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Regulations, trucking companies curb distractions

Truck driver Gary Hartley know this first-hand.I don’t believe in talking on the phone while I’m driving, he said while on a break at a Sapp Bros. truck stop on a recent fall morning. He said hes been driving for more than 40 years Since his career started, Hartley said his record shows him as being accident-free.What falls under the category of distracted driving for professional drivers is specifically defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said Jamie Maus, vice president of safety and compliance at Werner Enterprises.
It says anything that is considered more than a push of one button is considered distracted driving or without a hands-free device, she said. The company is making sure its drivers comply with federal regulations and its policy – a very costly pursuit.So within the trucking industry, we spend about $9.5 billion annually on safety, Maus said.
The trucking company explains the price tag includes constant training and paid safety incentives.Otherwise, if authorities catch truck drivers using their phones, they can face a fine and/or a license suspension.If Werner Enterprises discovers a driver is using his or her phone, no first warning will be issued. That’s a terminable offense, she said, and many companies out there have that same logic.

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Air Partner Freight continues strong growth trajectory in H1 2018

Following on from a record 2017, the Freight team at Air Partner has enjoyed a busy and fruitful first half of the financial year, winning cargo mandates from a variety of new and existing customers. As was recently announced in Air Partner’s interim results, Freight gross profit was up 36.4% for the six months ended 31 July 2018. Air Partner’s 24/7 offering and personalized service have continued to attract clients over the past year and time-critical requests are an important segment of the Freight business. Clients that use Air Partner’s Freight services are diverse, from Oil Gas companies to Charities.

Air Partner’s freight division has continued to grow its global operations. The Freight division has achieved this growth in the face of mounting pressure in the market for charter brokers to change tactics to increase their market share by either working directly with shippers or becoming aircraft operators in their own right.

Air Partner, however, remains true to its principles by working solely with freight forwarders. Mike Hill, Director of Freight at Air Partner, commented: “I am proud of the tireless work of the Freight team and our success in the first half of the year. We won’t be resting on our laurels, however – we are committed to continue growing our client numbers, whilst never sacrificing the high levels of customer service that are synonymous with Air Partner.” Air Partner Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly cargo anywhere, at any time, whatever its weight, size or shape.

Serving freight forwarders, governments, relief, and humanitarian organizations, the freight team provides bespoke air charter solutions to meet a wide range of cargo charter needs. From urgent ‘go now’ requirements moving small quantities of automotive spare parts, through to the most complex project cargo shipments taking several months to plan, Air Partner Freight has the skills, experience, and expertise to ensure shipments are handled securely and reliably. Air Partner Freight has cargo specialists in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Turkey, who provide a strength of knowledge by utilizing all types of aircraft for tailored cargo charter services.
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All kinds of trucks

This 1911 Walker Electric Model 43, displayed in the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, was a milk delivery truck in downtown Chicago. The Walker brand, native to Chicago, was in production from 1906-1942, longer than any other electric truck in the U.S.WALCOTT, Iowa A few hundred miles away from North Dakota the story of this nations trucking is told at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

The museum is located near the worlds largest truckstop, the Iowa 80 Truckstop, near Walcott on the east side of Iowa. The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum has 100 trucks, said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstops marketing manager. A dream of Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, the late Bill Moon, the trucking museum is a place where visitors can learn about how the trucking industry has evolved. Moon, who died in 1992, loved trucks and trucking, and become a collector of antique trucks and a pioneer leader of the American Truck Historical Society, according to information in the museum.

A restoration building is near the museum. Eloise Ogden/MDN A 1910 Avery Tractor/Gasoline Farm Wagon shown in the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum is one of only six Avery trucks known to still exist and one of the oldest trucks in the museum. It was advertised to do the work of six to eight horses and could haul up to 100 bushels of wheat, pull a three-bottom plow or even run a threshing machine through an additional belt pulley.About 17,000-20,000 people visit the museum during the year.

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Freight Brokers- Logistics Guide

We’re already well into 2018, and a lot has happened in the logistics and transportation industry. The ELD mandate continues to be a controversial topic, we’re keeping an eye on the current capacity crisis, the industry is soaring to new technological heights with autonomous vehicles, and so much more.

Whether you’re a carrier, trucker, or freight broker, it’s crucial for everyone in the industry to stay up to date on the latest news and trends. As a truck driver or carrier, it’s important to know the latest regulations and news so you know how to keep doing your job efficiently (and legally). For freight brokers, knowing what’s going on in the industry can help you manage your loads, keep positive relationships with your carriers, and continue to provide the best support possible.

Freight Broker A freight broker is a company or individual who acts as a middleman between the transport service provider and the customer. Freight brokers do not actually provide the truck or the shipping, but instead, they provide essential services that will help the shipper identify the best freighting company.

A freight broker is in constant contact with the transportation industry and they have the expertise to secure competitive freight ranges with carriers and honoring the shipper’s needs and requests.

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Trucking and trade

Evan Erlandson, the owner of E2 Trucking, underscored the impact cross-border trade has on his industry and individual business, which concentrates on hauling bulk freight between Manitoba and South Dakota. He said the primary reasons for choosing to run a north-south route into the U.S. was because of how well the roads are maintained south of the border and the high number of rest stops for his drivers. Schuler pointed out that in the U.S., specifically the Dakotas where E2 Trucking operates, they do not pay for a health care system as is the case in Manitoba, which affords them more funds to be put toward infrastructure.

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Electronic Log Books Hope To Make Trucking Safer

Terre Haute – One of the red flags that lead troopers to search a vehicle carrying millions of dollars worth of narcotics was that the electronic logging device that had been unplugged. In the past semi drivers have had paper log books that they would manually enter in how long and where they had been driving. The new electronic logging devices make that nearly impossible to do without showing obvious red flags. By 2019 all commercial motor vehicles will have to be equipped with electronic log books. That is good news for trucker Scott Courtney, before on the paper logs its time consuming as far as, you know, filling them out, doing the graphs, doing your notations and stuff on there. The E-logs, it pretty much does everything for you.

Drivers are allowed to work a total of 14 hours in a day but are required to stop and take a break after 8 consecutive hours of driving and can only be on the road for 11 hours a day.Drivers, you know they get paid money to have their hands on the wheels and make the wheels go round and round. It keeps track of, you know, it logs all your information for you. It just makes a lot of things faster, says Courtney.With the paper logs, drivers were able to easily forge how long they had been driving and where they had been causing issues on the roadways.

The new logs are making that more difficult, theres not a whole lot of ways around it, says Courtney.Law enforcement is strict on enforcing the regulations to protect both the truck driver and other vehicles on the roadways.When you have a vehicle going down the roadway that weighs 80 thousand pounds, that driver is fatigued or he is distracted, that becomes a very large vehicle with a lot of weight and if it does happen to hit somebody or hit something there is going to be a lot of damage, says Ames.

These vehicles go under full inspections when they stop at a weigh station or if they are pulled over for suspicious driving on roadways.That is when their log books are checked to ensure they are following protocol.

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Trucking carriers shift capacity to capture port volumes

Outbound volumes from Los Angeles (OTVI.LAX) have climbed 12% in the past ten days, while Savannah’s volumes (OTVI.SAV) have skyrocketed an astonishing 127% since September 5.Spot rates out of Savannah have remained flat, as most of the moves leaving the port are regional and capacity stays in the market. Los Angeles has been a different story. While tender rejections (OTRI.LAX) have trended downward in Los Angeles all month, shippers have realized that it’s in their interest to pay for service. According to DAT’s RateView tool, dry van spot rates from Los Angeles to Dallas have averaged $2.07 net of fuel over the past seven days, a 13% premium against September’s average of $1.82. Rates from Los Angeles to El Paso have been elevated since June, and have trended up slightly to $2.37 net of fuel over the past seven days.

Eventually, we expect more volatility in Savannah prices. We’ve heard from international freight forwarders that steamship lines are pushing their East Coast services because capacity is so tight going into the West Coast; that may be why rates into Savannah have been discounted.Although Los Angeles’ outbound volumes are at year-to-date highs, so far rich contract rates and more trucks have kept prices under control. Trucking capacity in the Los Angeles market (TRUK.LAX) has swelled by 15% since May, compared to an increase in overall national capacity (TRUK.USA) of 5%.

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Man killed in possible hit-and-run at Rockbridge County truck stop

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer Friday night in the parking lot of a Rockbridge County truck stop.

Virginia State Police said they are investigating a possible hit-and-run at the TA Truck Center-Lee Hi Truck Stop on U.S. 11.

At about 9:20 p.m., Keith Alan Kinder, 59, of Richlands, was walking around a parked vehicle when he stepped into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, according to a news release from state police.

Kinder died at the scene.
The tractor-trailer did not stop and continued on its way out of the parking lot.

Reviewing video footage of the incident, troopers were able to identify a suspect vehicle and the trucking company it was associated with. After making contact with the company, police put out an alert and a truck matching the description was located in High Point, North Carolina.

State police were working with North Carolina officials to determine if the truck driver was involved in a hit-and-run incident, the news release stated.

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Another Lost Art of Trucking

This simple technique was so ubiquitous, it is second nature to the people who have used over a long period of time, but it is a complete mystery to anyone who came into the industry after the advent of the curtain sider. I can remember struggling with getting my ropes off a load of potatoes and then fighting with the tarp to get into the right shape to pack away.
At the same time some cocky young truckie would pull into the market, roll back the curtains and go and find a fork lift to unload, while I was still sorting ropes and tarps.Some satisfaction was to be had when the curtain sider didn’t quite do the trick. Curtain siders were new then and it wasn’t a surprise when curtains were opened to find the load had shifted and the battle to free the gates would begin.Of course we have to move with the times and roping etc would play havoc with the driver’s hands.

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New Autonomous Trucking Company Ike Aims to Bring ‘Some Patience’ to Field

This year has seen its fair share of autonomous trucking news, but the space shows little sign of cooling off. Earlier this month, a new competitor entered the arena, led by a team of industry veterans and backed by a prominent software company.

Ike, the latest company to emerge from stealth in the autonomous trucking world, wants to take a sober approach to developing the technology.

“We’re building a company focused very much on the long-term,” co-founder and CEO Alden Woodrow said. “In autonomous vehicles in particular, there is this tendency to really rush to try to get a product built. We’re trying to bring some patience and some maturity to this problem, in large part because this is a safety-critical technology.

“The trucks that Ike powers will be driving alongside many other people on the road, and we need to make sure they can do that safely and reliably.”

Ike’s name is a nod to President Dwight Eisenhower, who signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, enabling the construction of the Interstate Highway System. The company will develop technology strictly for highway driving.

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