The latest Android update, 4.0.4, is now available in the Google Play store. Make sure you update to the latest version of the app to take advantage of all the latest features. Here are some of the new features we've added since the last BigRoad update.
The people of Buffalo, New York, continue to deal with the effects of a record snowfall that ceased most activity in the city for days. Among those facing the crisis were truck drivers from across the country who found themselves stuck on area highways for more than a day.
One of the questions I am often asked regarding the BigRoad trucking app is, “why haven’t I received my 34-hour reset”? Users will be off for 34 hours but their 60 or 70 hour clock doesn’t reset and they feel short handed from their time.
As of July 1, 2013, the truck driver hours of service regulations were changed to include three main rules that govern 34-hour resets. I am going to go over these renewed rules so that you will no longer be confused and become a cycle-reset expert!
Last week thousands of commercial vehicle operators were forced to sit and wait while the United States Customs and Border Protection agency scrambled to fix a computer problem that made examining truck manifests impossible. Now, several trucking companies are discussing the cost of that frustrating delay.
The ATA (American Trucking Associations) believes it's time the government adopt a more flexible approach to federal hours-of-service rules. In a recent petition presented to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the ATA says the government needs to recognize that every commercial driver's situation is unique.
As BigRoad users are probably already aware Electronic Logs are a perfectly legal alternative to traditional paper logs. However, due to a grey area in the regulations, some drivers may be asked to produce a paper record of their logs during an inspection. We also recommend that a driver have a printer available in their truck in case this happens.
Once again it was our pleasure to head down to Nashville and be a part of the NASTC Annual Conference. Held downtown, at the beautifully renovated Sheraton Hotel, the NASTC Conference was three very busy days of education, meeting new friends and a little bit of partying. This is the 3rd year BigRoad has attended the NASTC Conference and the 1st year we have sponsored the event.
Formed in 1989, The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) represents over 3,000 trucking companies. It serves it's members as an advocate for, a consultant to, and a source for collective buying power.
Several weeks ago an editorial in The Baltimore Sun suggested that commercial vehicle operators may be incapable of safely using "hands-free" technology while driving. In search of evidence to support its position, The Sun pointed to the case of John Alban Jr., whose rig collided with a locomotive while he was using hands-free to talk on his cell phone.
That incident prompted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to recommend that truck drivers no longer be permitted to use hands-free devices to operate a cell phone while driving their commercial vehicles.
Although we see trucks on North American highways all the time, there are a lot of misconceptions about the commercial transportation industry. But the Trucker Buddy International program, a non-profit organization that sends real-life truckers into schools to talk with kids, is trying to change that.
Trucker Buddy International was formed more than twenty years ago. It involves matching elementary school students with professional truck drivers, with truckers sharing stories about their travels and the importance of their work. Students are also encouraged to keep in contact with the truckers through a pen pal program.
It seems to make a certain amount of sense that companies could just pay truck drivers better wages and forget about this driver shortage altogether. But is that all there is to it? Where would the extra money come from? How much more would drivers need to be paid for the career to attract enough new workers?