So, what are these CSA Scores all about?

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A carrier’s safety scores are publicly available, a company can be scrutinized by entities other than law enforcement. Having poor scores reflects in the cost of insurance a company will be offered. It can also result in loss of business as brokers and freight-forwarders can look at safety performance and choose not to use a company based on their scores.  They are also a guide to where a carrier needs to make improvements in their safety and compliance.  Read more here.

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FMCSA Creates CSA App

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a new smartphone app that will give the public access to carrier safety data on their mobile devices. The QCMobile app is targeted to the law enforcement community, as well as insurers, brokers, freight-forwarders and other shipping interests.  Read more here: http://bit.ly/1Hu7bYF

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TCA Offers Online Driver Training

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Truck drivers have a new training resource they can access right from the cab. The Truckload Carriers Association has introduced Driver Connect, a subscription-based, online learning platform designed to fit into a truck driver’s lifestyle. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1Nrm8Mx

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The Changing Face of Incentive Based Compensation

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Performance-based pay metrics for drivers are increasingly a part of carriers’ pay packages. Carriers are getting more sophisticated about how they structure such plans to enable continuous improvement potential for a driver’s income, more and more often putting that potential in the driver’s own hands.  Read more here:  http://bit.ly/1vexcBo

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Trucking Freight Volumes Look Good Going Into 2015

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Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy,  According to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, “Freight volumes look good going into 2015.”  In an interview with Landline Magazine a representative of Stifel Nicolaus transportation and logistics research group said that the trucking industry is poised for another round of rate increases in 2015.
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$18 Million in US Freight Stolen Last Fall

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Cargo thieves were busy in the fall, stealing more than $18 million in tractor trailer loads of US freight between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014.  Van freight and reefer freight appear to have topped the list.  Electronics stolen were worth an average of $417,250 per load.  Read more here:  http://bit.ly/1IPTrUr

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Self-Driving Trucks

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Proponents of so-called “self-driving trucks” contend that their enabling technologies will work in concert to cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and ensure highway safety much more effectively than today’s commercial vehicles.  It’s predicted that eventually, perhaps around 2025 or later, that fully autonomous— that is truly driverless— trucks will be rolled out.  Read more here:  http://bit.ly/1yQUlOo