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HDT's Most Popular Articles of 2016

December 28, 2016

By HDT Staff

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Photo: Jim Park
Photo: Jim Park

In 2016 Heavy Duty Trucking magazine covered several major issues affecting the trucking industry including the ELD mandate, overtime rules, driver retention and many others.

Here are some of the most-read stories from the past year:

1. Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens. - by Rolf Lockwood.

2. Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15

Equipment Editor Jim Park gets behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and finds there’s much to look forward to. 

3. What the Labor Department's New Overtime Rules Mean for Trucking

In May the United States Department of Labor published new regulations that will affect who may be paid a salary and who must be paid by the hour. The changes, which take effect December 1, 2016, dramatically change the landscape for employers.

4. 5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

5. A Look at the California-Compliant Trailer

There’s a California-compliant trailer in your future, whether you want it or not. But what’s not to want?

6. 7 Technologies That Will Affect Trucking and the Aftermarket

The trucking industry aftermarket is being bombarded with technology, and that trend is not likely to go away anytime soon, according to industry analyst Derek Kaufman. 

7. Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

8. Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

9. Breaking the 10 MPG Barrier

Ten miles per gallon is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off? 

10. Tribe Express Takes the Long View on Driver Retention

Boasting a turnover rate as low as 33%, Tribe Express’ roster includes veteran truckers between 50 and 60 years old, as well as an increasing number of younger (age 28 to 35) and female drivers. 

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