to begin negotiations with the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee in December on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Tags: Teamsters, ABF, Labor Unions, ArcBest Corp., Contract, LTL

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Business Interests Spur Autonomous Vehicle Policy Moves in Wisconsin

Racine, WI, city officals felt they were "ahead of the curve" on traffic issues, until a business considering locating there asked about autonomous vehicle infrastructure. Photo: Peloton

A multinational electronics manufacturer is considering building a new facility near Racine, Wisconsin, that would employee 13,000 workers – provided the city has a plan to develop autonomous vehicle infrastructure in the area.

Tags: Infrastructure, Traffic Congestion, Business, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, I-94, Wisconsin

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sanders Wants Crackdown on Companies That Don't Pay Drivers Living Wage

Photo: Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants the U.S. government to only provide federal contracts to trucking companies that pay workers a living wage and benefits, he stated in a letter to President Trump last week.

Tags: Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, U.S. Congress, Independent Contractors, Drivers, Donald Trump

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

Seat belt use by truck and  bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, U.S. DOT, FCMSA

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Not Doing Enough to Keep Unsafe Operators Off Highways, NTSB Says

Aerial view shows motorcoach at final rest and impact damage caused by signpost penetrating two-thirds of vehicle. Photo: California Highway Patrol

In the wake of its investigation of a crash caused by a fatigued motorcoach driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its motor carrier safety rating system.

Tags: Driver Fatigue, NTSB, Safety & Compliance

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

Tags: AAA, NTSB, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Drug Testing, Drugged Driving, U.S. DOT, Opioids, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bulldog Driver Pay Hike Includes Guaranteed Minimum Salary

With Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express (second from right) are senior drivers (left to right), Robert Gibbs, Timothy Smith,and Gerald Waring. Photo courtesy of Bulldog Hiway Express

Bulldog Hiway Express, a Daseke company, has announced a driver-compensation program called Salary Plus thatincludes a guaranteed minimum salary of $1,000 a week in its flatbed division.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Daseke Inc., Bulldog

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Brake Safety Day Placed Over 1,000 Vehicles Out of Service

The results from September’s Brake Safety Day inspection event, organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, show that 1,064 vehicles were placed out of service due to brake-related violations.

Tags: Inspections, Brake Safety Week, ABS, CVSA, Air Brakes, Air Disc Brakes

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Retrofit Class 8 Trucks with Collision-Mitigation Technology

Photo: UPS

UPS has announced that it is equipping more than 5,700 of its existing Class 8 tractors with advanced collision mitigation technology that can alert drivers to moving and stationary objects around the vehicle.

Tags: Driver Safety, UPS, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Collision Mitigation Technology

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

Photo: Maverick Transportation

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Safety, Air Disc Brakes, AAA, Hair Testing, In-Vehicle Video, Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Raises Pay for Flatbed, Glass Division Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation has announced a 5-cent per mile pay increase for drivers in its Flatbed and Glass over-the-road divisions. The pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Maverick, Driver Pay, Drivers

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Studies Effectiveness of Driver Training

Photo: PIT Group

Driver fuel efficiency and safety training is only effective if it includes refresher courses, according to results from a recent PIT Group study on driver training.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, PIT Group, Driver Coaching, Drivers

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Q&A: Kenco's Richard Scott on Amazon's Fleet and Trucking Technologies

Amazon's entry into last-mile delivery markets could be a game-changer for trucking. Photo: Amazon

New technology and new, big-name players are rapidly transforming trucking. Richard Scott, vice president of logistics solutions provider Kenco, gives his thoughts on the fast pace of change in trucking.

Tags: Logistics, Holiday Driving, Parcel Delivery Service, Last Mile Delivery, Amazon.com, Kenco, Autonomous Vehicles, Q&A

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Begins $10M Expansion and Remodel

Concept art for the expanded and remodeled Iowa 80 Truckstop. Image: Iowa 80 Truckstop

Iowa 80 Truckstop has begun a $10 million expansion and remodel project that will add 23,000 square feet to the current 100,000-square-foot main building.

Tags: Iowa, Truckstops, Expansion

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