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  • XPO Logistics cuts 190 LTL jobs   12 weeks 2 days ago    

    Good ridens to a rotten carrier, worked for Conway and it's owner CF (consolidated freightways) which Conway drove into the ground. I hope all the Conway lowlifes are looking for jobs- Sorry to hear that CAT is still using "scabs" for their freight, guess it was writing on the wall when CAT got rid of their drivers

  • Trucker mocked for warning on CB radio about pile-up   12 weeks 4 days ago    

    Do not fret about it Joe. The attitudes that you are speaking about in your article was exactly what was going on 20 years ago. There were those rude, cursing, gear jerkers out there on the road even then. I have been retired since 2007 after over 40 years on the road and I bet I have at least 8 CB's in my storage shed and I have never had the desire to install a single one in my dually because there is no respect among truckers anymore, and has not been any for many years. So, have to regrets about others that are too stupid to heed advice, good or bad and just take care of yourself.

  • Trucker mocked for warning on CB radio about pile-up   12 weeks 4 days ago    

    My ole man drives and he will leave his CB off till the weather is bad and than he will turn it on.

  • FMCSA issues rule to stop ‘reincarnated’ carriers   12 weeks 4 days ago    

    Please post the federal statute that was created.

  • Waste Heat Management   12 weeks 4 days ago    

    Eliminating the excise tax to encourage new technology on trucks has been around for some time. Usually, it has been proposed for safety technology. Encouraging for safety of the environment, i.e. emissions, is a new idea. It does positively impact the budget of fleets, but it negatively impacts the budget of the country.

  • The 2014 Fleet Owner 500   12 weeks 5 days ago    

    Private fleets as a opposed to for-hire fleets, not publicly owned vs. privately owned. UPS, FedEx and so for are for-hire fleets carrying freight as a business. Private fleets in our list perform support functions for their parent businesses.

  • The 2014 Fleet Owner 500   13 weeks 19 hours ago    

    Although based upon the listing the two seem intermingled.

  • The 2014 Fleet Owner 500   13 weeks 19 hours ago    

    Public vs. Private

  • Trucker mocked for warning on CB radio about pile-up   13 weeks 21 hours ago    

    I feel for ya Joe. Things are just not what they used to be. Ask 20 guys, there might be one old school driver that knows what a 10-33 is 10-4. Myself, I would have kicked it back at ya, thanked ya for the heads up and told ya to keep'er rubber side down. Keep on Truckin.

  • Feds not liable for truck damaged during botched drug sting   13 weeks 1 day ago    

    Hey Joe Trucker Next time you need help call a plumber not a cop ,we are too busy furthering our carrers

  • Feds not liable for truck damaged during botched drug sting   13 weeks 2 days ago    

    Retired Police / DOT Enforcement Officer here.

    The owner was neither complicit , aware or willing. His employee used the company truck without permission to further a government operation of direct benefit to the government. The government knowingly placed the truck at great risk, which came to fruition.

    The owner should not have to pay for this out of his own pocket due to the actions of the government. NOW is the time to take some of the ( rightfully) confiscated money from this or another drug operation and PAY the owner for the use of his truck.

    It is the RIGHT thing to do. And the government should be very appreciative of them conducting their mission with someone elses truck and not just give it back saying ..." thanks...see ya"

  • Feds not liable for truck damaged during botched drug sting   13 weeks 3 days ago    

    Considering that most of the facts in the story came from law enforcement it's my opinion that this is a perfect example of why it is so easy to bash law enforcement these days. No regard for the public. No regard for the law. Only focused on their own careers with no repercussions whatsoever.

  • Ditching old-school methods to retain drivers   13 weeks 4 days ago    

    To educate your drivers on good eating habits, exercise, and other health benefits is great but don't forget the part that dispatch can play in the health of your driver. Dispatch needs to take into account the effect that they have on drivers health with appointment times, so-called hot loads, delivery appointments in the middle of a 10-hour break, or allowing a driver to set all day and expect them to drive all night. Want to keep good drivers than manage like you want to keep good drivers.

  • GM puts pickups and vans on display   13 weeks 4 days ago    

    Are people really paying these outlandish prices for pick-up trucks???

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  • Cold Weather Fuel Issues: The Safe Answer is Gelling   14 weeks 16 hours ago    

    Darry,

    I spent 7 years as a technology consultant to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company fleet operation in Fairbanks, Alaska. To my knowledge we never blended kerosene with diesel fuel...at any time due to "gelling" of diesel fuel.

    And, in checking, I was told that in Alaska, perhaps back in the 40's that may have been done to keep diesel trucks running in the winter but certainly not in modern times.

    The solution most, if not all Alaskans, utilize is simply using #1 Diesel in their vehicles starting when conditions dictate perhaps in October or November.

    Now, that is not to say there aren't some folks that also use an additive. In Valdez at the loading terminal "Power Up" was used occasionally when we experienced problems if #2 diesel was used later than usual in the season.

    Interestingly enough, when I introduced automatic start/stop to equipment users in Prudhoe Bay this issue never came up. The estimated savings of $560K in fuel savings every ten hour shift ($490M+ in one year) due to my work is no joke and to my knowledge, all the equipment ran #1 diesel throughout the winter season.

    Richard LeFrancois
    www.rlefrancois.com
    303-809-8663

  • Waste Heat Management   14 weeks 19 hours ago    

    If the government waived the federal excise tax on new tractors in 2018, would the net cost of this technology be 'a wash?' Seems like a great way to get clean technology w/o breaking the bank.

  • FMCSA simplifies ratings system, adds roadside data   14 weeks 3 days ago    

    Basically, a compliance review is required for any SFD under the current rule. Now FMCSA wants to be able to declare a carrier unfit based on poor scores in the BASICs, without a site visit. Here's the FMCSA language from the NPRM:

    "Under the existing regulations, a compliance review must be conducted to issue a Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) and, if a motor carrier receives a final unsatisfactory safety rating, FMCSA declares that motor carrier to be unfit to operate on the Nation’s highways. The current SFD process does not permit the Agency to use all of the on-road safety data in the Motor Carrier 5 Management Information System (MCMIS) in making each SFD. Based on experience and empirical data from the Safety Measurement System (SMS) and interventions, the integration of on-road safety data into the SFD process would improve the assessment of motor carriers and the identification of unfit motor carriers. Such integration is a longstanding recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Under this proposal, unfit determinations could be based on a carrier’s on-road safety data alone."

  • FMCSA simplifies ratings system, adds roadside data   14 weeks 3 days ago    

    Didn't the program already include roadside data; as far as my understanding CSA, roadside data is exactly where the information came from.

  • Safety drives Australia to end pay-by-the-mile   15 weeks 3 hours ago    

    Seriously? Tony Sheldon needs to take a long hard look at who he represents, his figures range from flawed to pure bullshit. As for hourly rates being introduced across the board in Australia... don't hold your breath. If you're interested in running a story with some facts let me know, mat@diaryofatruckdriver.com.au

  • Feds not liable for truck damaged during botched drug sting   15 weeks 21 hours ago    

    as ex law enforcement there are three sides to every story ,their side ,my side and the truth.pretty easy to bash law enforcement these days

  • Blue Bloodhound tool connects carriers and drivers   15 weeks 1 day ago    

    Your post sounds like one that is from the company itself, I mean this comes directly from the website, "revolutionize the industry".
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

    The app appears to be available on the store now for google but no ios app that I can find.

    This company appears to be a temp agency, which is even noted by others on their Facebook page, its not Uber for trucking because Uber matches end clients with the driver, generally. In this model, 3rd party trucking lines sign up to be allowed to post driving runs for contracts they already have or soon will have, the driver then selects which one they want. In essence, this adds another layer of fees which come out of the pocket of the driver on top of not getting normal employee benefits such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, etc. Let alone they are assuming a huge amount more risk in the process.

    Of course, someone from the company will say the driver is not charged fees, this is a very simplistic and naïve angle, as the third party carrier company will simple have to deduct the amount in addition to the reductions already made, or why else would carrier use the service? Their only incentive is to use the service to reduce their own cost by eliminating the need for "employees". The difference between this and Uber is huge, as with Uber the driver is matched with real end customer. It is disruptive, in that the driver has yet another link in the chain between him and the true customer.

    Pros:
    - Pick individual runs which mean time/date

    Cons:
    - No health insurance
    - No dental insurance
    - No unemployment insurance
    - No paid vacation
    - No workman's comp
    - No short/long term disability
    - Indirectly paying a $55 fee per run
    - Increased risks
    - More middlemen, not less

    " Better runs, better pay"

    More like, less pay but more hours. As far as the regulators and class action litigators, they are going to have a field day with this in time, I hope they set aside 10s of millions for the eventual litigation, as Uber is experiencing first hand, but they have billions of dollars to litigate with. My take, this is a scheme to get out company carriers from having to pay employee benefits which are required under law. The problem with this system, which makes it far worse compared to say Uber is that this system appears to not be matching up drivers with end customers, it is really just adding another layer which will strips the driver of income (directly or indirectly).

    I would probably compare this to a trucking temp agency masquerading as a technology firm, at the end of the day, they are providing employees to third party trucking firms.

  • Worst Trucker in the World: Lump of Coal edition   16 weeks 1 day ago    

    Yup. There are WTITWs as you deem to call them. There are just as guilty, or more so, Worlds Worst Big Box Trucking Companies (WWBBTC) who should, but do not, shoulder 99.9% of the blame for putting 3 month truck driving "graduates" on the road. It's a joke. But they get away with it. Go figure...Bottom Line first, right?

    Good, professional drivers are hard to find. It's even more difficult to retain us because the WWBBTC only pay lip service to their so-called mission statement regarding professional driver retention. Bottom Line wins again.

    Don't be so quick to point a finger at 23 year old clueless, uninformed kids who are pushed behind the wheel of an 80,000+ pound 18-wheeler by WWBBTC who cannot and should not train the truck driver wanna-be. The truck driving "schools" and in-house WWBBTC truck driving "schools" should be outlawed. They are ineffective, dangerous, jokes. Proper instruction by qualified, experienced teachers at a community college with a 2 year degree for the graduating truck driver would save lives - hands down.

    Not gonna happen. Once again a big Allah to the Bottom Line. A driver with a 2 year degree would force WWBBTC to make a genuine effort to keep advertised recruiting promises and maybe even pay us what we are worth.

    Regards,
    Lightfoot

  • Truck drivers and math: a weighty problem   16 weeks 2 days ago    

    This shows more than a poor entry-level school issue. Yes, a school graduated her, a CDL testing site passed her, a driver trainer trained her, a trucking company hiring committee hired her, and a safety manager road tested her and passed her. Every person in this chain failed at their job, not just the school. The industry wants cheap labor and they are getting what they pay for, cheap labor.

  • How truckers protect themselves on the road   16 weeks 3 days ago    

    I can see both sides. I definitely agree with Brian in the article, better to be fired for having a firearm than to need one and not have it. Even the nicest of places have their darker sides and it sounds to me like Debra is savvy enough to tilt the odds in her favor. But things can happen, and the worst ones happen at exactly the wrong moment.

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