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Looking for a Change? The Trucking Industry Needs More Drivers

The U.S. has a staggering 3.4 million tractor trailer drivers on the road, but with the economy on the upturn, there is a greater demand from truck drivers now more than ever. In their fourth major analysis of the ongoing trucker shortage, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported that this year, the number of drivers the sector needs is on track to set a new record high, with 47,500 unfilled seats across the nation. If the economy continues to improve even modestly, demand will increase, which could add 26,000 more open seats in heavy-duty trucks next year for a...

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Hours of Service Rule Suspended in Carolinas Due to Record Floods

Parts of South Carolina and North Carolina are experiencing record-breaking flooding due to Hurricane Joaquin dropping buckets of rain on the East Coast for five days. Whole sections of roads and bridges have been washed away, and as of Monday afternoon, 375 roads and 161 bridges remained closed in South Carolina alone, where parts of the state was deluged with over two feet of water. South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) acting secretary Christy A. Hall said, “The flood-swollen rivers in the Midlands are tributaries that feed into the rivers that move down into the southern portion of the...

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UPS Buying Coyote Logistics for $1.8 Billion

United Postal Service (UPS), the largest package delivery company in the world, has entered into an agreement to purchase Coyote Logistics, a freight broker company for a cool $1.8 billion dollars from Warbung Pincus, a private equity firm. The deal with be complete within the next 30 days, pending the normal conditions and regulatory approvals are met. Coyote Logistics began in 2006, and reported $2.1 billion in revenue last year. Coyote CEO Jeff Silver is excited, “to become a part of UPS and continue to grow, now with UPS’s support.” He continued, “Our great people, leading technology and flexible...

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Interactive Safety… It’s Coming, Says Daimler

We have long relied on Passive Safety to keep us protected; things like seatbelts and airbags, products and systems that were put in place to help avoid or lessen injuries that could occur in an accident. But we needed more. In recent years we have seen the addition of Active Safety; backup cameras, forward-looking radar, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems, all designed to prevent accidents from ever happening. And while these advancements have certainly made the roads and highways safety, we still need more. Motorists need more protection on their daily commute to work. Truck drivers...

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Operation Safe Driver Week Set for Oct 18-24

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently wrapped up their sponsorship of Brake Safety Week, which ran from Sept 6 -12 of this year. The campaign is part of the larger Operation Airbrake program that the two organizations co-sponsor. The biggest percentage of violations seen during 2014 roadside inspections were brake-related, coming in at a whopping 46.2%. During the week, CMV inspectors scrutinized the brake systems of buses and trucks, looking for everything from minor adjustments like worn pads or linings, to larger violations such as missing parts or leaking hydraulic...

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