Truck drivers

How to turn frightful roadside inspections into positive interactions

Time spent alone in the cab and long hours traveling barren highways have been known to play tricks on truck drivers’ minds. Visions of things that aren’t really there, ghosts tormenting the driver, and hitchhikers that just disappear are among the more common supernatural sightings drivers claim. As much as drivers would like to think …

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Canadian National truckers ratify new contract

Drivers for Canadian National’s (NYSE:CNI ) trucking subsidiary, CNTL , ratified a four-year contract that increases rates for wait time and mileage and extends a fuel subsidy.  The agreement covers about 1,000 owner-operators under contract to CNTL in Canada, who form a key component of CNI’s intermodal operations. The drivers, represented by the union Unifor, …

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Six ways a TMS improves shipper of choice standing

Shippers of choice all have one thing in common: They put the truck driver first. They accomplish this in different ways, but the theme of finding ways to make life easier for the driver prevails. Whether that is less detention time, quicker payments, improved route optimization or driver amenities at shipping facilities, drivers appreciate working …

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Four of the best Class 8 truck manufacturers for the money

With several manufacturers producing top-of-the-line Class 8 trucks, the question must be asked, which one is the best bang for the buck? Between Mack, Freightliner, Peterbilt and Kenworth, there are many Class 8 trucks on the market. Most drivers and fleets in the industry will find themselves aligned with a specific original equipment manufacturer (OEM), …

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Too much traffic? Congestion pricing advocates have a solution

Ask any trucker and they will tell you traffic is a way of life – not a happy way of life, but one they must deal with on a daily basis. Americans are driving more than ever before, and that is making roadway congestion increasingly worse. The Federal Highway Administration said there were 3.22 trillion …

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Two Texas truckers and a state worker sold hundreds of fake commercial driver’s licenses

A federal grand jury indicted three Texas men – two truckers and a state worker – in connection with a scheme to sell commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) without the drivers having to take the required test, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News .  The indictment, which was handed down July 24 in …

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Building a culture where trucking fleets consciously address driver plight

In many ways, the primary objective of fleets is to make sure they keep their drivers in the best of spirits, and help them stay productive throughout their time behind the wheel – a challenge considering the myriad of complications that arise when on the road. Those complications can include mental strain arising due to …

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Lack of qualified truck drivers being felt across U.S.-Mexico border region

Drivers of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, freight trucks and tanker trucks hauled more than $671 billion in goods across the United States-Mexico border in 2018. However, there are around 50,000 unfilled driver positions throughout Mexico, according to Enrique González Muñoz, president of the Mexico City-based National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR). The biggest need is …

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Texas school receives $1.1 million in state funding for its truck driving academy

The Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) recently received $1.1 million in state funding for its professional Truck Driving Academy, aiming to fill a need for qualified truck drivers in southeast Texas. “Due to the high demand and high pay for truck drivers, Lamar Institute of Technology’s Truck Driving Academy currently has a waiting list for …

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TuSimple and Pima Community College launch first-ever AV certificate program for truck drivers

Seeking to help drivers take advantage of job opportunities created by automation, self-driving truck startup TuSimple has partnered with Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona, on a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle certificate program for truck drivers. The “Autonomous Vehicle Driver and Operations Specialist” program launches in September 2019 and comprises five courses covering technology deployed …

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