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November 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Driver Training Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for more information about entry-level driver training, as part of its effort to craft a rule. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to survey newly licensed drivers about the relationship between their training and their safety performance.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters Offer Complimentary Meals on Veteran’s Day

TravelCenters of America is inviting all truck drivers who are veterans to have a complimentary meal on Veteran’s Day.

Tags: Petro, Veterans, TravelCenters of America, Veterans Day

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air's FAF Raising Owner-Operator Compensation

Forward Air Corp’s. motor carrier subsidiary, FAF Inc., is raising owner-operator pay effective Jan 4. The contractual base rate will increase by 10 cents per mile for team less-than-truckload and truckload express service, while rates for solo truckload express drivers will increase by 6 cents per mile.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Forward Air, Driver Pay

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Pick Up Win at Second FedEx Freight Terminal

The Teamsters Union chalked up its second win at FedEx Freight when a group of 113 drivers at the company’s South Brunswick, N.J., terminal voted Friday to join Teamsters Local 701.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Pennsylvania, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight, LTL

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens 3rd Alabama Location This Year

Love’s 580 in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Photo via Love's

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new location in Muscle Shoals, Ala., at the intersection of State Highway 157 and U.S. Highway 72.

Tags: Alabama, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Cancel Organizing Vote at FedEx Freight Terminal

After months of trying to convince FedEx Freight drivers in Middletown, Pennsylvania, to join the Teamsters, the union withdrew the election petition on Thursday, the day before vote.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight, LTL, Teamsters

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

Should a driver have to spend a full eight hours at a time in the sleeper? Photo: Peterbilt

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Sleepers

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Second Con-way Terminal Joins Teamsters; Two Vote No

The Teamsters Union has gotten the go-ahead from workers at a second Con-way Freight terminal to represent them in talks with company management, but were turned back at two other locations in votes all supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

Tags: Con-way Freight, California, Teamsters, NLRB, Labor Unions

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Focus Should Include More Than Cell-Phone Use

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech released new research examining crash risks associated with driver cell phone use and the relationship to other distracting behaviors. Some study conclusions have generated controversy.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Driving Safety

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Female Driver First to Reach 4 Million Accident-Free Miles

Odom was 23 and working at a boat store in Orlando when she applied for a driver job at UPS in 1973. Photo: UPS

On Friday, when UPS tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom completed her usual 650-mile route towing twin 28-foot trailers from Orlando to Unadilla, Ga., and back, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.

Tags: UPS, Women Drivers

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is one of the Schedule II drugs causing concern.

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Driver Health

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Aids Children in Fatal Accident

David Ragland. Photo: TCA.

David Ragland was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his actions in aiding two children in the aftermath of a fatal accident.

Tags: Tennessee, Fatal Accidents, Utah, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Image

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle Opens Driver Training Academy In Massachusetts

Photo via A. Duie Pyle.

The carrier A. Duie Pyle is opening its second driver training academy in Northborough, Mass., to serve prospective drivers in New England and upstate New York.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Massachusetts, LTL

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards $1 Million in Grants for Training Veterans as Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday said it awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Top Challenge for Heavy-Duty Fleets

Graph via CKCVR.

An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Driver Shortage, Fleet Survey, CKCVR

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team

America's Road Team Truck: Photo by Volvo.

American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team

October 17, 2014 - Product News

Kenworth System Coaches Driver Performance

Kenworth T680 Day Cab: Photo via Kenworth.

Kenworth added the Driver Performance Assistant option for new T680 and T880 models with Paccar MX-13 engines and automated transmissions. The system is part of the Driver Performance Center which tracks vehicle efficiency statistics.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Driver Assistance Systems, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

Photo: Con-way

Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Turnover, Fleets, Driver Recruitment

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, The Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations

October 17, 2014 - Press Release

HELP Inc. Names New Regional Director

HELP Inc., which provides PrePass weigh station bypass and other truck safety and efficiency services, announced the appointment of Terry Maple as the new regional director who will cover several northern and Midwestern states.

Tags: Help Inc., PrePass

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Higher Trucking Tolls Likely Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

A big hike in truck tolls is likely in store for any of the routes managed by the Illinois Tollway Authority, based on a tentative budget that would increase spending for next year.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global

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