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Listening to the American Trucker

May
23,
2012
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By:  Allen Smith Trucking companies continually advise that they are interested in hearing what truck drivers have to say. They want to know their thoughts, ideas, opinions and solutions as they relate to the state of the industry. Motor carriers … Continue reading

Distracted Driving: A Major Issue for Truck Drivers

Apr
24,
2012
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Contributed by : Kala Bell Distracted Driving Help The use of cell phones and other entertainment devices have surely had an effect on the transportation industry over the past few years. Distracted driving legislation has been put in place in … Continue reading

The Profitability of Wellness

Apr
19,
2012
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Contributed by:  Jeff Clark –Trucking Solutions Group Getting freight moved takes a chain.  We all know that it takes a shipper, a consignee, and a trucking company to get freight where it needs to be. The trucking company needs drivers, … Continue reading

Truck Driver Stands Firm on OSHA Rights, Awarded $190,000

Mar
7,
2012
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Professional truck drivers are finally beginning to do something that they have not done for a very long time . . . exercising their rights under employment law.  I have often written about and discussed the rights that truckers have, if … Continue reading

Twitter and FaceBook Provide Live Coverage of FMCSA Meetings to Truckers

Feb
22,
2012
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“If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”   Well, Not necessarily . . . These days, Todd Dills and Richard Wilson are proving that the use of social media may very well bring … Continue reading

Regulatory Safety Violations Catching Up with Trucking Firms

Feb
8,
2012
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For years, trucking companies have been pushing their drivers beyond the federally mandated hours of service rule, not to mention other various violations such as poorly maintained equipment and running over the maximum weight allowed. These types of infractions have … Continue reading

Deaf Message to FMCSA: “Let Us Drive”

Jan
19,
2012
11

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) recently announced that  more than twenty deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers who submitted applications for an exemption from the DOT hearing requirements through the NAD in July 2011 are now being considered … Continue reading

Trucking Safety Violations Bring Steep Fines

Jan
14,
2012
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On Tuesday, January 3rd, the newest federal law went into effect banning the use of cell phones by truckers while driving and with it . . . came steep fines. The FMCSA is stepping up its enforcement against motor carriers … Continue reading

New Trucking Hours of Service Rule Take Effect July 1, 2013

Dec
23,
2011
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The FMCSA issued their final ruling for the new hours of service rules which largely will take effect on July 1, 2013.  There are some provisions, such as changes in the definitions of egregious violations and on-duty time, which will take … Continue reading

Truckers’ Presence Being Felt by FMCSA

Dec
8,
2011
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  Fred Schaffner EOBR Comments to MCSAC subcommittee 12-5-11 Click to listen to these powerful Comments On Monday December 5, 2011 Fred Schaffner addressed the FMCSA advisory commitee, MCSAC, regarding EOBRS. Fred has been a friend, colleague, and driver advocate, … Continue reading

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