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February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Unveils Model 579 UltraLoft Integrated Sleeper Truck

A fold-down ladder offers easy access to the Model 579 UltraLoft's upper sleeper bunk. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has introduced its new Model 579 UltraLoft, an integrated high-loft sleeper truck designed to give driver teams and solo truck drivers extra space and amenities, with a fuel efficiency boost as well.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Model 579, Sleepers

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

American Central Transport Driver Raise Includes Detention Pay

ACT contract drivers will be paid an additional 2 cents per mile and company drivers will receive a pay raise and be eligible for up to $500 in monthly bonuses. Photo via ACT

American Central Transport has announced that it is increasing both contractor and company driver pay this month as well as implementing a new bonus for company drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, American Central Transport

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Milan Increases Pay for Company Drivers, Owner-Operators

Milan is one of many trucking companies that have announced pay incentives aimed at recruiting new prospects and retaining experienced drivers. Photo via Milan Supply Chain Solutions

Milan Supply Chain Solutions announced a pay increase for regional over-the-road truck drivers and independent contractors.

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

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Offers $50,000 in Bonuses for Team Drivers

U.S. Xpress is offering 50,000 in bonuses for team drivers under its new TeamMax program. Image via U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress announced the TeamMax Bonus program for current and prospective team drivers, which offers $50,000 in bonuses and up to four weeks of paid vacation in a single year.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Drivers, Truck Drivers, Team Drivers

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers Driver Sign-on Bonus and Per-Mile Pay Increase

Boyd Bros. is offering drivers a new per-mile pay increase and a guaranteed weekly minimum pay. Photo via Boyd Bros. Transportation

Boyd Bros. Transportation has announced a new driver sign-on bonus and a two-cent per mile pay increase with a $1,000 weekly minimum pay guarantee.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Hiring, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Embark's Self-Driving Truck Goes L.A. to Florida in Latest Journey

Embark's self-driving truck just completed a five-day, 2,400-mile journey across the U.S. Photo: Embark

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has completed a 2,400-mile, coast-to-coast journey in one of its self-driving trucks.

Tags: Startups, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Embark

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

NATSO Report Finds Rest Areas Reduce Overall Truck Parking Capacity

A NATSO study shows a relationship between public commercial parking and a reduced overall truck parking capacity along a highway. Photo: DanTD

Interstate highways with private sector investment have 69% more commercial truck parking spaces per mile than those with public rest areas, according to a report issued by NATSO, an association representing truckstops and travel plazas.

Tags: Truckstops, NATSO, Truck Parking, Rest Areas

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers More Predictable Truck Driving Schedule

Boyd Bros. is offering experienced drivers $1,300 weekly salary and guaranteed 48 hours of home time each week between Friday and Sunday. Photo: Boyd Bros. Transportation

Boyd Bros. Transportation unveiled a new type of truck driving position that it says overhauls traditional irregular route, flatbed, over the road trucking in order to give experienced flatbed drivers a more predictable driving job.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Flatbeds, Driver Pay, Employment

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT has taken issue with how FMSCA plans to collect data on driver detention. Photo: Dept.of Transportation

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

Tags: HOS, Driver Detention, FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Fatigue

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Uber: Self-Driving Trucks Could Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

Uber stated in a blog post that it expects self-driving trucks to help the industry deal with higher demand. Photo via Uber

Mixed fleets with self-driving long-haul trucks and traditional human-driven regional routes could help the trucking industry address the problem of an aging driver workforce, said Uber in a recent company blog post.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Regional Haul, Drivers, Truck Drivers

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Business is Great, Drivers are Scarce

Business is good, so fleets are planning to buy equipment – but many would buy more if they had the truck drivers to put in them. Courtesy CKCVR

How’s business? Better than ever, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research’s first-quarter Fleet Sentiment Report survey of trucking fleets.

Tags: CKCVR, Fleet Purchasing Outlook

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

PeopleNet Explains Need for AOBRD Waiver for ELD Rule

PeopleNet has issued an advisory on the need for an AOBRD waiver of the ELD rule for its customers. Photo: PeopleNet

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration having granted a waiver that gives PeopleNet customers that integrate existing AOBRDs with fleet management and safety systems until March 18 to continue installing ELD-compatible devices running AOBRD software, the supplier has put together material to help address the need for the waiver.

Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, ELD Mandate, AOBRD

January 31, 2018 - Product News

Integration Brings Diesel Pricing Tool to Truck Parking USA Platform

The Truck Parking USA platform now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool thanks to a partnership with the truck routing software company ProMiles. Photo: Truck Parking USA

The Truck Parking USA platform now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool, thanks to a partnership with the truck routing software company ProMiles.

Tags: ProMiles, Truck Parking, Software Integration, Mobile Apps, Diesel Prices

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Names 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

For-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized by TCA and CarriersEdge for providing exemplary work environments for their drivers and independent contractors. Photo via TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge announced the 20 Best Fleets to Drive For in 2018, recognizing these fleets for providing exemplary work environments for their truck drivers and independent contractors.

Tags: Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge, Truck Drivers, Drivers, Driver Retention, Truckload Carriers Association

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Fleets Reach Out to Drivers With Better Per-Mile Pay

Southern Refrigerated Transport announced its second pay bump in six months. Photo: Southern Refrigerated Transport

In an effort to attract and retain truck drivers, Southern Refrigerated Transport and KLLM both announced major per-mile pay increases.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Drivers, Truck Drivers, KLLM

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Nussbaum Driver Pay Increase Addresses Common Driver Issues

Nussbaum Transportation's new pay structure aims to address common driver headaches. Photo via Nussbaum Transportation

Nussbaum Transportation announced a new driver pay increase that not only improves per-mile pay but also attempts to improve fairness, downtime penalties and other headaches drivers commonly face.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Employment, Truck Drivers, Drivers

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: Tight Capacity, Rate Increases Projected to Continue

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index hit a record high the first week of 2018.

Truckload capacity will remain tight and rates high, but both may moderate somewhat as market forces come into play, according to FTR analysts. The ELD mandate is still a wild card, with the economy and tax reform playing a part as well.

Tags: FTR, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

TMAF Campaign to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

Trucking Moves America Forward has launched an online awareness and educational campaign to highlight the trucking industry’s unique position to help stop human trafficking.

Tags: Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Bills to Help Veterans Become Drivers, Curb Human Trafficking

A new law will make it easier for military vets to transition to civilian trucking jobs. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

President Donald Trump signed into law two bills that affect the trucking industry – the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which helps veterans attain commercial drivers licenses, and the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, which bans drivers who are involved in human trafficking from driving professionally for life.

Tags: Legislation, CDL, Veterans, Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Hiring Veterans, Medical Examiners, Donald Trump

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA’s Jim Johnston Dies at 78

Jim Johnston Photo: OOIDA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has announced that Jim Johnston, its long serving leader, has passed away at the age of 78 after more than a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, OOIDA, People, Owner Operators, Associations

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

Los Angeles City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Wages

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA Still Accepting Nominations for International Driver Excellence Award

Image via CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is still accepting nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award, but nomination packets must be received by Jan. 12 to be eligible.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, CVSA

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Covenant Offers Up to $40,000 in Team Driver Bonuses

Covenant Transport has announced a new Teaming Bonus program with incentives of up to $40,000 that is aimed at driving teams and single drivers willing to convert to teaming.

Tags: Recruiting, Employee Incentives, Driver Shortage, Covenant Transport, Driver Pay, Employment

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

TransForce Acquires Truckdrivingjobs.com Parent Firm

TransForce has acquired the assets of Trucking Unlimited, which operates Truckdrivingjobs.com, a job board that matches motor carriers with truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Employment

January 2, 2018 - Product News

Solution Analyzes Applications and Prequalifies Truck Drivers

Conversion Interactive Agency and DriverFacts have partnered on a new solution to prequalify drivers for employment by pulling applicant’s data and connecting prospective employees with recruiters.

Tags: Recruiting, Background Checks, Driver Shortage, Employment

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