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March 21, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Names 30th Highway Hero: Jason Harte

Chosen from four finalists, Jason Harte of Rogers, Ark., today accepted the 30th Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show, which is taking place this week in Louisville, Ky.

A truck driver who rescued a family of six from a smashed minivan has been named the 30th Goodyear Highway Hero.

Tags: Goodyear Highway Hero, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear, Drivers

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Immigration Reform Could Affect Truck Driver Pool

President Obama is making comprehensive immigration reform a major goal for his second term, and in the wake of the 2012 presidential election many Republicans are saying the time has come to reconsider their party’s hardline stance. That could play into the driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

States Ease CDL Restrictions for Military

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report.

Tags: Drivers, CDL, Driver Shortage, Veterans

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Fleet Panel Sees Drop in Driver Applications, But Positive Signs on Economy, Freight, Rates

Lana Batts, Max Fuller, Derek Leathers and Dan England during TCA's Tuesday General Session.

The driver shortage is already intensifying, with the number of both new and experienced driver applicants down over the last couple of months, as economic signs lead to improved optimism about increases in freight and rates this year, according to a panel discussion of three major truckload executives Tuesday at the Truckload Carriers Conference annual convention in Las Vegas.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Hours of Service, C.R. England, Werner Enterprises, TCA, U.S. Xpress

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Grand Island Express, Landstar Winners in Best Fleets to Drive For Contest

Two fleets have been honored as the overall winners of Best Fleets to Drive For, an annual survey and contest produced by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge.

Tags: Drivers, TCA, Owner-Operators, Landstar, Best Fleets to Drive For, Grand Island Express

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Owner Operator Status Legislation Being Pushed in Two States

The question of whether owner-operator truckers are truly independent contractors or misclassified as employee drivers is at the heart of legislation in two states.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, New Jersey, Washington

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

California Court Rules Long Beach Drivers Employees, Not Contractors

A California Superior Court ruled last week that Port of Long Beach truck drivers working for Seacon Logix Inc. were employees and not independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, California, Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Ports, Owner-Operators

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Session on Driver Training Rule at MATS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on its pending driver training rule at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 22.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Mid-America Trucking Show, Drivers

February 27, 2013 - Industry News

Odessa Woman Wins $600,000 Verdict in Sex Discrimination Case Against UPS

A federal court jury in Midland, Texas, awarded a $600,000 verdict against UPS in a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a former driver.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Litigation

February 7, 2013 - Industry News

20 Fleets Named 'Best Fleets to Drive For'

The Yanke Group of Companies, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,is the only company to be named a "Best Fleet" for all five years since the program was launched.

Twenty trucking companies from across North America have been named the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive Forby the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge.

Tags: TCA, Drivers, Recruiting, Retention

December 20, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets Listening Session on Driver Training Rule

Federal truck safety regulators are looking for public comments on plans to toughen entry-level driver training requirements. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on the issue January 7 in Charlotte, N.C., at an American Bus Association meeting

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Training

December 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Surveys on EOBR Harassment

Federal safety regulators are preparing surveys to learn whether or not electronic onboard recorders might be used to harass drivers. The surveys of drivers and carriers are part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's preparation for a proposed new EOBR rule, due next July

Tags: EOBRs, FMCSA, Drivers

December 12, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Begins Expected Climb

FTR Associates' Trucking Conditions Index started to rise significantly in September as expected. It recorded a 65% increase over the August index numbers to a level of 9.6, before giving back some of that gain in October, easing to a reading of 7.9

Tags: Economy, FTR, Drivers

December 11, 2012 - Industry News

Driver Turnover at Truckload Carriers Remains High in Q3

The annualized linehaul driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets remained over 100% for the second straight month, and the churn at smaller truckload carriers rose to a five-year high, according to American Trucking Associations Trucking Activity Report

Tags: Fleets, Drivers, Driver Shortage

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

House Bill Would Require Pilot Program for DOT Hair Testing for Drugs

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the use of hair samples to test commercial drivers for illicit drug use

Tags: Drivers, Compliance

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Advisory Panel Takes on Driver Training

Federal regulators have been trying for more than 20 years to set training standards for entry-level truck drivers - without success. Now, under pressure from Congress and the courts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is trying to reinvigorate the regulatory process by asking its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee for suggestions on how to get the job done

Tags: Drivers, Training, FMCSA

November 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA New Initiative to Validate Driver Medical Cards

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it and its state partners will be conducting random verifications of driver Medical Examiner's Certificates during enforcement activities.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers

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