Down the Road http://fleetowner.com/blog/108361/feed Avery Vise comments on how economic, regulatory, technological and supply chain developments affect the trucking industry. en Ferro’s fickle friends http://fleetowner.com/blog/ferro-s-fickle-friends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) &ndash; a post she vacates Aug. 22 &ndash; Anne Ferro called for reforms in driver pay to ensure that they were paid for detention or other on-duty, not driving work.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/ferro-s-fickle-friends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ferro-s-fickle-friends#comments Fleet Management News Down the Road Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:17:00 +0000 134481 at http://fleetowner.com Technology as safety net for drivers http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-safety-net-drivers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Yesterday was a milestone for our family. It wasn&rsquo;t one of the <em>huge </em>milestones, mind you-- no birth of a child or grandchild, no wedding or even a graduation. But in some respects, it might be the scariest transition of them all.</p> <p>Our oldest child got his driver&rsquo;s license.</p> <p>As I paced nervously at the DMV during my son&rsquo;s road test, I thought about how tough it was just to be in the car with him while he drove. I was terrified at the prospect of handing him the keys and giving him total, unfettered control.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-safety-net-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-safety-net-drivers#comments Down the Road Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 132281 at http://fleetowner.com Why we’re waiting on the Senate http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-re-waiting-senate <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/06/cory%20booker.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 374px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) used some of the time freed up by Senate’s impasse to explain his reasons for sponsoring an amendment to undo the Senate Appropriations Committee’s 21 to 9 vote to suspend last year’s changes to the hours-of-service restart provisions during fiscal 2015 pending a study" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-re-waiting-senate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-re-waiting-senate#comments Fleet Management News Down the Road Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:42:00 +0000 128931 at http://fleetowner.com Prepare ASAP for media calls on fatigue http://fleetowner.com/blog/prepare-asap-media-calls-fatigue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Barring an 11th hour deal, we will see something fairly rare on Thursday morning, June 5: A debate on trucking safety in a public and unpredictable forum that will lead to a newsworthy action one way or another. That means we will see national wire service coverage, and there&rsquo;s a good chance that your local newspaper or television station will pick it up and want to localize the story. In the few hours you have available, prepare now to respond to a call from a reporter or perhaps even to take the initiative to promote your safety record.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/prepare-asap-media-calls-fatigue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/prepare-asap-media-calls-fatigue#comments Fleet Management News Regulations Down the Road Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:37:00 +0000 127321 at http://fleetowner.com The easy life of a truck driver? http://fleetowner.com/blog/easy-life-truck-driver <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the big partisan battles waging in America currently is the Democrats&rsquo; push for gender equality in pay. Regardless of where you come down on the issue of the government dictating pay practices, you should find quite interesting a recent grenade lobbed by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, who is one of the Senate&rsquo;s most liberal Democrats.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/easy-life-truck-driver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/easy-life-truck-driver#comments Fleet Management News Down the Road Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:17:00 +0000 123121 at http://fleetowner.com FMCSA sees what’s not there, ignores what is http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-sees-what-s-not-there-ignores-what <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/volpe-cites-solid-evidence-sms-effectiveness">its own research</a> to counter a highly critical <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/lack-data-undermines-csa-program-gao-says">Government Accountability Office</a> report on the Safety Measurement System&rsquo;s ability to target high-risk carriers for safety intervention, its press release offered a fairly straightforward claim: &ldquo;A new study confirms that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration&rsquo;s Safety Measurement S</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-sees-what-s-not-there-ignores-what" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-sees-what-s-not-there-ignores-what#comments News Down the Road Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:42:00 +0000 116161 at http://fleetowner.com How do you track the invisible? http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-do-you-track-invisible <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>On New Year&rsquo;s Eve, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it had <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/fmcsa-shuts-down-two-south-carolina-trucking-operations">shut down two affiliated South Carolina trucking operations</a> and the owner-driver of one of them as &ldquo;imminent hazards to public safety.&rdquo; The agency&rsquo;s actions certainly seem appropriate. The owner-driver of one company was involved in a fatal crash on Nov. 27 while driving without a commercial driver&rsquo;s license.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-do-you-track-invisible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-do-you-track-invisible#comments News Down the Road Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:34:00 +0000 113161 at http://fleetowner.com What’s up with trucking’s sagging job growth? http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-s-trucking-s-sagging-job-growth-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> <img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2013/11/Trucking-U.S.%20job%20change%20chart.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 225px; margin: 10px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; float: left;" />In percentage terms, the for-hire trucking industry&rsquo;s payroll employment gains in both 2011 and 2012 was the highest since 1994, but growth has slowed sharply in 2013.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/down-road">Down the Road</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-s-trucking-s-sagging-job-growth-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-s-trucking-s-sagging-job-growth-0#comments Down the Road Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:35:00 +0000 109391 at http://fleetowner.com