October 22, 2013 - Industry News
The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.
Tags: Drivers, Economy, Unemployment
ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition. The decision was made during the group’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.
Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Events, ATA2013
On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.
Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013
October 6, 2013 - Industry News
Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea
September 30, 2013 - Industry News
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is appealing a ruling that it has to repay more than $4.5 million dollars for legal costs to the trucking company CRST Van Expedited.
Tags: Drivers, Litigation, CRST, EEOC
September 29, 2013 - Industry News
In a complaint unsealed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of an extensive scheme to let applicants for New York State commercial driver’s licenses cheat on required tests.
Tags: Drivers, New York, CDL, Fraud
September 24, 2013 - Industry News
ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.
Tags: Drivers, Economy, ATA, Freight, TMW
September 19, 2013 - Industry News
Truck drivers supposedly knew of an alleged fuel scheme involving fraud in biofuels was going on but may not have said a word.
Tags: Biodiesel, Drivers, Taxes, Fraud
September 18, 2013 - Industry News
The game plan by the Teamsters Union when it comes to organizing truck drivers serving the nation’s ports is more diverse that it was just a few years ago, according to a new story from the Journal of Commerce.
Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking
September 17, 2013 - Industry News
Many trucking groups and industry suppliers this week are asking Americans to reflect and appreciate the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day, as part of the 25th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
September 12, 2013 - Industry News
Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Legislation, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA
September 11, 2013 - Industry News
The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.
Tags: Drivers, Oregon, Safety & Compliance, Owner-Operators
September 10, 2013 - Industry News
Today's Trucking---30,000 brakes will be inspected on trucks across North America this week, and not all will pass. The annual Brake Safety Week held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will see inspectors taking a closer look at brake systems on your trucks.
Tags: Drivers, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Enforcement
ABF Freight Systems driver and America’s Road Team Captain Anthony Spero has been named July Trucker Buddy of the Month following his nomination by Sara Dixon and Emily Schimelman, teachers at Hamden Hal County Day School, in Hamden, Conn.
Tags: Trucker Buddy, ABF, Drivers, Image
September 9, 2013 - Industry News
PITTSBURGH -- A field test of battery-powered CPAP devices to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.
Tags: Drivers, TMC, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health
The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.
Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, ATRI
UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..
Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal
August 28, 2013 - Industry News
Highly successful companies use distinct practices in building their workforces and offer more benefits to recruit and retain drivers when compared to all other trucking companies, according to new research in the 2013 Texas Trucking Industry Study.
Tags: Drivers, Texas, Recruiting, Retention
Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers age 65 or older, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.
Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities
August 26, 2013 - Industry News
A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Labor Department.
Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Indiana Department of Labor
August 23, 2013 - Industry News
Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.
Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges
August 22, 2013 - Industry News
According to a new survey from AAA, Americans are less likely than they used to be to perceive a serious threat from dangerous driving behaviors such as drunk, aggressive or drowsy driving.
Tags: Drivers, AAA, Distracted Driving, Safety & Compliance
August 21, 2013 - Industry News
A truck driver reported that he was distracted just before he ran into the car in front of him, pushing it off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below.
Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Maryland
More than nine years after a suit was first filed against the carrier Swift Transportation, over claims it cheated drivers out of compensation, it has been certified as a class action.
Tags: Drivers, Litigation, Swift Transportation
August 20, 2013 - Industry News
The NAFA Fleet Management Association has raised concerns about straight truck safety recommendations issued earlier this summer by the National Transportation Safety Board after a study found they were not as safe as their larger counterparts.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, CDL, Trucks, U.S. DOT, Medium-Duty Trucks, Private Fleets
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