Preparing for the Truck Driver Demographic Change

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM

One of the most concerning factors behind the current and future driver shortage is the lack of young drivers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average age of a truck driver today is 55 or older. The Baby Boomer generation is growing increasingly close to retirement and there are not enough drivers, especially young ones, to replace them.

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Collaboration Key to Finding Capacity

Posted by Brianne McCurley September 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Capacity issues are straining relationships between shippers and carriers. A rise in trucking demand, a shortage of drivers, government regulations, and shipping inefficiencies all play a role in the current shortage of capacity.

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Spot Freight Rates are Higher than Previous Year

Posted by PLS Admin September 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM

August 2014 was a record setting month in the spot freight market with a 32% increase over the same month last year. Freight availability also remained constant. 

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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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