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Driver coercion rule published, takes effect in January; fines carriers up to $16k for coercion instances

November 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation published Nov. 30 a Final Rule that sets up new fines for carriers, brokers, shippers and others for pressuring truck drivers to operate outside of federal safety regulations. Such coercive acts generally come in the form of threatening truck drivers with fewer miles, fewer loads or other economic harm.  The […]

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FMCSA director gives preview of safety fitness rule

March 7, 2015

A spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave some insights into what motor carriers can expect from the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule, which the agency expects to publish in June. Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, Office of Enforcement and Compliance, spoke at the Omnitracs Outlook user conference, Feb. 8-10 in Dallas. Compliance, safety, and accountability is a […]

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Volvo adds long-haul VAH auto-hauler

March 7, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo has added a VAH 630 premium sleeper tractor designed for long-haul transport to its auto-hauler line. The new offering rounds out a line of auto-haulers that already include a VAH day cab and small sleeper model. “We are pleased that we now have a solution specifically tailored to the long-haul segment […]

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NHTSA Initiates Investigation of Michelin Auto Hauler Tires

October 23, 2014

Investigation of Michelin WASHINGTON—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation of Michelin XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires for possible defects. “The tire may fail catastrophically when used on the steer axle,” states the resume dated Oct. 6 from NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation initiating the investigation. ODI said it has received six vehicle […]

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Cutting logistics costs key to GM profit targets

October 13, 2014

GM Profit Target General Motors has revealed details about how it plans to increase its margin to 10% in 2016, with cuts in material and logistics costs making up a large part of the company’s savings in regions including North America and South America. During an investor meetings last week in Michigan, the company’s chief […]

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MetroGistics, PMTG, and McNutt will partner as ‘asset medium’ provider

October 13, 2014

Announcements of the partnerships US vehicle logistics services provider MetroGistics is joining up operations and customers with trucking provider Precision Motor Transport Group (PMTG) and less-than-truckload service provider, McNutt Automotive Logistics. Both MetroGistics and McNutt will eventually merge to become a single company. The agreement will produce a mixed transport asset heavy and light model: […]

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FMCSA Including Extra Step In Insurance Increase Rulemaking Allowing For More Industry Comment

October 13, 2014

More Industry Comment The upcoming rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers and brokers must carry will have an additional step that allows fleets and owner-operators another chance to offer formal comment on the rule. The proposed rule will first be issued as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, rather than simply […]

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More Trucking Groups Call On FMCSA To Remove CSA Scores From Public View

October 9, 2014

Trucking Groups Call on FMCSA Several more trucking groups have called on DOT head Anthony Foxx to remove carriers’ safety data and Compliance, Safety, Accountability rankings from public view. The groups say the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses data that has “statistical flaws” to produce the Safety Measurement System rankings within CSA. Furthermore, the […]

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Volvo Trucks Delivers 1,000th Auto Hauler

October 9, 2014

1,000th Auto Hauler Volvo Trucks said it recently delivered its 1,000th Volvo Auto Hauler model, which the company designed specifically for the specialized automobile transport industry. Volvo delivered the milestone truck, a VAH 200 model powered by Volvo’s D11 engine, to Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport. The daycab model featured a short bumper-to-back-of-cab configuration that […]

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Employee Benefits Liability

September 22, 2014

It’s no secret, given today’s driver shortage, companies are competing to attract and retain the best and most talented drivers. Often, this advantage comes in the form of financial benefits, including employee benefit programs. Employee benefit programs are a popular way to compete for new employees and have been shown to improve overall employee morale […]

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