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How should truck drivers log their hours of service?

Recently the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the owner operators association debated the issue of paper logs versus electronic logs on Fox Business News.  Owner operators tend to prefer paper logs while the large motor carriers prefer the use of a technology solution.  See the Fox Business News video here.

Recently the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the owner operators association debated the issue of paper logs versus electronic logs on Fox Business News.  Owner operators tend to prefer paper logs while the large motor carriers prefer the use of a technology solution.  See the Fox Business News video here.

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NTSB recommends 10-year driving record review for truck and bus drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a review of three years of driving records for commercial motor vehicle drivers.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has suggested a review of 10 years of driving records (article).  The recommendation comes as a result of the NTSB investigation into a March 2011 bus crash (NTSB […]

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a review of three years of driving records for commercial motor vehicle drivers.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has suggested a review of 10 years of driving records (article).  The recommendation comes as a result of the NTSB investigation into a March 2011 bus crash (NTSB […]

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How much does truck driver turnover cost?

Truck driver turnover has been around 100% per year for basically the last decade (other than during the recession).  According to the ATA, it costs between $5,000 to $6,000 to replace a driver (see page three of this excellent article).  If that driver only lasts a year (on average), then the turnover cost could be 10% or more […]

Truck driver turnover has been around 100% per year for basically the last decade (other than during the recession).  According to the ATA, it costs between $5,000 to $6,000 to replace a driver (see page three of this excellent article).  If that driver only lasts a year (on average), then the turnover cost could be 10% or more […]

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Truck drivers: employees or independent contractors

TransForce drivers are all TransForce employees.  Are your truck drivers correctly classified?  Are your vendors’ drivers?  You could face fines and back taxes if they are not. The full costs of employment include payroll taxes and workers compensation insurance as well as benefits and paid time off.  In fact, it is not uncommon to estimate that […]

TransForce drivers are all TransForce employees.  Are your truck drivers correctly classified?  Are your vendors’ drivers?  You could face fines and back taxes if they are not. The full costs of employment include payroll taxes and workers compensation insurance as well as benefits and paid time off.  In fact, it is not uncommon to estimate that […]

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New Definition of Tank Vehicle Will Affect CDL Endorsement Requirement

A change in the official definition of a “tank vehicle” has led to confusion about who needs a tank truck endorsement on a commercial driver’s license. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the change last year in a rule that tightened its standards for commercial driver’s license testing, and created new commercial learner’s permit. […]

A change in the official definition of a “tank vehicle” has led to confusion about who needs a tank truck endorsement on a commercial driver’s license. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the change last year in a rule that tightened its standards for commercial driver’s license testing, and created new commercial learner’s permit. […]

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Truck driver staffing a challenge due to driver turnover

The ATA reported on truck driver turnover, showing that turnover at large truckload fleets continues to be high — 88%.  Less-than-truckload turnover remains very low by comparison.  There has been much discussion about a coming driver shortage as the economy recovers.  With 12.7 million Americans still unemployed, one wonders what must happen to make trucking an attractive career […]

The ATA reported on truck driver turnover, showing that turnover at large truckload fleets continues to be high — 88%.  Less-than-truckload turnover remains very low by comparison.  There has been much discussion about a coming driver shortage as the economy recovers.  With 12.7 million Americans still unemployed, one wonders what must happen to make trucking an attractive career […]

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Transportation staffing a key element of the supply chain

How can transportation staffing firms help motor carriers to meet the demand for truck drivers? The ATA recently reported that truck tonnage increased 5.5% from the prior year.  With GDP rising in the 1.5% to 3% range in recent quarters, truck volumes appear to be one area where economic activity is recovering more robustly than the economy […]

How can transportation staffing firms help motor carriers to meet the demand for truck drivers? The ATA recently reported that truck tonnage increased 5.5% from the prior year.  With GDP rising in the 1.5% to 3% range in recent quarters, truck volumes appear to be one area where economic activity is recovering more robustly than the economy […]

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