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For years truckers have been talking about a shutdown in attempts to display their grievances: Low pay, high fuel prices, CSA, EOBR’s, cross border trucking, detention pay,categorized as unskilled labor, the need for truck driver training standards, and continued increase in regulations.
Now drivers are faced with a different situation, not a “shutdown”, but rather a convoy to Washington on October 11th - 13th.. The question is: Why? To display grievance within the trucking industry or to protest government corruption?
Truckers Ride for the Constitution is calling on a GENERAL STRIKE, asking all Americans to join the trucker convoy and stand with truckers by “doing nothing” no commerce, no banking, no shopping.
Will such a display help or hurt truckers? For years truckers have been trying to create awareness and get the support and empathy of the American people, but will this convoy create the kind of attention that they have sought so long for?
Although such a strike is unlikely and the ride is now focused on political motives, join us as we discuss what may really be going on as truckers plan for a ride on Washington.
The U.S. trucking industry is currently debating the pros and cons of mobile communication platforms as it relates to Company-Owned Personally Enabled devices (COPE) or to rely on the Bring Your Own Device platform, simply known as BYOD.
Christian Schenk is Senior Vice President of product strategy and market growth for XRS Corporation, specializing in helping private and for-hire fleets use driver and vehicle data to improve every aspect of their operations.
Mr. Schenk points out that mobile technology (BYOD) over traditional, bulky "onboard computers," is already here as nearly 90% of truck drivers currently have personal mobile devices in use.
XRS is able to support more than 100 mobile devices within its portfolio, on four networks across the United States and Canada.
Mr. Schenk joins us as our special guest to further discuss the XRS Mobile Communication platform, the facts behind the BYOD technology and why their platform is considered to be revolutionizing the industry.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently incorporated major changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, of which, most changes will take effect, December, 2012. Included among the changes was the renaming of the Fatigued Driving BASIC to the HOS Compliance BASIC. This change will reflect that the category measures everything from on-duty violations to paperwork violations. Under the newly named Basic, a truck driver could obtain as many as 24 vio
XRS Corporation is a leading expert in trucking fleet performance management. According to XRS (Xata Road Science), mobile devices are already commonly used by almost 90 percent of truck drivers. As the mobile revolution continues to expand, the company believes that the days of expensive, hard-wired, on-board installations such as the EOBR are over and the future of fleet optimization technology is mobile. Joining us from XRS Corporation are Christian Schenk, vice president of market develop
As the "Voice of the American Trucker" for 50-plus-years, Overdrive Magazine will be joining forces with sister publication Truckers News and quarterly Overdrive spinoff, Custom Rigs, beginning August, 2012. Senior Editor, Todd Dills, asked readers what they believed to be the top trucking challenges faced by owner operators. Heading at the top of the "challenges list" included: fuel prices, EOBR's, Hours of Service, uncompensated detention time and freight rates.
The Safety Measurement System within the FMCSA's CSA is currently designed to not distinguish State-reported crash data of Commerical Motor Vehicles based on whether they are the responsibility or fault of the carrier or truck driver. If a professional driver is sitting at a red light and another vehicle runs into the back of the rig, because a CMV is involved, safety violation points will go against the driver's PSP. Allen and Donna opens the mic to discuss whatever truck
In this first of a new series, we talk with current, professional truck drivers who are active in trucking social media and industry issues. Sandy Long began her driving career in 1972 and is author of Street Smarts and Arriving Alive in which she shares her expertise to help others in the area of maintaining personal safety while living life on the road. She is highly active in issues where she shares her voice through her trucking blog, Just a Lady Driver. As a published poet and freel
Having attended the recent MCSAC/FMCSA meeting and listening to the recommendations from the Medical Review Board on sleep apnea, Richard Wilson, safety and compliance expert, and Todd Dills, senior editor for Overdrive Magazine, joins us as our guests. Using Facebook and Twitter to provide "live coverage" of the meeting to thousands of professional truck drivers, our guests will discuss what took place and how social me
Truck drivers 70 hour work week HOS 14 hour rule Outsourcing of truck driving jobs NAFTA EOBR's, APU systems, pay for detention time Whatever the trucking issue, join Allen and Donna as they sit down for the first Truth About Trucking "LIVE" Roundtable to discuss anything and everything about trucking. So . . . what's on your mind?
Don't tell Fred Schaffner of The American Driver that you can't change legislation, because he's done it. Fred is responsible for the removal of the two hour limit parking signs from the Virgina rest areas. He recently attended the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting in Arlington, VA in order to make comments and address concerns of professional drivers. The major topics of discussion during the committee and sub-committee meetings were
Government bureaucracy continues to slam the American truck driver and the U. S. trucking industry with on-going regulations and fees. From speed limiters, HOS rule changes, EOBR's, carbon based emission control, the CSA, sleep apnea testings and the NAFTA Mexico agreement, have trucking regulations gone too far? As the FMCSA looks to pick up the tab for EOBR's to be placed on all Mexican trucks, U. S. companies and owner operators are left to fend for themselves. Allen opens up the li
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