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February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Names Highway Hero Finalists

This year's Highway Hero Finalists. Left to right, Mark Cavanagh, Dorian Cole, Julian Kaczor. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Tire & Rubber will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on March 31, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Seeks 2017 America’s Road Team Members

American Trucking Associations has officially opened the nominating process for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team.

Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, Community Outreach, Image

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Strategic Programs Co-Founder Rim Yurkus Has Died

Rim Yurkus Photo: Strategic Programs

Rim Yurkus, co-founder, president and CEO of Strategic Programs, died last month, according to representatives of his company.

Tags: Research, Obituary, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Trend Analysis

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Multiple Failed Drug Tests

Following an accident in January a driver, who had failed multiple drug tests in the past, refused to take another drug test. The FCMSA subsequently declared him an imminent hazard.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard, Drug Charges

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Road Deaths Rise by Largest Percent in 50 Years

According to the National Safety Council, 2015 was likely the deadliest driving year since 2008. Screen shot courtesy of LoudLabs News/YouTube.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show an 8% increase in 2015 compared to 2014.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Interchange Project to Accommodate Truck Traffic

Trucks converge on the Interstate 10 – US 301 interchange near Baldwin, a congested interchange for truck traffic moving through northeast Florida. Photo: Florida DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will start work next month on the Interstate 10 and U.S. 301 interchange project. The interchange is designed to accommodate increased truck traffic in the area.

Tags: Road Construction, I-10, Florida Department of Transportation

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Shoes for Soldiers Program

Photo: Meritor

Meritor announced a one-year extension of “Shoes for Soldiers” and will donate up to $70,000 from remanufactured brake sales and corporate matching funds to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.

Tags: Charity, Meritor, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Time Off Positively Impacts Driver Performance, Study Shows

Carriers can improve the productivity and performance of drivers by meeting their requests to take time off, according to the results of a recent study conducted by Stay Metrics.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Performance, Driver Retention, Stay Metrics

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

TCA and CarriersEdge Announce 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

Last year's winners on stage at the TCA Annual Convention. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have announced the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For, a listing 20 for-hire trucking companies deemed to be outstanding workplace experiences for employees and truck drivers.

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

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns

OSHA has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, OSHA, Pennsylvania, Fines, Out of Service Violations

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Webinar, ELDs

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Assists Woman Who Crashed in a Creek

Steve Elliott Photo courtesy of TCA

Truck driver Steve Elliot of Phenix City, Ala., has been named a Highway Angel by the TCA for helping a woman search for her missing baby after she crashed her car into a creek.

Tags: Accidents, Truck Drivers, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Bases Driver Pay Hike on Safety Record

U.S. Xpress has announced a pay raise for solo truck drivers who have remained accident- and ticket-free with no CSA violations for at least 12 months as part of an effort to focus on driver safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Driver Shortage, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Cut Impaired, Distracted, Fatigued Driving

Image: NTSB

NTSB's new “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements stresses the continuing need to reduce accidents caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as well as those who are distracted or fatigued.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Driver-Coercion Rule Takes Effect on Jan. 29

Image: Seeing Machines

The new rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations takes effect on Jan. 29.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Driver Coercion

January 7, 2016 - Product News

WorkHound Adds Digital Referrals to Driver Recruiting Platform

Photo: WorkHound

A digital referral feature has been added to WorkHound’s driver recruiting and retention platform, allowing drivers to refer possible new hires through the WorkHound app.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Image Team Members

Last year's Women In Trucking Image Team. Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking is seeking industry professionals for its Image Team to represent the association and bring awareness to causes affecting women in the trucking industry.

Tags: Women in Trucking, MATS, Women Drivers

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Offers Driver-Focused Fitness Options

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

TravelCenters of America is offering a selection of fitness, food and wellness options aimed guiding drivers toward a healthier lifestyle.

Tags: Driver Health, TravelCenters of America, Driver Wellness

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

CRST Seeks Driver-In-Front-Seat Training Exemption

Image: CRST Expedited

FMCSA is seeking comment on an exemption sought by CRST from the rule that requires the holder of a commercial learner's permit to always be accompanied by a commercial driver's license holder seated in the front seat while the CLP holder performs behind-the-wheel training on the road.

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Trucks Cited for Size/Weight During Safe Driver Week

Vehicle size and weight violations topped the list of the most common warnings and citations given during CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week late last year.

Tags: Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

Flooding Closes Over 200 Roads in Missouri

Heavy rains and flooding have closed more than 225 roads in Missouri. Image via MoDOT

Massive flooding caused by heavy rains in Northeastern Missouri has closed more than 225 roads in the state as the Mississippi River overruns its banks and threatens to break levees in several areas.

Tags: Missouri Department of Transportation, Flooding, Missouri, Road Closure

December 29, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Charged with Manslaughter in Tracy Morgan Accident Case

An NTSB investigation found that driver fatigue played a role in the fatal accident. Image via NTSB

The truck driver who rear-ended comedian Tracy Morgan’s limousine, injuring him and killing another comedian, has been indicted for charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.

Tags: Accidents, Fatal Accidents, NTSB, Fatigue, Walmart

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Accidentally Destroys Historic Indiana Bridge

Photo: Orange County Law Enforcement

A historic bridge collapsed in Paoli, Ind., when a truck driver drove across it despite the truck weighing nearly 24 tons more than the bridge's posted weight limit.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Indiana, Bridges

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Halving Random Drug-Test Threshold

Image: FMCSA

FMCSA will lower the annual minimum random drug-testing rate for CDL holders from 50% of the average number of CDL-driver positions to 25% annually for the 2016 calendar year, effective Jan. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing

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