As reported by Overdrive in October, fleets rank the oft-dubbed driver shortage directly after hours of service1 regulations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program as issues they say are the most concerning for them and, partly, the industry.
What do they see as the main obstacle in finding and hiring drivers?
According to some fleet representatives and other panel members at a session held on the subject at Overdrive sister site CCJ s Fall Symposium2 last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., driver image could be the biggest issue in attracting new drivers to the field.
The panel kicked around driver deficit numbers3, too, saying the industry on the whole would need to hire 239,000 drivers each year for the next 10 years to keep up with freight demand and to replace the more than 1/3 of drivers (37 percent) on the road today that will retire in the next decade.
The panel members agreed the public image of drivers is the biggest obstacle fleets face in pulling new drivers into the field.
However, Prime Inc. s John Hancock, director of training and recruiting for the fleet, did say his fleet focuses on maximizing driver and owner-operator income to help the fleet s drivers view trucking as a good career choice. People want a good job, he said, adding good income and opportunity for growth goes along way in fulfilling those needs for many people.
- ^ fleets rank the oft-dubbed driver shortage directly after hours of service (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ CCJ s Fall Symposium (ccjsymposium.com)
- ^ kicked around driver deficit numbers (www.ccjdigital.com)
- ^ Click here to see the full coverage of the panel discussion (www.ccjdigital.com)
06 Dec 2013 | After spending the better part of the year on tour around the country, the time has finally come to announce the winner of the DAF XF 105, an absolutely monumental prize that is valued at over $250,000…
Palletways, Europe s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network, has announced that it will be the first pallet network to achieve a high-profile Transport for London accreditation, which rubber stamps best practice in the industry. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary…
Palletways, Europe s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network, has announced that it will be the first pallet network to achieve a high-profile Transport for London accreditation, which rubber stamps best practice in the industry.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary certification scheme aimed at ensuring that fleet operators in London and throughout the UK, work to high standards that go beyond the minimum legal requirements, in areas such as health & safety and environmental impact.
Following rigorous assessment, Palletways met the accreditation s bronze level requirements across all its owned operation sites.
As part of its membership of FORS, Palletways now has access to a range of materials that will offer the network a competitive advantage, including information to further enhance its health & safety provisions and up-to-date technology & guidance to reduce the impact of freight transport on the UK environment.
The FORS accreditation was developed in conjunction with a number of stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), Department for Transport, Freight Transport Association, Health and Safety Executive, The Metropolitan Police, Road Haulage Association, Skills for Logistics and Vehicle Operator & Services Agency.
Peter Lascelles, Director of Owned Member Depots, commented: We are delighted to receive the FORS recognition. The accreditation sets us apart us apart from our competitors and confirms that we deliver an efficient, cost saving and forward thinking service.
He added: We will be making full use of the accreditation and access to materials to further enhance our CSR activities and will promote best practise ideas across our wider European network.
The Palletways Group is made up of over 300 depots and 13 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 12 European countries, including the UK.
The company s distribution networks are made up of independent transport companies who share each other s resources to deliver small consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before.
A few weeks ago, an ad by Volvo Trucks took the Internet by storm1. It featured action star Jean Claude Van Damme performing an Epic Split between two Volvo FM trucks in reverse. And now, unsurprisingly, it has been parodied.
But parodies of viral videos don t usually come from the owners of trucking companies. Especially owners of trucking companies that also happen to be running for state Congressional seats. But that s exactly what Mike Collins does in the video below.
Collins is a Republican candidate for the 10th Congressional district in Georgia and the owner of Collins Trucking. In his version, the trucks are Peterbilt, not Volvo, and they re not running in reverse, but big kudos to Mike for doing his own stunts.
As to why Collins performed his own Epic Split, the video explains (jokingly, we d have to assume) it is to demonstrate the dangers of Obamacare. Watch below.
BEIJING (AP) China’s November exports accelerated but import growth slumped in a sign the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy might be slowing.
Exports surged 12.7 percent over a year earlier to $202.2 billion, up from October’s 5.6 percent expansion, trade data showed Sunday.
Imports rose 5.3 percent to $168.4 billion, but that growth was down from the previous month’s 7.6 percent.
China’s economic growth rebounded in the three months ending in September to 7.8 percent after plunging to a two-decade low the previous quarter. But forecasters have warned that was likely to be temporary and growth would fall back late this year or early in 2014.
The rebound was driven by a government mini-stimulus based on higher spending on building railways and other public works.
Chinese leaders are trying to guide the economy to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of exports and investment. An unexpectedly sharp decline raised the risk of politically volatile job losses and prompted them to reverse course temporarily to prop up growth.
The relative strength in November exports should help to reassure communist leaders who faced the prospect of job losses in trade-dependent industries due to weak global demand.
Slower Chinese growth and weaker demand would have global repercussions for suppliers of raw materials, technology and consumer goods.
The import slowdown caused China’s global trade surplus to widen by 73 percent to $33.8 billion over a year earlier, one of its widest trade gaps this year.
China’s trade surplus with the 27-nation European Union was $10.2 billion, while that with the United States was $22.4 billion.
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Exchanging Places was back on the road again yesterday in London working with lorry drivers and cyclists helping to tackle the problem of cycle accidents in the capital by raising safety awareness for all road users. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its support of the Metropolitan Police (Met)…
Exchanging Places was back on the road again yesterday in London working with lorry drivers and cyclists helping to tackle the problem of cycle accidents in the capital by raising safety awareness for all road users.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its support of the Metropolitan Police (Met) initiative, which helps provide HGV drivers and cyclists with an understanding of each others perspective. Through this they aim to ensure both road users recognise the risks and position themselves appropriately when on the roads.
The FTA s Head of Urban Logistics Policy Christopher Snelling commented: Raising awareness and, through that, promoting better and more defensive behaviour all round will be the best way to improve safety on our roads for all. More is needed, for drivers as well as cyclists; The Exchanging Places programme is a good example of what can be done when we work together to share the road safely.
The most recent Exchanging Places event was held yesterday outside Charing Cross Station, at which leading global insurer RSA partnered the Met and the programme, to produce a short video, supported by Transport for London. Published to YouTube the film is available to be viewed at: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7mJR64tvs); the video follows a cyclist and an HGV driver who experience what it is like to be on the road from the other s perspective.
Peter Collins, RSA head of Corporate Responsibility said: As a major insurer, we want to play a role in making roads safer for all users. With the production of this film, we hope it will provide cyclists and drivers with a new perspective, avoid accidents and ultimately save lives.
The Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force was responsible for setting-up Exchanging Places events in order to raise awareness of cycle safety. People are invited to sit in the driver s seat of the lorry cab in order to help them better understand of what an HGV driver can and can t see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle..
Snelling added: Freight operators realise how important raising safety awareness is for all road users and these type of events play a big part in this. They are made possible by logistics companies providing vehicles and drivers free of charge at substantial cost to themselves. This commitment illustrates how the logistics industry is working towards trying to improve safety on our roads. FTA commends all companies who have provided such support and ask all our members to support these events where ever possible.
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Letter: Trucking company helps veterans succeed
First Published Dec 07 2013 01:01 am Last Updated Dec 07 2013 01:01 am
I was a fighter pilot during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Tom s coverage of C.R. England s support for our veterans makes me proud of our U.S.A.
Salt Lake City
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National Truck Funding, LLC has named the winners of the 2013 American Safe Truck Driver Award. The American Safe Truck Driver Award is presented to three qualified truckers who met the eligibility requirements during the 12 month period ending Nov. 2, 2013.
The First Place Prize of $1,000 was awarded to Raymond Olexa of Gonzales, La. Olexa is an owner/operator leased to Trimac Transportation Central Inc. and has been a customer of National Truck Funding since October 2012.
The Second Place Prize of $250 went to Jared Lobdell of Amarillo, Texas. Lobdell has his own authority and operates as J&J Kids Livestock Hauling and Dispatch and has been a customer of National Truck Funding since April 2010.
The Third Place Prize of $100 was awarded to Henry Busse of Petersburg, Ohio. Busse is an owner/operator leased to Page Transportation, and has been a customer of National Truck Funding since September 2012.
The winners can claim their prize at the National Truck Funding headquarters located in Gulfport, Miss. National Truck Funding will provide the winning customers a tour of the facility, hotel accommodation expenses, dinner and an oil change. Also, their picture will be featured on the National Truck Funding website.
The 2014 qualification period began on Nov. 3, 2013 and ends Nov. 2, 2014.
By Jim Dickeson | 6 December 2013
Another great question from a loyal reader:
We ve recently been approached by a potential US customer who is a sales distributor and would like to purchase our ITAR controlled product that they will then forward to a South American country. This US sales distributor is applying for the export license and they asked us for our shipping address so that they can give it to their freight forwarder. When I clarified with them, they said they will have their freight forwarder pick up the items and ship directly to the South American country. We ve never actually done anything like this before and can t help but be cautious about what are liability is in this transaction because although they are the exporter, the items will never touch their hands. I would think that the US customer is taking a bigger risk by putting all their faith in their freight forwarder as well as us.
Any words of wisdom would be appreciated! Thank you!
So our reader is selling to a customer in the US, the distributor. That distributor is going to be the exporter, apply for the license and have their freight forwarder move it from our reader s location directly for export.
Our reader doesn t have to deliver to the distributor s location. The goods don t actually have to touch their hands. That would be impractical, more expensive, and time consuming. The distributor is to be shown as the United States Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) on the Electronic Export Information (EEI). But the freight forwarder still has to know where to pick up the cargo.
But, more importantly, US Census regulations require that the EEI shows the state where the cargo begins its journey, and this may be different from the distributor s location. This is, at least in part, because the export value that must be declared on the EEI must include the US inland freight and loading on board the exporting carrier. Essentially, regardless of a seller s terms of sale, Census wants the equivalent of FOB.
Another way to look at it is what s important to Census and the ITAR is not so much how the cargo moves or if it stops or not at the exporter s location. What s important is the financial transaction who sells to who, and who that who sells to.
Still, I can understand our reader s concern. So I would suggest that, either in the sales contract, or in a separate certificate, the distributor certify that they will be the USPPI and exporter, and take full responsibility for complying with all export compliance and licensing obligations.
And it very well may be that the distributor is taking a risk by putting their faith in their freight forwarder. But don t we all anyway? And don t we strive to use a freight forwarder that knows what they are doing? And if the distributor doesn t use a good forwarder, it s the distributor s problem, especially if our reader has that above certification from them.
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