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Are trucker strikes a thing of the past? 10/21/2019 Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers 10/18/2019 OOIDA makes final push for better HOS rules 10/16/2019 Car-truck crash fatalities continue to increase 10/14/2019 Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition 10/11/2019 ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers 10/9/2019 Lonely on the road? Get a furry friend 10/7/2019 Friday Short Haul - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse 10/4/2019 UPS takes giant leap in its drone delivery program 10/2/2019 Female drivers are safer bet for trucking companies 9/30/2019 Friday Short Haul - Embark gets financing, FMCSA announces safety grants, Covenant exits Mexico routes, and trucking statistics 9/27/2019 Emissions standards battle heats up between the EPA and California 9/25/2019 Smog checks in the future for California truck drivers 9/23/2019 Friday Short Haul - Volvo Dynamic Steering, Meals for 18 Wheels, speeding crackdown, OOIDA opposes legislation 9/20/2019 Telematics could be insurance-premium-saving boon for fleets 9/18/2019 54 percent of survey respondents still not impressed with telematics technology 9/16/2019 Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea 9/13/2019 TCA honors three Highway Angels 9/11/2019 Now they're talking about "smart" trailers 9/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Detention-time comments, truck orders decline, diesel fuel shortage 9/6/2019 Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change 9/4/2019 Clearing up concerns about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse 9/2/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hurricane Dorian, Speed limiter bill, Thank a Driver campaign 8/30/2019 Georgia jury awards $280 million for truck-driver-caused multi-fatality 8/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks 8/23/2019 Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire 8/21/2019 UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment 8/19/2019 FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes 8/16/2019 Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions 8/14/2019 CVSA asks for new truck crash study 8/12/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination 8/9/2019 Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race 8/7/2019 New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes 8/5/2019 Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav 8/2/2019 Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity 7/31/2019 DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure 7/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs 7/26/2019 FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers 7/24/2019 It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle. 7/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans 7/19/2019 Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire 7/17/2019 Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills 7/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status 7/12/2019 ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant 7/10/2019 New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters 7/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week 7/5/2019 Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July 7/3/2019 Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks? 7/1/2019 Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks 6/28/2019 Experts warn of active wildland fire season 6/26/2019 More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking 6/24/2019 Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award 6/21/2019 Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs 6/19/2019 Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers 6/17/2019 Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo 6/14/2019 HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers 6/12/2019 FMCSA takes a further look at detention time 6/10/2019 Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest 6/7/2019 Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week 6/5/2019 Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo 6/3/2019 Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments 5/31/2019 Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration 5/29/2019 Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts 5/25/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles 5/24/2019 Autonomous trucks on USPS test run 5/22/2019 Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules 5/20/2019 Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC 5/17/2019 Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA 5/15/2019 Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins 5/13/2019 Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole 5/10/2019 Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South 5/8/2019 Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets 5/6/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers 5/3/2019 'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states 5/1/2019 Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers 4/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business 4/26/2019 ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for 4/24/2019 Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks 4/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings 4/19/2019 Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels 4/17/2019 Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business 4/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise 4/12/2019 Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need 4/10/2019 Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border 4/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules 4/5/2019 Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates 4/3/2019 Don't get scammed by skimmers 4/1/2019 Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking 3/29/2019 Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers 3/27/2019 Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy 3/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 3/9/2019 3/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017 11/30/-0001

Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, February 1, 2019

Last Updated: Mon, February 4, 2019

Walmart to hire 900 more truck drivers; increases average annual salaries to nearly $90,000

In a bid to alleviate the industry-wide driver shortage Walmart has announced it will hire some 900 new drivers in 2019. Toward that end, beginning in February the mega retailer will increase average driver pay to $87,500 annually. This represents pay equivalent of close to 89 cents per mile.

This hiring increase is in addition to the 1,400 new drivers who were added to the Walmart fleet in 2018.

To further entice new drivers Walmart is shortening the interview, assessment and mentoring process.

“These hiring events are both improving the skill level of our candidates and enriching their onboarding experience,” said Lori Furnell, Walmart’s director of driver talent acquisition.

The revamping of the hiring process is expected to halve the time for a new hire to begin earning Walmart pay.

To qualify for the expedited hiring process drivers must meet Walmart's existing requirements; which includes having 30 months driving experience in the past three years, and a good, clean safety record.

Uber Freight App gives drivers a heads-up about shippers

Uber, the ubiquitous ride-sharing company, has rolled out an app that allows truck drivers to rate shippers they haul for, giving other drivers access to ratings left by those drivers.

Predominantly meant to be used as a tool by independent truck drivers for contracting for loads, the app has a very useful application for company drivers as well.

Following the same format as Uber's ride-hailing app, where passengers rate their drivers, and drivers rate their passengers, this facility ratings app is geared specifically to truck drivers. Uber's philosophy is that their ratings system will make trucking more efficient by giving shippers feedback on drivers' experiences at their facilities; and encourage them to make changes addressing the issues.

This Uber app will be used by independent operators as a load board, and the ratings will inform them of which shippers will give them the best experience. Company drivers, however, will also appreciate the ratings because shipper experiences, both good and bad, are common to all drivers.

Company drivers usually have no choice of which loads they are dispatched to. But, for example, things like access to shipper bathrooms, parking, and load-unload times are useful to company drivers in doing their planning. Shippers are rated on a scale from one to five, and drivers may also leave written reviews with details about their experience at the shipper.

Uber created this new program for truck drivers following a 2018 survey of 150 trucking companies where they learned that some 80 percent of those who responded to the survey refused to haul for certain shippers because of their bad experiences with them.

According to an Uber release, "Up until now, drivers and trucking companies haven't had a way to directly voice these concerns with facility operators, while those operators may not be able to identify individual problems in large and complex chains of facilities."

Uber is committed to its freight program, spinning it off into a separate business unit. As a side note Uber has abandoned its self-driving trucks program and will pursue only the development of autonomous cars.

The Uber Freight App is available at the App Store and Google Play.

Truck safety groups lobby for a national speed-limiter law

65 mph is the magic number for truck safety lobbyists in their 12-years-long attempt to get a national regulatory mandate for limiting truck speeds. Claiming they have failed in their pleas to the federal Department of Transportation, they are now setting their sights on pushing lawmakers to pass legislation requiring speed limiters and -- more importantly -- mandating their use.

The two entities involved, Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition, announce they are hoping a plea to President Trump "will get this thing done," but, barring that, they are hoping the United States Congress will enact some legislation.

The safety groups recently sent each member of the House and Senate a letter stating that although speed limiters have been installed in most big-rig trucks since the mid-1990s there is no requirement that they be used.

As ammunition for their request, the group notes that an FMCSA study has determined that there was a 200 percent higher crash rate on highways compared to trucks that did not use speed limiters.

Accidents, they say, result in lives lost, traffic jams and lost productivity to the tune of billions of dollars, and that the regulations would pay for themselves.

The American Trucking Association supports mandated speed limiters set at 65 mph for trucks built after 1992, but state that this would work only if all vehicles, both trucks and cars, have them installed and are mandated to be used.

Anything less, they said, would create more of a safety hazard because of "wide divergences between the speed of trucks equipped with speed limiters and that of prevailing traffic, depending on local speed limits."

A spokesman for another trucker's organization added, “Highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed,” said OOIDA President Todd Spencer. “This wisdom has always been true and has not ever changed.”

ATA Introduces 2019-2020 America's Road Team as Trucking Ambassadors

American Trucking Associations announced its new team of 18 professional truck drivers to the 2019-2020 class of America's Road Team. The drivers will immediately begin their service as the premier group of trucking industry ambassadors to the general public, elected officials and members of the media.

"These drivers represent the diverse experiences of the 3.5 million professional drivers across the country and will be able to bring their unique stories to new, critical audiences as part of America's Road Team," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

America's Road Team is an outreach initiative, sponsored by Volvo Trucks, that utilizes professional truck drivers to impress upon the motoring public, lawmakers, and media the importance of the trucking industry. Since it was established in 1986, America's Road Team has educated millions of drivers about the trucking industry's safety record, necessity, and professionalism.

The 2019-2020 America's Road Team Captains are:

  • William C. Bennett III, UPS Freight, Maytown, Pennsylvania,
  • Sammy Brewster, ABF Freight, Powder Springs, Georgia
  • Jorge Chavez, Jetco Delivery, Houston, Texas
  • Timothy Chelette, Big G Express, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • James Clark, Penske Logistics, Otter Lake, Michigan
  • April Coolidge, Walmart Transportation, Mint Hill, North Carolina
  • Scott Davis, ABF Freight, Kearney, Missouri
  • Douglas Frombaugh, FedEx Freight, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • William Goins, Old Dominion, Cloverdale, Indiana
  • Billy Hambrick, Werner Enterprises, Yoder, Wyoming
  • Russell James, YRC Freight, Bonner, Montana
  • Gary Martin, FedEx Ground, Galt, California
  • William McNamee, Carbon Express, Christopher, Illinois
  • Tina Peterson, FedEx Ground, Blaine, Minnesota
  • Theldorine "Dee" Sova, Prime Inc., Sacramento, California
  • Ronald Vandermark, UPS Freight, Delran, New Jersey
  • Nicolette Weaver, FedEx Freight, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania
  • Todd Wilemon, ABF Freight, Fulton, Mississippi

Sources: Walmart, The Drive, Freight Waves, ATA

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