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In March of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) joined together to issue a pre-ruling regarding individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many in the transportation industry regarded the maneuver as the first step for an eventual list of requirements for those dealing with OSA. As of […]

Safety is not a driving habit that happens without careful planning and training. Fleet managers need to establish safety as a core company value and develop a plan to ensure the safest drivers possible. Safety starts long before the driver gets behind the wheel as well. Adhering to rigorous standards during the hiring process provides […]

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) increased examination of cargo tanks is nothing new. Since January 2015, FMCSA started taking a harder look at facilities that manufacture, inspect, and repair cargo tanks. FMCSA’s findings have only strengthened their resolve. The chief of FMCSA’s Hazardous Materials Division, Paul Bomgardner, expressed disbelief at the findings. Bomgardner […]

How much do fleet executives really know about the daily realities their drivers’ experience? Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) facilitated a panel discussion at its 2016 Fall Symposium. The Symposium was held in Scottsdale, Arizona in November. The panel discussion was led by two long-term leaders in the industry – Danny Smith, representative for Truckload Carriers […]

Large trucking companies have had to reduce their fleets in response to diminishing demand for ground transportation, according to the Wall Street Journal. It is hoped that the holidays will regain the lost momentum as retail stores and distribution centers call for trucking services. The reduced demand for ground transportation services has increased rates for […]

Imagine your truck’s high horsepower engine automatically senses you no longer need power to the drivetrain and reduces power to just the cab and sleeper? Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for trucks do just that – they capture energy produced by the engine’s alternator and store it in an independent AGM battery bank. Then, when the […]

An online freight-matching marketplace,has announced the release of a new rate platform called Rate Analysis. Rate Analysis is a cloud-based app that helps truck carriers use market data, combined with their rate history, to quickly make data-based decisions on their shipping rates. Truckstop.com uses paid-rate data from their own system as well as third-party partnerships […]

In recent years the transportation industry has struggled to fill a substantial number of job openings with qualified drivers. As existing drivers age and begin to retire, companies are looking to hire younger drivers to maintain their fleets. Trucking, unlike most industries, has a higher number of employees over the age of 65 than employees 24 and […]

Clean-air mandates that were imposed by the federal government in 2007 and 2010 are proving to create challenges for truck maintenance technicians. North American heavy-duty trucks have installed diesel particulate filters, or DPFs, and selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, which have become the standard over the past decade. These clean-air systems have been shown to […]

As freight growth slows and an oversupply of shipping capacity develops, it’s having a mounting effect on profitability for large and small carriers. While an as yet undetermined number of small carriers teeter on the brink of insolvency, larger carriers are cutting their fleet size in an effort to cut costs and protect equipment utilization. […]