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October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company and Owner to Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit, Pay Former Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

Tags: OSHA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Drivers

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Dips Overall and for Trucking

The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Fleets, Unemployment

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Allow Non-Members in National Truck Driving Championships

The ATA National Truck Driving Championships trophy on display during the group's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition. The decision was made during the group’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Fleets, Events, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Short of Nearly 100,000 Drivers Annually

On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013

October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Appeals Ruling in Favor of CRST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is appealing a ruling that it has to repay more than $4.5 million dollars for legal costs to the trucking company CRST Van Expedited.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, CRST, EEOC

September 29, 2013 - Industry News

11 Arrested, Charged in Alleged CDL Scheme

By Mikadiou, via Wikimedia Commons.

In a complaint unsealed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of an extensive scheme to let applicants for New York State commercial driver’s licenses cheat on required tests.

Tags: Drivers, New York, CDL, Fraud

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello speaking at TMW Transforum this week.

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, ATA, Freight, TMW

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Truckers Supposedly Aware of Biodiesel Scheme, Six Indicted

Truck drivers supposedly knew of an alleged fuel scheme involving fraud in biofuels was going on but may not have said a word.

Tags: Biodiesel, Drivers, Taxes, Fraud

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Vehicle Hauler Allied to Jack Cooper Transport

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware has given vehicle hauler Allied Systems Holdings the go-ahead to sell most of its assets to a rival auto transporter for $135 million.

Tags: Drivers, Bankruptcy, Fleets, Teamsters

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

JOC: Teamsters Takes New Tack on Drayage Carriers

The game plan by the Teamsters Union when it comes to organizing truck drivers serving the nation’s ports is more diverse that it was just a few years ago, according to a new story from the Journal of Commerce.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Appreciation Week Underway

Many trucking groups and industry suppliers this week are asking Americans to reflect and appreciate the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day, as part of the 25th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Fleets

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Auto Hauler Allied Selects Jack Cooper Transport Bid

At an auction that concluded on Thursday, auto transporter Allied System Holdings selected fellow auto hauler Jack Cooper Transport as the entity with the best and highest bid.

Tags: Drivers, Bankruptcy, Fleets, Teamsters

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Legislation, Safety, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

New Rules for Trip Permits in Oregon

An Oregon DOT motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a Port of Entry.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.

Tags: Drivers, Oregon, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Owner-Operators

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Is On: Here are Some Tips

Today's Trucking---30,000 brakes will be inspected on trucks across North America this week, and not all will pass. The annual Brake Safety Week held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will see inspectors taking a closer look at brake systems on your trucks.

Tags: Drivers, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Enforcement

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Anthony Spero Awarded July Trucker Buddy of the Month

ABF Freight Systems driver and America’s Road Team Captain Anthony Spero has been named July Trucker Buddy of the Month.

ABF Freight Systems driver and America’s Road Team Captain Anthony Spero has been named July Trucker Buddy of the Month following his nomination by Sara Dixon and Emily Schimelman, teachers at Hamden Hal County Day School, in Hamden, Conn.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, ABF, Drivers, Image

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea CPAP Battery Test Now Underway at Major Fleet, TMC Says

PITTSBURGH -- A field test of battery-powered CPAP devices to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, TMC, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Input Sought for Hours-of-Service Study

Photo: Jim Park

The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

N.J. Governor Vetoes Driver Misclassification Bill

A New Jersey bill attacking the independent contractor model at the ports has been vetoed.

UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Fleets, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Stifel: Soft Economy Makes Rate Hikes Tough, Despite Driver Shortage

Although a "cavalcade of regulations" is expected to make it harder than ever to find drivers, an economy that continues to grow at a sub-potential rate means fleets don't have a lot of leverage when it comes to raising rates, according to John Larkin and fellow transportation analysts at the Stifel Nicolaus investment firm.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Stifel Nicolaus

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve Five of Seven ABF Supplement Agreements

New Teamsters contract with ABF won't take effect until all supplemental agreements are approved. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Teamsters Union members at the trucking company ABF have approved five of the seven remaining supplements, while two did not pass.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, ABF

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Highly Successful Trucking Companies Use Different HR Practices with Drivers

Highly successful companies use distinct practices in building their workforces and offer more benefits to recruit and retain drivers when compared to all other trucking companies, according to new research in the 2013 Texas Trucking Industry Study.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Recruiting, Fleets, Retention

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

CDC: Older Truckers and Other Workers Suffer More Highway Deaths

Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers age 65 or older, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Worker Deaths Fall in 2012, Trucking Still has High Fatality Rate

A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Indiana Department of Labor

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