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  • ‘Cost pressure’ expected for carriers due to driver pay increases

    by Anna Mischke | Jan 26, 2018

    Customer News 012618Analysts at FTR Transportation Intelligence expressed their outlook on trucking for the coming year in their series of webinars “State of Freight: Trucking Outlook”. Avery Vise, FTR Vice President of Research, shared in the series that conditions in the marketplace are likely to result in necessary driver wage increases.

    As contract rates paid by shippers to carriers begin to “creep higher” and spot freight market grows, rates have broken records in the first weeks of the year and the overall condition of the trucking industry has improved. Vise sees inflating sign-on bonuses and pay raises pointing to “cost pressure” that motor carriers may experience as they continue to hire drivers. Healthy trucking conditions including truck rates of revenue per mile, spot and contract point to the need for increased driver wages, higher fuel and equipment costs.

    The driver shortage only continues to worsen as ELDs seemingly begin to cause drivers to leave the industry. Vise said “trades that compete with trucking are doing well” as construction and manufacturing grow countrywide and truckers are beginning to ask “wait a minute, what about us? … Ok, corporate America, this is what you asked for. Now it’s time to give back.” Drivers expect higher incentives to get behind the wheel with an evolving landscape including the shortage, autonomous vehicles, and competing industries. With these impending increases, carriers are appraising budgets and taking into account the necessities for their operations to accommodate the shifting state of freight. 

  • DOT’s policy to accelerate autonomous vehicle deployment

    by Anna Mischke | Jan 19, 2018

    Customer News 011818The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced the request for industry input to fast-track the deployment of autonomous vehicles- including passenger cars, trucks, and buses. Regulators aim to collect information from developers, end users, and the general public to produce the updated Federal Automated Vehicle Policy 3.0 as named by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

    Last year, the DOT shared new framework created to make way for driverless vehicles, working around efforts from the Obama Administration. Chao said that “autonomous vehicle technologies will have a tremendous impact on society in terms of safety, mobility, and security” and that “policy makers need to preserve the creativity and innovation that is part of the American tradition and allow innovation to flourish.”

    While several companies have objected to the updated policy and some safety advocates have voiced concern over the safety surrounding the guidelines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not have the ability to put the brakes on the DOT’s broadened authority. Still, most groups have been supportive of the DOT’s decisions for the plan and hope for a structured way of testing driverless vehicles that will stay up-to-date with constantly developing technology. 

  • New Bills Signed Combatting Human Trafficking

    by Anna Mischke | Jan 12, 2018

    Customer News 011218Two bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty was signed into law on January 8th, 2018. New, tougher penalties for truckers were implemented to continue efforts to prevent human trafficking in the United States.

    The No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act disqualifies any individual from using their commercial driver’s license for life if they are found to have committed a felony involving human trafficking. The Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act focuses on human trafficking prevention and designates a specific prevention coordinator at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and will increase outreach, reporting efforts, and education at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Reserves will be given to CDL schools to implement anti-trafficking education. Truckers Against Trafficking, Owner-Operator Independents Drivers Association (OOIDA), National District Attorneys Association, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), and ECPAT-USA all support the bill.

    Esty said “I’m proud that we were able to turn bipartisan proposals to protect Americans threatened by the horrible and inhumane crime of human trafficking into reality” and that “Our truckers are our eyes and ears on the road, which is why they’re often the best positioned to see when trafficking activities are occurring and report them to the authorities.”

    More than 20 million women, children, and men are oppressed by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide with more than 300,000 children trafficked in the U.S. annually reports the International Labor Organization

  • Global Economic Boom Positive Growth for Manufacturers, Allows Potential Price Hikes

    by Anna Mischke | Jan 05, 2018
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    Worldwide, factories are concerned that they cannot keep up with the mounting needs of the global economy. Manufacturers are finding it difficult to supply the demand and if the economy continues to upsurge, prices of goods may go up. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are predicting global growth around 4% - the fastest growth since March, seven years ago post-recession

    A number of Purchasing Managers’ Indexes published last week from China, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France all show substantial supply constraints. Companies are expecting the need to hire or invest more which may cause a price hike, propelling inflation, due to the increase in production.

    China’s overall economic growth is slated to slow throughout the year after heavy acceleration as it faces financial stability, pollution, and poverty. Asia overall is experiencing dips below 50 in December while worldwide, forecasts are to expand 3.7% over the year. In 2017 the estimated growth was for 3.6% according to the International Monetary Fund’s projections.

    The National Association of Manufacturers reported that “94.6 percent of manufacturers felt either somewhat or very positive about their company’s outlook, with sales and capital spending expectations both at six-year highs. In addition, respondents predicted 1.4 percent growth in exports over the next 12 months, up from 1.3 percent in the previous survey and the highest rate since the second quarter of 2014.” 

  • Staff Shoutout: Samantha Duncan

    by Anna Mischke | Dec 29, 2017

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    Samantha Duncan has the desire to help others in her blood- and the people she works with recognize that in her. Samantha’s ability to work well with everyone she meets in various situations has made her a strong asset that Centerline continues to appreciate, year after year.

    An inspiration on many levels for Samantha is her mother, Susie Puig, who is a veteran in the staffing business and helped Samantha kick start her career  in the industry. From the time in her early years at school when Samantha would join Susie at the office to a young adult where she started as a salesperson in Ft. Lauderdale, Samantha has gotten a behind-the-scenes look into the staffing world for years. After nine years of working with her mother in West Palm Beach, Samantha was aching for a change of scenery. She moved on to a few other positions where she continued to flex her staffing muscles and built up her experience. During this season, she even got to work alongside Mike Rowe, host of the popular television show Dirty Jobs.

    When Samantha became familiar with Centerline, she knew it was a company she wanted to be part of. She sensed the impact she could make by helping drivers find work and saw the dedication of her potential teammates in making a difference. She interviewed at Centerline three times for different roles and although timing wasn’t right, everything panned out well for all parties and heard through the grapevine that PeopleReady (then, LaborReady) was on the hunt for a salesperson for CDL. She met with Paul Nilson and was immediately welcomed into the company.

    Now, Samantha splits her time between the office, working in the field (she covers three counties: West Palm Beach, Browers County, and Miami-Dade), and spending time with customers. Additionally, she’ll meet with drivers on site to ensure their first day runs smoothly and that a strong match has been made for both the customer and driver.

    A natural and self-described introvert, Samantha is sometimes surprised at her ability to sink into her role in sales so well. She has nerves before some meetings and while the tensions do come and go, she prefers meeting with people face-to-face rather than calling on the phone. It can be vulnerable, but she believes in the people supporting her and the service she is selling. Samantha reminds herself that anyone she meets for the first time doesn’t know her and that she has nothing to be afraid of: once she connects with someone, it’s a wonderful thing. She relishes in the ability to fulfill the needs of the people she works with on each side and is happy when they are happy.

    Samantha knows that what she does has true value. Particularly with the driver shortage, she understands that helping a company staff is an important resource that streamlines the process of finding candidates that might have otherwise been much more difficult through organic means. She’ll stop at nothing to find a solution to a problem and those around her have found that enthusiasm to be an all-star quality in Samantha. She loves working with her “little family” at Centerline, Victoria Salamanca and Julian Montoya, knowing they can always band together to meet their goals.

    While a bonafide hard worker at heart, Samantha still makes time for play. She spends quality time with her close friends whom she met in a roller derby league. She enjoys downtime with her two dogs Calvin Lee and Lucas- two more furry friends who can attest to Samantha’s never-ending willingness to help, go above and beyond, and be a beacon for the people around her.

    “Samantha...made the whole process of finding a great driver easy, especially since we are located in Orlando and needed the driver in Miami. Thank you.”
    - Centerline Customer


  • Livestock Haulers Receive Three Month ELD Extension

    by Anna Mischke | Dec 21, 2017

    Customer News 122117The U.S. Department of Transportation has officially released an extension allowing livestock and other agricultural cargo to operate without electronic logging devices until March 18, 2018. The reprieve has not yet been published in the Federal Register but can be found on the DOT’s website.

    The ELD mandate was put into effect December 18th and exempt livestock drivers will receive 90 days to comply. During this time, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will also review additional exemption requests from the agriculture industry. The waiver includes all drivers hauling “any agricultural commodity, non-processed food, feed, fiber, or livestock” including “…cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry (including egg-producing poultry), fish used for food and other animals designated…that are part of a foundation herd or offspring.”

    Drivers operating under the waiver are required to have a copy of the waiver with them while driving and must notify the FMCSA within five business days if they are involved in a crash and explain details of the crash along with their driving day.

    The agency is also taking comments from industry stakeholders for thirty days after the exemption publication on whether livestock sale barns and grain elevators should be considered a source of agricultural merchandise. The FMCSA says “While these facilities are originating points for many agricultural commodity loads, they are not expressly encompassed within the statutory or regulatory terminology of the exception.”
  • Trucking Gains Productivity Due to Cloud Based Computing

    by Anna Mischke | Dec 15, 2017

    shutterstock_631569398-300pxThe cloud has been hanging over our heads for some time now, and the trucking industry is getting on board with the service more than ever. As innovative technologies continue to flood the marketplace, some of us may be stuck asking the question, “What is cloud computing?” The definition varies: sometimes a software-as-a-service (SAAS) offering and other times where data is accessible as a Web page. The most general understanding of the cloud surrounds the servers and storage that cloud computing offers. In short, cloud computing can be summed up as “the use of hardware, software, storage and computing infrastructures over a network that is housed and operated by a third party”, according to Trucking Info.

    Constantly evolving technology is being implemented in the trucking industry as carriers find the operational productivity and savings that the cloud can provide. Using remote servers hosted on the internet to store and process data is well-known to Millennials highly connected to their digital devices and as the business landscape shifts, more companies are getting on board with the service.

    Some pros of cloud computing include real-time information, ease of access, and ease of implementation. The ability to choose products a la carte to utilize in the cloud are an attractive feature that fleets are taking advantage of- whether specific functions such as email or enterprise-level applications. Additionally, the delivery technology gives responsibility of data to a third party while giving flexibility to fleets. New technologies can be implemented into a fleet with extremely low to zero infrastructure cost pertaining to IT, maintenance, memory space, and computer software expertise.

    While the cloud may not be suitable for all fleets, many are exploring the opportunity to utilize this technology to their advantage toward cost, time, and general efficiency. 

  • FMCSA’s ELD Registry Continues to Lengthen

    by Anna Mischke | Dec 08, 2017
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    The ELD mandate is put into effect in less than two weeks and electronic logging devices (ELDs) are sweeping the market. More than 220 ELDs were listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) online registry as of December 1st. Each of these ELDs listed are required to meet FMCSA standards: they must conform to technical specifications, be self-certified as compliant by the provider, and registered with the FMCSA.

    The listed devices include portable ELDs and mobile devices. If for any reason the FMCSA finds that an ELD listed on their website does not comply with their requirements, they may initiate removal of the ELD model or version from the list after providing written notice to the ELD provider and will alert the industry through website announcements and additional communications.

    Bear in mind that some ELDs listed on the registry are developed by the same company. If this company’s standards do not meet requirements, a number of ELDs may be obligated for removal. After Phase 2 of the FMCSA’s Phased-In Compliance Phase comes Full Compliance Phase on December 16th, 2019 where all drivers and carriers will be subject to the rule that they must use self-certified ELDs, registered with the FMCSA.

  • Staff Shoutout: Sheila Castaneda

    by Anna Mischke | Dec 01, 2017

    Sheila Castaneda_Staff ShoutoutPutting the ‘She’ in Sheer Strength

    Sheila is recognized both within the Centerline family and out for her perseverance, allegiance to a job well-done, belief that everything happens for a reason, and ensuring that she goes above and beyond for all she encounters. There’s rarely a dull moment in Sheila’s day and she likes it that way: she loves her family and work and it is apparent.

    While Sheila is a jack-of-all-trades, she focuses mainly on the Mobile Drivers division. Mobile works with National Accounts and offers the fantastic ease of taking approved drivers countrywide and putting them to work. This service, unparalleled in the industry, allows drivers interested in flying and traveling the ability to work in a different area for a period of time and gives them the adventure of working on the road. Centerline provides drivers with choices and Sheila says “they have options to switch: once their commitment is done, they can go back and forth from mobile to local and vice versa.”

    Sheila and her team take the time it takes to get to know drivers well. She says she wants to know who each driver is and “what makes you happy” and that “we want to know what your goal is”. The Mobile team does their best in ensuring they are creating strong partnerships for both the driver and the customer. This includes paying attention to special days for drivers such as birthdays and anniversaries and taking those days into account when placing a driver for a job: a call will always be made beforehand to confirm that a job works for the driver’s schedule. They have helped change the lives of over 400 drivers and currently have over 100 mobile drivers working across 48 states. The Mobile division is blowing expectations out of the water and continues to grow daily; the industry has clearly been waiting for something like this.

    Sheila has seen Centerline change over the past seventeen years with the company. She explains that a majority of those shifts have been through Jill’s vision and willingness to do what it takes to make success happen. Sheila admires Jill’s ability to keep pushing forward and lists her as an encouragement and person whom she looks up to greatly. She appreciates the support and care from a number of people who help her and the Mobile team daily: Annie St. John, Veronica Martinez, Kathy Mazzio, Leonard Holman, Sandrine Steaffens, Rod Crowell, Hali Tesler, and more including Account Managers, Recruiting Managers, and the teams from Service, Payroll, and Compliance. Her children are an incredibly important part of her life and everything she does, she does for her inspiring children. Needless to say, all listed above and more have themselves experienced Sheila’s unwavering perseverance and strength.

    When Sheila isn’t breaking company records, she enjoys good old-fashioned retail therapy, taking time to get away for vacation and disconnect where she’ll soak up time with family, and on occasion- treat herself to In N Out Animal Style fries. Heavy emphasis on Animal Style! Each person that Sheila comes across experiences true care and we are so very lucky to have such an incredible person as part of our lives.

  • Daphne Jefferson 2017’s Influential Woman in Trucking

    by Anna Mischke | Nov 29, 2017

    Customer News_Jefferson_112217Daphne Jefferson, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), won this year’s Influential Woman in Trucking award from the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks.

    Jefferson was awarded during the WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo in Kansas City, MO by director, used truck acquisitions and operations, Daimler Trucks North America and Chairwoman of WIT, Mary Aufdemberg. Aufdemberg shared that “as the female demographic grows in our industry, more and more women are gaining recognition for their outstanding leadership and professionalism.”

    Developed in 2010, the award was created to honor prominent females and advance more women in trucking. The award is granted to women who serve as a role model to women both in the industry and out, have delivered above and beyond expectations, and make or influence key decisions. Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT explained that Jefferson “is one of the most influential women in the trucking industry” and that “she took the time and made the effort to spend two days in the truck with two of our female drivers in order to better understand the industry from the driver’s perspective” which helped her lead the agency.

    Jefferson, the senior career official accountable for truck and bus safety on the highways of America, said “Even though women are as capable as men in positions of power, barriers continue to persist. As a public servant on the regulatory side of the trucking industry, I try every day to remove the barriers and dispel any myths about women in this industry and in leadership. It is important that women such as myself and the other nominees for this distinguished award serve as a pipeline for future female leaders. When one of us succeeds, all of us succeed!” 

  • NAS Makes Recommendations for CSA Improvements

    by Anna Mischke | Nov 20, 2017

    Driver News 082317The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) have been recommended that the program undergo a drastic overhaul. In response to requests from Congress, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) conducted research to make recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These improvements are expected to create opportunities for open, proactive discussion between trucking stakeholders and regulators managing carrier scorecards.

    Initiated during Obama’s term in 2015 for the FAST Act, the regulation has caused disturbance and criticism among both carriers and lawmakers. The NAS report touched on popular topics in question including data quality and quantity, methodology used in the Safety Measurement System, and public availability of scores. The CSA groups carriers by their number of cumulative crashes- meaning that drivers in high-crash rate areas are penalized the same as those who crash on reportedly safer lanes.

    The NAS recommends that carrier scores be given by gathering more data and to more effectively gather said data. Current statistics show that 53 percent of carriers labeled as unfit have had zero crashes and only 8 percent of carriers monitored by the CSA have more than 20 inspections. The CSA shows that the number one violation is the driver’s log book – something that will shift dramatically with the approaching ELD mandate. Prepare your drivers for the ELD implementation with our training videos.

  • October Truck Orders Swell

    by Anna Mischke | Nov 09, 2017

    Customer News 110917Class 5-8 net orders have seen an increase to levels not seen since December 2014. Data from preliminary ACT Research shows 65 percent year-over-year growth with 55,700 units ordered in October. Seasonally adjusted, orders rose 5.7% from September.

    Kenny Vieth, President and Senior Analyst at ACT Research says that “orders after season adjustment have been very consistent” ranging from 41,400 units in May to 48,900 units in October and that while numbers are introductory, orders significantly surpassed expectations. Vieth also shared that “October is typically the second strongest order month of the year” due to a boost in municipal ordering from agencies that begin their fiscal years on the first of October. Improving freight conditions are predicted to lead to a rebound in carrier profitability in 2018. 

    Vieth recognizes the potential that this year’s NACV show in September may have aided in pushing orders that would have normally been placed in the fourth quarter. While the surge remains strong, this October was 14 percent weaker than typical previous years.

  • ATA Presents Policy Around Automation

    by Anna Mischke | Nov 02, 2017

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    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) released their first policy concerning the development of autonomous trucks and continue to discuss the impact of automation on the trucking industry at the Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE). Approved unanimously by the association board of directors on Oct. 24, the policy outlines the ATA’s stance on trucking autonomy in a 21 point policy.

    The policy elucidates the potential of connected vehicle technologies and automation to “dramatically impact nearly all aspects of the trucking industry” from driver experience, productivity, and safety to environmental impact and efficiency. ATA President Chris Spear said that “Adoption of this policy gives a clear direction about what our industry will expect and require as policymakers establish a comprehensive framework for automated vehicles.”

    The organized document states that the main focus will be on technologies that retain driver roles as executives and speakers at MCE stressed that unmanned trucks on public roads will not be feasible in the near future. Darryl Oster, assistant chief engineer at Peterbilt Motors Co., urged attendees to consider the dynamic technology required to unlock the safety and efficiency improvements that automation touts. Achieving full levels of automation will require further advances in onboard technology, “machine learning, more advance sensors such as lidar and much greater computing power” and that “processing these massive data streams will require significantly improved computing capabilities never before applied to commercial vehicles.”

    While innovations in technology is exciting for many, it will still take a long time to confirm whether technology is truly safer than a skilled, human driver. Ben Sawyer, a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an expert on human-machine interaction, says that even with the capabilities that are offered through automated driving systems, “the human is still very much the state of the art, and that’s not going away any time soon.” 

  • Staff Shoutout : Brian Murphy

    by Anna Mischke | Oct 27, 2017

    Brian MurphyAt Centerline, we take pride in our safety standards, from the constant training provided, to the relevant tips we share in hopes that we can support the protection of our drivers and those around them. Little of this would have much of an impact without our Safety Operations Manager, Brian Murphy.

    Some may not consider safety as an integral aspect of business - but in the trucking industry, safety is king. Brian does everything in his power to ensure the safety of drivers: holding safety meetings with drivers and staff, promoting safety tips in person and online, and reaching as many individuals as possible in hopes of creating opportunities to connect over safety issues. He believes it is important to be on site as much as possible to best do his job and stay in touch regularly.

    Brian does all of this on top of his heavy daily workload of covering all major accidents or safety events that occur. He spends a good chunk of time resolving incidents involving the DOT and investigating each case to better understand what happened. He then comes up with solutions with hopes of preventing similar situations from occurring in the future. Brian’s work requires him to be on the road often. He travels between visiting customer locations where he organizes and holds safety meetings, spends time with drivers discussing everything from life to tips for driving in the snow, learning driver-tested methods of preventing accidents, and actively promoting safety in the workplace.

    Brian’s passion for safety stems partially from a tragic personal experience. His grandfather lost his life in a devastating work accident that could have been prevented. When working on a reefer trailer, lock out and tag rules were ignored and the train moved, creating a domino effect that threw his grandfather off the trailer onto the train tracks. After sustaining terrible injuries, he passed away a week later in the hospital. This all happened when Brian’s father was ten years old. Brian witnessed his fair share of distress and disappointment during his time as a compliance adjuster after college, a position he promised himself he would never return to due to the emotional strain. He was finished seeing how serious injuries were handled and the destructive effect they can have on families. Now, he focuses on preventing those injuries by being proactive about information, training, and guidance.

    Brian hopes that when he works with drivers and conducts training around safety that everyone keeps an open mind. He believes everyone has valuable input and experiences to contribute, and when we all understand why something should be done a certain way, we can work together meaningfully and preemptively. He understands that while he isn’t out on the road in the big rigs every day like drivers, he needs to best prepare for each situation like he is. One way he does this is by trying to ride along on trips so he can experience the point of view of a driver. He researches each topic thoroughly to truly understand the science behind safety and studies his material until he knows it like the back of his hand.

    When he’s not crossing the country improving safety for dozens of companies, Brian is home in Baltimore with his wife, Claire. She’s supportive of his work and while he misses the comforts of home, he enjoys traveling and the opportunity to meet people and connect with colleagues. Brian is an avid writer and creative, working on several projects in his limited spare time. The Centerline team is fortunate to have such a zealous, driven individual dedicated to the safety of drivers, employees, and everyone out there on the road.

  • KPIs for the Success of Your Fleet

    by Anna Mischke | Oct 20, 2017

    Customer News 101817Peter Drucker, renowned in the business sector, said “what gets measured, gets improved.” This exact philosophy directly relates to fleet management’s turn towards data for educated decision-making to improve business.  

    Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, are measurements of performance used to gauge how well a fleet or business in general is functioning. With dozens of metrics available to monitor, managers are considering what measurements fit their companies best: customer service, OSHA accident frequency, equipment utilization, deadhead, cost per mile, parts cost per mile, fuel cost per mile, miles per gallon, idle time percentage, on-time delivery percentage, driver turnover, days worked, operational utilization- the list goes on. Understanding the data allows companies to hone in on what works well for their efficiency and performance while improving safety.

    The availability of these reports and metrics have become easily attainable thanks to advancing technology in both mobile communication and trucks themselves. Using the information provided against previous reports day over day and week-to-date gives fleet managers capability to strategize around real numbers. Those numbers should shift and evolve with companies, explains Tom Benusa, saying “the most important KPIs can change over time as a company’s business or leadership philosophy changes.”

    Whether focused on billing, deliveries, or HR purposes, the insight companies can glean is vast through software such as that from EBE Technologies, Vnomics, Transport America, and Omnitracs among many others. Actionable information comprises the most value for fleets, so packaged data readily combined is ideal in streamlining the review and business-planning process.

    As the industry changes and less focus is drawn to rate per mile and more is placed on the cost of the driver, companies agree that time is of more value than ever. Having the insights to best utilize that time is driving more businesses to invest in researching and comparing KPIs and even more importantly, acting on the data.
  • New Leadership for CVSA 2017-2018 Term

    by Anna Mischke | Oct 12, 2017

    Customer News 101017_300x240pxThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) ushered in new leadership for the upcoming term on September 20, 2017. Capt. Christopher Turner steps into the role of president with twenty years’ of experience in law enforcement. Turner currently manages the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance program (MCSAP), motor carrier inspectors fixed/mobile weight enforcement, and crash reconstruction teams.

    Capt. Scott Carnegie of the Mississippi Highway Patrol serves as the new vice president with 24 years of previous service. Sgt. John Samis of the Delaware State Police for 24 years is the new CVSA secretary. The board of directors will be made up of the three most recent presidents able to serve: Sgt. Tom Fuller of the New York State Police and Deputy Chief Mark Savage of the Colorado State Patrol will serve as past presidents.

    The news was announced at the CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada to over 300 government officials, enforcement, and industry members supporting the group’s mission to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and uniformity throughout North America. Next year’s Conference and Exhibition will take place Sept. 23-27, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Database of Compliant ELDs Provided by Truckstop.com

    by Anna Mischke | Oct 09, 2017

    Customer News 100917Truckstop.com has released their collaboration with electronic logging device providers sharing an online database of current ELDs. Truckstop.com shared in their press release that “Each ELD provider has been carefully researched and vetted by Truckstop.com to ensure customers receive customizable options, competitive price and overall quality service.”

    This record aims to assist in highlighting ELDs that best suit each carrier and driver’s needs. Current vetted providers include Glostone Trucking Solutions, GPS Insight, JJ Keller, Omnitracs, KeepTruckin, and HOS-Reporter with more to be added. This database joins the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s list of self-certified ELD makers on its site, but have not been assessed for compliance or performance by the FMCSA.

    Thayne Boren, general manager of mobile apps for Truckstop.com, explained that the database serves to provide solutions from industry leaders. The site has a goal to “remove the murkiness around the vast number of vendors that seemingly popped up overnight” and “provide clarity around something as impacting and encompassing as the ELD mandate”.

  • Staff Shoutout: Isabel Castro

    by Kelsey Stafford | Sep 28, 2017
    Centerline Account Manager Isabel Castro

    "Isabel Castro is the best! She is very helpful, very courteous, and if I need something she is quick to respond."

    -Centerline Customer

    Whether sprinting on the treadmill or pushing herself to be a proactive leader in the industry, Isabel Castro gives her best. A valuable asset to the Centerline family since 2015, Isabel works out of Lawrenceville as an Account Manager.

    Isabel kick-starts her days bright and early with coffee and the news: she likes to stay on top of global, national, and local news so that she is well-informed and can share conversation on a number of current events. A fitness buff, she then focuses on cardio along with interval training. With heartrate up and ready for the day ahead, Isabel then spends time with her children, Sebastian and Fabiana, before taking them to school and preparing for the work that lies ahead.

    Originally hired for TrueBlue Corporate, Isabel moved on to Centerline after meeting with Brett Miller and Jill Quinn: a challenging interview, but ultimately a highly successful one that brought her onto the team! Isabel began to eat, sleep, and dream Centerline and aimed to learn everything she could to excel in her new position. She was determined to educate herself as quickly as possible, but found that the industry continually changes and that she must actively stay current daily. Her dedication was clear to the customers she served, making herself available 24/7 and working overtime multiple days when needed. Isabel learned the ins and outs of her customers, down to birthdays and anniversaries, knowing that relationships are everything in the role she is in.

    Isabel turns to her mother, Victoria, for inspiration. She admires her mother’s tenacity and diligence in caring for her younger brother who has Spina Bifida. Working full-time and tending to the family, Victoria always made her children feel cared for and they trusted her through and through. Now, as a mother herself, Isabel is even more awestruck at the way her mother managed everything that came their way and she strives to do the same with her family. It is clear that the importance of perseverance for Isabel is strong: no matter what she comes across in her day-to-day, she tackles with confidence and knowledge. We are so proud to have Isabel on our team.

  • The Market for Drivers Tightens

    by Anna Mischke | Sep 21, 2017

    Customer News 092117The trucking industry saw a leap in driver turnover in the second quarter; the American Trucking Associations (ATA) released recent data showing the possibility that this number could increase in the coming months. The recent swell in turnover is the biggest quarterly increase since 2010.

    Turnover at large carriers increased to 90 percent at the end of June, the biggest quarterly increase since the final quarter of 2010 and highest rate since the fourth quarter on 2015. Small carriers, or carriers with annual revenue less than $30 million, experienced a rapid 21% increase in the second quarter. ATA’s chief economist, Bob Costello, said “After a period of relatively low turnover, it appears the driver market is tightening again, which coupled with increased demand for freight movement could rapidly exacerbate the driver shortage.” He shared that the ATA “predicted that last year’s period of relatively low and stable turnover could be short-lived if the freight economy recovered from 2016’s freight recession” adding that “it appears those predictions were correct.”

    Turnover is calculated by observing the number of drivers leaving a job and taking a new one, retiring drivers and terminated drivers as a percentage of the total number of active drivers. The statistics from each quarter is multiplied by four for the annual rate.

  • Autonomous Vehicle Bill Passes House, in Senate Hands

    by Anna Mischke | Sep 15, 2017

    CUSTOMER NEWS 091517The SELF DRIVE Act, a bill on autonomous car legislation, successfully made it through the US House of representatives and awaits deliberation from the Senate. SELF DRIVE Act intends to create a protocol for manufacturers to create and test autonomous cars. Companies will be permitted to test up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles on regular roads, whether they meet safety standards or not. The forward-moving legislation prevents states from barring testing of self-driving vehicles on state highways, while establishing procedures in response to concerns over safety and privacy of autonomous vehicles.

    The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a separate hearing September 13th to discuss the potential repercussions specifically for autonomous commercial vehicles, as the original legislation framework did not address self-driving trucks. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters alongside other unions effectively lobbied to exclude commercial trucks from the original legislation.

    Consideration surrounding autonomous trucks is heavily focused on the negative impact self-driving commercial vehicles may have on US jobs. President of the Transportation Trades Department at the AFL-CIO, Larry I. Willis, stated that “Adequately addressing the impact driverless vehicles will have on jobs, wages and safety will require more deliberation and public input from all stakeholders, including transportation labor.”

    Senator John Thune of South Dakota, stated at the separate hearing press conference that, “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways…will examine the benefits of automated truck safety technology as well as the potential impacts on jobs and the economy.” Teamsters Colonel Scott G Hernandez, chief of Colorado State Patrol, and General Secretary Ken Hall will provide testimonies at the hearing and witnesses include Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, American Trucking Associations CEO, Chris Spear, and National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman. 

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