New gas and fuel standards for those with driver jobs

July 3rd, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have proposed new standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution to reduce the impacts of climate change, which will affect those with driver jobs.

The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. These reductions are nearly equal to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with energy use by all U.S. residences in one year. The total oil savings under the program would be greater than a year’s worth of U.S. imports from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles currently account for about 20 percent of GHG emissions and oil use in the U.S. transportation sector, but only comprise about five percent of vehicles on the road. Globally, oil consumption and GHG emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are expected to surpass that of passenger vehicles by 2030.
The proposed standards are:
  • Grounded in rigorous technical data and analysis.
  • Reflect extensive outreach with industry and other stakeholders.
  • Rely on cost-effective technologies to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce GHG emissions that are currently available or in development.
  • They do not mandate the use of specific technologies. Rather they establish standards achievable through a range of technology options, and allow manufacturers to choose those technologies that work best for their products and for their customers. (These technologies include improved transmissions, engine combustion optimization, aerodynamic improvements and low rolling resistance tires).
  • Phased in over the long-term, beginning in model year 2021 and culminating in standards for model year 2027 – giving manufacturers the time and flexibility to plan.
  • Flexible, allowing banking and trading emissions credits for most manufacturers, and providing the opportunity for businesses to choose the most cost-effective path to meeting the standards.

Veterans get driver jobs

July 3rd, 2015

Veterans are making the leap to holding driver jobs.

In fact, more than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have now taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Military Skills Test Waiver Program.
“It is our duty to help returning veterans transition into civilian life, and I am proud that so many have used this program to secure careers in the transportation sector,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Just as important, we want to put their valuable skills and experience to work driving the Nations’ economy.”
The Military Skills Test Waiver Program, which began in 2011, grants state licensing agencies, including the District of Columbia, the authority to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus.  Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian CDL application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies.
“In the near future, the need for skilled truck drivers is expected to grow dramatically,” said FMCSA Chief Counsel Scott Darling.  “Having skillful and experienced drivers operating on our roadways will lead to increased safety for every member of the motoring public.”

Contest winners put those with driver jobs in the spotlight

July 3rd, 2015

Two elementary students won a contest that highlighted safety when it comes to those with driver jobs.

The students won top honors in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC.  Fourth grader Heather Li of Orlando, Fla., and 2nd grader Julia Ou of Livingston, New Jersey, received framed replicas of their artwork plus a monetary award courtesy of the CMV Safety Belt Partnership.

The annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest is organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and 30 other government agencies and private organizations.
The contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who also have a sponsor in the commercial truck and bus industries.
Since 2007, overall safety belt use for drivers has steadily increased each year from 65 percent to a current high of 84 percent.
“Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this contest and promoted driver safety throughout the United States,” said Secretary Foxx.  “Seatbelts save lives, but only if they are used.  ‘Be Ready. Be Buckled.’ reminds all of us to always buckle up.” -
“It is especially important for large truck and bus drivers to buckle up in order to stay in control of their vehicles, and be ready for unforeseen circumstances,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Chief Counsel Scott Darling.  “We continue to put out friendly reminders to all drivers that something as simple as fastening your safety belt can be the determining factor that saves your life.”

An app for those with driver jobs?

June 7th, 2015

A new app for those with driver jobs is gaining traction.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a smartphone app that allows you

to see  currently available online safety performance information for interstate truck and bus companies.
The QCMobile app is expected to be a particularly valuable tool for state and federal law enforcement personnel, as well as insurers, brokers, freight-forwarders, and others interested in reviewing the USDOT registration and safety performance information of motor carriers.
The app reveals whether the federal operating status of the carrier is authorized while helping to expedite an “inspect/pass” decision by a certified commercial vehicle safety inspector.
QCMobile retrieves data from a number of FMCSA sources and provides a clear summary of the results.  Law enforcement officers and safety inspectors then have the option of retrieving more detailed information on carriers covering their seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) that are a part of FMCSA’s cornerstone safety program, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA).
“FMCSA will continue to use all the tools, resources, and partnerships available to further strengthen commercial vehicle safety across the country,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling.  “Aggressive safety enforcement, research, and technology development and deployment, combined with strong stakeholder participation, will continue to be directed toward removing unsafe trucks and buses from our roadways and protecting every traveler from needless harm.”

Campaign highlights driver jobs

June 7th, 2015

A new campaign called “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” is showcasing the importance of wearing seatbelts when you have driver jobs.

Two elementary school students won top honors in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC.
The annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest is organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and 30 other government agencies and private organizations.
The contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who also have a sponsor in the commercial truck and bus industries.
Since 2007, overall safety belt use for drivers has steadily increased each year from 65 percent to a current high of 84 percent.
“It is especially important for large truck and bus drivers to buckle up in order to stay in control of their vehicles, and be ready for unforeseen circumstances,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Chief Counsel Scott Darling.  “We continue to put out friendly reminders to all drivers that something as simple as fastening your safety belt can be the determining factor that saves your life.”

Navajo Express Begins Guaranteed Pay Program for Drivers

May 20th, 2015

Navajo Express has announced plans to roll out a new driver pay program for new and existing drivers. Starting June 1st, all new drivers with less than five years of driving experience who are available to work will now be offered guaranteed daily pay for their first year of employment with Navajo. Current drivers will also see an increase to their mileage rates and the company will be offering $1,000 for new driver referrals, up from $500 in previous years.

“We realized that we were looking at the way we paid our drivers the wrong way. This new guaranteed pay program allows new drivers to become comfortable with the way we do business, and assures that they are taking the time to learn all of the Navajo process and procedures,” quoted Becky Mackintosh, Vice President of Navajo Express. “This change not only benefits the driver, which is the key, but it also extends to other areas of the business by improving on our safety and customer service. By doing things right from the start, we are setting our drivers and our business up for continued success.”

The move is designed to not only assist in the recruitment of new driver talent to the company, but will also serve as a tool for driver retention. “We are making a commitment to our drivers that they mean much more to us than just miles. We want to be able to give them guaranteed daily pay for being available to work. This takes the pressure off of them and puts it where it belongs, on the support staff in the office. This is our way of showing our drivers they are important and we are building our company around them,” said Don Digby, Jr., President of Navajo Express.

The change in driver pay is expected to be a multi-million dollar investment over the course of the next year. Additional emphasis will also be placed on driver training and safe operating policies to further the driver-centric focus of Navajo.
New drivers can apply for open driving positions by visiting www.navajoexpress.com or by calling 303.287.3800 to speak to a member of the Navajo Recruiting Team.

About Navajo Express, Inc.

Navajo Express, Inc. is a national transportation provider with decades of experience in providing logistic solutions for our customers. Based out of Denver, CO, we move freight of all varieties – refrigerated, dry van, hazardous materials and much more, specializing in grocery store deliveries. Our fleet of over 1000 trucks provides continuous shipping coverage across the 48-states. For more information visit www.navajoexpress.com.

Trimac Transportation and FASTPORT Partner to Commit to Hiring Veterans Through Hiring Our Heroes Trucking Track Program

May 6th, 2015

Houston, TX – Trimac Transportation announced today a commitment to hire veterans through the Hiring Our Heroes Program’s Trucking Track and a partnership with FASTPORT to help fill that hiring commitment. “We strive to be the Preferred Place to Work. We value the voices of all individuals, and believe that a feeling of engagement contributes to the overall success of the company,” says Tom Connard, President & COO of Trimac Transportation. “U.S. Veterans embody these values and we welcome their military experiences at Trimac.”

Trimac Transportation is in the business of providing bulk transportation, logistics, and related transportation services to meet the North American requirements of their customers and creating value for shareholders by delivering value to customers safely. Trimac’s Canadian and United States operations are complemented by strategic partners in Mexico, adding full service capability in and out of the country. With more than 100 branches throughout North America, Trimac is proud to be an active part of the many communities in which we operate.
As the premier provider of bulk trucking services in North America, Trimac offers a variety of professional driver positions across the United States and Canada. “These are great company driver and owner operator positions for veterans,” says Tom. “There are also numerous opportunities for veterans at Trimac that are not behind the wheel.” As the Preferred Place to Work in the bulk trucking and logistics industry, Trimac offers a variety of office, administrative, and management roles at the head office and branch level.

“Trimac Transportation has terrific opportunities for veterans across the country in a wide range of positions,” said Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. “Trimac continues to grow its business with a strong team culture which is a hallmark of military service. We are delighted to be partnered with Trimac Transportation to help fill their jobs with great veteran talent.”

About Trimac Transportation From its inception in 1945, Trimac Transportation has consistently sought and achieved industry leadership, and has a proven reputation for safe and reliable service. Trimac Transportation has become one of the largest bulk carriers in North America through internal growth and strategic acquisitions. Trimac is proud to be a part of the many communities in which we operate, and we believe in investing and actively engaging in local communities. We take pride in working with municipalities to improve community safety, public awareness, and sharing our strong history of responsible care. For more information visit http://www.trimac.com/page/Home

Traffic volumes growing, affecting driver jobs

April 8th, 2015

The Federal Highway Administration has released some statistics showing that traffic volumes are growing, which will impact driver jobs.

Americans drove 237.3 billion miles this January, a significant increase over the previous January, prompting calls for greater investment in transportation infrastructure to address projected record-setting traffic volume in coming years.

The new estimates underscore projections made by Secretary Foxx in “Beyond Traffic,” a 30-year framework for the future of transportation, which projects a 43 percent increase in commercial truck shipments and population growth of 70 million in the next 30 years.

All states recorded traffic increases in January, except for five: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, which is likely due to unusually high snowfall in those states.  At 12.1 percent, Indiana led the nation for the second month in a row with the largest single-state traffic increase compared to the same month a year earlier, followed closely by Colorado at 9.3 percent and Alaska at 9.1 percent.

“These estimates are a central part of the research we conduct to understand and anticipate changing conditions on our roads and bridges,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “Increased demand on America’s interstate system requires long-term infrastructure investment to ensure our nation can compete globally.”

Crash weighting analysis will affect driver jobs

April 2nd, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will focus their efforts on a new crash study to determine (1) whether Police Accident Reports provide sufficient, consistent, and reliable information to support crash weighting determinations, (2) whether a crash weighting determination process would offer an even stronger predictor of carrier crash risk than the current assessment method, and (3) how the agency might reasonably manage and support a process for making crash weighting determinations, including the acceptance of public input, a move that will affect driver jobs.

The study examined Police Accident Reports obtained from two national dataset: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS).

Various statistical and analytical approaches were employed to assess crash weighting benefits including an analysis of motor carriers involved in single-vehicle fatal crashes over time.

Presently, the agency considers all recordable crashes involving a commercial motor vehicle occurring in the preceding 24 months as an assessment within its Safety Measurement System, which quantifies the on-the-road safety performance of motor carriers to prioritize enforcement resources.

It is estimated that the annual costs for operating a system to process Police Accident Reports, including the acceptance of public input and reviewing appeals, would be between $3.9 million and $11.2 million.

The public is invited to review the full report and provide feedback.

New smartphone app for driver jobs

March 25th, 2015

Those with driver jobs will now have a new Smartphone app to provide safety data on interstate commercial truck and bus companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the app.

Called “QCMobile,” (QC standing for “Query Central”), the new app is expected to be a particularly valuable tool for state and federal law enforcement personnel, as well as insurers, brokers, freight-forwarders, and others interested in reviewing the USDOT registration and safety performance information of motor carriers.

The new QCMobile app, which requires no log-in, immediately reveals whether the federal operating status of the carrier is authorized while helping to expedite an “inspect/pass” decision by a certified commercial vehicle safety inspector.

“FMCSA will continue to use all the tools, resources, and partnerships available to further strengthen commercial vehicle safety across the country,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling.  “Aggressive safety enforcement, research, and technology development and deployment, combined with strong stakeholder participation, will continue to be directed toward removing unsafe trucks and buses from our roadways and protecting every traveler from needless harm.”

“By making currently available safety information on interstate truck and bus companies more easily accessible for both law enforcement personnel and the general public, we are providing greater transparency while making our roadways safer for everyone.  Safety is our highest priority, so we are committed to using every resource available at our finger tips to ensure the safety of travelers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.