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Getting a real feel for it

Getting A Real Feel For It TLD simulator gives drivers real-time feel of what it's like in the big truck By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief SPARTA, Tenn. – Daniel Keith was getting ready to pull his 18-wheeler out of the yard when a bobtail came zipping around from his right-side blind spot and cut right in front of him to get to the loading bay on ...

written on: 09-14-2018

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Transparency in Trucking

Transparency in Trucking New carrier promises drivers transparency through every aspect of the operation By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor in Chief Mark Platt thinks the trucking industry could use a little more transparency, and he’s getting ready to give it some. In 30 years in virtually every aspect of the business, Platt has grown weary of what he calls ...

written on: 09-14-2018

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U.S. Xpress Offering Drivers 'Full Ride'

U.S. Xpress Giving Drivers, Families ‘Full Ride’ U.S. Xpress is offering a groundbreaking premium to help attract and retain drivers. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based carrier, one of the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, announced today it is introducing a college scholarship program available to all of its roughly 7,000 drivers and their dependents ...

written on: 09-11-2018

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CRST-Malone pays tribute to flatbed driver's courage, dedication

CRST-Malone rewards long-time driver's courage, dedication Company leaders surprise veteran flat-bed driver, cancer survivor with custom truck wrap By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief Chanita Ward is rather protective of her “Sheila Ann” so it was understandable her radar went off when her company, CRST-Malone, began making regular requests to leave her ...

written on: 09-06-2018

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'Best Fleets' nominations now open

“ 2019 ‘Best Fleets’ Nominations Now Open Drivers can nominate their companies until Oct. 31, top 20 announced in January The nomination period for the 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For is now underway through Oct. 31. The competition, underwritten by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge and ongoing since 2008, seeks to identify and recognize the top tier ...

written on: 09-06-2018

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Woodrome Right At Home

Woodrome Right At Home Seeing the light helps Ohio driver become third NTDC Grand Champion since 2010 to win ‘Super Bowl of Safety’ in his home state By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief There was a little more pride that went into winning this year’s National Truck Driving Championship for the driver who hoisted the big prize. Call it "hometown" pride. ...

written on: 08-31-2018

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TLD Continues To Enhance Driver Experience

TLD Continues To Enhance Driver Experience Tennessee carrier moving on professional growth, compensation, equipment, expansion By Al Muskewitz Wright Media/Editor-in-Chief Being named a Top 10 Best Fleets to Drive For three years in a row is a continuing point of pride for TLD Logistics, and just like a college football team with a long run of bowl appearances the ...

written on: 08-29-2018

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Study shows benefit of flexible HOS rules

Study Shows Benefit of Flexible HOS Research has shown drivers could be more productive with more flexibility in their required hours-of-service breaks. The American Transportation Research Institute released the results of new analysis Monday showing the potential benefits of split rest beyond the current eight- and two-hour increments allowed under the existing HOS ...

written on: 08-28-2018

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Woodrome NTDC Grand Champion

Ohio’s Woodrome NTDC Grand Champion COLUMBUS, Ohio – There was a little more pride that went into winning this year’s National Truck Driving Championship for the driver who hoisted the big prize. Call it "hometown" pride. FedEx Freight driver Scott Woodrome was recognized as this year’s NTDC Grand Champion Saturday night, and winning the title came in his ...

written on: 08-21-2018

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ATRI Releases Latest Crash Predictor Model

ATRI Releases Latest Crash Predictor Model By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief The American Transportation Research Institute has updated its Crash Predictor Model and found two driving violations in particular “more than 100 percent” increase the likelihood of a future crash. The data also indicates women truck drivers were safer than their male ...

written on: 08-01-2018

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Survey finds many carriers lack programs to recruit veterans, women

Survey finds carriers lack programs to recruit veterans, women By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief As trucking companies continue to search for drivers to fill their empty seats, a surprising percentage of carriers say they have no formal program in place to attract potential drivers from an accessible but underserved segment of the workforce. In the survey...

written on: 07-30-2018

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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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