MOMENTS NOTICE TRUCK DRIVER LEASING AT THE 2013 MID-AMERICA TRUCK SHOW (MATS)

Moments Notice is finally back in Florida after attending the 2013 Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky last week. This event was a first for MNTDL, and it was a great success.

Attendance was high, and there was plenty of people interested in learning more about Truck Driver Leasing. Our booth graphics summarized our mission, “LEAVE THE DRIVING TO US”. 

The primary goal and objective for MNTDL at this event was brand awareness and educate interested attendees about the many benefits and values that outsourcing their CDL drivers with MNTDL can offer.

MNTDL gave away an iPad Mini each day to a lucky winner every day, and was able to conduct a quick industry survey while registering attendees for a chance to win an iPad.

MNTDL is already making advanced plans to attend this event next year, so make your plans early and we hope to see you there next year.

 

TCA fleet panel says driver shortage will intensify with HOS changes

On Tuesday, March 5, an executive panel representing three large carriers gave their take on the economy, changes in regulations and the impact to their businesses at the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The panel, moderated by Lana Batts, co-president of Driver iQ, said freight volumes receded in the latter half of 2012 and have since picked up. The driver shortage has intensified, however, and likely will grow worse this summer when changes to the hours of service (HOS) rules take effect. READ MORE Contributed by CCJ Commercial Carrier Journal

Fuel Economy Dominates MATS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fuel efficiency was the most-heard mantra here last week, as the nation’s truck supply community hosted throngs of their customers and prospects at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show. In a show that featured no blockbuster introductions, three truck makers introduced new models, and the others mostly touted improved versions of their existing ones. But the theme of the show was undoubtedly improving fuel efficiency, as purveyors of goods and services looked to tap into widespread interest in maximizing dollars spent to power the trucks that move the nation’s freight. OEMs also said they anticipate this year’s truck sales will be flat relative to 2012, with the second half of this year largely compensating for first-half contractions. While an increase such as 7 to 7.35 mpg may seem trivial to a layman, a 5% improvement in one year is a triumph for a truck maker, said David Hames, a Daimler Trucks North America general manager. READ MORE Contributed by Transport Topics | By Jonathan S. Reiskin

Hidden Danger: 2/3rds of Crashes Happen in Parking Lots

About 2/3 of all collisions in a medium-duty truck fleet happen in a parking lot. Worse, it’s not as though these parking lot crashes happen from passenger cars blasting blindly backwards out of parking spots. Instead, it’s truck drivers hitting stationary objects. Light poles. Dumpsters. Overhead lines and power transformers. Let that sink in. So bottom line: 2/3rds of all your crashes come from drivers hitting things that are not even moving. The upside? It’s easy to train out these kinds of mistakes. This whitepaper covers the most common types of parking lot crashes: hitting a fixed or stationary object, and hitting something while backing. It provides tips to educate drivers. And of course, it covers the root cause of these types of crashes: rushing and distraction. LEARN MORE

FMCSA Holding to July 1 HOS Date, Ferro Says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Despite receiving requests from a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers in transportation oversight roles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not delay the July 1 effective date of the latest changes to its hours-of-service rule, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said here Friday.

Ferro reiterated the benefits she said FMCSA projected for the rule, telling reporters that delaying it would postpone those benefits.

“The hours-of-service rule has tangible safety benefits in reducing … cumulative fatigue,”  she said. “And it’s a very important rule to move forward on.”

The lawmakers, who lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and transportation appropriations committees in both chambers of Congress, asked that the rule be delayed until three months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decides its fate.

federal appeals court heard arguments last Friday on the HOS regulation and has yet to rule, but Ferro warned that could be a long wait.

“Who here can really predict the timing of the court decision? That could be a full year plus lost on some important safety benefits,” Ferro said. “So July is the effective date.”

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Contributed by Transport Topics | By Timothy Cama (Staff Reporter)

 

 

Truck Driver Jailed For Crash That Killed 2 Missouri Residents

On Wednesday morning, a truck driven by Lei Sun, 31, a Chinese citizen who lives in Alhambra, California, crashed into two vehicles on U.S. 60 in Republic, Missouri, killing the occupants.

Four vehicles were involved in the wreck: two trucks, a 2011 Chevrolet pickup and a 2011 Nissan Altima.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Corey Gresham, 41, of Macon, and Lawrence Coan Jr., 65, of Kimberling City, Missouri, were stopped at a stop light, behind a truck driven by Edward Holland.  According to KSPR, Sun’s truck approached the stop light but did not slow; the truck slammed into the pickup and car, pushing the vehicles under the Holland’s truck.

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Contributed by CDL LIFE

Jury Awards $58.5 Million in Fatal Truck Crash Lawsuit

A jury in a Santa Fe, N.M. district court has awarded what’s believed to be one of the largest judgments in New Mexico state history in a lawsuit stemming from a March 2010 crash involving a tractor-trailer that left one four-wheeler dead.

The incident occurred on U.S. 62/180 near Carlsbad, N.M., after a truck driver suddenly turned in front of Kevin Udy’s pickup truck, causing him to strike the tractor’s trailer. Udy died en route to the hospital.

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contributed by Trucking Info | By Evan Lockridge

POST MATS 2013 | INFORMATION AND DATA

MATS 2013 was a great success and Moments Notice Truck Driver Leasing found it to be of great value. Here are some post event numbers and data to crunch. 1072 – Exhibiting Companies (43 States/9 Countries) 78,337 – Attendees (50 States/79 Countries) 238 – Media Correspondents 1,200,000 – Total square feet of exhibition space utilized both inside and outside MNTDL performed a survey at the show and here is the responses: 69.78% – Answered YES they were a CDL driver 72.77% – Answered NO that they were not currently seeking work as a CDL driver 40% – That were looking for a CDL driving position, were looking for Over The Road 36.36% – That were looking for a CDL driving position were looking for Local positions 29.9% – That answered they were not a CDL driver, selected Executive Management as thier current position with a Trucking Company, or Vendor to the Trucking Industry 27.84% – Responded that they were in the Operations segment of a Trucking company or a vendor to the industry 64.95% – Responses that the company they are currently working for does not need CDL drivers at this time. 50.47% – Selected FUEL as the number one issue of concern facing the Trucking and Transportation Industry 24.3% – Selected REGULATIONS as the main concern or issue facing the industry