Month: June 2020

the Fleet Advantage survey also showed that 11% of transportation fleets estimate they have saved more than $1 million in crash avoidance by upgrading to newer trucks with advanced safety features. Photo: Fleet Advantage The Fleet Advantage Safety First Program aims to help transportation fleets upgrade into newer trucks with advanced safety features. Companies cannot afford to drive
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There’s an old saying about courts and legislatures: Hard cases make bad law. It means a case based on extreme circumstances is a bad foundation for a law with wider application. For a good example, look no further than an amendment to the U.S. House’s Invest in America highway bill that, among many other provisions,
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Trucking news and briefs for Monday, June 29, 2020:  Cargo theft activity expected to increase over Independence Day weekendCargo theft recording firms SensiGuard and CargoNet have released warnings to truck drivers and fleets to be prepared for increased cargo theft activity during the extended Independence Day weekend. CargoNet has recorded 130 cargo theft incidents during
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Photo: TCA The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recently awarded National Carriers’ Director of Safety/Compliance Jill Maschmeier as the 2020 TCA Safety Professional of the Year — Clare C. Casey Award recipient. The announcement was made during TCA’s Virtual Safety & Security Meeting. This honor is bestowed upon a trucking industry professional whose actions and achievements
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[embedded content] Mike Sheffield of Evarts, Kentucky, is one of the top 10 contestants in this year’s Overdrive-Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search. The Freight America company driver is a singer-songwriter and sent in his original “Two Sticks and Toothpicks” to the contest. Sheffield was inspired to write the song as he reflected back on
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The Arizona Department of Transportation has expanded its use of technology that screens moving trucks for weight and identifying information. The state had been using the tech at select rest areas, including McGuireville on Interstate 17, Sacaton on Interstate 10 and Canoa Ranch on Interstate 19. It is now being used at all of the
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FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse statistics show a noticeable drop-off in reported violations beginning in March, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic slowdown. Drug test violations began to tick back up in May as parts of the country started to reopen. Marijuana use among truck drivers has been on the rise for
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While the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has overspread the country for almost all of 2020 will slow down traditional summer travel, Americans still plan to get out and about during the upcoming three months. AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips — mostly by car — based on economic indicators and state re-openings. That
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A set of recommended sleep apnea screening protocols first recommended in 2016 appears to have been adopted by some medical examiners who perform Department of Transportation physicals. There’s evidence the screening criteria may have been plucked from a draft update to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s official Medical Examiner handbook. The draft was posted
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The legalization of hemp and trucking’s aging workforce will be among issues discussed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) when it meets next month. The meeting will be held via videoconference on Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern each day.
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It was not her college degree in interior design that prepared Kellylynn McLaughlin for her current job as an over-the-road driver and training engineer for Schneider. Neither was it her time in the Peace Corps or work with an international development organization. Kellylynn McLaughlin Instead, McLaughlin said it was being the mom of children in
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Insurance underwriters are looking for proactive safety programs, including camera-based systems. Photo: Lytx The high costs of legal settlements and “nuclear verdicts” have made it harder for fleets to get affordable insurance, but motor carriers can beat those trends with tightly run safety programs, technology, and intelligent risk financing. “There is a lot of opportunity
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Trucking news and briefs for Friday, June 26, 2020: Volvo launches redesigned VAH model with maximum payload, modern lookVolvo Trucks this week unveiled its new Volvo Auto Hauler model, which completes the design overhaul of the entire Volvo Trucks North America portfolio. The updated VAH models are now available to order. The redesigned VAH features deep-drop
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An ABF Freight System driver was recently recognized for stopping to assist a motorist whose car was in the ditch. The Truckload Carriers Association named Greg Truitt, from Mount Airy, North Carolina, a Highway Angel, for stopping to help an older woman alone in her car that had gone off the road. TCA explains: Greg
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By 2035, zero-emission truck/chassis sales would need to be 40% of truck tractor sales, which would include the all-electric BYD 8TT, displayed at the 2020 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Photo by Chris Brown. The California Air Resources Board on June 25 unanimously adopted the first statewide zero-emission commercial truck requirement, the Advanced Clean Trucks rule. The
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Trucking business news & briefs for Thursday, June 25, 2020:  Factoring competitors team up on ‘Pandemic Protection’ for new clientsFreight factoring companies TBS Factoring Service and OTR Capital put their competitive interests aside with a limited-time rate and fee waiver to owner-operators and small fleet owners who aren’t currently factoring their receivables. The offer, which
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( http://www.norstarcompany.com ) New 2020 Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel Takes On Our 30,000 Lbs Towing MPG Challenge Against GMC 3500 Duramax & Ford F-350 Power Stroke Diesels! ( http://www.patreon.com/tflcar ) Please visit to support TFLcar & TFLtruck. Check us out on: Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/tfltruck ) Twitter: ( https://www.twitter.com/tfltruck ) The Fast Lane Car: ( http://www.youtube.com/tflcar
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Atlanta-based Rico Muhammad you may well recall from past Overdrive coverage of a variety of issues, from electronic logging device choices ahead of the mandate back in 2017 to a variety of other business topics. Muhammad’s also the host of a weekly audio program in the Rates & Lanes podcast available via BlogTalkRadio.com/rates. In this week’s
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