FMCSA: Hours violations have ‘dropped significantly’ under ELD mandate

Hours of service violations, as a percentage of total inspections, have been cut by about half since the electronic logging device mandate took effect in December, according to data released Friday by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In the most recent two full months, since so-called hard enforcement of the ELD mandate began April 1, that percentage has dropped to 0.64 percent, according to FMCSA’s figures.

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CHP reminds drivers to check their loads frequently after spotting this on the road

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding truck drivers to check their loads after spotting this load on a truck going 31 miles over the speed limit.

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Kansas truckers must complete human trafficking training to obtain or renew CDL

Starting next week, truck drivers in the state of Kansas who want to either obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for the first or to renew their CDL will be required to complete human trafficking training first.

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Arkansas trooper says it’s “very common” to stop truckers who can’t read road signs

A report from an Arkansas news station suggests that state police are frequently pulling over truck drivers who do not have enough understanding of the English language to read road signs. The report from KARK is entitled “Danger Ahead? Truckers Who Can’t Read AR Roadway Signs a Common Problem.”

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DOT officially announces pilot interstate trucking program for 18 to 21 year olds

This week the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that they would be moving forward with a pilot program that will allow certain 18 to 21 year old military veterans or reservists to operate commercial vehicles interstate.

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The “driver shortage” explained as a driver turnover, pay problem

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association President Todd Spencer appeared on Fox Business to set the record straight about the American “truck driver shortage.” Mainstream media outlets have been pumping out hundreds of articles recently warning that a “truck driver shortage” could have negative repercussions on the U.S. economy, driving up the cost of goods and causing shipping delays.

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Three major fleets announce driver pay increases

Several of the nation’s largest fleets have recently announced more pay increases for their truck drivers.

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FMCSA to explore autonomous truck regs in upcoming listening session

Trucking industry stakeholders are invited to participate in a public listening session later this month about regulations relating to the design, development, testing and integration of autonomous trucks, or automated driving systems (ADS), as they are referred to in a Federal Register notice to be published Monday, June 11.

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Is driving without drivers the future of trucking?

With driver turnover rates bumping 90 percent last year, shippers could find only one available truck for every 12 outbound loads — the lowest ratio in 13 years, according to DAT Solutions.

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Volvo, Mack unveil patriotic Ride for Freedom trucks

Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks each unveiled this week their Ride for Freedom trucks used during the annual “Run for the Wall” and “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle rallies over Memorial Day weekend

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