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  • A salute to tow truck operators   15 weeks 4 days ago    

    For those who don't slow down in PA , a $300 + fine awaits. Includes Police, Fire, EMS or any roadside assistance vehicles as long as they are making use of their visual signals to warn you. If you cause serious injury or death, loss of license and fines up to $10,000 are there. A non-Law Enforcement Officer can initiate a complaint against someone too. PA Vehicle Code 3327

  • Suggesting 60-68 mph, FMCSA, NHTSA propose truck speed limiters   15 weeks 5 days ago    

    As an ex-pat Brit I can tell you from experience that speed limiters will NOT work .. just take a look at the highways in Britain. Once six lane highways are now reduced to one lane for the 4 wheelers and two lanes for the trucks as they struggle to pass each other with small fractions of mph differences between them. It will add to more congestion and frustration and will do nothing to improve safety. You have only to look at the reduced congestion in IL and Oh since they removed their split speed limits, re-imposing this via a limiter will just re-introduce the problem. Be warned politicians and motorists, I for one will not hesitate to pull out and pass a truck travelling at 1/4 mph slower than me ... and you will sit behind me for the 5 miles it takes me to pass him !

  • Tick, tock: It’s a truck clock   15 weeks 5 days ago    

    This seemed like a pretty cool event to be involved with, but call me boring, or cynical or whatever else, but the attention this brings to individual safety of our vehicle operators, is nil.

    Our vehicle operators, who have a very important job, are not operating near as safe as they can because they have the talking heads promoting schedule, schedule, schedule (where is safety?), and they don't know how to deal with that.

    Fatalities may be slightly (I stress, "slightly") down, but collisions are apparently up 23% and here we are talking about schedule, schedule, schedule. We may never wake up from this, but I will never fall for it.

    I talk to professionals every day who's most important issue is schedule I've seen them drive, and they drive like schedule IS the most important thing to them.


    This article and message just promotes the continued bad behavior of our drivers.

  • Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?   15 weeks 6 days ago    

    I have been approved and am set for orientation at ACT next week, but I never was told anything by the recruiter about these cameras. That fact plus the fact that they have them to begin with, means I will not be showing up for their orientation. I will call and cancel. I have been driving OTR for 19 years without an accident and that should be enough for them to trust me. There's only one reason they are installing these in their trucks and it has nothing to do with their "concern" for the driver's safety or even their truck and trailer or cargo's safety: They are getting a big discount on their insurance. That's it. It's all about money.

  • TMW and PeopleNet: Connected technology today, what's coming tomorrow   15 weeks 6 days ago    

    Such a joke, we have both systems and all we get is finger pointing at each other. Still fighting same problems as two years ago, the only change we get is the rep and the promises!

  • Getting a handle on hydraulic hybrid drivetrains   16 weeks 13 hours ago    

    Many refuse collection operations are using the Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid in class 8 trucks, which has proven fuel savings of 45% to 50%, plus savings in brake wear, less noise, and productivity gains due to better acceleration.

  • Hiring drivers   16 weeks 4 days ago    

    Another problem new entrants can face is funding the costs for sleep apnea testing if they are screened high risk at their new hire or training school sponsored Dot physical.

  • FMCSA clears way for windshield-mounted safety devices   16 weeks 4 days ago    

    Just because you CAN do something does not mean it is a good idea. I am all for equipment / devices to make a drivers job better/safer and more enjoyable but anything that obstructs the drivers view is just not a great idea.

  • Battle of the brands   16 weeks 4 days ago    

    We can instantly identify their logos. We can hum along to their jingles. We’re on a first name basis with their mascots. We can repeat their slogans as mantra... was it the competition?

  • Fleetmatics to provide fleet management solution for DIRECTV   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    Fleetmatics sound like an excellent tool that allows managers to hold the workforce accountable while still providing a great customer experience.

  • SAFETY AND THE BOTTOM LINE   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    Mr Van Dyne contradicted himself. He said a crash by a driver who was known to have previous safety violations would be magically avoided with an ELD. If his company ignored the previous violations before, just installing the magic box would still demand that the trucking company perform due diligence. Magic boxes are no better than the hands-on hard work of hiring and rewarding good drivers and terminating bad drivers. As to hard braking, jeepers cripes people, haven't any of you been aware of how erratic car drivers are anymore? In one hour in Wisconsin recently, autos were responsible for 2 near collisions with us because of last minute lane changes to beat us into a work zone or a rest area. I'll say it again, it is the cars that need to be watched and regulated for speed and ignorant driving habits. In Wisconsin, little Sara Jane the minimum wage dispatcher would have been all aflutter after our exciting evening. Coaching? Ya sure..... don't think so. The real world 4wheelers seem to be rushing to get into the front of the line on Darwin's List. That's the problem in a nutshell. Mr Van Dyne should spend some serious time out on the road like we do 14 hours every day. Perhaps he would change his tune.

  • A better way to pay drivers   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    I am sure Mr. Evangelist figures are accurate. Having worked under "Activity based pay" and "Hourly based pay" I can say I do prefer the activity based pay structure better.
    The unintended consiquince is that the activity based pay structure incentifies poor customer service, manipulation of actual time on duty, not adjusting speed to conditions and generally taking short cuts where ever possible.
    Unfortunately the reality of planning trips by someone in a planning center has not kept up with the traffic congestion of today. I almost forgot to mention tipping the dock hands in order to stay on schedule.
    What ever happened to managing the driver that habitually "Milks" the clock?

  • A better way to pay drivers   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    Well at least they told the truth set the pay in a way a driver has to break his neck to make a decent check rush rush im still with the hourly

  • A better way to pay drivers   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    Obviously Mr. Evangelist does not know drivers or this industry very well. Drivers would much rather be at off after 8 hours rather than "milk" the clock for a measly $25 or $50. The truth is, the wait times at shippers & receivers is beyond the drivers control. The thing the driver has control over is the truck. If you want to foster unsafe driving and high maintenance cost from speeding and such, then go ahead with this piece meal pay structure. I am taken aback by his article. All drivers want is to be paid fairly for their time. If you are running an operation that drivers are inclined to cheat the company by "milking" the clock, then maybe you need to take a hard look at your operation. Because I can assure there is other problems other than wages going on.

  • Rethinking trucking from drivers to leadership   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    Interesting insight to the gathering of information as the point of delviery that is not all internal specific. If used properly, that could save thousands of dollars in routing expenses as well as save many more thousands in turnover.

  • FMCSA addresses ELD self-certification, transition questions   16 weeks 6 days ago    

    2 years for compliance is standard for any regulation. This is a whole lot bigger. Going by his answers looks like he was given the ?'s ahead of time.

  • FMCSA addresses ELD self-certification, transition questions   16 weeks 6 days ago    

    So they give you one pass and you have eight days to get the right one which will still not know what is the correct device or manufacturer? hmmm. I know of company now that cannot get their device ok'd. I see a delay coming.....

  • It’s time for an 'adult conversation' on longer, heavier trucks   17 weeks 1 day ago    

    ATA Bill Graves is pushing for more productivity, but leads the way for slower truck speed limits, ELD's, and changing the HOS rules. How many more mandates can drivers and owner operators afford if they slow drivers down to a crawl. Time is money in this business and the ATA is always trying to take it away from us.

  • Small carriers slow to adopt ELDs, survey finds   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    It is always helpful for these carriers to be aware of the exceptions for ELD's.

    Trucks with a model year of 1999 and older. And the VIN is the deciding factor , not what the manufacturer may claim. ( age of engine doesn't matter, its the frame year that counts)

    The 10th character of a VIN number is the year designation. 1 is for 2001 , Y is for 2000 and X is for 1999 and W is for 1998. The alphabet continues backwards for older trucks.

    Drivers that only make logbook runs a total of 8 or fewer days out of a rolling 30 days.

    Drivers that are currently exempt under the " Short Haul Provision".

    Driveaway - Towaway when the vehicle being towed is part of the shipment ( empty vehicle for sale/lease/repair).

    Andy Blair

  • And then there were 10: Why self-certify ELDs now?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    The man, AKA the government, already tells you when, how, or if you can work. They are just recording it electronically because of drivers unwilling to abide by the laws in place. It appears you are one of the reasons the ELD is being mandated and probably is a good idea for you to turn in your license sooner rather than later.

  • Small carriers slow to adopt ELDs, survey finds   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    Just like most articles on all our new "safety" regulations, the headline could always read. New safety regs make roads more dangerous. With experienced drivers getting out of the industry because of the ELDs in this case, people who have no business at all driving a truck will be welcomed with opened arms. We already have a class if driver on the road who know the regs by heart, but have to pay as someone to back their truck into a dock. The government and large fleets alike, have yet to find a regulation or rule that should not be written, unless it makes it easier for a small fleet to exist.
    The flat truth about the regulations passed over the last twenty years, is that they have done little more than pour money into the government from fees and fines paid primarily by smaller fleets because for Mom and pop operations, it is virtually impossible to keep up with the paperwork, that constantly changes. In the end the entire industry will be a handful of companies, who constantly raise rates due to lack of local competition. And are the roads safer? No. Because the best of this industry no longer wants a damn thing to do with it. And I'm soon going to take my 40 years and work at flea markets.

  • Former ATA head Bill Graves tackles politics and the challenges facing trucking   17 weeks 4 days ago    

    There are too many embedded interests in maintaining the chaos. Why make govt more efficient if it reduces govt? Govt employees and regulators are only employed if they regulate MORE and they do. Tim Higham, CEO of AscendTMS (

  • Former ATA head Bill Graves tackles politics and the challenges facing trucking   17 weeks 4 days ago    

    I could not agree more with Mr Graves comments. If we could eliminate the political posturing that drags every industry in this country down to a crawl, one could only imagine how prosperous and successful we all could be. PSI/Meritor are two fantastic companies that bring some of the most cutting edge technologies to the trucking industry. All of us involved in the trucking industry want nothing more then to make trucking a safe and efficient industry. We at Tiro Technologies are, and have been in full support of doing just that. We exist to help, in the most simple and unobtrusive fashion. We fit directly in the the current day to day of the industry and 9 out of 10 drivers and maintenance professionals prefer our products to the competition. Stay the course Mr Graves. They will realize that it's better to listen to the ones committed the industry, then to make an industry commit ones who just do not listen
    Mike Levenson

  • Should drivers be worried about blood clots?   17 weeks 4 days ago    

    you have no idea what you're talking about,i'm under doctors orders,and do what she says,go sell your stuff
    somewhere else,this article is to warn drivers to get up and walk,no cure for this except exercise,and walk

  • Antique, celebrity and special-duty Macks in a city eyeing the future   18 weeks 2 hours ago    

    The Sherpa is actually a product of Renault Trucks Defense.

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