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Drivers’ case against Wal-Mart Trans. over unpaid on-duty time gets class-action certification

... The driver plaintiffs claim that between 1993 and now, they did not receive the minimum wage required by state law, nor were they allowed to take their state-required meal and rest breaks. They also did not receive proper wage statements, their suit alleges.

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Like most carriers, Wal-Mart pays drivers per mile, according to the court documents, along with activity pay and non-activity pay.

Plaintiffs, however, claim the method of payment denied them pay for tasks like equipment inspections, rest breaks, time fueling and washing the tractor, time at weigh stations, time completing paperwork, wait time and layovers.

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Police: Man sold fraudulent health cards to truckers

A Corrales man was charged with 609 counts of fraud and three counts of forgery after police say he was charging truckers for fraudulent health certificates.

Department of Safety investigators say a trucker told them he had payed $80 for a medical card from 74-year-old Paul Bateman at the Flying J Truck Stop in May, but was cited a few weeks later because the card was invalid.

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California mileage tax bill awaits governor’s signature

... On Sept. 4, lawmakers sent the Democrat a bill that would create a pilot program to assess VMT as a potential alternative to fuel tax. It would direct the California Transportation Commission to create a Road Usage Charge Technical Advisory Committee and report its findings to the legislature by June 30, 2018.

Trucking generally opposes replacing traditional fuel taxes with VMT tax, also called road or mileage based fees. ...

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If you buy a Double Coin truck tire with 'non-compliant' sidewall markings -- and have problems with it -- will you report it?

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Does any U.S.-based trucker have evidence that the cost of living dropped in August 2014? Which costs were lower for you?

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Since FedEx's quarterly profit surged 24%, will their truckers receive a 24% increase in pay -- or at least a bonus?

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CEVA Increases Pay For Independent Drivers

... CEVA’s independent drivers will receive about a 10% increase per mile for solo and team truck drivers with extra incentives for safety, CSA scores and new vehicle premiums. Solo drivers will receive $1.00 per mile and teams will get $1.05 per mile.

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What is the primary reason why trucking’s fatal injury count fell 8 percent last year? New HOS reg?

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I-15 Partially Reopened; Truckers Traveling North Still Detoured

Interstate 15 in southern Nevada is partially reopened, but heavy trucks traveling northbound into Utah are still being detoured off the highway that was severely damaged by a flash flood on Sept. 8.

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Back in southern Nevada, between the towns of Glendale and Mesquite, crews are working to get all the lanes reopened, perhaps, by Sept. 22, Nevada officials said.

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What will a mandatory minimum insurance hike cost an owner-operator?

... Liability insurance, particularly for new owner-operator businesses, can rank number one in fixed costs for an independent without a truck payment — $10K a year or more for a new business. If you’ve boosted your total coverage amount from $750K or $1 million upward in recent years, how much more did you subsequently pay in premiums? ...

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Average Diesel Cost Hits Lowest Level in More Than Two Years

The average cost of on-highway diesel fuel has resumed falling after it was unchanged last week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

It shed 1.3 cent this week from the week before, hitting $3.801 per gallon, its lowest price in more than two years. Compared to the same time a year ago it is 17.3 cents lower.

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Driver Appreciation week is on: A roundup of happenings

... Some of ATA’s fleet members and its state associations will host driver appreciation events like ceremonies or cookouts, and some will reward them with bonuses or other gifts, ATA says.

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25 Ways to Save Fuel in Medium-Duty Trucks

There’s hardly a fleet out there that wouldn’t like to save money on fuel costs. Maybe you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you feel like you’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit and you’re looking for new ideas. Here’s help:

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This GPS stinks

I have the cobra trucker gps and it's worthless at best. Half the time it's froze up and the rest of the time it's busy getting me lost. I put in the info

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An Annual Flu Shot: Should Truckers Take the Risk?

The mainstream media and major chain pharmacies encourage folks to get their annual flu shot. Do you know the risk? What should truckers know?

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Trucker Apps: Money Saving Smartphone Applications for Truckers

Are you a money-conscious and technologically-savvy professional truck driver? Then having a set of money saving trucker apps may interest you...

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What drivers want, Part 2: Money, respect key factors in attracting and keeping drivers

... “It’s all about the money”

Not surprisingly, money emerged as the single-biggest driver concern and complaint. To put it bluntly, most drivers do not feel they are paid fairly for the job they do and are angered by the fact they feel compelled to spend long, uncompensated hours waiting to load and actually go to work, or are called upon to perform tasks that they are not paid to do.

The majority of company drivers surveyed, 30.1 percent, told CCJ that they initially went into trucking to “make a good living and provide for my family.” But many drivers feel wages have either flattened out or actually decreased during their time in the industry, and comments throughout the survey reflected this frustration.

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Flooding impacting truckers along I-15

The massive amount of rain that washed away portions of Interstate 15 in the Nevada desert between Las Vegas and Mesquite on Monday is having an impact 300 miles up the road.

Whether it's trucking companies, the postal service or busing operations, Utahns are facing a strategic headache as they are trying to figure out new routes to Las Vegas and beyond into southern California.

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Police: Truck driver smoked pot prior to I-39 crash that severely injured 2

A truck driver involved in a two-vehicle crash on Labor Day on the interstate near Portage that severely injured two people faces felony charges after investigators said they found a still-warm marijuana pipe in his truck.

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The Link Between Tracy Morgan’s Tragic Accident And Trucker Pay

... ATA itself projects that there are 30,000 fewer drivers than the industry needs right now, “a number on track to rise to 200,000 over the next decade” in part because inflation-adjusted driver pay has fallen by more than $2,000 per year over the past decade. ...

That is one of FMCSA’s concerns too, and spokeswoman Marissa Padilla said the agency is “studying the impact of driver compensation on safety outcomes right now” in hopes of clarifying how pay and safety may or may not conflict. “We also have a proposal to require bus and truck companies to pay drivers for time they are not compensated for,” Padilla said, referencing a provision in the GROW America Act to require a minimum hourly wage for the time drivers spend waiting to have trucks loaded or unloaded. “That’s one thing that would help,” the Teamsters’ McLuckie said. “The other thing is simply for companies to pay drivers better wages.”

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Trucker gets 32 years for role in cocaine ring that used Hackensack apartment

A Los Angeles truck driver, part of a bicoastal drug trafficking ring that operated out of a Hackensack apartment and a Metuchen warehouse, was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in state prison for transporting 40 kilos of cocaine to New Jersey in 2012.

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What good will a truck parking notification system be if there are no truck parking spaces left in certain parts of the country?

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Truck Parking Notification System to Go Nationwide

Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. and the infrastructure firm HNTB have struck a deal to take the Truck Parking Information and Management System nationwide.

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The cost of operating a truck is nearly $120 per hour and saving a truck driver 15 minutes during their parking routine could translate to billions of dollars in savings industry wide, says HNTB. Drivers could also save two gallons of fuel and reduce greenhouse emissions by 45 pounds per parking search, or 3.3 million tons of CO2 each year.

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DOE Lowers Diesel-Price Forecast

Diesel’s national average retail price will be $3.86 a gallon this year, the Department of Energy said, lowering its most recent forecast by 2 cents.

Trucking’s major fuel will average $3.74 in the fourth quarter, below its current $3.814, DOE reported in its monthly short-term energy outlook released Sept. 9.

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Does this description make young people want to be in the trucking industry?

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-----“Truckers feel like everybody, most importantly the police, is on their case all the time,” Larkin stressed. “You can’t go out of the terminal with tire tread depth that’s insufficient or a light that doesn’t work. You really have to make sure that the truck is in great shape, watch your speed, etc.”

He added that truck drivers are micro-managed by shippers and motor carriers, too, in terms of what route they run, where they fuel, where they sleep, when they deliver, when they pick up, and seemingly every detail of their day.

“We are looking over their shoulder on fuel efficiency, on-time performance, and safety performance,” Larkin pointed out. “And we’re taking pictures of them if they accelerate too quickly or decelerate too quickly, or if they swerve to the left or the right.”

On top of that, carriers and law enforcement alike are going to know “everything” about them in the near-future with ELDs being mandated along with new testing for health issues and drug abuse, he noted.

“I’m not sure what the solution is, but it’s not one penny per mile or three pennies per mile more in pay,” Larkin said.-----

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