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Stay Safe – Monitor Carbon Monoxide in Your Cab

Watch Out For Carbon Monoxide in The Cab

Watch Out For Carbon Monoxide in The Cab

For the latest in trucker tips, you can always count on Trucker to Trucker, but this one is extra special because it could possibly save your life.

Carbon Monoxide

I’m sure you are already familiar with this gas. It is called the silent killer because you can’t smell it, you can’t see it, yet it is a by-product of internal combustion engines, gas powered space heaters, liquid kerosene heaters and even charcoal grills. In most cases, all of these devices vent the deadly fumes outside where they become harmless, but sometimes that doesn’t always happen, and if carbon monoxide infiltrates your cab, you could be in serious trouble.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every year thousands of American workers are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Also every year, dozens of truckers or their riders, become sick from inhaling carbon monoxide. Whether it is from as faulty exhaust, a propane heater that is not properly vented in the cab, or even being parked next to someone at a truck stop while their engine is running, carbon monoxide poisoning happens to truckers. But there is a simple fix.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

A carbon monoxide detector looks exactly like a smoke detector. You can get them at virtually any hardware store or online, and they’ll set you back about 20 bucks for the battery operated types. This is exactly what you want to get.

Mount this detector in your cab, and if carbon monoxide levels become dangerous, the alarm will shriek, you’ll be alerted, and you can get out of the cab and take steps to remedy the situation.

Hey, this is one of the best truckers tips we can imagine, and as always here at Trucker to Trucker, safety first!

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Getting a Commercial Truck Driving License in Pennsylvania Got a Little Harder

A New Barrier to Becoming a Trucker

A New Barrier to Becoming a Trucker

We are always trying to bring you the latest in semi truck driver news, and here’s is something that may be a bit interesting, especially if you are from the Pennsylvania area.

Back in 2011, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandated that commercial truck drivers pass a more comprehensive set of road test requirements, including a more accurate proof of identity, proof of residency and a road test that requires more physical space for driving. They gave states 3 years to implement changes in their testing procedures, and added an extra year for those that were having difficulties complying.

Pennsylvania Truck Testing Blues

No, that’s not a new hit country song by Willie Nelson, that’s the actual state of affairs for testing drivers in Pennsylvania. It seems that, although there are plenty of drivers submitting the correct information and waiting to take their road tests, only 12 of the 40 commercial license road test sites in the state, have built a larger physical road testing facility for testing big rigs.

Wait Times = 6 Weeks, or Longer

With the trucking industry boom, and the need for more drivers, there is currently a 6 week wait, if not longer, at some testing facilities. Under normal conditions this my not have been an issue, but drivers are in desperate need to supplement those drivers that are soon to be retiring, and the ongoing call for drivers to move freight.

Although nothing can be done about this until more facilities are ready, if you are planning to apply for a trucking job in Pennsylvania, get it done sooner rather than later, and you’ll save a lot of the headaches waiting in line.

For the best in semi truck driver news, federal mandates, information, trucking legislation or even selling your rig, hook up with Trucker to Trucker on the Web. We’ll steer you right, every time.


Are You an Employee or Independent Contractor – Case Study

Lawsuits Against Trucking Businesses

Lawsuits Against Trucking Businesses

Hey truckers, the latest in truck driver news asks if you are an employee of a trucking company or if you are an independent contractor. Although you may think you know the difference, or may be labeled as one or the other, it pays to find out where you really stand.

This is one of the “grey” areas in the trucking business, whether you are driving for yourself or whether you are driving for a company. So, check out this little blurb about a situation that occurred with XPO Logistics.

Class Action Lawsuit

There was a class action lawsuit that was was filed Monday, January 11th, in Los Angeles Superior Court that may be of great interest. Three trucking subsidiaries of XPO Logistics trucking firm allegedly misclassified their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Nasdaq.

This lawsuit argues that drivers for XPO subsidiaries, Pacer Cartage, Inc., Harbor Rail Transport and PDS Transportation, Inc., paid drivers below minimum wage, weren’t provided with meals, rest breaks nor reimbursed business expenses, among other allegations.

“We believe this case is without merit and plan to litigate it vigorously. We are in constant dialog with our independent-contractor carriers and believe the vast majority of them value the significant benefits that operating independently can bring,” said Troy Cooper, XPO’s COO.

Don’t be Fooled

You really should know if you are driving for a company or as an independent. This may especially pertain to newer drivers in the industry, who may be told one thing, yet are really something else.

If you have questions, ask. If the answers are not forthcoming, or you still have doubts, contact your local Union official.

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Could A Trucker’s Pension Cut be on the Radar for Congress?

Handing Over Your Pensions

Handing Over Your Pensions

Pensions are one of the hallmarks of a Democratic society, essentially thanking employees for their hard work in every asset of the economy, even after they have retired. Just remember that pensions are not handouts. Employees pay into the pension fund, which is then invested, so that upon retiring, the employee will continue to get paid from the interest that has been accrued.

Pensions are Sacred

Pensions are sacred, or should be because that money belongs to the people who invested into the pension fund in the first place. If managed correctly, there would be plenty of money for every person who retires, but if managed badly, as in the case of the Central States Pension Fund, pension payments will be cut in half, and possibly more. There is no longer enough money in the fund to continue paying everyone their well deserved pensions.

Pork

The decision to cut pensions was actually voted on, and passed by a 219 to 206 vote in the house. What you don’t know is that the bill to cut pensions was added into a must-pass bill to keep the federal government up and running. So, when someone voted to keep the government running, they automatically voted to cut pensions. Putting the pension cutting bill in with a must-pass bill is called “adding pork.”

All is not Lost

Cooler heads are beginning to prevail, and there are 3 separate bills designed to keep the pensions paying. Pension cuts won’t go into effect until July 1st, 2016, so there is still time to get the ruling reversed. For all of you retired truckers covered by the Central States Pension Fund, write your representative about how important this is, and hold your breath.

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Fuel Prices, How Low Can They Go to Boost Freight?

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices

We have all seen lower fuel prices at the pump, but not only does this affect the consumer, it also affects the trucker and the trucking industry as a whole, too. And with fuel prices that are continuing to fall, will freight deliveries rise?

Fuel Surcharges

Most trucking companies and independents tack on a fuel surcharge for shipping. The higher the fuel prices, the higher the surcharge. Conversely, the lower the fuel charge, the lower the surcharge. Generally, when fuel prices go lower, shipping increases because it costs less, overall, to get from one place to another.

Shipping Volume

As we all know, there has been a major trucking boom in the last few years. Plus, if you have been tuned into Trucker to Trucker, you’ve also been reading that the boom may be coming to an end. However, with fuel prices going steadily lower from month to month, there should be an uptick in freight shipments. And yes, although there is some amount of shipping volume that has been increasing, it hasn’t kept on par with the downward surging fuel costs.

January Blues

One thing to consider is this. After the Christmas season, and all of the massive shipping done during the holidays, there has always been a slight let down in freight delivery during January. Consumers have been satiated from buying during the holiday season, and stores just don’t see the traffic after the holidays because of that. The January Blues affect virtually every aspect of the industry, from car sales, to factory manufacturing and consumer goods on every level.

As in every case since, lower fuel prices boost freight, and it’s way to early to tell if that won’t be the case this time.

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