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New Hours of Service Regulations Mostly a Big Nothing - Except...

For the most part, though they are still being challenged by several trucking companies, the new hours of service safety regulations seem like a big nothing for the majority of truckers. What is most surprising is that the FMCSA actually thinks it has addressed a real problem with a "fair and balanced approach" or that they believe these new rules will result in less fatalities and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings from fewer crashes and improved driver health.

Let's face it, the vast majority of truckers would prefer not to work over 70 hours a week and have no problem or are already taking at least a 30 minute break every 8 hours. I also do not know a single truck driver that would have a problem with a 70 hour on, 34 hour off schedule. So, like I said, for the most part a big "DUH" here for most drivers. While they certainly can't reconcile the FMCSA's numbers (who can), even DOT's own analysis shows that "more than 85% of drivers will see little to no change in their schedules as a result of the rule."

However, in the case of time-sensitive or refrigerated shipments, the new rules could actually cause more accidents and driver issues. Think about it. These types of shipments are often not your average over the highway "long-haul" that the government is so concerned about and are often delivered in already congested areas. So to avoid delays, what are the trucking companies supposed to do, have drivers ready to trade off like the old pony express so that deliveries can be made on time? And what about your standard delivery type routes? Where are the drivers supposed to park and wait out the 30 minute breaks? Could you imagine this issue in and around New York City?

As usual, the government it trying to do something "good" without thinking it through. For one, the industry is already doing a great job addressing driver and motorist safety. For another, the vast majority of these rules amount to very little for most drivers. Finally, with the driver shortage and overall economy already in such dire straights, can't we come up with a plan that does not go after the working drivers pay?

What are your thoughts on the new safety regulations?

Posted: All Trucking Jobs 12/6/2013 4:58:09 PM | Permalink | Comments
What is your take on Obamacare? The courts did not find that the federal governments control over health care goes against our rights. The law is however unaffordable and if you get right down to it the law is really a tax on all Americans. The only way that we can win on this is for congress not to fund it. Several Congress members have already filed bills to do just that.
Posted: All Trucking Jobs 9/16/2013 11:38:52 AM | Permalink | Comments
Show Me the Money

I have been watching the driver shortage as it continues to rise. Is there a reason? We feel that there are several reasons but who are we to label them. I am not trying to hire drivers, deliver freight when rates are low, keep my current drivers happy and try to make a profit in todays market.

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves has had to live with it everyday. Here are his thoughts....


Posted: All Trucking Jobs 8/23/2013 3:28:41 PM | Permalink | Comments
We've Got Team Attitude - Covenant Transport
Posted: All Trucking Jobs 5/23/2013 12:39:55 PM | Permalink | Comments
Got shot out of the saddle
I got a job 3 weeks ago and was told I would be home on the weekends and have not been home since. Its the same day in and day out. Make me a promise and I believe all that you tell me only to find out that it is just more bull.
Posted: All Trucking Jobs 5/22/2013 9:49:15 AM | Permalink | Comments
Mexico or Bust

Well I have been reading up on the cross border mexican truck program and have to say that I do not see why this should be allowed. I know that on Friday The Federal Appeals Court denied cases by OOIDA and the Teamsters Union.
I for one do not believe that the requirements for CDL traning and the medical requirements are on an even scale with the United States. I do not believe that the mechanical requirements are the same for mexican trucks versus US trucks. I understand some of the reasons for the agreement; mainly the monetary part. Mexico will drop 2.4 billion in retaliatory tariffs on goods going into mexico. Is this not also costing us jobs and income for the US trucking industry. Your thoughts and clarifications would be helpful.

Posted: All Trucking Jobs 4/19/2013 12:41:13 PM | Permalink | Comments
Is the Application you are filling out secure

I am a little astounded that I have been looking at sites on the internet this morning and almost half of them do not have internet security on the applications that they are taking. This is not something that you want to fall into when you are looking for a job. When you are searching the internet for a job you need to make sure that the site you are searching is a secure site. You can tell this by the fact that somewhere near the bottom of the page you will see a notice similar to this:


This certifies that the site is secure. Also make sure that the application you are filling out says that it is  a Secure Trucking Job Application. If you do not see any of this information do not fill out that application because your personal information is not secure.

Posted: All Trucking Jobs 4/18/2013 12:46:44 PM | Permalink | Comments
Kenny Chesney Has What???

Kenny Chesney Has What?

Well you never really know who has an affect on trucking until you start to think about it. I was driving by the Warf Marina and Amphitheatre the other day and I see 16 tractor trailers lined up in the parking lot. The Kenny Chesney sign kind of gave it away but I stopped to see if I could get any info on all these trucks.
It turns out Kenny Chesney is a Trucker or he at least has a small fleet of drivers when he is on tour. WOW! I never really thought about a country music star having his own trucking company but I guess they have to get from one city to the next venue to the next to the next.
Well the way it works is they got here well ahead of Kenny for the setup of all of his equipment. Yes he did have a fantastic concert here last night and they are now all packed up and on the way to Fort Lauderdale for a concert this weekend. Think of all the music professionals that are on tour around the country and how many trucks they employ. I bet it is into the hundreds. Next time I hear about a concert I will know that they are employing our nations drivers. Thanks Kenny and the entire music industry.

Posted: All Trucking Jobs 4/12/2013 12:25:04 PM | Permalink | Comments
Is the application you are filing secure!

It has been a busy few weeks for us and I have been reviewing the status of driver applications and the quality of those applications. I am constantly on the internet by laptop or cell phone. I am finding that there are a lot of recruiting sites out there that have mobile applications very similar to ours but they do not have security on the application process. This is a huge problem to me if I am filling out an application on the internet and the process is not secure. Drivers before you fill out that application you need to make sure that the application is secure and shows a security lock on the page at the bottom. This assures you that no one other than the person you intend to receive your information gets it.

Posted: All Trucking Jobs 2/25/2013 10:33:13 AM | Permalink | Comments
Never a Better Time for a Truck Driving Career

We have had several people ask us lately via social media if we thought changing to or starting out with a truck driving career was a good idea. In every case, after considering each of their circumstances, we have answered absolutely yes. Of course, you would expect us to say that since it is our business, but don't just take our word for it - check out all the media coverage reported on this site and, well, just about everywhere!

Just check out our latest industry news on the home page. Seriously folks, with all the perks the carriers are offering now, there has never been a better time to start a truck driving career! Think about it, drivers earn more than most college graduates that spend at least four years and thousands of dollars. Trucking school has always been way less than a college education, but now you can get total reimbursement for driving school and start a $30K to $50K career for - Start a great carreer for ZERO investment!NOTHING!?! C'mon guys and gals, let's smack this truck driver shortage right where it hurts.

Posted: All Trucking Jobs 1/10/2013 7:02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments