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April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla Removed from Crash Investigation for Violating NTSB Rules

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Tesla will no longer be able to participate in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X after it violated the agency’s rules on sharing investigative information before being vetted and confirmed.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Accidents, Drivers, Safety, Tesla Model X

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Collision Avoidance May Have Lessened Truck Crash Damage

The truck after the crash. The NTSB said the driver may have been fatigued, and that collision avoidance/collision mitigation technology could have prevented or reduced the severity of the crash. Photo: NTSB

A collision avoidance system might have prevented or lessened the severity of a 2016 crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV that killed six people and injured five, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: NTSB, Collision Avoidance Technology, Safety, Drivers, Accidents

March 13, 2018 - Product News

SmartDrive Launches Video Safety Platform With New Hardware

SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is more than 50% smaller than previous iterations to reduce the distraction to the driver, especially for dash- and windshield-mounted equipment. Photo: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems launched the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware for fleets, offering a comprehensive video- and sensor-based intelligence platform for fleets looking to improve driver habits and safety.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, Wabco, Drivers, In-Vehicle Video, Connected Vehicles, Safety, Training, ADAS

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Least-Traveled Roads Named in Each State

Photo: Geotab

Alaska's Dalton Highway (State Route 11) has been named the most scenic and quiet route in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Geotab.

Tags: Alaska, Geotab, Traffic Congestion, Drivers, Safety

February 27, 2018 - Industry News

Hornady Transportation Offers Guaranteed Minimum Pay Program for Drivers

Hornady Transportation announced a new pay program offering its truck drivers a guaranteed weekly gross minimum pay.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Drivers, Truck Drivers

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Offers $50,000 in Bonuses for Team Drivers

U.S. Xpress is offering 50,000 in bonuses for team drivers under its new TeamMax program. Image via U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress announced the TeamMax Bonus program for current and prospective team drivers, which offers $50,000 in bonuses and up to four weeks of paid vacation in a single year.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Drivers, Truck Drivers

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Uber: Self-Driving Trucks Could Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

Uber stated in a blog post that it expects self-driving trucks to help the industry deal with higher demand. Photo via Uber

Mixed fleets with self-driving long-haul trucks and traditional human-driven regional routes could help the trucking industry address the problem of an aging driver workforce, said Uber in a recent company blog post.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Regional Haul, Drivers, Truck Drivers

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Names 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

For-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized by TCA and CarriersEdge for providing exemplary work environments for their drivers and independent contractors. Photo via TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge announced the 20 Best Fleets to Drive For in 2018, recognizing these fleets for providing exemplary work environments for their truck drivers and independent contractors.

Tags: Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge, Truck Drivers, Drivers, Driver Retention, Truckload Carriers Association

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Fleets Reach Out to Drivers With Better Per-Mile Pay

Southern Refrigerated Transport announced its second pay bump in six months. Photo: Southern Refrigerated Transport

In an effort to attract and retain truck drivers, Southern Refrigerated Transport and KLLM both announced major per-mile pay increases.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Drivers, Truck Drivers

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Teamsters Try to Nix UPS Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles

Photo courtesy of UPS.

The Teamsters union is seeking to prevent UPS from using driverless vehicles or drones to deliver packages, the latter of which the parcel delivery company had already performed a number of tests on, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Tags: UPS, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Labor Unions, Drivers

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Nussbaum Driver Pay Increase Addresses Common Driver Issues

Nussbaum Transportation's new pay structure aims to address common driver headaches. Photo via Nussbaum Transportation

Nussbaum Transportation announced a new driver pay increase that not only improves per-mile pay but also attempts to improve fairness, downtime penalties and other headaches drivers commonly face.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Employment, Truck Drivers, Drivers

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

Los Angeles City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Updates Vehicle Repair App

Express WriteUp now offers several new features to enhance the driver experience and improve efficiency. Photo: Daimler

Express WriteUp now offers several new features to enhance the driver experience and improve efficiency.

Tags: Drivers, Vehicle Repairs, Daimler Trucks North America, Mobile Apps

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Honors Truckers with Holiday Dinner and Concert

Photo courtesy Verizon Telematics

Verizon Telematics hosted a pop-up event on Dec. 14 at the Whiskey Pete’s Truck Stop in Primm, Nev., to bring holiday cheer and gratitude for truckers.

Tags: Telematics, ELDs, Christmas, Verizon, Drivers

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Owner-Operators More Unprepared for ELD Deadline Than Fleets

Source: Help Inc.

Nearly half of respondents to a poll by Help Inc. had not yet selected an electronic logging device two weeks ahead of the Dec. 18 deadline.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Compliance, ELDs, Owner Operators, ELD Mandate

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Amazon App Helps Get Drivers In and Out of Warehouses Faster

A new Amazon app called Relay allows drivers enter cargo information, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate. Photo: Amazon

The new app, called Relay, is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process.

Tags: Drivers, Amazon.com, Driver Assistance Systems, Mobile Apps, Delivery Fleets, Startups

November 20, 2017 - Product News

Pro-Tread Releases Mobile Training App for Drivers

A new new mobile platform from ITI allows employees to meet training, safety and compliance needs with the tools fleets are already providing for ELD, routing, inventory and other fleet management needs. Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced the new Pro-Tread Mobile App, giving drivers options on when, where and how they can complete required training.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Mobile Apps

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing to haulers of agricultural commodities a 90-day temporary waiver of the new electronic logging device mandate, and also is clarifying how ELDs will work with the personal conveyance provision and the 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption of the hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Hours of Service

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Offers New Compensation Package for Experienced Drivers

CFI also recently announced it's bringing back its viper-red trucks. Photo: Screen shot from CFI YouTube video

The Experienced Driver package is designed to reward professional drivers working with CFI or another over-the-road trucking company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI, Drivers

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sanders Wants Crackdown on Companies That Don't Pay Drivers Living Wage

Photo: Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants the U.S. government to only provide federal contracts to trucking companies that pay workers a living wage and benefits, he stated in a letter to President Trump last week.

Tags: Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, U.S. Congress, Independent Contractors, Drivers, Donald Trump

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Drug Testing, Drugged Driving, U.S. DOT, Opioids, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Raises Pay for Flatbed, Glass Division Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation has announced a 5-cent per mile pay increase for drivers in its Flatbed and Glass over-the-road divisions. The pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.

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

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Studies Effectiveness of Driver Training

Photo: PIT Group

Driver fuel efficiency and safety training is only effective if it includes refresher courses, according to results from a recent PIT Group study on driver training.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, PIT Group, Driver Coaching, Drivers

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