Truck Drivers Compete to Qualify for National Truck Driving Championships

American Trucking Associations is recognizing the efforts of professional truck drivers throughout the country who are practicing their safe-driving skills at state competitions in an attempt to qualify for the National Truck Driving Championships.

April’s Class 8 Truck Demand Loses Traction; Medium-duty ‘Healthy’

ACT Research analysts said that 33,800 new Classes 5 through 8 trucks were ordered during the month of April, with Class 8 commercial trucks garnering 13,700 of those orders.

“Despite increasingly easy year-over-year comparisons, demand for Class 8 vehicles continued to lose traction in April, with orders slipping 39 percent year over year and 16 percent sequentially,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst.

Vieth said the causes of soft Class 8 demand remain the same as in previous months, including:

Trucking org calls for removal of hours reform in Senate bill, says ELDs should guide new rules

The Trucking Alliance issued a statement May 2 urging Congress to forgo the recently unveiled changes to hours of service regulations for truck drivers and to wait on the implementation of the coming electronic logging device mandate before issuing any reforms to hours of service regs.

Used Truck Volumes Up 8% in March; Down 5% Year Over Year

According to ACT Research Inc., used Class 8 truck metrics continued to be mixed in March, showing volumes that were up 8 percent month over month.

This continues a significant recovery last month from January’s low, according to Steve Tam, ACT’s vice president of the commercial vehicle sector. “However,” Tam said, “this translates to a 5 percent year to date contraction compared to the first three months of 2015. Dealers continue to report falling used truck values and they believe prices will continue to fall for some time.”

Female Truckers Could Solve Trucking Industry Driver Shortage

Stephanie Klang’s journey started ordinarily enough: with a man and his truck.

When Klang was 21 years old, she fell in love with a long-haul truck driver. They married in 1979, and she developed a lifelong romance with trucking.

“I was young and missing him,” Klang said. “I wanted to be with him all the time.”

She began accompanying her husband on trips from their northeast Colorado town to haul grain through the Midwest for Allen Mitchek Feed & Grain.

That was a “very dusty job,” she said. “Dry freight is much cleaner.”

FMCSA Reminds Medical Examiners and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reminds Medical Examiners (MEs) and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers that, as of April 20, 2016, certified MEs performing physical examinations of CMV drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876).

Potholes Can Be Avoided Says ATA, Share the Road Highway Safety Program

“The trucking industry knows our network of highways continues to show signs of age and wear and tear every day, so when poor winter weather magnifies problems with our roads and bridges, safety has to be our biggest priority,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Professional truck drivers know the hazards associated with potholes because they see it in their daily work - cars sitting on the side of the road, blown tires creating unsafe conditions and traffic congestion slowing the movement of freight.”

New Entry-Level Driver Training Rules Will Improve Safety

While ATA Supports Much of the Rule, Trucking Group Prefers Skills-Based Standard. “FMCSA has been working toward a strong entry level driver training standard since 1991 and we are pleased that they have released this proposed rule that will raise standards and improve safety,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

Driver Rest Break Fix Would Ensure ‘One Nation, One Set of Rules’

Leaders of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) have called on Congress to reject efforts by organized labor and trial attorneys that would impose a patchwork of state scheduling rules on the nation’s trucking industry.

Goodyear Names 3 Trucker Finalists for Highway Hero Award

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said this week it will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 31, during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.
Established in 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.