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  • Lock out, tag out, or get out   6 weeks 5 days ago    

    It’s an extra step and an extra expense, but the consequences are pretty clear if something goes wrong

  • ECTs: A Solution for the Driver Shortage   6 weeks 5 days ago    

    It’s not a truck driver shortage but an enforceable compensation and safety issue.

    Since Federal, State or Local authorities do not enforce the laws when trucking companies cheat the drivers, paychecks usually fall far short of compensation I earned .
    Complaints of extensive promised but unpaid diverted loads in the Texas oil country fall on deaf ears at the Department of Labor where they focus on “minimum wage issues” to companies who stretch the truth and mislead drivers about allowable axle spreads to leave the drivers personally liable for the thousands in overweight fines merely to be replaced with more of the trusting naive willing to take a chance to put food on their family’s table.

    And the local law enforcement who decline to prosecute the fully documented thousands in bad check’s paid to penalizing the drivers refusing to drive CDL risking overweight, poorly maintained death traps and fatigued conditions for endangering the unsuspecting public until the DOT finally shuts the shady companies down years later.
    I am tired of being cheated and personally liable for fines that I was aware that I was incurring.

    It’s a question of trucking company integrity and accountability to attract and retain quality drivers.

  • New highway improvement shop hangs out its shingle   6 weeks 5 days ago    

    Let's hope that NOCOE and TRIP can find a way to let congress in on those stats. They always seem to find the money for funding terrorist states or the proverbial "shrimps on a treadmill". Hmm, maybe that's where the federal gas tax is going...it's sure not getting to the hiways.

  • Con-way Freight says union vote fails at Bakersfield terminal   6 weeks 6 days ago    

    The Teamsters also withdrew a petition for a vote at Con-way Freight's facility in Irvine.

  • Premier safety culture   7 weeks 9 hours ago    

    Would love to hear how they compensate and motivate their drivers.

  • Avoid the haggle   7 weeks 15 hours ago    

    Great article! There is a huge difference between negotiating and haggling. Two robots can go back and forth over numbers and come to a middle ground, that's haggling. Showing value convinces a customer that you provide something that is worth the money they spend and actually makes them want to pay you more, that's negotiation!

  • The future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades   7 weeks 17 hours ago    

    What happens to automated truck that derive themselves like they say, will be on the road in 2025, how that will change the trucking of owner operators market?

  • The road to the self-driving truck   7 weeks 18 hours ago    

    According to the article truck driving jobs are safe until 2025, but I think 5-10 years it will be much different or it might happen even sooner, the NHTSA's level 4 might be on the road by 2015.
    Plan ahead of the time

    Thank you. . .

  • The hunt for drivers will intensify in 2015   7 weeks 19 hours ago    

    Mr. Dutro, 70 hours a week should be more than enough time for a driver to make good money at driving a truck, that is if the trucking companies would pay their drivers for all time worked and on the on-duty line and paid them for all miles ran by paying hub miles.

  • The hunt for drivers will intensify in 2015   7 weeks 1 day ago    

    I don't think the pay is going to be the bellwether. Oh, I'm sure that many will enter the field for the better pay. I also think when they find out that the gov't has stacked the deck against them they will move on. Regulations are going to, nay, have irrepairably harmed this industry. IMHO.

  • Re-shoring still in its infancy, report finds   7 weeks 1 day ago    

    It is good that A.T. Kearny is bringing attention to reshoring, however, it is unfortunate that some of the conclusions drawn by ATK are incorrect.

    For example, if all of the data is considered correctly, the Index would show the last 3 years positive.

    Also, A.T. Kearny data shows the number of annual cases of reshoring is up 18 times or 1,775% in 4 years which is an average growth rate of over 100%/year.

    Their data also shows the annual losses to offshoring shrank 60%-70%.

    The most important thing however, is incentives to move overseas are becoming less attractive and more companies are planning and considering reshoring. Also, reshoring is increasing year-on-year, and more companies are using the refined metric of TCO to evaluate the hidden risks/costs of offshoring.

    The Reshoring Initiative Can Help.
    The not-for-profit Reshoring Initiative’s free Total Cost of Ownership software helps corporations calculate the real P&L impact of reshoring or offshoring. In many cases, companies find that, although the production cost is lower offshore, the total cost is higher, making it a good economic decision to reshore manufacturing back to the U.S. http://www.reshorenow.org/TCO_Estimator.cfm

  • A tour of Meritor's Fletcher NC manufacturing plant   7 weeks 1 day ago    

    I had visited this Fletcher NC manufacturing plant when my father was working there. And I was in a cool mood there. No stress and all. I walked along the plant and saw amazing turbines and machines there.

  • The Blue Fleet: A Practical Guide to Natural Gas   7 weeks 2 days ago    

    Your article talks about the Practical Guide to Natural Gas and it was very great its the first step in addressing that need, focusing on the basic questions any fleet will need to answer if it’s considering a conversion to NG vehicles.

  • The Blue Fleet: A Practical Guide to Natural Gas   7 weeks 2 days ago    

    So it's the blue feet huh? I think it's right to have a guide regarding about natural gas. So good job guys. cheers! By the way be with us to Increase Soundcloud Comments

  • The hunt for drivers will intensify in 2015   7 weeks 2 days ago    

    the area of trucking that is being ignored: very experienced truckers,either company drivers or owner operators, that are willing to come back in the drivers seat but are being ignored by companies. once you have driven for years on the road, it doesnt matter if you are out of trucking for seven or ten years or so, you dont lose the ability to do the job as well or much better than new drivers with a lot less expense to get them set up. please address this area of trucking that is being ignored.

  • Positive picture of DEF developing   7 weeks 2 days ago    

    A variety of concerns about the cost and performance of diesel exhaust fluid or Fleet is really appreicated and going to add up in my fleet chart list.

  • PIT Conference 2015 sets date, location   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    great article, the content you share is useful. thanks for sharing

  • Music to drivers’ ears: Trucks ready to roll with HOS updates says PeopleNet   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    very nice . thank you for sharing information

  • Fleet Owner's Top 10 IdeaXchange commentary for 2014   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    Posts shared useful information and meaningful life, I'm glad to be reading this article and hope to soon learn the next article. thank you

  • Fleet Owner's Top 10 blogs of 2014   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    2014 has been a great Year for us and hopefully it has been the same to all of you here.

  • Digging into the downspeeding details   8 weeks 5 days ago    

    Drove a Mack 237 hp 30 years ago,ran at 1000 rpm,great truck in its day.Today drive a KW 500 hp with EGR at 1550 rpm and this seems too high but I guess this all has to do with the environment regulations.Logic would deem that running at a lower speed means lower friction means less fuel burn,engine, also less friction between tyre and road again less fuel needed.

  • 2014 Fleet of the Year Awards   9 weeks 6 days ago    

    Congratulations to the Winners!

  • 2015 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar available   9 weeks 6 days ago    

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  • Buyer’s market   10 weeks 1 day ago    

    In light of continuously falling gasoline/diesel fuel prices, does your firm continue to feel that "natural gas-powered vehicles are here to stay"? Do you think the OPEC decision not cut back supply was intended to fight USA fracking efforts, bolster Russian economic sanctions, or other reasons?

  • The Last Mile—There HAS to Be a Better Way   10 weeks 2 days ago    

    Paul, here is a post from another reader for you----
    I checked out the FreshVessel at http://freshrealm.co and find it rather interesting. My wife and I are from Detroit—where we have learned all the good Coney Island’s are made. I’ve purchased coolers to bring home fixings from National Coney Island at least twice over the years, and I’ve had them ship to me using dry ice. Now I can look to having a party with National Coney Island fixings for everyone. And, there will be no left over packaging for me to discard and recycle, especially since styrofoam is not recyclable by us. Cool idea (pun intended)!!!

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