Three top 250 fleets announce pay increase for drivers
Three of the top 250 fleets announce pay increase for their drivers

Three more large fleets in America’ list of top 250 fleets have announced pay increase for drivers. These three fleets now join a number of other trucking businesses that have recently announced pay increases for their drivers.

The improvement in revenue and, therefore, driver salaries is being attributed to better market conditions after the enforcement of the ELD mandate. Moreover, with electronic logging devices, fleet managers are in a better position to efficiently plan and manage their vehicles — which reduces administrative burden as well as operational cost.

Nearly all of the publicly listed carriers said that their income and revenue…

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National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) seeks ELD exemption for drivers
National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) seeks ELD exemption for drivers

The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, which represents 4000 members, has filed an ELD exemption request.

The application was recently submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, requesting an exemption from the ELD mandate for the NECA members.

The application doesn’t mention the number of commercial vehicles that the exemption would apply to, but the NECA has stated that one of its “large” contractors fleet comprises of 13,766 commercial vehicles.

NECA demands the ELD exemption on the grounds that driving is a secondary job responsibility for its drivers. Their primary job is carrying out…

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OOIDA asks the FMCSA to make the 14-hour rule more flexible
OOIDA asks the FMCSA to make the 14-hour rule more flexible

OOIDA is asking the FMCSA to modify the hours-of-service rules and make the 14-hour rule more flexible for commercial drivers.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) specifically asked in a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a pause of the drivers’ 14-hour clock for up to three hours. OOIDA also asked to abolish the 30-minute break requirement.

The current regulations are overly complex, provide no flexibility and in no way reflect the physical capabilities or limitations of individual drivers. They force drivers to be on the road when they are tired or fatigued, during busy…

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A recent report by FreightWaves lists the least productive areas for truckers
A recent report by FreightWaves lists the least productive areas for truckers

A recent report by FreightWaves revealed the least productive cities for truckers. The cities mentioned in this list consume an unreasonably large portion of truckers’ daily time during loading and unloading.

The ELD data collected by FreightWaves is valuable in terms of highlighting the extended detention time issue — which limits the driving time and earning potential of commercial drivers.

According to FreightWaves, the data was collected from over 150 sources and represent $260 billion of freight.

Of all the areas that FreightWaves analyzed (and they only analyzed areas that fulfilled certain criteria), Washington D.C. was…

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Is drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving?
Is drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving?

Truck drivers must get enough sleep because drowsy driving could be as perilous as drunk driving.

This was revealed by the comprehensive drowsy driving study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the first of its kind to be conducted in the U.S., which analyzed dashboard camera footages of commercial drivers who drive on a daily basis.

The research revealed that the rate of crashes as a result of drowsiness “is 8 times higher than federal estimates.”

A big safety issue

AAA’s researchers examined footages of drivers’ faces three minutes before a crash.

By measuring “the percentage of time a…

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The FMCSA provides guidelines for challenging non-preventable crashes
The FMCSA provides guidelines for challenging non-preventable crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released guidelines clarifying how carriers can dispute non-preventable crashes and have them removed from their CSA scores.

Carriers can request a crash review under the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program — which was announced by the FMCSA in July 2017.

The agency receives requests for data reviews (RDRs) from all over the country. Then, it determines preventability of the requested crash using its national data correction system, called DataQs. If found non-preventable — the crash is shown but not counted in a carrier’s CSA scores.

Until now, the FMCSA…

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Spot market rates rise to new record levels in January 2018
Spot market rates rise to new record levels in January 2018

Online freight marketplace Truckstop.com revealed that the rates per mile in all three major truckload sectors went up further in January 2018.

Following the implementation of the ELD rule, Truckstop.com data shows that spot market rates leaped to record-highs in January.

As you must know, the ELD mandate requires the use of an FMCSA-compliant electronic logging device by non-exempt commercial drivers.

Rates per truckload segments

Flatbed rates went up by 3 cents in January to $2.44 per mile or an increase of 40 cents from January 2017, according to Truckstop.com data.

It was the sector’s…

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Pilot Flying J's plans for 2018 More stores and expansion of parking availability notifications
Pilot Flying J’s plans for 2018: More stores and expansion of parking availability notifications

It seems like that 2018 is going to be another hectic and productive year for Pilot Flying J.

The Tennessee-based company plans to add 20 more stores and renovate 50 existing ones, according to PFJ Chief Merchant Brian Ferguson.

Last year, the company established eight additional travel centers, remodeled 50 facilities, put up more parking spaces, built new shower facilities, and expanded their services at 50 locations.

Ferguson also said some of the new stores would have mini Bass Pro Shops. The establishment of small Bass Pro Shops in the stores is part of the partnership deal between PFJ…

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2017 was one of the safest years with fewer cargo thefts, CargoNet reports
2017 was one of the safest years with fewer cargo thefts, CargoNet reports

CargoNet — a cargo theft prevention and recovery network — reported that 2017 was one of the safest years with fewer cargo thefts.

According to the report by CargoNet, there were in total 741 cargo theft events in Canada and the United States of America in 2017, which is a noticeable decrease from 2016 when 836 cargo theft events were recorded.

The report also recorded 1,479 events of stolen tractors, trailers, and intermodal chassis and containers in the U.S. and Canada during 2017.

Most of the top five states with the greatest number of cargo theft crimes showed a decline in…

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OOIDA’s ELD exemption request meets strong criticism in joint comments by ATA, Safety Advocates, and the CVSA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) recently filed an application with the FMCSA to grant a five-year ELD mandate exemption for crash-free small business carriers.

The agency published OOIDA’s application for public comments where it got slammed by several groups including the Trucking Alliance, the CVSA, and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

The joint comments complain that the application by OOIDA is just an attempt to bypass Congress and courts and delay the ELD mandate compliance further.

Here are some of the points that the opposition raised against…

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