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  • Trucking Industry Growth and Job Opportunities

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    2014 has turned out to be the best year for the supply chain industry since the Great Recession, with 3.6% growth in the transportation sector. This is due to the higher shipment volumes seen in the past year.

    The State of Logistics Report by Rosalyn Wilson, senior business analyst at Parsons, found that overall the U.S. economy did well in 2014, crediting low to moderate levels of inflation, reduced fuel prices, and the slow increase in real net income and household net worth. Wilson reported, “As consumer spending increased, freight levels climbed as retailers replenished inventories.”

    Truck tonnage has increase 3.5% causing truck capacity700Billto become extremely tight moving closer to 100% utilization. A healthier economy is in sight and customer demand is expected to continue to rise, but the capacity to fill that demand is what’s concerning- the industry had a turnover rate at a whopping 95% annualized.

    But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for drivers. What this means for you is a plethora of opportunities to choose from. Driving jobs are plentiful with Centerline Drivers. We specialize in finding you the right driving job that fits your schedule and lifestyle whether that be close to home or over the road.

    Three reasons to expect growth in the industry:

    • The recovering economy
    • Driver Shortage = more opportunities for new drivers and higher wages for experienced drivers
    • Growth and attention to the Country's infrastructure
  • You Have the Power to Make More Money

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Did you know that not all driving jobs are created equal? It’s true you can get paid more by adding certifications and endorsements. Hazmat Endorsements,Moffett Experience, and Doubles/Triples endorsement are just a few specializations that can have a large impact on your paycheck.

    By expanding your proficiency and training you can accomplish several things.

    You make yourself more marketable. You are in a self-marketing industry and with that comes power. You have the power to land those desirable driving jobs by furthering your driver training.

    Extra skills, endorsements and training open up more driving opportunities. You can simply pick the job that works best for you without the restriction of what the load is.

    This all leads to more money in your pocket. Drivers with a Hazmat endorsement typically make around $1.00 - $2.00 dollars more per hour. Drivers who have Moffett training have greater flexibility. Advancing your skill set can keep you from worrying about finding your next driving job, but rather, you will have the pick of the litter!

    Taking the time now, gives you more time in the future. Take some practice test to get started!

  • Performance-Based or Hours-Based Training for Entry Level Drivers?

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    To tackle the long debated topic of entry level driver training, the FMCSA has taken a new approach called negotiated rule making. The process? A 26-person panel of vehicle stakeholders was put together to discuss and provide a recommendations on key topics. The goal? To bring in key stakeholders sooner, rather than later, to create a successful outcome for the drivers, the companies and the customers.

    The hot question is, should new driver training be performance-based or hours-based?

    After several meetings, starting in April, the committee voted 24-2 recommending an hours-based training program. Boyd Stephenson of American Trucking Association and James Edwards of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, were the two dissenting votes advocating for a performance-based, on-road training standard. Both believe demonstrating competency in the skill is more important than training hours.

    A comprehensive package of recommendations will be given to the FMCSA. In addition to classroom time the committee’s recommendation includes:

    • 30 hours of behind the wheel instruction for Class A CDL training, a minimum of 10 hours of range driving instruction and minimum of 10 hours of on-road instruction.
    • 15 hours of driving instruction for Class B, a minimum of 7 hours on-road instruction.
    • Drivers with a good driving record whose has CDL lapsed should not be required to take a refresher course before retesting for CDLs.

    To lean more see the LIVEONWEB replay on Transport Topics.

    Here were some highlights from the Q&A discussion.

    Will people be grandfathered in?

    Yes, drivers whose CDL lapsed and who have a good driving record should not have to take a refresher course before retesting for CDLs.

    Who is considered a new driver and must comply?

    ELDT (entry level driver training) is something you have to do once and will be good forever. There may be different portions that require new training when moving up in certifications.

    Will this apply to more than just truckers?

    Intrastate drivers just like interstate drivers will be required to do ELDT. Committee agreed there needs to be a core curriculum and then additional ELDT for hazmat, passenger and school bus endorsement.

    Will there be a National CDL?

    No, although that may help in some regards, it is unrealistic politically. ID and Licensing is under State power and will remain there.

    There will be many more meetings to come in order to review and revise the recent proposal FMCSA.

  • Annual Roadcheck Set For June 2-4

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    The 28th Annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck will be held June 2-4, 2015. CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors will conduct a 37-step, Level 1 inspection in North America of drivers and vehicles.

    What should you expect? Drivers will have to provide items such as:

    • License
    • Endorsements
    • Medical Card
    • Hour-of-Service documentation

    Drivers will also be checked for seatbelt usage and alcohol & drug use.

    Vehicles will also have an inspection checking:

    • Brake system
    • Coupling devices
    • Exhaust system
    • Frame
    • Fuel system
    • Lights
    • Safe loading
    • Steering mechanism
    • Drive line
    • Suspension
    • Tires
    • Trailer bodies
    • Wheels
    • Rims
    • Windshield wipers
    • Emergency exits on buses

    Last year's Roadcheck conducted a total of 73,475 inspections resulting in 11,420 out-of-service vehicle violations.

    Make sure you are prepared for this year’s CVSA International Roadcheck.

  • 37.2 Million Are Hitting the Road This Weekend Are You Ready?

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    Memorial Day is this weekend and is largely considered the official start of summer. AAAestimates 37.2 million Americans will head out on the highway and we want to provide some tips and reminders to keep you and them safe during this busy travel holiday. 

    1. Get Your Truck In Tip-Top Shape. Before hitting the road with 37.2 million other drivers, this is a great time to check your tire pressure and replace those windshield wipers. 
    2. Watch Out For The Other Guy. While traveling long distances, many who don’t travel as much as commercial drivers fail to use their turn signals appropriately. Be vigilant and aware of where they are. 
    3. Distracted Drivers. When you notice a distracted driver, move away as soon as you can and remain at a safe distance. 
    4. Feeling Fatigued? Sitting in traffic jams can be stressful and can wear on your body. Pay attention to your body cues and take breaks. 
    5. Be On The Look Out. This is a prime weekend for families to break out the camping gear and motorcycles after the long winter, which means they may not remember how to use them safely. Keep an eye out. Also, rising temperatures and more vehicles on the road will produce more broken down cars on the shoulder. Give yourself enough room to get by. 
    6. Pack Your Patience. With so many people hitting the road, traffic jams are inevitable. Try to keep your cool and crank up the radio, it’ll pass. 

    While this weekend may be widely considered a fun-filled, three-day weekend, we need to remember the real reason for this day; a day of remembrance. Thank you to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and safety. And to those serving, who have served and their families, we thank you for all you do, every day for us.
  • Fed Med Recordkeeping Changes in 2018

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Beginning June 22, 2018, the burden of Fed Med recordkeeping eases with a new ruling from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and a new electronic platform. The new system will automatically transmit the medical information to the FMCSA by the Medical Examiner (ME) and then to the state. Until then here, is what you need to know…

    The new Medical Examination Report (MER) form collects much of the same info currently collected but it’s formatted differently. The new form will be available as soon as December 22, 2015, but electronic transmission will not begin until 2018. In the meantime, recordkeeping for CDL holders and motor carriers is status quo until the electronic system is launched in 2018.

    A reminder of those requirements:

    • Select an ME from the NRCME.
    • Receive an MEC following the exam.
    • Submit a copy of the MEC to the state licensing office within 5 days in order to avoid any glitches in his or her licensing. The state will have 10 days to process the CDL holder’s medical status to have it appear on his or her motor vehicle record (MVR).
    • Carry their medical examiner’s certificate for 15 days following the exam.

    Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the formal launch. For more information, check out Fed Med Card Recordkeeping Relief on Its Way from Truckinginfo

  • Fittest Driver Competition – Game On

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    Driver health and fitnessIn order to fight the obesity epidemic that leads to premature death in the trucking industry, several key health programs have been put in place. Several programs were launched in 2014 to identify fit drivers and encourage weight loss. This year, Prime, Inc. (a trucking and training company) is reserving 30 competition slots for drivers from other fleets to participate in its Fittest Trucker in America competition taking place on Aug. 29 in Springfield, MO. The objective this year is to make it a truly national competition.  For more information on the competition including eligibility and online registration, visit the driver health and fitness site. 
  • Centerline Full of Opportunities

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    The trucking industry lost nearly 7,000 jobs in March according to the Department of Labor, but Centerline has hot driving jobs throughout North America. "We are not seeing this decline," said Rod Crowell, Centerline’s National Account Director. "In fact, we have a surge in opportunities for all types of local and regional driving routes available to meet each driver’s requirements." 

    The American Trucking Associations' chief economist Bob Costello recently reported high turn-over rates among large and small truckload carriers due to growing freight volumes, increasing regulatory pressures and normal attrition.  At Centerline we seek to engage drivers, find them the best opportunities for their families and keep you with constant work. 

    Read more about the trucking industry trend.

    Don't be discouraged by the trucking industry trend, Centerline has jobs for you!
  • Protect Your Back

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Always lift with your knees, not your back

    As a Centerline driver, you are often responsible for touching freight and asked to use safe lifting techniques to ensure you don’t get injured on the job. It is important to review the basics when it comes to loading and unloading. Common injuries include those with back strains resulting from reaching and bending awkwardly.

    Three aspects of lifting that increase your risk of injury include:

    1. Bending, reaching, and twisting while lifting
    2. Handling heavy loads
    3. Repetitive motions over and over

    Three ways to reduce your risk include:

    1. Use mechanical assistance to reduce physical load on your body
    2. Raise the load to reduce bending at the waist
    3. Rotate the load to reduce the need to reach and lift away from the body.

    Back Graphic
    Watch the video below for more tips on lifting in the work place.

     

  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Program

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Using a Seat Belt Matters

    1 in 6 drivers of large trucks don't use a seat belt

    1 in 3 drivers have been involved in one or more serious crash during their careers.

    40% ​of crash related injuries could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt. 

    Centerline values the safety of its drivers, and encourages use of a safety belt every time a vehicle is in use.  According to FMSCA, the 2013 CMV Driver Safety Belt Usage Study found that only 84 percent of CMV drivers wear safety belts.

    In accordance with Section 392.16 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), a CMV which has a seat belt assembly installed at the driver's seat shall not be driven unless the driver has properly restrained himself/herself with the seat belt assembly.

    Centerline wants all its drivers home safe every night - wear your seat belt!

    Learn more about the partnership developed by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to combat low safety belt use among the nation's CMV Drivers.

    Learn more seat belt safety facts.

  • Restart Violations Being Reported In Error

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    What can you do? 

    When the orders to suspend the enforcement (not the regulation) of two restrictions as part of the 2013 restart rules were instated in late 2014, (until a further study can be conducted)  enforcement and providers of hours-of-service solutions had very little time to prepare for this change, therefore some 60/70-hour violations are being indicated in error.

    Currently the FMCSA and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance are working to get officers trained and all the required software updated. In the meantime, if you are sited for a violation and you believe it’s in error, JJ Keller has identified five things you can do to determine if the violation is valid:

    • Review your driver logs for the seven days prior to the violation. Look for a valid restart in the seven-day period (an off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours).
    • If there was a valid restart, total your on-duty hours since the restart period.
    • If you were driving and your on-duty total since the last restart was over the 60- or 70-hour limit (whichever is applicable), consider it a valid violation.
    • If you were driving and your on-duty total was below the applicable limit at the time of the violation, consider the violation invalid.
    • If the violation was identified by an internal log auditing system or procedure and it is not valid, update your auditing procedure and check on the status of any necessary technology update.  

    The best recourse at this time is to challenge the violation through the DataQs process

    The suspension of enforcement at the federal level is in effect until September 30, 2015. However, if, as of that date, FMCSA has not submitted the final report from the 34-hour restart study, the suspension is to continue until FMCSA does so.

  • Truck Drivers Ticketed Less than Passenger Vehicle Drivers

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Truck drivers get it right 90% more than passenger vehicle drivers

    The October 2014 week long initiative, Operation Safe Driver, found that truck drivers are ticketed 10 times less for speeding than passenger vehicle drivers.

    From October 19-25, 2014, 59,080 commercial and passenger vehicles were pulled over as part of this initiative conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The data was collected at 1,549 locations and involved the participation of 4,337 law enforcement officials across the US and Canada (source: Truckinginfo.com Feb. 6, 2015).

    These campaigns take action against problem driver behaviors with the objective of reducing traffic accidents by modifying unsafe behaviors. The CVSA works in close conjunction with FMCSA with support from the transportation industry and other transportation safety organizations.

  • Hours of Service Restart Provisions

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. Drivers are authorized as of 12:01 AM on December 16, 2014 to resume use of the previous, unlimited restart provision. President Obama signed the 2015 appropriation bill in December 2014 which contained a provision to suspend the more restrictive restart that was enacted in July 2013. The suspended provision required drivers to take two periods off between 1 am and 5 am during their 34-hour restart and limited the use of the restart to once a week.

    FMCSA announced December 17, 2014 that the 2013 restart is suspended and the older restart is in effect. Congress will study this for much of next year. The provision now in effect will be in effect until the FMCSA finishes a study of the provision or until September 30, 2015 of next year, whichever comes later. 

  • FMCSA to Maintain 50 Percent Drug Testing Rate for 2015

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    A random testing for controlled substances will remain at the current rate of 50% FMCSA announced. FMCSA’s 2012 Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey indicated that positive results from random test have decreased for the second year. FMCSA continually monitors its industry testing programs and will re-evaluate the controlled substance random test rate again in 2016.
  • Short-Haul Interpretation

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an interpretation, addressing the application of the mandatory break requirement when short-haul drivers exceed the short-haul distance or time limits. Section 395.1 Question 33 reads as follows: Question 33: If a driver using either short-haul exception in Section 395.1(e) finds it necessary to exceed the exception limitations for unforeseen reasons, is the driver in violation of the Section 395.3 rest break provision if more than 8 hours have passed without having taken the required rest break? Guidance. No. A driver using a Section 395.1(e) short-haul exception who finds it necessary to exceed the exception limitations for unforeseen reasons, is not in violation of the Section 395.3 rest-break requirements if 8 or more hours have passed at the time the driver becomes aware of the inability to use the short-haul exception. The driver should annotate the record-of-duty to indicate why the required rest break was not taken earlier, and should take the break at the earliest, safe opportunity.
  • Paper Medical Certificate Requirements

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is extending by one year, until January 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver's license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors. In December 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying record keeping obligations for drives, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver's medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database - the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system. For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, see: www.FMCSA.DOT.gov
  • CVSA Annual Roadcheck slated for early June 2015

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    The 2015 edition of Roadcheck, a 72-hour inspection blitz sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is scheduled for early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, and provincial inspectors perform truck and bus inspections at 1,500 locations across North America. During Roadcheck 2014, approximately 17 trucks or buses were inspected every minute in the US, Canada and Mexico. 95.2% of drivers had no violations. 

    For more information on Roadcheck, visit the CVSA website: www.cvsa.org
  • Centerline Driver: Vilay Ling

    by Kelsey Stafford | Mar 03, 2016

    Centerline was proud to announce Vilay Ling as the Coastal Award winner of the 3rd Quarter in 2015. Vilay is a seasoned driver with an inspiring story. He and his wife both emigrated from Laos as youth and met in the US.

    Vilay was first introduced to driving one summer when the machine shop he worked at shut down for 2 weeks. Seeking to fill the void in work, Vilay accepted an invitation from his dad to ride with him on his haul to New York City. That was all it took for Vilay to realize his love of truck driving. So he quit his job and bought a brand new truck. He ran the continuous 48 states hauling mostly produce.

    He had been driving 3 – 3 ½ years before he met his wife. When they married, he gave up driving and went back to the machine shop. But, it was clear to his wife Vilay missed trucking, so she encouraged him to pursue his dream. This time, Vilay looked for a driving job that was close to home, leading him to Centerline. Centerline placed Vilay with Coastal, where he was hired as a permanent driver and has remained for 15 years.

    Vilay loves to drive for Coastal because of the stable work and fixed schedule. He is able to be home every night with his 17-year old daughter and 14-year old son. Vilay’s advice to new drivers is, “Take it one day at a time, finish the days job well, tomorrow will take care of itself."

  • Centerline Driver: Don DeRosia

    by Kelsey Stafford | Feb 08, 2016

    Don DeRosia is a man many wish they could call friend. His work ethic is impeccable and hard to overlook. Several accounts he has been assigned, notice immediately and, if possible, have hired him directly. His selflessness is manifested through his brave service to his country and his heart for those around him is shown through his mentorship to young veterans. It is easy to see why we valued his time with Centerline and wish to put the spotlight on him for others to see.

    Don started driving trucks in 1971 when he got home from serving our country in Vietnam. Along with his dad and brother, Don’s primary career was as a pipe fitter, but he loved the freedom trucking offered. As he put it, “windshield time is good time.” When behind the windshield, Don said he is able to clear his head and reset, and that’s one of the reasons he loved driving. He spent a lot of his career doing long hauls with occasional local jobs here and there.

    Don is describes as having a can-do attitude with wonderful demeanor and loyalty. He is a memorable Centerline employee, always up for a new adventure, lighthearted and an encouragement to others. Throughout his driving career he stayed in touch with Centerline. In the unpredictable world of trucking, Centerline was his constant. Whenever it was time for him to move onto another job he would go back to Centerline, looking for guidance. Don, his brother, and several of his friends all worked for Centerline on and off throughout their careers. Centerline’s Service Director, in particular, was a bright spot, and still is, for Don and other Centerline drivers. “The difference with Centerline, is the way they care about their drivers as family,” Don said, “not many companies have people who really care about the drivers. Centerline personnel would always stress the importance of safety meetings, and go to bat for us if we were being pressured to operate out of compliance.”

    Recently retired due to some health issues, he continues to act as a role model to young military members. He stresses respect as an essential characteristic, one which he lives out in his own life. When asked what advice he’d give to new drivers Don responded, “Listen to what they [Centerline] are trying to do for you, be open to opportunities.”

    Centerline is thrilled to be able to shine the spotlight on Don and are thankful to have been a part of his successful driving career. Our priority is to keep our drivers working and happy. We count it a win and celebrate when our drivers get hired on by the accounts we place them at. Don’s story is a testament to our goal to build relationships with our drivers. Stay in touch and if/when the time comes you are looking for more work, we will be there to help you find something new.

  • Centerline Driver: Marquis Turner

    by Kelsey Stafford | Dec 10, 2015

    Driver Spotlight: Marquis TurnerMarquis Turner has been driving trucks since 2006 and joined the Centerline team in June of 2013. His hard work and loyalty has caught the attention of all he works with. The Lawrenceville office has nothing but positive things to say about Marquis. “He has been such a pleasure to work with. Always does a great job for Centerline without issue, never complains and is always willing to work,” said a Service Center Specialist.

    Marquis is married with two children, a six year old son and one year old daughter. "I really enjoy the freedom my set schedule gives me. It allows me to spend quality time with my family and work on my hobbies, such as, working on my low rider and going to car shows," Marquis said. He is also a hard core Dallas Cowboys fan and often spends his Sundays watching football.

    Marquis has built a reputation of being reliable, trustworthy and hard working. His positive attitude and commitment is contagious. We are grateful for his dedication and feel he is a model driver that we are fortunate to have as a part of the Centerline team.

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