Driver Shortage - FMCSA and CSA to blame?

August 08, 2012

Although I find some of the driver turnover numbers in this article hard to believe.. especially the small carrier numbers...but we know the driver shortage is a reality.
A worsening shortage of truck drivers is pushing up freight rates and delaying some deliveries, defying the weak economy, high unemployment and falling gasoline prices.
"It's getting harder to get drivers," says Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations. "I could hire 50 guys right now." He now employs 393 drivers.

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FMCSA fleet compliance - Automatic driver conviction reporting

August 08, 2012

The FMCSA continues to tighten the noose on driver and fleet compliance with a proposed requirement that States report driver convictions to driver's home state licensing agency

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EOBR Fleet Compliance - Number two challenge of Independent Operators

August 05, 2012

The trucking industry faces more restrictive hours of service restart rules starting in 2013, as well as the prospect of litigation further delaying that date or even changing the revised hours rule. That uncertainty is complicated by the voluntary adoption of electronic onboard recorders by many carriers and the congressional mandate for EOBRs in the recently passed highway reauthorization bill.

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Todd Dills Overdrive Online Article About BigRoad

August 04, 2012

Todd Dills at Overdrive Online posted a nice article about us today (Thx).  Take a read...

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Compliance Acronym Insanity: IANA supports ATA's FMCSA HOS Suit

August 01, 2012

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CNN reports truck driver shortage - 1M drivers needed each year!

July 30, 2012

The video below details the issue of the truck driver shortage in the US.  We can all agree that there is definitely an issue attracting young drivers due to the gap years between high school graduation and when you can apply for your CDL at 21 yrs of age, and the high cost of training ($4k-$6k+).  However, we also have to look at the quality of driving jobs that are being offered, and the ability to make a decent day's pay being a truck driver, as a core issue.

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CSA - Fleet compliance nightmare?

July 30, 2012

Both large and small carriers agree that the CSA rating system is flawed.  Increasingly shippers and brokers are indicating that they also cannot use the rating system to effectively qualify carriers.  So who wins in this system- other than the administrators of the program, the lawyers paid to defend them from upset carriers, and carriers lucky enough to avoid a negative rating (so far.....)?

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CSA fleet compliance ratings system unfair to small truckers

July 27, 2012

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Common sense trucking compliance - MD offers electronic permits

July 27, 2012

With a real nod to common sense fleet compliance and smartphone trucker apps , Maryland Motor Carrier Division started its Electronic Permitting Program, on July 1, 2012, which  allows customers to display permits and attachments on an electronic device (ie smartphones, iPads, laptops etc). 

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Smartphone trucker apps easily adopted by younger truck drivers

July 26, 2012

We see more and more young drivers enthusiastically adopting smartphone trucking apps (like BigRoad) because they are so comfortable with the technology, and are at ease with features such as text messaging, electronic daily driver logs and document capture using the camera etc.

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