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October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards $1 Million in Grants for Training Veterans as Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday said it awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

Photo: Con-way

Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Turnover, Fleets, Driver Recruitment

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Get First Win in Attempt to Organize FedEx Freight Drivers

After years of attempting to organize drivers at trucking company FedEx Freight, the Teamsters Union on Tuesday scored its first victory.

Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

N.J. FedEx Freight Workers Reject Organizing Attempt

Drivers working out of FedEx Freight’s Cinnaminson, New Jersey, facility have rejected an organizing attempt by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Fleets, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight, Teamsters

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenberg talks about the agency's 2015 priorities. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, CSA, ATA MC&E

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

LTL Carrier Con-way Freight Boosts Driver Pay, Advancement

LTL carrier Con-way Freight is enhancing its compensation package for drivers, increasing current pay rates and reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Driver Pay, Con-way Inc., Fleets, Drivers

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Labor Department Hands Out Money for Misclassified Worker Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $10 million to 19 states to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.

Tags: Drivers, Enforcement, Independent Contractors, U.S. Department of Labor

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Indicted for Making False Statements

Failing to disclose previous accidents has led to a truck driver facing federal charges. Arnold Williams was indicted for false statements on a commercial driver employment application, according to release from the U.S. Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Intermodal, Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Laredo Con-Way Freight Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters

The 55-49 decision makes this the first time employees at what is one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload carriers have voted to be represented by the union.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Parking Notification System to Go Nationwide

Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. and the infrastructure firm HNTB have struck a deal to take the Truck Parking Information and Management System nationwide.

Tags: HOS, Truck Parking, Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Truckstops

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Converting California O-Os to Company Drivers Following Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Due to litigation and upcoming settlements, one trucking operation is abandoning its owner-operator business model in California.

Tags: Drivers, California, Intermodal, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Hub Group

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Pay, Drivers

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Gaines Motor Lines Agrees to $262,500 Settlement Over Fired Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Gaines Motor Lines and its owners that includes paying more than a quarter of a million dollars to resolve findings made by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

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