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SiriusXM to Launch Women In Trucking Show

SiriusXM announced the launch of Women In Trucking, a live, call-in show airing exclusively on SiriusXM Road Dog channel 146. The weekly, two-hour show will premiere on Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 am ET.  

Hosted by Ellen Voie, president and CEO of the Women in Trucking Association, SiriusXM’s Women In Trucking will feature listener call-ins and interviews with professionals from the trucking industry - from drivers, technicians, and engineers to transportation CEOs and dispatchers - sharing their stories of the challenges and opportunities of the open road.

Women In Trucking, a show geared towards men and women listeners, will also address gender diversity issues pushing for more women to join its ranks. With women making up 7% of the trucking industry workforce, SiriusXM’s Women In Trucking will help promote the employment of more women by identifying and removing the obstacles that keep them from entering the field.

via www.truckinginfo.com

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Trucking mandate may cost North Dakota livestock producers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal mandate requiring many motor carriers to install electronic logging devices could cost be costly to North Dakota's cattle industry.

Warren Zenker, who runs a cattle feeding operation near Elgin, told the Bismarck Tribune that electronic logging devices could hurt his business.

Drivers are allotted 11 hours on the road between mandated 10-hour rest times. Drivers may not be able to reach their destinations within the allowable hours if bad weather or other issues arise. Increasing enforcement through the devices will likely hike freight costs by putting a second driver in the truck to avoid violations on long trips.

Zenker said that the feed yards he sells to pay the freight. He said that if freight costs are suddenly raised from $4 to $8 per mile, feed yards may not be willing to pay $1.50 per pound for calves.

via www.heraldcourier.com

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Michigan Trucking Companies Struggle to Find Drivers

In a day and age where nearly every product customers purchase is transported by a semi-truck, trucking companies are struggling to find qualified drivers to fill open positions.

The trucking industry makes up one of the nation’s largest workforces, employing more than 3.5 million drivers and despite the workforce numbers, estimates say the industry is currently short 50,000 drivers. That number is expected to increase moving forward and according to the American Trucking Association, predictions say there will be a shortage of nearly 180,000 drivers in 2026.

via www.ttnews.com

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3 Reasons Trucking’s New Surveillance Rule Will Hurt You And Truckers

On December 18, 2017, new regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) came into effect. They require the use of onboard computers, known as Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), for almost all commercial semi-trucks.

ELDs record date, time, location, engine hours, mileage, trucking company, specific vehicle, and driver ID. Law enforcement will use the data from the ELDs to fine trucking companies whose drivers exceed the legal limit for hours on the road.

via thefederalist.com

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Can Bridges Handle Weight of Platooning Trucks? Engineering Firm Wants to Know

WASHINGTON — While truck-to-truck communication, driver training and safety have advanced the effort to hasten platooning to market, another critical aspect is looming and just may cause momentum to pull back some: the impact on infrastructure.

Researchers and engineers attending the National Academies of Sciences’ annual Transportation Research Board conference here said platooning is expected to be one of the first applications of autonomous vehicles and that just the relatively close distance that must be maintained between the vehicles in order to stay connected means a greater amount of weight concentrated on smaller-than-usual portions of the road.

That aspect must undergo intense research, they said, citing damage to bridges in particular.

via www.ttnews.com

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Trucking jobs decrease in December; up more than 10,000 for the year

Transportation jobs overall scored an 11th consecutive month of job gains in December, albeit a small one. The transport sector netted 1,800 jobs to the economy. However, trucking jobs went down moderately after a small increase in November.

For the year, the trucking subsector had a net gain of 10,400 jobs in 2017. The truck transportation subsector experienced a decrease of 600 jobs in December after the industry gained 1,800 in November and lost 100 October. There were only four months of job increases in 2017. However, large gains in February and March put trucking jobs in the black for the year.

In 2017, the transportation and warehousing sector had a net gain of more than 74,000 jobs. In every month except January there was a job increase compared to the previous month. September accounted for the largest one-month increase, with nearly 22,000 jobs in the sector added to the economy.

via www.landlinemag.com

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Meals on Wheels keeps on trucking through the snow and cold

Snow-covered sidewalks and slippery conditions; volunteers with Meals on Wheels don't let the weather get in the way of lending a helping hand.

Mary Beth Ford is actually the billing coordinator with Meals on Wheels, Erie.  The weather is not only making it hard for her to get around but now, some of her volunteers are stuck in the snow or sick with the flu.  She says, "...when all else fails and all the sub's are out, it's me...  I enjoy getting to meet the people I talk to on the phone."

The big chill over Erie has made things a little challenging for Meals on Wheels.   It's "difficult at best," Mary Beth tells us, "we are going through the snowbanks and trudging up the stairs and [with] icy conditions, and it's difficult..."

via www.yourerie.com

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TransForce acquires Trucking Unlimited

Truck driver staffing firm TransForce, Inc., based in Alexandria, VA, is buying Trucking Unlimited, which operates the www.truckdrivingjobs.com job board matching service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Trucking Unlimited's portfolio of services is a great addition to our company and a perfect fit in our acquisition strategy to accelerate and expand our full service workforce management program," noted David Broome, president and CEO of TransForce, in a statement. "Their model compliments our core offerings and expands our ability to service our customers' needs with value added capabilities."

via www.trucker.com

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Where freight brokers can benefit

There’s been a feeling of late that, with all the advances being made in “Uber for freight” technologies, the role of the freight broker with be diminished or even eliminated altogether from the transportation chain of the near future.

But Eytan Buchman, vice president of marketing for Freightos – a freight price indexing firm that works with global logistics companies – doesn’t see it that way at all.

via www.trucker.com

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