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The trucking companies Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking announced a pay increase will soon take effect for their company national over the road drivers. Effective Jan. 1, Crete drivers will receive a 2 cents per practical mile increase, resulting in what the company said will be an 11% increase in the overall pay package. When combined with a more than 2% increase in miles, drivers will be earning more than 13% over the previous year, according to the company. Shaffer Trucking is increasing pay by 4 cents per practical mile. Over the previous year, Shaffer said it has increased its overall pay package by more than 17% and increased paid miles by more than 4%. Truck drivers for Shaffer Trucking will be earning more than 21% over the previous year, according to the company. “In addition to increasing driver pay rates, we are experiencing much stronger demand for our services […]

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Comments Off on FedEx Freight Drivers Vote Down Teamsters in Louisville

Truck drivers at FedEx Freight’s Louisville, Kentucky, terminal on Wednesday voted against representation by the Teamsters Union. Vote totals were not disclosed by the union or the company. The results in Louisville mark the third election in which FedEx Freight drivers have voted against the union. The Teamsters withdrew on the eve of elections in Middletown, Pennsylvania, South Newark, New Jersey, and Richmond, Virginia. FedEx says the union would only withdraw its election petitions if it knew it would lose the vote in those locations. “This pattern of union defeats and withdrawals supports our belief that the vast majority of our drivers do not want union interference,” said Pat Reed, FedEx Freight chief operating officer and executive vice president. Since October, when the Teamsters won its first organizing election at a FedEx Freight facility, the union has won votes at a total of three locations. Source: Trucking Info

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Comments Off on Truckers Pummeled by NE Snow

As the city of Buffalo, N.Y., slowly digs its way out of more than five feet of snow, forecasters are predicting more for this weekend. Hundreds of truck drivers and other motorists were stuck on highways throughout western New York for 30 hours or more. As of Wednesday, crews in Buffalo had moved approximately 5,000 tons of snow off the roadways, but traffic was just beginning to clear. Mic Brennen, a truck driver from Vandalia, Ohio, was stranded on I-90 around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. He finally got moving again Wednesday evening, as reported by WDTN News in Vandalia. Other areas surrounding the Great Lakes also experienced travel delays from the lake-effect snow storm, with up to two feet falling in many places. Polyak Trucking, out of Butler, Wis., has pulled most of its trucks from the road this week. “I think, as a whole, the trucking company, not only shippers […]

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Comments Off on The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

It’s happened to all of us. You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. It could be something simple, like time for an oil change, or it could be something bigger. What do you do? Lose your car for a day while you take it to a service station? Keep on driving and hope for the best? If you’re a commercial truck driver, the stakes are higher. An unplanned repair visit means losing a day of revenue, and potentially hurting your delivery schedule, for a condition that might be very minor. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood. This kind of uncertainty is a fact of life for many drivers. But Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is using the Internet of Things to resolve the uncertainty. DTNA is the largest heavy-duty […]

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Comments Off on Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

Specialized carriers that haul oversized or overweight loads are asking for an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours of service rules. The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift. The group said that compliance is difficult due to the limited periods in which its members are permitted to operate. These carriers typically must get a special permit to move their loads and the permit often limits the duration or time of day or night of the movement. Plus, permit practices vary greatly from state to state, and even from local jurisdictions within a state, SCRA told the agency. The exemption would apply only to carriers that have such a permit. The group said that often the permitted hours will be in conflict with the […]

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Comments Off on Truck Replacement Program for New York, New Jersey Ports Extended

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved the continuation of a program that helps port truckers replace older, higher-polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner burning ones. Its board on Wednesday approved an additional $2.42 million for the agency’s Truck Replacement Program, which began in 2010 to provide a financial incentive to truckers toward the purchase of newer vehicles. The funds will help pay for the replacement of approximately 80 older trucks with 2007 or older engines. The newer trucks are projected to result in emission reductions of approximately 42 tons of particulate matter and 708 tons of nitrogen oxides over the lives of the replacement vehicles, according to the port authority. The program, funded by a $2 million federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, will cover up to 50% of the cost of a new truck, up to a maximum of $25,000 per truck. To be […]

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Comments Off on 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. The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law, according to the state transportation department. This will translate into a $129 million dollar annual loss for the state’s highway program, or about 6% of its budget. “A loss of revenue is always concerning, but a revenue impact of this magnitude is crippling,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “It means less money for building, improving, maintaining and repairing our roads, streets and bridges.” Kentucky’s fuel taxes are made up of a variable excise tax and a fixed, supplemental user fee of 5 cents per gallon for gasoline and 2 cents per gallon for diesel and other fuels. There also is a state fee that is paid at […]

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Comments Off on October Trailer Orders Hit Record High

Net trailer orders in the U.S. hit an all-time record high of 46,267 units in October according to a new report from the transportation information services provider FTR. The new mark shatters the old high number by 9% and trailer orders have totaled as high as 327,000 units in the past 12 months. “While OEMs did go out and solicit orders for delivery through the middle of 2015, impacting October activity, it is still very encouraging to see these large numbers, “ said Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR. The increase in orders going into 2015 indicates that fleets are positive about the business conditions next year, said Ake. Dry van, reefer and flatbed orders were all extremely high and driven by large fleets and lease fleets placing sizable requirement orders for 2015. “Much of the October order total is pull-forward activity, to get orders into the backlog for […]

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Comments Off on Warning Issued About Increase in ‘Red Zone’ Truck Cargo Thefts

Logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports it has notice an unusually high rate of violations of best practices by carriers for in-transit cargo security this quarter. “Integral to lowering risk is the adherence to the practice of never stopping in the ‘red zone,’ defined as the first 200 miles from the shipment’s origin,” read a recent FreightWatch bulletin. “In the past three weeks, there have been three full truckload thefts reported in the United States directly attributed to staging cargo within the red zone.” FreightWatch is studying how thieves operated in these incidents, including geographical patterns and organized criminal involvement. It noted that, historically, a vast majority of cargo theft occurs within the first 200 miles of transport, and these thefts continue to follow that pattern. FreightWatch recommends all shippers, third-party logistics providers and carriers ensure they are following best practices for in-transit security. “Drivers should arrive well-rested, with […]

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Comments Off on Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rosekind is a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules and supported tougher screening for sleep disorders among drivers. His portfolio at NHTSA, if he is confirmed, would cover equipment regulations rather than driver-oriented rules. Among the top trucking items on the agency’s agenda are a rule to require speed limiters on new heavy trucks, and proposed fuel efficiency standards. Rosekind has served at NTSB for the past four years. The board’s job is to investigate crashes and propose safety solutions to the various regulatory agencies, including NHTSA. Before he joined NTSB, Rosekind was president and chief scientist of Alertness Solutions, which provides fatigue management programs, among other lines of business. He has a Ph.D. from Yale University. At NHTSA he […]

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