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July 26, 2013

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

Swift Transportation is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in how it conducted background checks. The suit says more than 10,000 applicants were affected.

July 24, 2013

Truck Driving Jobs Ranked as One of Toughest to Fill

More than a third of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by the online lob listing service CareerBuilder. Among the hardest to fill are slots for truck drivers.

July 24, 2013

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

July 23, 2013

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

July 23, 2013

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

July 23, 2013

How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

We've had several weeks now on the new hours of service rules. Some fleets are struggling to adjust, while others are seeing virtually no effects. Share your experiences in this "On the Road" blog.

July 18, 2013

Carriers Report Difficulty Hiring Qualified Employees at Critical Positions

The most recent Transport Capital Partners Survey reveals carriers experiencing problems finding not only qualified drivers, but also other qualified employees such as technicians, operations staff and fleet managers..

July 18, 2013

Con-way Truckload Honors First 4-Million-Mile Driver

Con-way Truckload, Joplin, Mo., recently held a special recognition event to honor driver Bill Compton for surpassing 4 million miles of driving for the company, which he's been with for 33 years.

July 17, 2013

New York and Jersey Port Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters

Truck drivers employed by Australia-based Toll Group at the company’s New Jersey division voted by a margin of nearly 70% to form a union and affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 469, according to a news release.

July 16, 2013

Owner-Operators of Today and Yesteryear

A lot can change in 10 years, and for the average owner-operator, a lot has changed. Todd Amen, CEO of ATBS, recently presented at TCA's Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting on how the owner-operator and his world has transformed in a decade's time.

July 16, 2013

Are you a 'Zombie Recruiter'?

It seems zombies are cool these days, with hit TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and books and movies like "World War Z." But being a "zombie recruiter" is not going to help you out at a time when good drivers are becoming more scarce than ever.

July 15, 2013

Average Canadian Driver Age Older Than First Thought

New data from the National Household Survey has found that the average age of a Canadian truck driver is 46, higher than the previous age of 44, and significantly higher than the national average of 41.5.

July 11, 2013

Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter

In the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers, reports the American Trucking Associations.

July 10, 2013

North American Fatigue Management Program Now Available

The North American Fatigue Management Program is now available to motor carriers, drivers, government safety administrators and insurance companies. A coalition of Canadian, U.S., and Mexican trucking interests developed the program to provide carriers with a best-practices manual for implementing fatigue management in their operations.

July 10, 2013

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

July 10, 2013

4 Ways to Manage Risk in the Age of CSA

CSA may be an enforcement tool for the FMCA, but you also can use CSA as a catalyst to create transparency and accountability in your organization.

July 9, 2013

Which Drivers Make Good Lease-Purchase Candidates?

While capacity is important, the DOT's new CSA enforcement regime and ever-nosier agencies like the IRS make it clear that you simply can't take people that need to be led by the hand into a lease-purchase program.

July 8, 2013

Taking the Driver Physical to a New Level

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who shares the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

July 1, 2013

Teamsters, UPS Agree to Extend National Contract

The Teamsters Union and UPS have agreed to an extension of the current UPS National Master Agreement and all supplements past their July 31 expiration.

June 10, 2013

Learn About the Latest in Driver Health Regulations at Fleet Safety Conference

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature a session on what fleets should know about the federal government's increased scrutiny of the health and wellness of commercial drivers, from tougher medical card requirements to sleep disorders.

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