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Company Truck Driver Pay Surges

Per-mile pay for company truck drivers surged in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to data from the National Transportation Institute (overdriveonline.com 6/12/18). Some fleets (6.25% — mostly midsize to large carriers), increased driver pay by 7 to 11 cents a mile compared to 2017’s first three months. Another Read More…

Diesel Prices Continue to Rise . . . Again!

According to Trucker.com (5/14/18), all 10 of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reporting regions are seeing on-highway diesel selling at $3 or more a gallon for the first time since January 2015. The national average on Monday, May 14 rang up at $3.239, up 6.8 cents from the previous week’s $3.171. Usually, diesel in the Read More…

Truckers Turn Tables on Shippers

  Thanks to the surging freight demand and a shortage of drivers, shippers are rushing to make drivers feel welcome such as offering break rooms with restrooms, coffee, bottled water and a television. Plus, shippers that hinder rigs from quick turnarounds or treat operators shabbily are paying a premium (Transport Topics, 5/14/18). The increased leverage Read More…

Fatal Large Truck Crashes on the Rise

The FMCSA recently released new statistics that indicate that in 2016 (the most recent year data was available), fatal crashes and injury crashes involving large trucks and buses are on the rise. FMCSA’s data does not indicate who was at fault in these crashes. Following are some of the highlights from that report (published in Read More…

Six Strategies to Owner-Operator Success

  “Trucking is risky business,” writes American Trucker reporter, Tim Brady (4/20/19): Equipment is expensive to acquire and maintain; revenue is elusive (here one day; gone to a cheaper hauler the next); and the liability risk is astronomical, with drivers constantly one vehicle away from a lawsuit eleven hours a day. Plus, anyone with a Read More…

30-Minute Break Exemption Granted to Some Tanker Drivers

As of April 9, 2018, some tank drivers are exempt from taking a federally required 30-minute break when they work beyond 12 hours. Truckersnews [4/9/18] reports that the FMCSA granted the exemption to tanker drivers who normally operate under the 100-mile short-haul hours of service. According to the Truckers News Staff: The FMCSA says these drivers Read More…

Diesel Prices Hit 2018 High

  According to overdriveonline.com [4/16/18], the price of diesel fuel is at its highest this year, and its highest since the beginning of 2015. The average price in the United States for a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $3.104, the highest since the week ending Jan. 5, 2015, when diesel averaged out at Read More…

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How Much Should I Ask For?

A trucker posted the following question in a Reddit (3/21/18) feed [edited]: My current employer is paying for my CDL based on a tuition reimbursement program, but has not offered me a CDL position or discussed the rate of pay if I were to drive as a secondary job duty. Becoming an as-needed driver is Read More…

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How Will the Trump Tariffs Affect Trucking?

A News Overview from TBS On March 1, President Trump announced proposed tariffs on steel and on aluminum at a meeting with industry leaders. He tweeted about the “unfair and bad policy” earlier that day: Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with Read More…

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Driver Turnover Falls in Last Quarter 2017

According to the American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello, the driver turnover rate at truckload carriers fell in the final three months of 2017, but that the rate stayed higher than in the previous year (thetrucker.com 3/20/18). “Despite this dip in turnover, the driver market remains tight and the driver shortage remains a real Read More…

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