Accidents and driver jobs

December 9th, 2018

New data on fatalities on the road and driver jobs has just been released.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that 2017 highway fatality numbers are down following two consecutive years of large increases.  In addition, preliminary estimates for the first six months of 2018 appear to show that this downward trend continues into this year.

“Safety is the Department’s number one priority,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  “The good news is that fatalities are trending downward after increasing for the two previous years.  But, the tragic news is that 37,133 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2017.  All of us need to work together to reduce fatalities on the roads.”

In 2017, 37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes, a decrease of almost 2 percent from 2016. While the full 2017 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data set will be available today, other notable changes include:

  • Pedestrian fatalities declined about 2 percent, the first decline since 2013;
  • For the second year in a row, more fatalities occurred in urban areas than rural areas;
  • Combination trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 5.8 percent;
  • Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 1.2 percent from 2016 to 2017; and
  • The fatality rate per 100 million VMT decreased by 2.5 percent, from 1.19 in 2016 to 1.16 in 2017.

“Dangerous actions such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are still putting many Americans, their families and those they share the road with at risk,” said Deputy Administrator King.  “Additionally, we must address the emerging trend of drug-impaired driving to ensure we are reducing traffic fatalities and keeping our roadways safe for the traveling public.”

The 1.8-percent decrease from 2016 to 2017 compares to the 6.5-percent increase from 2015 to 2016 and the 8.4-percent increase from 2014 and 2015.

Automated vehicles and driver jobs

December 9th, 2018

New guidance has been released regarding the safety of automated vehicles and driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system. ‘Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0’ (AV 3.0) builds upon—but does not replace—voluntary guidance provided in ‘Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety.’

The safe integration of automated vehicle technology into our transportation system will increase productivity, facilitate freight movement and create new types of jobs,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

AV 3.0 incorporates the results of extensive stakeholder engagement to provide updated voluntary guidance and policy considerations for a range of industry sectors, including: manufacturers and technology developers, infrastructure owners and operators, commercial motor carriers, bus transit, and State and local governments.

AV 3.0 supports the safe development of automated vehicle technologies by:

  • Providing new multi-modal safety guidance
  • Reducing policy uncertainty and clarifying roles
  • Outlining a process for working with USDOT as technology evolves

Specifically, the new AV 3.0 guidance provides several updates to the Department’s initiatives relating to automated vehicles, by:

  • Stating that the Department will interpret and, consistent with all applicable notice and comment requirements, adapt the definitions of “driver” or “operator” as appropriate to recognize that such terms do not refer exclusively to a human, but may include an automated system.
  • Identifying and supporting the development of automation-related voluntary standards  developed through organizations and associations, which can be an effective non-regulatory means to advance the integration of automation technologies.
  • Affirming that the Department is continuing its work to preserve the ability for transportation safety applications to function in the 5.9 GHz spectrum.

 

Funding to affect driver jobs

December 9th, 2018

A round of funding and several transportation improvements will affect driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) made available more than $63.9 billion in FY 2018 multi-modal discretionary and formula transportation investments and $1.6 billion in FY 2017 discretionary funds. This marks a significant step forward in funding the Administration’s ambitious infrastructure goals.

The Department is committed to revitalizing America’s infrastructure using federal dollars as seed money to encourage additional infrastructure investment by states, localities and private sector partners.  Utilizing significantly increased levels of appropriations from Congress in the March 2018 omnibus funding bill, more investment is reaching areas and projects with the greatest impact.

Additionally, historic investment through DOT’s programs in FY 2018 has begun to address the long-awaited infrastructure needs of rural communities, streamlined project delivery, and invested in transformative projects that benefit all Americans.

The Department has released Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for nearly 90% of the funding from FY 2018 to solicit applications, and many have been closed or awarded. Overall, the Department has made an unprecedented infrastructure investment in America by making available more than $65.5 billion for key projects this year.

In just six months, the Department of Transportation has:

  • distributed the entire $56.2 billion in formula funds from FY 2018;
  • announced $7.8 billion in discretionary grant availability from FY 2018;
  • and awarded $5.8 billion in FY 2017 and FY 2018 discretionary grants to specific recipients.

 

Company hires for driver jobs

November 8th, 2018

UPS is hiring for seasonal driver jobs.

The company said it expects to sign-up nearly 40,000 seasonal employees this Friday, in a one-day hiring blitz it’s calling ‘UPS Brown Friday’.

The company launched last month plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers to support its annual holiday shipping rush, and UPS Brown Friday is part of that continuing effort.

UPS is holding nearly 170 hiring fairs across the country on Friday, and will be hiring thousands of candidates on the spot.

“Just about everyone has heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but for anyone looking for a great seasonal job this holiday season, UPS Brown Friday promises the first good deal of the season,” said  Stefond Harris, Vice President, Human Resources. “Many of those who come to one of our job fairs this Friday could be signed up for a seasonal role by Monday.”

Those who are unable to attend a hiring fair can still apply online, at UPSjobs.com. Videos featuring employees describing their work experience at UPS are also available at the UPS jobs website.

The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including Chief Executive Officer David Abney and other members of the company’s senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over. In fact, 128,000 UPS employees established their careers at the company after starting as seasonal employees.

Company celebrates driver jobs

November 5th, 2018

One trucking industry company is spotlighting driver jobs.

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, today announced their plans for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TMAF will launch an advertising and digital campaign to thank the professional truck drivers on our road, as well as educate the public about the important contributions that truck drivers make and encourage them to #ThankATrucker.

“During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we thank the professional truck drivers who travel 4.5 billion collective miles each year to safely deliver the essential goods that help us live,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “This week, we celebrate the drivers – the faces of our industry – and remind the public to appreciate and #ThankATrucker.”

TMAF is recognizing the nation’s 3.5 million dedicated truck drivers through many communications channels this year. Billboard advertisements will appear along interstates throughout the country to thank truck drivers while educating motorists.

The billboards, which feature actual award-winning truck drivers from different states, depict the critical need for truck drivers in America, and how life’s essentials, such as food, gas or medicine would not be possible without truck drivers making those deliveries.

The billboards will appear on highways in Baltimore, Md.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Reno, Nev.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Conway, Ark.; Little Rock, Ark.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Dayton, Ohio and Buffalo, N.Y.

As part of the advertising campaign, TMAF will also thank drivers over the radio airwaves, including on iHeartRadio, Road Dog Trucking Radio on Sirius XM and Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio.

As part of this year’s digital campaign, TMAF will share messages thanking drivers across its social media properties, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The social media content will demonstrate the important and fun fall activities and events.

Awards given out for driver jobs

November 5th, 2018

An organization is giving out awards for driver jobs.

Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks announced three finalists for the 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking award. This is the eighth year for the award which was developed in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders and to attract and advance women within the trucking industry.

The award highlights the achievements of female role models and trailblazers in the trucking industry. The nominees for the award included women from all over the industry in various roles.

The 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are:

  • Angela Eliacostas, Founder and CEO, AGT Global Logistics
  • Nozuko Mayeza, Managing Director, Tulsawiz Logistics
  • Brooke Willey, Vice President – Human Resources, CRST International

Angela Eliacostas has more than 30 years of experience in transportation, working her way from the ground up. Following generations of relatives with expertise in the transportation industry, Angela made the natural transition to her own career by learning the processes at trucking companies to running third-party logistics. Angela is an industry leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. She has grown a reputation in the energy and power logistics space. Angela has been recognized for making AGT Global Logistics one of the top 50 in Illinois and top 1000 woman-owned businesses in the United States.

Nozuko Mayeza is a passionate truck business owner who hails from South Africa. Through her passion, she has managed to make inroads into a male dominated sector for over seven years. She is the finalist for Women in Africa awards 2018 and the chairperson of the Black Business Council subcommittee on Commercial and public transport. Nozuko is a mentor to females in trucking both in South Africa and Ghana.

Brooke Willey leads the HR function for CRST International as Vice President of Human Resources, a $1.7B transportation company comprised of seven operating companies with 9,500+ employees and driving partners/owner operators. Her passion is building strong leaders and leadership teams and has been publicly recognized for those efforts. Under her leadership development efforts, in 2016 CRST was named a ‘Top-10 Best Private Company for Leaders” by Chief Executive magazine. In 2017 CRST was named a ‘Workforce Leader in Training’ by the Corridor Business Journal and Kirkwood Community College. Brooke is also actively involved with non-profit organizations in her community, most recently a board member for United Way and Young Parents Network.

UPS hiring for driver jobs

October 9th, 2018

UPS is ramping up to hire for driver jobs.

The company said it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2019.

“Every year, we deliver the holidays for millions of customers,” said Jim Barber, chief operating officer.  “In order to make that happen, we also deliver thousands of great seasonal jobs at our facilities across the country.”

The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including Chief Executive Officer David Abney and other members of the company’s senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over.

Randy Ervin of Newton, Iowa was a college student looking for a way to earn extra cash when he took a seasonal job as a UPS driver helper in October 1988. On Jan. 31 he’ll retire as a Labor Relations Manager with 30 years of service with the company. “I came to UPS with a motorcycle and a 2-year-old daughter,” Ervin said. “Thirty years later, I’m able to retire with financial security. It’s been a great career. UPS is probably one of the last Fortune 50 companies where you can come in and write your own future.”

Kevin Whitehill of Des Moines, Iowa was a college student when he started a seasonal job as a part-time package handler on his 19th birthday – Nov. 19, 1996. He worked part-time for several years and took advantage of UPS’s tuition reimbursement program to get his degree. Twenty-two years later, he’s an on-road supervisor managing tractor-trailer drivers. “I never intended UPS to be a career,” he said. “I took a job for Christmas. As I moved along, the opportunities were just too good to pass up.”

Process to affect driver jobs

October 7th, 2018

A new process regarding diabetes will affect driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule revising federal regulations permitting individuals with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

Previously, individuals with ITDM were prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtained an exemption from FMCSA.  The action removes major administrative and financial burdens for this population of CMV operators while maintaining a high level of safety.

The rule enables a certified medical examiner (ME) to grant an individual with ITDM a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, MCSA-5876, for up to 12 months.  To do so, the treating clinician – the healthcare professional who manages, and prescribes insulin for, the treatment of the individual’s diabetes – provides the ITDM Assessment Form, MCSA-5870, to the certified ME indicating that the individual maintains a stable insulin regimen and proper control of his or her diabetes.  The certified ME is then responsible for determining if the individual meets FMCSA’s physical qualification standards and can operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

“This final action delivers economic savings to affected drivers and our agency, and streamlines processes by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and redundancy,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.  “It’s a win-win for all parties involved.”

The final rule will eliminate the exemption program that currently requires individuals with ITDM to incur recurring costs to renew and maintain their exemptions.  FMCSA estimates this will save the nearly 5,000 individuals with ITDM that currently have exemptions more than $5 million per year more than what they would endure under the exemption program.  The final rule will also save new ITDM exemption applicants and their associated motor carriers approximately $215,000 annually in opportunity and compliance costs related with the exemption program’s waiting period.

 

National Carriers Gives Additional Pay Raises in 2018 While Awarding Two Drivers $10,000

September 17th, 2018

An over-the road and a regional refrigerated driver with Irving, Texas based National Carriers, Inc. have each been given a $5000 bonus check in a recent recruiting promotion. This promotion caps a year of pay increases for the “Elite” Fleet drivers. In September of 2017, an across-the-board two cent per mile raise was given to both regional and OTR drivers. In May of 2018, an additional 2 cents per miles raise was implemented for these highly valued drivers. This was closely followed in July by a performance bonus. The additional compensation will reward drivers in the top 25% of three areas: safety, fuel economy, and service. A driver in the top 25% of each category will receive an additional penny per mile. Any driver in the top 25% of each area will then receive an additional bonus of one cent per mile on all paid miles driven during the quarter.

“National Carriers is excited to continue rewarding our professional drivers for their dedication to excellence. We are pleased to increase our drivers pay and allow all drivers an opportunity to increase their income through exceptional performance,” said NCI spokesperson, Ed Kentner. “Our management team, led by President Jim Franck, is proud of our drivers. In addition to providing late-model,

Driver-friendly equipment with no-touch freight and weekly settlements, National Carriers leadership team is dedicated to offering drivers an industry-leading pay package.”

Another area allowing drivers to earn extra compensation is through National Carriers driver referral program. In addition to the normal bonuses earned for referring drivers or owner operators, a recent promotion resulted in a two-driver tie for an additional $5000 recruiting bonus. Solo drivers Paula Miller and Jim Knott were each awarded $5000 for their contribution instead of the traditional expected split of the compensation.

For the second year in a row, Conagra has named National Carriers a top performer in transporting their products. National Carriers supports and is involved with Women in Trucking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truckload Carriers Association, and numerous other driver-related organizations.

How a pilot program will affect driver jobs

September 9th, 2018

A new pilot program for the military may go a long way in staffing for driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. Military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

“This program will allow our Veterans and Reservists, to translate their extensive training into good-paying jobs operating commercial vehicles safely across the country, while also addressing the nationwide driver shortage,” said Secretary Chao.

As directed by Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the pilot program will grant a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce – provided they possess the Military equivalent of a CDL and are sponsored by a participating trucking company.

“As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, Secretary Chao and I were excited to highlight a program I helped champion to provide truck driver jobs to young veterans,” said Senator Fischer.

“This innovative program offers a way for our younger Veterans and Reservists to transition to the civilian workforce. I personally thank Secretary Chao and officials with the DOT who continue to find ways to utilize the training and talent of the men and women who served in uniform for our country,” said Congressman Bacon.

During the pilot program, which is slated to run for three years, the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.