Overdrive Staff

FMCSA shuts down another small carrier following investigation revealing widespread violations

A small Colorado-based fleet has become the latest to be shut down by federal regulators, following a compliance investigation that revealed disregard for key safety regulations, FMCSA announced this week.

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DumpTruckLoads.com board launches

A new construction industry start-up from Pennsylvania has launched a dump-truck-specific load board as an online service, accessible from both desktop and mobile browsers, that enables members to find trucks or loads. Dump truck owners can receive real-time load notifications via e-mail and text message from DumpTruckLoads.com, allowing them to work with contractors outside of their network and to contact the contractor as quickly as possible, securing work for their trucks. Dump truck owners are also able to ...

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As labor negotiations at West Coast ports stall, Teamsters say they’ll support truckers in work stoppage

Labor negotiations between dockworkers and port company managers have hit another snag in their ongoing — and now nearly six-month-long — labor negotiations, and the struggle between the two parties to strike an agreement could lead to work stoppages, either in the form of a lockout by managers or a strike by workers.

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Permanent hours-of-service fix, minimum driver age, highway funding top ATA agenda for 2015

In addition to a more long-term hours-of-service fix, Osiecki says ATA will promote increasing fuel taxes to boost highway funding, building a national freight plan, lowering the legal age to obtain a CDL and dealing with federal emissions standards.

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ACT offering holiday pay, free family rides, layover pay

American Central Transport company drivers now receive $100-per-day holiday pay while they are at home for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. If a company driver is driving on any of those days, he or she will receive holiday pay in addition to the mileage pay they earn. Also, ACT family members now may ride free, doing away with the former family rider pass fee. Also, company drivers for the ...

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Drivewyze available at Florida ag inspection sites

Drivewyze announced that eligible commercial carriers now can use its PreClear bypass service to bypass 22 agricultural inspection stations in Florida, in addition to 440 weigh stations and inspection sites in 33 states across the country. Drivewyze recently reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement to allow qualified fleets to bypass agriculture inspection sites through the mobile inspection site bypass service. Drivewyze already began offering ...

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Southeastern opens four new Sun Belt service centers

Southeastern Freight Lines expanded its services across the Sun Belt region, opening four new service centers with a total of 134 dock doors throughout Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Lexington, S.C.-based less-than-truckload company said the new Cincinnati facility and Kentucky facilities in Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green were opened in response to growing customer service need and to streamline efficiencies.

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What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

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PIB tip: Remember the warranty during truck loan negotiations

When you are negotiating for a truck loan, make sure your dealership is able to service your truck and that warranty work and downtime will have the least possible effect on your driving time and miles. Get warranty agreements in writing and make sure you understand them. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm. The next Partners in Business seminars will be Aug. 22 ...

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Q&A: Mobil Delvac’s Hurtado talks fuel economy benefits of next-gen ‘thin’ oil

Prior to this year's Technology and Maintenance Council's annual meeting, CCJ sister site CCJ had the chance to talk to ExxonMobile's Lilo Hurtado, the company's senior applications engineer, about upcoming regulatory changes and changing technology in the trucking industry

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