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  • alert you to situations that could cost you money.


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If 'freight volumes [are] projected to increase nearly 29% over the next 11 years', will safe and legal truck parking need to increase by that much as well?

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

Reduced tolls for truck drivers could help ease I-35 congestion

... During the 84th Legislative session State Rep. Celia Israel along with State Sen. Kirk Watson sponsored House Bill 594 and Senate Bill 270. The legislation would direct the Texas Department of Transportation to give a discount toll to big trucks on state-owned portions of SH 130.The bill didn’t make it through the session, but The Texas Department of Transportation said it did receive $18.6 million in the budget to apply toward discounted rates for truck drivers starting Sept. 1. ...

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Source: http://bit.ly/1OAnvaq

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Was the 'dangling' trucker following too closely behind the car in front of him to avoid the I-94 bridge accident?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG8WCG

If you worked as a port truck driver, would you strike if part of your grievance was that your trucking company refused to provide you with a 'safe and reliable' truck?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG8XXs

How would you protect yourself from a knife-wielding thief, trucker?

Contributing article: http://ab.co/1LG91Xf

Isn't 'Being able to do other things while [a truck is] in autonomous mode' an invitation to distracted driving?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG94C8

If focusing 'only on price' is one of the '5 Mistakes to Avoid When Outsourcing [Maintenance] Service', why do trucking companies seem to focus on how little they pay their drivers for delivery service?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG98Sw

How much will 'crash-proof data recorders' cost for heavy trucks and of what benefit will they be?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG931b

Save Your Tires; Improve Your Fuel Mileage

The two biggest costs in the trucking industry are fuel and tires. They are what eat into your profits more than anything else, and so any time that you can improve either of them, your company will be better for it. Fortunately, if you take the time to make sure that your tires are wearing properly, then you will also improve your fuel economy at the same time. Here are some tips that will help you to save time, money, gas, and tire life.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1LG9BEd

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Trucker, how do you 'make yourself valuable to your employer'? Does that pay off for you?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG95Gj

Great GATS Giveaway offers chance for free hotel stays, pre-paid credit cards

The Great GATS Giveaway is back this year, offering three registered Great American Trucking Show attendees a chance at a free hotel stay, pre-paid credit cards, VIP passes, meals and more.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1VBcbA5

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What are the pros and cons of truck drivers being 'paid at least minimum wage for all time worked' in the State of California?

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

Will 'Collision-Mitigation Technology' on Commercial Motor Vehicles pay for itself? If so, how? If not, why?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1OoIQ6r

Do you think that an application to drive trucks professionally -- falsified by omitting 'accidents and traffic convictions' -- can't ever come back to bite you?

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

What 'fuel efficieny' are you getting, trucker, for using 'TrailerTail aerodynamic equipment'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VBgo6W

You knew that a brake inspection could be made at any time, didn't you, trucker?

And that being put out-of-service for a brake adjustment violation can also occur at any time?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VB9gY8

Fleet ordered to pay $20k to driver who refused to drive

A trucking company has been ordered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay $20,000 in punitive damages to a driver after suspending the driver for refusing to drive for feeling ill.

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A trucking company has been ordered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay $20,000 in punitive damages to a driver after suspending the driver for refusing to drive for feeling ill.

Source: http://bit.ly/1VBbxCw

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Truckers, how much is the I-10 bridge closure costing you personally?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VB7WEC

Port truckers strike again over wage theft claims, feds intervene in port deal

... The Orange County Register reported July 22 that Pac 9 truckers have wage theft claims against the company totaling more than $6 million. California’s labor commission will begin hearing arguments July 27 after a state appeals court overturned a temporary stay on these claims.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1VBaoev

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Professional truck drivers, if you use a grill on the road, what type do you use and how well does it work?

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

Review the grill you use on the road

If you could, trucker, would you eliminate an axle to get up to a mile per gallon increase in fuel economy?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1CCUx8E

Truckers hauling containers to Southern California ports, are you aware that terminal entry fees will increase in August?

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

Owner-Operators with Bandag FuelTech retreads, will you get 'up to 20 percent longer wear life' with the B760 tire 'when compared to the [B710] ultra-fuel efficient' tire?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1HqYM6g

Review Bandag truckload and LTL application tires

California’s Bay Area Tops Vehicle Theft List

California’s San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward metropolitan area had the nation’s highest per-capita vehicle theft rate in 2014, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1HqXEQ8

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Besides paying truckers by the hour, is everything else in 'The Truck Safety Act (S. 1739)' a good idea?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1M2ENy9

Related: http://bit.ly/1M2FoQ9

Diesel prices hit lowest mark since April

In its weekly diesel fuel report, the Department of Energy reported the country’s at-pump diesel price average dropped 1.8 cents during the week ending July 13.

The U.S.’ average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.814 nationwide, which is $1.08 lower than the same week a year ago. Fuel prices dropped in all regions except the Rocky Mountain region, where prices increased by just two-tenths of a cent.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1M2Fd7E

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Truckers, did you know that a 'sharp rise in [the cost of] diesel would be very troubling for many of the marginal carriers'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1M2Fs2w

reviewing cobra 8200hd

this has been a total disappointment. it recalculates as you are getting off of a ramp and you dont know to turn left or right unless you pull over and

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How much are shippers and receivers costing you, trucker? Do you keep track of time you sit waiting on loading and unloading?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1D5AgU5

How shippers cost drivers $15K a year

The average truck driver might pocket $15,000 extra each year if shippers used best practices, according to figures drawn from a just-published J.B. Hunt report.The whitepaper titled "660 Minutes: How Improving Diver Efficiency Increases Capacity," breaks down the 11-hour driving limit and how shippers can help get the most from it. The authors note that current HOS regulations should cause the industry to look at drivers' time differently than under previous rules.

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If shippers were to implement ideas from the whitepaper – and the authors make clear that these are ideals – the average driver could gain about 44,375 miles annually. Assuming 29 cents to 40 cents range per mile per driver, a lower paid driver could see an annual pay raise of $12,868 and a higher paid driver could see a pay raise of $17,750 for an average among all drivers of about $15,000 more annually.The report suggests four areas in which shippers can increase a driver's on-the-road time:

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Source: http://bit.ly/1D5AgU5

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Fuel Price Forecast Calls for Small Increases

The U.S. Energy Department this week revised its expectations for fuel prices this year, but they aren’t expected to go wildly higher.

The department's Short Term Energy Outlook calls for on-highway diesel to average $2.86 per gallon this year, 2 cents lower than in last month’s outlook, and then rise to an average of $3.03 per gallon in 2016.

This compares to an average price of $3.83 per gallon last year.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1D5BcId

Have 'the fuel efficiency benefits of more modern engines' outweighed the costs of being 'clean diesel'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1HSqjz2

Trucking company faces $950,000 in fines

A North Dakota Industrial Commission case against Black Hills Trucking seeking fines for illegal dumping allegations is heading to an administrative law judge.

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Surveillance equipment recorded the company’s trucks dumping produced water on a Williams County gravel road in February and March of 2014, according to the complaint. A Department of Mineral Resources inspector also observed one incident, which led to a criminal charge against the driver.

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Leo Slemin, the driver who was charged in criminal court, pleaded guilty last year to violating the Industrial Commission’s rules. He was fined $3,000 and received a suspended jail sentence.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1HSnXjK

How would the proposed 10.1 cent per gallon fuel tax increase impact truckers and trucking?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1D5BsqP

[Fleet Owner] Hours vs. miles

... Pay-by-the-mile forces too much of a fleet’s operational uncertainties onto the driver even though the driver has no control over them. Traffic congestion, loading and unloading delays, unavailability of a backhaul, bad weather, and other inefficiencies in the supply chain are in essence absorbed by that driver getting paid by the mile. Having your weekly pay fluctuate because of things outside your control creates a major disincentive to start or continue driving a truck.

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Source: http://bit.ly/1IK66fq

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