By Jon E. Dougherty at 19 Oct 19:33
GRAPEVINE, Texas — American Trucking Associations’ Board of Directors elected Dan England, chairman of Salt Lake City-based C.R. England Inc., its 67th chairman.
The board voted at ATA’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition, which adjourns here on Tuesday.
“I’m honored to have been chosen by my peers in this great industry to represent America’s motor carriers, drivers, independent contractors and employees,” England said in a statement.
“The last few years have been difficult for our industry and our nation, but I’m confident that regardless of our challenges, trucking and ATA will continue to lead the country toward economic recovery,” he said.
Refrigerated carrier C.R. England is ranked No. 21 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers, and is the largest refrigerated carrier.... Continue reading...
Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, participated in the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony Sept. 19, 2011 at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square. In honor of the occasion, Greg Werner, vice chairman and CEO of Werner Enterprises, rang the Closing Bell with several key customers in attendance.
"We are very proud to have been able to celebrate our history and achievements by ringing the NASDAQ Closing Bell," Greg Werner said. "As we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a publicly traded company, we are proud of the relationship we hold with our customers, investors and associates. We look forward to reiterating our commitment to all these key stakeholders for many years to come."
Since becoming a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange 25 years ago, Werner's total shareholder return has delivered 943 percent, exceeding the total returns of both the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 index during this same period by more than 100 percentage points.
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,500 listed companies.
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; expedited; temperature-controlled; and flatbed services. Werner's Value Added Services portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal, and international services. International services are provided through Werner's domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.
Sep 19, 2011 10:40 AM, By Sean Kilcarr, senior editor
Widespread support for a complete ban on cell phone use by commercial truck and bus drivers – both handheld and hands free – is rapidly increasing, following an accident follow-up report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last week urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to speed up efforts to put such a ban in place.
The NTSB’s recommendation follows its investigation of a March 2010 crash that killed 11 people, which found the tractor-trailer driver cited for causing the accident used his cell phone 69 times in the 24 hours prior to the crash, with four calls made in the minutes leading up to the fatal collision.
“The NTSB determines that the probable cause of this accident was the truck driver’s failure to maintain control of the truck-tractor combination vehicle because he was distracted by use of his cellular telephone,” the group said in its report, adding that poorly designed median barrier and lack of adequate guidance to the states in the form of high-performance median barrier warrants contributed to the severity of the crash.
Though FMCSA already proposed placing such a ban on cell phone use by both commercial truck and bus drivers last December, many feel that effort is moving too slowly.
The National Safety Council (NSC) is one group strongly urging faster adoption of the NTSB’s proposed ban on cell phone use by commercial vehicle drivers, noting that its research indicates that 23% of all crashes each year involve cell phone use.
“We strongly support the NTSB recommendation for a total ban,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO, in a statement. “We called for a national ban on all cell phone use among drivers in 2009, recognizing that research shows no safety benefit from hands-free devices. The distraction to the brain from cell phone... Continue reading...
SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Driving for a living can bring a decent wage, but the number of applicants has gone down over the past few years according to at least one transportation provider.
Sentinel Transportation, LLC Terminal Manager Keith Porter said most companies have become more competitive with the hiring process. They're also looking closely at driving records of applicants.
Porter also said with the decrease in applicants, salaries and benefit packages have become significantly better so as to attract more people to the trucking industry.
"Right now, our drivers here in Lake Charles are earning between $55,000 to $70,000 per year," Porter said. "We have terminals within our company that are earning in the $90,000 to $100,000 range."
But many drivers are nearing retirement and companies like Sentinel will need to fill the spots.
"Within our company we've got about 25-percent... Continue Reading...
Hamrick School has been named as a 2011 ACCSC School of Distinction
The ACCSC School of Distinction Award is intended to recognize ACCSC-accredited institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to the expectations and rigors of accreditation as well as a commitment to delivering quality educational programs
Hamrick School will be honored at the 2011 Professional Development Conference Awards Ceremony.
Congratulations on this wonderful achievement!
LAKELAND | More than 100 people apply every day to Comcar, a trucking company based in Auburndale.
But from that big pool of potential truck drivers, only two or three make the cut.
For trucking companies, the slow pick-up of the economy has revived an issue left on the back burner during the recession.
There's a shortage of qualified truck drivers. It's a nationwide issue, and local companies say the shortage of qualified drivers has already hit or is coming to Polk County. Finding those drivers isn't an easy task for recruiters. They say the industry is still adjusting to stricter regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for screening a driver's criminal, employment and driving history. The main difference is crash and inspection records will now follow a driver from one job to the next.
"Today, I'd say if you have a truck open you need to fill, it's not that you aren't getting applications to fill that truck, but there's a huge amount of people to exclude," said Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Association.
This shortage isn't yet as bad as it was in 2005, when the country needed another 10,000 drivers, Costello said, but it could get worse. The industry faces an increasing demand to move freight as it tries to find replacements for the older drivers who are beginning to retire. Trucking companies are also being more selective because they can't afford crashes.... Continue Reading...
From Steve Brantley, USA Truck, Inc.
I wanted to give your members a heads up that a new Scammer is on the streets, and he is calling your schools pretending to be from USA Truck. He usually goes by the name of James Hayes at phone number 615-975-9326. This person is NOT a representative of USA Truck. If you have any question about the identity of anyone who says they are connected with USA Truck, please call me directly at 479-471-6671.
Here are a few points we would like the schools to know :
We thank CVTA Members your cooperation and assitance in this matter.
Manager, Driver Recruiting
USA Truck, Inc.479-471-6671