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May 11, 2016 - Product News

Can Tire Balancing Save Fuel?

The driving test features a pair of nearly identical trucks, one with Equal Flexx on the tires, the other without. Photo by Jim Park

Industry statistics suggest only about 30% of fleets do wheel balancing, and even those fleets usually balance only the steer axle wheels. IMI Products says if fleets balanced wheels at every position. they could see fuel savings and gains in tire life that would return their investment in balancing compounds tenfold in the just the first year.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, IMI, Tire Balancing

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Groups to Launch Truck Parking Initiative

The ATA, CVSA, NATSO Foundation and ATRI have all joined forces to announce a new truck parking initiative in Washington, D.C., aimed at making information on parking availability open to all drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Program Grants Amnesty to California Carriers That Misclassify Drivers

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office is accepting applications for an amnesty program that will allow carriers to reclassify drivers as employees and avoid liability for misclassifying them as independent contractors.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Drivers, California

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA to Co-Host Listening Sessions on Sleep Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will co-host three listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the trucking industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

PeopleNet Certifies Zebra Handheld Computer

Image: Zebra Technologies

PeopleNet has announced its certification of Zebra Technologies’ TC70 ruggedized handheld computer to run the company’s software

Tags: PeopleNet, Mobile Devices

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Port Trucking Company Ordered to Court Over Unfair Labor Practices

Photo via Teamsters Union

In what's being called a historic case, the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport engaged in unfair labor practices toward its drivers by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Tags: National Labor Relations Board, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Turnover Increases at Large Truckload Fleets

The annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets measured 102% in the fourth quarter of 2015, increasing by two percentage points, according to the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Truckload, Less Than Truckload

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Wants Exemptions to Help Turn Veterans into Truckers

Vets taking part in classroom job training. Photo: U.S. DOT

The Show-Me State is showing how the federal government could make it easier for vets to become truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Hiring Veterans

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Sleep-Apnea Study Launched by ATRI

CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea Image: Safety First Sleep Solutions

The American Transportation Research Institute on April 15 launched an online survey of truck drivers on issues related to sleep apnea

Tags: Sleep Apnea, ATRI

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: Use New Driver Medical Forms Starting April 20

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding Medical Examiners and commercial motor vehicle drivers that certified MEs performing physical exams of CMV drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876) as of April 20.

Tags: FMCSA

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

200 Drivers Honored in Salute to Women Behind the Wheel

Photo: Women In Trucking

Women In Trucking honored nearly 200 female professional drivers with its 7th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Events, Women Drivers

April 8, 2016 - Industry News

Women in Trucking Introduces 2016 Image Team

Photo: Women In Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association announced the 13 members of its 2016 Image Team at the 7th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Image, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Firms Pledge Support for Guard, Reserve Employees

Employer reps sign their statements near the conclusion of the event. Photo: Bud Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Scores of trucking company representatives joined counterparts from associations and service providers in affirming their backing of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces by signing a pledge at a meeting during the Mid-America Trucking Show last week.

Tags: Veterans, Employee Morale, Hiring our Heroes, Hiring Veterans, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Driver With History of Alcohol Violations Placed Out of Service

The FMCSA ordered truck driver Yakov Zaverukha off the road after he was pulled over in his truck with a blood alcohol level seven times over the legal limit.

Tags: FMCSA, Alcohol, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

IMI Campaign Raises Money for Truckers in Need

IMI recently donated $5,000 to the St. Christopher’s’ Fund, a charity supporting truckers with medical troubles that have led to financial difficulty.

Tags: Facebook, Charity, Driver Health, St. Christopher Fund, IMI

April 1, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Wins a Neal Award for Driver Shortage Series

Executive Editor David Cullen was on hand to receive the Neal Award for the Driver Dilemma series of articles on the driver shortage. Photo: David Cullen

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine received a 2016 Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Award for the 10-part Driver Dilemma series, covering the driver shortage.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Driver Dilemma

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Highway Hero Winner Pulled Motorist From a Burning Car

From L-R – Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award: Mike Cavanagh, winner Julian Kaczor, and Dorian Cole pose with Kaczor’s commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring. Photo: Goodyear

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck driver Julian Kaczor of Utica, N.Y., named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero for pulling an injured motorist from a burning car, used the honor to deliver an important safety message.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

It's All About People Power for HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators

From left, Jim Park, Randy McGregor, Gerry Mead, Joyce Brenny and Bob Poulos. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY — When you think of innovation, you may automatically think of technology. But a panel of HDT’s Truck Fleet Innovators Wednesday revealed that in many cases, it’s really all about people.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Driver Shortage, Fleet Innovators, Technicians, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Canadian Driver Repeatedly Ignores Out-Of-Service Orders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited Ontario, Canada-licensed truck driver Inderjit Singh Gill from operating any commercial vehicle in the U.S. for falsifying records and repeatedly ignoring out-of-service violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Imminent Hazard, Out of Service Violations

March 29, 2016 - Product News

Thorough Testing Method Can Find Hidden Substance Use

ProSight Specialty Insurance is offering an enhanced drug test that goes beyond standard DOT-compliant testing to identify drug-using drivers that are not usually detected.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drug Testing, ProSight

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

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