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March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Supermarket Driver is First Woman to Win Maryland Trucking Award

Photo: Maryland Motor Truck Association

The Maryland Motor Truck Association named Annette Womack, a driver for Giant Food, the association's 2015 Driver of the Year.

Tags: Awards, Maryland Motor Truck Association, Women Drivers, Grocery Fleets

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Real-World Data on Truck Parking Challenges

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking drivers interested in keeping a 14-day diary of their truck parking issues as part of an effort to collect real-world information on the daily challenges drivers face to find truck parking.

Tags: Driver Behavior, ATRI, Truck Parking

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Severe Crash Risk, Study Finds

Photo: Virginia Tech

Drivers with sleep apnea have a five times greater risk of a severe crash when they do not adhere to a mandated treatment program, according to a study co-authored by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Tags: Research, Sleep Apnea, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Driver Health

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

PacLease Offers Online Safety Courses With J.J. Keller

Photo: PacLease

PacLease has launched a subscription-based safety course program called PacTrainer, offering over 360 online courses and tutorials aimed at improving driving skills and compliance.

Tags: PacLease, Driver Safety, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, Online Training

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks to Ease the Way for Vets to Become Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to make it easier for military veterans to transition into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Driver Shortage

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Prime Driver Named Highway Angel of the Year

Grimaldi at the TCA Annual Convention Photo: TCA

Prime truck driver Josh Grimaldi has been named the Highway Angel of the Year for helping a woman escape her crushed vehicle.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Two Carriers Win Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For Awards

FTC Transportation representatives recieving the award. Photos: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named FTC Transportation and Bison Transport the overall winners of its Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For awards.

Tags: Awards, Driver Turnover, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Fleet Safety Award

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

Photo: Volvo Group

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 8, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Selects Vigillo as CSA Data Provider

Image via PeopleNet

Fleet management software provider PeopleNet has chosen Vigillo to provide CSA data for its new safety analytics dashboard.

Tags: CSA, PeopleNet, Analytics, Vigillo, Driver Risk Management

March 7, 2016 - Product News

USA Truck Installs PedalCoach Driver App in Fleet

USA Truck has installed LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach mobile application in its fleet of trucks, designed to coach better driving habits to increase fuel efficiency.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, USA Truck, Mobile Apps

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

Behind-the-wheel training is the focus of the proposal.

Proposed national entry-level driver training requirements focus on a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel training.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Driver Training

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Names Highway Hero Finalists

This year's Highway Hero Finalists. Left to right, Mark Cavanagh, Dorian Cole, Julian Kaczor. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Tire & Rubber will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on March 31, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Seeks 2017 America’s Road Team Members

American Trucking Associations has officially opened the nominating process for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team.

Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, Community Outreach, Image

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Strategic Programs Co-Founder Rim Yurkus Has Died

Rim Yurkus Photo: Strategic Programs

Rim Yurkus, co-founder, president and CEO of Strategic Programs, died last month, according to representatives of his company.

Tags: Research, Obituary, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Trend Analysis

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Multiple Failed Drug Tests

Following an accident in January a driver, who had failed multiple drug tests in the past, refused to take another drug test. The FCMSA subsequently declared him an imminent hazard.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard, Drug Charges

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Road Deaths Rise by Largest Percent in 50 Years

According to the National Safety Council, 2015 was likely the deadliest driving year since 2008. Screen shot courtesy of LoudLabs News/YouTube.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show an 8% increase in 2015 compared to 2014.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Interchange Project to Accommodate Truck Traffic

Trucks converge on the Interstate 10 – US 301 interchange near Baldwin, a congested interchange for truck traffic moving through northeast Florida. Photo: Florida DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will start work next month on the Interstate 10 and U.S. 301 interchange project. The interchange is designed to accommodate increased truck traffic in the area.

Tags: Road Construction, I-10, Florida Department of Transportation

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Shoes for Soldiers Program

Photo: Meritor

Meritor announced a one-year extension of “Shoes for Soldiers” and will donate up to $70,000 from remanufactured brake sales and corporate matching funds to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.

Tags: Charity, Meritor, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Time Off Positively Impacts Driver Performance, Study Shows

Carriers can improve the productivity and performance of drivers by meeting their requests to take time off, according to the results of a recent study conducted by Stay Metrics.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Performance, Driver Retention, Stay Metrics

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

TCA and CarriersEdge Announce 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

Last year's winners on stage at the TCA Annual Convention. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have announced the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For, a listing 20 for-hire trucking companies deemed to be outstanding workplace experiences for employees and truck drivers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns

OSHA has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, OSHA, Pennsylvania, Fines, Out of Service Violations

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Webinar, ELDs

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Assists Woman Who Crashed in a Creek

Steve Elliott Photo courtesy of TCA

Truck driver Steve Elliot of Phenix City, Ala., has been named a Highway Angel by the TCA for helping a woman search for her missing baby after she crashed her car into a creek.

Tags: Accidents, Truck Drivers, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

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