Archive for July, 2017

Proposed rule takes a look at driver jobs and getting a commercial license

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

A new proposed rule is examining driver jobs and simplifying the means to getting a commercial license.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced two proposals that would take steps toward responding to a national shortage of qualified truck and bus drivers. These proposed processes would simplify obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for many individuals and reduce administrative expenses to both the driver applicant and state driver licensing agencies.

“Taken together, these two proposals will help ease the entry for thousands of qualified individuals into career opportunities as professional truck and bus drivers – a critical occupation facing an acute labor shortage in our country,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson. We could eliminate unnecessary burdens to both the applicants and to the states, save time, reduce costs and, most importantly, ensure that states only issue commercial driver’s licenses to well-trained, highly qualified individuals.”

FMCSA is seeking public comment on the following two Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRM) announced today:

  • Military Licensing and State CDL Reciprocity.  This proposed rule would allow State Driver Licensing Agencies to waive the CDL knowledge test for qualified veterans and active duty personnel, including National Guard and Reserves, seeking to obtain a civilian CDL. This waiver would simplify processing and reduce costs for States and for qualified individuals. Since 2012, FMCSA has allowed States to waive the CDL skill test requirement for qualified veterans and active duty personnel.  More than 18,800 individuals have transitioned from their military service into the U.S. civilian jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers under the waiver opportunity.

“We owe so much to our men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Jefferson. “This action would be one more way we can express our gratitude and assist those with a military CDL who wish to utilize their extensive training and experience operating heavy trucks and buses into careers as civilians.”

  • Commercial Learner’s Permit Validity.  This proposed rule would allow States to issue a CDL learner’s permit with an expiration date of up to one year, replacing the current six-month limitation.  This extra flexibility would eliminate burdensome and costly paperwork requirements by the States.  It would also eliminate unnecessary re-testing and additional fees presently incurred by individuals who seek an additional 180-day renewal of their CDL learner’s permit.

How those with driver jobs are sharing the road safely

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

A new campaign is spotlighting how those with driver jobs are sharing the road safely.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues its efforts to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses through a newly formed partnership under the Our Roads, Our Safety campaign.

The American Bus Association, AAA and the American Trucking Associations have joined with FMCSA to amplify the Our Roads, Our Safety effort to educate all pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on how to better share our roadways and improve safety for all.

There are several simple actions passenger vehicle drivers should take while sharing the road with large trucks and buses:

  • Stay out of the “No Zones” or blind spots at the front, back and sides of the vehicle
  • Make sure they can see the driver in the mirror before safely passing
  • Don’t cut in close while merging in front of a CMV
  • Stay back a safe distance to avoid being in the blind spot
  • Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room
  • Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions
  • Lastly, be patient driving around large trucks and buses

In addition to these tips, parents and teachers can involve children aged 5-12 in highlighting the importance of road safety by participating in the Road Safety Art Contest. The contest allows children in kindergarten through sixth grade to use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.

 

Eric Rogers Named Driver of the Month at National Carriers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. has named Eric Rogers of Anthony, KS, NCI Driver of the Month for May 2017. Rogers operates a truck within the NCI Truck Leasing program on their Southwestern Division. He has delivered refrigerated goods to National Carrier’s customers since February of 2014.

NCI spokesperson, Ed Kentner stated that Rogers has successfully completed two truck leases. He is now leasing his third truck, a 2016 Kenworth T-680. Rogers has been driving trucks since 1992 with the last four-plus years at National Carriers.

Rogers exclaimed, “I came to NCI to lease a truck. I understand the challenges of operating my own business, but I also understand the rewards for doing do. Ninety percent of everything on my current truck is covered with the manufacture warranty. I feel the only way you are going to make money is to keep the doors shut and the wheels rolling. I appreciate the recognition  National Carriers has given me.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving 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 2018.

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.Eric drivers seat closeuo