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Why Bad Business Practices are Hurting the Trucking Industry and Everyone Involved….

Trucking, the backbone of American commerce, is in a tough spot. There might be a future, a very long time from now, when long-haul drivers are replaced by fully self-driving vehicles. But today, trucking has the opposite problem. It’s looking at a significant shortage of drivers — 48,000 open positions in an industry of 800,000 — and trying to figure out how it will fill that hole. Is trucking in crisis or is the pendulum about to swing the other way? The industry accounts for more than two-thirds of the freight tonnage moved throughout the country in any given...

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Driver Pay Jumps 1.6% in Third Quarter

Longhaul truck driver pay rose in the third quarter as the truckload market tightened over the summer, setting the stage for a lift in salaries in 2018, according to the National Transportation Institute. The National Driver Wage Index rose 1.6% year-over-year to 156.26, the strongest growth rate since the first quarter of 2016. The dry van index jumped nearly 2.5% to 152.54, flatbed rose 1.4% to 159.29 and refrigerated increased 1.1% to 156.95. Last year, the combined index rose just 0.3% compared with 2015. The institute uses a base of 100 to represent conditions in 1994. “We expect these...

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US Proposes Phasing Out Mexican Trucks Out of Updated NAFTA

The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually prevent long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people familiar with the discussions. American negotiators asked to remove Mexico’s long-haul industry from a NAFTA chapter on cross-border services, according to an industry official familiar with the proposal who isn’t authorized to speak publicly. That could open the door to restrictions on truckers, as losing NAFTA trade protections and advantages would make it harder for Mexico to challenge any future U.S. requirements on trucks such as new safety checks. A...

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New Drugs Added To Transportation Workers Drug Test

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans on Jan. 1 to begin testing truck drivers and other “safety-sensitive” transportation employees for the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone, the agency announced Nov. 9. “Inclusion of these four semi-synthetic opioids is intended to help address the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse,” the announcement said. “Also, adding these four drugs, which are already tested for in many transportation employers’ non-DOT testing programs because of their widespread use and potentially impairing effect, will allow the DOT to detect a broader range of drugs being used illegally. Transportation industries are not immune to...

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Women In Trucking and TranStrategy Launch New Training Program For Driver Growth

The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry. It’s supported by a passionate leadership team, highly engaged members, and committed sponsors and partners. They continue to build a strong community among our members (primarily business professionals and professional drivers) who believe in and support our mission. In providing more avenues for commercial trucking training as well as bolstering diversity in commercial trucking, the Women in Trucking Association and TranStrategy Partners have announced a new training program, the...

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