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The Trucker January 2014

The Trucker January 2014

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Split sleeper study
With literally thousands of professional truck drivers from coast to coast clamoring for relief from the current Hours of Service sleeper berth provi
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sion, the American Trucking  Associations and the Minne
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Navigating the news
Driver turnover drops .............
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 ATA white paper on CSA .......
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Truck Stop ...........................
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Truck sales down .................
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Life on the Road ..................
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Shell Safety Series ..............
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Regional Rewind .................
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Carrier reefer OK .................
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Truckers Peter Holland and Fred Robatcek have delivered everything from food to trans
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formers … and now they can add a 10-pound, 4-ounce baby boy to that list.
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RUCKERS 
 
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It will have been ve years ago March 4 that Jason Rivenburg, a New York truck driver, was murdered while on a trip to make deliveries in Virginia and South Carolina.His story epitomizes the problems that truck 
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ers face each day: the inability to nd safe park 
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ing and the refusal of many shippers/receivers to let drivers park at their locations when they arrive early or run out of hours while making a  pick-up or delivery.And the issues he encountered that night are  brought to light in a recently-released survey spearheaded by Rivenburg’s wife Hope, who has fought ceaselessly since Rivenburg’s death to come up with a solution to the lack of avail
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able truck parking and whose effort and the ef 
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forts of several members of Congress resulted in a mandate in MAP-21 to the Federal Highway Administration to study the problem.Section 1401 of MAP-21 is known simply as Jason’s Law.A spokesperson for the Federal Highway Ad
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ministration said the agency was accepting com
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ments on the study through Jan. 9 and that those comments would be forwarded to the Ofce of Management and Budget.On that fateful night in 2009, Rivenburg dropped a load in Virginia and headed to his second delivery in South Carolina.He was only 12 miles from his destina
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tion and running ahead of schedule, but trucks were not allowed to park at the delivery site, so Rivenburg needed to nd a safe place to park and wait.But the only place he could nd was an aban
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doned gas station that he’d heard through the grapevine was safe.Police said sometime that night, Willie Pel
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zer, then 22 and who was on parole on charges of grand larceny, stalked and ambushed Riven
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 burg while seeking money for drugs. He stole $7 from the trucker. Pelzer was later arrested and has been sen
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tenced to life without possibility of parole.Almost 4,000 drivers participated in Hope Riven
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 burg’s survey and accompanying focus groups.
Survey spearheaded by trucker’s widow shows lack of safe parking creates fatigue, dangerous situations
The Trucker:
 
ROB NELSON
While not
 necessarily drawing any statistically signicant conclusions, the survey certainly paints an accurate picture of the situations drivers nd themselves facing day after day, week after week.
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ARLINGTON, Va. — The annualized driv-
er turnover rate at large truckload eets dipped 2 percentage points to 97 percent in the third quarter of 2013, the American Trucking Asso
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ciations said Dec. 11, but in no way does this lessen the need for drivers, a federation ofcial warned. “Despite this dip, the market for experi
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enced, qualied drivers remains exceptionally tight,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costel
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lo. “I expect, as the economy continues to pick up, we’ll see that market get even tighter.Turnover at truckload eets with less than $30 million in annual revenue dropped eight  points to 74 percent, its lowest level since the rst quarter of 2012. Turnover at less-than-truckload eets jumped 7 percentage points to 13 percent in the quarter — the highest level since the rst quarter of this year. After dropping to a low of 39 percent in the rst quarter of 2010, the turnover rate for large truckload eets has steadily risen until it reached 106 percent in the second quarter of
2012.
That rate dropped to 90 percent in the fourth quarter of that year, but has been at the 97 per 
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cent or higher level since. “Between increasing demand for freight services and regulatory pressures, I expect eets to remain challenged nding enough qualied drivers and we’ll be contending with driver shortage-related issues for the foresee
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able future,” Costello said.The most recently-released turnover rate accentuates the results of a survey Costello pre
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sented at the ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., last October.“Fleets in all segments of trucking have told us they are having a more difcult time nding qualied drivers than they were a year ago,” Costello said during a panel discussion at the conference. “As a result, more eets are considering hiring drivers straight out of driver training programs and nearly three-quarters of those we surveyed plan to increase pay or have already done so.” Some of the ndings Costello shared in
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• 100 percent of medium-size truckload car 
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riers and intermodal carriers are struggling to nd qualied drivers; the overall industry av
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erage is not much better at 81.5 percent.• Almost three-fourths of the eets surveyed said that it is more difcult to nd drivers than a year ago; the problem is worse among large
Despite slight dip in turnover, market for drivers still ‘exceptionally tight’
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CLIFF ABBOTT
Don’t be
 misled by the data, warns ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, shown here during a panel discussion at the American Trucking Associations Management Confer-ence and Exhibition last year. The market for
experienced, qualifed drivers remains tight.
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