Articles by CCJ Staff

ATA names finalists for next America’s Road Team Captains

The American Trucking Associations named this week 32 drivers as finalists in the selection process for the captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. America’s Road Team, sponsored by Volvo, is a group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records that represent the trucking industry, ...

Operation Safe Driver: Traffic enforcement goes into high gear this week

The annual Operation Safe Driver program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry kicked off Sunday, Oct. 19, nationwide. The program, created to “help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, ...

TCA, Overdrive seeking nominations for year’s top owner-operator, company driver

The Truckload Carriers Association, in conjunction with CCJ sister sites Overdrive and Truckers News, is looking for the best company drivers and owner-operators in the land. In an annual joint effort with TCA, the two name a Company Driver of the Year and an Owner-Operator of ...

HELP Inc. names new regional director

HELP Inc., the non-profit that produces PrePass, announced it has appointed Terry Maple as a new regional director. He will cover several northern and Midwestern states, HELP says. HELP’s regional directors serve as the principal points of contact with state agencies responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement, ...

Court rules against fleet, for owner-ops in classification and labor law case

Drayage carrier Green Fleet Systems has been ordered to reinstate two owner-operators after a court ruled last week it violated labor laws. The court also ordered it to cease the activities deemed in violation of labor law. The Carson, Calif.-based carrier removed the two contractors’ refueling magnets ...

‘Truck driver’ named one of hardest U.S. jobs to fill by trade group

Put this in Category Obvious for anyone working at a fleet: Filling open truck driving jobs is difficult. Backing up that anecdotal evidence is this: A recent report from the American Staffing Association says trucking driving jobs are the third hardest in the country to fill. “Truck ...

Ebola and trucking: DOT issues waste-hauling guidance, gives special permit to carrier

As public concern over a second U.S. health care worker’s contraction of Ebola grows and media coverage intensifies, the Department of Transportation has issued guidance on the transport of Ebola-tainted waste. The department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration posted to its website last week that ...

Antares Equipment’s flatbed trailer

Antares Equipment’s latest 48-foot flatbed trailer has a fixed wide-spread air suspension, with bolt-on suspension hangers available. The lightweight trailer is outfitted with steel wheels and weighs 9,400 pounds with a 54,000-pound coil package and has an 80,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating; optional aluminum wheels ...

CCJ Fall Symposium to offer sessions on driver recruiting and retention, regulatory outlook, improving CSA scores

CCJ’s Fall Symposium is just a few weeks away, and the annual networking and educational opportunity for fleet owners and executives will include sessions on recruiting and retaining drivers, minimizing violations in roadside inspections, regulatory and economic outlooks and more. It will also include a keynote ...

Preventable or not: Doe deals with snack attack

Soothed by Willie Nelson’s gravel-voiced rendition of his trucking classic “On The Road Again,” trucker John Doe proceeded down Route 99 toward his next delivery stop, at Perky’s Pancake House. It was dawn, with the sun rising slowly in a cloudless sky, and Doe’s tractor-trailer ...

Cross-border trucking program comes to an end, Mexican carriers can continue operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's three-year cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico officially ended Oct. 14, and FMCSA said in a statement that the 13 carriers participating in the program have been converted to provisional or standard operating authority, allowing them to continue to ...

Flexaust’s polyurethane hose

Flexaust’s FlexStat 60 Static Dissipative Hose is a bendable, heavy-wall polyurethane hose for loading and unloading trucks and railcars and for grain-vacuum and other severe-service applications. The tear- and crush-resistant hose is designed to operate over a wide temperature range and has an embedded flexible, ...

Nexiq’s vehicle interface

Nexiq’s next-generation USB-Link 2 vehicle interface is designed to be five times faster than its predecessor and to support heavier bus loads on simultaneous channels. A Bluetooth module with an enhanced data rate has been added to support wireless vehicle-to-PC communication, while the USB connector ...

Phillips’ trailer harness pigtail line

Phillips now offers three additional aftermarket trailer harness pigtail products, all with molded connections for added protection to help keep out moisture and contaminants. Trailer lighting pigtails are available for stop-tail-turn and mid-turn lights, as well as marker/clearance lights. The Stop-Tail-Turn and Mid-Turn Light Pigtails ...

Spot market freight, rates mixed to close out September

Spot freight availability rebounded 1.5 percent last week, according to DAT’s analysis of the market for the week ending Oct. 4. National average rates for vans regained a penny, flatbed rates rose 3 cents and reefer rates declined a nickel, compared to the previous week. The ...