News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire
UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment
FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes
Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions
CVSA asks for new truck crash study
Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination
Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race
New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes
Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav
Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity
DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure
Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs
FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers
It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle.
Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans
Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire
Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills
Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status
ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant
New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters
Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week
Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July
Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?
Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks
Experts warn of active wildland fire season
More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking
Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award
Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs
Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo
HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers
FMCSA takes a further look at detention time
Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest
Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week
Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo
Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments
Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration
Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts
Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles
Autonomous trucks on USPS test run
Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC
Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA
Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South
Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states
Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers
Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business
ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for
Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels
Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business
Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise
Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need
Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border
Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules
Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates
Don't get scammed by skimmers
Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking
Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers
Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising
FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award
The hidden danger of looking but not seeing
Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout
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Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases
Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness
Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports
New tax changes hit drivers hard
FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military
Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use
Congress committee looks at state of America's highways
Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same
Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks
Detention - A problem still in search of a solution
February Highway Angels honorees named
Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets
Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?
Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage
Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team
Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards
Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers
LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30
2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry
Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018
TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award
TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year
Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers
New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018
Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup
Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks
Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017
Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way
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The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017
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Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Last Updated: Mon, April 15, 2019
NTI and WIT soliciting participants in their 2019 Women in Trucking survey
Women in Trucking in collaboration with the National Transportation Institute is looking for trucking companies to participate in their 2019 Women in Trucking survey. Further information about the survey and a sign-up form can be found on the NTI website.
The purpose of the survey of trucking companies is to create an index that tracks the percentage of women drivers and those in management positions working for trucking companies.
Leah Shaver, Chief Operating Officer of NTI, said the 2019 survey is earlier than normal.
“I would strongly encourage every company that employs truck drivers in our industry to participate in the WIT Index." Opportunities are expanding for women across the industry, and one of the key long-term solutions to the driver shortage will be the further expansion of the employment of women at motor carriers,” Shaver explained.
She said that carriers' responses to the brief list of survey questions is the first step in creating the WIT Index; which allows them to chart progress and identify best practices for women in the industry.
WIT, which has been in existence for 12 years, began working with NTI just three years ago when President and CEO of WIT Ellen Voie began collecting information on trends for women in trucking. NTI collects and analyses the data at no cost to WIT.
Voie said, "Once again this year, NTI is donating its time and services to facilitate the survey, tabulate the results and provide WIT with the kind of trend analysis that helps our association in planning some of its key initiatives. The pro bono work that NTI performs on the WIT Index is a very important and generous contribution to our association and to the industry.”
Shaver pointed out that carriers are guaranteed confidentiality for the information they provide in the survey. Contributing carriers will not be specified within the index, and will receive a copy with aggregated results by region and fleet size. The 2019 WIT Index Survey will run through April 8, 2019.
Ohio motorist demands enforcement on trucks dropping debris on the highway
Matt Jeske, a driver from Elyria, Ohio, has the local ABC affiliate looking into his complaint about his vehicles being damaged by debris falling off of trucks on area highways.
Jeske told the news station that in one episode a piece of metal off of a truck resulted in $3,000 worth of damage to his Cadillac.
"A piece of metal flung up under the car and bounced around the engine compartment very violently,” he told News 5.
After replacing his Cadillac with a Ford Taurus he said that within a week he got a u-shaped crack in his windshield. "Rocks were flying, and I caught one as you can see right dead smack in the middle!" he said.
The problem, as stated by Insurance agent John Koetz of the Ohio Insurance Institute, is that trucking companies take a strong stance. "Prove to us that that rock is the exact rock that fell off our truck,” Koetz told News 5 the carriers will say. “And it's very difficult for a consumer to do that."
In the insurance world, Koetz said, if a motorist's car is hit directly by debris flying off of a truck then the truck drivers are held responsible. If something falls from a truck and hits the ground first and then contacts the motorist's vehicle it becomes a road-hazard claim, and not necessarily negligence on the part of the truck driver.
In the world of law, however, there are state and federal laws mandating that carriers must cover their loads, and that truck drivers can be cited no matter whether something hits the ground first.
The key is for motorists to have adequate documentation and proof that the damage to their vehicle was the result of debris from a particular truck – where the damage happened, which carrier and which truck, the license number, etc. But this is something that motorists often fail to do. And that gives rise to carriers' claims mentioned by the insurance agent to "Prove to us that that rock is the exact rock that fell off our truck."
Jeske told News 5 he wants state patrol to do more. "I'm going to have my windshield replaced and hope it doesn't happen next week," he said.
FMCSA eases HOS regulations in states affected by flooding
Acknowledging the recent flooding in northern and eastern states the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a declaration of exemption for truck drivers' hours of service regulations.
The exemptions come with certain restrictions. It applies only to drivers giving direct support and aiding in relief efforts in flood damaged areas of the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
“Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce," notes FMCSA guidelines.
The exemption will be rescinded on April 18, or when the emergency is declared ended.
Technology – Safe-Cap designed to keep truck drivers awake and alert
A hat that looks like a typical baseball cap and that employs technology designed to keep truck drivers alert will be part of the Wired to Wear exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from now until May of 2020.
Called Safe-Cap the hat is equipped with sensors that can interpret head movements and warns drivers with sound, light and vibration if it senses that the driver is about to nod off.
It was created as a joint project between the Ford Motor Copany and GTB, a global communications company.
"The Safe-Cap is the perfect example of a smart solution to a real problem made possible through creativity, technology, and a focus on putting people at the center of design. We make what matters—for people and for business," said Vico Benevides, Executive Creative Director of GTB Brazil.
Wired to Wear is open to the public from March 21, 2019 to May 2020 at the Museum of Science and Industry. It is not included in museum entry and requires an additional timed entry ticket, $12 for adults and seniors, and $9 for children. The museum was visited by over 1.5 million guests in 2018. With more than 35,000 artifacts on display, it is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.
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