Category Archives: Member News

Standardizing Collision Avoidance Systems is a Most Wanted Improvement by NTSB

WASHINGTON — Automobile and truck manufacturers should develop a standard practice of installing collision avoidance technology in their vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said such technologies could save 1,000 lives a year. He stated at the February 4, 2019 unveiling of the NTSB top priority list. Earl Weener, […]

U.S. Xpress Sells it’s Ownership in the U.S. Mexico Cross Border Trucking Business

US Xpress sells ownership in their cross border trucking business U.S. Xpress Internacional in Laredo Texas in attempt to improve profitability and increase shareholder returns.  U.S. Express will also sell 700 dry van trailers used in the cross border business.  U.S. Xpress became publicly traded carrier last June.  The company hopes to generate 20 million […]

TransForce Acquires a Training School

TransForce buys The CDL School, a commercial driver training school out of Miami, Florida. “The CDL School will be an exciting addition to our company and to our future, and a high growth service line for TransForce,” said David Broome, CEO of TransForce in Alexandria, Va., in a statement Jan. 21. “We will now be […]

Walmart to Hire 900 More Truck Drivers

Walmart is raising pay this year to attract more drivers. They need to add 900 drivers especially in Texas where there they have large distribution centers. Walmart is promising good work life balance getting drivers home more often and more predictable scheduling. They are tightening up their time from application to starting work times. Last […]

Amazon Experiments with a Delivery Robot

Amazon.com will use robots to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle. This is the latest experiment to automate the last mile of delivery that taking away the labor-intensive and costly component of buying products online. The e-commerce giant on Jan. 23 announced a trial of “Amazon Scout,” autonomous delivery devices the size of […]

CSA Update 2019

Federal regulators met this January 15, 2019 in Washington.  CSA and the new IRT (Item Response Theory) model were discussed. In 2019, the agency plans to continue its second year of study on a new method to improve the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System using what is known as the Item Response Theory model […]

Increase in Large Truck Related Fatalies

In Washington federal trucking regulators express concern over increasing number of large truck involved fatal crashes in work zones and the continued increase in fatalities of large truck occupants. Speaking at a Jan. 15 session of the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety […]

Companies Cannot Force Independent Contractors into Arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that legal disputes between carriers and independent contractors cannot be forced into arbitration even if their contractor agreements include an arbitration clause. The decision was unanimous 8-0 decision issued Tuesday, the nation’s high court sided with owner-operator Dominic Oliveira over his carrier, New Prime Inc., the legal name for […]

Latest in Trucking Related Crimes

Here are some of the latest trucking-related crimes that have been reported recently. A Wisconsin-based truck driver was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery for using a slingshot to shoot metal ball bearings at passing vehicles  as he drove along I-74 near Champaign, Illinois. As part of his plea […]

FMCSA Grants Exemption to Stoneridge for Their Camera System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opens the door for efforts to replace truck side mirrors with a high-resolution and more aerodynamic rearview camera system.FMCSA is granting exemption to rearview camera system manufacturer Stoneridge to allow the company’s MirrorEye Cameral System to be an alternative to an alternative to the two rearview side mirrors on […]