October 21, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday said it awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans
An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.
Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Driver Shortage, Fleet Survey, CKCVR
October 20, 2014 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.
Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team
October 17, 2014 - Product News
Kenworth added the Driver Performance Assistant option for new T680 and T880 models with Paccar MX-13 engines and automated transmissions. The system is part of the Driver Performance Center which tracks vehicle efficiency statistics.
Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Driver Assistance Systems, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880
October 17, 2014 - Industry News
Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.
Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Turnover
The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.
Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance
October 17, 2014 - Press Release
HELP Inc., which provides PrePass weigh station bypass and other truck safety and efficiency services, announced the appointment of Terry Maple as the new regional director who will cover several northern and Midwestern states.
Tags: Help Inc., PrePass
October 16, 2014 - Industry News
A big hike in truck tolls is likely in store for any of the routes managed by the Illinois Tollway Authority, based on a tentative budget that would increase spending for next year.
Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois
A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.
Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global
October 15, 2014 - Industry News
Canadian truck driver Vijaydeep Sahasi was named a Highway Angel by the TCA for his work in saving the life of a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest.
Tags: Canada, People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel
After years of attempting to organize drivers at trucking company FedEx Freight, the Teamsters Union on Tuesday scored its first victory.
Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight
October 14, 2014 - Industry News
A former driver for a national trucking company pleaded guilty last week to charges, admitting he bribed employees in the Traffic Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia in order to obtain lucrative freight hauling business for a period of six years.
Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud
October 13, 2014 - Industry News
Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Chillicothe, Ohio along U.S. Route 50, the company announced. The truckstop is located at 1111 East Main, near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 23.
Tags: Pilot Travel Centers, Ohio, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J
Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress
October 10, 2014 - Industry News
Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Tags: FMCSA, Law Enforcement, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA
October 9, 2014 - Industry News
Road crews are closing lanes on Interstate 65 in Franklin, Tenn., from Oct. 11-12 as they do bridge repairs at State Route 248 on the Peytonsville/Goose Creek Bypass.
Tags: Tennessee, Traffic Congestion, Department of Transportation, Interstate 65, Road Closure
October 8, 2014 - Industry News
The Truckload Carriers Association have named Jose Nunez of Homosassa, Fla., a Highway Angel for his actions in pulling a trapped passenger from a car wreck.
Tags: Florida, TCA, Highway Angel
October 7, 2014 - Industry News
SAN DIEGO -- The American Trucking Associations named Carl Schultz as its 2014 National Truck Driver of the Year. Schultz works for Davis Express, and was the Florida Trucking Association’s 2013 Driver of the Year. He has over 42 years of experience as a professional driver.
Tags: Awards, People, ATA MC&E
SAN DIEGO -- UrgentCareTravel’s DOT and medical services membership program offers drivers and their family members access to DOT physicals and other medical services at several truck stop locations.
Tags: DOT, Driver Health, Truckstops, Health, ATA MC&E
SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.
Tags: Economy, Recruiting, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, ATA MC&E
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a group of about 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.
Tags: Kansas, Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx, FedEx Ground
October 6, 2014 - Industry News
SAN DIEGO -- Volvo Trucks announced its 2014 Safety Awards winners on the exhibit hall floor of this year’s American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.
Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, ATA MC&E
SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.
Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E
SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.
Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E
October 6, 2014 - Product News
SAN DIEGO -- SmartDrive Systems announced the availability of its new SmartDrive Assurance product line, a video-based safety program which can be used to reduce risks on the road and improve overall fleet operating environments, according to the company.
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