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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.

1. FMCSA releases hours-of-service final rule

(Dec. 22) Despite its announcement with only 9 days left in the year, FMCSA’s HOS final rule garnered enough hits on CCJ Digital to become the top news story of 2011. While the final rule retained the 11-hour daily driving limit, it requires a mandatory rest period, revisions to the 34-hour restart and a more flexible provision for on-duty time.





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What it does: This free app provides community services for longhaul truck drivers searching for truckstops, rest areas, fuel prices, CAT scales and other amenities, as well as 25 nearby loads from the DAT truckstop load board network.

What they say: TransCore’s recent survey of carriers revealed they were deploying mobile technologies faster and more broadly than previous studies indicated.

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What it does: DriveReply is a driver safety application that assists the driver in staying focused on the road. The Drive Replya Untitled 1phone is silenced when a call or text message comes in while the vehicle is traveling at speeds greater than 15 miles per hour and sends autoreplies to texts and phone calls.

What they say: The app includes emergency features enabling certain users to get through to the driver, and its passenger-selection option lets a passenger access the phone’s full functionality while in motion.

Access: Android, Windows Mobile,



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Percent of respondents who believe the new hours-of-service final rule will worsen productivity.

Based on 157 respondents’ answers to a Randall-Reilly MarketPulse survey.



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