Business

Your health — ripe for biomonitoring and telematics

In the not-so-distant future, your truck and its associated systems will be able to read your vital signs and alert you and others to an impending health breakdown. This data could be synced to your truck’s communications system, which could automatically send select health data to your fleet, your insurance provider or FMCSA.

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Traffic cost trucking industry nearly $50B in 2014, ATRI says

ATRI found congestion caused delays totaling more than 738 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 264,500 truck drivers sitting idle for an entire working year.

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Truck ban on Keystone Parkway in Indiana reinstated

The ban originally went into effect in 2008, but it was temporarily lifted while construction was completed on U.S. 31, which was where trucks were supposed to travel.

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FMCSA looking for owner-operator comments on potential carrier incentive program

The FMCSA is required by the December-passed FAST Act highway bill to implement the program within 18 months of the bill being enacted.

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Missouri seeks second exemption to help military vets into trucking

The exemption would effectively give military truck drivers credit for their military training and expertise.

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Partners in Business tip: Obtain a monthly earnings statement

All of your records should be converted into a profit and loss statement at the end of every month to show miles, revenue, costs and how much money you made or lost.

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Data — The unseen hand steering your career

As fleet owners continue to find more ways to turn their drivers and prospective drivers into sets of data, they are moving recruitment, retention and safety management closer to science than art. This expanding harvest of data and the eagerness of predictive analytics vendors to help fleets make better use of it are reshaping how the industry relates to drivers.

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Spot market slips again as loads dip; a look at top states for freight activity

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index decreased 3.6 percent in the week ending April 18, due to a 3.3 percent decrease in load availability. Compared to the same month last year, load availability was down 16.5 percent, and the overall MDI was down a comparable 16.6 percent.

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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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Diesel prices rise 3.7 cents over previous week

Prices increased in all regions during the week with the most significant increase coming in the Gulf Coast, where prices increased 5.4 cents.

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