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October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Pulls Passenger From Wreck

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

ATA Names 2014 Driver of the Year

Carl Shultz, the 2014 National Truck Driver of the Year. Photo by Shane Jackson, ACS Advertising.

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

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Health-Care Provider Offers Truck Stop Physicals

Photo via Pilot Flying J.

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

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, center, was joined by (left to right) John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation and Chad Moutray of the National Association of Manufacturers, to discuss the current status of the economy and its effect on the industry. Photo by Evan Lockridge

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, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, ATA MC&E

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Kansas Court Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees

FedEx Ground says since 2011, it has only contracted with incorporated businesses that treat their drivers as employees. Photo: FedEx Ground

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

Volvo Trucks Honors 2014 Safety Award Winners

(L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver development, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. Photo by Stephane Babcock

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

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Poll Gauges American Attitudes Toward Trucking Image, Infrastructure Funding

Pollster Neil Newhouse talks about survey results. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

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

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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, Driver Shortage, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

SmartDrive Introduces 360-Degree Camera View

Illustration courtesy of SmartDrive.

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.

October 4, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Leaders, Professional Drivers Take Healthy Trucker Challenge

SAN DIEGO -- Who's healthier? A group of trucking fleet executives or members of America's Road Team? The Health Trucker Challenge aims to find out during this week's American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Health, ATA MC&E

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Expect Delays on I-35W Near Minneapolis Oct. 3-6

Map via MnDot.

Divers traveling southbound on Interstate 35W in northeast Minneapolis will see detours from Oct. 3-6 while repair crews work.

Tags: Minnesota, Detours, Minneapolis, Interstate 35

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Rule on Hearing-Impaired Drivers

Safety rules say that truck drivers must be able to adequately read and speak English, but that does not mean that hearing-impaired drivers who do not speak are barred from driving, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, English, Regulations, Driver Safety

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Commercial Driver's License, Con-way Truckload, Truck Driving Schools

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Fellow Trucker Trapped In Cab

Truck driver William Hunt is being recognized as a Highway Angel for helping to save the life of a fellow trucker who was trapped in his overturned truck.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA Highway Angel, Accidents

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

LTL Carrier Con-way Freight Boosts Driver Pay, Advancement

LTL carrier Con-way Freight is enhancing its compensation package for drivers, increasing current pay rates and reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Driver Pay, Con-way Inc., Fleets, Drivers

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Affirms Third Quarter Expectations, Seeking Rate Increases

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has affirmed earlier expectations for a third-quarter performance of 33 cents to 37 cents adjusted earnings per share, saying its driver wage increase is having desired results.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Fleet Utilization

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

TA Buys Historic Johnson's Corner Truckstop

TravelCenters of America is buying the historic Johnson's Corner truckstop in Johnston, Colorado, and rebranding it as a Petro Stopping Centers.

Tags: Colorado, Truckstops, I-25

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

Tags: DOT, J.J. Keller, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Pushing Industry Costs Higher

Operating costs for trucking companies are on the rise again after falling slightly in 2012, according to a new study by ATRI, lead by significant increases in equipment and labor costs.

Tags: Operating Costs, American Transportation Research Institute, ATRI, Fleets, Driver Pay

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Certified DOT Physicals to Become Available at Truckstops Nationwide

One company aims to make DOT medical exams available at truckstops. (File photo)

Truck Stop Health Care is planning to make DOT physicals for CDL drivers available at truckstops in all states across the U.S.

Tags: DOT, CDL, Driver Health, Truckstops

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Truck Driver Named Highway Angel for Fighting Flames

Highway Angel Jannie Reece. Photo: TCA.

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jannie Reece a Highway Angel for putting out a fire on an Alabama motorist’s car.

Tags: People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, I-20, Image

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

John Larkin told attendees at TMW Systems' user conference that trucking productivity could take a hit. Photo: Jim Beach

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Labor Department Hands Out Money for Misclassified Worker Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $10 million to 19 states to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.

Tags: Drivers, Enforcement, Independent Contractors, U.S. Department of Labor

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