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Index shows company driver pay continued to increase in 2014

The National Transportation Institute released recently its fourth quarter 2014 Driver Wage Index for company drivers, showing that driver pay continues to climb across all three major truckload segments. NTI uses the Driver Wage Index to track ...

Shipper-carrier panel: what’s good for the driver is good for business

American Woodmark Corporation is building a driver lounge in its Moorefield, West Virginia facility as part of a $30 million expansion project. The free Wi-Fi, refreshments, restrooms with showers, and other amenities in the lounge ...

Fleetmatics adds route optimization module

Fleetmatics Group, a global provider of mobile workforce systems for service-based businesses delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), introduced a routing optimization module called Fleetmatics Routist. The software calculates and deploys route plans to drivers in the ...

VDO RoadLog website updated with selection tool for ELDs

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, a global supplier of systems and components to automobile and truck manufacturers, including Electronic Logging Device technology, has updated its VDO RoadLog website. The new website features video testimonials from owner/operators ...

CarrierWeb appoints new president amid record growth

CarrierWeb (www.carrierweb.com), a provider of real-time mobile communications, electronic logging and refrigerated telematics technology for private and for-hire fleets, has appointed James B. (“Jim”) Gamache as the new president of its U.S. operations. The appointment of Jim ...

FMC Technologies to deploy SmartDrive on 1,300-truck fleet

SmartDrive Systems announced that Houston-based FMC Technologies, a global provider of technology and services for the oil and gas industry, is in-process of deploying SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its entire fleet of 1,300 vehicles. FMC was ...

Celadon shares customer service innovations at CCJ Spring Symposium

During a technology breakout session at the CCJ Spring Symposium on May 19, Marie Leapley from Celadon Trucking, the CCJ 2015 Innovator of the Year, showcased the methodology and tools the company uses to score customers and ...

Rule to mandate speed limiters for heavy trucks sent to White House for approval

A proposed federal rule to require the installation and use of speed limiters (aka governors) on all trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds has been sent from the DOT to the White House’s Office of ...

BAM Worldwide intros specialty lending platform for carriers

BAM Worldwide announced the availability of a specialty asset-based lending platform for motor carriers called BAMwire, which is already being utilized by the freight brokerage and logistics industry. Slow-paying customers and slim operating margins are a bad ...

Growing number of small fleets using EpicVue TV service

EpicVue, providers of an in-cab satellite TV package for the trucking industry, announced that a growing number of carriers with 20 to 50 trucks are using EpicVue as a key part of their driver recruitment and ...

Special edition: using technology to recruit and retain more drivers

The trucking industry could immediately fill more than 30,000 driving positions. Carriers also will need to fill 100,000 positions every year for the next decade to keep up with freight volumes and to replace drivers ...

High-tech driver recruiting, part III: lasting commitments

Editor's note: this is the third and final installment in the "high-tech driver recruiting" series. Part one looked at ways to fast-track driver applicants. Part two explored ways to engage drivers with online advertising. Every week, drivers attend orientation meetings ...

House committee clears DOT bill that would lengthen hours-of-service rollback, bar FMCSA from upping insurance minimums

The U.S. House’s Appropriations Committee this week passed 30-21 a 2016 DOT funding bill that would, if passed, keep in place the current hours-of-service suspension until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can justify the ...

First Advantage creates DOT Direct for online driver applications and screening

First Advantage Fleet Solutions, a technology-based fleet service provider specializing in driver compliance, fleet legalization, GPS telematics and risk management, released a new online employment application and screening product designed for private and for-hire fleets. In ...

High-tech driver recruiting, part II: online engagement

Editors note: this is the second installment of a three-part series on using advanced technology to recruit drivers. The first part covered software systems to speed the qualification of job applicants.  When looking for jobs, drivers might start ...