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October 22, 2014

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

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.

October 21, 2014

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.

October 17, 2014

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

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.

October 15, 2014

Teamsters Get First Win in Attempt to Organize FedEx Freight Drivers

After years of attempting to organize drivers at trucking company FedEx Freight, the Teamsters Union on Tuesday scored its first victory.

October 13, 2014

N.J. FedEx Freight Workers Reject Organizing Attempt

Drivers working out of FedEx Freight’s Cinnaminson, New Jersey, facility have rejected an organizing attempt by the Teamsters Union.

October 5, 2014

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

September 30, 2014

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

September 30, 2014

LTL Carrier Con-way Freight Boosts Driver Pay, Advancement

LTL carrier Con-way Freight is enhancing its compensation package for drivers, increasing current pay rates and reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale.

September 29, 2014

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

September 23, 2014

Understanding the Driver Shortage

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

September 22, 2014

Labor Department Hands Out Money for Misclassified Worker Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $10 million to 19 states to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.

September 18, 2014

Trucker Indicted for Making False Statements

Failing to disclose previous accidents has led to a truck driver facing federal charges. Arnold Williams was indicted for false statements on a commercial driver employment application, according to release from the U.S. Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

September 18, 2014

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

September 17, 2014

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

September 15, 2014

Laredo Con-Way Freight Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters

The 55-49 decision makes this the first time employees at what is one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload carriers have voted to be represented by the union.

September 10, 2014

Truck Parking Notification System to Go Nationwide

Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. and the infrastructure firm HNTB have struck a deal to take the Truck Parking Information and Management System nationwide.

September 9, 2014

Hub Converting California O-Os to Company Drivers Following Lawsuits

UPDATED -- Due to litigation and upcoming settlements, one trucking operation is abandoning its owner-operator business model in California.

September 8, 2014

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

September 8, 2014

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

September 3, 2014

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

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