Month: February 2018

Trucking: Fleet giving drivers extra mileage pay based on CSA scores

Oakley Trucking Semi-Truck

Oakley Trucking (No. 137 on the CCJ Top 250), a 100 percent owner-operator fleet, has started a new per-mile pay increase that pays drivers based on their Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Wage issues mean that it is the best/worst time to be a driver

 

Charles Dickens once wrote the famous line – “It was the best of times, It was the worst of times” in his book A Tale of Two Cities. That same sentiment can be applied to wages in the transport industry.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Use DataQs to contest 395.8(a) violations written for not having an ELD prior to April 1

 

The volume of serious 395.8(a) log violations, which affect CSA scores, has increased following the Dec. 18 implementation of the electronic logging device mandate, when a lenient enforcement period was supposed to begin. FMCSA had requested that violations for no ELDs be encoded with a 49 CFR 395.22(a) violation code, thereby not impacting carrier CSA scores during the pre-April 1 soft enforcement.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Is the White House considering a fuel tax hike?

 

President Donald Trump said a 25-cent fuel tax increase would be needed to pay for his new infrastructure plan, a Democratic senator told CNN on Thursday.  Read more here.

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What Makes a Great Truck Driver?

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Trucking is one of the most in-demand jobs there is, and as long as goods need to get from Point A to Point B, the need for great, dependable drivers will be there.  Truck drivers are so much more than just someone who drives a truck. They’re responsible for customer paperwork, dealing with mechanical issues as they arise, loading and unloading freight, keeping driving logs, and even possibly transporting hazardous materials.  They are a vital link in the chain that brings a product from design to the shelves, and as a company, you don’t want to find a good truck driver, you want to find a great one.

What makes a great truck driver?

1. Reliability

The world runs on deadlines and a great driver will consistently be there to meet them.  If one person in the chain doesn’t show or does their job poorly, everything gets delayed and that one unreliable worker could end up costing you in the long run.  

2.  An Excellent Driving Record

A good driving record is an indicator of professionalism and safety.  

3.  Alertness

A great driver is always alert.  Weather, traffic, and hazardous driving conditions can cause dangers in a matter of seconds, and it’s important to always be aware and to take breaks when fatigue sets in.

4.  Physical fitness

In a profession where a major portion of the work is done sitting down, it’s essential to take the extra steps needed to stay in shape.  A fit driver is more alert and has the stamina needed for long drives, as well as the strength needed for loading and unloading cargo.

5.  Sense of Responsibility

Truck drivers are not only responsible for their truck and their cargo getting safely to their destination, but they are also responsible for the safety of other drivers who share the road along the way.     

6.  Independence

Anything can happen on the road.  A great driver will be able to handle any emergency situation with their truck and their cargo without supervision.

7.  Mechanical Skills.

Although mechanical skills are not a requirement for being able to drive a truck, a basic knowledge of minor repairs such as changing a fuse or a tire can be helpful and make your cargo able to meet its deadline.

8.  Stress Management

Driving a truck, meeting deadlines, and dealing with traffic can be stressful for anyone.  Being able to manage day-to-day stresses while remaining calm and cool is a great asset in a driver.

9.  Good Communication Skills

Throughout the day, a truck driver is in contact with the company, the clients, warehouse workers, and many others.  Good communication skills with a positive attitude go a long way to make any situation better and represent your company with professionalism.

10.  Honesty

Cutting corners can be downright dangerous in the trucking industry.  Great drivers follow all safety rules and regulations and can be trusted with whatever cargo they carry.
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Truckers largely favor rescinding glider kit emissions restrictions; OEMs and dealers mostly oppose

 

Thousands of public comments were filed in the recent 60-day window offered by the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposal to unwind emissions regulations placed on glider kit trucks by the sweeping Phase 2 emissions standards enacted in the final year of President Obama’s administration. And according to those public comments, there is no general industry consensus on the issue. Owner-operators mostly sounded off in favor of EPA’s move to rescind the regulations, while representatives from fleets, truck OEMs, dealers and environmental groups filed comments asking the EPA to maintain the fresh restrictions placed on glider kits.  Read more here.

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Trucking: OOIDA Asks Trump To Meet With Americans “Who Actually Drive For A Living”

 

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is requesting President Trump meet with real truck drivers to really hear how the electronic logging device mandate is affecting their business and livelihoods.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Student steers out of control bus to safety thanks in part to trucker uncle who taught him to drive a big rig

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A student in Texas was able to save a school bus full of his classmates when the bus driver suffered from a medical emergency, and he says that part of the credit for the save goes to a truck driver uncle who taught him how to drive an 18 wheeler.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Company drivers could take hit from new tax law

 

Because of tax rule changes to itemizations, W-2 drivers will no longer be able to itemize expenses. But there is a workaround.  Read more here.

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