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Due to recent rulings, take a look at independent contractor agreements, attorney suggests

Carriers operating in certain states in the West — specifically those who are based in California or do a lot of business there — may want to give their independent ...

Special report: Predictive analytics can help fleets boost safety, driver retention

Load One expediter Tom Evans drives team with his wife, Tina, running a three-truck Class 8 straight truck fleet based in Mattoon, Ill. Besides their compensation for doing their jobs ...

FMCSA plans to study driver pay’s impact on carrier safety, driver behavior

Does driver pay have any connection to safety? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Aug. 28 it hopes to find an answer to that question. The agency is accepting public comment ...

Court says FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not contractors, in classification case

Every pound counts: New specs, lift-axle systems save fuel, boost payload

Heavy-duty truck suspensions have a thankless task. If they work correctly, they largely are forgotten in day-to-day fleet operations. It’s not until a suspension fails, or a driver starts complaining ...

Court rules carrier can be liable for lessee actions; effect likely small, ATA says

A federal appeals court has ruled that a New York-based truck leasing company is not protected by the Graves Amendment and can be held liable for the actions of the ...

CCJ Top 250: Moving on up

As the trucking industry puts more distance between itself and the recession of 2008-09, for-hire trucking companies continue to exhibit growth and increased profitability in an otherwise slow-growing economy. But there ...

Regulatory comments: Hours rule forces coercion; shippers, brokers need accountability

Diesel continues to tumble, hits lowest price since July 2013

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel hit its lowest point since the week ended July 1, 2013, after falling 1.4 cents in the week ended Aug. ...

CSA data changes: Agency changes protocol to account for due process in citations

Violations against drivers or carriers that are dismissed or result in a “not guilty” ruling will no longer count in Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring nor on driver Pre-Employment Screening Reports. The ...

Panel: Telematics come of age, fleets realizing benefits

Technology changing needs of drivers and technicians, panel says

In 2014, a Class 8 truck is as technologically advanced as it’s ever been, and it’s among one of the most sophisticated tools on the road. However, if new truck technologies ...

Fracking leading economic recovery

The U.S. economy isn’t digging its way out of an economic slump; it’s fracking its way out. Donald Broughton, managing director, senior research analyst and chief market strategist, Avondale Partners – ...

From data to the driverless truck

The deployment of autonomous trucks isn’t here yet, but Rich Glasmann, vice president, OEM strategy, sales and marketing at Omnitracs, says it’s not as far away as one might believe. Speaking ...

Technology to boost driver performance — fleets share case examples at CVOC

A "Connected Vehicle" panel during the first day of the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference probed how technology is used to "improve driver performance" from fleet and OEM arenas. Brent ...