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April 1, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI Researching Truck Parking Via Driver Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is researching truck parking and truck parking reservation systems through a new survey of drivers. Drivers can take the survey through the end of April.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Truck Parking

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving

The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.

Tags: FMCSA, driver safety, Drugged Driving, Alcohol Testing

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

TA Names Citizen Drivers

TravelCenters of America announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients Friday during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Image

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Meets 2015 Goals

Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, expressed his excitement over meeting the 2014 goals, and what TMAF has planned for 2015. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry-wide image and education movement, announced that had it reached its goal of raising $1 million since its inception last March, which was made possible by contributions from more than 100 trucking companies, allied members and individuals.

Tags: Trucking Moves America Forward, Image, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Names 2015 Highway Hero

It was not an easy choice when it came to choosing this year’s 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero, as all three finalists risked their lives to save others.

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards

One of the 2,250 drop yards in Thermo King’s program is owned by the TK dealer in Kingman, Ariz., where 11 acres is devoted to parking. Regular customers include Artur Trucking, US Foods and local operators. Photo courtesy of Thermo Kiing

The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.

Tags: Thermo King, Truck Parking, Trailers

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Key Focus of HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Panel

HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators panel at the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Spontaneous applause broke out following an impassioned answer to a question by HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Steve Rush during a panel discussion Wednesday.

Tags: Drivers, Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Driver Wins TRALA Award

Danny Daniels, TRALA Driver of the Year. Photo Courtesy of Ryder

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association named Danny Daniels of Ryder Dedicated division its Driver of the Year award recipient. The honor was given at TRALA’s Annual Meeting awards dinner.

Tags: TRALA, Ryder Truck Leasing, Awards, People

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

63 Tickets Issued in Massive Michigan Pile-up

Photo via HNI Blog

Police have issued 63 tickets to drivers involved in a 193-vehicle pile-up in January on Interstate 94 in Michigan, according to a report on MLive.com, most for the same violation.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Citation, Interstate 94

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. and Canada Agree to Border Pre-Clearance Deal

The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

Tags: Canada, Legislation, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dart Offers Bose Seats to Drivers

Bose Ride seat. Image:Bose

Dartco has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks for its drivers to improve comfort on long drives, the company announced. The seats will also be available as bonuses or performance incentives.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Dart, Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Bose

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Virginia Port Addresses Congestion's Impact on Truckers

Trucks are backed up along the roads leading into the Port of Virginia. Image:Via Wavy.com video

The Port of Virginia has begun implementing several policies to ease congestion and address problems for truckers at the busy East Coast port.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking, Intermodal

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture from the Driver Up

Bob Peterson, presidnet and COO, Melton Truck Lines. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Every company has a culture, whether intentional or not. For three carriers represented at a panel discussion at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., this week, intentionally building a culture of safety pays big dividends.

Tags: Bison Transport, Truckload Carriers Association, Melton Truck Lines, Jetco Delivery

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Pride Transport Invests In Driver Retention

Pride Transport recently announced driver pay increases and performance bonuses in addition to implementing Omnitracs Analytics to improve driver retention.

Tags: Pride Transport, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Omnitracs

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Announces Best Fleets to Drive For Winners

The nominees wait to hear which were chosen as the overall winners. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and Carriers Edge announced the overall winners of the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Fla.

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

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Offers Additional Driver Trainer Bonus

File photo: C.R. England

C.R. England is offering bonuses to all company and independent contractor driver trainers for apprentices who are successfully trained and upgraded. A pay increase was also announced for a large percentage of drivers in C.R. England’s regional fleets.

Tags: Driver Training, C.R. England, Driver Pay

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest

Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Seat Belts, Contest, Child Safety

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Partners with University of Memphis on Index

Women In Trucking will begin work on a system to track the number of women serving in the trucking industry with the help of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Memphis.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

TravelCenters Opens Two Petro Service Facilities

TravelCenters of America has opened Petro: Lube Truck Service facilities at Petro locations in Napoleon, Ohio and Wells, Nev.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, Service Center

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Named Highway Angel for Pulling Man from Burning Car

For rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car the Truckload Carriers Association named escort driver Joe Bearce a Highway Angel.

Tags: driver safety, Escort, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Falling Debris Prompts Immediate Maryland Bridge Inspections

Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the immediate inspection of all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the Capital Beltway Bridge which is currently under repairs.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction, Bridges

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official

Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Announces Highway Hero Finalists

Two of the three Highway Hero Finalists, Mack Guffey (left) and Clinton Blackburn. Photo courtesy of Goodyear

Goodyear has made public details on the three finalists for the 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero Award. The winner will be announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 26 in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Awards, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

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