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Canadian Government Wants More Women In Trucking
Aug 14, 2018 18:38:27

Camo-Route is hoping to put women in the driver’s seat, with the support of the Canadian Government. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced $294,000 in funding for a new project called “Women Truck Drivers: Target 10%” aimed at removing barriers to women becoming professional drivers in Quebec. Partnering with industry groups the project aims to change the current recruitment, integration and training practices of businesses and training centres to make them more in...


Truck Driver Hero Saves Baby From Wreckage In Flames
Aug 10, 2018 14:29:22

André Harris doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but most people would agree that saving an infant from a burning car is pretty heroic. The Tuscaloosa tow truck driver was finishing up a job when he saw smoke coming from a car. “I saw a flame coming up from between the engine compartment and the firewall,” he said. “I noticed a lady running up, so I popped on the beacons and asked if anyone was in the car.” The woman had flipped her car and her 7-mon...


Titanium Reports Record Quarter
Aug 10, 2018 14:23:49

Titanium Transportation Group rode a strong trucking market to record results in the second quarter. The company reported revenue of $51.8 million, marking a year-over-year increase of 58%. Net income was $2.2 million, or double the previous quarter. “Titanium delivered exceptional operating performance in both the truck transportation and logistics segments in the second quarter and posted a record earnings per share. The quarter also marked the third consecutive quarter of record c...


Nebraska Changes Speed Limits
Aug 10, 2018 14:23:29

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed into law a bill earlier this year  increasing vehicle speeds from 65 mph to 70 mph on four-lane expressways, and expressways. Two-lane state highways are also eligible to increase from 60 mph to 65 mph. After months of review by the highway agency, under the terms of LB 1009, new signs began going up along affected stretches of highway in mid- to late-July. In the Omaha area, stretches of Interstates 80, 480 and 680 have been increased from 60 mph to 65 mph. ...


Study Finds Self-Driving Cars Often Fail To Stop For Obstacles
Aug 10, 2018 14:23:07

Self-driving cars have been found to not stop for certain obstacles or find themselves in other dangerous situations unless a driver takes immediate manual control, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. During on-road and track tests for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo, researchers discovered that self-driving cars repeatedly either failed to recognize obstacles or failed to stop when presented with one. “The early results underscore the fact t...


FMCSA Administrator Says He Wants To “Alleviate Some Of The Pressure”
Aug 10, 2018 14:21:16

The new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Ray Martinez, says he views the current state of the industry as “transitional.” Martinez took over FMCSA on March 1, becoming the sixth administrator of the agency since it was created in 2000. The electronic logging device mandate had just gone into effect. Since it was one of the biggest and most controversial regulatory changes to hit the industry in recent history, Martinez had his work cut out for h...


Mack Recognizes the Contribution of Women in RoadLife Series
Aug 08, 2018 13:03:20

Mack Trucks released the fourth episode of its RoadLife series  entitled ‘Breaking the Mold’  shares the stories of two women blazing trails in the trucking industry, in which women make up just 12 percent of the workforce. “I never thought my life would be with trucks,” said Raquel Renda, vice-president of Fort Worth, Texas-based Renda Environmental, a wastewater residuals management company. “But I fell into it here in Texas, and I’ve been in lo...


As Uber Leaves Self-Driving Truck Market, Another Jumps In
Aug 08, 2018 13:02:54

For the developers of self-driving vehicles, semi-trucks are appealing. They predominantly run on freeways and other fixed routes that are simpler to automate and fleet managers are easier to convince with rational, financial arguments than individual car buyers. The massive truck driver shortage also makes autonomous trucks seem like a great solution. A new startup, Kodiak Robotics, has thrown its hat into the ring and it may be one worth watching. Kodiak is cofounded by Don Burnette, who al...


Cummins and Eaton joint venture profitable by 2020
Aug 06, 2018 14:25:48

A Cummins and Eaton joint venture that was developed in 2017 is expected to be profitable by 2020, Cummins president and chief operating officer Richard Freeland said when releasing financial results for the second quarter of 2018. Current losses for Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies are expected to be halved in 2019, with a break-even point to be reached the following year. “The combined powertrain product is doing terrific as we introduced the new product, and more ...


CTA now wants crackdown on ‘Driver Inc.’ payments, not back then.
Aug 06, 2018 14:25:23

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) continues to sound the alarm about Driver Inc. – a payment model in which drivers who do not own or operate their own vehicle still become incorporated and receive pay without source deductions. Not all that long ago, a decade or so, trucking carriers were demanding to keep not just owner operators at arms length, they wanted to keep drivers at arms length to get around the regulations about paid holidays, pensions and other benefits the carriers did...


FTR Says Class 8 orders for July hit all-time high
Aug 06, 2018 14:24:59

FTR reports that preliminary North American Class 8 orders for July hit an all-time high of 52,250 units, just surpassing the previous record of 52,194 orders in March 2006. Class 8 orders were tremendous for the U.S. market, with most OEM’s achieving elevated levels. Orders were up 25% month-over-month and 187% year-over-year. Orders have been astounding in 2018 said FTR, citing five of the highest 12 order months ever have occurred in the first seven months of this year. North Amer...


Recruiters Are First Line Of defence Against Driver Turnover, Study Shows
Aug 06, 2018 14:24:28

What causes and what can we do to stop early driver turnover? That’s the question Stay Metrics, a provider of engagement, training, and retention solutions for the transportation industry, sought to answer with their most recent research report. Stay Metrics worked with more than 100 trucking companies and collected data from over 62,000 drivers. Ongoing research by the company shows more than 70 percent of driver turnover occurs within the first year of employment with 35 percent happe...


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