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  • OOIDA sues over ELD final rule   8 weeks 3 days ago    

    Our company has already transitioned to ELD and it is having a devastating effect on not only the ability of drivers to make miles but it is affecting the on time delivery of commodities. I see that in the future when all companies are on these e-logs that companies will need to pay drivers for detention time for having to sit. That cost can only be passed on in higher rates which in turn will be passed to the consumer. E-Logs will be disastrous.

  • Developing a retention strategy: A dozen slides   8 weeks 3 days ago    

    Here you go Corey, there may be some suggestions in this article we can use. Safety Joe

  • ATA: “Independent review” knocks hours-of-service proposal   8 weeks 4 days ago    

    Edgeworth Economics should be asked to do a review of the FMCSA's CSA program which uses obsolete information, crash data that isn't considered DOT preventable (deer crashes, accidents where your company driver wasn't at fault, just because a vehicle was towed from the scene, etc.) and lots of other insignificant data (HOS violations for general info ommission) and is mostly aimed at small trucking companies that have to compete with large companies to stay alive. I have been monitoring the CSA program since its inception and problem after problem has been noted, but the FMCSA continues to report the program for who?

  • View ELDs as a benefit, not a burden, technology providers say   8 weeks 5 days ago    

    It is human nature to push back when being told you have to do something. I am a big advocate of ELD's for all the benefits listed in this article that actually go beyond electronic logs. I just wish, like so many others in our industry, that our government allowed me the choice of whether or not I wanted to adopt good technology or not. And compete against others who may choose, or not choose, the same technology.

  • ELD rule hits this month, ATA exec says   9 weeks 2 days ago    

    There is no evidence that ELD's will improve safety, in fact it is likely that just the opposite will occur as driver's will be forced to rush to beat ELD mandated shut down periods, will need to drive even though they may be tired. There is simply no way an ELD can distinguish duty status when the truck is stopped which will require the driver to input data just as they would with a paper log to determine if on duty, in sleeper or off duty. Log validation of fuel purchases, tolls, inspections and other time stamped events match duty status is equally if not more important than simply tracking drive time. If it were just about tracking a drivers time behind the wheel I would be all for ELD's. But most of the day a driver has little control of their time. Shippers, receivers, traffic and weather influence the driver with dock time picking up and delivering possibly the greatest issue. When a driver arrives for a 7:00 am appointment that should take 2 hours and he doesn't leave until 4:00 pm adjustment need to be made. A professional driver knows when and how to rest his body and knows when his body needs rest. the implementation of ELD's may seem like a good idea on the surface, but as with most government mandates will likely have unintended costs and consequences.

  • Suicide by Truck: When Nothing Else Makes Sense   9 weeks 5 days ago    

    We are going thru this. A man jumped into my bf's truck august 2013. I had no idea how this could turn out. The man was on i-35 in TX for 4 hours approx 1 mile away from a car they later found he had been driving. He was suicidal - and sister and mom both stated when they were called. The wife filed for divorce - for better or worse. He had no job - no driver's license. The parents gave him a car - his license suspended 7 times - knowing he was suicidal. He could have killed someone else. They gave him the car to pick up his son yet. Instead he left the car near a mile away and after 4 hours on the freeway jumped into my bf's truck. They are lying in the lawsuit that he was by a stranded car yet there was a gas stating right there and the employees seen him on the freeway for 4 hours......distraught. No one called the cops. Not only did he leave his son stranded at school.......he chose an innocent person in this act. Now his wife who deserted him and the parents that gave him a car are suing. Go figure.........the house of the parents isn't impressive.

  • The dangers of distracted walking: It’s no joke   10 weeks 1 day ago    

    There is available a new smartphone Walk Safely- application that prevents that kind of behavior.

    More information about the app can be found at the following Google Play store link:

  • Whitepaper to help fleets adapt to ELD final rule   10 weeks 2 days ago    

    The company I drive for has the Keller/Verizon EOBR system using their tablets. Our mechanic is constantly having to rip off the dash board on the trucks to reset the black box. Most of the time I can log into the truck with the tablet, but if it does not "discover" the truck, my e-log shows 100% on-duty-not-driving time, even though I just drove 485 miles. It shows zero driving time. The diagnostic and performance information is not available on-line. My truck somehow got disconnected, again.

    I can see how this would be very helpful to companies, however it is very undependable. Between the drivers extra time to deal with it, the office time to set it up and fix problems with the logs and system, and the mechanics time to keep resetting the black box, I am seriously wondering how beneficial this is. Not to mention, are the state mileages for each truck that is off line being recorded for IFTA?
    I have been trying to make this work since July. It is December, and it is still not working like advertised. We have done everything they recommended.

  • Blue Bloodhound tool connects carriers and drivers   10 weeks 3 days ago    

    "The company said its app"

    I don't see an app on their website or in the apple/google store, nor in the windows store. Looks like all they have is website.

    “Our technology gives drivers and motor carriers a secure platform in which they can connect faster and more reliably. When drivers spend more time pulling freight and less time pushing paperwork, everyone wins.”

    How exactly is it faster then the existing competition? I mean there are competitors that have had app support for a year or two. This company appears to be about 2 years behind its competitors.

    "Similar technology has already been adopted by other industries."

    Its actually been adopted by transportation and trucking for about 2-3 years, welcome to 2013.

    Your competitors are these within trucking:
    - Convoy
    - Trucker Path
    - Cargomatic
    - Transfix

    There are others, most probably uber will buy out the big ones probably cargomatic and trucker path and run with it. This Bloodhound things is dead on arrival, they don't even have an app yet, they are probably a few years behind.

    Without an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, you have no technology, anyone can build a backend website that has job postings.

  • Winterization tips for trucking fleets   10 weeks 5 days ago    

    What about corrosion protection from all the crap on winter roads?

  • FMCSA discusses large truck crash fatalities, calls for police training   11 weeks 2 days ago    

    While I cannot argue over the 10 states listed, I think it is far to say that these 10 states have a LOT of truck traffic. The more traffic, the more crashes. It also does not separate how many of these crashes are attributable to the non-CMV as the root cause. While it would be nice to have more officers trained in CMV accident is costly and time consuming for the Police /Sheriff to do so.

    Commercial Vehicle Insoection Course is 3 weeks long which includes minimal accident investigation. But getting this certification is crucial to investigating these crashes. Openings are limited and departments can't always give up an officer for three weeks.

    Next you have the actual CMV crash school. Now you are talking an additional two weeks. Again, this a great burden that cannot be easily solved by printing an article. Funding and manpower are the keys. Many departments do not have any officers who are certified either in DOT Enforcement or CMV Crash Ibvestigation. These departments have to ask other departments to fill in for them. And this only happens when it is a serious injury or fatality crash.

    In PA , municipal officers can get certified but they are full time patrol officers who do DOT Enforcement as time permits. Few departments have officers who do this type of work all the time. PA Sate Police excepted.

    There is no easy answer as Police agencies are asked to do more with less.

  • The 2014 Fleet Owner 500   11 weeks 3 days ago    

    Where are UPS, FEDEX, Diehl, etc. on these lists? Am I missing something?

  • Winterization tips for trucking fleets   11 weeks 3 days ago    

    Research Laboratories, Inc in Ft. Wayne, IN recently completed an additive testing program for about 16 different commercially available (for purchase off the shelf or on line) winter diesel fuel additives. Contact them for a copy. It is very enlightening.

  • The Chinese Manufactured Tires Are Here, Maybe It’s Not So Bad   11 weeks 6 days ago    

    Competition is a good thing and sometimes having good, better or best choices is also helpful and important. When we did our study on LRR tires, we found that with fuel prices even as high as $2/g, spending more on tires to get the LRR really matters.

  • Five Things Your Drivers Don't Know About Roadside Inspections   11 weeks 6 days ago    

    Look, most enforcement (if not all) are paid by the hour while many of these drivers are on mileage. Very few get paid for the time taken for an inspection. (yes some do and some get a bonus for a clean inspection but fewer than one third do. If everyone was video'd during the whole process we'd all be better off and more informed. A "Go-PRO" on both the driver and inspector would show a whole lot of what is currently hidden.

  • Truck Driving Would be a Great Job if You Got Paid   12 weeks 1 day ago    

    I agree with diggerpaint.
    I think this job is good only till the person is able to drive vehicle. Once he become old theirs nothing.

  • VIDEO: Eaton automated manuals: So easy, even a newbie could do it   13 weeks 2 days ago    

    Automatics are junk no matter how they try to spin it. Less experienced drivers need training not technology.

  • How a group of truckers saved Scarlet's life   13 weeks 3 days ago    

    Thanks for the great article on Operation Roger! One minor clarification - the second picture of Scarlet was taken in a layover home, not her forever home. Hope she's doing even better today!

  • Leveraging #social media - one #hashtag at a time   13 weeks 3 days ago    

    Your right, social interaction with customers is what Google wants these days, and more and more businesses need to realizing the importance of social media. If content is King, the social media is Queen! -ClevelandSeoGuy

  • Connected devices putting truck fleets at greater risk   13 weeks 4 days ago    

    I work for Fleetmatics, we have made great strides as a company to make sure that our telematics have zero risk of cyber security breach. If you have any questions then please contact me at 704-295-2016. Thank you.

  • Report: Rapid innovation critical to auto industry sucess   13 weeks 6 days ago    

    The consolidation of the auto industry was in response to free market conditions reacting to a weakening economy accelerated by government intervention that many believe went beyond the rules of law. The impact on auto dealers and the businesses that served them in their surrounding communities was immediate as they were shuttered by the thousands. Automotive advertising agencies and technology vendors serving the retail automobile industry were similarly affected, however, the resulting changes are only now coming to light.

  • The Four P's of Marketing Your Fleet   13 weeks 6 days ago    

    Great Articles & Tips, Thank you Bruce.
    Also does your company reflect the premium price you charge?

    Do you or your staff behave in a professional manner at all times. With all member of the public,client, customer or suspected lead.

    Do you have a professional logo & uniform company branding effort.
    Whether you have one truck or a fleet of 50 trucks, your company marketing & branding it's one of those core element. That you should not be leaning to the "cheap Side".

  • What New York City and its fleets are doing to reduce crashes   13 weeks 6 days ago    

    As an individual involve in the trucking industry I'm always happy about company's taken step's like this. That both benefit the industry & promoted road safety for our drivers & the public at large.

    As a New Yorker it's good to see local company taking the lead. On innovating step to move the trucking industry forward.

  • 10 scary movie technologies making their way to trucking   14 weeks 1 day ago    

    Truth is stranger than fiction. I have seen a graph showing the comparison between Sci-fi, "expert" predictions and reality in the electronics industry.....guess which one was farthest ahead...reality!
    So, yes, if you've seen it in the movies or read it in a book, it's likely to happen for real sooner than anybody predicted. What we must do is evaluate a new technology to understand both the benefits and the negatives before we embrace it just because it's new.

  • Truck and trailer buying expected to stay strong into 2016   14 weeks 1 day ago    

    Sounds about right. I am giving trucking about 3 more years and getting out . With all these regulations it is just unbearable.

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