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December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Turnover up at Large Truckload Fleets

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA: States Should Review Pitfalls of ELD Rule

Photo: JJ Keller<br />

Inspired perhaps by a recent action taken by the Attorney General of Indiana, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that “top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Indiana, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Former Mail Hauler Ordered to Pay $3 Million in Fraud Judgement

A Mount Crawford, Va.-based trucking company that hauled United States mail and its holding company have been ordered to pay more than 3 million in owed money and driver pay restitution for a fraud scheme that lasted for 18 years.

Tags: Hours of Service, USPS, Driver Pay, Crime, Trial

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Indiana Wants ELD Rule Delayed

In an 11th-hour request, the attorney general of Indiana has proposed that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration delay implementation of the electronic logging device rule set for Dec. 18 — less than 3 weeks away.

Tags: FMCSA, Indiana, ELD, ELD Mandate

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Study 'Excessive Commuting' by Truck Drivers

Photo: FMCSA<br />

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on a proposed survey of “excessive commuting” by truck drivers. The agency is defining as excessive any commuting to work that exceeds 150 minutes.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fatigue

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

J&R Schugel Offers $15K Signing Bonus for Experienced Drivers

Photo: J&amp;amp;R Schugel

Minnesota-based J&R Schugel has announced a $15,000 sign-on bonus for experienced over- the-road drivers who join the carrier before the end of the year.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

November 23, 2017 - Press Release

Houston Truck Driver Wins International ProStar

Houston area driver Jim McCauley receives the keys to an International ProStar from Danny Thomas of Navistar as the winner of the OnCommand Connection Sweepstakes. (Photo courtesy of Navistar)

The sweepstakes, which was open to qualified truck drivers holding a CDL, celebrated the availability of OnCommand Connection Telematics.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Drivers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Sweepstakes, Navistar OnCommand

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Installs Signs to Prevent Wrong Way Driving

Photo: Arizona DOT

The Arizona Department of Transportation has added large “Wrong Way” signs along Interstate 17 on bridges and other structures to help prevent wrong-way drivers.

Tags: Highway Safety, Arizona, Arizona DOT

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Seeks to Exempt ‘Small-Business Truckers’ from ELD Rule

Photo: FMCSA

With the new electronic logging device mandate set to take effect in less than four weeks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue a temporary but lengthy exemption to the new safety rule for “small-business truckers.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Autonomous Vehicles Could Save Trucking $300 Billion in Labor Costs

Autonomous technology could offer trucking net savings between $100 billion and $125 billion, according to a report by Wall Street analysts. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by a Wall Street analyst firm says the potential savings from autonomous technology are huge, but notes that new costs will be created as it takes hold in trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fleet Management, Tesla, Driver Pay, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Amazon App Helps Get Drivers In and Out of Warehouses Faster

A new Amazon app called Relay allows drivers enter cargo information, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate. Photo: Amazon

The new app, called Relay, is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process.

Tags: Drivers, Amazon.com, Driver Assistance Systems, Mobile Apps, Delivery Fleets, Startups

November 20, 2017 - Product News

Pro-Tread Releases Mobile Training App for Drivers

A new new mobile platform from ITI allows employees to meet training, safety and compliance needs with the tools fleets are already providing for ELD, routing, inventory and other fleet management needs. Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced the new Pro-Tread Mobile App, giving drivers options on when, where and how they can complete required training.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Mobile Apps

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing to haulers of agricultural commodities a 90-day temporary waiver of the new electronic logging device mandate, and also is clarifying how ELDs will work with the personal conveyance provision and the 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption of the hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Hours of Service

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Offers New Compensation Package for Experienced Drivers

CFI also recently announced it&#39;s bringing back its viper-red trucks. Photo: Screen shot from CFI YouTube video

The Experienced Driver package is designed to reward professional drivers working with CFI or another over-the-road trucking company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI, Drivers

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, is the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safe Driving, Safety

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

ABF Freight to Work with Teamsters on Collective Bargaining Agreement

Photo: ABF Freight

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight is getting ready to begin negotiations with the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee in December on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Tags: Teamsters, ABF, Labor Unions, Contract, ArcBest Corp., LTL

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Business Interests Spur Autonomous Vehicle Policy Moves in Wisconsin

Racine, WI, city officals felt they were &quot;ahead of the curve&quot; on traffic issues, until a business considering locating there asked about autonomous vehicle infrastructure. Photo: Peloton

A multinational electronics manufacturer is considering building a new facility near Racine, Wisconsin, that would employee 13,000 workers – provided the city has a plan to develop autonomous vehicle infrastructure in the area.

Tags: Infrastructure, Traffic Congestion, Business, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, I-94, Wisconsin

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sanders Wants Crackdown on Companies That Don't Pay Drivers Living Wage

Photo: Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants the U.S. government to only provide federal contracts to trucking companies that pay workers a living wage and benefits, he stated in a letter to President Trump last week.

Tags: Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, U.S. Congress, Independent Contractors, Drivers, Donald Trump

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

Seat belt use by truck and  bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, U.S. DOT

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Not Doing Enough to Keep Unsafe Operators Off Highways, NTSB Says

Aerial view shows motorcoach at final rest and impact damage caused by signpost penetrating two-thirds of vehicle. Photo: California Highway Patrol

In the wake of its investigation of a crash caused by a fatigued motorcoach driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its motor carrier safety rating system.

Tags: Driver Fatigue, NTSB, Safety & Compliance

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

Tags: AAA, NTSB, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Drug Testing, Drugged Driving, U.S. DOT, Opioids, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bulldog Driver Pay Hike Includes Guaranteed Minimum Salary

With Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express (second from right) are senior drivers (left to right), Robert Gibbs, Timothy Smith,and Gerald Waring. Photo courtesy of Bulldog Hiway Express

Bulldog Hiway Express, a Daseke company, has announced a driver-compensation program called Salary Plus thatincludes a guaranteed minimum salary of $1,000 a week in its flatbed division.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Daseke Inc., Bulldog

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