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Driver Shortage Creating Employment Opportunities For Veterans

The United States government has urged employers in the private sector to offer jobs to army personnel returning from service, and one such industry is in full support of the program. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary said, “Our nation’s veterans deserve good-paying jobs when they return home from serving overseas, and we are proud to help. Thousands of active duty service members and veterans have already transferred their skills to jobs driving trucks and buses through the Military Skills Test Waiver Program and we look forward to helping even more now that we’ve expanded to all 50 states.” Furthermore,...

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Study For Duty Hours and Sleeper Berth Flexibility

FMCSA announced that it will be conducting a study to gather more information about the drivers’ sleeping hours and the sleeper berth flexibility variability. For this specific study, the authority plans to engage at least 200 truckers, who are operating under different sleep schedules and cycles. For example some of them engage in split sleep cycles, while others are regular sleepers. The FMCSA has taken on quite a challenge to determine the safety of the trucking operations, by accessing the truckers’ viability. The main objective is to find out if the driver’s operation will be safer with the split...

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Trucking Industry: Growth vs. Labor Problem

Even a slow order rate December could not prevent 2015 from crowning itself as the trailer industry’s best shipment year in history. According to “State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers” published by ACT Research Co., 2015 has bagged even higher sales than the previous record set in 1999. Frank Maly, Director-CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT, commented on the issue that although the net trailer orders fell 31 percent month over month and 38 percent year over year, the solid order season continues into January as 2016 has started with the best order board in around 20 years....

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Trucking Industry Boosts The Overall Employment Rate

The economic condition in U.S. continues to improve as the employment rate rises, courtesy of the trucking industry, which has played an instrumental role by turning around the dire circumstances of the lack of drivers in the field. A report about the manufacturing side of the trucking sector was published recently, which proclaimed that it was a positive relief for the economy that had been suffering in the past due to the plummeting rate of employment. The Labor Department also issued a report on Friday 4, 2015, which states that a total of 211,000 non-farm jobs were added in...

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FAST Act Highway Bill: What Was Removed From Final Version

The final version of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, finalized in the first week of this month, has been approved by the government and signed by the United States President, Barack Obama. The bill’s earlier versions are a bit different from the final version and have left out a few features which the industry and the truckers hoped would be included in the act. Even though a lot of more important factors have been considered by the bill, there still remains certain loop holes, so to say. Truckers aged below 21 years: The preliminary version...

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