Category Archives: Member News

Federal Standard on Autonomous Vehicle Technology is Needed, Rep. Latta Says

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to ensure autonomous vehicle technology operates under a national directive instead of a patchwork of guidelines from the states, a key House authorizer said Sept. 13. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), sponsor of House-passed legislation on autonomous vehicles, emphasized the urgency in having Congress agree on a national road map on policy […]

Walmart Doubles Spending in Battle for Truckers

Walmart Inc., pinched by the worsening shortage of truckers, plans to double its spending on attracting and retaining drivers by year-end. The retailer will offer referral bonuses of up to $1,500, shorten the on-boarding process for new hires by more than a month and broadcast its first national TV ad focused on its 7,500 truckers. […]

US Xpress Facing Lawsuit over Driver Recruiting Robo Calls

U.S. Xpress (No. 16 in the CCJ Top 250) is facing a lawsuit for its use of robocalls in driver recruiting, with plaintiffs in the case seeking to include out-of-state residents in its potential class-action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking $500 per class member and an injunction to block the carrier from continuing the robocall practice, […]

HOS Rules Eased as Hurricane Florence Approaches

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has relaxed hours-of-service regulations in 11 states and the District of Columbia as Hurricane Florence makes its way to the East Coast. The administrators at FMCSA’s Southern and Eastern Service Centers declared a state of emergency in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, […]

FMCSA Chief to Address Industry Issues at ATA MCE in October

The country’s top trucking regulator will be a keynote speaker at American Trucking Associations’ conference next month to provide an update on new rules covering the industry, the trade federation announced recently. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Ray Martinez is expected to share with industry executives and observers the agency’s plans for guidelines for […]

California Wildfire Forces Drivers to Abandon Trucks on Highway

REDDING, Calif. — An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Sept. 6. The fire that erupted the afternoon of Sept. 5 and devoured timber and brush […]

Fleets Not Getting ROI Expected from Telematics

Teletrac/Navman issued a 19-page U.S. Benchmark Report on telematics. The report states despite negativity surrounding the mandate most fleets see a benefit. However, most fleets only use telematics for compliance purposes, not for safety and are not seeing the ROI as expected. The report showed that only 28% of fleets were seeing no benefit, while […]

CVSA Brake Safety Week September 16-22

CVSA brake safety week is September 16th thru the 22nd.  Enforcement personnel will identity and remove CMV’s with critical brake violations from the roadway.  According to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study 32.7% of large trucks with pre-crash violations had brake problems. During 2017 Brake Safety […]

Get in Line: Backlog for Big Rigs Stretches to 2019

This article was originally posted in the Wall Street Journal.  With freight demand red-hot, truck manufacturers expect to break records for orders this year, and deliveries will reach deep into next year Anyone ordering a new heavy-duty truck this summer will have wait until sometime next year to get it, assuming strained manufacturing supply chains […]