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  • ELD Rule Mandate: Are your Fourth Amendment Rights at Stake?

    by David Kimball | Jul 15, 2016
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    FMCSA has pledged to support the electronic logging device mandate effort, asserting the rule is not in fact at odds with the Fourth Amendment.

    The American Trucking Associations also is excited about the rule coming into effect, as they’ve been pushing to implement a digital solution for monitoring hours-of-service for drivers since 2010.

    Proponents of the rule, which was announced on December 10, 2015, argue it will improve efficiency, safety, and accuracy all around.

    Early this year, however, Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association sued FMCSA for mandating a practice that violates the Fourth Amendment, doesn’t account for increased compliance costs, and failed to account for a drivers’ shifting duty status.

    Despite these claims, the Trucking Alliance for Driver Safety and Security and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety filed an amicus brief supporting FMCSA’s efforts to fend off OOIDA’s challenge.

    “It is time to rid the industry of the outdated and unreliable use of phony comic books that allow truck drivers to flout HOS limits and jeopardize safety for everyone,” Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said about using traditional paper log books. “Driving too many hours is a recognized safety problem in the trucking industry and ELDs are a proven safety solution.”

    If all goes as planned, the ELD rule will become effective December 2017

  • Wellness: How a Small Amount of Exercise Will Go a Long Way

    by David Kimball | Jul 08, 2016
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    Danny George, a U.S. Xpress driver, completed the Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga triathlon, involving a 2.4 mile swim, 116 mile bike course, and a 26.2 mile marathon.

    “If the truck stops, I get out and start running,” says George, who trains whenever he is able.

    While George participated in Xpress’ Highway to Health program, not every driver needs to run a triathlon. Staying healthy is something every driver should strive to do; a small amount of exercise each day can do wonders.

    A survey by HireRight discovered many drivers leave their jobs for health-related reasons.

    While providing wellness services can be difficult for some facilities, truck-stops and trucking companies are increasingly adding wellness amenities. These include providing on-site gyms, wellness managers, screenings, trails, healthy snacks and clinics. The industry is striving to create an active culture because it recognizes the great number of benefits, including longevity, driver retention, and improved quality of life.

    Although solutions are becoming available, fitness starts with you. The National Institutes of Health says losing between 5 to 10 percent of one’s current weight over six months will lower risk of heart disease. Here are some workout suggestions specifically tailored for truckers. Active Trucker Phase 1 and Active Trucker Phase 2 by Skimble are mobile applications available for iOS and Android that lead you through a series of workout plans.

    Danny George is an excellent example of how to incorporate wellness in your workflow. With the many resources available to truckers today, there are plenty of opportunities for growth. 

  • Extending Tire Life Leads to Higher Fuel Efficiency

    by David Kimball | Jul 01, 2016

    062916_Tire_Life_Fuel_EfficiencyTires play a significant role in fuel efficiency. If treads are thick, the more rolling resistance there is. Conversely, a thin tire tread will use less energy due to less rolling resistance. Since tires typically cause 25-35% of any given truck’s rolling resistance, this factor becomes vital in gas consumption.

    According to the ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council, tires at half-worn tread depth possess a 6% increase in efficiency, and at 80% worn tread increases efficiency by 6.6%.

    Tires like Equal Flex by IMI decrease wasted gas consumption by a reduction in vibration compared to standard tires. Less vibration also means a smoother ride and a higher longevity for the vehicle. Reportedly, choosing smartly about which tires are used is more effective than having to use tire weights due to imbalance later on.

    Irregular wear is a constant concern with tires. Alignment should be checked, in addition to tire feathering, and wear on the opposite shoulders of tires. Vice president of maintenance at CRST Cedar Rapids, Fred Staugh, says these issues should be checked at every PM interval.

    According to Yokohama Tire Corp’s vice president of sales, Rick Phillips, dual tires should be in a fully loaded tandem axle at 80 psi rather than 100 psi. Joel Morrow of Ploger Transportation suggests that at 85 psi, he’s able to get 400,000 miles or more out of their vehicles. 

    Factors such as selecting the tires with proper tread patterns, the proper size, and keeping typical driving habits in check are paramount for optimal tire performance. Therefore, make sure you choose high quality tires and take care of them so they last.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bounthavy Soukhaseum

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 27, 2016

    Bounthavy SoukhaseumEvery quarter Coastal Pacific Food Distributors (CPFD) announces a Coastal Award winner in appreciation of their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the Coastal team. At the most recent celebration dinner, CPFD awarded driver Bounthavy Soukhaseum with the honor. Bounthavy is a veteran driver who has been with CPFD and Centerline for over a decade!

    Bounthavy was first introduced to commercial driving as a young boy when he would get to accompany his dad on local routes during his summer breaks. Once he earned his own driver’s license in high school his love for driving only grew and he spent more and more time riding with his dad. It was a natural fit for Bounthavy to choose commercial trucking as his career choice.

    Bounthavy loves the freedom driving brings –operating his own routes, the flexibility of the position, changes in routes and territories, and the trust his employer puts in him knowing he’ll get the job done well. Working at CPFD also allows Bounthavy to fit in plenty of quality time with his wife Kim, because they have set schedules, always know their schedule plenty of time in advance, and have weekends off.

    One of his favorite memories in his driving career is the first time he drove an early morning route through New York. The sun was rising as he was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was no traffic to block his perfect view of the sunrise over the water. The one thing Bounthavy dislikes about driving, however, is the increased chance of sitting in traffic throughout the day. Something morning and evening commuters take for granted since they only have to experience it for a short period of the day!

    With his free time on the weekends, Bounthavy and Kim spend plenty of time outdoors doing their favorite activities together. They go on bike rides, explore new places on their hikes, and enjoy fishing. Kim prefers to spend a relaxing day on the lake fishing, while Bounthavy looks forward to the excitement of deep-sea fishing in San Diego and Mexico.

    Bounthavy’s advice for new truck drivers? “Driving is only for the patient! You have to plan your route(s) ahead of time and factor in time for the unknown. You have to learn to slow down and not rush from Point A to Point B; when you rush you tend to make mistakes and put safety on the back burner – always practice Safety First!”

    Congratulations Bounthavy for a job well done!

  • Trucker Path Pro Just Became More Valuable for Drivers

    by David Kimball | Jun 24, 2016

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    Trucker Path’s trip-planning app for truckers, Trucker Path Pro, has been updated with 1,000 parking locations.

    The app, which already has 450,000 users, or 30% of all Class 8 drivers in the U.S., allows truck drivers to receive truck stop info such as ratings, real-time parking, and reviews. According to users of the app, the highest-rated stops are Busy Bee in Live Oak, FL, Tullo Truck Stop Inc in Kearny, NJ, and Travel Express in Lathrop, MO, each possessing a 5-star average rating. Truckers’ ratings are based upon good diesel prices, plenty of parking spots, and facility cleanliness. The best often have free w-fi, ATMs, and healthy restaurant choices nearby.

    Another benefit for users is the ability to display real-time information about available truck parking locations by time and day of the week. Both real-time and predictive capabilities enable users to plan safe, efficient trips.

    Trucker Path Pro’s update also includes real-time fuel pricing information nationwide, Trucker Path aims to make their Trucker Path Pro plans a replacement to CB radio and become the #1 trusted destination for drivers, brokers, and carriers alike.

    The application can be installed on the iOS Appstore or Android’s Google Play store, and can also be accessed via the web all for free.

  • Hiring Our Heroes Program to Give Away Kenworth Truck in December

    by David Kimball | Jun 21, 2016
    Hiring Our Heroes Program to Give Away Kenworth Truck in DecemberAll veterans, National Guard and reservist truck drivers hired by a veteran friendly trucking company since January 2015 are eligible for the Transition Trucking: Driving For Excellence Award. The award recognizes veterans who have successfully transitioned from military service into truck driving. Nominations are open until Thursday, June 30, 2016. Ten finalist will be selected for a public vote Sunday, September, 11 2016. Results will be announced in December 2016 where the winner will be awarded a 2016 Kenworth T680 truck.

     

    The award was developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Program, Kenworth and Fastport. The idea behind the program is to address driver shortages and create jobs for transitioning military personnel. 

  • SuperRigs Show Off their Beauty at Annual Competition

    by David Kimball | Jun 17, 2016
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    You don’t have to be an owner-operator to appreciate the elegance of a competition-ready SuperRig. Throughout the summer many opportunities are available for fans to appreciate the SuperRig, from The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas to Big Iron Classic in Kasson, Minnesota.

    Last week, Joplin, Missouri hosted the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition where top honors were awarded to the 1988 Peterbilt 379 of Jake Lindamood. Events were held all weekend long which kicked off with a “Giants of Joplin” parade on Main Street.

    “We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar, which was super exciting,” Lindamood said. “Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it.”

    The competition judged a record number 89 trucks this year. Best of Show first runner-up was awarded to the 2015 Peterbilt 389 of Jay Blackbourn, and second runner up, Charles Self for his 2004 Peterbilt 379X.

    Rigs were judged for exterior appearance, design, detail / finish, originality, and workmanship by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. Awards included: Working Truck Category, Limited Mileage Working Truck, Non-Working Trucks (AKA Show Trucks), and several specialty categories. Photos from the competition can be seen here.

    Entrants include owner-operators from the U.S. and Canada who showcase their actively working trucks. This year 12 drivers were selected to have their trucks featured in the 2017 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. Ten Four Magazine has a list of other trucking events throughout the rest of 2016.

  • Buckle Up for Safety!

    by User Not Found | Jun 10, 2016
    Seatbelt Use Linked to Decrease in Accident-Related Deaths 
    060616_Seatbelt_ImageSince the inception of commercial driving seatbelt regulations in 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported significant decrease in accident-related deaths and an increase in regular seatbelt usage of Commercial Drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), these figures continue to steadily rise.

    Prior to the installment of the new regulation, the NHTSA reported approximately 275 driver-related accident deaths occurred due to lack of seatbelt restraint. By requiring seatbelts for both drivers and passengers and providing education on the safety benefits, the NHTSA is hoping to see the continual decrease in accident-related injury to commercial drivers.

    In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a survey to determine the best way to get the word out about seatbelt regulations and safety. The survey showed data on highway and expressway usage rates, driver usage data in various regions and identified the types of trucks that seemed to promote poor usage of seatbelts. Having the data has allowed a more strategic approach to increasing seatbelt usage and overall driving safety.

    Starting August 8, 2016, the FMCSA's regulation regarding passenger seatbelt-usage will take place in an effort to continue with the trend of increased safety for commercial trucking.

    "Using a seat belt is one of the safest, easiest and smartest choices drivers and passengers can make before starting out on any road trip. This rule further protects large truck occupants and will undoubtedly save more lives,” said Scott Darling, FMCSA's Acting Administrator, echoing the sentiments of the safety administrations nationwide.

    For more information on seatbelt regulations, visit the FMCSA site.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jeffrey Nelson

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 02, 2016

    Jeffrey Nelson is a trucking veteran with 20 years behind the wheel. After working as a real estate agent for four years, Jeffrey got his Class A License and started driving in 1996. Prior to beginning his career with Centerline in February of 2015, Jeffrey had driven for Swift for an impressive 12 years.

    Upon being asked what his favorite thing about driving is, Jeff says that he greatly enjoys the pay and the people he meets along the way. Jeffrey recalls his fondest driving memory being his 10-year anniversary working with Swift.

    Jeffrey has two sons and a girlfriend that he has been with for 10 years. His eldest son just returned from Iraq the other is currently a student in college. Jeff says that he and his girlfriend are nerds at heart who enjoy attending swap meets and collectible conventions. He collects comic books and his girlfriend collects dolls. They also enjoy spending time with family on the weekends.

    When asked what advice he would give to other drivers, Jeff had a few key points: work with dispatch and be open to anything they may give you, keep a positive attitude, and stick with it, plowing through any hard times you may come upon.

    Centerline is very thankful to be working with Jeffrey and we hope to work with him for many years to come! Congratulations, Jeffrey Nelson!

  • RollTek: Safety at Your Side

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 02, 2016

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    A rollover is an experience that no driver ever wants to go through. Even so, the possibility of a rollover is a reality of commercial driving and safety provider IMMI is working toward keeping drivers safe with their new RollTek equipment. 

    RollTek is being deployed across many industries for use by truckers, soldiers, firefighters and paramedics in the hopes of keeping those who work on the road safe in the event of an accident. For each industry, RollTek is custom engineered to suit the environment it is in. IMMI’s vision for RollTek is to turn possibly fatal crashes into incidents that drivers are able to walk away from. 

    There are three main components to RollTek’s safety features: the seat, the seatbelt, and an airbag. A roll sensor is installed within the truck and constantly monitors the truck’s position, side angle (tilt), and roll rate to ensure that the system is deployed correctly. RollTek monitors these statistics and only deploys its safety features when it detects that a roll is imminent. When it determines that a roll is incoming, a seat pretensioner tightens the seatbelt to keep the occupant secured. The seat is then brought down to its lowest position to give the most cab space possible whilst a side airbag deploys to protect the neck and head of the occupant. This entire process takes less than a quarter of a second to happen. 

    Tom Anthony, the president of IMMI, had this to say about RollTek, “RollTek givesdrivers a better chance of walking away when their truck overturns and we want the world to know about it. It’s the only side roll protection system available for heavy vehicles and we’re excited to demonstrate what a difference RollTek can make.” 

    IMMI recently hosted a demonstration of their new technology in a commercial trucking atmosphere. Check out the video to see RollTek in action!

  • Annual CVSA Road Check June 7-9

    by User Not Found | May 27, 2016

    052716_CVSARoadCheck_ImageThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) Annual International Roadcheck is June 7-9, 2016. It’s the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with an average of 17 trucks or buses inspected every minute across North America. 

    What the inspectors are looking for

    • Brakes 
    • Coupling Devices 
    • Fuel & Exhaust Systems 
    • Frame, Van & Open-Top Trailers 
    • Lighting 
    • Securement of Cargo 
    • Steering 
    • Suspension 
    • Tires, Wheels, Rims & Hubs 

    "The costs associated with being put out of service are insignificant when compared to the cost of crashes with innocent people," advises the CVSA. If you are put out of service, it will cost you an average of $861 – which does not include the cost of fines or repairs as a result of the inspection.  

    Overall OOS violations have been decreasing over the past few years. Review the chart below. 

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    Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. The International Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate the industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial motor vehicle operations and the North American roadside inspection program. 

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). 

  • Why Our Drivers are Special

    by Kelsey Stafford | May 19, 2016

    At Centerline, we put our drivers first. We are passionate about finding our drivers the right fit; flexible and long-term assignments close to home. Their talent, attitude, and dedication is unmatched and does not go unnoticed. To show how much we appreciate our drivers, we asked our Centerline Employees what made our drivers special. Here’s what they had to say.

  • May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

    by User Not Found | May 18, 2016

    052016_MotorcycleAwareness_ImageMay is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the American Trucking Association (ATA)and the ATA’s Share the Road Highway Safety Program is urging all motorists to be aware of motorcycles when driving on our highways and to open dialogue between motorcyclists and truck drivers.

    “Like motorcyclists, truck drivers find a certain level of comfort and enjoyment while out on the highway,” said professional truck driver John McKown (UPS Freight). “With that said, we need to take every safety precaution possible and teach each other about our vehicles so that we can continue to take advantage of the nation’s roads.”

    ATA’s Share the Road professional truck drivers compiled a list of truck safety tips for motorcyclists looking to stay safe this driving season.  

    • Space is time, and time saves lives: At 65 mph, trucks and motorcycles are traveling almost 100 feet per second. It takes a fully loaded tractor-trailer more than the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. Maintain a safe distance in front of trucks.
    • Look for the driver in the mirror before beginning to pass. If the driver can’t see you, then he or she has no way of knowing you are there.
    • When passing, never linger alongside a truck. Due to large blindspots on all sides of a truck, it becomes easy for a motorcycle to become invisible to a truck driver.
    • When riding behind a truck, maintain at least a 4 second following distance. Stay far enough back to see the driver’s mirrors. This gives you enough time to maneuver around debris and react to emergencies.
    • When riding as a group in a stagger pattern, it is safest to pass the truck in single file, staying to the far side of the lane.
    • When possible, avoid passing on the right side. The right blindspot is the largest blindspot and runs the length of the truck, extending out three lanes. Pass on the left. 
    • Always wear a helmet. It is estimated that 1,699 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by a helmet in 2012.

     

     

  • Now Available! Courses on the New eLog Regulations

    by User Not Found | May 13, 2016
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    As a Centerline Driver you have access to all the courses and resources available by JJ Keller. JJ Keller is the trusted source for DOT/Transportation regulation compliance trainings and is up to date with changing regulations. 


    JJ Keller recently developed courses to help drivers with Elogs.   


    Daily Driver Tasks on the J. J. Keller Mobile™ Application 

    Course Length: 15 minutes 

    Overview: This course is designed to guide learners through the completion of a driver’s daily tasks within the J. J. Keller® Mobile application. 

    After completing this course, learners will be able to: 

    • Log into the J. J. Keller Mobile® application 
    • Complete their DVIRs (Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports) 

    • Take the required breaks 

    • Submit logs 
     

    Additional Driver Logging Tasks on the J. J. Keller Mobile® Application 

    Course Length: 15 minutes 

    Overview: This course is designed to guide learners through logging tasks that are typically needed throughout the course of a day using the J. J. Keller® Mobile application 

    After completing this course, learners will be able to: 

    • Change their duty status 
    • View their hours and reports 

    • Provide information during a roadside inspection 

    • Claim unassigned driving events 

    • Download updated logs 

    • Perform team driver functions 
     

    Also available are courses on setting up these programs on both Android and iOS. And remember, you can earn Safety Bucks by completing courses. Contact your branch to learn more! 

     

    Access these courses, and many more, by logging in to the Driver Center.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Brandon Wilson

    by User Not Found | May 06, 2016
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    Brandon Wilson started working for Centerline in April 2015 based in Deridder, Louisiana in our Dedicated Drivers division. A 3rd generation driver, what he likes most about his job is being on the open road and driving the “big truck.”

    He always had a passion for driving. He grew up seeing his grandfather hauling logs, his father driving in Vietnam while serving in the Army.  “Little boys play with trucks and now I drive one,” Brandon said.

    He and his wife, Nicole, used to run OTR together and said they saw so many beautiful things while crossing the country. One in particular, he said, was watching the sunrise over Lake Pontchartrain.

    Brandon and Nicole have 3 children; daughters ages 14 and 8 a 3-month old son so flexibility with Centerline that allows him to be “in control of his day” is valuable.

    In his spare time, Brandon enjoys using his HAM radio and communicating with people all over the world. He is so savvy with radio communications, he has been licensed with the FCC to the last year.

    Brandon’s advice for other truck drivers or those thinking about it? "Do what you love and love what you do. This industry can be tough but if your heart is in it, it can be very rewarding."

  • FAST Act Highway Bill Hot Topic at NPTC Annual Meeting

    by Super Admin | May 02, 2016

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    This year's National Private Truck Council's (NPTC) Annual Meeting was held April 24 – April 26, 2016 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati where general counsel, Rich Schweitzer took only 30 mins to address upcoming regulation changes for trucking.  

    Schweitzer took aim at all the measures within the FAST Act highway bill and reforming certain existing FMCSA rules. Truckinginfo.com compiled a great list of the features. Please see them below

    FAST Act’s CSA Provisions 

    • The National Academies of Science is to conduct an 18-month study of CSA and SMS to analyze the accuracy of BASICs in identifying high-risk carriers and predicting future crash risk and crash severity 

    • The study will review methodology used to calculate BASIC percentiles, weights assigned to violations, ties between crash risk and specific violations, and use of non-fault crashes 

    • A Corrective Action Plan is to be submitted to Congress 120 days after the report. The plan must tell how FMCSA will address deficiencies identified in the study 

    • DOT IG is to assess whether the plan complies with the February 2014 IG Report on CSA

    FAST Act on CSA Data Reform 

    • FMCSA may not make publicly available information on analysis of violations, non-fault crashes, or BASIC percentiles until IG concerns are addressed 

    • Also, the agency may not use CSA data on alerts or relative percentiles for safety fitness determinations until IG concerns are addressed and report to Congress completed. However, FMCSA may still use data to identify carriers for enforcement actions 

    • As of Dec. 4, 2015, BASIC data for property carriers was taken off CSA website; the agency restored absolute scores on March 7, 2016 

    FAST Act impact on Beyond Compliance initiative 

    • On April 19, FMCSA announced it is seeking input on implementation of the FAST Act requirement that FMCSA must offer a credit or improved SMS score for any carrier that: installs advanced safety equipment, uses enhanced driver fitness measures, adopts fleet safety management tools technologies, and programs, or satisfies other standards determined to be appropriate by the agency 

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  • New Driver MER Requirement Now in Effect

    by Super Admin | Apr 22, 2016

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    Changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations took effect on April 20. Drivers will have to complete a Medical Examination Report Form for their DOT physical. The new form includes several more questions about the driver’s medical history. 

    The rule requires medical personnel to electronically submit the results on the National Registry once a month. Drivers are required to carry their exam certificate for 15 days after the physical. This is to ensure the driver has proof of medical certification while the exam results may still be loading into the database. After the 15 days, law enforcement will have access to the records in the database and the drivers will not need to carry a copy. 

    After June 22, 2018, medical examiners will be required to submit the test results by the end of the day and drivers will not have to carry medical certification at all. 

    MEs and CMV drivers with questions are directed to contact the FMCSA Medical Programs Division at (202) 366-4001 or FMCSAMedical@dot.gov

     
  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jason Williams

    by User Not Found | Apr 15, 2016
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    When Jason Williams applied to work with Centerline in the fall of 2015, he was anxious to get to work and make some money. Jason interviewed and road tested in Baltimore and joined the Centerline team.

    By November of 2015, his hard work had earned him a spot as a dedicated driver on the team. Jason decided to share his success story at Centerline with people he knew. In December of 2015, Jason referred 5 drivers to Centerline. Jason broke the record of referrals in one year in one month!

    All 5 of his friends met our hiring standards and began to work for us. 4 of these people met the minimum 200 hours worked so that Jason could earn the $300 Driver Referral bonus for each of them – a total of $1200! That is a lot of money for sharing good news with friends!

    Jason reflects our passion for going above and beyond to build 1 Strong Team!

    As this story was being written, another person who was referred by... you guessed it... Jason Williams, has applied to work with Centerline.

    Congratulate Jason on his success and contact your local Centerline branch to learn how you can earn a $300 Driver Referral Bonus!

  • Changing the Face of the Trucking Industry

    by User Not Found | Apr 08, 2016

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    The industry-wide image and education movement, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), has reported significant achievements in the past year in its mission to impact public perception of the trucking industry.

    TMAF co-chairman and president of Ohio-based Jet Express, Kevin Burch, said in a news conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 31 that is has achieved its goal of placing more than 100 trailer wraps on the road.

    "These 'moving billboards,' each seen by as many as 16 million people per city, are sending a message every day that our industry is more than just large vehicles on the highways," said Burch. "We're moving America forward by transporting products and freight that make life possible, serving as an essential provider to our communities and adding value to our economy."

    Next year's goal is to get an additional 200 wraps placed.

    American Trucking Association (ATA) America's Road Team captain and driver for FedEx Freight, Don Logan, said he has 2.4 million accident-free miles and where the industry falls short is telling that story. "That's why the TMAF is so important," he said.

    The TMAF continues to expand it's presence and needs your help in continuing to grow and spread the work. Get involved on their website, www.truckingmovesamerica.com and follow them on social media. 

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bernard Gasca

    by User Not Found | Mar 30, 2016
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    • Barnard Gasca’s background 

    In 2003, Bernard Gasca joined C.R. England where he was trained and drove OTR for a short period of time and transitioned into a local route. Driving trucks was something Bernard always wanted to do. He has memories as a child hearing the trucks coming down the hill and talking on a CB radio with his grandfather. 

    When did he start driving for Centerline? 

    Bernard joined the Centerline family in 2003 after the company he worked for was impacted by the housing collapse. He wanted to stay local so he could be close to his family and Centerline had the best opportunities for him. 

    What does Bernard like most about driving? 

    Bernard liked being out on the road; the neighborhoods, cities, landscapes. The beauty of nature; sunsets, sunrises and city lights. “You are free, out alone on your own and just enjoying the music. The landscapes are so different,” said Bernard. 

    Barnard’s Family 

    Bernard has 3 kids, the oldest is his 24-year-old son who is currently attending college and working full time. His 2nd oldest son is 19 and attends Cal State - Fullerton. His youngest is his 13-year-old daughter. Being near his children when they were growing up was important to Bernard. He said he was missing their activities and their daily lives when working OTR. So, working local with Centerline helped that.  

    Advice for other and new drivers? 

    “Be patient. Understand your limitations as a driver whether you are over-the-road or local. There is fatigue, a mental strain, be aware of that. If you’re hesitant get out and look. Keep in good contact with your family – make it a priority – and stay grounded.”

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