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How truckers use tech to keep moving during hurricanes How truckers use tech to keep moving during hurricanes

How truckers use tech to keep moving during hurricanes

This post was first published on October 20, 2020. It has been updated for the 2022 hurricane season. Trucking is necessary to modern society — so it makes sense why it’s impervious to conditions like snow or hurricanes. Today’s technology has made that even easier with algorithm-driven insights. Freight movement involves different segments like planning, …

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FMCSA to recruit truck drivers for autonomous vehicle study FMCSA to recruit truck drivers for autonomous vehicle study

FMCSA to recruit truck drivers for autonomous vehicle study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is calling on 100 truck drivers to participate in an experiment using a simulator to evaluate distractions that occur while driving trucks equipped with lower-level autonomous technology. The research, which will also include a non-simulator training study session, will assess driver readiness when assuming control of a truck with …

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Can MVR monitoring be a fleet risk management tool? Can MVR monitoring be a fleet risk management tool

Can MVR monitoring be a fleet risk management tool?

The old saying in trucking is that the easiest way to avoid violations is to be proactive about compliance. For some, that is easier said than done. Many commercial carrier operations believe complying with regulations is enough. This is especially true when it comes to drivers. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation title …

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FMCSA tries to clarify policy on hours-of-service exemption requests FMCSA tries to clarify policy on hours of service exemption requests

FMCSA tries to clarify policy on hours-of-service exemption requests

Recent requests seeking exemptions from trucking hours-of-service rules have raised questions about how federal regulators view such requests and what kind of response they are required to provide. Ronnie Brown III, who drives for Waterloo, Iowa-based Gray Transportation, applied in June to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption from both HOS and …

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BREAKING: Rail strike averted by tentative deal BREAKING Rail strike averted by tentative deal

BREAKING: Rail strike averted by tentative deal

Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves There will be no rail strike in the U.S. on Friday as the key unions and negotiators for the railroads have reached a tentative agreement. The Association for American Railroads announced early Thursday morning that tentative agreements had been reached with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division of the International …

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Focus appears to be shifting from Variant to ‘blocking and tackling’ at U.S. Xpress Focus appears to be shifting from Variant to ‘blocking and

Focus appears to be shifting from Variant to ‘blocking and tackling’ at U.S. Xpress

The Variant initiative at U.S. Xpress is not dead. CEO Eric Fuller made that clear Thursday during a conference call with analysts. In response to an analyst question, Fuller even said the company will continue to order both red trucks for the traditional U.S. Xpress color scheme and gray trucks, the color of Variant. But …

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Universal defends AB5-related deal, notes higher costs but touts that the deal is done Universal defends AB5 related deal notes higher costs but touts that

Universal defends AB5-related deal, notes higher costs but touts that the deal is done

With the ink still drying on its recent AB5-related deal with the Teamsters union in Southern California, the CEO and CFO of Universal Logistics used the occasion of the Cowen & Co. Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference on Wednesday to tout the benefits. One of the key arguments: Universal has gotten out in front …

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Trucking COVID-related supplies drops 50% under special waiver Trucking COVID related supplies drops 50 under special waiver

Trucking COVID-related supplies drops 50% under special waiver

New federal data reveals that COVID-19 supplies, such as vaccine tests, masks and related medical equipment, hauled under the emergency trucking hours-of-service (HOS) waiver, have dropped by approximately 50% over nine months ending in July. The new data, compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also shows that livestock and groceries — namely food …

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