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New Conditions for Commercial Truck Driver Licensing in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, new prerequisites were put forward for commercial truck drivers to obtain licenses on 21 December. 25% of the testing centers were also shut down by the state, where this upgraded test could not take place. This is now becoming a time consuming process as there are a large numbers of applicants. This new federal regulation was initially put forward by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in July, 2011. With more authentic residency and identity proof, the far-reaching road test was the main clause of these new requirements. The time-limit of four years (till 2015) was given...

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The Economic Haze Affecting the Trucking Industry

The U.S. economy is expanding at a rapid rate, and the trucking industry is trying to keep up at the same rate, in order to fulfill the high freight demand nationwide. The surprising thing is that even though the sector is facing significant driver shortages, they have still managed to maintain their operations. Instead of hiring more employees and buying more trucks, the fleet enterprises are trying to increase their maximum capacity by increasing the number of trailers instead. This is one of the major constituents of the propagating plan put forward by the trucking giants. Adding trailers would...

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New Technology All Set to Transform the Trucking Industry

With the introduction and implementation of the new, FAST Act Highway Bill, the trucking industry has certainly gained a lot. With a number of industry supporting provisions added in the bill, the act is now industry focused. The trucking companies applaud the U.S. Congress for passing a long-term bill that made substantial initiatives in support of the safety and efficiency of professional truck drivers. With the industry already facing huge challenges, driver shortage being one of the major concerns, this bill has brought something positive for the industry. Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc., and...

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The Penalties And Risks Of Distracted Truck Driving

According to the latest regulations by FMCSA, truck drivers are prohibited from using hand-held mobile devices or from texting, while driving a commercial motor vehicle on an interstate highway. The drivers, who are caught doing so, will face disqualification, fines and dismissal from employment. However, the FMCSA regulations don’t include the usage of devices which are part of the company’s dispatch management system. Commercial drivers, who dial mobile phones, are 6 times more likely to be involved in accidents, and those who text are 23 times more prone to safety critical events. Thus, according to the law, drivers are...

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Trucking Industry in Nevada

The winter holiday season is the season of giving gifts, and upgrading the household. With furniture being a common buying item, shopping of other products online has also escalated this year during the holidays, according to the report by MasterCard SpendingPulse. In fact, 7.9% increase in the overall spending has been observed compare to last year’s statistics. The data is covering the spending from Black Friday to Christmas Eve based on retail sales on cards, and approximation of checks and cash purchases through surveys. The rise in furniture sales was in double digit percentages. Additionally, holiday sales and free...

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