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April 1, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Texas Trucking Company Over Safety Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the operating authority trucking company on Tuesday, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety, for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.

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

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

California Trucker Named Goodyear Highway Hero

Gary Medalis, left, marketing director, Goodyear commercial tire systems and Ivan Vasovic, 31st Goodyear Highway Hero. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- A truck driver who rescued another trucker who had fallen from a burning tanker truck that was hanging over the side of a freeway overpass was named the 31st Goodyear Highway Hero.

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

March 25, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Denies Charges in Lawsuit over Reservist's Reinstatement

Con-way Freight said it's "disappointed" that the U.S. Department of Justice filed a suit involving a Naval reservist who complained about his employment re-instatement, claiming it tried its best to accommodate the former serviceman, including creating a new position for him.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Department of Justice, Fleets, Litigation

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Con-way over Reservist Reinstatement

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Monday against the trucking company Con-Way Freight alleging the company violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by failing to promptly reassign Naval Reservist Dale Brown to his former position as a driver

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Department of Justice, Fleets, Litigation

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Drivers Getting Older, Less Experienced

Sylectus' data suggests the average age of drivers is increasing. Photo by Paul Hartley

TCA, GRAPEVINE, TX -- Data collected by transportation software management company Sylectus shows some interesting driver trends, the company announced during the Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Sylectus, Fleets, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Settlement Reached Between California Port Truckers and Fleet

Port truck drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation in California have settled their difference against their carrier in labor dispute, giving them employee rights, including the right to form a union.

Tags: Drivers, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, NLRB, Labor Unions, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have co-published two technical assistance documents explaining how the agencies' respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Background Checks, Fleets, Employment

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Pleads Guilty for Role in Cargo Theft Ring

A truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for his role in a cargo theft ring that included a theft in West Plains, Mo.

Tags: Drivers, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Nations Express Opens New Freight Division

South Carolina-based expedited trucking company Nations Express has opened a new truckload division.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Nations Express

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 Transport

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 Transport

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

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