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  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 hours 24 min ago    

    Howard you are right on-point. I have been involved with motor carrier business for more than 40-years and it frequently appears that a number of carriers like being beat-up instead of advancing their business. The industry can avoid a lot of bad legislation by taking a positive stand on self-regulation. Safe equipment (advertising the carrier), safe drivers (that are cared about by management), etc. ... not rocket science, but good business practice. Hopefully, the industry's research arms (e.g., ATRI) will help evaluate and develop information for the safe operation and growth of the industry.

  • Can higher pay alone solve the driver shortage?   3 days 16 hours ago    

    I would say it strongly comes down to respect.

    I hear, "The truck is here to get...." and then I sit for 3-4 hours.

    I am NOT a truck. I am a human being who has further commitments to make for the day just as you do. People FAIL to see that person in the cab.

    We arrive at a shipper/receiver and we are told to go wait in the cab and "we'll come get you...." Making us invisible to the guy in the trailer unloading / loading us.

    All we are is, "A truck" that needs to be load/unloaded.

    I arrived today to get unloaded at a place that has their own brokers and their own cold storage. The people on the dock are co-workers to the people in the office finding the truck.
    "Call about 3 PM to let us know when you'll arrive". I told them at 3 the same thing I told them at 10:30 AM. "I'll be there around 5:30 PM."

    I arrived at 5:37 PM and I was told, "We weren't even told you were coming today. We don't know what to do with you."

    Where is the respect in that.?

  • Can higher pay alone solve the driver shortage?   4 days 4 hours ago    

    I dispatch for owner operators. Have been for 2 years now and no driver pay itself is not the problem. The problem is these cheap customers paying rock bottom rates and these big brokerages like TQL, Ch Robinson , Coyote Logistics, Crestline Transportation , etc etc etc. have COMPLETELY FLOODED the marketplace with bottom dollar rates.

    I cannot afford to run my truck for fuel money. I don't care what anyone says about ''market conditions'' or whatever, if these loads don't start paying more, then we will all lose our livelihoods. Every one of us in this industry needs to grow a pair and learn to say NO when we are offered a load that doesn't pay well enough to cover operating costs plus make profit.

    These brokers and customers alike bank on carriers becoming desperate to move out of whatever area and pay horrible money. Some days I want to hang up dispatching that the market is so bad. The hours of service too make it where I have to get good money to make it worth my owner operators to have to sit. If they ain't happy, I ain't happy.

  • PremierCare offering AC checks   4 days 8 hours ago    

    Although, AC's are useful things but according to reports its one of the huge source of dust and pollution even. Generally, these AC systems are known to carry dust in their ducting. So, in order to keep strong and fresh environment its important to check the refrigeration systems. For more details go through Air Duct Cleaning Denver.

  • Peterbilt offers more compact battery boxes on Model 579 for SmartAir system   4 days 19 hours ago    

    A photograph of Peterbilt's new compact space-saver battery box on the Model 579, in support of the article, would have been nice.

  • Alliance Truck Parts adds clutches, RSD brake drums   6 days 9 min ago    

    What is an RSD brake drum? I understand that there are friction changes, but what was done to create an RSD drum?

  • TCA board approves policy changes on drug policies, sleep disorders and onboard technologies   6 days 6 hours ago    

    How well are these new changes implemented? There are many people suffering from sleep disorder and its important that they get rid of it as it may cause other problems too. A recent study have found out sleep deprivation can significantly increase your risks of contracting fibromyalgia. http://tinyurl.com/mrvh3v7

  • Fuel economy: 2017 and beyond   1 week 4 days ago    

    Gooood stuff!

  • NHTSA plans to mandate V2V technology for vehicles   1 week 5 days ago    

    Another gizzmo to add to the initial cost not to mention ownership cost. This is an attempt to compensate for drivers not paying attention . Can't fix stupid.

  • Partnering up to tackle the technician shortage   1 week 5 days ago    

    Thank you Sean for the article. It is a very important issue that we face today.

    It is too bad you missed the Partnership between Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks & WyoTech. We have an elective program in place with WyoTech that is unique to the industry. When the class in Sept. garduates we will have graduated more than 130 students from this program in 1.5 years.
    Please continue to write articles about this crisis we face.

  • Hegbloom takes reins at Ram Trucks   2 weeks 1 hour ago    

    Bigland will also retain his role as head of U.S. Sales for Chrysler as well as president and CEO of Chrysler Canada.

  • NHTSA plans to mandate V2V technology for vehicles   2 weeks 2 hours ago    

    The older one gets, the hard it is to see your blind spots so seemingly this should help.

  • Chevrolet: City Express to get 24 mpg in city driving   2 weeks 17 hours ago    

    I regret that General Motors chose to purchase and rebadge Nissan NV200s to create the City Express. The NV200 is not thee least bit attractive. There are better options, such as the Ford Transit Connect.

    For years, GM did well in the compact van segment with the Chevy Astro. Then they walked away from those customers and left them hanging.

  • FMCSA may negotiate a rule on driver training   2 weeks 1 day ago    

    21 years passed the original deadline! Just another example of how ineffective big Government is at accomplishing ANYTHING. States have dealt with driver licensing requirements since the beginning and IMHO are way more effective...get Big Government out of our lives.

  • FMCSA may negotiate a rule on driver training   2 weeks 1 day ago    

    Now that steamship lines don't own there chassis and have turned them over to a number of different chassis pool companies, this is the time for the FMCSA to really look a t what these pools are putting out on the streets!!

  • More TL carriers rolling out pay increases   2 weeks 6 days ago    

    While a mileage pay increase is welcome by drivers I did not see mentioned by any company in this article the most aggravating and important thing drivers want to see remedied is detention pay. Sitting for hours or days for free will rapidly cause drivers to quit.

  • Senate plan would cost truck owners $135 million more a year   9 weeks 4 days ago    

    Prices everywhere and for everything are rising countless times. It is just a process that is necessary to keep up with the evolving trends in each individual industry. However, the ones to suffer are the business owners and the end users together. Not much differences, be it in the trucking industry all the way to the self storage industry or even food and beverage, prices are bound to increase one fine day. Everyone has to adapt and adopt in order to stay active in the market and to persevere long enough.

  • New Century Transportation shuts down   11 weeks 5 days ago    

    well! That's bad news about New Century Transportation. New Century is a leading provider of regional and national Truckload and LTL services. I have some friends working here. Hope that they will be okey.

  • Ohio county using mobile truck scales to enforce weight limits   11 weeks 5 days ago    

    Well! Very good post. Something which is very close to our heart. You always have a way of making it so easy to follow your thoughts and what you’re sharing with us.
    Thank you very much.

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  • You can make a truck driver rest, but you can’t make him sleep   11 weeks 5 days ago    

    The good news to come out of this is an increased spotlight on an industry that desperately needs reform.

  • You can make a truck driver rest, but you can’t make him sleep   11 weeks 6 days ago    

    Not that my Two Cents worth means anything, but your article certainly nails the issues, in it's entirety.Driver's can complain all they want about HOS Policy, but the fact of the matter is. WE, have to Police ourselves.Walmart is a coveted Driving Position. They are a Private Carrier, and have Dedicated Routes.It's not like the Common Carrier Scenario's.Mr. Roper for reason(s), placed himself in the crosshairs.You have to know your limitations, and be honest with yourself.

  • Graphic Influence   11 weeks 6 days ago    

    These are really interesting! Would like to see more examples of 53' trailer wraps if you have them. We have a number of trailers that we will wrap in the upcoming months so looking for innovative ideas / concepts. The team at CDL.com.

  • Will Walmart trucker's crash thwart HOS reform drive?   12 weeks 1 hour ago    

    This wouldn't have been an issue at all except for two factors: first, the crash involved a well-known celebrity and second, it was a Wal-Mart truck. The leftists demand that our beloved celebrities MUST be protected from the evil capitalists who force truckers to drive for 24 straight hours. If it had been Joe Schmoe from Yonkers, and involved the Hippy Dippy Trucking Co., it wouldn't have made a blip on the media's radar.

  • UPDATED: OOIDA calls for Ferro’s ouster at FMCSA   12 weeks 4 days ago    

    Anne Ferro works for Foxx who works for the President. Her comments reflect the attitude of the Obama administration and may or may not reflect her own personal feelings. Obama learned from the Clinton administration that he needs to be perceived by the public as an outsider, so he directs his cabinet members to select subordinates to make statements regarding policy. Obama probably hates truckers as much as he hates veterans but his public statements are always positive (sic) to preserve the false façade to the public. It's all a big scam. and the public is being continually conned by the Obama regime.

  • Ford expects strong growth in global commercial-vehicle market   12 weeks 4 days ago    

    Given that Ford expects strong growth in global commercial vehicle market, when will Ford invest in a new global heavy truck to replace the dated Cargo. Thru many facelifts and upgrades, the Cargo has served Ford well. But after several decades, it's time for Ford to reinvest in their global market class 8 platform. Bill Ford, you sir might think to name the all-new model the Transcontinental II.

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