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  • Growth, Freight, and a Trip to the Moon

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    The trucking industry has seen some positive growth over the past year. According to Noel Perry, senior consultant with FTR Transportation Intelligence, “This has been a strong recovery for truck freight growth, and I expect truck freight growth to continue, reaching 3.2% in 2016.

    Trucking companies are expected to rebound as the economy growth improves, demand stabilizes and capacity tightens. Chief economist for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Bob Costello, echoes these positive expectations for the industry as the ATA recently released annual industry trends. 

    Trucking Trends

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  • Avoid Dehydration – It's as Bad as Drunk Driving

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    You don’t have to watch the weather to tell that the country is in the midst of a heat wave. According the national weather service the majority of the country is experiencing temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the heat index values are as high as 115 degrees in some areas.

    In conditions like these, heat illnesses should not be taken lightly. In a study done by researchers at Loughborough University in England, they found that even mild dehydration while driving has the same effects as drunk driving. Even mildly dehydrated drivers made as many errors as people who drive with a blood alcohol of 0.08 percent. Errors included things like lane drifting, late braking, or crossing over a rumble strip.

    Paying attention to and knowing the signs of heat illness is vital to your safety as well as others. Types of heat illness include:

    1. Heat rash: red blistered rash caused by sweating
    2. Heat cramps: muscle cramps or pains, usually in the legs or abdomen
    3. Heat exhaustion: headaches, weakness, dizziness, weakness, irritability, confusion and heavy sweating
    4. Heatstroke: fever, irrational behavior, extreme confusion, rapid weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, seizures or unconsciousness, dry, hot and red skin.

    What to do:

    The best thing to do is to be proactive and prepare. Water. Rest. Shade.

    Drink lots of WATER – stop worrying about the bathroom breaks. Your health is more important than shaving a few minutes off your time on the road. OSHA encourages people to drink a liter of water over one hour, this is about 1 cup every fifteen minutes. Be sure to avoid highly caffeinated drinks which lead to dehydration and take time to rest and cool down when out on the road.

    For more information about heat illness and how to protect yourself OSHA offers several resources. They offer literaturevideos, and even an app. Lets beat the heat!

  • In-cab Cameras, What You Need to Know

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    We are living in a world of ever growing technology; technology that affects nearly every facet of our lives whether it is at home, school, leisure or work. As transportation professionals it is our job to stay in touch and informed on the changes that affect our careers. As our industry regulations mold and change based on technology and telemetrics you, the driver, may have noticed a rise in the use of technology like e-logs and in-cab cameras. If you haven’t already driven a truck with a drive cam it is very likely you will soon.

    Believe it or not these in-cab cameras are not being installed for the sole purpose of watching what the driver is doing. In fact the cameras don’t watch the driver at all. The onboard camera is running the entire trip, however it only records and reports on certain events. These events include:

    • Hard Braking
    • Hard turning
    • Striking another object
    • Hitting a pothole or road debris
    • Speeding
    • Running a stop sign

    When one of these things happen, the system in the truck is activated and an “event“ is recorded. The on-board system captures up to 8 seconds of video before the event and up to 8 seconds after. The footage is saved as a file and transmitted to the company’s operations and safety personnel for viewing. The standard cameras record the front view out of the truck’s windshield and a view of the driver’s activities at the time of the event. More complex versions of the system have camera views down both sides of the truck and trailer as well capturing any side impacts or events not seen in the standard front view. While some of these events are not attributed to driver neglect the cameras capture the following in-cab driver activities:

    • Texting
    • Talking on the phone
    • Eating
    • Falling asleep
    • Not wearing seatbelts

    According to a representative from a large logistics company, the installation of in-cab cameras has saved the company over $1 million in the first 2 months of operation and it is estimated that the company will save over $10 million in litigation and damage costs by the end of 2015. In order to operate the cameras and have the ability to prove innocence, the companies using this technology must agree to also record the driver’s activities at the time of the event. One thing to note is the company cannot just install cameras in all their trucks and begin using them. There is a certification process the company has to go through first that involves limited testing and reporting of results. As part of the program, companies using in-cab cameras must have policies in place that are designed to correct or eliminate unsafe driver behavior.

    It is the cameras main purpose to create a safer environment and protect those involved in accidents. This technology is advantageous when discrepancies arise. For example, a driver was cut off abruptly, leading to a small bump in the front of her rig. When the blame was cast on the driver by the other individual involved, the double sided camera cleared the driver of the accusation and proved she was not at fault. These cameras are just one example of the evolving and innovative technology to come in the trucking industry. With new built in cameras, advance GPS, and e-log systems drivers are protected and safety will increase.

  • Amendment to Improve Crash Safety Standards

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a major initiative to address the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks. These are trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or greater with no trailer. The agency has put out an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), a way for obtaining public and stakeholder participation regarding a regulatory change. The ANPRM seeks input on the estimated cost and benefits of safety strategies for the vehicles.

    “This announcement is about protecting more drivers and passengers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These vehicles are essential to transportation systems, and we have a duty to the traveling public to take every opportunity to strengthen truck safety.”

    The NHTSA is looking at regulations that would require rear impact guards and placing reflective tape on the back and side of single-unit trucks. The agency estimates the rear impact guards could save 5 lives and prevent 30 injuries a year. Similarly, it is estimated the addition of reflective tape will save 14 lives a year.

    The kicker, the price tag. To equip roughly 342,000 vehicles with rear impact guards would cost approximately $669 million. To add reflective tape to around 579,000 vehicles would cost approximately $30 million annually.

    The goal behind this ANPRM is the raise the public’s awareness and improve the visibility of trucks on the road. Let your opinion be heard and read more about the ANRPM.

  • New Minimum Age: The Answer to the Driver Shortage?

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    You only need to be 18 to get a commercial license, but Federal law prevents you from crossing state lines until you reach the age of 21. It is illogical that a 20-year-old can drive the 500 miles from San Francisco to San Diego, but not the eight miles from Memphis, Tenn., to West Memphis, Ark. – or simply cross the street in Texarkana. Even more illogical is that a 20-year-old may not drive a truck in any state if the cargo in it originated outside the state or will eventually leave the state by some other means,” said American Trucking Association (ATA) President and CEO Bill Graves.

    Recently Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. and co-sponsor Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT introduced a bill under the Commercial Driver Act declaring that contiguous states may enter into interstate compacts for drivers under the age of 21 to operate across state lines. Participating states would provide minimum licensure standards acceptable for interstate travel.

    Four possible minimum licensure standards to be determined by the state are:

    1. Age restrictionsUSA
    2. Distance from origin
    3. Reporting requirements
    4. Additional hours of service restrictions

    The ATA is a strong proponent of the bill. By lowering the required age at which commercial drivers can operate across state lines, the ATA feels it would create job opportunities and address the growing driver shortage. In addition, the ATA says, the legislation will increase the jobs available for recent high school graduates; a group that 
    suffers unemployment rates up to triple the national average.

    As our population grows and our freight demands increase, we are going to need more drivers,” Graves said. "The Commercial Driver Act helps solve two problems by expanding the pool of eligible drivers and creating employment opportunities for younger Americans."

  • Top 10 Things to Know When Trucking into Canada

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Starting this Friday, July 10, 2015, trucks arriving at the Canadian border will be required to submit their cargo and conveyance data using the eManifest system at least an hour before arrival or be penalized. Data is to be submitted through a secure website and motor carriers must have a special code to log in. Failure to submit your cargo and conveyance data will result in delays at the border. Take the time to learn now because after January 2016 those delays will be coupled with financial penalties and potential rejection altogether.

    The agency has published a top 10 list of things you need to know about eManifest:

    1. Highway carriers’ electronic cargo and conveyance data must be given to and validated by CBSA at least one hour before arriving at the border.
    2. CBSA will communicate the mandatory compliance dates at least 45 days in advance
    3. During informed compliance period, eManifest will monitor and give feedback to non-compliant carriers
    4. During informed compliance period, carriers will be denied into Canada or subject to penalties
    5. When regulations are in place to enforce eManifest requirements, non-compliant carriers may incur penalties
    6. Two options to transmit cargo and conveyance data to CBSA, 1) the eManifest Portal or 2) an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Method
    7. Drivers must present an eManifest lead sheet upon arrival at the border
    8. Implementation of the eManifest will not change the release processes
    9. For eManifest policy and processes support, contact the eManifest Help Desk at:
    10. For eManifest technical support, contact the Technical Commercial Client Unit or 1-888-957-7224

    The CBSA recommends using its online information to make sure you are in compliance.

  • 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% â€‹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: 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.