Top 10 news stories of 2011 based on article views
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10. Truck shortages, rate hikes about to kick in, FTR says
(April 6) The economic recovery, a tight driver labor pool and an increase in government regulations were leading factors in FTR Associates’ assertion that freight rates would be favorable for trucking companies.
9. Forecast: Driver pay rising
(Aug. 16) The National Transportation Institute forecasted driver pay would increase 3 to 5 cents for company drivers and 4 to 6 cents for owner-operators in the next 12 months as competition for drivers heats up.
8. Nevada bans texting, talking on cell phone while driving
(June 17) Nevada became the 34th state to ban texting and the 9th state to ban handheld cell phone use while driving a commercial motor vehicle.
7. EOBR suppliers not surprised by new mandate
(Feb. 4) Technology companies react to a Jan. 31 proposed rule requiring all interstate carriers to use electronic onboard recorders to log compliance with hours-of-service regulations.
6. Appeals court vacates EOBR regulation
(Aug. 29) A federal appeals court throws out the EOBR proposed rule, saying it doesn’t address how the rule could prevent the devices from being used to harass drivers.
5. Interstate truck, bus drivers banned from using handheld phones
(Nov. 23) FMCSA issues a sweeping final rule prohibiting interstate CMV drivers from using handheld phones while driving.
4. FMCSA proposes to mandate EOBRs for interstate carriers
(Feb. 1) FMCSA issues a proposed rule to mandate EOBRs to improve hours-of-service compliance, affecting an estimated 500,000 interstate carriers nationwide.
3. More than 200 carriers sued for patent infringement
(March 28) Lawsuits filed by PJC Logistics accused carriers of infringing on its patent by using electronic position-based fleet management systems.
2. Caterpillar unveils CT660 vocational truck
(March 20) The construction equipment giant made a splash with its announcement to enter the on-highway truck market in partnership with Navistar.
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