Trucking Info

Does Trucking Have a Drug Problem?

There’s been a lot of recent activity on the drug-testing front in trucking: The debut of FMCSA’s long-awaited Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a doubling of the percentage of drivers who must be randomly tested, and increased interest in alternatives to traditional urine testing. How is the legalization of marijuana in many states affecting the drug-testing of trucking’s safety-sensitive workers? What will the Clearinghouse mean for motor carriers? Why do some in the industry advocate for hair testing? We spoke with Dave Osiecki, the president and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, to get some insight into these questions and others.

HDT’s Trucking Under the Influence Series
FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
Scopelitis Transportation Consulting

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Season 1

What Does the Delay of the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Mean for Trucking?

Just days before the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements were to go into effect, the FMCSA announced a two-year delay. In this episode, we talk to three guests with stake in the ELDT program, and explore why they are unhappy with the delay and what they believe the consequences of this decision will be.

ELDs: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Mike Ahart, VP of Regulatory Affairs at Omnitracs, and John Seidl, a former commercial vehicle enforcement official-turned transportation-consultant and VP of Risk Services at Reliance Partners, weigh in on what the trucking industry looks like now post-ELD Mandate. It turns out, Dec. 18, 2019 wasn’t the end of the ELD story, and that plenty of issues remain unresolved.

How Do We Get Started With Electric Trucks?

This episode looks at highlights from a Fleet Forward Conference panel discussion, in which HDT Talks Trucking host Jim Park and panelists discuss how electric trucks will work in real-world fleet operations, focusing on integration, cost, and productivity.

How Far Have We Come with Electric Trucks?

Jim Park, HDT Equipment Editor, and Jack Roberts, HDT Senior Editor, discuss the electric future and their experiences driving and reporting on various electric trucks in recent years. You will also hear excerpts from Fleet Forward Conference presentations given by Bill Combs, Director of Connected Fleet at Penske Transportation Solutions, and Chris Nordh, Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology at Ryder Systems.

What Does It Take to Turn Around a Fleet with a Sagging Safety Record?

Virginia Tech senior researcher, Matt Camden, joins this episode of HDT Talks Trucking to provide insights into how changing driving hiring policies, building a better safety culture, and adopting some advanced safety technology can improve fleet safety performance and better CSA scores.

Season One Trailer

Listen to a preview of what's to come on the HDT Talks Trucking podcast! HDT Equipment Editor, Jim Park, gives an overview of what topics the podcast covers, as well as a sneak peek with clips from season one.

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