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‘One out of every six Americans killed on the job is a truck driver’

That's directly from a Department of Labor blog post about workplace-death stats, explored here. And: One operator's reliable truck is another's "dream gear" -- one driver's wisecrack "comment of the week"...

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Serious excess-detention issue lost on many brokers, survey says

A new survey conducted by DAT shows something of a disconnect between carrier/broker views on detention. While detention is one of the top 5 business issues for 8 in 10 carriers, only 20 percent of brokers agreed that detention was that significant for them.

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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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California steamin’ — just say no to being nuts

Wendy on one driver's trailer-retrofit / delivery nightmare: "I'm no fan of California's prohibitively restrictive laws, but I'm also not a fan of insanity. Just say no to being nuts. Please."

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Two views from the independent road

Two views on the KW and Pete of two operators that express what we don't hear enough -- that's joy, simply put, in memories of the past, satisfaction at a job well done in the present, and hope for the future.

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‘Takes a village’ on detention

Driver hits the nail on the head at supply chain management conference, speaking in "driver shortage" context: "If we can figure out how to keep that driver moving, the numbers aren’t that big of a deal."...

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The double-edged sword of appointment times

Appointment systems are great if you’re right on time and the facility keeps its appointment ducks in a row -- not so if you get held up en route or, God forbid, you're early. In such cases, professionalism greases the skids...

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Why you deserve $64/hour for detention

Calculating a fair detention rate: A majority of operators indicate either total revenue per mile (38 percent) or profit/net income per mile + fixed cost per mile (45 percent) as appropriate benchmarks for detention rates.

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POLL: Best way to tackle detention?

Should government mandate, as the Obama administration's DOT has attempted, that carriers pay detention to drivers, or is continued industry standardization of detention pay the best tack? Something else?

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Road not taken: Let’s go truck… I mean, er, lumping!

Another "road not taken" here, and it's an unlikely one, at best. While many operators "lump" something every day, full-time work doing so I imagine is no doubt unappealing to many. The income potential, says Michael Croker, Director of Operations for the Universal Lumpers service, in business for 30 years, is on the quite low side, too, particularly at start: "A base lumper that comes in with no prior experience -- to start with they make in most ...

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