News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
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
Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire
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
Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road
Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach
Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal
Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice
The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers
The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017
We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better
Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Last Updated: Thu, May 9, 2019
Texas driver awarded $80 million for a crash resulting from a forced load
Back in 2015, driver Lauro Lozano Jr. got into an accident after being forced to cut short his 34-hour rest and alter his logbooks to cover his hours of service violation.
This week, a Texas jury awarded Mr. Lozano $80 million in a settlement from the three trucking companies operating together as one entity.
The settlement, voted unanimously by a Hidalgo County, Texas, district court, included $5 million awarded for his pain and suffering, and $25 million in punitive damages each from the plaintiffs, JNM Express, LLC., Omega Freight and Anca Transport -- all owned by Jorge Marin.
According to the complaint before the court, Lozana was northbound on I-59 in rural Alabama on his way from McAllen, Texas, with a load to be delivered in Maryland, when he fell asleep at the wheel and rear-ended another semi truck.
Mr. Lozano told how he had just finished a delivery to San Antonio, and had returned home for his 34-hour rest after checking in at the company's McAllen yard.
He said that just a few hours later he received a call from Mr. Marin telling him to deliver a load to Maryland. When Mr. Lozano told his boss that he had just returned from his previous load and couldn't safely or legally take the Maryland load, his boss reportedly told him to alter his log book to make it appear that he had taken his 34-hour rest.
He then told Mr. Lozano to be at the yard in the morning to run the shipment to Maryland. Mr. Lozano told the court that he feared for losing his job, and showed up at the yard at 5 am the next morning to head out for Maryland.
He made it into Alabama before falling asleep at the wheel and getting into the crash.
ODFL's Ralph Hamilton with his Grand Champion trophy. With him are (from left) Tim Birmingham, S.C. TDC vice chairman, Col. Leroy Taylor, S.C. State Transport Police, and Casey O'Dell, S.C. TDC chairwoman, in Columbia. (S.C. Trucking Association)
Old Dominion Freight Line driver clinches Truck Driving Championships, moves on to nationals
Ralph Hamilton, a 46-year trucking veteran, and a driver for Old Dominion Freight Line for 41 of those years, beat out 80 other contestants to win the Grand Champion title at the South Carolina Truck Driving Championships.
He will join other state winners to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on Aug. 14-17.
Mr. Hamilton earned his win with a perfect written exam score, a solid pre-trip inspection, and a score of 265 out of 300 on his road skills test. His win the first week in May upended five-time South Carolina Grand Champion Ronnie Luckadoo in the 3-axle division.
The American Trucking Associations had recognized Mr. Hamilton back in 2003 as an America's Road Team captain for his leadership and expertise on the road. He had also served on ODFL's road team from 1998 to 1999.
He had accumulated more than 5 million safe-driving miles during his 46 years on the road.
In other contests FedEx Freight driver Kevin Doll was awarded Rookie of the Year, and UPS Freight was name the best overall team performance.
Here are the winners in the various categories who will be advancing to the nationals from South Carolina are:
- 3-Axle: Ralph Hamilton, Old Dominion Freight Line
- 4-Axle: Marty Knopf, Walmart Supply Chain
- 5-Axle: Richard McCoy, C&S Wholesale Service
- Flatbed: J.B. Quarles, Walmart Supply Chain
- Sleeper Berth: Kevin Smith, Old Dominion Freight Line
- Tank Truck: Bill Driskill, Superior Carriers
- Twins: James Belcher, UPS Freight
- Straight Truck: David Eggert, Old Dominion Freight Line
- Step Van: Eddie Days, FedEx Express
Truck industry leaders discuss loading dock "black hole"
Electronic logging devices have given carriers a minute-by-minute look at drivers' time on the road – arriving at a shipper's and pulling away. But freight industry leaders say that the down time while a truck is at the loading dock is a "black hole," where there is a lot of room for improvement.
This topic was discussed during a FreightWaves-moderated panel during the recent Transparency 19 conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Anyone can learn how to drive a truck; the hardest part for drivers is navigating through all the other issues, one of the biggest being the unpaid time spent driving,” said FreightWaves Chief Insights Officer Dean Croke, as reported at FreightWaves.com.
With so many other freight efficiency issues being taken care of by advanced technology the problem of driver detention at loading docks still remains a sore point in the industry.
“That’s where I see a lack of visibility – when you’re on the dock, it’s like a black hole when it comes to data integration. We put so much optimization data into our trucking companies, but then you give it to the driver and it reveals a lack of visibility at the dock level. And I see that’s where the shipper-carrier integration is a really big issue,” Croke said.
As reported here at TruckingTruth.com the technology of ELDs has not demonstrated itself to be a boon to safety. In fact, reports are coming out now that because of the enforcement of strict compliance to HOS, drivers must drive faster and potentially less safely in order to make up for time lost at the docks.
Panelists discussed the possibility of drilling down deeper into the data provided by ELDs in order to "provide more visibility" into the retention issue. One solution, as offered by freight tech startup Emerge is to have shippers and drivers engage in better electronic communication with data provided by the ELDs in order to maximize efficiency.
“What we’re doing is creating a marketplace to connect drivers with shippers, because at the end of the day, creating more visibility lowers overhead, which means more money in drivers’ pockets," Grant Crawford, president of Emerge, stated during the panel discussion.
Panelists agreed that all sides need to "play nice" in order to come to some kind of agreement to share information; some of which can be sensitive information from a liability standpoint, FreightWaves reported.
Sources: CDL Life,
Truck Driving Stories
Trucking Industry Concerns