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Snow in Buffalo affects Wisconsin truckers

... Polyak said this much snow this early in the season does not bode well for the trucking industry, especially since the previous winter was brutal.

"I think, as a whole, the trucking company, not only shippers and receivers, really started to understand that it's not worth anybody's life. And that, I think, is the biggest thing to understand. We had a lot of trucks that were just sitting in Indiana last year that just sat, and there's really nothing we can do when snow like this hits,” Polyak said.

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Big rigs, big costs

Everyone in trucking today knows it costs big bucks not only to acquire big rigs but to keep them running as well – something that’s been discussed in this space more than a time or two.

To help provide some further clarity on this subject, moving giant Atlas Van Lines recently pulled together an infographic to illustrate some of their findings with regards to the cost of operating tractor-trailers these days ...

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[JOC] NY-NJ truckers complain about tariff change

Truckers are complaining about a tariff change that restricts their ability to collect detention payments for excessive wait times and subjects them to $50 fees for avoidable trouble-window visits at most Port of New York and New Jersey container terminals.

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Do you believe that the average truck driver's needs are just as important as Facebook's Zuckerberg's?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1tnQSAn

Recent cargo thefts a warning to carriers: Beware of cargo theft ‘red zone’

... A large majority of cargo thefts occur within the first 200 miles of transport, FreightWatch says, and it recommends that carriers and truck operators should take measures to avoid red zone stops.

Truck operators should make sure they have enough hours on their 14-hour clock and their tractor has enough fuel to drive beyond the red zone after leaving a shipper with a load.

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The next big wave: how video and data will transform trucking

... SmartDrive has devices installed in refuse haulers, Class 8 tractors, taxicabs and many other types of vehicles, even rail. The technology is designed and configured to factor the size, weight, load, routes, and other characteristics of vehicles and fleets to detect risk. It also captures information from various sensors, electronic control units (ECUs) and third party safety systems to detect risky driving behaviors.

When it does, in the form of a driver making a U-turn, speeding, swerving, or any other number of things, the event data — including a video — is sent to servers in the cloud immediately and to fleet management for review.

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Was the pilot car driver also distracted before the bridge strike? If so, what penalties are associated with that?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1p7q77R

If the pilot car's clearance pole hit the bridge, why didn't the trucker stop his truck?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FaVErG

Thanksgiving Highway Travel Expected to Rise

The number of Americans traveling more than 50 miles by car for Thanksgiving weekend will rise 4.3% from last year to 41.3 million, auto group AAA predicted.

About 90% of travelers will take a road trip during the holiday travel period from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30 and will pay the lowest Thanksgiving price for fuel in five years.

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If this technology works out for commercial motor vehicles, would truckers rejoice over no flat tires?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FaTrfP

Will DHLl's drivers see an of the rate increase?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1p7nGCn

Fuel Efficiency and the Driver Shortage

... While our initial research shows that switching to automated manual transmissions yields a 1 to 3 percent fuel economy improvement, fleets who’ve switched to them told us that drivers love them. In fact, at a recent Trucking Efficiency Workshop in Indianapolis, fleet attendees said going forward they are spec’ing 100% automated transmissions. Automated transmissions open up the driver pool to a broader group of people, many of whom have never driven a manual shift transmission and are intimidated at the thought of doing so. But automated transmissions also help with keeping drivers because they take away some of the physical demands of driving. One fleet we know of says that its drivers who also unload and deliver products, reported being less fatigued at the end of the work day when assigned to trucks with automated transmissions.

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Kentucky Fuel Taxes to Move Lower

Kentucky’s taxes on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol motor fuels will drop by 4.3 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day.

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How do truckers think they won't be caught if they are involved with cargo theft?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1p7hBWk

I have an equipment question. Is there a mirror for seeing infront of my truck?

I have an equipment question. Is there a mirror for seeing infront of my truck? I feel like thre are more compact cars and I can't see them so low I front

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Fuel prices keep falling due to weak oil outlook

Average retail pump prices for diesel and gasoline in the U.S. declined this week mainly because of falling global oil prices, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) – a trend the agency expects will continue due to a slower global economic growth.

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STAA Whistleblower Claims Taking Bite Out of Interstate Commerce Firms

There's been an increase in claims of retaliation under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982. These STAA whistleblower claims are being filed by truck drivers who are contracted/employed by motor carriers.

Claims of retaliation include allegedly discriminatory actions taken against workers, such as termination, being blacklisted, demotion, and more.

According to an e-newsletter by trucking defense attorney James F. Mahoney, this type of claim filing has increased about 30 percent in the last few years.

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Industry holds solutions to trucking safety

... "the car driver’s behavior was more than three times as likely to contribute to the fatal crash than was the truck driver’s behavior. In addition, the car driver was solely responsible for 70 percent of the fatal crashes, compared to 16 percent for the truck driver." ...

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Trucking ambassadors, how will you 'Instruct the motoring public on the issues of highway safety'?

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Introducing An All New Truck Bucks

Earlier this year Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced the launch of a new rewards program called Truck Bucks℠. Truck Bucks is a free program where members can receive discounts on select parts and service at participating Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit™ and Thomas Built Buses locations.

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10 Healthy Snacks for America’s Road Warriors

... Protein can be found in a wide range of food products, not just animal meats. You’d be surprised what you can actually snack on while driving that doesn’t need a grill and freezer to stay fresh. Just grab a small cooler and fill it with ice and whatever might be your fancy from the below list of healthy, protein-rich snacks!

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Will truckers employed by trucking companies cheated by Pilot Flying J ever see any money from restitution?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1xNJZ0f

Did you know that a conviction for negligent driving 'can jeopardize a trucker's prospects for future employment'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1xNJy6i

Did you know that being under contract to one company can financially hurt your trucker paycheck in certain situations?

Contributing article: http://lat.ms/1xNKlEh

Trucker, if you were stuck for hours far from a restroom because of bad weather, what would you do?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1xNIYp5







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