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Resetting the 34-hour reset

Posted by Stuart Wood on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

For a lot of you out there the changes made to the 34-hour reset rule, a year and a half ago, have been nothing but a convoluted pain in the neck. Thankfully these rulings, for the time being, have been suspended.

The bill has been passed that effectively rollbacks these provisions. You can once again restart your cycle by taking your 34-hour reset at any time. There is no longer any need to worry that your reset period could last as long as 51 hours. No more waiting once every 168 hours to the second for you next reset. No more inclusion of two 1 - 5 am periods. 34 hours is 34 hours!

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Usage-Based Insurance: Could it Make the Highway Safer?

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Truckers know it as well as anyone: young drivers are often aggressive, easily distracted, and too frequently pose a threat to commercial vehicle operators. But now there's some good news: a new strategy, called usage-based insurance, could make highways safer for everyone.

Usage-based insurance (UBI) is becoming a more and more popular concept. Essentially, it involves using wireless technology to track a driver's behavior -- from how fast they accelerate to how rapid they brake and corner -- to determine how much they should pay for car insurance.

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A Five-year Plan and then the Final Bow...

Posted by Rick Smith on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

This fall marked my 22nd year of being in the transportation industry and my twenty-first year in the music industry.

I am on year 2 of a 5 year plan to be semi retired by the age of 59 and although I will still need to "work", I do not intend to kill myself doing it nor do I intend to continue living out of a suitcase 275+ days per year.

I have friends that all say the same thing, what will you do after you leave the road? My response is "Welcome to Wal-Mart, do you need a buggy?"

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Webinar on Hours of Service Shows the Importance of Compliance and Safety

Posted by Stuart Wood on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

This Tuesday and Wednesday, we held two webinars on Hours of Service and the Transition to Electronic Logging Devices. Both sessions were presented by BigRoad co-founder Terry Frey and featured Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services.

The Tuesday session featured BigRoad customers, Kevin and Jason from Excel Petroleum. During a brief Q&A they explained how they made the transition to electronic logbooks and how positive the driver reaction was. They also explained how they integrate BigRoad into their safety and compliance program.

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How to Deal with Trucker Shortage? Hire Veterans, ATA Says

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Dec 10, 2014

It's no secret: the United States is facing a crippling shortage of truck drivers. Now, the American Trucking Associations think they've got a (partial) solution to that problem: hiring 100,000 military veterans over a two-year period.

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US Senator Wants FMCSA to Get Tough with 'Chameleon Carriers'

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Tue, Dec 09, 2014

Trucking companies that have piled up safety violations shouldn't be able to avoid those penalties by changing their name, says U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, says it's time to do away with "chameleon carriers" who pose a threat to everyone on the road.

In a statement released last week, Schumer says he wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to impose regulations that will prevent transportation companies with sketchy safety records from operating under a different name. But Schumer also wants the FMCSA to get tough with companies that hire drivers with lousy safety records.

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Truckers Save Drivers From Fiery Crash in Northern Alberta

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Thu, Dec 04, 2014

Truckers who helped save people from a fiery highway crash in northern Alberta are being hailed as heroes. The truckers jumped into action after falling logs struck a pickup trick.

The accident took place on the morning of Saturday, November 29. Alvin Brockman, a trucker who arrived on the scene shortly after the incident took place, says he was alarmed by mountains of black smoke on the horizon.

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Bus Service Company Adapting to Rising U.S. Dollar

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Dec 03, 2014

The resurgent U.S. dollar and the growing popularity of online shopping is presenting financial strain for bus lines that depend on a steady flow of cross-border shoppers.

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Webinar: Hours of Service and the Transition to Electronic Logging Devices

Posted by Stuart Wood on Tue, Dec 02, 2014

Join us December 9th 1-2 pm EST

Registration for our next webinar, HOS and the Transition to ELDs, is now open.

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Truck Driver Shortage Could Ruin UK's Holiday Season

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Here at BigRoad we've often discussed how the shortage of truck drivers is causing major headaches in North America. But the United Kingdom is facing its own driver shortage and it now looks as if that problem could have a serious impact on the UK's holiday shopping season.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills currently estimates that the United Kingdom -- where roughly 60 per cent of all goods are shipped by highway -- is short 60,000 truck drivers. It's a problem that has led to concerns that retailers won't be able to get the goods they need to have a successful holiday season.

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