The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the non-profit research arm of the American Trucking Assns., is requesting for-hire carriers to participate in a survey to update the 2012 Operational Costs of Trucking report.
The brief online survey seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full year 2012 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data.
Under provisions contained in MAP-21, signed into law by President Obama in July 2012, FMCSA may place a motor carrier out of service if it fails to comply with a letter demanding release of company safety records.
The Dept. of Transportation is warning trucking companies to be aware that another round of fraudulent USDOT letters are being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials. The letters, dated March 12, 2013, appear to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name Julie Weynel – senior procurement officer. The letters are an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers.
The Truckload Carriers Assn. has announced its Safety and Security Division meeting will be held May 19-20 at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, IN. Along with exhibits, regulatory updates and safety in the round meetings, the event will offer presentations on the following topics of interest to attendees:
TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, announced its first “Citizen Driver” award program designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession. The program was launched last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has shut down two fleets, General Trucking, Inc., Atlanta, GA, and Highway Star, Inc., Oak Park, MI, declaring the two operations imminent hazards to highway safety.
The Women in Trucking Assn. will hold its 4th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel tomorrow at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Female drivers will be honored for their service to the industry by being recognized for their years (or weeks) in their role as a professional driver.
The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. in rooms 201-204 in the South Wing of the Kentucky Expo Center.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a free public listening session on Friday, March 22, to solicit ideas and information on the issue of entry-level training for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.
A recent study by the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health concludes that the lack of safety restraint is the main factor in injury severity to truck drivers and passengers in commercial vehicle crashes, rather than the location of drivers and passengers within the cab.
A National Labor Relations Board judge has ordered a Philadelphia manufacturer to rehire and give back pay and benefits to 13 truck drivers the company terminated last year for discussing forming a union.
Cardboard box maker Pratt Corrugated Logistics maintained it terminated two workers for poor performance and the remaining 11 after it decided to contract its pickups and deliveries to outside trucking companies.