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FMCSA new rule - may tighten noose a little more on 'reincarnated' carriers

July 10, 2012

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule establishes procedures for issuing out-of-service orders to “reincarnated” motor carriers in order to ensure that carriers who have a proven history of unsafe operations are not able to evade regulation by simply forming a new company or obtaining new registration.

The rule establishes procedures that will provide for an administrative review of carriers that have a history of failing to comply with statutory or regulatory requirements before an out-of-service order takes effect and establishes a process for consolidating FMCSA records of reincarnated companies with their predecessor entities.
The rule is in response to the discovery by FMCSA that a number of motor carriers were submitting new applications for registration, often under a new name, in order to continue operating after having been placed out of service for safety-related reasons, to avoid paying civil penalties or to otherwise avoid a negative compliance history, FMCSA said.


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Mobile Apps improve truck driver's life on the BigRoad

July 10, 2012

The excitement over mobile-first apps is justified. Smartphones have unleashed a wave of creativity, resulting in entirely new categories of applications. But to me an even more exciting trend is what people have been calling (for lack of a better phrase) ”offline first, mobile enabled” apps.

For example, Foursquare is primarily about improving your offline experiences (meeting friends and finding new places to go). And it couldn’t exist without smartphones. The mobile app is just an enabler.
For trucking this means that manual compliance paperwork recording is replaced with automated, context aware functions designed to improve the driver's quality of life on the BigRoad, while also giving DOT inspectors and Dispatch the information they require in real time.

It seems natural that the first wave of mobile apps would be about improving core smartphone apps (e.g. photo apps) or porting apps from other devices (e.g. games). And there is probably a lot of interesting innovation remaining there. But the really massive opportunity is dreaming up new ways that the little computers loaded with sensors that we carry around with us everywhere can improve our real-world experiences.

read more on this topic from Chris Dixon's blog:

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Avoid the daily commute - it is costly and bad for your mental health

July 10, 2012

Improve pre-trip or on route driver planning by using navigation with real time traffic. Studies suggest that you may be better off stopping at a rest stop or truck stop to avoid rush hour, saving precious HOS driving hours, and get in/out quicker later on or early next day. This reduces operating costs and makes for happier drivers, with less stress.....

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CTA Core Values for Truck Drivers - Truck Driver Retention

July 10, 2012


Some good ideas from the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) regarding the driver shortage and driver retention issues facing the trucking industry. The CTA Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage States the Following:

● Truck drivers are our most important asset, the face of the industry -- to our customers and to the public … and they are deserving of respect.

● Truck drivers should have an improved ability to predict what their weekly pay is going to be; compensation packages need to be competitive with or better than alternative employment options and more transparent;

● Truck drivers should be paid for all the work that they do and earn enough to cover all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred while on the road for extended periods.

● (Drivers’) time at work should not be wasted -- at shipper/consignee premises, waiting for their trucks in the shop, or waiting for a response to a question of their carrier;

● (Drivers) should be able to rely on their carrier not to interfere with their personal time by (for example) calling them back to work early;

● Driver wellness should be a top priority for employers;

● A minimum standard of entry level, apprenticeship or apprenticeship-like truck driver training should be mandatory;

● Truck driving should be considered a skilled trade and be recognized as such by the various levels and branches of government, standards councils, etc., who certify such

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EOBR Mandate may not stop because of Landry-Rahall Amendment

July 05, 2012

An attempt to legislate an end-run around the House and Senate agreement on a mandate for electronic onboard recorders(EOBRs)—also known as electronic logging devices-- appears to be much ado about nothing.

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