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  • Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers Soon to be Mandated?

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    July, 2015 - A new piece of legislation called, the Truck Safety Act, was introduced late last week in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sen. Booker is part of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure committee, a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Five key topics are addressed in the Truck Safety Act, including:

    • Minimum Insurance – increase the minimum insurance level from $750,000 to $1.5 million
    • Collision Avoidance Systems – require crash avoidance systems in all commercial motor vehicles
    • Speed Limiting Devices – require commercial motor vehicles to have speed limiting devices
    • Driver Compensation – mandate employers to compensate truck drivers hourly
    • Excessive Commuting – study the effect of long commutes some drivers have to their base of operation

    This bill was praised by several safety advocates including, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and the Consumer Federation of America. The groups pointed out as total tonnage of truck freight shipments are predicted to increase as much as 63% by 2040, new requirements for advanced crash avoidance systems and speed limiter devices are critical. Many in the transportation industry, however disagree with parts of the proposal. The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) both contend that an increase to the minimum insurance level is unnecessary, because as it currently sits, more than 99 percent of crashes are already covered. The OOIDA also questions theeffectiveness of speed limiting devices. They state, research shows uniformed highway speeds are what needs to be addressed - speed differentials increase the risk of crashes therefore the speed limiting devices may in fact be less safe.

    Several new bills are being purposed calling for increased safety measures and improved infrastructure. How those initiatives are to be carried out is still to be determined.

  • GROW AMERICA – What You Need to Know

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    July, 2015 - Most will agree that America’s infrastructure system needsGROW Americaa major overhaul. The US Department of Transportation is pushing for more funding to be made available. GROW AMERICA is a six-year bill that will increase our transportation investment by 6%. The FY 2016 budget offers $478 billion in funding for a six-year reauthorization proposal to modernize our infrastructure.

    Why is this needed?

    The 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program received 950 pre-applications to its call for transformative and innovative capital programs. These applications total over $14.5 billion, over 29 times the $500 million available through TIGER. A study conducted by Beyond Traffic found 65% of the roads are in less than good condition, one out of four bridges crossed need to be replaced and there is a backlog of $86 billion in repairs for public transit. There is predicted to be an increase in the demand on the transportation system over the next 30 years. The population will grow by 70 million and freight traffic is expected to increase 45%. What these statistics point to is the uniform need for transportation capital program.

    GROW AMERICA Act would be a long-term transportation bill to address these growing critical infrastructure projects. It will increase safety across all modes of transportation, strengthen theTIFIA and RRIF loan programs and help make jobs and education more accessible.

    Check out their video.

  • Phase 2 GHG Rules Will Cut Pollution and Save Money According to the Feds

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    June, 2015 - On June 19, a new proposal to extend fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules was announced by the federal government.

    Phase 2 of the regulations for 2021 to 2027-model trucks and tractors and 2018-to-2027 MY trailers would cover entire vehicles. EPA trailer standards would begin to take effect in model year 2018 for certain trailers, while NHTSA’s standards would be in effect as of 2021.

    About $10,000 to $12,000 in new equipment would be needed by a tractor-trailer to meet the requirements, said Gina McCarthy, EPA’s administrator.

    A 60-day public comment period will follow the proposal’s publication in the Federal Register, the Administrators said. And NHTSA and EPA will host two public hearings and continue an “open-door policy of meeting with stakeholders over the course of the comment period."

  • Technology and the Future of Trucking

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Using technology to increase performance and safety.

    June, 2015 - There are quite a few technology advances that have the ability to increase truck performance, elevate driver safety and performance, as well as improve fuel usage. In most cases, the ROI on technology investments is immediate. In trucking there are many new emerging technology to increase safety, productivity and fuel consumption that are interesting to explore.

    Recently the NTSB recommended strongly that there should be a stability-control mandate that would ensure that tanker rigs (with GVWRs over 10,000 lbs) are retrofitted with stability-control systems. They would also like to have stability standards enforced for all commercial motor vehicles and buses. These stability control systems widens the center of gravity impacting how easily a truck can roll-over in the event of a sharp turn.

    Mobile Apps can impact trucking in a big way.

    E-Z Pass daily toll transactions enable transponder-equipped commercial vehicles to bypass designated weight stations, port-of-entry facilities eliminating the need to stop. Each time a truck has to stop it can costs up to $10.50. These types of technologies can save time, money and fuel.

    Electronic Logging – less fatigue?

    According to a recent Department of Transportation report, a final rule is expected to be published Sept. 30, 2015 that mandates the use of electronic logging devices by drivers and fleets. Enforcement of the mandate would begin Sept. 30, 2017.

    As of 2014 75% of the industry does not have these logging devices. Analysts expect 100% compliance within a year or two of the rule going into effect.

  • The Impact of 3D Printing on Transportation

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    May, 2015 - It seems like business is booming in the world of transportation. The busy season is upon us, fuel prices are low, the economy is recovering and only the driver shortage continues to weigh on our minds. Times like these create space to look to the future and weigh any proactive steps that should be taken early to keep business humming. Reviewing the potential impact of 3D printing on transportation may be a good place to start.

    3D-printing’s ability to significantly lower the number of parts needed to create a final product can reduce shipping volumes across North America. As 3D printing moves from prototype to production in the next few years, 41% of air cargo, 37% of ocean container shipments and 25% of trucking freights may be impacted.

    Although wide-spread 3D printing is still years away, according to Strategy& there are 4 options to getting a clear picture of your company’s potential impact and options for moving forward:

    • Stay the Course – This is the right step if you don’t believe your company will be impacted by 3D printing.
    • Rebalance – This is the right step if you believe 3D printing will have an impact. This may include shifting your portfolio to products that may not be impacted by 3D printing.
    • Adjust Network – Take this step if you believe your current network is not well positioned “for the rise of localized production and transportation.”
    • Introduce New Services – Evaluate the opportunity to branch into a completely new service.

    Read the full article from Strategy& for more.

  • Beyond Compliance

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    What does that mean to you?

    May, 2015 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking your comments on a program they are considering. According to Truckinginfo, the program, “Beyond Compliance,” would consider a motor carrier’s “proactive voluntary implementation of state-of-the-art best practices and technology” when evaluating their overarching safety program.

    How can you get involved? You have 60-days to include comments and answer questions the FMCSA has posted. View and comment on the Beyond Compliance Program.

  • Centerline at NPTC Annual Conference

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    April, 2015 - The NPTC annual education management conference got underway Sunday, April 26th. This annual celebration of achievement will include the Class of 2015 Certified Transportation Professionals (CTP) awards including our own Robert Lewis, CTP who works on our dedicated driver solution team. As our team is on the ground in Cincinnati they will experience all the NPTC has to offer including connecting with customers and prospects. Key topics that will be discussed include: adapting to challenges as leaders; creating a culture of driver retention and best practices in driver compensation and incentives. Look for updates and blog posts from the team as they deepen their business connection and provide insights into how Centerline partners with customers to meet the growing demands for capable and fully compliant drivers across North America.
  • National Hiring Standard for Carriers

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    New Bill Introduced to Set National Hiring Standard for Carriers

    March, 2015 - This new House Bill introduced by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) would provide a non-CSA hiring standard and mandate that before hiring a motor carrier, the shipper, receiver, forwarder or broker would have confirm that the carrier is properly registered with FMCSA, has the required minimum insurance and does not have an “unsatisfactory” safety rating.

    According to the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) this bill would clarify and standardize industry best practices for hiring safe motor carriers. TIA president and CEO Robert Voltman was quoted in a Truckinginfo article as saying, “the current state of CSA and the ever-increasing threat of negligent selection lawsuits based on the BASIC data are hurting the transportation industry. This national hiring standard reinforces the safety related and licensing process already established by FMSCA, helps small business across America and improves overall safety of the transportation industry.” 

  • FMCSA to Launch Restart Study in January

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    January 2015 - According to the FMCSA, they are on track to launch the 34-hour restart study. The participants will include both drivers and carriers. Congress suspended the 34-hour restart provision until after this study is complete. There will be a contract from FMCSA released this month. The study will compare five months of experience by drivers operating under the more restrictive rule those working under the current ruling. 

    The agency is looking for participation and has set up a website that spells out the terms of the study and provides links for more information. They are specifically seeking drivers who typically drive 60-70 hours a week and at night, as well as carriers that have drivers that fit that profile. Learn more about participating in the study.
  • Centerline Drives Growth

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Poised for growth: new Office in South Carolina

    November 2014 - As part of its strategy to be responsive to customer's needs for professional drivers nationwide, Centerline, a TrueBlue Company, launched its newest office in Greenville, South Carolina. From this location, Centerline will serve the needs of the local market and its existing national accounts. 

    "South Carolina is a great fit for us," said Centerline President, Jill Quinn. "I'm excited to bring our talented teams to the area so we can provide driver solutions to our existing national accounts that are looking to maximize their productivity. We also look forward to attracting new customers through the additional depth we now offer with this location."

    This latest market launch is the first new office of 2014. It joins a network of 10 additional locations launched in 2013 to expand Centerline's national footprint.  

    "We remain poised for growth in the future and will use our extensive transportation staffing background to meet the needs of our customer's requests for CDL drivers wherever they are needed to improve their productivity," said Jill Quinn

  • Forbes Recognizes TrueBlue for Third Time

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    May, 2014 - TrueBlue has been named to the Forbes 2014 list of 100 “Most Trustworthy Companies.” It is the third time that TrueBlue has been recognized for its governance and accounting transparency.

    James Kaplan of GMI ratings, which compiled the rankings for Forbes, said companies on the 2014 list are, “The 100 with the most sterling reputations this year.”

    “We are proud to be recognized again for performing with openness and integrity and displaying the utmost in corporate accountability and transparency,” TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper said. “We’ve built our business on being responsible to customers, our temporary associates, our employees and our shareholders. Our success is defined by the level of trust we have earned, and I appreciate all our teams do to make it a priority to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders.”

    GMI Ratings reviewed the accounting and governance practices of more than 8,000 publicly-traded companies in North America. GMI considered risk factors including high-risk events, revenue and expense recognition methods, SEC actions, and bankruptcy risk to indicate a company’s credibility. Companies that generated the 100 highest scores for trustworthy behavior over the four quarters of the previous fiscal year made the list.