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Oakley Trucking Rolls Out Another Safety-Based Pay Raise

Oakley Trucking Rolls Out Another Major Safety-Based Raise By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief For the second time in five months Oakley Trucking is rolling out an across-the-board safety-based pay raise as it continues to incentivize its drivers to become the safest in the industry. Effective July 30, the North Little Rock, Ark.-based carrier is giving its ...

written on: 07-19-2018

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TLD Logistics Announces Winners of Driver Tribute Contest

TLD Logistics Announces Winners of Driver Tribute Contest 3 Drivers claim cash prizes totaling $21,000 in first quarterly drawing By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Richard Miller always entered contests and drawings for the fun of it all but admitted he never had much luck in winning them. Not any more. The 48-year-old Tennessee driver’s ...

written on: 07-17-2018

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DOT Launches Pilot Program To Study Military Drivers 18-20

DOT Launches Pilot Program To Study Military Drivers 18-20 By Al Muskewitz One of the road blocks to easing the nationwide driver shortage some say is the limitation of drivers under 21 from driving across state lines or not at all, but a program announced before the Fourth of July holiday will open those lanes to 18-20 year olds with military equivalent of a CDL. It ...

written on: 07-05-2018

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FMCSA Denies OOIDA's ELD Request 

FMCSA Denies OOIDA's ELD Request The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has fought long and hard to get its members exempt from the electronic logging mandate, but has lost the battle. On Monday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notified the trade group it had rejected the group’s November 2017 request for a five-year exemption. The FMCSA ...

written on: 07-05-2018

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Covenant Enhances Portfolio With Acquisition of Landair

Covenant Enhances Portfolio With Acquisition of Landair CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Covenant Transportation Group finalized the largest acquisition in its company history Thursday when it completed the acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Landair Transport and Landair Logistics. The $83 million purchase eclipses the $82 million deal Covenant made in ...

written on: 07-05-2018

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N.M. College Offering Fast-Track Driver Training  

N.M. college launches fast-track driver training By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief Want to get on the road, but don’t have the time or inclination to wait? A community college in New Mexico is about to launch a truck driving training program designed to get qualified drivers out on the road faster that in some sense is a bit ahead of its time. Central New...

written on: 07-03-2018

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Upstart Truckers First Logistics ‘Changing Lives One Load at a Time’

Upstart Truckers First Logistics ‘Changing Lives One Load at a Time’ By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief Rocky Morgan has known what trucks mean to the world ever since he was old enough to hold the grease gun that helped keep the wheels on his father’s truck turning. He understands the needs of freight providers. He has seen and heard stories of the ...

written on: 06-21-2018

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Penske To Acquire Epes Transport

Penske To Acquire Epes Transport Various media outlets are reporting Penske Logistics has reached an agreement in principle to acquire North Carolina-based Epes Transport Systems, adding more than 1,200 units to its transportation and logistics portfolio. Epes employees were told of the pending acquisition in May, reports said, and the deal is expected to be closed in a...

written on: 06-20-2018

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U.S. Xpress Opens Public Trading

U.S. Xpress Opens Public Trading U.S. Xpress Enterprises, the country’s fifth largest truckload carrier based on revenue, began trading as a public company on The New York Stock Exchange Thursday at $16 per share. As a means to generate funding to pay down debt, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company is offering 18,056,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price of $16 ...

written on: 06-19-2018

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Melton's Buchanan Wins TCA Safety Award

Melton's Buchanan Wins TCA Safety Award NORFOLK, Va. – Angie Buchanan, vice president of HR and Safety for Melton Truck Lines, has been presented the 2018 Clare C. Casey Safety Professional of the Year Award by the Truckload Carriers Association. The honors goes to a trucking industry professional whose actions and achievements have made a profound contribution to ...

written on: 06-12-2018

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The Right Knight: Moody Driver Wins Alabama TDC

Knight Is Right: Moody Driver Wins Alabama TDC By Al Muskewitz Editor in Chief PELHAM, Ala. – Mark Knight has won just about everything to be had in the Alabama Trucking Association Truck Driver Championship over the years, but two prizes had eluded his grasp. One he’ll never have a chance to win again, but the other – the prize that represents the safest driver...

written on: 06-02-2018

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FMCSA clarifies ag, personal conveyance rules

FMCSA Clarifies Ag, Personal Conveyance Rules By Hiremaster staff The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday attempted to bring clarity to two of the biggest questions during its sessions with drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. The FMCSA announced new regulatory guidance for the industry and law enforcement clarifying the ...

written on: 05-31-2018

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Alabama Truckers Set for State Driving Championships

Alabama Drivers Set for State Championships By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief More than 100 of the most skilled and safety-conscious truck drivers in the state – or those who think they are – will put their knowledge and ability to the test later this week in the Alabama Truck Driving Championships. Drivers from large and small fleets across the state – many ...

written on: 05-29-2018

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Survey Anticipates Rise in Turnover, Applications, Pay in 2Q

Survey Anticipates 2Q Rise in Turnover, Applications, Pay By Al Muskewitz/Editor-in-Chief While most trucking company recruiters expect driver turnover to increase in the second business quarter of 2018, they also anticipate an increase in applications as drivers chase the incremental pay raises companies are offering in hopes of keeping the drivers they have. Those were ...

written on: 05-08-2018

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TLD Recognized As A Top Fleet For Drivers

TLD Recognized As Top Fleet to Drive For By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – When TLD Logistics Services human resources manager Nina Jolly walked on the stage at one of the major events of the TCA Convention last month, it was more than a chance for the company to stand and be recognized. It was more affirmation for a company that strives to...

written on: 04-24-2018

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Mercer's Culture A Hit With Drivers

Mercer's Long-Standing Culture a Hit With Drivers By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief, Wright Media LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When Texas trucker Wayne Dollar started looking for a new company to drive for nine years ago, the process wasn’t a one-way street. He was “interviewing” the companies as much as they were interviewing him. He wasn’t exactly sure what direction he ...

written on: 04-20-2018

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Truckers Tout Tax Reform

Truckers Tout Tax Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. – Executives and employees from three American trucking companies were joined by American Trucking Associations officials Thursday at the White House to recognize the positive impact of the Tax Cuts and Job Act signed into law last December. Executives and drivers from Crete Carrier Corporation, Werner Enterprises and TCW ...

written on: 04-16-2018

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Sweeping beauty

Sweeping beauty Eilen's dream truck cleans up in PKY Truck Beauty Championship, taking four awards By Al MuskewitzEditor-in-Chief, Wright Media/HiremasterLOUISVILLE, Ky. — They didn’t give out an overall best in show at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship Saturday, but if they had, you might have figured it would have gone to Jonathan Eilen.The 32-year-old Hampton, ...

written on: 04-13-2018

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Fleets Continue To Raise Driver Pay

Fleets Continue To Raise Driver Pay By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief, Wright Media Trucking industry leaders have been scratching their heads for quite some time trying to solve the riddle of driver shortage and driver retention and their biggest weapon in the battle has been driver pay. As part of its latest For-Hire Trucking Index, the industry analysis firm ...

written on: 03-27-2018

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Drivers Still Have Questions As ELD Compliance Date Looms

Drivers Still Have Questions As ELD Compliance Date Looms By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief, Wright Media/Hiremaster LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It’s less than 10 days before the regulation some have called the most divisive in the industry since deregulation goes into effect and drivers still have questions about some of its provisions. There was, as expected, a full house...

written on: 03-23-2018

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