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FMCSA to Conduct Split-Sleeper Flexibility Study

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will study hours-of-service flexibility and drivers’ ability to split sleeper berth time to determine whether splitting sleeper berth times affects highway safety.

FMCSA Chief of Research Martin Walker said the agency plans to award a contract for the study and start data collection by January 2016.

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ATA Safety Council Honors Arkansas SMC

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The American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council honored a number of fleets, safety professionals and a state association with awards at the group’s annual Safety and Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

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Judy R. McReynolds Named ATRI Chairman

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Judy R. McReynolds, President and CEO of ArcBest Corporation, has been named Chairman of the Board of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  Judy succeeds Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO of Maverick Transportation, who recently completed his term as ATRI Chairman.  Judy McReynolds was first appointed to the ATRI Board of Directors in June 2010 and will now chair the Board comprised of 15 trucking industry presidents and CEOs.

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Study Reveals Trucking Trends in Social Media

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TrueVoice, in alliance with GE Capital, Transportation Finance, recently performed a year-long study that looked over fleet services trends. According to the report, there were 250 million online areas that were searched and the researchers found the most topical and debated conversations in the industry.

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Few Drivers Harassed While Using Electronic Logging Devices, Survey Finds

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Responses to a recent survey, conducted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), found that few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs.

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Final ELD Rule Not Expected Until Late 2015

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does not expect to publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for carriers until Sept. 30, 2015, the agency said in its November significant rulemakings report.

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Heroic Act by by Frank Thompson Transport Driver

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Bill Davis of Haynesville, La., a professional crude oil driver from Frank Thompson Transport, of El Dorado, Ark., saved a driver in an overturned vehicle from drowning in a collision on Highway 19 in Magnolia, Ark.

Davis was traveling south on Highway 19 as a vehicle, approaching the bridge in the north bound lane, veered into the south bound lane.

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ATA Hiring Our Heroes

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American Trucking Associations announced it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

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ATRI Research Documents Alarming Trends

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The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, released a white paper highlighting a challenging future for the trucking industry based on demographic data and a dramatic shift in the age of the industry’s driver workforce. The analysis offers evidence that the driver shortage is likely to worsen in the future.

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Marrlin Transit Receives the Champion Award

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The Arkansas Trucking Association-Political Action Committee (ATA-PAC) honored Marr Lynn Bearden, president of Marrlin Transit, as the most active and engaged supported of governmental affairs and political activism on behalf of the association and the industry over the past year.

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J.B. Hunt White Paper Predicts Shipping Rate Increase For 2015

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In a white paper, released in October, J.B. Hunt concluded that shipping rates are expected to continue to increase in 2015. The report cited six key stresses on the industry: driver shortage and retention, tightening regulations/Hours of Service, capacity, railroad investment, rising equipment costs and falling productivity.

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Fight Over Hours-of-Service Rules Stalled, But Not Over

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Efforts to amend last year’s hours-of-service (HOS) rules have faced opposition, but Philip L. Byrd, Sr., chairman of the American Trucking Associations, says the ATA is “bound and determined to bring about positive change” in federal trucking regulations.

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