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March 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

Wyoming Speed Limits to Move Higher

80-mph speed limit sign in Utah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Wyoming will soon join an elite club of states with speed limits of 80 mph or greater -- but drivers shouldn't hit the accelerator just yet.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Fuel Economy, Wyoming, Speed Limits, interstate

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Driver Turnover Drops but Still High

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91% in the fourth quarter of 2013, but held above 90% for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover, Fleets

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Crete Carrier Increasing Driver Compensation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Crete Carrier Corporation is increasing compensation for all national over the road truck drivers and owner operators at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Crete Carrier Corp.

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

After the agency reviews the comments and publishes a final rule, perhaps later this year, carriers will have two years to comply.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule. HDT's Oliver Patton reports on what's in the 256-page proposal that would require drivers who fill out paper logs to eventually switch to electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety and Compliance, ELD, Regulations

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Electronic Logbook Regulations

Electronic logs are currently optional but have been adopted by many fleets.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just unveiled its proposal for mandatory electronic logbooks, or "Electronic Logging Devices," for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELD, Regulations, Fatigue

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Returns $12 Million Plus Verdict Against Frozen Food Express

A more than $12 million jury verdict was recently handed down in a case involving the trucking company Frozen Food Express in a personal injury lawsuit.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Frozen Food Express, FFE

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Adding 75 Drivers to Haul Harley-Davidson Freight

Truckload carrier Schneider National has created 75 new jobs for professional truck drivers looking to transport some unique freight.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Schneider National

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

New York Law Takes Effect over Driver Misclassification

A new law takes effect Tuesday in New York state that some describe as the most stringent of any state when it comes to truck drivers and other transportation workers who have been wrongly classified as independent contractors rather than employees.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Independent Contractors

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuits Filed Against Two California Fleets Over Driver Classification

Two class action lawsuits were filed late last month against separate California port trucking companies over claims they wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Prosecutors Get Access to Past Driving Ticket Information

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is making additional information available to prosecutors about a driver’s ticket history, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Tags: Drivers, New York, Safety, Speeding, Citation

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

Tags: FMCSA, Diesel, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Congressional Bill Extends HOS Exemptions for Propane Haulers

U.S. Representatives Tom Petri, R-Wis., Chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and Bill Shuster, R-Penn., Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation on Tuesday to help expedite propane deliveries during the cold weather season.

Tags: Drivers, legislation, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

California AG Gives Thumbs Up on Driver Video Cameras

California’s Attorney General issued an opinion earlier this month saying continuous video taping of truck drivers while they are behind the wheel does not violate state law.

Tags: Drivers, Camera, Safety & Compliance, Front-View Camera, California

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Port Trucking Companies Implement Surcharges for Delays at Port of NY and NJ

Some trucking operations serving the Port of New York and New Jersey have stated imposing surcharges for delays they are experiencing due to congestion at container terminals.

Tags: Drivers, New York, New Jersey, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

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

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Safety, Drug Testing

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Asked to Tackle Freight Delays

A group representing the nation’s retailers is urging officials with the Port of New York and New Jersey to do something about increasing delays at its terminals.

Tags: Drivers, New York, New Jersey, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port Trucking

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Launches Motor Carrier Task Force to Address Delays

The Port of Virginia has announced the formation of the Motor Carrier Task Force to focus on issues at the state-controlled marine terminals that are affecting the ability of truck drivers to efficiently move cargo in and out of the terminals.

Tags: Drivers, Virginia, Fleets, Port Trucking

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Report Slams Port Trucking Business Practices

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new report claims to reveal the “enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry”

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Pam Transport Launches Veterans Hiring Program

Pam Transport, an irregular route common and contract carrier headquartered in Tontitown, Ark., recently launched Honor Road, its new civilian career transition program. This program allows military members and veterans to build a new career while earning pay from Pam Transport and benefits from G.I. Bills.

Tags: Drivers, Veterans, Pam Transport

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Dupré Logistics Seeks Drivers for Crude Oil Expansion

In the next four to five months, Dupré expects to expand its 90 driver crude oil segment by adding 125 jobs to fulfill the needs of current and expected growth.

Tags: Drivers, Dupre Logistics, Expansion

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

ARI Acquires Online Driver Training Company Drivefleet

The fleet management services company ARI has acquired Drivefleet, an online driver training products and services provider.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, ARI, Drivefleet, Safety & Compliance, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

New Study Shows Limited Impact of Simulator Training for Truckers

New research examining the safety impact of simulator training for truck drivers concludes it provides benefits for only up to a year.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Recruiting, Fleets, Safety and Compliance

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Alcohol Testing

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