It’s all because shipping demands are rising in tandem with driver vacancies. For large carriers, this means a driver turnover rate as high as 94% while shipping demand, particularly for spot freight loads, is booming.
That was part of the Bibby Financial Services seminar March 28 at the 48th annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. The information was presented by Mary Ann Hudson, executive vice president of Bibby Transportation Finance, which surveyed 250 trucking businesses with between 1 and 100 trucks, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.
IIS Smart Parking solutions for trucks at rest stops are up and running. Installations were recently completed in Ohio, part of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) initiative, which unites eight Midwestern states in the nation’s first Regional Truck Parking Information Management System(TPIMS).
LAS VEGAS. Bob Perry believes his new box can play a big role in improving the health of the nation’s truck drivers.
The box is from the just launched CDLMeals, which offers a pre-packaged, healthy meal delivery service. Beyond the balanced meals made from scratch, the box acts as a “driver healthy handbook,” providing nutrition and fitness information tailored for the tough lifestyle of truck drivers.
These are questions that trucking companies hauling agricultural goods and commodities have long asked: what exactly counts as an agricultural commodity to be transporting where the driver is then exempted from the federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations and by extension, having to use electronic logging devices (ELDs), and why are some agricultural goods left out? Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act (H.R. 1673) to clarify the definition of “agricultural commodity” to include a broader range of agricultural products.
What does it mean to be an owner-operator of a heavy truck or small trucking operation? Contracting or leasing on with a carrier, calls may be made back and forth and multiple people may get involved as loads are continually arranged. There are dead miles and some loads are better than others, but you work as best you can.
Now think of an Uber or Lyft driver using a simple app to find and accept passengers and get paid for driving them more quickly and conveniently vs. traditional taxicabs. What if truck drivers did that same thing to match up to and haul loads? That’s essentially the new business model and possibility that’s been emerging in the world of freight vs. traditional freight brokering.
Hauling across the nation’s highways 24/7/365, truckers are out on the road not only in every metro area but often in places and at times when no one else is around, and if there’s some accident or emergency, their actions can mean the difference between life and death. For drivers Brian Snell, Terry McKnight and Jared Flach, the latest to be honored by the Truckload Carriers Assn. as “Highway Angels,” that’s exactly what happened.
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