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Brammo Electric Drivetrain Startup Acquired by Cummins

In the race toward a more energy-efficient future in truck driving, acquisitions are becoming more common. Established trucking companies with a logistical understanding of the freight industry only need the right resources to move toward an electric future. Startups with a focus on this technology are often the perfect fit in these situations. A good example is Uber’s acquisition of self-driving startup Otto in 2016. Though more geared toward autonomy than low-emission technology, it’s a classic case of established names in transportation partnering with the most promising startups for the future of their business. Cummins is a popular name...

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ELD Exemption Granted to Short-Term Rentals

Truckers who rent trucks for a period of eight days or less will not be required to log hours using electronic devices. This exemption was just granted to the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRLA) amid growing concerns and continued protests of the upcoming ELD mandate. While drivers who get short-term rentals won’t have to log their hours electronically, they’ll still be subject to the same hours-of-service rules. Drivers of rental trucks will still be required to keep paper logs, as well as a copy of the rental agreement. They will also need a copy of the exemption notice....

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Truckers Targeted in Tax Reform?

President Trump will be making multiple stops across the country to raise awareness for his new tax reform plan. Truck drivers are expected to be one of the main groups addressed at the president’s stop in Pennsylvania. While the full details of the plan are still not available, there are several points which are likely to be addressed during this meeting. The speaking event will take place in front of about 1,000 people, and the bulk of the audience will be truck drivers. Given this, the bulk of the speech is expected to talk about strategies to cut corporate...

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Trucking Company Shut Down Over Fatal Trafficking Incident

It was a ghastly story when it first broke this past summer – a truck driver was caught transporting human beings in the trailer of his vehicle, leading to several fatalities. When Clearwater-native James Bradley Jr. stopped at a Walmart in San Antonio, few people could have anticipated the horrific site that would soon be discovered. The trailer had a whopping 39 people in it. What’s worse, the temperatures in the container climbed to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the course of the trip. This left the occupants facing severe health issues. With eight deaths at the scene and...

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How Valuable is Coaching to Truck Drivers?

Sometimes the difference between success and failure depends on how many resources a person has at their disposal. In a professional environment, giving people the tools they need to succeed is more important than ever. Truck driving is a complex industry when compared to most others. There are a lot of things to get used to, and things can change quickly. For drivers who are trying to get their start or move up in the field, coaching from a skilled industry veteran can be very useful. Coaching is often done in trucking school, helping drivers get first-hand experience behind...

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