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September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Costco Drops California Fleet Accused of Abusive Labor Practices

Costco has dropped a California fleet accused labor abuses in the wake of a USA Today report on the trucking industry. Photo: Costco

In the wake of a report in June by USA Today showcasing extreme examples of alleged labor abuse,Costco said it will no longer do business with Pacific 9 Transport, a fleet based in Southern California.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media, Labor Unions, California

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Truckers Probably Pulled Over to Watch the Eclipse

Photo via Lytx

Video-based telematics provider Lytx found that truck drivers seemed to join in with the rest of the country last week to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, according to data from trucks equipped with its DriveCam system.

Tags: DriveCam, Video Event Recorders, LYTX, Solar Eclipse, Drivers, Driver Safety

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

15 DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Competition

Photo of participants in DHL's Safe-Driving Rodeo competition courtesy of DHL.

DHL's top 15 couriers competed for the company's safest driver award in Dallas earlier this month in the second Safe-Driving Rodeo competition, the company announced.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Behavior, DHL, Safe Driving Competition, Smith System

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Turns to Virtual Reality to Train Drivers

UPS says its new virtual reality training technology is realistic down to the finest details. Photo: UPS

UPS will begin using cutting-edge virtual reality technology to train drivers at UPS Integrad training facilities.

Tags: UPS, Driver Training, UPS Freight, Drivers, Safety, Virtual Reality

August 13, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Express Driver Named National Grand Champion

A Massachusetts driver for FedEx Express took home the title of Bendix Grand Champion this weekend from the American Trucking Associations’ 2017 National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Tags: Drivers, American Trucking Associations, National Truck Driving Championships, FedEx Express

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

3 Ways ELDs Should Help Prevent Driver Coercion

Photo: FMCSA

Drivers are at the heart of the electronic logging device mandate that kicks in just over four months from now. According to Pete Allen of MiX Telematics, it was concern about how drivers might be impacted that compelled FMCSA to put “provisions in place to prevent issues of harassment, one of which is driver coercion.”

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, Drivers

August 9, 2017 - Product News

Defensive Driving Program Focuses on Distracted Drivers

Screenshot via ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., announced a new defensive driving program called Pro-Defense that focuses on the increasing amount and types of distractions professional drivers face on the road.

Tags: Driver Training, Distracted Driving, Instructional Technologies, Driver Safety, Safety, Drivers, Pro-Tread

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Moving Toward Dropping Diabetic Exemption Requirement

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should eliminate the requirement that drivers with insulin-treated diabetes seek a formal exemption from the agency to be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.

Tags: FMCSA, Diabetes, Drivers, Driver Health

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Offers Bonus For Experienced Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus to entice experienced drivers to the company.

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

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Driving Dynamics Acquires Element's CTS Training Unit

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Driving Dynamics has acquired the Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) from Element Fleet Management in a deal that will expand its own fleet driver training and preserve the fleet management company's safety offering to its own clients, Driving Dynamics has announced.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Element Fleet Management, Drivers, Driver Training, CDL, New Hire, C-Suite, Fleet Management Companies

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Beverage Distributor's Event Recorders Reducing Dents and Dings

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Odom Corp. has added a video telematics system to its fleet of 354 beverage delivery trucks to nudge its drivers toward safer driving habits and improve its branding.

Tags: Drivers, Winter Driving, Video Event Recorders, LYTX, Food and Beverage Fleets, Delivery Fleets

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Schneider Chooses Navy Veteran to Drive Ride of Pride Truck

David Price has been chosen to drive the Ride of Pride Truck for Schneider. Photo: Schneider

Schneider has been selected to receive Freightliner’s Ride of Pride truck and has chosen David Price, a Navy Reserve veteran who completed tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan, to drive the military-themed vehicle.

Tags: Veterans, Schneider, Hiring Veterans, Ride of Pride, Drivers

June 29, 2017 - Product News

Sentry Partners With CarriersEdge on Driver Training Program

Photo via CarriersEdge

Sentry Insurance has launched an online driver training program for its trucking customers with content produced by CarriersEdge.

Tags: Driver Training, Sentry Insurance, Online Training, CarriersEdge, Drivers

June 29, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress Launches Lease-Purchase Program for Drivers

Photo: U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress has introduced a new lease-purchase program designed to make truck ownership more attainable for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Leased Vehicles, U.S. Xpress, Truck Ownership, Owner-Operators

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Legal Marijuana Tied to Crash Increase

Photo of retail marijuana courtesy of HLDI.

Three states that have legalized recreational cannabis see a 3% overall increase in collision claim frequencies, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Tags: Drugged Driving, HLDI, Safety, Marijuana, Risk Management, Drivers

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Kroger Cuts Collision Rate in Half with Video Telematics

Among other benefits, video proved to be a high-value piece of evidence to exonerate Kroger drivers. Photo: Lytx

The Kroger Co. has begun rolling out video telematics to its fleet of more than 1,200 tractor-trailers, and has already seen a significant reduction in collisions, handheld phone use, and unbelted drivers.

Tags: Accident Management, Kroger, Food and Beverage Fleets, Telematics, LYTX, Risk Management, Drivers, Video Event Recorders, Private Fleets

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Names VP of Driver Engagement

Scott Barker has been promoted to vice president of driver engagement at Swift Transportation. Photo: Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation has promoted Scott Barker to vice president of driver engagement, a newly formed role at the company, in charge of providing support for the company's drivers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Drivers

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo's Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM's new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

May 1, 2017 - Product News

SmartDrive Cameras Can Provide 360-Degree Coverage

SmartDrive 360 allows up to four cameras to trigger during a risky maneuver or collision, giving fleets a 360 degree view of the event. Screenshot via SmartDrive.

SmartDrive Systems' video-based safety system can now support additional cameras, giving 360-degree coverage of the vehicle.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, NPTC, SmartDrive, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

April 28, 2017 - Product News

Vigillo Compiles Driver Safety Records Into Roadside Resume

Image: Vigillo

Vigillo's new Roadside Resume is billed as a comprehensive commercial driver safety, compliance, and risk profile to help carriers identify safe and risky drivers.

Tags: Vigillo, SambaSafety, Driver Safety, CSA, High-Risk Drivers, Drivers, Analytics, Big Data

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Salutes 7 Drivers Who Exceeded 3 Million Safe Miles

Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has recognized seven of its less-than-truckload drivers who have achieved 3 million consecutive miles of accident–free driving.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Safe Driving, XPO Logistics

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Driver Recruiting Getting More Tech-Savvy

Photo: FMCSA

A new benchmark survey finds that the importance of developing innovative recruitment and retention strategies is becoming paramount and more technology-based.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, HireRight

March 31, 2017 - Industry News

Write Policies to Avoid Distracted Driving, Omnitracs Says

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, so Omnitracs came up with suggestions for fleet managers to help drivers stay focused on driving:

Tags: Distracted Driving, Omnitracs, Safety, Drivers

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Uses Road Sensors to Spot Ice Before It Forms

Photo via Arizona Department of Transportation

Sensors installed at three locations along Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, Ariz., are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation detect and address icy road conditions before they are present.

Tags: Winter Driving, Arizona DOT, Safety, Drivers

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