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  • FMCSA takes 'first step' to sleep apnea rule   17 hours 2 min ago    

    We
    The the truck drivers sacrifice our life to bring goodies for the rest of this country and we never been awarded any merit for what we are doing.
    Every moment behind the wheel of a truck could be our last in our life and nobody cares about us.
    In top of that I what to see a real truck stop with real natural and healthy food so we can buy a healthier meal and to became nice and healthy like our politicians that are bombarding this trucking industries with all kinds of new laws including this Sleep apnea that benefits mostly medical industry that problaby give HEALTY donation to our legislator to force us to became healtier.
    How can I became healty when we don't have not even a single option for a healty life .
    I do invite any legislator to visit a truck stop here in Northeast(maybe he will find a parking spot) and see first hand how miserable is a life of a over the road truck driver.
    I been a truck driver in this country for 20+years and in Europe for another 10 with zero accident of my fault or zero speeding tickets and most of my 2.000.000 plus miles was spent here into one of the most congested area of this North American continent and I will love to see at least one legislator in my cab to see how real trucker life is here in Northeast.
    I have the honor not to long ago to meet some of the old truckers with 50+ years behind wheel and I was told that in their career they never seen so much stupidity like in the past 10 years and they very happy to retire they wish me Good luck .....because We all need one.

  • ATRI: Cost of sleep apnea treatment high for drivers   1 day 2 hours ago    

    Home Sleep Testing will cost less than $250

  • FMCSA, CVSA and tread depth   1 day 2 hours ago    

    I would not agree with all of this article. As a former roadside enforcement officer , I took many things into consideration. Drivers attitude, overall condition of the truck, the company's CSA scores and the seriousness of the violation all were considered.

    No citation is an absolute. It is and has been the officers discretion.

    Even OOS violations do not guarantee a ticket. While it is certainly more likely, I used the previously mentioned statement in my decision to cite.

    " Drivers will be ticketed for every condition under FMCSA inspection guidelines ". Mr. Rolling seems to paint every DOT officer as wanting to do nothing but cite, cite and cite some more.

    This is simply not true. While their are officers who cite for a lot of things, that is not a majority. When is the last time you had a level 1 inspection with multiple violations and were cited for everything ? Officers can not only cite the driver but also the carrier.

    Companies that had BAD equipment , had BAD CSA scores or drivers had BAD attitudes were much more likely to get a cite. Do a good pre-trip , do your best to get stuff fixed and keep the attitude in check until after the officer is gone. It will be better and cheaper for you in the long run.

    I just spent the morning doing Level 1's for a company so they will be ready for the Operation Roadcheck next week. What have you done to prepare ?

    Andy Blair
    Dotinspector@gmail.com

  • Drivers: Opportunity knocks   2 days 5 hours ago    

    What opportunities in trucking? Once a driver, always a driver.

  • Women In Trucking CEO and founder Ellen Voie honored by White House   2 days 23 hours ago    

    An amazing leader and human!

  • Fleet Owner Dozen: Ellen Voie   2 days 23 hours ago    

    Outstanding!

  • Figuring out how to find and keep workers in trucking   3 days 2 hours ago    

    Changing the name of a job does not make the job any better. It is like calling truck drivers pilots because they pick it up over there and pile it over here. Drivers need to be paid for everything they do no sitting around waiting for free. This includes waiting for dispatch , loads , repairs and any time they are not moving when they have hours to work. And very important treat drivers with respect.

  • Cascadia natural gas day cab ready for test drives   1 week 6 hours ago    

    I think every good thing or work need a great work hard and by this you get success in your life. If you don't work hard the task you assign so you will hit very badly with failure. I like you work here. thanks

  • Long term vs. short term thinking in trucking   1 week 21 hours ago    

    Well stated Mr. Kirkland

  • Limit your speed, save a life   1 week 22 hours ago    

    It takes a while for comments to appear as all have to be approved to avoid filling the comments sections with spam. A little patience goes a long way.

  • Limit your speed, save a life   1 week 1 day ago    

    Once again I see that Fleet Owner doesn't want any comments that aren't favorable to them. You are just like our crooked politicians; you don't care about anyone's opinion but your own. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN WAY. WAKE UP YOU MORONS. Go ahead and put me on your banned list. I'm cancelling all subscriptions that I have for you and unsubscribing to your emails. You clearly are not for improving and helping the trucking industry through shared views, opinions and experience. Just another organization owned by the big trucking companies that have ruined a once great industry. Maybe one day you will wake up and see the light.

  • Limit your speed, save a life   1 week 1 day ago    

    I guess they didn't study how many crashes are caused by 4 wheelers compared to trucks or how unsafe split speeds are. What about the road rage caused by cars being stuck behind slow trucks side by side for miles at a time. LET THE CARNAGE BEGIN. There are a lot of people who think they are experts that have never even seen the inside of a truck. They need to spend six months on the road getting a look at the real world from the cab of a truck. It would be an eye opening experience.

  • Botched drug sting: Trucker looks to Supreme Court   1 week 1 day ago    

    There would seem to be more to the story, a truck doesn't cost 6.4 million.

  • Trucking parking: How big a problem is it?   1 week 2 days ago    

    Is the problem available truck parking, or that those drivers wanting to find a parking space are only looking for them in truck stops? Rest areas, industrial areas, and weigh scales are just a few of the alternative places that offer truck parking. And successfully finding parking is a direct result of good route planning. Experienced drivers know that looking for a parking space at 9 or 10pm is difficult at best!

  • Botched drug sting: Trucker looks to Supreme Court   1 week 2 days ago    

    If we have to pay restitution and rebuild foreign countries, then business owners in our country should have the same right.

  • Fleet Owner Dozen: Outstanding Women in Trucking   1 week 3 days ago    

    Really enjoyed this article and want to congratulate these outstanding women for their contributions to the trucking industry - thanks Fleet Owner for recognizing how important the role of women is in the trucking industry. Great advice from each woman honored and owning a towing business, I could relate to a lot of their stories. Bringing some of their quotes/advice to the national women's organizaing I belong to.

  • Botched drug sting: Trucker looks to Supreme Court   1 week 4 days ago    

    "Lower courts have so far sided with the government arguing that federal agents acted within their rights to use discretionary action during their operations and this includes placing a confidential informant in the driver's seat of truck without the owner's permission or knowledge and not having to pay for damages to the truck."

    I am ok with the government having to do some clandestine things to get the job done BUT...

    The trucking company owner was NOT aware of what was going on. Didn't know his employee was a CI and was working for/ with the Feds using the company truck to do government undercover work. The truck gets damaged and the trucking company owner is told " tto bad, so sad"? This is crazy. The government cleans the clock of many drug dealers and gets CASH. Whether they just pay for the damage themselves or take some of the money from other dealers....do something and take care of this trucking company whose equipment you used to aid you in catching some big time bad guys !

    It's common sense, it's logical, it's morally and ethically the RIGHT thing to do.

  • Long term vs. short term thinking in trucking   1 week 5 days ago    

    This article is well said. I predict that their will be 15% less owner operator and small fleets by the beginning of 2017. With the rates as low as it is , your better off finding a 9-5 job and live a better life. I for one had 8 trucks, and is now down to 3 that is also up for sale. I have already started a new line of business and will be exiting the (for hire) part of the trucking business by the end of this year. This industry is over regulated on the trucking side and under regulated on the brokerage side. Shippers need to purchase their own equipment and see all the expense, regulation, and sleepless nights it takes to run a safe and productive transportation business . Then and only then the will have some respect and appreciation for what we do to get freight to their customer safely

  • Logging court hours   2 weeks 13 hours ago    

    writer MUST Work for and/or support mega fleet OWNERS!

  • One of nation's greenest fleets eyeing safety, too   2 weeks 1 day ago    

    Do you use a phone is your car? What about the many peace officers that I have seen daily using a hand held. But that doesn't apply? Do these transportation equipment have radio's to contact support, can one use those? This is getting crazy!! You can't use a phone or even a hands-free device, but you better call us with your next location that's BS!!

  • Study: Biggest trucking firms outsource over 42% of their freight   2 weeks 1 day ago    

    I agree with uesr-452462. I know HUB uses a majority of O.O.'s and so does a lot of the other carriers. The O.O.'s are listed and assigned as contract carriers. These numbers are skewed and do not really dictate the amount they actually sub out (unless you consider the O.O's. as subed out,which you cannot if they are actually leased to the company). like to see the numbers with O.O.'s taken out, that would be a whole different picture.

  • Can wearables make hours-of-service rules obsolete?   2 weeks 1 day ago    

    Resistance if futile. All must join the Borg.

  • Survey: Poor health contributing to driver shortage   2 weeks 1 day ago    

    Companies are running drivers into the ground with dispatching that fails to take into consideration natural sleep habits or expect drivers to log off-duty while attending to their vehicles at shipping and receiving docks. Drivers are sick of companies taking 10 percent from their total hub miles. They are sick of making less than a McDonald's worker per hour. Drivers are sick of the lack of respect from dispatchers to the CEO. Drivers are sick of the lack of parking. And all of this is contributed to the over all health of drivers. Fix the real problems of drivers instead of some bandaid fix for a heart attack. So sad that CEOs are afraid to face the real problems of this industry.

  • Survey: Poor health contributing to driver shortage   2 weeks 2 days ago    

    In my opinion and not to discredit the data for retaining drivers above.
    We as businessmen all know? What it really takes to be a loyal company driver
    to a carrier. I have heard that there is six million C.D.L holders in the USA and the
    data above is on 3500 C.D.L holders.

    Were talking about how to retain drivers right? Not just any C.D.L holder a
    millennial C.D.L holder. To retain a millennial C.D.L holder is going to take a lot
    more than what is mentioned above. To boot we need millennial C.D.L holders
    now more than anything with the new rules coming into play that require some
    computer knowledge.

    I am at the last part of the baby boomers. This next generation of commercial
    drivers, with the built in so to speak knowledge of computers. Eliminates the
    education curve. That we will soon be dealing with as the senior baby boomers
    will have to adhere too in 2017. Or they maybe have to be grand fathered in.
    One way or another this industry is not in its infantry with technology and it is
    only going to advance as technology grows. All industries have to grow with
    technology.
    I have seen driver shortages claims from 40,000 to 400,000 by 2020 that is
    3 plus years away change has to happen now!

    It is time to give the credit where credit is due. Change the title of the future driver and pay accordingly.
    We can edify the skilled driver everyday of the week and in a closed setting it
    will give any driver a good feeling. It is time to change the title of a skilled driver.
    We all know that every driver out is a professional driver. Why is is it still listed
    as a skilled driver. The future is going to require this, not just saying it in a safety
    meeting but actually changing it.
    Then pay the drivers accordingly, step back for a minute. Before technology
    saved us more time and money we were still doing well financially.

    Now the heavy thinkers are making even more financially from the time saved.
    It is time to pay the salary the right way, less hours, more home time. there is
    more to this I just noticed I was writing a novel. We need to make that change and things will start looking a lot different.

    Thanks

  • 2015 FleetOwner 500 breakdown   2 weeks 4 days ago    

    It would be nice to search by state

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