Given how nervous the ATA seems to be about the “driver shortage,” they may have reason to reconsider their staunchly pro-EOBR stance. A recent poll of Overdrive Online readers who were asked what their response would be to the implementation of the proposed EOBR/ELD mandate revealed that 71% of all independent truckers claimed that they would hang up their hats and quit OTR trucking for good. [click to continue…]

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Swift Transportation has agreed to pay a $4.4 Million settlement to former job applicants involved in a class-action case against it concerning background checks made during the application process. The claim was that Swift had violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to tell applicants that they would be running background checks and for not telling applicants that they could review and contest the findings if they wished. [click to continue…]

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For a professional driver, there are few circumstances in which failing to look after your freight is acceptable, but getting shot in the face is definitely one of them. Despite having met that exact criteria, 66-year-old driver Nick DiGregorio placed a call to his dispatcher to let him know that he’d be leaving his truck behind… just until he could get a bullet removed from his face. [click to continue…]

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As part of the MAP-21 requirements concerning Jason’s Law, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a request for drivers to weigh in on the issue safe and reliable truck parking. The survey is a joint venture along with OOIDA and is supposed to find out from drivers when and where they have issues parking. [click to continue…]

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Scam Alert! A “recruiter” going by the name of Larry Davis is calling drivers and offering them a trainer… if they’ll wire him $200. It’s one of the oldest scams in the industry, but apparently people are still falling for it. [click to continue…]

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The C.R. England driver training school in Fontana, CA trains new drivers at their facility, but houses them elsewhere. Every day, the trainees are picked up by a passenger van to drive them to the training facility, but on Thursday morning, the passenger van crashed off the freeway into a tree and rolled into a drainage ditch, killing one person and injuring several others. [click to continue…]

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