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| February 01, 2007

However, total large truck injuries dropped during those two years, from 122,000 to 114,000.
The 2005 figures in the rest of the report were not preliminary and showed general improvement in data quality and beefed-up enforcement. The number of roadside truck inspections increased from 2,949,558 in 2003 to 3,133,102 in 2005.

The complete report is online at this site.
- Jill Dunn

Turnover Increases for Truckload Companies
The driver turnover rate among truckload carriers increased during the third quarter following improvements during the first and second quarters of the year, the American Trucking Associations reported.

Large truckload carrier line-haul driver turnover increased to 121 percent from 110 percent in the second quarter. Small truckload carrier turnover, meanwhile, jumped to 114 percent from 100 percent. ATA defines large truckload carriers as those with at least $30 million in annual revenue. Small carriers earn less.

Less-than-truckload line-haul driver turnover was 14 percent.

Small truckload carrier driver turnover was at least 100 percent during the last four consecutive quarters for the first time since ATA began collecting driver turnover statistics in 1995.

“As more and more large carriers try to get out of the long-haul market, more small carriers are filling the gap,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “This is resulting in higher turnover rates for the segment of the industry that traditionally had a much lower turnover rate.”

Year-to-date through October, compared with the same period in 2005, the average length-of-haul for large truckload carriers dropped 1.5 percent, while the small truckload carriers saw an increase of 12 percent.
- Max Heine

Truckers News Names John Randle Publisher
John Randle has been promoted to publisher of Truckers News. He assumed his new role Jan. 1.

“To be named publisher of Truckers News magazine is the biggest honor of my professional career – one that I will strive to deserve each and every day,” Randle said. “We have a great team within Truckers News magazine, and it is an honor to be associated with such dedicated professionals.”

Randle has been the magazine’s associate publisher since 2003. Prior to that, he served as a regional and national sales manager with Truckers News for four years.

“John is a proven leader who has been a great asset to Truckers News for several years,” said Robert Lake, vice president and group publisher of the Truck Stop Division, which includes America’s Traveling Truck Show, Transportista magazine, Truckers News Truckstop Directory, TruckStops Express and Motor Media. “I look forward to working with John for many more years, and I feel very comfortable passing the Truckers News torch to an individual who has such a passion for the publication.”

Truckers News is owned by Randall-Reilly Publishing.
- From Staff Reports

Hot Fuel Lawsuit Heats Up
Ever wonder why you get better fuel mileage in the winter? The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers’ Association and Public Citizen hope to find out. The groups, normally at odds, announced Dec. 14 their support of a class-action suit that alleges fuel retailers unfairly price gas and diesel via insufficient compensation for fuel volume fluctuations under temperature changes.

The complaint says the imbalance costs retail fuel buyers an estimated $2 billion a year. The suit was filed in a federal court in California against a host of fuel retailers, including Ambest, Flying J, Petro, Pilot and TA. The suit was filed on behalf of residents, including some owner-operators, in seven states – Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

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