Max Heine

A potential role for cameras and wearables in regulating drowsy driving

Until very recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has largely ignored fatigue monitoring technology, and therefore any potential it has for a significant revision of the hours of service. Instead, regulators for decades have tinkered with the hours of service as if it were a magic template to solve the fatigue problem for every individual in every trucking application. Anyone familiar with trucking’s diverse operations and their  infinite disrupters knows this to be a pipe ...

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Flatbed operators prospering as economy rebounds

Through September, flatbedder clients of ATBS had net income of $51,602. Even though miles driven did not change much during the first three quarters, net income per mile rose dramatically each quarter, indicating rapidly rising rates: 67.3 cents per mile, 74.7 cpm and 81.7 cpm.

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No points against CSA score for ELD violation during phase-in period

Drivers who receive a violation for having no ELD between Dec. 18 and April 1 will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala.

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ELDs not alone in driving up rates

These factors indeed point to a capacity crunch – Noel Perry predicts it happening between March and July – that clearly exceeds the market’s typical ups and downs.

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High-touch fatigue monitoring: Too close for comfort?

How do you feel about driver-facing cameras? Or wearable devices that assess your alertness and project how quickly it will decline?

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Video: ATBS forecasts higher owner-operator income

Amen revisited his forecasts from last year and made some new ones during an Overdrive Partners in Business seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last month.

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Road trippin’: Trump’s hollow infrastructure pledge

This industry and the public at large deserve a rational plan, not smoke and mirrors, for maintaining and improving our infrastructure.

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This ‘shaggin’ wagon’ is built for heavy-haul

Two women looking into the sleeper window of the Dawes' Contract Carriage's Kenworth were tickled by the fancy interior: Red shag carpeting, a small disco ball and button-tufted upholstery throughout. "It's a shaggin' wagon!" said one of the admirers, viewing the truck on the opening day of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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A shot in the arm for fixing CSA

The added weight of an objective party is welcome, especially knowing it gives Congress a clear vision of CSA problems. FMCSA has made relatively superficial changes – slowly – to CSA. It’s a shame it’s taken so many voices to repeat the call that change needs to be faster and more substantive.

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