Performance-based pay schemes for drivers are increasingly a part of carriers’ pay packages, more and more carriers putting potential increases in the driver’s own hands.
The for-hire trucking industry added 2,400 jobs in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the government. December's gains were also upwardly revised by several thousand.
The looming federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices will cause “a huge exodus” of owner-operators, says TCA Chairman Shepard Dunn. Also, fleets should pay drivers no less than $65,000 a year, he says.
The former president and CEO of the now-closed Arrow Trucking pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to one count of conspiracy and one count of tax evasion stemming from his misuse of company money and schemes designed to overcharge customers for services.
FMCSA says it hopes to determine whether a relationship exists between how drivers are paid — mileage, hourly, percentage, etc. — and their safety performance.
If recent trends continue, the climate for truckers on Ohio roads could improve. Overall state inspection numbers have fallen the last two years from about 75,000 total annually to just under 72,000,
FMCSA announced Feb. 3 it has issued a shutdown order to South Dakota-based owner-operator Lonnie Roth following the revocation of his CDL and his continuing to operate without it.
The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 3.5 cents in the week ended Feb. 2 to $2.831. That’s the lowest the U.S. average has been since the week ended Nov. 9, 2009.
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