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July 28, 2014

DOT Expands Veterans Assistance Program for Commercial Driver Positions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that its waiver program that helps experienced veterans and active duty personnel transition into commercial truck and bus drivers positions has been expanded.

July 25, 2014

Judge Approves $3 Million Settlement in OOIDA, C.R. England Case

A federal judge, ending more than a decade of litigation, has approved a legal settlement between the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the trucking company C.R. England.

July 24, 2014

Federal Agencies Coordinate Against Retaliation

Two federal agencies will work together to prevent retaliation against drivers who report safety or health violations.

July 24, 2014

3 Tools for Finding the Best Qualified Drivers

Few things will impact your overall recruiting, driver qualification, and safety results more than the quality of new drivers you bring into the organization.

July 22, 2014

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Awarded $55 Million from FMCSA, NHTSA

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and conduct research in the field of automated vehicles.

July 21, 2014

Truckers Sue FMCSA Over Motor Carrier Management Information System

A group of truck drivers has filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over records the agency keeps on carriers and drivers.

July 21, 2014

Farmer Cooperative Cited, Fined by OSHA for Truck Driver Death

Following the death of a truck driver at Midwest Farmers Cooperative's grain handling facility in Tecumseh, Neb., the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for 12 serious safety violations and proposed $62,101 in penalties.

July 17, 2014

Trucking Now Releases Social-Employment Network for Trucking Industry

ChatterStack, a social-employment network designed to connect job seekers, employees and employers in the trucking industry was introduced Thursday by Trucking Now, Woodbridge, Conn.

July 16, 2014

Maverick Makes Changes to Driver Compensation Plan

Maverick Transportation has recently announced several changes to their driver pay scale, including substantial mileage pay increases, which will impact all incoming drivers no matter their experience.

July 14, 2014

Tracy Morgan, Others Sue Walmart Over Truck Crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart following a crash last month on the New Jersey Turnpike in which he was severely injured, while James McNair, a comedian known as Jimmy Mack was killed and two others were hurt.

July 14, 2014

Port Truckers End Strike After Five Days

After a five-day unfair labor practice strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, striking port truck drivers voted unanimously to agree to a “cooling off” period late Friday after it was requested by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

July 11, 2014

Two Companies Team Up for Independent Contractor Insurance Enrollment, Management

EBE Technologies, a developer of enterprise business process management applications for the transportation industry, has partnered with TrueNorth Companies, a risk management solutions provider to the transportation industry, to create OverDrive.

July 10, 2014

Iowa Motor Truck Association Launches Trucking Jobs Website

In an effort to match up available jobs in trucker with prospective candidates, the Iowa Motor Truck Association has created and launched an interactive jobs board specific to the trucking industry.

July 10, 2014

Court Rules California Truckers Entitled to Paid Breaks

Truck drivers in California are entitled to paid rest breaks and meal breaks, according to a Wednesday ruling from a federal court in San Francisco.

July 9, 2014

First Quarter Driver Turnover Largely Unchanged

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to an annual rate of 92% in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90% for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

July 7, 2014

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

July 7, 2014

A Chat with Chinese Truckers at a Shell Roadshow Near Shanghai

Chinese truckers talk about how trucks have changed in their country over the past two decades during Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's visit to a "truck park" near Shanghai.

July 1, 2014

Driver Tries Citizen's Arrest on a Cop with Interesting Results

This amusing video surfaced on YouTube recently. In his On the Road blog, Jim Park compares it to a parable of sorts about glass houses and throwing stones. In this case, the bad guy had the humility to admit he was wrong, but it doesn't always go so smoothly.

July 1, 2014

Driver Shortage: Already Over the Cliff?

One fleet manager says the driver shortage is even worse than is publicly being reported, with rates going through the roof on some lanes, because both fleets and shippers want to maintain a competitive advantage.

June 27, 2014

More Than 30,000 on Certified Medical Examiners Registry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for U.S. DOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers.

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