Wireless Roadside Inspections Promise Productivity Gains for Carriers

Carriers could achieve substantial productivity gains and fuel savings if all goes as hoped in a long-awaited field test of a wireless roadside inspection (WRI) system to be conducted in five southern states starting this December. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will engage 1,000 commercial trucks and buses in the test, which is […]

Owner Operators Or Employees Do You Know The Difference?

Do you staff your trucking company with owner operators or employees? If you think that you use owner operators, you may be incorrect. Companies across the US are misclassifying their employees and that mistake can cost them. Owner Operator vs Employee Independent contractor misclassification is common across all types of businesses, including the trucking industry. […]

The Promise of Autonomous Trucks

Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles has cleared  Daimler Trucks North America to operate the first licensed autonomous commercial truck on a U.S. public highway. Heralding a new era of reduced accidents and lowered fuel consumption, Daimler’s introduction of the Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” raises a host of questions that drivers, fleet managers, and insurers will some […]

Transportation Hiring Practices: Driver Shortages and Female Operators

In August, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent—the lowest since April 2008—when employers added 173,000 jobs. However, that percentage could be even lower. Today, there are many, albeit it too many, driver positions open within the trucking industry. In fact, the Driver Shortage category  rose to the 2nd place ranking in the American […]

Fuel Efficiency Best Practices for Transportation Professionals

There are many ways to achieve improved fuel efficiency, as an individual driver, and as an organization. Here are some of our top tips to help you get started: Clean air filters helps vehicles consume less fuel Proper engine maintenance is another great way to reduce fuel consumption Maintain proper tire pressure to increase vehicle […]

Heavily Debated Trucking Industry Hours-of-Service Regulations Under Review

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently reviewing the hours-of-service rules that were established in 1995 by the defunct Interstate Commerce Commission. FHWA has made it clear that they are assessing the regulations based on motor carrier efficiency and productivity as well as safety of motor carriers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees that […]

Truck Driver Training a Critical Strategy for Driver Retention

Ensuring that fleet drivers have completed baseline driver training program is an important strategy for reducing driver incidences as well as retaining drivers long-term. A well-designed employer training program ensures that companies are clearly communicating their expectations as a baseline for future performance evaluations. There are many resources available to companies who are developing their […]