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Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Driver essay contest, safest fleets, JB Hunt's Waymo, ATA's climate change

In this Friday Short Haul, a trucking essay contest is announced, safest fleet finalists are named, JB Hunt joins Waymo in a pilot program, and ATA goes all in for climate change.

Friday Short Haul - Driver essay contest, safest fleets, JB Hunt's Waymo, ATA's climate change

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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OOIDA aids CTA in its appeal of unfavorable AB5 ruling

The California Trucking Association, almost alone in its fight to preserve the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of California’s independent truckers, hopes to earn an AB5 appeal hearing in front of the entire slate of judges presiding over the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

OOIDA aids CTA in its appeal of unfavorable AB5 ruling

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Little for truckers to like in newest highway bill

The United States House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released details about its newly introduced surface transportation reauthorization bill, known as the “Invest in America Act.” And, not surprisingly, lines are being drawn within the trucking industry among the usual players on both sides of the issue.

Little for truckers to like in newest highway bill

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - TuSimple watermelon run, Schneider diversity, pre-settlement claims

In this Friday Short Haul, TuSimple stages a watermelon run to prove self-driving viability, Schneider earns a spot on Forbes's top companies for diversity, and a pre-settlement company expects an uptick in summer accidents.

Friday Short Haul - TuSimple watermelon run, Schneider diversity, pre-settlement claims

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Latest study released: 25 most-dangerous highways in America

One highway in Florida, Interstate 4, which runs between Tampa and Daytona Beach, has the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous highway in America – a distinction that the highway has earned year after year.

Latest study released: 25 most-dangerous highways in America

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Survey seeks answers to what drivers want from carriers

I very rarely comment on my own articles, but his one about home time was a particular bone of contention between me and my fleet manager.

I was recruited into GTI out of truck driving school. The recruiter told us home time was "five and two." In orientation, it was always "five and two." Any normal person would take that to mean five days of work, two days off. Right? Wheels down at the end of driving on Friday, wheels up again first thing Monday morning.

Personally, because my home was a longish drive up into the mountains from my home terminal, I opted for a "12 and two" home time schedule. Drive Monday through the next week Friday, off for the weekend. Basically off only every other weekend. My dispatcher was great, she understood, and let me do it that way. More time on the road, less time off on home time. Good for the company.

For some reason, my fleet manager got a bug up his butt about my schedule. He called me in to explain that the "five and two" everybody was telling me was really "five-and-a-half and one-and-a-half." IOW, the company didn't grant home time. They let us go home, but it had to be a 34-hour reset. I couldn't get it through his thick head that a 34-hour reset is not home time. Also, he just couldn't understand that making me take a 34-hour reset EVERY weekend, rather than a weekend of home time every other week, meant less time driving, less time hauling freight, and less time the truck was being productive.

This was the same fleet manager who I had a run-in with one time when I was down in the San Bernardino area. It was a Friday afternoon, I had just dropped a load, and they wanted me to run over to the Chino area "real quick" to get loaded. I had to be there in 30 minutes. They figured it was only 30 miles, freeway driving, piece of cake. I told the dispatcher it is impossible to go 30 miles in 30 minutes in the LA basin on Friday afternoon. She got the fleet manager on the phone. He insisted I take the load. Rand McNally says I can do it. I told him I'll get there when I can. He said to get there in 30 minutes. I said, "Look, what did you do when you were driving and you were given an impossible time frame to get somewhere?" He said, "I have never set foot in the cab of a truck." This was the fleet manager! I might or might not have said something that probably I shouldn't have. 😊

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Survey seeks answers to what drivers want from carriers

In trying to understand the dynamics of the driver-shortage, driver-recruitment, driver-retention paradigm a survey conducted by the Conversion Interactive Agency and Professional Driver Agency went right to the source -- they took a survey of commercial drivers.

Survey seeks answers to what drivers want from carriers

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Speed limiters, ATRI research agenda, Pallet shortage

In this Friday Short Haul, a bill is introduced in the House to mandate speed limiters for large trucks, ATRI announces this year's research priorities, and a shortages of pallets adds to supply chain woes.

Friday Short Haul - Speed limiters, ATRI research agenda, Pallet shortage

Posted:  11 months, 4 weeks ago

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Some are asking the feds to take another look at twin-33 trailers

The capacity crunch and driver shortage have got some proponents calling again for the United States Congress to revive efforts to raise the federal limit on trailer size – specifically to allow twin 33-foot trailers across the breadth of the country.

Some are asking the feds to take another look at twin-33 trailers

Posted:  12 months ago

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Watch out for increased cargo theft over Memorial Day holiday

CargoNet, the cargo theft prevention and recovery network, is warning truckers to be aware of a “significant threat to freight transportation” over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. That threat focuses on cargo theft and hijackings, which increase measurably during this one particular holiday period.

Watch out for increased cargo theft over Memorial Day holiday

Posted:  12 months ago

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Friday Short Haul - Woman in Logistics award, Brake Check Week, and truckers' COVID shots

In this Friday Short Haul, Women In Trucking announces winner of they Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award, CVSA announces upcoming Brake Check Week, and more states offering to give COVID shots to Canadian truckers.

Friday Short Haul - Woman in Logistics award, Brake Check Week, and truckers' COVID shots

Posted:  1 year ago

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Sides lining up on re-introduced $5 million insurance minimum bill

Details of the re-introduced Insurance Act bill that proposes increasing the minimum insurance requirement for commercial trucks to nearly $5 million are not available, but the bill is drawing a considerable amount of comments on both sides of the issue.

Sides lining up on re-introduced $5 million insurance minimum bill

Posted:  1 year ago

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Supply chain is in crisis: Is a truck VMT tax the solution?

Speaking before the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation last week, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said the pressures on the supply chain are “fast approaching crisis levels,” and that Congress needs to take immediate action to “ensure our economic recovery is not derailed by further disruptions.”

Supply chain is in crisis: Is a truck VMT tax the solution?

Posted:  1 year ago

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Friday Short Haul - Break-away fifth wheel, HP partners with Embark, Texas lawsuit bill proceeds

In this Friday Short Haul a startup has developed at break-away fifth wheel protecting tractors from trailer rollovers, HP has partnered with autonomous developer Embark, and the Texas bill protecting carriers from excessive lawsuits passes out of committee.

Friday Short Haul - Break-away fifth wheel, HP partners with Embark, Texas lawsuit bill proceeds

Posted:  1 year ago

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Three top carriers sign up for 6,775 TuSimple self-driving trucks

Several of the biggest names in the American trucking industry have signed up ahead of time to receive TuSimple’s first rollout of its Level 4 self-driving International LT Series trucks.

Three top carriers sign up for 6,775 TuSimple self-driving trucks

Posted:  1 year ago

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Drivers come to the aid of crash victims, earn Highway Angel wings

It’s time to feature some more recipients of Truckload Carriers Association’s Highway Angel award program. Honors this time went to a driver who helped the victim of a semi hit-and-run crash, to a driver who came to the aid of a fellow truck driver after a crash, another driver who stopped to help a young woman whose car went into a ditch, and to twin brothers who helped rescue crash victims whose car had gone into a ravine.

Drivers come to the aid of crash victims, earn Highway Angel wings

Posted:  1 year ago

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Friday Short Haul - WIT names finalists, DOL withdraws decision, seat belt enforcement

In this Friday Short Haul, Women in Trucking names finalists in its Distinguished Women in Logistics Award, the DOL deals a blow to truckers hoping for relief from California's AB5, and an FMCSA official asks for stricter seat belt enforcement.

Friday Short Haul - WIT names finalists, DOL withdraws decision, seat belt enforcement

Posted:  1 year ago

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Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

In searching for “what’s news” for our mid-week Trucking Truth news article it was hard to miss the number of headlines about the truck driver shortage that dominate today’s media. And, it’s remarkable because the headlines aren’t coming from the usual truck industry media sources. It appears the rest of the nation is catching on to how important truck drivers are to the economy and what the consequences are when there aren’t enough drivers to man the big rigs that deliver consumer goods.

Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

Posted:  1 year ago

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Inspectors on the road for International Roadcheck this week

The CVSA 2021 International Roadcheck inspection blitz begins tomorrow, May 4, and finishes on Thursday, May 6. The inspection blitz is an annual program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance where inspectors in the United States, Canada and Mexico will be looking for critical commercial vehicle violations.

Inspectors on the road for International Roadcheck this week

Posted:  1 year ago

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Friday Short Haul - ADAS push, Fiji trucking, gas shortage, and AB 5 becomes law

In this Friday Short Haul the FMCSA makes push for ADAS awareness, trucking in Fiji curing COVID, looming gas shortage due to lack of tank drivers, and California's AB 5 becomes law with removal of injunction protecting truckers.

Friday Short Haul - ADAS push, Fiji trucking, gas shortage, and AB 5 becomes law

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