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  • Nissan van set for fall debut   15 weeks 5 days ago    

    I believe in other country it was named as; Nissan Urvan the predecessor of Vanette.

  • Brain-injured trucker publishes children's book   16 weeks 14 hours ago    

    It is great to hear this man's experience and talents now being used. The next generation will certainly be better off from his wisdom.

  • Federal agents raid trucking company for allegedly forcing drivers to falsify logbooks   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    As a post employee of MTI this was common practice with them as well. After many complaints, and going up the chain of command, I had no choice but to move on. Its unbelievable these companies put our families at risk besides the general public. Had no idea other mail contractors were doing the same.

  • Putting the freight picture into focus   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    I found the show overall to be very good, informative and well attended.

  • Designing a driver safety program   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    Well written and documented article.
    Accountability is only one factor of a fleet safety culture all begins with implementation and constant follow -up.

    Stay safe!

  • Bison explains how it rebuilt its safety culture   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    “affected out insurance rates terribly.”
    "Bison’s new safety culture stance came in 2025"

  • Worst Trucker in the World: U.S. Government edition   16 weeks 5 days ago    

    "the obvious solution would be to let a properly vetted and professional for-hire carrier handle it. "
    The "obvious solution" assumes there are several commercial carriers out there with a staff of trained convoy security specialists with security clearances, weapons, helicopters and uparmored vehicles.
    This and the LA Times article talk about OST as if it's just some common commercial carrier instead of a government agency tasked with nuclear weapons security.

  • Will truckers become like drone operators?   17 weeks 17 hours ago    

    I love the technology, and have waited since the 80's for such an invention! The down side will be to the carrier, paying approximately 45 cpm to operate, then hiring a local driver to complete the load. Companies, do not unload or load in a timely manner, nor do they pay for detention time. This will bring the cost up to the carriers, Shippers and Consignees expect carriers to absorb this cost. What will happen to brokers? Very excited to see what the future holds for the trucking industry.

  • Designing a driver safety program   17 weeks 1 day ago    

    Good article. All adult drivers, including experienced CDL drivers, need more training. The training needs to focus more on how a driver handles certain scenarios rather than the usual, such as backing, customer service and pre-trip (all important stuff as well). In other words, behavior plays a huge part here.
    If a driver spends their day challenging other drivers and feeling like they are a target, they need this behavior-focused training (this is how most larger vehicle drivers feel). Vehicle cameras should be utilized for this training.
    I would have liked to have seen the word "Habit" used in this article, for it is only with good habits that a driver can be consistently "safe". We have a lot of drivers out on the roads with bad habits. These drivers apply much stress on themselves from this.
    Also, any fleet has to be managed by individuals who promote good habits MORE than they promote a drivers schedule. This is key.

    It is all about habits!!

  • Can regulations really improve fuel economy?   17 weeks 1 day ago    

    Trump Administration has not rolled back any regulations. The EPA review period of the regulation has been reopened to the original date of April 2018, and at that time the revised (if any) changes to the 2025 standards will be announced. I suggest you also check prior EPA estimates for compliance costs and how often they have been grossly underestimated, especially in the truck market.

  • It’s not too soon to prepare for Roadcheck 2017   17 weeks 1 day ago    

    The condition of any tie down will be closely looked at in June.

    Drivers should closely look at their synthetic straps work rips, tears and abrasion. NO repairs or splices are allowed on synthetic straps.
    Chains for kinking, knots and worn or twisted links. Wire rope for kinks, bird caging and broken wires. Cordage/rope burned, excessive wear or significantly chafed.

    Even a good tie down assembly can be determined to be of no legal value if the anchor point is broken, bent , twisted, cracked or has other significant damage.

    The Out Of Service Criteria book is a GREAT resource to tell you what to look for so you are ready for an inspection. I used it for many years as a DOT Officer and continue to use it to train and assist other companies.

    Andy Blair

  • More Uber for freight – no really, it’s Uber Freight   17 weeks 2 days ago    

    Here's the idea - Uber for trucks! Look at tips at the blog
    I think it may be popular in my country

  • The Gig Economy Comes to Trucking   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    Look at the Cleveroad blog (article called Uber for trucks or how to establish your own successful trucking business) and there's really cool article with figures How much does it cost to create app like Uber trucks

  • Will truckers become like drone operators?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    It's interesting tech however who is doing the visual pretrip of the truck and trailer?
    What is the failsafe mode when the system has a failure?
    What is the systems reaction to emergencies? brakes failed or tire blowout for example, or something as simple as power steering failure a driver could get the unit to a repair facility safely, can this system?
    I'm all for new tech and this is really cool stuff but it has a long way to go in my opinion.

  • ACT Expo preview: Customers, not regs, drive 'miraculous' truck tech   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    As is the case with so many ultra liberal stances. This sounds good. California seems to believe an economy works on monopoly money. That debt and overhead are not real. That taxpayer dollars are unlimited and that anyone questioning the validity of environmentally motivated mandates,no matter how costly, is a bufoon...

  • Will truckers become like drone operators?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    Let's see now: 1. Will these 'operators' need a CDL? 2. What about getting a beer from the fridge, checking the FB page.......hecky darn, what about the scenery.......or the lack of that keeps most of us out here. Just a 9 to 5'r job, ho hum, .........the tedium is starting to make me tired. Who will stop on the shoulder to help a little old lady fix a tire, or toot the horns at the kindergartners, eh? The trouble with this is what prompted many drivers to GO trucking. Office politics, tedium, constantly having the boss looking over your shoulder. Instead of replacing us, let's Celebrate Truckers. Give us back our Knight of the open Road papers and be Glad we are such an important part of America. I'm getting really tired of these know it alls in their cluttered basements telling us what to do, spying on us 24/7, making rules without any understanding of what this life is about. Stakeholders???? Didn't see any drivers there. Kinda sounds like Taxation without Representation to me. Why are we excluded from all input about the most important thing in our lives....our Livlihoods?

  • It’s not too soon to prepare for Roadcheck 2017   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    Load securement is not difficult but it can be commodity specific.

    The general regulations ( and directions) are found in the green DOT book ( 49 CFR) sections 393.100 to 393.136.

    The specific commodities mentioned are logs, dressed lumber, metal coils, paper rolls, concrete pipe, intermodal containers, Autos/light trucks ( up to 10,000 lbs) , Heavy machinery/equipment ( over 10,000 lbs) , flattened/crushed vehicles, roll off containers and large boulders.

    To see what would cause an Out of Service condition, you would need to get the North American Standard Out of Service Criteria. It is available from in a binder with great pictures or electronic.

    This book is THE FINAL say on whether or not you get shut down. A new version comes out every April 1st but it is already available. There are just over 8 pages devoted to load securement and it is a great guide to help you secure your load properly. You can also use it to file a DataQ challenge if you factually disagree with a violation.

    TIP - while bungee cords cannot be used as a primary means of securement ( on anything besides rakes and shovels) , they can be used as a secondary means. I won a DataQ challenge on this.

    I became a Police Officer in 1986 and a roadside DOT inspector in 1999. While I am now retired, I do help companies with DOT regulations and challenges. Use the same information the officers do to do a great job on load securement and get that load delivered !

    Andy Blair

  • CVSA 2017 roadcheck set for June 6-8; emphasis to be on cargo securement   18 weeks 2 days ago    

    There are more pages in the Out-Of-Service on Load Securement Book than any other topic. If you are a commodity specific hauler, than you have some very specific rules that apply to you. If you don't follow these rules, you could very well find your truck being placed OOS.

    These specific rules cover...logs, dressed lumber, metal coils, paper rolls, concrete pipe, intermodal containers, light vehicles, heavy vehicles and equipment, flattened or crushed vehicles, roll off containers , haz-mat and large boulders.

    If none of these categories apply , than you are under the general freight rules. Generally speaking, items 5 ft and under only need one tie down while those over 5 ft need at least two tie downs and another for each additional 10 feet.

    WLL Working Load Limit requires that you use enough weight rated tie downs to equal at least HALF the weight of the load.

    So you have to know the length of the object, the weight of the object and whether or not it falls into one of the commodity specific areas. Whichever requires the most amount of tie downs is the one to go with.

    TIP. Use one more tie down than required. Just in case one of the tie downs is bad, you won't be OOS service of you don't go below the minimum amount of required tie downs. You will be shut down if you don't have enough.

    Inspect your tie downs every trip. There is a defect table that determines when they are legally considered to be no good ( even if they still function).

    Another TIP. A tie down is only as strong as its weakest point.

    All of these rules and requirements are plainly spelled out in the North American Standard Out of Service Criteria available now at This book comes out every April 1st ( $45) and is a great tool for drivers and carriers.

    As a former DOT Officer, I used it a LOT to write tickets and place trucks OOS. You should use it to make sure this doesn't happen to you.

    Andy Blair

  • Green Fleet of the Month: Award-winning ways   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    Congrats to the great team at Hirschbach. Well deserved credit for an industry-leading company.

  • Trucking regs in limbo: What will emerge, and when?   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    And ELDs connected to the ECM are exactly the regs that should be scrapped. The are falsifyable and hackable. The proof is all over the internet. They do not belong under a safety mandate. Keep the Smart Phone apps. They work and do not compromise highway safety. Just type in semi truck hacking. It is not about safety, it is about the BILLION DOLLARS IN AIR TIME FEES TO QUALCOMM AND FRIENDS. Profiteering on defective equipment is against the law. This time, agitate to be proactive on recalling these instead of wringing your hands and crying your crocodile tears AFTER the fact and over the graves of someones wife or child who is killed by a hacked semi. Don't we have enough highway deaths already?

  • Hackney enters van shelving market   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    Can this be compared to the shelving and racking system of Cause I urgently need some kind of organization in my van, currently I got the feeling that everything is flying around as soon as I stop the car..

  • The most common tax filing mistake for drivers is not filing taxes   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    We use Omnitracs, and have a website where we can download and print our logs. Also, I don't see how companies can delete logs after 6 months...unless I'm mistaken, I thought companies had to retain them for one year in case the DOT audits them?

  • Trucking wins: FMCSA drops 2013 restart provisions   19 weeks 10 hours ago    

    highway safety groups are clueless and their only focus is to punish us all for the neglect of a few. all the answers to fatigue and driver compensation are so well known, you have to be in an alternate universe to keep flailing about at windmills like they are. Fair pay for a fair day will do more than all the digital shackles to return trucking to the professionals. where are the cops? There are so few anymore, to see one is to mark it on the calendar, like recording a rare duck or two headed deer. just sitting in the Petro while doing laundry today, and the dirty, obese homo sapiens that shuffled by me in their bedroom slippers makes me ashamed to admit we are drivers too. Trucking as a profession is getting its karma payback and the knights of the road have become the blights of the road, and they are taking the rest of us down with them. Thanks fmcsa, dot, and state governments that have diverted fuel taxes from roads and safety.

  • FMCSA compliance chief on ELDs: Fleets, make sure you're doing this   19 weeks 18 hours ago    

    great, now all i have to do is find someone who will pay me enough for one run a month

  • Doing your part to prevent truck accidents   19 weeks 2 days ago    

    Great reminders of some of the most critical facets of preventing crashes. I'd only like to amplify the portion about driver safety. Sometimes drivers feel like "safety" is a battle between supervisors/management and the hardworking folks who are trying to satisfy demanding shippers and sometimes discouraging dispatchers. Elevating safety from blame games to genuine "I've got your back" tactics goes a long way in retaining the best operators and differentiating culture of your firm from others that may be short sighted on safety. Driver supervision, when done right monitors (fairly, consistently) for policy violations leading to coaching, corrective action and escalation if repeat violations are documented. Policy exists as a way to communicate necessary job-related expectations of business owners who must fulfill legal, regulatory and risk management requirements which affect their ability to keep the lights on and doors open. Also, the newest tech for accident avoidance works, but invest time to educate drivers on what it would feel like in a near-miss situation so they know what to expect. Demonstrate the technology in a variety of weather conditions, and encourage drivers to share their skepticism so that manufacturer reps can deliver sound, well crafted responses of assurance and confidence. The trucking industry has had a history of "new tech" that flopped for one reason or another, and while the latest round of "tech" has been validated at some of the largest carriers in the USA (and around the world) it's reasonable to build the confidence of the operators who will be relying on that tech in the event of a real emergency. Again, great article.

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