Business

Jobs report: Trucking employment continues uptick, adds 3,900 jobs

The for-hire trucking industry added 3,900 jobs in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Labor Department. The DOL also upwardly revised the number of trucking jobs for August and September.

Read More

Don’t mess with Texas: Focusing on the truck and not the trucker to roll back crashes

Only two of the states with the biggest truck-involved fatality-crash problems show a percentage of maintenance violations above the 2013 national average of 72.6 percent – Virginia and Texas.

Read More

Attitude the key to roadside inspections, says CVSA head, who pushes inspections’ effectiveness

Clean roadside inspections and overall safety success depend on good company culture, says CVSA head Stephen Keppler. The average amount of downtime for a truck placed out of service in a roadside inspection is 8.5 hours, Keppler said, which can have a “significant impact” on a trucking business.

Read More

TW Transport boosts driver pay

TW Transport of Spokane, Wash., increased pay for solo drivers to 40 cents per mile and team drivers to 50 cents per mile. These changes come in addition to a $1,500 sign-on bonus for solo drivers and a $3,000 sign-on bonus for teams. "The transportation industry has seen many changes throughout the years, but pay has always been 'the bottom line,’ " says James Eckhardt, operations manager. “Drivers want to take home a stable paycheck and ...

Read More

E-log software, hardware alliance

The BigRoad provider of logbook apps and other software and NexLink Communications, a distributor of wireless devices, are teaming up to launch the "Open Truck Alliance."

Read More

9 items struggling owner-operators usually don’t have

After working with owner-operators for the last 37 years, I’ve concluded there are nine items that struggling owner-ops usually are missing. Here they are.

Read More

Don’t mess with Texas: No. 1 for maintenance violations

If you’re running through the Lone Star State, don’t skimp on pre-trip inspections. No other state issues a higher percentage of maintenance violations.

Read More

Liner protrusion and why it’s critical

Liner protrusion refers to how far the cylinder liner protrudes above the spacer plate on the top of the block. If the liner does not protrude enough, the head gasket can, and will, fail.

Read More

Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Liability insurance increase for carriers could see delay, may never come, ATA says

Owner-operator concerns over regulators’ seemingly quick work to produce a rule to raise the minimum amount of liability insurance trucking companies must have could be much ado about nothing, says ATA's chief of advocacy.

Read More

Trucking labor disputes: Teamsters win another FedEx victory, court orders benefits payback in misclass case

The Teamsters have scored another victory at FedEx — the labor union’s second overall win at the parcel giant and second within the last month. Also, a California port trucker has been awarded $9,000 for unreceived benefits in a 'misclassification' case.

Read More