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October 5, 2017 - Product News

AmeriPride Offers First-Aid Kit for Fleet Drivers

Photo courtesy of AmeriPride.

AmeriPride has begun offering a first-aid kit that's designed for vehicle fleets and can be purchased by any company with a fleet, the linen and uniform service provider has announced.

Tags: Drivers, U.S. DOT, NETS, AmeriPride, First-Aid Kits

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Trucking Services Getting Out of Driver Training Business

A Celadon Driving Academy student practices his driving skill on a TransSim simulator. Photo: Celadon

Days after it announced it was selling off its flatbed division, Indiana-based Celadon said it’s getting out of the driver training business.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Truck Drivers, Celadon Group, Celadon, Truck Driving Schools

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Community Outreach, Drivers, Image

September 7, 2017 - Product News

Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

The Anticipation feature measures the gap in time between lifting off an accelerator and applying the brakes. Image via Blue Tree Systems

Blue Tree Systems introduced a new feature called Anticipation, which tracks and measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage in normal driving.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Blue Tree Systems, Driver Coaching, Telematics, Fuel Efficiency, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Asks Court to Dismiss Service Dog Accommodation Case

Are employees who use emotional support dogs entitlted to the same ADA protections as other service dogs? DoD photo by EJ Hersom

CRST has asked a Florida court to either dismiss or transfer a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged the carrier failed to accommodate a prospective employee with a service dog.

Tags: Lawsuits, CRST, EEOC, Employment, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Product News

Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

Screenshot via SmartDrive

Hub Group has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety platform for its fleet of more than 2,600 tractors, with the aim of improving driver safety and fuel economy.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Hub Group, Drivers, Safety

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Costco Drops California Fleet Accused of Abusive Labor Practices

Costco has dropped a California fleet accused labor abuses in the wake of a USA Today report on the trucking industry. Photo: Costco

In the wake of a report in June by USA Today showcasing extreme examples of alleged labor abuse,Costco said it will no longer do business with Pacific 9 Transport, a fleet based in Southern California.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media, Labor Unions, California

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Probably Pulled Over to Watch the Eclipse

Photo via Lytx

Video-based telematics provider Lytx found that truck drivers seemed to join in with the rest of the country last week to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, according to data from trucks equipped with its DriveCam system.

Tags: DriveCam, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Solar Eclipse, Drivers, Driver Safety

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

15 DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Competition

Photo of participants in DHL's Safe-Driving Rodeo competition courtesy of DHL.

DHL's top 15 couriers competed for the company's safest driver award in Dallas earlier this month in the second Safe-Driving Rodeo competition, the company announced.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Behavior, DHL, Safe Driving Competition, Smith System

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Turns to Virtual Reality to Train Drivers

UPS says its new virtual reality training technology is realistic down to the finest details. Photo: UPS

UPS will begin using cutting-edge virtual reality technology to train drivers at UPS Integrad training facilities.

Tags: Driver Safety, UPS, Driver Training, UPS Freight, Virtual Technology, Drivers, Safety

August 13, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Express Driver Named National Grand Champion

A Massachusetts driver for FedEx Express took home the title of Bendix Grand Champion this weekend from the American Trucking Associations’ 2017 National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Tags: Drivers, American Trucking Associations, National Truck Driving Championships, FedEx Express

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

3 Ways ELDs Should Help Prevent Driver Coercion

Photo: FMCSA

Drivers are at the heart of the electronic logging device mandate that kicks in just over four months from now. According to Pete Allen of MiX Telematics, it was concern about how drivers might be impacted that compelled FMCSA to put “provisions in place to prevent issues of harassment, one of which is driver coercion.”

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, Drivers

August 9, 2017 - Product News

Defensive Driving Program Focuses on Distracted Drivers

Screenshot via ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., announced a new defensive driving program called Pro-Defense that focuses on the increasing amount and types of distractions professional drivers face on the road.

Tags: Driver Training, Distracted Driving, Instructional Technologies, Driver Safety, Safety, Drivers, Pro-Tread

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Moving Toward Dropping Diabetic Exemption Requirement

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should eliminate the requirement that drivers with insulin-treated diabetes seek a formal exemption from the agency to be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.

Tags: FMCSA, Diabetes, Drivers, Driver Health

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Offers Bonus For Experienced Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus to entice experienced drivers to the company.

Tags: Recruiting, Maverick, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Drivers

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Driving Dynamics Acquires Element's CTS Training Unit

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Driving Dynamics has acquired the Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) from Element Fleet Management in a deal that will expand its own fleet driver training and preserve the fleet management company's safety offering to its own clients, Driving Dynamics has announced.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Element Fleet Management, Drivers, Driver Training, CDL, New Hire, C-Suite, Fleet Management Companies

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Beverage Distributor's Event Recorders Reducing Dents and Dings

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Odom Corp. has added a video telematics system to its fleet of 354 beverage delivery trucks to nudge its drivers toward safer driving habits and improve its branding.

Tags: Drivers, Winter Driving, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Food and Beverage Fleets, Delivery Fleets

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Schneider Chooses Navy Veteran to Drive Ride of Pride Truck

David Price has been chosen to drive the Ride of Pride Truck for Schneider. Photo: Schneider

Schneider has been selected to receive Freightliner’s Ride of Pride truck and has chosen David Price, a Navy Reserve veteran who completed tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan, to drive the military-themed vehicle.

Tags: Veterans, Schneider, Hiring Veterans, Ride of Pride, Drivers

June 29, 2017 - Product News

Sentry Partners With CarriersEdge on Driver Training Program

Photo via CarriersEdge

Sentry Insurance has launched an online driver training program for its trucking customers with content produced by CarriersEdge.

Tags: Driver Training, Sentry Insurance, Online Training, CarriersEdge, Drivers

June 29, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress Launches Lease-Purchase Program for Drivers

Photo: U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress has introduced a new lease-purchase program designed to make truck ownership more attainable for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Leased Vehicles, U.S. Xpress, Truck Ownership, Owner-Operators

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Legal Marijuana Tied to Crash Increase

Photo of retail marijuana courtesy of HLDI.

Three states that have legalized recreational cannabis see a 3% overall increase in collision claim frequencies, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Tags: Drugged Driving, HLDI, Safety, Marijuana, Risk Management, Drivers

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Kroger Cuts Collision Rate in Half with Video Telematics

Among other benefits, video proved to be a high-value piece of evidence to exonerate Kroger drivers. Photo: Lytx

The Kroger Co. has begun rolling out video telematics to its fleet of more than 1,200 tractor-trailers, and has already seen a significant reduction in collisions, handheld phone use, and unbelted drivers.

Tags: Accident Management, Kroger, Food and Beverage Fleets, Telematics, Lytx, Risk Management, Drivers, Video Event Recorders, Private Fleets

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Names VP of Driver Engagement

Scott Barker has been promoted to vice president of driver engagement at Swift Transportation. Photo: Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation has promoted Scott Barker to vice president of driver engagement, a newly formed role at the company, in charge of providing support for the company's drivers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Drivers

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo's Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM's new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

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