January 14, 2015 - Industry News
Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.
Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Driver Health, Underride guard, Medical Examiners
January 13, 2015 - Product News
J.J. Keller updated its Encompass E-Log System to reflect the recent 34-hour restart suspension, the company announced. The restart suspension is in effect until at least Sept. 30, 2015.
Tags: J.J. Keller, HOS, E-logs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service
January 12, 2015 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations announced the 31 finalists in the running to be named Captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. Judges will decide the winners on January 13th.
Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Awards, America's Road Team
Port truck drivers from a major drayage firm serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been reclassified as employees and joined the Teamsters Union.
Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions
January 9, 2015 - Industry News
Truck drivers at the carrier Con-way Freight’s Bakersfield, California, terminal on Thursday voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.
Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, LTL
January 8, 2015 - Product News
American Trucking Associations has released its 2014 Driver Compensation Study. Due to competition for drivers, it found, as much as 50% of truckload carriers are now offering sign-on bonuses as a way to attract new drivers.
Tags: ATA, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay
January 7, 2015 - Industry News
Women In Trucking is accepting nominations for its Image Team through Jan. 31. The Image team will be announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.
Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers, Image
January 6, 2015 - Industry News
A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.
Tags: Survey, Driver Shortage, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay
Penske Logistics took its fight against California’s meal and rest break requirement to the U.S. Supreme Court. The company on Tuesday petitioned the court to review a lower court’s finding that California truck drivers are entitled to paid breaks.
Tags: Penske, California, Supreme Court
The National Association of Truck Stop Owners is giving Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Founder William Sapp the Hall of Fame award at this year’s NATSO Show in Las Vegas.
Tags: Hall of Fame, Awards, Truckstops, People, NATSO
The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.
Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking
January 6, 2015 - Product News
J.J. Keller is offering a truck driving school program designed to train student drivers to use electronic logs, also known as e-logs or electronic logging devices (ELDs). The program features the Encompass E-Log system from J.J. Keller.
Tags: Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, ELDs, E-logs
January 5, 2015 - Industry News
Heavy Duty Trucking's editors have a lot to say. Check out a few of the most popular musings from Deborah Lockridge, Jim Park and Tom Berg in 2014.
Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Speeding, Blogs
December 31, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that random testing for controlled substances would remain at a rate of 50% in 2015.
Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing
December 30, 2014 - Product News
PeopleNet announced that it has updated its software to suspend the July 1, 2013 34-hour restart provisions.
Tags: PeopleNet, HOS, 34-Hour Restart
December 29, 2014 - Industry News
Pilot Flying J named Kyle Cones as its 2014 Road Warrior winner. Cones is a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport. He will receive a $10,000 check for winning the award.
Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Pilot Flying J, Road Warrior
December 23, 2014 - Industry News
TravelCenters of America expanded its network of truckstops with the opening of a new TA in Lincoln, Ala., located at Interstate 20 exit 168.
Tags: Alabama, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops
December 22, 2014 - Industry News
The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tags: Drivers, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA
A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.
Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE
December 19, 2014 - Industry News
Love’s Travel Stops opened two new truck stops in Londonderry Township, Penn., and Hamel, Ill. Combined, the two openings create nearly 170 new truck parking spaces.
Tags: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Truckstops, Love's, Truck Parking
December 18, 2014 - Industry News
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is asking for nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award.
Tags: Driver Safety, International, Awards, CVSA
The recently enacted change to drivers hours-of-service rules, scrapping parts of the restart provision adopted in July 2013, has prompted telematics and e-log providers to hustle out updates to their hours-of-service applications.
Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Compliance, E-logs, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart
December 17, 2014 - Industry News
The George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. topped the list of the most congested locations for truck freight, according to analysis from the American Transportation Research Institute.
Tags: New Jersey, Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Freight, Bridges
Dart announced increases in pay to drivers throughout the company’s network. Drivers will see anywhere from 2 cents to 10 cents per mile increases with the average increase being 5 cents per mile.
Tags: Dart, Driver Pay, Owner Operators, Dry Van
The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement
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