September 9, 2013
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.
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.
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..
September 5, 2013
Although a "cavalcade of regulations" is expected to make it harder than ever to find drivers, an economy that continues to grow at a sub-potential rate means fleets don't have a lot of leverage when it comes to raising rates, according to John Larkin and fellow transportation analysts at the Stifel Nicolaus investment firm.
September 3, 2013
Despite an increasing amount of research about trucking from the ivory towers of academia, few researchers ever experience what life is like on the road. However, one spent three years riding in trucks and interviewing long-haul drivers as part of his look into how truck drivers are affected by increasing demands for speed and flexibility.
August 30, 2013
Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary.
August 29, 2013
Teamsters Union members at the trucking company ABF have approved five of the seven remaining supplements, while two did not pass.
August 28, 2013
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.
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.
August 27, 2013
This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.
The National Truck Driving Championships and the North American Inspectors Championship are great showcases for industry skill and expertise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in his "On the Road" blog why it's too bad these competitions don't appeal to a broader audience.
August 26, 2013
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.
August 23, 2013
Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.
Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, including an article on trucker apps in the New York Times.
August 22, 2013
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.
August 21, 2013
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.
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.
August 20, 2013
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.
More states, including Wisconsin and New Jersey, may be following the lead of Illinois Gov. Pat Quin who signed legislation Monday increasing the state’s top speed limit to 70 mph.
UPDATED--The ready-mix concrete industry is asking for an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the new hours-of-service rule.
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