Overdrive staff | December 01, 2009

On Oct. 20, NTSB issued the recommendation for commercial drivers, noting “relative risk of accident involvement for individuals with OSA is clearly elevated and quite clearly associated with the untreated disease.” The FMCSA’s research suggests at least 10 percent of commercial drivers have at least moderate OSA.

The NTSB wants the agency to identify these drivers and show, when needed, they are effectively treated before being granted unrestricted medical certification.

Drivers should be able to freely discuss medical conditions with physicians without damaging their career or causing them unnecessary medical expense, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says.

— Jill Dunn

Randall-Reilly announces promotions

Overdrive publisher Randall-Reilly has promoted Max Heine, formerly editorial director of Overdrive and Truckers News, to editorial director of the Owner-operator/Driver Group.

Heine will direct editorial operations of the group, which includes Overdrive, Truckers News and Custom Rigs. He also will direct the group’s extensions, which include special issues and live and online events.

Randall-Reilly also promoted Jack Roberts to executive editor of the company’s Trucking and Construction divisions from executive editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Roberts will cover equipment issues for all monthly Randall-Reilly trucking and construction publications, including CCJ, Overdrive, Truckers News, Truck Parts & Service, Successful Dealer, Equipment World and Better Roads.

Long-time Equipment Editor John Baxter will continue his contributions to Overdrive, Truckers News and CCJ.

— Staff reports

Short Hauls

ANNE FERRO has been approved by the U.S. Senate to be administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Ferro’s nomination had been opposed by the Teamsters Union and safety groups to trucking.

PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT among for-hire trucking companies in October dropped 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from September, according to preliminary figures for the U.S. Department of Labor. With the estimated 7,500 jobs lost in October, the industry has lost more than 91,000 jobs since the end of 2008 – a decline of 6.8 percent.

U.S. TRUCK TONNAGE fell 7.3 percent in September from the same month last year, but that was the best year-to-year monthly showing since November 2008, according to the American Trucking Associations.

DIESEL FUEL will average $2.79 in the fourth quarter and rise to about $3 a gallon next year, the Department of Energy says.

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