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November 2015

FMCSA shuts down Ohio-based fleet for bevy of maintenance, hours violations

Three-truck Ohio-based fleet Garfield Trucking has been issued an effective shutdown order following a roadside inspection that yielded dozens of violations and subsequent noncooperation from the carrier during an FMCSA inspection. The Jefferson, Ohio-based fleet in one roadside inspection in early October had 43 federal safety violations, FMCSA says, including 13 out-of-service violations, including inoperable
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Highway bill presents tough challenges for FMCSA

Bill Quade is in charge of implementing new programs and regulations for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. From his vantage point, the highway bill now moving through Congress will test the agency’s limited resources. Quade, the associate administrator for enforcement and program delivery at FMCSA, gave a presentation and answered questions from attendees at the CCJ Fall Symposium
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Indicators: Still waiting on freight’s ‘second season,’ conditions for shippers deteriorates

Freight’s “second season” late: The freight volume that typically comes before the holiday retail rush hasn’t quite materialized yet, says DAT Solutions, who call’s fall’s freight pickup the annual “second season” for freight. Van rates, meanwhile, held steady in their most recent week, hanging at $1.72 a mile nationally. Here’s DAT’s map of where van load
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EpicVue study: top retention factors are independence, respect

EpicVue, providers of an in-cab satellite TV packaged exclusively for the trucking industry, announced results of a survey indicating the top reasons drivers chose to stay with fleets. Among the top retention factors are independence and respect. “What is most interesting is how closely correlated turnover rates are to the culture of an organization,” noted Lance
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