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On thin ice? 2013′s challenges to fleets

In Part 1 of our "On Thin Ice?" series, analysts and fleets discuss what they see happening in 2013 as far as the economy and freight are concerned and any roadblocks they see looming. Part 2 covers the impact regulations may have on trucking and surviving ...

Recruit & Retain: Bestway Express: Finders keepers

With Curt Singleton, Bestway Express director of safety and H.R.   Location: Vincennes, Ind. Drivers: 270 Power units: 260   By Carolyn Magner Mason   When Curt Singleton, director of safety and human resources for Bestway Express, joined the Vincennes, Ind.-based fleet 2½ years ago, the company was experiencing more than 90 percent ...

Tying it Together

Technology leads fleets’ efforts to diversify their service By Aaron Huff       Two years ago, Rocking T Transportation still was hauling cattle exclusively. But when its largest customer decided to start a private fleet, company president Brent Shilling had 90 days to act before the contract expired. Shilling purchased ...

Viewpoint

Industry response to the EOBR provision in the highway funding legislation signed into law on July 6     “This legislation, while not all we could have hoped for as an industry and as users of the highway system, makes tremendous strides in the safety arena and puts ...

Interact

Feedback ON CCJDigital ➡     “Video urges Congress to support EOBRs”   Last month, the American Trucking Associations, along with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and AAA, released a video urging members of Congress to support an electronic onboard recorder mandate for large trucks to improve driver and carrier compliance ...

CCJ Innovators

Boyd Bros. Clayton, Ala.   Riding the rails Boyd Bros. sparks intermodal flatbed Just because Boyd Bros. is based in a small town in southeast Alabama doesn’t mean the flatbed carrier doesn’t dare to think big. The Clayton-based company and its Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based subsidiary, WTI Transport, have 1,050 tractors and ...

Journal

Improvements to CSA Safety Measurement System planned Changes will help flatbed fleets, FMCSA says The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced planned improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System implemented in December 2010 as part of the agency’s Compliance Safety Accountability program. A preview became available to ...

Journal — Truck Gauge

Inventories steady at lean levels The ratio of inventories to sales in the economy remained 1.27 in January following a slight upward revision in the December 2011 ratio, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The ratio now has been at 1.27 for six straight months and ...

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Costs of EPA’s 2004-10 emissions rules questioned Mandates led to more expensive trucks, lower sales, layoffs, study contends The National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers on March 8 released a report that questions the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cost analysis of emissions control requirements for ...

UpFront

It’s just a matter of time FMCSA heads back to the drawing board for broader EOBR mandate In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s April 2010 electronic onboard recorder final rule that would have required EOBRs ...

Journal

ATA asks court to review hours rule Group supports FMCSA’s EOBR efforts to enforce current regs   The American Trucking Associations on Feb. 14 filed a petition with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Federal Motor Carrier ...

Up in Arms: Industry stakeholders at odds with FMCSA over hours-of-service rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service final rule is the culmination of years of combative and often emotional debate among government, trucking industry and safety groups. Going back to the 2003 HOS final rule – the first major revision since 1938 –no topic ...

Journal

CVSA touts improved Operation Safe Driver results Annual campaign targets both commercial, passenger drivers   The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said the results from its 2011 Operation Safe Driver campaign show that targeting enforcement and education efforts at both passenger as well as commercial vehicle drivers is starting ...

Journal

Leading news, trucking market conditions and industry analysis   Hours-of-service final rule retains 11-hour driving limit New rule shortens workweek from 82 to 70 hours; 34-hour restart requires two rest periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. On Dec. 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...

2012 Economic Outlook

Managing the Moving Parts With freight demand for 2012 unclear, carriers’ financial fates may rest on how they handle recruiting, rates and costs.   Gone are the days – if they truly ever existed – when a trucking company’s success or failure rested solely on overall freight volume. ...

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