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  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 years 20 weeks ago    

    I don't know why companies think that the public is so stupid? They realize that these safety rules are not about safety,they realize that the new equipment is not about safety...The large companies using Legos,crash avoidance systematic,rollover protection ,and other so called safety devices are having more driver turnover and more crashes than the smaller fleets that hire well trained safe drivers,these drivers know the difference between compliance and safety and have been trained to choose safety every time. The so called safety equipment and the latest rules and regulations have forced these drivers to chose between safety and compliance daily . If a person thinks that safety should depend on equipment or technoledgey ,and should ignore the proper training of drivers ,is in fact what is causing the problem we are trying to overcome. You CEO or safety directors that wonder why you can't fill those seats ,should rethink your approach .. The person that runs the company is there because he knows business,the person that wrote this was hired because he knows how to put things on a page and make it easy to read,so why should the person that is in controll of that 80,000 pound truck not be just as trained to do what he is expected to do ? Should the CEO need some device to controll his decision when purchasing equipment ? Should the writer need spellcheck ? Should your hair dresser be required to have more hours training and more experience than your drivers?
    I think safety is a word that is misused more often than any other word in this industry. We all want to be safe,we just know that safety is not relative to compliance ...
    If I have not caused you to think for at least one minute about the alternative ,then I have failed,if you don't at least think about what I said then you have failed.

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 years 20 weeks ago    

    Like other I have noticed the reference of the trucking industry as to the safety regulations in the airline industry.
    (1) Lets put as many planes in the air during peak times as there are trucks on the highways!
    (2)Lets throw in the mix an added amount of small planes as there are 4 wheelers into the mix that is no where near as regulated as the rest that share the sky's or highways
    (3) Ad those 2 variables to your airline industry reference and let me know how that statics look then.
    (4) We are damn tired of everybody wanting to compare industry to industry, people there are to many variables and neither industry operates the same as the other so come up with some factual documentation and self ideas and we may not be so resistant. As of today I have yet seen anything new come up for the better that was not based off another totally different industry

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 years 20 weeks ago    

    Thanks for your comments. However, I would submit that it really is "broke", based on the number of accidents that continue to occur and the public's perception of trucking.

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 years 20 weeks ago    

    Thanks for the comments, Mike. I agree that trucking would be better served by actively moving forward on safety improvements, rather than waiting for the government to mandate them.

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 years 20 weeks ago    

    Thanks Howard for this article and in a big way you are right!

    Over the years I have provided simulation/safety training solutions to the US military and various industries. I've experienced how long it takes to adopt and implement safety technology. Many people are of the mind set, "If it's not broke, don't fix it!" That can be true for many things, but not for technology and the many benefits it can offer.

    Progressive and proactive companies in the trucking industry who adopt technology to increase safety among it's drivers are seeing the benefits. Not only are they providing another fool proof way to increase safety on the road, but they also help their company see a ROI by utilizing technologically advanced safety products.

    Our company, Simumak helps companies with increasing safety on the road and at the workplace. Our professional truck driving simulators provide a tool for their drivers to increase awareness and mitigate traffic accidents on the road.

    We should come together to help drive safety technology awareness and the use of such products in the trucking industry! It's a win-win scenario for those involved and helps to bring home our drivers in a safe way!

  • Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?   2 years 20 weeks 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?   2 years 21 weeks 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?   2 years 21 weeks 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.

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  • Peterbilt offers more compact battery boxes on Model 579 for SmartAir system   2 years 21 weeks 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   2 years 21 weeks 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   2 years 21 weeks 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   2 years 22 weeks ago    

    Gooood stuff!

  • NHTSA plans to mandate V2V technology for vehicles   2 years 22 weeks 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   2 years 22 weeks 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 years 22 weeks 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 years 22 weeks 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 years 22 weeks 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 years 22 weeks 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 years 22 weeks 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 years 23 weeks 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   2 years 30 weeks 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   2 years 32 weeks 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   2 years 32 weeks 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   2 years 32 weeks ago    

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

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