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  • Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    Better hurry up and get the autonomous truck ready cuz its bout to be a major shortage

  • Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?   17 weeks 3 days ago    

    I sure would not drive for a company that would hire drivers they don't trust which is exactly what driver facing cameras are saying. I guess it would be great fun for the office staff to watch a driver 24hrs a day , watch him or HER which posses a whole new can or worms with privacy concerns for female drivers scratch their ass and pick their nose.

  • Aiming the Big Data guns at one’s self   17 weeks 4 days ago    

    The opportunities exist internally and externally. If fleet owners want to get the biggest return on their investment, they need to focus on iteration as they work on applying analytics into action. Far too often organizations only grab the low hanging fruit, whereas the real benefits are often below the surface. Some great posts on this topic at the Big Data Forum. Peter Fretty, IDG blogger for SAS

  • Volvo Trucks announces engine, powertrain enhancements   17 weeks 5 days ago    

    Is Volvo still considering it's own Dedicated Compressed Natural Gas Engine and if so when will it be available.

  • Crash risk higher for truckers who slack on sleep apnea treatments   17 weeks 6 days ago    

    The findings from this study will solidify decision makers' push for mandatory OSA screenings. While that decision will further constrain the pool of qualified drivers, a well driver is a safe driver and those that are well will work better and longer in our industry.

  • A better path to safer roads   18 weeks 1 day ago    

    The trucking industry needs truck drivers. The big box trucking companies created in-house 'driving schools' so they could churn out the cheap labor they need by rolling out 3-4 week truck driver 'graduates' to dominate the US highways with minimum damage to the big box bottom line.

    Can anyone point out viable regulation or oversight for in-house trucking company 'driving schools' or the 'driving schools' offering CDLs after 4 weeks of so-called training if John or Jane Q Public can pony up the going rate of $4800. Does it make sense to put even one of these 'driving school graduates' behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound (or more) vehicle and send them down the road? It sure doesn't to me.

    Eliminate these truck driving 'schools'. Give the people who want a driving career the educational tools they require to become professional drivers.

    Educated professional drivers would lower highway fatalities because 1) they would know how to drive and 2) as professional drivers they would have the knowledge and confidence to demand what they are worth

  • Workers need to be fitter and smarter … and they’re not   18 weeks 2 days ago    

    I keep on looking out in the shop and seeing that "deer in the headlights" look. We have finally begun training techs for the future...about ten years late. 15 years ago I had a dealer shop foreman tell me that (at that time) it took 80 hrs of training for his techs, just to keep up with the technology. I'm sure it's considerably more now.

    As far as driving goes, as long as the companies are demanding 10yrs driving experience, (to hire) they are going to keep on wondering where they are going to get the drivers they need. The regulations are getting prohibitive. In my mind....we ain't seen nothin' yet.

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  • New food safety rules pose impact for refrigerated carriers   18 weeks 2 days ago    

    Another area of concern should be the transportation of organic and non-organic in the same trailer!

  • Foxx: Speed-limiter proposal due next month   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    The speed limiters are a farse .Yes they will keep speed to a maximum but they will create more accidents then suppress them . They will cause drivers to get tickets for speeding even if they were not . I still drive and my truck is governed to 68 mph and those cars fly around me as if I were standing still . The Idea of having speed limiters is for safety but the fuel usage is going to rise because trucks are going to use more fuel at 65 then they would at 70 because the engine is now going to have to work harder to pull the same load.The limiters will cause more accidents because of cars trying to get around these big trucks going so slow that they will crash into each other and the truck driver will get the blame for causing a traffic jam and he will probably be charged with any accident that occures.

  • Ram plants a Yellow Rose pickup in Texas   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    Yes,however the song was about a lady friend of Sam Houston's during Texas' fight for independence from Mexico. She is "The Yellow Rose of Texas". So, more directly, the new Ram 1500 originated with the lady; not just the song.

  • Foxx: Speed-limiter proposal due next month   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    Great!! The hiways are safe now. Driving the last 300!!!! Where did that bus come from???

  • Foxx: Speed-limiter proposal due next month   18 weeks 3 days ago    

    how is more taxes going to help oil prices , or other UNNAMED businesses ?

  • The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?   18 weeks 4 days ago    

    I understand both perspectives and agree that a driver facing camera could be useful in some cases but not all. Many in the industry are grappling with these questions at this time or will be in the future. It is a very good thing to have this type of open discussion. I welcome the interest.

  • Five Things Your Drivers Don't Know About Roadside Inspections   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    I am not sure what you mean by " what is currently hidden" ? A lot of drivers have been through Level 1, 2 or 3 inspections and know pretty well how they work. There is nothing hidden during an inspection. Even if you have never been through one, the items looked at are certainly obvious and as part of a regulated industry, inspections will be around for a while. Ask any driver who has been through one and they will be glad to tell you of their experiences.

  • ELD advice: Don’t wait, do it now   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    While the use of ELD's is certainly not bad, there are still exemptions that will allow some companies to not buy these devices.

    Below are the exemptions.

    1. 1999 and older trucks.
    2. Drivers who have been exempt under the 100/150 air mile rule.
    3. Drivers who do run a log but only do so up to 8 days out of a rolling 30 day time period. ( if you hit day 9, you lose the exemption)

    If you meet any one of these exemptions , you do not need to get ELD's. There are a lot of " local " companies that will qualify and simply do not have to go electronic if they don't want to.

  • The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    We have front & rear facing cameras. We have been using them for about 5 or more years. It was a hard sell at first but after a while our drivers would complain to us if they thought their cameras were not functioning properly. They have seen how the cameras have helped the driver. We do not sit in the office all day viewing videos. We do a random sampling, or if we get a complaint or accident we take a look. It has also helped with using seatbelts and using a Bluetooth device while driving. Drivers realize in the long run it has taught them to be more aware and diligent in their jobs. We also have had ELD's. Our drivers do well in roadside inspections.

  • Unlocking the virtual shop   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    it takes time to do and some analysis to monitor but even at the basic level results can be obtained

  • The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    As a retired driver if I was working for a carrier that had a camera on me I would quit on the spot. I had 31 years accident free and I would not want someone in some office watching me pick my nose and scratch my ball's. If you can not hire a driver you can trust you need to change your hiring practices.

  • A better path to safer roads   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    I agree with you that management is a key element in the problem. Fleets want the loads delivered as fast, and as cheaply, as possible. And that puts the driver in the middle. If pay-by-the-mile goes away, fleets are going to have to also change how they charge shippers.

  • A better path to safer roads   18 weeks 5 days ago    

    Mr. Rajkovacz, I'm certainly not looking to place "total and complete blame" for truck-involved fatalities on the trucking industry. What I'm saying is that certain industry practices create an environment where some drivers are encouraged to engage in unsafe practices in order to make a living. Pay-by-the-mile places too much burden on the driver, making him/her pay for things not under the driver's control, such as congestion, weather or uncooperative shippers. I believe we'd all be safer if drivers could depend on a steady income stream for their efforts.

  • Vehicles as mobile living rooms   18 weeks 6 days ago    

    With advancements in technology and the concept of autonomous cars there will definitely be a fall in the number of accidents. This will surely save the precious lives of people as many a time because of emotions and mental distress drivers lose their control and get distracted which results in severe accidents. I work with and we came to know about a lot of severe accidents because of distracted driving. For teens specially and people who want safe driving and are not perfect in their driving skills such AV’s are best for their use. I read an article also that self driving cars could reduce accidents by 90 percent. I liked the concept of Volvo cars and will surely share it with my friends. I hope they will like it as this concept gives the freedom to drive whenever the driver wants to drive and by changing the modes to create and relax they can do other activities.

  • Trucking company involved in deadly crash has history of safety violations   18 weeks 6 days ago    

    Seriously accidents are very distressing

  • Safety drives Australia to end pay-by-the-mile   18 weeks 6 days ago    

    Trucking fleets will not come off the cents per mile pay for drivers. If they went to percentage pay,drivers would actually know the rate companies are getting and refuse to haul "cheap freight".
    Hourly pay ? Not as long as trucks sit for hours at shippers and receivers..
    The ATA has the industry right where they want it.
    EOBR mandated by the Gov't (Gets rid of O/O)
    Sleep Apnea testing (Gets rid of old drivers)
    Get the new rookies in,train them to run exactly like the company wants ,at a reduced pay rate from the older more experienced driver.

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