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July 18, 2013 - Industry News

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

Bill Compton is Con-way Freight's 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.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Truckload

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, Ports, Teamsters

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: TCA, ATBS, Drivers, Owner-Operators

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Canada, Drivers

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter

Large-fleet turnover is at its highest since the third quarter of 2012.

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.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Turnover

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Fatigue management

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Regulations, Safety

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight, Drivers

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Events, Health

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Melton's New HQ Will Promote Driver Wellness

Melton Truck Lines is building a new driver-friendly headquarters in Tulsa, Okla., which will emphasize the trucking company's commitment to driver and employee wellness.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Health, Fleets, Melton

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

New Jersey Passes Misclassification Bill; Gov. Christie Could Veto

New Jersey port truckers would be considered employees under legislation passed Thursday.

Opponents of an "employee misclassification bill" passed Thursday by the New Jersey state Senate say they will continue to work to make sure the measure does not actually become law. The legislation creates a presumption that a work arrangement in the drayage trucking or parcel delivery trucking industries is an employer-employee relationship.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Intermodal, Ports, Owner-Operators, Teamsters

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Targets Trucking Companies for Harassment, Discrimination

One trucking company has agreed to pay to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, while the agency has filed separate litigation against another over claims of religious discrimination.

Tags: Litigation, EEOC, Drivers

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Family of Driver Killed in Crash Gets $6 Million Settlement

Two trucking companies have agreed to pay a total of more than $6 million to the family of a truck driver killed in a 2011 crash with a truck that had bald tires and improperly adjusted brakes.

Tags: Litigation, Fleets, California, Drivers, Safety, Brakes, Tires

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Buys 525 New Tractors Based on Driver Input

Con-way Truckload has purchased 525 new tractors in a replacement cycle that it says will maintain its 2,700-tractor fleet as one of the youngest and most modern in the truckload market.

Tags: Con-way Truckload, Drivers, Fleets

May 22, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Labels More Drivers as Imminent Hazard Ordering Them off the Road

For the second straight day on Wednesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has ordered two more truckers off the road saying they are an “imminent hazard to public safety.”

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, Safety

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road as Hazard to the Public

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared New Mexico-licensed truck driver Bobby C. Cleveland to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Cleveland was served the federal orders May 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: Diversification, Utilization Key to Truckload Success

Truckload carriers continue to innovate to remain profitable, particularly through service diversification and driver retention, according to a new study by trucking software giant TMW Systems.

Tags: Drivers, TMW, Truckload

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Urgent Care Travel Opens at Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn.

Urgent Care Travel opened its first urgent care location at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville, Tenn. The company plans to open as many as 100 urgent care sites at select travel center and travel plaza locations nationwide.

Tags: Drivers, Tennessee, Driver Health, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Unveils Website For Veterans

Arkansas-based USA Truck added a driver recruiting website exclusively for military veterans. Called "We Hire Heroes" and located at www.HiringMilitaryDrivers.com, this new site is designed to make the transition to civilian employment easier for military personnel.

Tags: Drivers, military, Recruiting, Veterans, Fleets, USA Truck

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hands-Free Texting Isn’t Safer According to New Study

Using a handheld phone for texting is equally dangerous whether you do it manually or with voice-to-text, according to new research.

Efforts by federal officials prohibiting all interstate and haz-mat truckers from texting while driving, along with many state having such laws for all drivers, may do little for safety on the roadway, based on new research.

Tags: Texting, Research, Drivers, Safety, Distracted Driving

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Fatigue Management Program Near Completion

A coalition of U.S. and Canadian trucking interests are close to releasing a best-practices manual for fatigue management.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, ATRI, Con-Way, Fatigue management, Transport Canada, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Challenger Motor Freight, FMCSA, Drivers

April 17, 2013 - Industry News

A Bigger Driver Pool Through Immigration Reform?

An immigration reform bill in Congress could ease the truck driver shortage by giving undocumented immigrants a path to legal status and, potentially, the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: Drivers, Mexico, Immigration

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Justices Pose Close Questions in LA Port Case

The long and tumultuous matter of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program came to a head in the Supreme Court Tuesday, with Justices conducting a spirited discussion with opposing attorneys.

Tags: Clean Truck Program, Supreme Court, ATA, Ports, Intermodal, Drivers, Owner-Operators

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court to Hear LA Port Case Today

The Supreme Court today will hear arguments in American Trucking Associations’ case against aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Trucks Program. The oral argument will be the culminating moment in a case that has been working its way through the courts for more than four years.

Tags: ATA, Clean Truck Program, California, Ports, Intermodal, Drivers

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