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Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

The trucking industry is content to sharing the road with all vehicles. The Share the Road program sends a team of professional truck drivers to cities around the country to teach car drivers about truck blind spots, stopping distances and safe merging around large trucks, all designed to reduce the number of car-truck accidents. The West Virginia Trucking Association is entering into a partnership with West Virginia school superintendents where by they have endorsed Sen. Schemer for the showing of the Share the Road video to all high school students. They also travel to give demonstrations to students each year.

Key Takeaways:

  • Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.
  • Back in August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration jointly proposed that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a specific maximum speed.
  • That lack of specificity drew the scorn of Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, earlier this month during a press briefing at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

““We cannot afford to elevate risks for the motoring public with a rule that does not take into account the danger of differential speeds for cars and trucks.””


Global Fleet Safety Alliance Formed

A global alliance has been formed among fleets to bring together different companies and vendors. The alliance also offers a ready-made online portal that can track safety performance of the fleets. Currently, the members of this alliance operate on several different continents, six to be exact, and the alliance even offers support in more than thirty different languages.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Alliance’s services will include driver and fleet risk assessment, driver behavior monitoring, and remedial and proactive driver safety training.
  • Each Alliance member will provide its own services by region: CEI in North America; CEPA in Latin America and the Caribbean; and VVCR in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
  • Country and regional fleet managers will have access to each of the Alliance’s online platforms.

“The Global Fleet SafeDrive Alliance is creating the platform that for the first time will enable managers of multinational fleets to begin to standardize their safety programs on a worldwide basis.”


DAT Solutions Integrates Small Carrier-Focused Getloaded

A load board for smaller freight brokers and carriers called Getloaded has announced that DAT Solutions will be integrating into the DAT Network of load boards. What does this mean? With this combination the DAT’s load board network would now provide a single location that is aimed for options for van, refrigerated and specialty freight in addition to flatbed fleets and carrier customers will have access to four times as many loads per day.

Key Takeaways:

  • DAT Solutions has announced that Getloaded, a load board for smaller freight brokers and carriers, will be integrated into the DAT Network of load boards.
  • The combination with the rest of DAT’s load board network provides a single location for options aimed at van, refrigerated, flatbed and specialty freight and capacity.
  • “Since 1999, Getloaded has built its reputation as a marketplace for smaller brokers and carriers, especially those involved in moving flatbed and specialty freight,” said Don Thornton, senior vice president at DAT.

“DAT Solutions has announced that Getloaded, a load board for smaller freight brokers and carriers, will be integrated into the DAT Network of load boards.”


Volvo Trucks enters agreement with Geotab for connected vehicle services

Recently there has been some insight given into Volvo trucks entering an agreement with Geotab for connected vehicle services. Recently Volvo Trucks North America announced in particular that they entered in to a memorandum of understanding with the particular telematics provider Geotab. Currently customers are not equipped with the company’s remote diagnostics telematics platform.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volvo Trucks North America has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with telematics provider Geotab.
  • Through this MOU, Volvo customers not currently equipped with the company’s Remote Diagnostics telematics platform will have connectivity options through a partnership with Geotab, which will help connect legacy Volvo vehicles.
  • The partnership with Geotab will enable customers to make informed decisions to enhance uptime, productivity, fuel efficiency, compliance and safety.

“Volvo Trucks North America has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with telematics provider Geotab”


USA Truck Boosts Pay for Independent Contractors

As part of a new incentive called the new Independent Contractor Compensation Program, USA Truck has increased pay for contractors that work independent of any company ties. Rates were originally $1.02 per mile and have now increased to $1.35 per mile under the new contract. This rate became effective on October 1. Read on to learn more!

Key Takeaways:

  • Independent contract drivers received a pay raise as part of a new program from USA Truck.
  • Independent drivers pay went from $1.02 per mile to $1.35 per mile.
  • The program also gives drivers a discount at some retail gas chains.

“The program improves mileage rates for all new independent contractors. Effective Oct. 1, rates were increased to $1.02 per mile to $1.35 per mile, depending on the length of haul.”


5 Takeaways from ATA MC&E

Recently the American Trucking Associations annual management conference and exhibition wrapped up in Las Vegas. There were some key particular themes involved for this conference including the we are mad as hell and we are not gonna take it anymore, muddy roads and blind curves, data is king, as well as a few others in particular.

Key Takeaways:

  • Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card emphasized the need to unite, emphasizing the “We the people” of the constitution.
  • Everyone acknowledged that there’s a slump in truck freight and in truck sales, but no one had a clear answer for why.
  • One area many agree may serve as a stepping stone toward autonomous trucks is truck platooning, which may be happening on U.S. roads as early as next year.

“Everyone acknowledged that there’s a slump in truck freight and in truck sales, but no one had a clear answer for why. Uncertainty, in fact, ruled the day.”


NY Regulators Treat Two Uber Drivers Like Employees

Two former drivers for Uber are eligible for unemployment payments, New York state regulators have ruled, finding they should be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, as the company has maintained. The decision could make it more difficult for Uber, its rival Lyft and other new businesses operating in what is known as the gig economy by raising their costs and challenging their business model.

NY Regulators Treat Two Uber Drivers Like Employees

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