Archive for February, 2017

Freight numbers highlight driver jobs

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Freight numbers from last month show that impact of driver jobs on the economy.

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $91.1 billion in current dollars as all five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in November 2016 compared to November 2015, according to the TransBorder Freight Data.

The 3.3 percent rise from November 2015 was only the second time since December 2014 in which the year-over-year value of U.S.-NAFTA freight increased from the same month of the previous year.

The value of commodities moving by pipeline increased 30.6 percent, vessel by 12.5 percent, air by 6.2 percent, rail by 5.1 percent, and truck by 0.6 percent.

Trucks carried 64.5 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $30.7 billion of the $49.8 billion of imports (61.6 percent) and $28.0 billion of the $41.3 billion of exports (67.8 percent).

Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.3 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 5.9 percent; pipeline, 5.3 percent; and air, 3.9 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.1 percent of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

From November 2015 to November 2016, the value of U.S.-Canada freight flows increased by 2.2 percent to $46.1 billion as the value of freight on three modes increased from a year earlier. The value of freight carried on pipeline increased by 30.1 percent, reflecting the increased value of mineral fuels year over year. Air increased by 6.3 percent, and rail by 0.6 percent.

Best of the “Elite” Fleet Named

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Irving, TX – Kevin Gulley was named November 2016 Driver of the Month for National Carriers, Inc. He has had an unblemished service and safety record. The Oklahoma resident began driving for NCI in November of 2013. He is a company driver working within the 48 state division.

Gulley stated, “I do my job and go about my business. I was surprised and shocked when I received the phone call notifying me of my selection. NCI equipment is excellent, home time is great, and the company is very personable.”

Joseph Ham has been named December 2016 Driver of the Month for National Carriers, Inc. Ham joined NCI in May of 2015. He resides in Florida and is a lease owner with National Carriers Truck Leasing Program. He operates on the Southwest Regional division.

Assistant Director of NCI Truck Leasing, Kim Obholz shared, “Joseph will complete his truck lease in May. He is easy to work with and very smart with his finances. He works hard, never complains, and has zero service failures. He meets the Driver of the Month criteria perfectly and makes my job enjoyable.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2016. Monthly award winners receive a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in March of 2017.

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers. If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started

Random testing rate for driver jobs

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a random testing rate for driver jobs.

The controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25 percent for calendar year 2017.

FMCSA regulations require that truck and bus companies that employ commercial driver’s licensed (CDL) drivers conduct random drug and alcohol tests upon these individuals at a nationally prescribed percentage, which is informed by the results of an annual survey.

“For the safety of everyone traveling on our highways and roads, no driver should ever get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling.  “Commercial motor vehicle companies must comply with the crucial safety responsibility of conducting rigorous drug and alcohol testing programs for all of their CDL drivers.”

For calendar year 2016, FMCSA lowered the minimum annual drug testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent following three consecutive calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013) of drug testing data received in the Management Information System (MIS) survey, which indicated that the positive rate for controlled substances was less than one percent.  FMCSA conducts the MIS survey to ensure compliance with the set testing rates.

According to federal regulations, when the data received in the MIS for two consecutive calendar years indicates that the positive rate for controlled substances is less than one percent, the FMCSA Administrator has the discretion to lower the annual testing rate to a minimum of 25 percent of a carriers’ driver positions.  If, however, at any time the positive rate for controlled substances exceeds one percent, the testing rate will automatically revert upward to 50 percent.

“We will continue to monitor the data closely, and should the positive rate for drug use rise above the one percent threshold in the upcoming 2015 survey, the national random testing rate requirement will be immediately increased to 50 percent,” said Darling.