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  • One of nation's greenest fleets eyeing safety, too   15 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   15 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?   15 weeks 1 day ago    

    Resistance if futile. All must join the Borg.

  • Survey: Poor health contributing to driver shortage   15 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   15 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   15 weeks 5 days ago    

    It would be nice to search by state

  • Study: Biggest trucking firms outsource over 42% of their freight   15 weeks 6 days ago    

    I agree, it would appear LaneAxis is making some BIG assumptions about freight visibility. Mr Burnett, please substantiate your claims

  • Can wearables make hours-of-service rules obsolete?   16 weeks 1 day ago    

    WOW talk about big brother monitoring your every movement including when you sleep..

  • Study: Biggest trucking firms outsource over 42% of their freight   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    Landstar'S business model relies on 100% outsourcing, such as to its independent owner-operator business capacity owners ("BCO's"). These BCO'S usually have only one truck, and as such, would meet the study's definition of purchased transportation. Landstar's other 28% might still be purchased, but went to BCO's with more than six trucks, or to other large carriers.

    This raises a question whether the study's purchased transportation includes independent OO'S who are leased to that carrier. If so, the data is rather misleading, or at best, skews the true picture.

  • Many truck drivers don't want to pay to reserve parking   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    I laugh when I hear some "supertrucker" screaming bloody murder over paying for parking, especially when one takes into account that paid parking is tax-deductible.

    Typically, I pay for about half the parking I use, these days, because I can't stand not knowing if I can find a place, or have to park illegally; and my company takes a dim view of truck damage caused by another truck because I parked illegally.

    Knowing I'll get those fees back every year helps immensely. To me, it's part of the job, and I'd rather park safe and sleep soundly.

  • Case study: Michigan pilot assesses truck parking availability   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    "We feel there are plenty of places to park..." :wtf:

    Who is he kidding?? The parking shortage is epidemic and nationwide. Communities are doing everything they can to close themselves out to big trucks, and pushing out or preventing truckstops from opening in their towns. Existing stops that need to expand are prevented from doing so, and those existing ones are being squeezed until they close.

    Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    What is really needed is twofold: 1) a tweak to the HOS regulations that give a driver more flexibility to find adequate and safe parking (including forcing state weigh stations to allow overnight parking); and, 2) a federal mandate/subsidy to build more truck-friendly rest stops and full-service truck stops.

    This is a national problem, that must be solved with a national approach. The empty land is there, along every freeway, highway, and tollway nationwide; it's up to us to demand something be done.

  • The case for the $100,000 a year trucker   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    Welcome to the impoverishment of America... and it's happening everywhere, not just trucking.

  • The case for the $100,000 a year trucker   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    Welcome to the impoverishment of America. And it's happening EVERYWHERE, not just in trucking.

  • Uber for Trucks: A mobile freight revolution?   16 weeks 4 days ago    

    The reason why smart truckers travel empty is because we refuse to work for free. We cannot move our trucks for under $2.65 per mile and be profitable. Not all owner operator is created equal. But all owner operator cannot operate under $2.20 per mile based on he cost to operate and properly maintain the equipment. I wish the ones pulling the freight for $1.60 per mile will wake up or go out of business , so the rest of us can prosper

  • Uber for Trucks: A mobile freight revolution?   16 weeks 4 days ago    

    With the EOBR becoming more the way life,the only way this will be feasible will be to have rates that will compensate drivers and companies for time and miles traveled.
    Or will it be another platform on which rate wars will be fought ?

  • Get ready for Roadcheck   16 weeks 4 days ago    

    Tires are an important aspect of earning a CDL licence. For both an MVI inspection and earning a licence drivers must know how to inspect a tire. Rear tires must have 1/16" tread depth, steer tires 1/8", and there cannot be any gashes longer than 1". As well, no chords or plies can be exposed in the tread or sidewall of the tire.

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   16 weeks 6 days ago    

    I have advocated this for years. OTR companies need to regionalize their operations. Instead of running sleeper units all across the US, organize your fleet into regional daycab operations. Divide the US in to regions that your day cab fleets can move loads from region to region.
    As for retention? Most drivers I speak to want regional work, want to be home everyday or at least 3-4 nights a week. Dividing the country into 300-400 mile regions could accomplish this. Add the reduced acquisition/maintenance costs of running daycabs instead of sleeper units and you get even more cost benefit.
    There will be increased demand for operations personnel to handle the load planning but this would be minimal compared to the long term savings. Further, with a regional fleet, you could install your own fueling stations and run alternative fuel trucks.
    The habit of parking a $100K plus truck for 1/4 to 1/3 of every day is a wasteful habit that needs to be addressed.

  • Low-rider kit for Kodiak/Topkick   17 weeks 2 days ago    

    is the lowing kit still avable for 2003 topkick

  • Driverless trucks to automate ‘millions’ of jobs?   17 weeks 2 days ago    

    Enough already! Driverless trucks? 45mph from coast to coast. Do you like rotten produce? Melted ice cream? Tell Ryan Peterson he'd better not give up his day job!
    Sincerely,
    Steve Myers

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    700,000 miles in 3 years = roughly 640 miles per day. Very achievable for a long-haul team. I could see slip seating being helpful for local P&D companies but the real issue here is finding drivers.

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    There is already a driver shortage a quick way to make that shortage worse is to slip seat drivers, they hate it. They will leave your company for one that has assigned equipment.

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    See how that works for driver retention.

  • Underreported: Drivers not seeking help for mental health issues   17 weeks 5 days ago    

    Amen!!

  • Entries being accepted for 2016 Fleet Owner Vehicle Graphics Awards   17 weeks 5 days ago    

    When the issue publishes in the first week of June.

  • Entries being accepted for 2016 Fleet Owner Vehicle Graphics Awards   17 weeks 5 days ago    

    It states that the winner will be announced in the June issue, but when will the contestants be advised that they have won the contest?

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