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States Asked By FMCSA To Accept Expired Medical Certificates
Oct 25, 2018 15:21:24

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has changed its position on the use of recently expired Medical Examiner’s Certificates. On October 4, the agency announced that it told state driver’s licensing agencies to reject drivers’ medical certificates showing an expiration date of 08/31/2018 in the upper corner unless they were signed by the medical examiner on or before October 4, 2018. Now the FMCSA has “requested that SDLAs continue to accept the old versi...


ATRI TO collect ELD Data
Oct 25, 2018 15:21:05

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization, launched its initiative to collect and warehouse anonymized electronic logging device data. With universal deployment of electronic logging devices, the industry has a new opportunity to document and address the many issues that impact driver and carrier safety, operations, and productivity using the more robust data available from ELDs. “The new data generated b...


Love’s Raises $3.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Oct 22, 2018 19:19:18

Love’s Travel Stops employees and customers raised more than $3.4 million for sick and injured children through its five-week store campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and promotion of National Coffee Day. Love’s employees surpassed their $3 million goal and set a company record for the most money raised during the in-store campaign with more than $3.4 million raised. “Each year, our employees show remarkable compassion for Children&rsqu...


Arkansas Court Rules Drivers Be Paid Minimum Wage Even When Not Driving
Oct 22, 2018 19:19:03

A federal court decision in Arkansas may drastically change the way truck drivers are paid. The court ruled against PAM Transport, an Arkansas trucking company founded in 1980, after the firm was named in a class action suit for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law that requires employers to pay truck drivers at least minimum wage. On Oct. 19, the US District Court in the Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville division, denied PAM’s motions to dismiss...


Impaired Driving Is Impaired Driving.
Oct 22, 2018 19:18:17

British Columbia In B.C., driving high carries the same penalties as driving drunk with a few additions, according to the provincial government site. First offence: – seizure of driver's license for ninety days – vehicle impounded for three days, driver responsible for towing fees – $200 fine Second offence: – seizure of driver's license for ninety days – vehicle impounded for seven days – $300 fine – possible driving course Third offence: ...


U.S. Xpress Offers Completely Free College To Drivers And Their Families
Sep 17, 2018 13:08:20

In a pioneering bid to lure and keep more drivers behind the wheel of its trucks, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is offering scholarships at an online college to its drivers and their families in a new program they call “Full Ride.” The company employs more than 7,000 truck drivers across the country and says the new benefit will give its drivers the opportunity to earn an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of their choice at no cost through online ...


Trucking For A Cure Scores Another Win in Eastern Ontario
Sep 17, 2018 12:59:08

On Saturday the 15th of September, the Eastern Ontario portion of the Trucking For A Cure Convoy was held with 50 Trucks participating.  Staging at the High School in Prescott, where participants registered, decorated the trucks, enjoyed a catered breakfast and met and renewed friendships, it was an exciting day.   The OPP had their fully decorated command centre truck lead the convoy of the fifty trucks.  While Travelers had about ten trucks from their fleet, most were smal...


Technology Driving Insurance Rates — Study
Sep 10, 2018 19:18:16

Insurance rates for long-haul trucks and trucking have been rapidly increasing over the past several years. The culprit? Technology. That’s according to a recent report from Advanced Training Systems.   One would think that new technology in trucks that purportedly make driving safer would lower insurance rates. However, the opposite is true. According to a news release, premiums have doubled from an average of $6,000 to $7,000 earlier in the decade to $12,000 to $14,000, with s...


FMCSA Hosts Another Listening Session
Sep 10, 2018 19:14:49

The FMCSA will hold the second public listening session concerning potential changes to its hours-of-service rules for truck drivers, the first meeting having been held at the Great American Trucking Show last month.   The listening session will be September 14, 2018, in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. The listening session will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) and end at 3 p.m., or earlier, if all participants wishing t...


Volvo Appreciates Truckers With Film
Sep 10, 2018 19:10:05

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in the U.S. and National Trucking Week was last week in Canada. To honour professional truck drivers, Volvo Trucks North America is rolling out a new film titled “The Movers,” a tribute to the men and women who literally move our world as professional truck drivers.   “Professional truck drivers play a crucial role in almost every aspect of our daily lives, safely transporting the food, fuel, and consumer goods tha...


Truck Driver Shortage Constraining Entire U.S. Economy
Sep 05, 2018 12:38:19

In the busy oil fields south of San Antonio, some big rig trucks sit empty. They could be hauling the thousands of loads of sand needed to frack a well but there aren’t enough drivers. Once it’s out of the ground, the oil has to get to a plant on the Gulf Coast, and that means more trucks demanding higher prices and more delays amid the driver shortage.   The plastics from those plants have to get to the Port of Houston for their voyage overseas. And when they come back...


Judge Dismisses Driver Classification Lawsuits Against TransAm Trucking
Sep 05, 2018 12:35:33

A federal judge recently dismissed two class action lawsuits worth a total of more than $120 million against TransAm Trucking, a refrigerated carrier based in Olathe, Kansas. Judge Eric F. Melgren in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas decertified the two classes of drivers in the case, effectively ending the suit that claimed TransAm Trucking misclassified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The court also denied the drivers’ claims regardi...


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