News

Print

New Research Assesses Navigation System Use in the Trucking Industry

on .

Arlington, VA - On April 17, 2013, The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released findings from the first phase of a two-part research initiative aimed at assessing the use of navigation systems in large trucks.  This first phase of the research, which analyzed survey data from over 800 drivers and carriers, identifies different systems and how they are used, as well as industry perceptions of navigation system effectiveness.

“This research is an important first step in understanding the role of navigation systems in large truck crashes.  By identifying the types of systems used, how drivers use them, and the types of crashes that may result from their use, industry stakeholders and policy makers can begin to implement crash mitigation strategies and hopefully, reduce the overall occurrence of these events,” commented Kendra Hems, President of the New York State Motor Truck Association. 

Furthermore, this study identifies the key priorities that navigation system providers should address in order to meet the needs of the trucking industry.  ATRI’s phase 2 work will expand the research by collecting and comparing quantitative data from navigation systems while in use.  This next step will attempt to identify the technical basis for navigation system failures and inadequacies from a truck operations perspective.

A copy of this report is available from ATRI at www.atri-online.org.

Print

National Work Zone Awareness Week

on .

"Work Zone Safety: We're All In This Together"

National Work Zone Awareness Week is held annually to bring attention to motorist and worker safety, as well as mobility issues in work zones.

The 2013 theme highlights the complexities of work zones, and the need for awareness and planning on the part of everyone affected by work zones including: State departments of transportation, road workers, drivers, bicyclists, motorcycles, pedestrians, emergency responders, law enforcement officers, and utility workers.

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) offers a series of Design and Traffic Operations courses that provide best practices to help professionals plan, design, operate, and maintain highway work zones that improve safety for workers and the driving public. These courses will help practitioners consider work zone safety and mobility through all project phases.

 Select a course title for more information, and to register.

133110 Strategies for Developing Work Zone Traffic Analyses

133112 Design and Operation of Work Zone Traffic Control (1-Day)

133112A Design and Operation of Work Zone Traffic Control (3-Day)

133113 Work Zone Traffic Control for Maintenance Operations 

133114 Construction Zone Safety Inspection (1-Day)

133114A Construction Zone Safety Inspection (1.5-Day)

133115 Advanced Work Zone Management and Design

133119 Safe and Effective Use of Law Enforcement Personnel in Work Zones

133120 Work Zone Traffic Analysis Applications and Decision Framework

For more information contact NHI at 703-235-0500 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Print

Member Alert - 4-11-2013

on .

Thanks to Jeff Bauza, MTC, for Bringing the following to our attention:

US. Department Federal Motor Carrier of Transportation Safety Administration

FMCSA ALERT 040513.2 Hiring Fraud perpetuated on Drivers and CDL Training Schools

FMCSA would like to make you aware of attempts to defraud CDL drivers seeking employment and CDL Training schools who are attempting to help students find jobs. The fraudster promises employment in return for monetary payments to fraudulent "recruiters". Please read below for more details about this "scam".

The way it works: A caller represents himself or herself as being a recruiter for a known and legitimate motor carrier to a representative of a truck driving school or driver. The caller has an air of urgency and "must hire" several CDL holders immediately or as soon as a student graduates from Driver Training and receives his or her CDL. The fraudster is also known to solicit truck driving school instructors to provide his or her call back number to trainees or recent graduates from truck driving schools.

When a driver seeking employment calls the "recruiter" he or she is offered an immediate position with higher than industry norms pay and benefits for a new driver and is often told there will be a "waiver" for previous criminal or DUI convictions older than three to five years.

The caller then tells the driver candidate he or she must prove financial solvency to the carrier by sending a wire transfer of $350 or more to the "recruiter". Recently the "wire transfer" instructions were to procure a Walmart money transfer purchased at the closest Walmart store and sent to the "recruiter" for pick-up at another Walmart store, usually in another State. Past fraudulent "recruiters" have directed money transfers through other common money transfer services such as Western Union. Victims are directed to travel to a location, often in another state than his or her residence, to be picked up by a company trainer and the pick-up does not occur.

Risk Mitigation for Driver / Driver Training Schools: Telephone the PUBLICLY LISTED telephone number of the motor carrier offering employment and verify the recruiter is a duly authorized representative of the Carrier.

Fraudulent Letters to Motor Carriers Requesting Banking Information
FMCSA Security Bulletin # 032813.01

This bulletin is for use by FMCSA Industry, Government, and Law Enforcement Partners.
Another round of fraudulent USDOT Letters dated March 12, 2013 are being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials. The letters appear to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name Julie Weynel - Senior Procurement Officer who is NOT an employee of USDOT.

The letters are an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers.  Motor Carrier officials and their employees - as well as government and law enforcement officials, should be vigilant and on the lookout for fraudulent attempts to gather financial (or other personal identifiable Information - PII) data by fax, e-mail, or telephone. Requestors should be verified and authenticated before such data is provided!

You may find additional information on the USDOT Office of Inspector General Websites below:  

http://www.oig.dot.gov/fraud-alert

 

Print

Harnessing Social Learning to Improve Employee Performance

on .

Harnessing Social Learning to Improve Employee Performance

More so than ever, institutions need to respond fast to market fluctuations and in order to do so, their workforce needs to be agile.  To develop an agile workforce, employees need to learn in real-time – not just on the rare occasion they are participating in a formal training opportunity.  Social learning empowers employees to find information or learn new skills when and where they need them. Additionally, it enhances formal training through collaborative, post-training interaction that can deepen employees’ understanding of topics addressed in formal courses. What is meant by social learning?    

Social learning is simply participating with others to make sense of new ideas.  For example, when a group of instructors casually gathers in their faculty lounge and an impromptu discussion begins on how to effectively use technology in the classroom, the dialogue and social interaction among the group is an example of real-time, social learning.  These interactions take place every day by default or design and contribute to employee development and performance.  The problem is that many institutions do no harness this existing form of learning already taking place within their institution.  It is ironic that many career colleges are trying to harness social learning in the classroom using web 2.0 technologies to enhance student learning but are not doing the same for their faculty and staff.  If social learning can improve collaboration, engagement, learning, and performance for students, why wouldn’t it do the same for faculty and staff?     

Interested in harnessing the benefits of social learning? Learn more about The Career College Lounge, the only social learning space dedicated to the career education community. 

Print

News from Truckers Against Trafficking

on .

Hello friends and supporters,

We are excited to share this 2nd quarter newsletter with you. So much has happend in the last three months, and we continue to move forward in our goal of equipping the trucking industry to recognize and respond to child exploitation and human trafficking. We do that with your help and support, and it's amazing to see what a difference each of you are making in the fight against human trafficking!
 
Every call makes a difference. Every driver trained on recognizing the signs of human trafficking makes a difference. Every wallet card in the hands of those of you that are the eyes and ears of our nation's highways makes a difference. Thank you for the work you do. We are privileged to be a part of it.
 
Truckers Against Trafficking

---

United Nations honors truckers and trucking industry for anti-human trafficking efforts    
 
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) has been named one of the top 100 practices for combating human trafficking by the United Nations' 2013 Protection Project Trafficking in Persons report.
 
Included in the report's section on "The Role of Civil Society," TAT is described as follows:
 
TAT is an organization of members of the trucking and travel plaza industry who are committed to eliminating human trafficking by designing and participating in education and awareness campaigns aimed at truckers and the trucking industry.
 
To spread information, TAT has designed posters, brochures, and flyers that are placed at truck stops, as well as wallet cards to be distributed to every trucker in the United States. Those items call on truckers to contact the National Anti-Trafficking Hotline when coming across cases of human trafficking. Between December 7, 2007, and May 31, 2011, the hotline reported more than 125 calls from truck drivers. Of those, 60 percent were the direct result of the TAT awareness campaign.
 
TAT has created a training DVD that features (a) truckers who have seen human trafficking taking place on their routes, (b) a trafficking victim rescued from a truck stop through the call of a trucker, (c) actual footage of prostituted women at a travel plaza, and (d) information on concrete ways that members of the trucking and travel plaza industry can fight this crime in the course of their daily work. The training DVD can be used as part of the orientation for all truck stop and travel plaza employees, all students of private and public trucking driving schools, and all truck drivers who are employed by major carriers or are owner-operators.
 
"We commend every member of the trucking industry who identifies as a trucker against trafficking," said Kendis Paris, TAT executive director, "and feel it is an honor well earned by all of them. We believe the trucking industry is proving itself a leader across the entire transportation industry when it comes to fighting human trafficking."

---

Colorado coalition build deemed successful event
 
"One of the most satisfying activities we're involved in is building partnerships or coalitions between law enforcement and members of the trucking and travel plaza industry," commented Kendis Paris, TAT executive director. "Seeing relationships develop between these two front-line groups, as well as trust and mutual understanding of how to best work together to fight human trafficking, is powerful."
 
To that end, TAT participated in its third coalition-build event between law enforcement and members of the trucking industry in Denver on March 14.
 
"TAT would like to thank the FBI, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, iEmpathize, Praxus, the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, the Southern Colorado Human Trafficking Task Force and the Denver Metro Crimestoppers for their fine support and promotion of the event," Paris said. "I received good comments from those who attended and believe everyone walked away with a greater understanding of the problem and what to do to fight it."
 
General managers from TA/Petro, Pilot/Flying J and Tomahawk attended, along with many law enforcement agencies, including the Denver Police Force, Wheat Ridge, Commerce City and the Douglas County Sheriff's office.
The half-day conference provided training on human trafficking, with a specific emphasis on domestic sex trafficking and how it presents itself at truck stops, as well as an opportunity to forge connections for the creation of next steps in the fight against human trafficking. Trafficking survivor Audrey T. helped participants understand the realities facing those who are trafficked by sharing her personal story.
 
Previous coalition-build events in which TAT has participated have been held in Southern California and in Ohio in recent months, with more being planned. The events seek to build relationships and greater cooperation between law enforcement and the trucking industry for more effective work in the fight against human trafficking in that area.
 
If law enforcement in your area would like to have such a coalition-build, please have them contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

---

TAT invited to participate in human trafficking awareness training for law enforcement
 
On the recommendation of the FBI, TAT was invited to provide joint training with Ray Herndon, founder of Diamondback Training, LLC to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on how to spot human traffickers during a routine commercial motor vehicle (CMV) stop.
Diamondback Training, LLC is a cutting-edge law enforcement training organization specializing in CMV criminal interdiction. Criminal interdiction addresses many facets of criminal activity, including domestic terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and cargo theft, to name a few.
 
Herndon is a nationally recognized veteran law enforcement officer who has had a parallel career in the trucking/transportation industry for over 25 years, both as a business/small fleet owner and employee/driver.
 
"We've partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to help create a proactive partnership between law enforcement and the transportation industry to provide quality standardized human trafficking training to both law enforcement officers and transportation industry workers," Herndon commented.
 
"It's imperative that both sides receive similar training, so we're all on the same page," he continued. "Communication is key, and a breakdown in that communication may cost a human trafficking victim their only chance at freedom. We, all, as human beings, are obligated."
 
Kendis Paris, TAT executive director, concurred, "TAT is very pleased to be partnering with Ray and Diamondback, as his vast experience in both law enforcement and the trucking industry enable him to deliver a wealth of information on the subject of human trafficking. When members of the trucking industry and law enforcement are on the same page, we know there's a much greater chance of criminals being caught and victims being rescued. So we welcome the opportunity, whenever possible, to work with and help facilitate the training for each group."
 
She continued, "TAT actually sponsored (thanks to a special donation from the Pattens) his appearance at the National Crime Enforcement Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma in March, where over 1000 law enforcement officers heard about TAT from Ray. Mark Brown, TAT chairman of the board, ran the TAT booth at the event, speaking with many law enforcement officers and distributing TAT materials."
 
Diamondback Training, LLC is now sporting the TAT logo on one of its latest trucks used in law enforcement training as yet another way to get the message out there that the trucking industry is working to end the crime of human trafficking along our nation's highways, roads and streets, and wherever they see it.

---

 TAT continues to grow as more trucking associations join
 
In the past few months, the Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association (MMTA) and the Motor Transportation Association of Connecticut (MTAC) have come on-board with TAT.
 
In the letter it sent to members, MMTA said, "The association was very involved in efforts made to pass this legislation in Massachusetts, and by joining TAT, MMTA hopes to raise awareness of this problem and educate the industry on what to look for if they suspect a human trafficking incident, what specific information is needed for local law enforcement and how to report any suspicions."
 
In addition to these latest two state associations, other state associations already working with TAT in their states are Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Oklahoma. Nationally, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) and the North American Truck Stop Network (NATSN) have all joined TAT, along with numerous trucking companies and truck-driving schools.

---

What is TAT?
 
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a non-profit organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs. To a great extent, domestic sex trafficking occurs along our nation's highways and at its truck stops, where traffickers can sell their victims to a transient population they believe are less likely to attempt rescue. In response, TAT is asking the 3.5 million domestic truckers, as well as other members of the trucking industry, to become aware of this issue, and, when they suspect a human trafficking case, to call the national hotline and report it.

Print

FMCSA Will Miss Deadline for ELD Rule, Ferro Says

on .

Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=31692

By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter

This story appears in the April 8 print edition of Transport Topics.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will miss an October deadline set by Congress to mandate electronic logging devices in all trucks, according to Administrator Anne Ferro.

Instead, the agency will publish a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for the mandate in September, and the mandate itself will likely be finalized a year later, Ferro said during a chat at the Mid-America Trucking Show late last month. The requirement will probably be implemented in 2016.

That timeframe is later than what Congress asked for in MAP-21, last year’s transportation funding law, which called for the regulation to be finalized by Oct. 1 and to take effect two years later.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=31692

Print

Demand is High for Commercial Truck Drivers

on .

Source: ajc.com/news/business/demand-high-commercial-truck-drivers/nXDb2/

By Laura Raines

If you’ve ever felt the pull of the open road, this  is an excellent time to consider a truck-driving career. Trucking added the most jobs of any transportation sector in February 2013, increasing its employment by 5,600 positions, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

“There is no unemployment in truck driving. In fact, there’s a shortage of drivers,” said Ed Tanksley, general manager of  Katlaw Driving Schools in Austell. “Trucking slowed down at the start of the recession, but when factories start producing more goods, those goods have to be moved to consumers. Trucking usually leads a  recovery.”

The demand for commercial truck drivers is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2020,  according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tanksley sees that demand from the 30 companies  that actively recruit his students.

“Most of our graduates have six to 10 job offers before they even finish their training,” he said. “Truck driving is one of the few careers that you can train for quickly and make $40,000 to $45,000 in the first year, with benefits.”

Metro Atlanta is a transportation hub and one of the nation’s top 10 areas  for truck-driving jobs , according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To get started, you’ll need to meet the requirements and pass the test to obtain a commercial driving license permit from the Georgia Department of Driver Services . To earn a CDL permit, drivers must pass standard written and driving tests at a state examination site.

You can’t apply for a CDL if you’ve had your driving license revoked, suspended, canceled or been involved in a chargeable accident during the two-year period immediately prior to applying. Applicants  will be restricted to drive in Georgia only until they are 21.

“With a permit, you can enroll for training at a private school or one of Georgia’s technical colleges,” Tanksley said. “Most insurance companies and carriers won’t hire entry-level drivers unless they’ve taken a training course.”

You can find recommended schools on the GDDS website (www.dds.ga.gov).

Approved by the Commercial Vehicle Transportation Association, Katlaw Driving Schools has been training drivers for 14 years. The most popular program is the 160-hour, three-week program in Class “A” Tractor Trailer Training. It’s also offered in an eight-weekend format. Tuition is $3,195 ($2,895, if paying in cash), and financing options are available.

The program has been approved for VA, GI Bill and Workplace Investment Act funding.

“Our classes typically take six to 12 students. We have trained a lot of career changers, retirees, former military people and business owners who want to start a second career,” Tanksley said. “About 5 (percent) to 8 percent are women. There are a lot more women in trucking these days and they do very well because they are safety-conscious and well-organized.”

Truck-driving students begin in the classroom where they learn federal regulations, record-keeping technologies, safety measures and time-management strategies. On the road, they learn how to operate 10-speed transmission vehicles; how to conduct a 96-item pre-trip checklist of a vehicle; and how to back up and park different types of trucks and trailers. They also practice driving safely at night and in inclement weather.

“Not everyone is cut out for truck driving. You need to be a self-starter and able to work with no supervision,” Tanksley said. “You also need to be comfortable being away from home and family for stretches at a time, although many regional and over-the-road companies now guarantee you’ll be home on the weekends.”

Working conditions for truckers have improved over the years, Tanksley said.

“People perceive it as a lonely, hard and dirty job,” he said.

But today’s trucks are much more comfortable and equipped with televisions and computers. Truck stops have clean showers, better restaurants and other amenities.

“You just aren’t as isolated as you used to be on the road, and more retired couples are choosing to travel together,” Tanksley said.

The industry offers opportunities for pay raises and advancement, Tanksley said.

“Salaries climb faster than in other careers,” he said. “By the third year, truck drivers should be making well into the $50,000s, and some couple teams are pulling down six figures. Some drivers choose to become owner/operators, or start their own trucking companies.”

In large, multinational transit corporations, drivers may move into warehousing, safety inspection, instruction, recruiting, or management positions.

“There’s no shortage of jobs or opportunities in transportation,” Tanksley said. “We put 375 to 400 Georgia residents to work every year.”

Source: ajc.com/news/business/demand-high-commercial-truck-drivers/nXDb2/

Print

ACI TV segment: Growing Need for Truck Drivers

on .

Check out the TV segment that ACI was recently featured in about the growing need for truck drivers and how to take advantage of the employment opportunities available in the trucking industry.

Print

FMCSA Urged to Lift Standards for Training of Novice Drivers

on .

Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=31632

By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter

This story appears in the April 1 print edition of Transport Topics.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck drivers and instructors told Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials they should mandate far more training for new drivers than currently required.

Many of the two dozen or so speakers at a listening session here were in agreement that too many driver training programs teach only basic skills and put drivers out on the road too quickly, which is hurting the entire industry’s image.

There was, however, no exact consensus on what the proper number of training hours should be.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=31632

Print

For-Hire Motor Carriers Asked To Participate In Operational Costs Survey

on .

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched a survey to update the 2012 Operational Costs of Trucking report.  The brief on-line survey seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments.  Carriers are asked to provide full year 2012 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data.

The results of this survey, combined with the previous Operational Costs of Trucking reports, will yield five full years (2008 – 2012) of trucking cost information derived directly from fleet operations.  This research provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses.

The operational cost data that for-hire motor carriers provide will be kept strictly confidential.  The survey is available online at www.atri-online.org and results will be available later this year.