The ELD Mandate Tug-of-War

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REGS, REGS AND MORE REGS… UGH!

The ELD mandate is the latest “Hot Button” issue being argued over by many parties.

First of all, WHAT is the ELD mandate?  Let me break it all the way down…

ELDElectronic Logging Device (aka “ELog”) is a device that’s installed in a commercial vehicle to monitor. Every eligible commercial vehicle MUST have and ELD installed by Dec. 18, 2017. Continue reading “The ELD Mandate Tug-of-War”

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State Police are teaming up with truck drivers

Will you be trucking over the Memorial Day weekend, or will you be enjoying some off time?

Every day of the year is dangerous for truck drivers and 4-wheelers. But, when it comes to the holidays, you have to be extra careful!

I’m not sure which holidays are the worst… winter holidays with icy roads, or warm weather holidays, when it seems like people are in a bigger hurry to get there – wherever there is.

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In the Atlanta, Ga area, where we’re based, we started noticing signs a few years ago, telling 4-wheelers to leave more space, before getting in front of a truck.

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I’m not sure how much impact it’s had, but at least it’s a start!

I was so glad to see this article by CDLLife about Indiana State Police, and their approach to how cars drive around trucks.

I hope more states catch on, in an effort to keep people safe, and save more lives.

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Indiana State Police Crack Down On Four Wheelers Driving Dangerously Around Trucks

Indiana State Police Target Four Wheelers Driving Dangerously Around Trucks

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I’m sure each state has their own law about spacing and changing lanes. Is your state enforcing this law?

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What are you seeing out there, on the road, that is a step in the right direction?

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Until next time… Be blessed and be SAFE!

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You may have to pump your brakes for Spring Break!

Have you been in any Spring Break traffic jams? Or have you figured out how to get around them?

 

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Well, I’ll tell you that… YES, we’ve been in a major traffic jam due to Spring Break. So, NO, we didn’t know how to get around it… Ugh!

After delivering in Orangeburg, S.C., we went across the street to a Love’s Travel Stop. I had to use the restroom really bad, because the receiver didn’t allow you in the building.

It was one of the places where you put the paperwork in the back of the trailer, chock the wheels and wait for the green light to go red, then green again.

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About an hour later, they still hadn’t been on the trailer, so I was getting real antsy. My coffee was starting to kick in… Uh Oh!

We knew Spring Break was coming up, but had no idea it was going to hit so hard! Continue reading “You may have to pump your brakes for Spring Break!”

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Winter Storm Jonas was a ‘hot mess’!

Were you one of the unfortunate motorists to get stuck on the road during Winter Storm Jonas? Were there emergency bans for your area?

Do you remember the very unusually warm weather we had, not that long ago? Here in Atlanta, Ga, we were celebrating Christmas inside and out. We were blessed to enjoy 74 degrees!

Well, we’re no dummies! We knew there would be a steep price to pay for such enjoyment… and it came in the form of a Winter Storm name ‘Jonas’.

Fortunately, we didn’t get stuck on the road. Here, at home, we got some snowfall on Friday, but it started melting by noon on Saturday.

So, how and where did you spend your time during this unusually cold weekend?

This story is definitely worth sharing. If you didn’t hear just how bad some motorists had it, this will give you a crystal clear idea!

Winter Storm Jonas Paralyzes Travel: Ban Issued in New York, Drivers Stranded on Pennsylvania Turnpike

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Winter Storm Jonas has crippled travel in multiple regions with its snow and ice, and as of Saturday morning, thousands of motorists were stranded on two separate roadways in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Air travel has been heavily affected by Jonas as well. Flight tracking service FlightAware says more than 9,000 flights to, from or within the U.S. have been canceled this weekend due to the blizzard hitting the East Coast.

The bulk of Saturday’s nearly 4,900 cancellations are at airports in the New York City and Washington areas. Another 1,500 flights were canceled for Sunday. Those cancellations center on Philadelphia, Washington and New York City. Airlines have essentially shut down all flights into those cities.

The airlines hope to be back to a full schedule by Sunday afternoon to handle the typical influx of business travelers heading out to start the work week.

The Regan National and Dulles International airports are expected to remain closed through Sunday. Significant snowfall and high winds have made removing snow from the runways, roadways and parking lot difficult.

Amtrak service was affected across the Northeast Saturday, and service changes, including cancellations, were also planned for Sunday in the region, according to a press release.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of Winter Storm Jonas’ travel impacts.

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Did I miss anything? What would you add to this article? What one suggestion would you give a new truck driver who is about to experience their first winter driving?

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Until next time… Be safe and be blessed!

 

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Hey Driver… I smell a VICTORY!

Driver… Have you heard the latest about the FMCSA?! Smells like those annoying CSA Scores are heading out the door (for now, anyway)… WooHoo!

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Trucking groups: New carrier scoring rule violates FAST Act highway law provisions

The removal of CSA's SMS percentile rankings from public view presents one of three major problems with the agency's pursuit of a Safety Fitness Determination rule, trucking groups argue, as safety determinations were supposed to be at least in part based on the SMS' BASICs, per FMCSA's summary of the rule.

The removal of CSA’s SMS percentile rankings from public view presents one of three major problems with the agency’s pursuit of a Safety Fitness Determination rule, trucking groups argue, as safety determinations were supposed to be at least in part based on the SMS’ BASICs, per FMCSA’s summary of the rule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of trucking industry stakeholders has issued a challenge to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking, publication of which is expected this month.

The coalition, which includes the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, the Western State Trucking Association, ASECTT and five others, on Tuesday sent a letter to members of Congress and, according to sources, FMCSA Administrator-elect Scott Darling, asking them to reconsider the rule given provisions of the December-enacted FAST Act highway funding law.

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“Behind The Scenes” takes a closer at the trucking industry

A great article! This "Behind the Scenes" episode should be GOOD!

Advances in the Trucking Industry are discussed on “Behind The Scenes” with James Earl Jones for Public Television

A new segment for the popular series discusses trucking in detail.

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“Behind The Scenes”, with host James Earl Jones (star of dozens of Hollywood feature films and Broadway productions in his career), have announced that the popular program will cover the topic of advances in the trucking industry in an upcoming episode. The trucking industry has been on the forefront of technology in recent years, implementing a wide range of different advancements that have completely revolutionized supply chain management in the United States for the better.

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Many advancements in the trucking industry have had to do with an attempt to keep the roads safer for both truckers and pedestrians alike. Trucks are now outfitted with GPS systems, helping managers keep an eye on where their products are and whether or not the truckers themselves are maintaining safe driving practices. With advanced inventory control techniques, it is not easier than ever to monitor the movement of important stock as it makes its way across the country.

“Behind The Scenes” is distributed to Public Television Stations in most major markets around the United States – check the show’s site for additional information. As the program was designed from the beginning to be a completely independent production, it is not affiliated with PBS or APT in any way.

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Nearly 2,000 drivers could lose their CDL

Nearly 2,000 commercial truck drivers in Florida will have to retake their commercial driver’s license (CDL) exams if they want to keep their licenses, News 4 JAX reports. The move comes after a test administrator in Florida was arrested on identification fraud charges.

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Last month, the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sent letters to 1,997 CDL holders informing them that the skills test they previously passed to obtain their licenses may not have been valid, according to the report.

Drivers who received the notices must retake the exam before Jan. 19 or their licenses will be canceled.Type your paragraph here.

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Until next time… Be awesome and be safe!

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How has CSA affected you?

Have you been turned down from a trucking job because your CSA score is less than desirable? Have you been put on probation, or just flat our fired because of your CSA score? Did your infractions start reporting before 2010? Let’s talk about it!

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What sparked this week’s topic is an article I just read titled, “Rep. Sam Graves knocks down attempt to keep CSA scores public.” Every time I hear the term CSA, I get infuriated! I understand that we professional drivers should be held at a higher standard… I get that!

The part that gets under my skin, is the fact that it seems as if the CSA Regulation is bounced around like a tennis ball! Either our CSA score is going to be public, or it’s not, right?

In the meantime, it’s having a negative affect on truck driver’s livelihoods, and it seems like nobody gives a hoot cause it’s not really affecting them!

Let me take a step back and explain to the readers who don’t know what the CSA Regulations are. Maybe you’ve heard the term, but aren’t sure exactly what it is.

CSA – Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles.

​In everyday terms, Professional Truck Drivers basically have two sets of scores. One score is from your State’s licensing agency like Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or Dept of Driver Services (DDS).

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Team Trucking for Safety’s Sake!

Team trucking, for us, has been an interesting journey, over the past 10+ years. We get a kick out of seeing other interesting team truck drivers.

While parked at a Pilot Travel Center in Ft, Waye, In, we saw two things that caught our attention and sparked an interesting discussion. The first was a young couple, maybe in their early 20s, holding hands, while walking to their truck.

What was highly unusual about them, was that they were Amish. We’ve seen many Amish community members, but have never seen any of them driving a tractor trailer, only a horse and buggy.

That conversation was cut short when another driver parked his truck next to ours and got out. This driver looked to be maybe 17 years old, the same age as our youngest son.

In fact, he actually looked like one of our son’s basketball teammates! We figured he might be only 18, but stays within the state of Indiana. My husband just shook his head and said, “Boy-oh-boy.” ​

My husband, Mike, doesn’t stay on top of the news as much as I do, so he forgot that I told him, months ago, that there is a Senate Bill being considered, that would allow 18 year olds to drive OTR.

You can read an article about this titled, “To Get Big-Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys to Teens.”

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