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FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program

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12/13/2010 - FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program for Commercial Trucks and Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today took a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program.

The centerpiece of CSA is the Safety Measurement System (SMS), which will analyze all safety-based violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier’s on-road performance. The new safety program will allow FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier’s specific safety problems.
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ATA recently launched www.SafeDriverHours.com

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From:  Dave Osiecki,  Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, American Truckig Assoications

HOS Coalition Members:

I’m pleased to inform you that ATA recently launched www.SafeDriverHours.com – a new website designed to serve two purposes.

First, the new site is intended to educate the press and the public on the remarkable highway safety performance of the trucking industry over the last seven years—the same period trucking has operated under the revised HOS rules. The site includes safety facts and statistics, much of it in easy to read charts and graphs, showing the industry’s dramatic safety improvement since 2004 when the revised HOS rules first became effective.

The second purpose of the site is to provide easy-to-use tools and resources for the trucking and transportation industries (i.e., drivers, carriers, shippers, etc.) to help the industry actively engage in the upcoming HOS rulemaking process. In the face of trucking’s remarkable safety progress since 2004, the Obama Administration will be proposing politically-motivated changes to the HOS rules that will in some way reduce driver and industry productivity. Details of the Obama Administration’s proposed changes will be uploaded on www.SafeDriverHours.com shortly after they become available – which should be in the next few weeks. The Obama Administration proposal might be made public just in time for the holiday – this Administration’s attempt to put some coal in the industry’s stockings.

I encourage you to check out www.SafeDriverHours.com, and bookmark it for future use. ATA will be leading the industry’s campaign to retain the current and safe HOS rules, and this new website will be one of ATA’s primary tools to support the campaign.  Stay tuned!

Dave O.

Dave Osiecki
ATA Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs


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FMCSA Aims to Publish Revised HOS Rule, EOBR Mandate Before Jan. 1, Ferro Says

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TRANSPORT TOPICS - December 6, 2010
By Sean McNally
Senior Reporter

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now aims to publish its revisions to the hours-of-service rule and a proposed expansion of its electronic data recorder requirement by the end of the year, the agency’s head said last week.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said the HOS rule, which was expected to be published near the end of October but remains under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, is one of several agenda items the agency plans to complete before the end of 2010... Continue to read more... (subscription may required at TTnews.com)

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Group Encourages Women Truck Drivers

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River Falls Journal

Wisconsin News - A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career.

A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career. Ellen Voie of the Women in Trucking Association says females make up less than 5% of what she calls a very male-dominated environment on the road.

She says men also dominate other parts of the industry, including leadership and office roles. Voie’s group is based in Plover.

It works with manufacturers on ways that trucks could better accommodate women. And the group works with travel centers to understand the needs of female truck drivers.

Voie said the industry is becoming more female friendly, but it’s got a long way... Continue to read more on River Falls Journal...

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U.S. Xpress Enterprises Expands Footprint into Northeast with Opening of Shippensburg, PA Terminal

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10/30/2010

Up to 100 jobs to be created between maintenance and office personnel.

CHATTANOOGA, TN. – October 28, 2010 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has opened its newest full-service terminal facility at 1069 Seibert Avenue in Shippensburg, PA.

The property is situated on over 50 acres and spans nearly 70,000 square feet. Features of the full-service facility include: drivers’ lounge with shower facilities and Internet access, convenience store, fuel islands, maintenance shop, ample parking for trailers and driver vehicles, administrative office space, orientation/training rooms, and 37,600 sq. ft. of warehouse space.

“Expanding into the Northeast with a major hub is a strategic move that we have been looking forward to taking for some time now as our customer base and volumes have grown in the region,” states Max Fuller, Co-Chairman and CEO. “Having a greater presence in this region enables us to continue to enhance our commitment to providing superior customer service.”

The new location for U.S. Xpress brings several jobs to the area, including 50 immediate full-time employees and up to 50 additional positions in the near future for maintenance and office personnel.

“We think Shippensburg is a great area, and the terminal location is perfectly positioned to fit our growth strategies within this region,” states Patrick Quinn, Co-Chairman and President. “One benefit of growth is creating employment opportunities within communities where we have a local presence. Participating in our local communities is a core value to U.S. Xpress, and we are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with everyone in the Shippensburg area.”

U.S. Xpress purchased the facility, which is located conveniently off Interstate 81, from Cressler Trucking, Inc. A complete energy-efficient lighting upgrade has been made throughout the facility, with plans for more sustainable initiatives, like materials recycling, in the near future.

U.S. Xpress recently launched a new website to better serve its customers, drivers and employees. For those looking for employment with U.S. Xpress, they may visit the site to sign up for job alerts. Please visit www.usxpress.com for more details. Current job listings can be found within the Careers section of the company’s new corporate website.

About U.S. Xpress Enterprises:

Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is the nation’s third largest privately-owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. We are committed to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for our staff and drivers and ensuring our trucks feature the latest safety innovations. With a dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment, U.S. Xpress is a SmartWay Transport Partner and was honored with a 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Xpress Enterprises’ affiliates include Arnold Transportation Services, Smith Transport, Total Transportation of Mississippi, and Xpress Internacional. For more information, please visit www.usxpress.com.


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Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.

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Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.

Ask your truck driving students if they’d like to double their income potential, and you can guess the answer.  But, if you asked them how to do it, they probably wouldn’t realize how easy it can be.

A quick look at industry-wide salaries indicates that simply teaming up with another driver could fill their wallets about twice as fast!  On average, new solo drivers make $30,000 - $35,000 per year.  But, that figure jumps to up to $58,000 for HAZMAT endorsed team drivers at U.S. Xpress. Plus, U.S. Xpress is also currently offering HME team drivers a $2,500 bonus each, which brings that total over $60,000 each!  When you add in benefits, such as U.S. Xpress’ low-cost insurance plus a 401k program, entry level drivers quickly begin to realize just how much team driving pays off.

Industry experts point out that one of the best places to find a teammate is in driving school.

Russ Moore, Vice-President of Recruiting at U.S. Xpress says, “We encourage students to team up while in school , because it positions them to earn more almost immediately after they graduate.  Plus, it lets them choose a partner that they’ve already spent time with, so they know they’ll enjoy traveling together.”

If a new driver feels more comfortable sharing a cab with a more experienced teammate, U.S. Xpress will make the process easy by providing a unique driver matching program.

Mr. Moore says, “We ask a lot of questions to get a feel for who they are, what they like, and what they don’t like.  It goes a lot deeper than simply not matching up smokers and non-smokers.  We want to create teams that enjoy driving a lot of miles together and, hopefully, will stay together for a lot of years.”

Another benefit of team driving is the comfort and security of having a driver companion to help with unforeseen situations that you may be confronted with.

Jackie Riddly, a U.S. Xpress team driver agrees.  “At U.S. Xpress, I have a side-tracker camera to cover my blind spot and truck-specific GPS directions, so I already feel confident.  But when you add a partner to help keep an eye on things, I don’t think I could feel more safe.”

So if students are eager to make more money, feel more confident, and even have more fun on the road, they should consider team driving.