Appreciating the Truck Driver

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

As Truck Driver Appreciation Week rolls around, it’s time to look closer at what this country’s truck drivers actually do for us. Many times when we are at the supermarket, or ordering something from Amazon, we don’t appreciate how these goods find their way to us. All of the products sold in stores today have been moved across the country, and we usually don’t think of the long and complex path they took to get there.

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Trucking Drives America Forward: Taking Pride in Our Industry

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Truckers are an integral piece of the U.S. Economy. In honor of Truck Driver Appreciation Week, check out this video from Trucking Moves America Forward.

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Breakdown of Electronic Logging Device Mandate

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

On March 12th, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA announced a change to the 2010 mandate for Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs). The old rule required certain fleets to use EOBRs for hours-of-service compliance. The new rule requires more technologically advanced Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to be used in most trucks by as early as 2016. The latest mandate consists of four parts: Mandating who uses ELDs, protections against driver harassment, hardware specifications, and rules pertaining supporting documents.

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Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by PLS Admin September 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Changes to Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently re-evaluated the minimum levels of financial responsibility for motor carriers, and a new minimum will likely be announced soon. This task was delegated to them by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, who was assigned the task by Congress.

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Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters: The Debate

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon mandate the use of speed limiters, also known as speed governors or Electronic Control Modules (ECM), on large trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds. The rule targets trucks that typically travel on roads with a speed limit of 55 mph or higher. No speed limit has yet been determined, but will likely be somewhere between 65 – 70 mph. Due to the estimated fuel cost savings for large carriers, many believe this rule will be passed sooner rather than later.

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New Mandate Prevents Truck Driver Harassment with Electronic Logging Devices

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Preventing driver harassment is a focal point with the latest Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. The old rule, made in 2010, did not stop carriers from harassing drivers into breaking hours of service (HOS) rules.

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Tough New Regulations Proposed for Crude Oil Transport

Posted by Brianne McCurley August 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Department of Transportation (DOT) released details of new proposed rules for the transport of flammable material by rail - particularly crude oil and ethanol. The proposed rules cover seven different areas associated with crude-by-rail transport. There is less than one month left to comment on the proposed rules. If you would like to comment, please visit this link.  You can also read more information about the proposed rules and how they may benefit shippers by reading an article on Logistics ViewPoints.

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eCommerce consumers willing to pay extra for sustaintable shipping

Posted by Brianne McCurley August 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Would you be willing to pay 5% more for products ordered online if they are shipped sustainably? A recent survey titled “Need for Green or Need for Speed Survey" conducted by the consulting firm West Monroe Partners revealed that 54% of eCommerce consumers are willing to pay the extra money.

Click here to read the full story on Modern Materials Handling website.

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Build America Investment Initiative

Posted by Brianne McCurley August 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

It’s no secret that the U.S. infrastructure is in desperate need of repairs. In fact, there is $2 trillion worth of deferred maintenance in this country in roads, bridges, sewer systems and water mains. President Obama recently announced the Build America Investment Initiative that will address many of the issues facing America’s infrastructure. Not only will repairs make the roads and bridges safer and more reliable for commuters and commerce, but it will support millions of jobs as well as create new ones.

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