Archive for October, 2016

Best of the “Elite” Fleet Named

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Irving, TX – Iesha Hawkins has been named July Driver of the Month for National Carriers,

Inc. She has not had a service failure or a safety issue. Hawkins now holds the distinction as the

youngest female to be named driver of the month in National Carriers’ 49 year history. The 34

year old Hawkins drives a company truck delivering refrigerated freight throughout the

continental United States.

When notified, Hawkins was surprised and grateful. She explained, “There has never been a time

that I did not feel I could come in and talk to anyone in the office about anything. I have never

worked at a company where the office personnel was accessible. It makes me feel that everyone

is there for you.”

Director of NCI Refrigerated division, Lex Mendenhall stated, “Iesha Hawkins and Kenneth Covington

exudes positivity with their appearance, attitude and job performance. Each is a safety conscientious

driver who puts our customers first. They are an excellent example of young, professional drivers who

lead by example and National Carriers is fortunate to have both on our team.”

Kenneth Covington has been named August Driver of the Month for National Carriers, Inc.

Covington joined the NCI truck leasing program in August of 2009 and continues to work as an

independent owner operator. He resides in Tennessee and transports freight throughout the lower

48 states.

“Being an owner operator at NCI has been an exciting journey of my life. I’m proud to be a part

of the NCI family. And when I say family I mean that because they treat their drivers as such. I

came to NCI to be a part of the lease purchase program. After doing my research NCI had the

best lease purchase program available for me. Anytime I’ve had an issue NCI has been right

there for me. And because of this and the honesty of the company I choose to stay,” Covington

explained.

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2016. Monthly award winners

receive a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI

Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2017.

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with

transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our

mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We

believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and

largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers. If you are

interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Talks focus on the future of driver jobs

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Some discussions about the future of driver jobs have concluded.

Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau was in the Gateway City for the last in a year-long, nationwide series of 24 roundtables to discuss the freight economy.

The “Beyond Traffic 2045 Roundtables on the Freight Economy” were a response to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s “Beyond Traffic” report that lays out transportation challenges in the next 30 years, including an anticipated 45-percent increase in freight traffic.

“This report was offered to ignite a vital national conversation about the future of our transportation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Current trends, including a rapidly growing population, drive home the point that we need to plan for the future now. These kinds of exchanges are a vital element to understanding how to prevent gridlock and create a safer, more reliable, and more efficient transportation network in the years ahead.”

At the St. Louis roundtable, Administrator Nadeau met with regional business leaders and local officials to discuss the economic opportunities and impacts of freight, including elements of national and state freight plans. He also invited state and local leaders to share ideas on improving freight movement for the region.

“It is fitting that our conversations culminate in a city that is both strategically located and enjoys a robust transportation network,” said Administrator Nadeau.  “St. Louis was a gateway for the nation in the 19th century, and is poised to do so again for the freight community in the 21st– important to both national and international markets and representing a premier freight hub in our nation.”

Freight numbers and driver jobs

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Freight value has decreased, which may affect driver jobs.

All transportation modes except rail carried less cross-border freight by value in July 2016 compared to July 2015 resulting in a 10.0 percent decrease to $83.7 billion in the total current dollar value of freight moved.

The $83.7 billion in July 2016 cross-border freight is the lowest monthly amount since February 2011, which had $76.7 billion in cross-border freight.

July was the 19th consecutive month that the total value of U.S. freight with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico declined from the same month of the previous year, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

The value of commodities moving by rail increased 0.9 percent while the value of freight carried on other modes decreased: air by 6.4 percent; truck by 8.8 percent; vessel by 25.1 percent; and pipeline by 26.9 percent.

The increase in rail is due in part to the a 14 percent year-over-year  increase in the value of vehicles and parts traded with Mexico. A drop in the price of crude oil played a role in the large declines in the dollar value of products shipped by vessel and pipeline. Crude oil (a component of mineral fuels) comprises a large share of the commodities carried by these modes. Average monthly prices for crude petroleum and refined fuel are available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration(link is external).

Mineral fuels, a commodity category that includes crude oil and coal, accounted for 10.1 percent of total value of U.S.-NAFTA trade in July.

Rule takes a look at mounted technologies and driver jobs

Monday, October 10th, 2016

A new rule is examining mounted technology on windshields and how they may relate to driver jobs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including placement within the area that is swept by the windshield wipers.

Section 5301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) directs the Agency to amend the FMCSRs to allow devices to be mounted on the windshield that utilize “vehicle safety technology.”

In addition, section 5301 states that all windshield-mounted devices and technologies with a limited two-year exemption in effect on the date of enactment shall be considered to meet the equivalent-or-greater safety standard required for the initial exemption.

The announcement of this final rule is a nondiscretionary, ministerial action that does not require prior notice and public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act.