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  • FMCSA Is Struggling To Find Military Vets For Under-21 Trucker Pilot Program… But That M...
    While testifying in front of Congress about multiple different transportation priorities, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) admitted that they’re having trouble finding enough military veterans to fill their under-21 military pilot program. But what seems like a failure of common sense may actually have been a deliberate bait and switch. On June 19th, the Senate Commerce Committee called on multiple agencies within the DOT to speak about safety issues. FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez was one of those called. During his time, Martinez admitted that the under-21 military pilot program is finding that there is a distinct lack of qualified candidates. As Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) put it, that may be because anyone with relevant driving experience and an honorable discharge from the military is “probably already eligible to drive across state lines.” “I understand that, and it’s one of the challenges of the… ..... Read More.
    TRUCKERS REPORT – Trucks & Trucking | Business & CommerceFri, June 21, 2019
    4 weeks ago
  • Think Trucker Detention Time Is A Problem? FMCSA Wants To Know!
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to know how big a problem detention time is for truckers. But first they want to know how they should go about figuring that out. Way back in 2011, the Government Accountability Office told the FMCSA to study if long detention times might be impacting driver fatigue and HOS violations. The FMCSA then spent years announcing, planning, and then conducting a study into driver detention times. Once they completed it however, they discovered that there was “a critical data gap in our understanding of the detention issue.” While the FMCSA now knew how long it took to load and unload every truck at 29 medium and large carriers and 2 small carriers during 7 months of 2013, they had no idea how long it should have taken to load and unload all of those trucks. Now the FMCSA is asking for… ..... Read More.
    TRUCKERS REPORT – Trucks & Trucking | Business & CommerceFri, June 21, 2019
    4 weeks ago
  • Trucking Exec Faces 20 Years Over Allegedly Stealing From Drivers
    A carrier executive has admitted to accusations that he improperly diverted $2.7 million that should have gone to truck drivers, but instead was used to line his own pockets. The former executive now faces up to 20 years in prison for his crimes. Alexei Rivero was the vice president of Florida Carrier & Brokerage Service Inc. from March 2011 through September 2013. Florida Carrier was primarily a mail hauler contracted with USPS. As part of the contracts Rivero signed with the postal service, he agreed to pay Florida Carrier drivers as employees and provide them with the benefits that employees would be entitled to including health insurance costs, vacation and holiday pay, etc. Instead, Rivero allegedly deliberately misclassified drivers as independent contractors, denying them fair pay and benefits. Over the course of Rivero’s tenure, USPS paid Florida Carrier approximately $1.5 million that was supposed to go toward employee… ..... Read More.
    TRUCKERS REPORT – Trucks & Trucking | Business & CommerceFri, June 21, 2019
    4 weeks ago
  • Carrier Group Says #1 Safety Concern Is… Drug Use?
    A group which represents some of the largest carriers in the country says that the number one safety concern confronting trucking right now is illicit drug use. Their solution? Hair testing. The Trucking Alliance told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that the industry-standard urine testing for pre-employment drug screenings are insufficient. Instead, the Alliance is asking for hair testing to be allowed to take the place of urine testing. In its request, the Alliance says it analyzed the test results of 151,662 driver applicants to its carriers who all underwent both hair and urine testing. According to the Alliance, only 949 applicants failed urine sample tests, but 8,878 applicants failed hair sample tests. “Put another way, the urinalysis missed 9 out of 10 actual illicit drug users,” said the Alliance. The Alliance then goes on to claim that if those numbers were expanded across the whole industry,… ..... Read More.
    TRUCKERS REPORT – Trucks & Trucking | Business & CommerceFri, June 21, 2019
    4 weeks ago
  • This Cat Had Broken Legs, Hip Fractures, A Collapsed Lung… And A Trucker Who Saved His L...
    A cat who was in very, very dire straits is happy and healthy again thanks to a trucker with keen eyes and a big heart who spotted him in the middle of the road. It was March 30th, and Jake Heiar was on Highway 151 headed towards Cedar Rapids, IA when he saw a cat in the road. “I saw him flailing around,” said the 38-year-old trucker according to The Gazette. “I just figured any good person would turn around.” So Heiar did just that, parked his rig, and grabbed the cat out of the middle of the road. It looked like the tabby had been hit by a car, so he wrapped him in his coat, put him in the passenger seat of his truck, and headed for Cedar Rapids. On the way, he called the SAINTS Rescue and Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids. There, emergency vets… ..... Read More.
    TRUCKERS REPORT – Trucks & Trucking | Business & CommerceFri, June 21, 2019
    4 weeks ago
  • Tamron Hall says she was in disbelief when NBC ditched her for Megyn Kelly after 25-year c...
    Tamron Hall made her first appearance on a TV morning show since she opted not to renew her contract with NBC back in February 2017 upon learning she would be losing her spot on Today. ..... Read More.
    Tamron Hall says she was in disbelief when NBC ditched her for Megyn Kelly after 25-year c...Thu, May 23, 2019
    2 months ago
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