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Today’s job of the day comes from Foodliner

Foodliner, Inc. is one of the largest bulk food carriers in the country and a Transport Topic Top 100 carrier. We are looking for Professional Class A CDL truck drivers to join our team. In this fast-paced, high-tech world, Foodliner takes the time to make our drivers feel like the valued team members they are. We treat each truck driver like a person, not a number.

Be part of a growing transportation organization that goes the distance for customers and is committed to the careers of its employees. While you “Go The Distance” for our customers, we “Go The Distance” for you! We offer a variety of opportunities to support your growth and changing lifestyle needs throughout your career

Job Opportunities:

Regional Liquid/Dry Bulk Truck Driver

Local Liquid/Dry Bulk Driver

  • $1,200 a Week Guarantee Pay!
  • Location: Albany, NY
  • Paid Time Off: 80 hours in the first year
  • $85,000 – $95,000 / year
  • $3,000 Sign-on Bonus, $6,000 if you have bulk (Liquid or Dry) experience!
  • Paying Practical Miles
  • Home daily
  • Driver Referral Program Bonus: $5,000

Experience & Qualifications

  • Class A CDL
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Tanker endorsement preferred
  • 12 months recent Tractor-Trailer driving experience (with a truck driving school certificate preferred)
  • Must pass all DOT requirements, physical exam and drug test
  • Good MVR and safe driving record

Interested in applying?

Learn more about the job requirements, benefits, pay, and more.

Learn More & Apply

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Kimchris Xpress Transport

Today’s Job of the Day is from KimChris Xpress Transport

KimChris Xpress Transport is now hiring CDL A Regional Dedicated Dry Van Drivers to join their Cleveland-based team in Euclid, Warrensville, and Bedford, OH. This position will haul dedicated freight for Amazon up to 500 miles per day and home every other night. KimChris Xpress Transport is a family-owned and operated company headquartered in Ontario, Ohio. They are a local leader in dedicated supply chain solutions. From its reliable fleet to its experienced team, KimChris Xpress Transport is committed to exceeding customer expectations.

Why Choose KimChris Xpress?

  • Competitive pay and bonus structure
  • Dedicated, predictable range & schedule
  • Locally owned & operated by former truck driver

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Drivers earn a flat weekly rate for completing 3 round trip loads, specifically $1,100 for the first 90 days; $1,200 after 90 days and $1,300 after 18 months. While volumes have been consistent, in the unlikely event that load availability drops below 3 or the driver requests less than 3 loads, drivers will be paid per mile, specifically $.45 CPM for the first 90 days; $.50 after 90 days.
  • 3 consistent loads per week
  • $500 Employee Referral Bonus ($250 paid out at date of hire, $250 paid out once they hit 90 days)
  • $50 Clean Inspection Bonus
  • Great company benefits including after 90 days:
    • Medical, Prescription Drug paid 100% by employee
    • Vision, Dental, & Life Insurance paid 100% by employer
  • Paid Vacation
  • Free Gas Cards
  • 401(k) with employer matching after 2 years

Routes & Schedule:

  • 3 weekly round trips originating from their Bedford, OH yard
  • Home every other night
  • One of your breaks can be a 34-hour reset at home
  • No slip seating
  • Drivers average 2500-3000 miles/week
  • 95% drop and hook

Equipment:

  • 2013-2017 Freightliner Cascadias, Peterbilts, & Prostars
  • Outward-facing cameras
  • 68 mph governed speed
  • Toll pass provided

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year CDL Class A tractor-trailer driving experience
  • Must have a safe driving record with no major violations on MVR
  • Must be able to pass a required pre-employment drug screen
  • Must be able to pass DOT physical
  • Driver should live within 50 miles of Bedford

Join the KimChris Xpress Transport Team

KimChris Xpress Transport is now hiring CDL A Regional Dedicated Dry Van Drivers to join their Cleveland-based team in Euclid, Warrensville, and Bedford, OH.

Learn More and Apply

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A photograph of a Norfolk Southern train passing by some autumn trees.

FreightWaves recently chatted with Josh Raglin, chief sustainability officer for Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC), about why and how companies like the Class I railroad have adopted sustainability initiatives in recent years. The interview was edited for clarity.

FreightWaves: Just what is sustainability?

Raglin: Think of it at a basic level. Sustainability is closely aligned with stewardship. It’s about the wise use of resources, and those resources come in many forms: money, material, fuel, time. John Elkington first developed the concept of the triple bottom line in the 1990s. … It was about creating win-win [situations]. The essence of that is doing things that are good for people — that’s the social effect. And good for the planet — that’s the environmental effect. And good for profits, which is the economic effect. And so, we can measure sustainability projects and initiatives through these environmental, economic and social benefits.

FreightWaves: How has the possibility of stricter environmental regulations affected Norfolk Southern’s view on sustainability?

Raglin: It’s not environmental regulations that have pushed us toward sustainability. Sustainability is about being proactive, not necessarily responding, in situations and in partnerships with our environmental groups. … Norfolk Southern is trying to get ahead of regulation. Sustainability is about doing things that are good for the economy.

Norfolk Southern Chief Sustainability Officer Josh Raglin. (Photo: Norfolk Southern)

FreightWaves: Norfolk Southern is involved in a number of sustainability initiatives. Why?

Raglin: As we consider our shareholders, investors are looking for transparency. They also want companies with lower risk. 

Employees want to work for companies where they feel like they’re making a difference. They want to be part of a broader mission. They want to have loyalty and pride for their company. 

For our customers, of course they’re looking for opportunities for us to improve service through these increased efficiencies, and at the same time they’re taking a closer look at their emissions. They want to lower their emissions in shipping, and we can offer them that opportunity.

For the communities that we operate in, sustainability is an expectation now and we work hard to maintain that relationship. 

FreightWaves: Can you explain the rationale behind Norfolk Southern’s involvement with Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) [a pledge that companies have signed to ensure that plastic pellets/nurdles don’t get dispersed accidentally]? 

Raglin: It was an opportunity that a few customers brought to us and wanted us to consider. We’re transporting products often in the customers’ railcars. We’re just the immediate transporter of those products … [but] we really took a look at what are the opportunities at Norfolk Southern, at the same time asking what is happening in the environment in terms of nurdle pollution.

For our employees, it’s about raising awareness. … It’s obvious if it’s a tanker car leaking fluid. But if you see an aggregate that’s dropped a little bit of rock on the ground, you might not think about it. 

What about plastic pellets? For us, it’s about creating videos to educate our employees, especially those involved in transportation, on the potential harm of these pellets. But it’s also about reinforcing operating rules. Our role as a shipper is to continue to inspect these cars prior to moving them to ensure that they’re properly closed. And if they’re not, then we notify the customer and there’s an opportunity for them to correct the defect right then. 

We’ve got 16 bulk transfer facilities for plastic pellets on Norfolk Southern’s network, and we’ve verified that all of them have taken the OCS pledge as well. And so for them it’s about implementing best management practices, which OCS put out there. What we’ll do is work with our distribution services team to conduct periodic inspections of these bulk transfer facilities. 

FreightWaves: What is the Living Shoreline Initiative?

Raglin: The living shoreline is on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, near the Lamberts Point Coal Terminal. Most of Lamberts Point is dedicated to rail lines and to loading facilities for ships, but there is an area there by the shoreline that’s about nine acres, and there was 1,500 feet of shoreline that had been severely eroded. Most of the erosion has been since 2003. 

Norfolk Southern constructed a living shoreline on the banks of the Elizabeth River. (Photo: Norfolk Southern)

The goal for this project was, the erosion was getting close to one of the access roads, and so we had several different options here. One of the conservation groups that we work with in the Norfolk area is the Elizabeth River Project, and they’ve been a promoter of living shorelines versus a traditional bulkhead or an armored shoreline. Not only are those items very expensive to implement, they really don’t provide habitat for the aquatic ecosystem. 

So when we looked at it, we looked at what’s another opportunity there. So that’s when we looked at doing a living shoreline. It accomplishes the goal of stabilizing the shoreline, but it also provides a habitat for various species. We’re already seeing shore birds showing up at that location, and the project was only completed at the end of July. If you look at the sustainability lens and what is the value, the value is that it saved us $3 million. And at the same time we were able to protect our property, which provides more value, and we were able to create habitat along the Elizabeth River. 

FreightWaves: Is the living shoreline about putting vegetation back into the area?

Raglin: There was wave action that kept eroding the shoreline, so we put some rocks … to break up the wave action, and then we backed that up with sand. And then we planted eight kinds of marsh grasses to fill in that area. It’s going to create an area of coastline resiliency and allow that coastline to naturally protect itself. … The waves are a combination of natural waves and that coming from the vessels.

FreightWaves: What are some of Norfolk Southern’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions?

Raglin: Our largest environmental impact is from diesel in locomotives. Just last year we used around 450 million gallons of diesel. That’s our second-largest expense behind payroll. So any improvement we make not only helps the bottom line but also helps the atmosphere.

We’ve been tracking our locomotive fuel efficiency since 1987. By 2015, we had made a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency. We challenged ourselves in 2015 to set a five-year goal to make an additional improvement of another 8.6%. And through the various initiatives we’ve undertaken, I feel we’ll meet that goal this year. We measured that in terms of how many gallons of diesel does it take to move a thousand gross ton miles? And our goal for this year is 1.17 gallons for every thousand ton miles. 

There’s a number of efforts in our operations team — very concerted efforts to reduce fuel consumption — and we’ve made really, really great strides this year in meeting this goal, especially in 2020. All the challenges we’ve had would be a tremendous accomplishment because of the headwinds we faced with lower volumes, which negatively affects your gross ton miles. But we’ve reduced our diesel usage more than the gross ton miles reduced. And that’s been through initiatives. 

A lot of it is the energy-management systems on the trains, lower emissions and coaching the engineers on utilizing the throttle gauge. We’ve also got distributed power on our trains as well. And we’ve reduced our locomotive fleet size. We’ve definitely gotten rid of the older locomotives that were not quite as fuel efficient. And with our conversion of locomotives from DC [direct current] to AC [alternating current], locomotives have more horsepower.

The living shoreline near Lamberts Point. (Photo: Norfolk Southern)

One of the essences of PSR [precision scheduled railroading] is running longer trains. Running longer trains is much more fuel efficient. Our total Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions were just under 5 million metric tonnes (MMT), with over 90% of that being locomotive diesel. It’s actually our lowest total since we started calculating emissions in 2009. Emissions intensity target has improved by 13%.

When you talk about railroading, you’ve got to think it’s the most efficient surface transportation way to move freight. By choosing rail last year, our customers avoided generating 15 MMT of emissions, which is huge. That’s the equivalent of what 5 million acres of pine forests would sequester in a year, or 3.3 million vehicles. Or 1.7 million homes. It’s a substantial reduction. As companies continue to set climate goals around lowering their emissions, rail can be part of that solution. 

FreightWaves: Was there any sort of third-party guidance involved when you set your emissions target?

Raglin: The current target we set was in 2015, and that was probably done internally if I had to guess. … Third-party guidance is a trending item that’s happening now with companies, and that’s where you have a party come in and help you. … That’s where we’re having internal discussions right now. This is the last year of our five-year goal, and so we will establish a goal not only for fuel efficiency but also for emissions. And so, we are considering science-based targets.

FreightWaves: Is there anything else that you’d like to mention?

Raglin: The one thing that we’ve been doing that’s been getting a lot of press recently is our forest carbon offsets. Norfolk Southern has been a leader in that area going back to 2009. We developed two different forest carbon projects. The first was on our own property in South Carolina. It was a 10,000-acre project, and that project so far has sequestered over 350,000 metric tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. We’ve sold some of these offsets on the California compliance market and utilized the revenue to offset our expenses for maintaining that forested ecosystem. We do have a number of endangered species of woodpecker at that property and so it helps with the management of the property for not only that species but also the other species a well.

The second project is the Trees and Trains initiative. Norfolk Southern was the first corporate investor of that project back in 2011. The project spans parts of six states going up and down the Mississippi River. Historically, there were over 45 million acres of hardwoods up and down that river. But now, there’s less than 5 million. GreenTrees has started reforesting the land that was converted to agriculture back into forestry, and they’ve been working with private landowners. 

The areas of land involved in the Trains and Trees initiative along the Mississippi River (Image courtesy of Norfolk Southern)

Norfolk Southern invested in that project, and so far, our trees have generated over 250,000 carbon credits for us. The trees, as they continue to grow, are storing another 50,000-75,000 tons of CO2 a year. That creates another opportunity for Norfolk Southern. The program altogether is going to generate over 1.1 million tons of carbon credits. And we’ve got several options for those credits. We can offset our own emissions or we could potentially offer those emissions to customers. … There’s an opportunity to sell those credits to other companies as well, such as those in the air industry, the oil and gas industry.

There’s a lot more awareness now for corporate climate goals. There’s potential regulation out there I think for some companies, especially the larger emitters, in the form of a federal carbon cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax. But I think rail is uniquely positioned in that regard. We are an efficient and reliable and safe mode. We move large loads of freight, and we do it in a very efficient manner. 

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Joanna Marsh.

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Texas carrier files bankuptcy in Texas

Several trucking companies are collectively owed hundreds of thousands of dollars after a Texas-based motor carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last week.

FALC Enterprises of El Paso, Texas, filed its petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas last Friday.

In its filing, FALC lists both its assets and liabilities as between $1 and $10 million and states it has up to 99 creditors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked FALC’s operating authority in February. Its insurance policy was canceled in late January.

Several small trucking companies are listed among the carrier’s unsecured creditors, which are last for payment in Chapter 11 cases. 

Lourdes “LuLu” Castro, listed as the company president and joint owner of FALC, states that funds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors.

As of press time, Castro did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment about the bankruptcy filing.

Legal woes plague FALC Enterprises

In the filing, FALC Enterprises lists that it has filed a cause of action against the motor carrier’s co-founder, Cesar Arturo Lopez of El Paso.

According to the bankruptcy petition, the allegations against Lopez include breach of fiduciary duty, Texas Theft Liability Act violations, embezzlement, usurpation of corporate opportunities, and fraud. 

Lopez did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment on Thursday.

Another El Paso trucking company, Major Motion Logistics, which Lopez founded in 2018, is also named. According to court documents, the allegations include “fraud, usurpation of corporate opportunities and constructive trust.”

Major Motion Logistics hauls sand and gravel, topsoil, debris and fill dirt, according to its website. The small carrier has 14 power units and eight drivers, according to the FMCSA.

Lopez is linked to several other El Paso-based trucking companies, including MPG Transport Inc. and Tulone Trucking Services Inc. 

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Lopez registered a new business, Azteca Investment Company LLC, on Aug. 11 in El Paso.

FALC lists several executory contracts in its bankruptcy filing, including construction and road projects throughout Texas. 

Its bankruptcy petition lists three pending lawsuits, including two injury cases filed in El Paso and a truck accident suit in Arizona. 

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Texas carrier files bankuptcy in Texas

Several trucking companies are collectively owed hundreds of thousands of dollars after a Texas-based motor carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last week.

FALC Enterprises of El Paso, Texas, filed its petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas last Friday.

In its filing, FALC lists both its assets and liabilities as between $1 and $10 million and states it has up to 99 creditors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked FALC’s operating authority in February. Its insurance policy was canceled in late January.

Several small trucking companies are listed among the carrier’s unsecured creditors, which are last for payment in Chapter 11 cases. 

Lourdes “LuLu” Castro, listed as the company president and joint owner of FALC, states that funds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors.

As of press time, Castro did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment about the bankruptcy filing.

Legal woes plague FALC Enterprises

In the filing, FALC Enterprises lists that it has filed a cause of action against the motor carrier’s co-founder, Cesar Arturo Lopez of El Paso.

According to the bankruptcy petition, the allegations against Lopez include breach of fiduciary duty, Texas Theft Liability Act violations, embezzlement, usurpation of corporate opportunities, and fraud. 

Lopez did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment on Thursday.

Another El Paso trucking company, Major Motion Logistics, which Lopez founded in 2018, is also named. According to court documents, the allegations include “fraud, usurpation of corporate opportunities and constructive trust.”

Major Motion Logistics hauls sand and gravel, topsoil, debris and fill dirt, according to its website. The small carrier has 14 power units and eight drivers, according to the FMCSA.

Lopez is linked to several other El Paso-based trucking companies, including MPG Transport Inc. and Tulone Trucking Services Inc. 

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Lopez registered a new business, Azteca Investment Company LLC, on Aug. 11 in El Paso.

FALC lists several executory contracts in its bankruptcy filing, including construction and road projects throughout Texas. 

Its bankruptcy petition lists three pending lawsuits, including two injury cases filed in El Paso and a truck accident suit in Arizona. 

Read more articles by FreightWaves’ Clarissa Hawes

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Better safety systems could help fleets avoid nuclear verdicts (Photo: Shutterstock)

Within the trucking industry, legal battles over road accidents are nothing new. However, verdicts in trucking accidents have steadily become more costly, partly due to the legal environment that incentivizes lawsuits. This has led to the nuclear verdicts of today in which a jury awards over $10 million in compensation, crippling many fleets and forcing several to bankruptcy. 

In a report, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) observed that while the average size of verdicts was largely below $5 million between 2010 and 2017, the value shot up to over $22 million in 2018 — an increase of 967% percent compared to 2010. The volume of cases has also increased. While 2005-2011 witnessed 79 cases with verdict sizes over $1 million, 2012-2019 saw 265 cases, an increase of 335%. 

FreightWaves spoke with Adam Denman, the director of global OEM business at truck safety startup Road-Aware, to understand some of the reasons that lead to truck-related road incidents and the legal battles playing out on road collisions.  

Denman pointed out that while driver distraction and fatigue are considered common reasons for truck-related collisions, there are also other lesser-known reasons, including driving at an unsafe speed while turning corners.  

“At our fleet trials last year, we realized that neither the safety managers nor the drivers realized how close they were to tipping over in many situations. It is understandable to some extent. Passenger cars provide greater stability when you go around the corner, but you don’t get that in a truck because the tractor is heavy and solidly on the ground. Turning tight corners at an unsafe speed will tip over the trailer in a blink,” said Denman. 

For proactively defending themselves against frivolous lawsuits, fleets can invest in technology that helps them monitor not just the in-cab activities like driver behavior but also observe the driving environment. “The lack of exculpatory evidence can be disastrous for fleets, as these verdicts are very often dished out because there isn’t sufficient evidence to precisely know what happened,” said Denman. “So having cameras to monitor 360 degrees will be an excellent defense.”

The lack of pre-fitted safety systems on the trucks is a cause for concern. Denman explained that trucking OEMs in recent years have faced several lawsuits for not fitting safety systems, even though they are not mandated by law. However, such systems would increase the cost of trucks, making them financially unfeasible for many owner-operators and small trucking fleets. 

“If you create an analogy for the trucking industry with the aviation market, you can see that the latter will not be allowed to fly aircraft without the appropriate safety equipment. The same is not true of the trucking industry, even though it continues to kill about 5,000 people a year just in the U.S. alone,” said Denman. “I think regulations will eventually force OEMs to fit a lot more standard safety equipment in all their trucks.”

For instance, take the case of trailer rollover accidents in which the trucks are traveling below the posted speed limit on a bend. Based on the truck trailer’s weight and dimensions, the speed at the turn would change dramatically, which is extremely difficult for a driver to deduce without the help of safety systems. 

“Drivers are expected to take an educated guess as to what speed is safe. Such assumptions can be dangerous, and safety systems can help avoid such accidents,” said Denman. “There’s an amazingly tight correlation between the profitability of trucking companies and their lack of accidents. For a large fleet, reducing the number of accidents can have a radical effect on its bottom line. Anything done with regard to safety and monitoring can make a huge impact.”

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Estes Express was recently awarded top honor from another carrier partner. CaroTrans International presented Estes with the LTL Carrier of the Year Award. Learn how this award came to the trucking carrier and what it means for truck drivers searching for jobs.

About LTL Carrier of the Year

tractor trailer for estes express on the roadThe 2019 LTL Carrier of the Year for CaroTrans International is Estes Express. The company won the honor from CaroTrans, which is a non-vessel operating common carrier or NVOCC. CaroTrans International is a global ocean transportation company. They provide less than container load (LCL) and full container load (FCL), as well as other ocean cargo services. Together with Estes Express, CaroTrans provides US customers with exports and imports via ground transportation.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from CaroTrans International and value our relationship with the CaroTrans team. I’m incredibly proud of our entire team that supports them each day making sure their experience with Estes is exceptional,” said Rob Estes, the president and CEO at Estes.

The honor went to Estes Express, an LTL trucking company, with national locations for a number of reasons. For starters, Estes is noted for providing the partner with on-time shipping service with no or minimal delays in driver deliveries. This has allowed CaroTrans International to improve on “tender acceptance, claim settlement, invoice accuracy and overall ease of doing business.”

About Trucking Jobs at Estes Express

Estes Express provides truck driver jobs for several haul divisions. This includes less than truckload (LTL) and volume LTL, as well as truckload (TL) freight. Truck drivers who have experience in final mile services or time critical guaranteed services are also wanted. The company has been around for more than 90 years and has more than 19,000 people working for the various divisions from coast to coast. To get hired by Estes Express, check out our trucking jobs here at Trucker Classifieds.

Trucking Jobs at Trucker Classifieds

To get a trucking job here at Trucker Classifieds, just start your free search today. We set you up with the trucking jobs you need and want to keep you employed as a well paid truck driver. You are able to continue driving a truck in the commercial industry and working as a Class A or Class B CDL holder. Let us help you find those local trucking jobs today so you can maximize your potential. Find out what is happening among the local trucking companies near you with our latest truck driver news reports.

We keep you connected and grounded to the rest of the industry–even though you are a thousand or so miles away from home base. You can even search for trucking information including the newest and best paying trucking jobs from wherever you are located. As a truck driver, especially in the over the road trucking job sector, you are able to use this instant and real-time list of jobs at your disposal. Whether you are sitting in a local chain restaurant or from the bed of your sleeper, you can conveniently use our services without paying or signing up for anything. Give Trucker Classifieds a go and see what we can help you with as you proceed to the next level in your truck driving career.

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A large number of truck drivers with drug and alcohol violations on their records in drug databses have failed to complete the federal return-to-duty process, according to statistics released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Of the 28,445 drivers with at least one violation, 26,443—or 93 percent—have been deemed ineligible to return to the road, a trend that could hinder the trucking industry even more than it already is. Drivers who are in prohibited status have yet to complete the steps required by the FMCSA that allow them to get back on the road.

From the ongoing driver shortage to a surge in shipping due to the coronavirus pandemic, the industry is already in a bind to get and keep drivers behind the wheel.

A Questionable Road Ahead

While the prohibited status slapped on these drivers has dipped slightly, coming down from 95 percent since May, the number of truck drivers not returning to work due to drug or alcohol violations is a significant concern in the industry.

According to federal regulations, if a truck driver has a violation recorded in the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, they must be removed from safety-sensitive operations, such as driving a commercial motor vehicle, until they complete the return-to-duty process. This includes evaluation, follow-up drug screening for truckers, and treatment, if necessary.

Until the FMCSA’s drug and alcohol clearinghouse began collecting this data, it had already been available to the public every month. As drug screening data for truckers continues to be compiled, it will shed light on how many drivers in the industry will lose out on work due to substance abuse problems.

Data from the clearinghouse has also revealed that roughly 13 percent of truck drivers are trying to get around the urinalysis test by cheating. This has spurred the industry’s leaders and federal regulations to impose the need for hair testing because it gives a more accurate reading than urine.

Trucking companies brought their concerns to an FMCSA-sponsored safety panel, stating that a five-year delay in rulemaking on giving them the option to replace urine testing with hair testing prevents them from hiring safe truck drivers with cleaner driving, drug, and alcohol histories.

Additionally, executives in the industry have also brought up the concern that the clearinghouse, which may start using hair test data from trucking companies, will eventually end up keeping many good drivers off the road, potentially leading to empty trucks and backed up services.

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The new Freightliner® EconicSD™, the only cab-over-engine refuse truck in North America that features a collision mitigation system, will be on full display this year at WasteExpo 2019. The innovative, low-entry waste collection truck will be showcased in the Freightliner booth (#1402) along with an array of work truck solutions for the waste collection industry.

The EconicSD made its North American debut at last year’s WasteExpo, captivating the refuse industry with its eye-catching modern design featuring next-level safety, uptime and productivity. The truck integrates safety and technology into its design inside and out, like no other waste collection vehicle on the market. The EconicSD is the first Freightliner vocational truck to feature the Detroit Assurance® suite of safety systems. The truck comes standard with Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning technologies.

This truck also comes standard with Side Guard Assist – a particularly useful feature on refuse routes, which uses two radar sensors to monitor the proximity of the truck’s passenger side for objects such as traffic signs, bicyclists, vehicles, etc. Additionally, the EconicSD features a rain/light sensor, which automatically activates headlights and wipers. The vehicle also features the optional Blind Spot View, consisting of multiple video cameras, making the driver more visually aware of their immediate surroundings and operating environment.

Spec’d with the Detroit® DD8™ mid-range engine with Detroit® Connect Virtual TechnicianSMremote diagnostic service, the EconicSD brings industry-leading efficiency to maximize uptime for refuse fleets.

The EconicSD’s low step-in height and spacious, ergonomic cab were designed with driver comfort in mind. An automated frame lowering feature further reduces the already low step-in height for easy entry and egress. Modern features such as a panoramic windshield, a 90-degree door opening and an aggressive wheel cut for superior maneuverability further contribute to the driver-focused design of the EconicSD.

“The EconicSD and its technology-forward, modern design has been incredibly well-received by waste collection customers since we unveiled this vehicle at the 2018 WasteExpo,” said Richard Saward, General Manager of Vocational and Government Vehicle Sales for Freightliner Trucks. “Leveraging the global prowess of Daimler, we are proud to offer a game-changing vehicle that brings next-level safety and innovation to the refuse industry — and to the neighborhood and community streets where safety matters the most.”

Also featured in the Freightliner booth are the Freightliner M2 106 vehicles with a wide selection of body configurations including side loaders, roll off hoists and grapple bodies.

To learn more, visit the Freightliner booth #1402 at WasteExpo or go to www.freightliner.com.

 

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Paul Asel and JT Engstrom at Global Trade Tech summit

More venture capital is flowing into the supply chain as the wealth of data gained through Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other applications continues to expand.

Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital, discussed the changes in venture investment with FreightWaves Chief Strategy Officer JT Engstrom during a virtual fireside chat at the American Shipper Global Trade Tech summit.

Asel said the fundamentals of venture capital remain the same but the magnitude has changed, meaning current Series A funding rounds are five to 10 times higher than in the past as the field of investors has expanded. He started investing in early stage companies in Silicon Valley 30 years ago and has been actively investing in logistics and location-based assets over the past eight years.

He said his firm sees the value in data-first companies now. The old way of venture capital was centered on enabling existing industries by selling software and other tools into those verticals. Now, the objective has become more focused on rethinking and disrupting processes in an industry or the industry as a whole.

Asel said most venture capital firms wouldn’t seek logistics investment opportunities a decade ago, but with the advance of intelligence and captured data in the supply chain the space is in play with several well-capitalized suitors seeking to put money to work.

Over the past six months he has seen a move from an emphasis on efficiency to a “broader view of resiliency.” More supply chains are focused on flexibility and becoming more adaptive to market shocks in real time rather than simply implementing efficiency and cost-cutting initiatives as they have done in the past.

Asel believes that most large disruption to industries comes from the outside of that industry by individuals with different perspectives and experiences. The fine-tuning and incremental innovation comes from within.

He advises new entrepreneurs with great ideas not to shy away because they may not have the requisite industry experience. He suggests they bring in advisers to backfill the needed industry knowledge. “Be humble about what are the skills that you’re going to need to be successful. How do you surround yourself with the right people to give yourself the best chance of success.”

Asel says product-market fit is the key. The product has to work and have basic demand within a market. Then the entrepreneur needs to show that the demand can scale beyond just the early adopters and that the unit economics will work.

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Todd Maiden.

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Story by: John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent @ FreightWaves.com   The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be taking a long look at last-mile delivery trucks’ involvement in crashes, given trends revealing a jump in the use of such vehicles in interstate commerce. Commenting on those plans following a presentation on small-truck crashes during the […]

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Paul Asel and JT Engstrom at Global Trade Tech summit

More venture capital is flowing into the supply chain as the wealth of data gained through Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other applications continues to expand.

Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital, discussed the changes in venture investment with FreightWaves Chief Strategy Officer JT Engstrom during a virtual fireside chat at the American Shipper Global Trade Tech summit.

Asel said the fundamentals of venture capital remain the same but the magnitude has changed, meaning current Series A funding rounds are five to 10 times higher than in the past as the field of investors has expanded. He started investing in early stage companies in Silicon Valley 30 years ago and has been actively investing in logistics and location-based assets over the past eight years.

He said his firm sees the value in data-first companies now. The old way of venture capital was centered on enabling existing industries by selling software and other tools into those verticals. Now, the objective has become more focused on rethinking and disrupting processes in an industry or the industry as a whole.

Asel said most venture capital firms wouldn’t seek logistics investment opportunities a decade ago, but with the advance of intelligence and captured data in the supply chain the space is in play with several well-capitalized suitors seeking to put money to work.

Over the past six months he has seen a move from an emphasis on efficiency to a “broader view of resiliency.” More supply chains are focused on flexibility and becoming more adaptive to market shocks in real time rather than simply implementing efficiency and cost-cutting initiatives as they have done in the past.

Asel believes that most large disruption to industries comes from the outside of that industry by individuals with different perspectives and experiences. The fine-tuning and incremental innovation comes from within.

He advises new entrepreneurs with great ideas not to shy away because they may not have the requisite industry experience. He suggests they bring in advisers to backfill the needed industry knowledge. “Be humble about what are the skills that you’re going to need to be successful. How do you surround yourself with the right people to give yourself the best chance of success.”

Asel says product-market fit is the key. The product has to work and have basic demand within a market. Then the entrepreneur needs to show that the demand can scale beyond just the early adopters and that the unit economics will work.

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Todd Maiden.

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Foodliner

Today’s job of the day comes from Foodliner

Foodliner, Inc. is one of the largest bulk food carriers in the country and a Transport Topic Top 100 carrier. We are looking for Professional Class A CDL truck drivers to join our team. In this fast-paced, high-tech world, Foodliner takes the time to make our drivers feel like the valued team members they are. We treat each truck driver like a person, not a number.

Be part of a growing transportation organization that goes the distance for customers and is committed to the careers of its employees. While you “Go The Distance” for our customers, we “Go The Distance” for you! We offer a variety of opportunities to support your growth and changing lifestyle needs throughout your career

Job Opportunities:

Regional Liquid/Dry Bulk Truck Driver

Local Liquid/Dry Bulk Driver

  • $1,200 a Week Guarantee Pay!
  • Location: Albany, NY
  • Paid Time Off: 80 hours in the first year
  • $85,000 – $95,000 / year
  • $3,000 Sign-on Bonus, $6,000 if you have bulk (Liquid or Dry) experience!
  • Paying Practical Miles
  • Home daily
  • Driver Referral Program Bonus: $5,000

Experience & Qualifications

  • Class A CDL
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Tanker endorsement preferred
  • 12 months recent Tractor-Trailer driving experience (with a truck driving school certificate preferred)
  • Must pass all DOT requirements, physical exam and drug test
  • Good MVR and safe driving record

Interested in applying?

Learn more about the job requirements, benefits, pay, and more.

Learn More & Apply

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Kimchris Xpress Transport

Today’s Job of the Day is from KimChris Xpress Transport

KimChris Xpress Transport is now hiring CDL A Regional Dedicated Dry Van Drivers to join their Cleveland-based team in Euclid, Warrensville, and Bedford, OH. This position will haul dedicated freight for Amazon up to 500 miles per day and home every other night. KimChris Xpress Transport is a family-owned and operated company headquartered in Ontario, Ohio. They are a local leader in dedicated supply chain solutions. From its reliable fleet to its experienced team, KimChris Xpress Transport is committed to exceeding customer expectations.

Why Choose KimChris Xpress?

  • Competitive pay and bonus structure
  • Dedicated, predictable range & schedule
  • Locally owned & operated by former truck driver

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Drivers earn a flat weekly rate for completing 3 round trip loads, specifically $1,100 for the first 90 days; $1,200 after 90 days and $1,300 after 18 months. While volumes have been consistent, in the unlikely event that load availability drops below 3 or the driver requests less than 3 loads, drivers will be paid per mile, specifically $.45 CPM for the first 90 days; $.50 after 90 days.
  • 3 consistent loads per week
  • $500 Employee Referral Bonus ($250 paid out at date of hire, $250 paid out once they hit 90 days)
  • $50 Clean Inspection Bonus
  • Great company benefits including after 90 days:
    • Medical, Prescription Drug paid 100% by employee
    • Vision, Dental, & Life Insurance paid 100% by employer
  • Paid Vacation
  • Free Gas Cards
  • 401(k) with employer matching after 2 years

Routes & Schedule:

  • 3 weekly round trips originating from their Bedford, OH yard
  • Home every other night
  • One of your breaks can be a 34-hour reset at home
  • No slip seating
  • Drivers average 2500-3000 miles/week
  • 95% drop and hook

Equipment:

  • 2013-2017 Freightliner Cascadias, Peterbilts, & Prostars
  • Outward-facing cameras
  • 68 mph governed speed
  • Toll pass provided

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year CDL Class A tractor-trailer driving experience
  • Must have a safe driving record with no major violations on MVR
  • Must be able to pass a required pre-employment drug screen
  • Must be able to pass DOT physical
  • Driver should live within 50 miles of Bedford

Join the KimChris Xpress Transport Team

KimChris Xpress Transport is now hiring CDL A Regional Dedicated Dry Van Drivers to join their Cleveland-based team in Euclid, Warrensville, and Bedford, OH.

Learn More and Apply

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A photograph of a Norfolk Southern train passing by some autumn trees.

FreightWaves recently chatted with Josh Raglin, chief sustainability officer for Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC), about why and how companies like the Class I railroad have adopted sustainability initiatives in recent years. The interview was edited for clarity.

FreightWaves: Just what is sustainability?

Raglin: Think of it at a basic level. Sustainability is closely aligned with stewardship. It’s about the wise use of resources, and those resources come in many forms: money, material, fuel, time. John Elkington first developed the concept of the triple bottom line in the 1990s. … It was about creating win-win [situations]. The essence of that is doing things that are good for people — that’s the social effect. And good for the planet — that’s the environmental effect. And good for profits, which is the economic effect. And so, we can measure sustainability projects and initiatives through these environmental, economic and social benefits.

FreightWaves: How has the possibility of stricter environmental regulations affected Norfolk Southern’s view on sustainability?

Raglin: It’s not environmental regulations that have pushed us toward sustainability. Sustainability is about being proactive, not necessarily responding, in situations and in partnerships with our environmental groups. … Norfolk Southern is trying to get ahead of regulation. Sustainability is about doing things that are good for the economy.

Norfolk Southern Chief Sustainability Officer Josh Raglin. (Photo: Norfolk Southern)

FreightWaves: Norfolk Southern is involved in a number of sustainability initiatives. Why?

Raglin: As we consider our shareholders, investors are looking for transparency. They also want companies with lower risk. 

Employees want to work for companies where they feel like they’re making a difference. They want to be part of a broader mission. They want to have loyalty and pride for their company. 

For our customers, of course they’re looking for opportunities for us to improve service through these increased efficiencies, and at the same time they’re taking a closer look at their emissions. They want to lower their emissions in shipping, and we can offer them that opportunity.

For the communities that we operate in, sustainability is an expectation now and we work hard to maintain that relationship. 

FreightWaves: Can you explain the rationale behind Norfolk Southern’s involvement with Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) [a pledge that companies have signed to ensure that plastic pellets/nurdles don’t get dispersed accidentally]? 

Raglin: It was an opportunity that a few customers brought to us and wanted us to consider. We’re transporting products often in the customers’ railcars. We’re just the immediate transporter of those products … [but] we really took a look at what are the opportunities at Norfolk Southern, at the same time asking what is happening in the environment in terms of nurdle pollution.

For our employees, it’s about raising awareness. … It’s obvious if it’s a tanker car leaking fluid. But if you see an aggregate that’s dropped a little bit of rock on the ground, you might not think about it. 

What about plastic pellets? For us, it’s about creating videos to educate our employees, especially those involved in transportation, on the potential harm of these pellets. But it’s also about reinforcing operating rules. Our role as a shipper is to continue to inspect these cars prior to moving them to ensure that they’re properly closed. And if they’re not, then we notify the customer and there’s an opportunity for them to correct the defect right then. 

We’ve got 16 bulk transfer facilities for plastic pellets on Norfolk Southern’s network, and we’ve verified that all of them have taken the OCS pledge as well. And so for them it’s about implementing best management practices, which OCS put out there. What we’ll do is work with our distribution services team to conduct periodic inspections of these bulk transfer facilities. 

FreightWaves: What is the Living Shoreline Initiative?

Raglin: The living shoreline is on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, near the Lamberts Point Coal Terminal. Most of Lamberts Point is dedicated to rail lines and to loading facilities for ships, but there is an area there by the shoreline that’s about nine acres, and there was 1,500 feet of shoreline that had been severely eroded. Most of the erosion has been since 2003. 

Norfolk Southern constructed a living shoreline on the banks of the Elizabeth River. (Photo: Norfolk Southern)

The goal for this project was, the erosion was getting close to one of the access roads, and so we had several different options here. One of the conservation groups that we work with in the Norfolk area is the Elizabeth River Project, and they’ve been a promoter of living shorelines versus a traditional bulkhead or an armored shoreline. Not only are those items very expensive to implement, they really don’t provide habitat for the aquatic ecosystem. 

So when we looked at it, we looked at what’s another opportunity there. So that’s when we looked at doing a living shoreline. It accomplishes the goal of stabilizing the shoreline, but it also provides a habitat for various species. We’re already seeing shore birds showing up at that location, and the project was only completed at the end of July. If you look at the sustainability lens and what is the value, the value is that it saved us $3 million. And at the same time we were able to protect our property, which provides more value, and we were able to create habitat along the Elizabeth River. 

FreightWaves: Is the living shoreline about putting vegetation back into the area?

Raglin: There was wave action that kept eroding the shoreline, so we put some rocks … to break up the wave action, and then we backed that up with sand. And then we planted eight kinds of marsh grasses to fill in that area. It’s going to create an area of coastline resiliency and allow that coastline to naturally protect itself. … The waves are a combination of natural waves and that coming from the vessels.

FreightWaves: What are some of Norfolk Southern’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions?

Raglin: Our largest environmental impact is from diesel in locomotives. Just last year we used around 450 million gallons of diesel. That’s our second-largest expense behind payroll. So any improvement we make not only helps the bottom line but also helps the atmosphere.

We’ve been tracking our locomotive fuel efficiency since 1987. By 2015, we had made a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency. We challenged ourselves in 2015 to set a five-year goal to make an additional improvement of another 8.6%. And through the various initiatives we’ve undertaken, I feel we’ll meet that goal this year. We measured that in terms of how many gallons of diesel does it take to move a thousand gross ton miles? And our goal for this year is 1.17 gallons for every thousand ton miles. 

There’s a number of efforts in our operations team — very concerted efforts to reduce fuel consumption — and we’ve made really, really great strides this year in meeting this goal, especially in 2020. All the challenges we’ve had would be a tremendous accomplishment because of the headwinds we faced with lower volumes, which negatively affects your gross ton miles. But we’ve reduced our diesel usage more than the gross ton miles reduced. And that’s been through initiatives. 

A lot of it is the energy-management systems on the trains, lower emissions and coaching the engineers on utilizing the throttle gauge. We’ve also got distributed power on our trains as well. And we’ve reduced our locomotive fleet size. We’ve definitely gotten rid of the older locomotives that were not quite as fuel efficient. And with our conversion of locomotives from DC [direct current] to AC [alternating current], locomotives have more horsepower.

The living shoreline near Lamberts Point. (Photo: Norfolk Southern)

One of the essences of PSR [precision scheduled railroading] is running longer trains. Running longer trains is much more fuel efficient. Our total Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions were just under 5 million metric tonnes (MMT), with over 90% of that being locomotive diesel. It’s actually our lowest total since we started calculating emissions in 2009. Emissions intensity target has improved by 13%.

When you talk about railroading, you’ve got to think it’s the most efficient surface transportation way to move freight. By choosing rail last year, our customers avoided generating 15 MMT of emissions, which is huge. That’s the equivalent of what 5 million acres of pine forests would sequester in a year, or 3.3 million vehicles. Or 1.7 million homes. It’s a substantial reduction. As companies continue to set climate goals around lowering their emissions, rail can be part of that solution. 

FreightWaves: Was there any sort of third-party guidance involved when you set your emissions target?

Raglin: The current target we set was in 2015, and that was probably done internally if I had to guess. … Third-party guidance is a trending item that’s happening now with companies, and that’s where you have a party come in and help you. … That’s where we’re having internal discussions right now. This is the last year of our five-year goal, and so we will establish a goal not only for fuel efficiency but also for emissions. And so, we are considering science-based targets.

FreightWaves: Is there anything else that you’d like to mention?

Raglin: The one thing that we’ve been doing that’s been getting a lot of press recently is our forest carbon offsets. Norfolk Southern has been a leader in that area going back to 2009. We developed two different forest carbon projects. The first was on our own property in South Carolina. It was a 10,000-acre project, and that project so far has sequestered over 350,000 metric tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. We’ve sold some of these offsets on the California compliance market and utilized the revenue to offset our expenses for maintaining that forested ecosystem. We do have a number of endangered species of woodpecker at that property and so it helps with the management of the property for not only that species but also the other species a well.

The second project is the Trees and Trains initiative. Norfolk Southern was the first corporate investor of that project back in 2011. The project spans parts of six states going up and down the Mississippi River. Historically, there were over 45 million acres of hardwoods up and down that river. But now, there’s less than 5 million. GreenTrees has started reforesting the land that was converted to agriculture back into forestry, and they’ve been working with private landowners. 

The areas of land involved in the Trains and Trees initiative along the Mississippi River (Image courtesy of Norfolk Southern)

Norfolk Southern invested in that project, and so far, our trees have generated over 250,000 carbon credits for us. The trees, as they continue to grow, are storing another 50,000-75,000 tons of CO2 a year. That creates another opportunity for Norfolk Southern. The program altogether is going to generate over 1.1 million tons of carbon credits. And we’ve got several options for those credits. We can offset our own emissions or we could potentially offer those emissions to customers. … There’s an opportunity to sell those credits to other companies as well, such as those in the air industry, the oil and gas industry.

There’s a lot more awareness now for corporate climate goals. There’s potential regulation out there I think for some companies, especially the larger emitters, in the form of a federal carbon cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax. But I think rail is uniquely positioned in that regard. We are an efficient and reliable and safe mode. We move large loads of freight, and we do it in a very efficient manner. 

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Joanna Marsh.

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A Kenworth T680 will transport the 56th U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from this fall’s official tree-cutting in western Colorado to

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Volvo LIGHTS project supplier REMA secures Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Certification of Combined Charging System CCS2 Connector. Volvo Trucks North America has

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Texas carrier files bankuptcy in Texas

Several trucking companies are collectively owed hundreds of thousands of dollars after a Texas-based motor carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last week.

FALC Enterprises of El Paso, Texas, filed its petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas last Friday.

In its filing, FALC lists both its assets and liabilities as between $1 and $10 million and states it has up to 99 creditors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked FALC’s operating authority in February. Its insurance policy was canceled in late January.

Several small trucking companies are listed among the carrier’s unsecured creditors, which are last for payment in Chapter 11 cases. 

Lourdes “LuLu” Castro, listed as the company president and joint owner of FALC, states that funds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors.

As of press time, Castro did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment about the bankruptcy filing.

Legal woes plague FALC Enterprises

In the filing, FALC Enterprises lists that it has filed a cause of action against the motor carrier’s co-founder, Cesar Arturo Lopez of El Paso.

According to the bankruptcy petition, the allegations against Lopez include breach of fiduciary duty, Texas Theft Liability Act violations, embezzlement, usurpation of corporate opportunities, and fraud. 

Lopez did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment on Thursday.

Another El Paso trucking company, Major Motion Logistics, which Lopez founded in 2018, is also named. According to court documents, the allegations include “fraud, usurpation of corporate opportunities and constructive trust.”

Major Motion Logistics hauls sand and gravel, topsoil, debris and fill dirt, according to its website. The small carrier has 14 power units and eight drivers, according to the FMCSA.

Lopez is linked to several other El Paso-based trucking companies, including MPG Transport Inc. and Tulone Trucking Services Inc. 

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Lopez registered a new business, Azteca Investment Company LLC, on Aug. 11 in El Paso.

FALC lists several executory contracts in its bankruptcy filing, including construction and road projects throughout Texas. 

Its bankruptcy petition lists three pending lawsuits, including two injury cases filed in El Paso and a truck accident suit in Arizona. 

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Texas carrier files bankuptcy in Texas

Several trucking companies are collectively owed hundreds of thousands of dollars after a Texas-based motor carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last week.

FALC Enterprises of El Paso, Texas, filed its petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas last Friday.

In its filing, FALC lists both its assets and liabilities as between $1 and $10 million and states it has up to 99 creditors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked FALC’s operating authority in February. Its insurance policy was canceled in late January.

Several small trucking companies are listed among the carrier’s unsecured creditors, which are last for payment in Chapter 11 cases. 

Lourdes “LuLu” Castro, listed as the company president and joint owner of FALC, states that funds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors.

As of press time, Castro did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment about the bankruptcy filing.

Legal woes plague FALC Enterprises

In the filing, FALC Enterprises lists that it has filed a cause of action against the motor carrier’s co-founder, Cesar Arturo Lopez of El Paso.

According to the bankruptcy petition, the allegations against Lopez include breach of fiduciary duty, Texas Theft Liability Act violations, embezzlement, usurpation of corporate opportunities, and fraud. 

Lopez did not return FreightWaves’ request seeking comment on Thursday.

Another El Paso trucking company, Major Motion Logistics, which Lopez founded in 2018, is also named. According to court documents, the allegations include “fraud, usurpation of corporate opportunities and constructive trust.”

Major Motion Logistics hauls sand and gravel, topsoil, debris and fill dirt, according to its website. The small carrier has 14 power units and eight drivers, according to the FMCSA.

Lopez is linked to several other El Paso-based trucking companies, including MPG Transport Inc. and Tulone Trucking Services Inc. 

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Lopez registered a new business, Azteca Investment Company LLC, on Aug. 11 in El Paso.

FALC lists several executory contracts in its bankruptcy filing, including construction and road projects throughout Texas. 

Its bankruptcy petition lists three pending lawsuits, including two injury cases filed in El Paso and a truck accident suit in Arizona. 

Read more articles by FreightWaves’ Clarissa Hawes

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Better safety systems could help fleets avoid nuclear verdicts (Photo: Shutterstock)

Within the trucking industry, legal battles over road accidents are nothing new. However, verdicts in trucking accidents have steadily become more costly, partly due to the legal environment that incentivizes lawsuits. This has led to the nuclear verdicts of today in which a jury awards over $10 million in compensation, crippling many fleets and forcing several to bankruptcy. 

In a report, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) observed that while the average size of verdicts was largely below $5 million between 2010 and 2017, the value shot up to over $22 million in 2018 — an increase of 967% percent compared to 2010. The volume of cases has also increased. While 2005-2011 witnessed 79 cases with verdict sizes over $1 million, 2012-2019 saw 265 cases, an increase of 335%. 

FreightWaves spoke with Adam Denman, the director of global OEM business at truck safety startup Road-Aware, to understand some of the reasons that lead to truck-related road incidents and the legal battles playing out on road collisions.  

Denman pointed out that while driver distraction and fatigue are considered common reasons for truck-related collisions, there are also other lesser-known reasons, including driving at an unsafe speed while turning corners.  

“At our fleet trials last year, we realized that neither the safety managers nor the drivers realized how close they were to tipping over in many situations. It is understandable to some extent. Passenger cars provide greater stability when you go around the corner, but you don’t get that in a truck because the tractor is heavy and solidly on the ground. Turning tight corners at an unsafe speed will tip over the trailer in a blink,” said Denman. 

For proactively defending themselves against frivolous lawsuits, fleets can invest in technology that helps them monitor not just the in-cab activities like driver behavior but also observe the driving environment. “The lack of exculpatory evidence can be disastrous for fleets, as these verdicts are very often dished out because there isn’t sufficient evidence to precisely know what happened,” said Denman. “So having cameras to monitor 360 degrees will be an excellent defense.”

The lack of pre-fitted safety systems on the trucks is a cause for concern. Denman explained that trucking OEMs in recent years have faced several lawsuits for not fitting safety systems, even though they are not mandated by law. However, such systems would increase the cost of trucks, making them financially unfeasible for many owner-operators and small trucking fleets. 

“If you create an analogy for the trucking industry with the aviation market, you can see that the latter will not be allowed to fly aircraft without the appropriate safety equipment. The same is not true of the trucking industry, even though it continues to kill about 5,000 people a year just in the U.S. alone,” said Denman. “I think regulations will eventually force OEMs to fit a lot more standard safety equipment in all their trucks.”

For instance, take the case of trailer rollover accidents in which the trucks are traveling below the posted speed limit on a bend. Based on the truck trailer’s weight and dimensions, the speed at the turn would change dramatically, which is extremely difficult for a driver to deduce without the help of safety systems. 

“Drivers are expected to take an educated guess as to what speed is safe. Such assumptions can be dangerous, and safety systems can help avoid such accidents,” said Denman. “There’s an amazingly tight correlation between the profitability of trucking companies and their lack of accidents. For a large fleet, reducing the number of accidents can have a radical effect on its bottom line. Anything done with regard to safety and monitoring can make a huge impact.”

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Peterbilt is excited to announce a special introductory lease offer on the Peterbilt Model 220EV through PacLease. The six year

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive a chemical truck in the oilfields, then you’re going to love the interview we have with Cannon Bryan on today’s show. For the record, oil is NOT the slickest thing Cannon deals with. LOL We’ve also got surprisingly few news stories including the 14-hour rule, futuristic...

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Estes Express was recently awarded top honor from another carrier partner. CaroTrans International presented Estes with the LTL Carrier of the Year Award. Learn how this award came to the trucking carrier and what it means for truck drivers searching for jobs.

About LTL Carrier of the Year

tractor trailer for estes express on the roadThe 2019 LTL Carrier of the Year for CaroTrans International is Estes Express. The company won the honor from CaroTrans, which is a non-vessel operating common carrier or NVOCC. CaroTrans International is a global ocean transportation company. They provide less than container load (LCL) and full container load (FCL), as well as other ocean cargo services. Together with Estes Express, CaroTrans provides US customers with exports and imports via ground transportation.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from CaroTrans International and value our relationship with the CaroTrans team. I’m incredibly proud of our entire team that supports them each day making sure their experience with Estes is exceptional,” said Rob Estes, the president and CEO at Estes.

The honor went to Estes Express, an LTL trucking company, with national locations for a number of reasons. For starters, Estes is noted for providing the partner with on-time shipping service with no or minimal delays in driver deliveries. This has allowed CaroTrans International to improve on “tender acceptance, claim settlement, invoice accuracy and overall ease of doing business.”

About Trucking Jobs at Estes Express

Estes Express provides truck driver jobs for several haul divisions. This includes less than truckload (LTL) and volume LTL, as well as truckload (TL) freight. Truck drivers who have experience in final mile services or time critical guaranteed services are also wanted. The company has been around for more than 90 years and has more than 19,000 people working for the various divisions from coast to coast. To get hired by Estes Express, check out our trucking jobs here at Trucker Classifieds.

Trucking Jobs at Trucker Classifieds

To get a trucking job here at Trucker Classifieds, just start your free search today. We set you up with the trucking jobs you need and want to keep you employed as a well paid truck driver. You are able to continue driving a truck in the commercial industry and working as a Class A or Class B CDL holder. Let us help you find those local trucking jobs today so you can maximize your potential. Find out what is happening among the local trucking companies near you with our latest truck driver news reports.

We keep you connected and grounded to the rest of the industry–even though you are a thousand or so miles away from home base. You can even search for trucking information including the newest and best paying trucking jobs from wherever you are located. As a truck driver, especially in the over the road trucking job sector, you are able to use this instant and real-time list of jobs at your disposal. Whether you are sitting in a local chain restaurant or from the bed of your sleeper, you can conveniently use our services without paying or signing up for anything. Give Trucker Classifieds a go and see what we can help you with as you proceed to the next level in your truck driving career.

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A large number of truck drivers with drug and alcohol violations on their records in drug databses have failed to complete the federal return-to-duty process, according to statistics released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Of the 28,445 drivers with at least one violation, 26,443—or 93 percent—have been deemed ineligible to return to the road, a trend that could hinder the trucking industry even more than it already is. Drivers who are in prohibited status have yet to complete the steps required by the FMCSA that allow them to get back on the road.

From the ongoing driver shortage to a surge in shipping due to the coronavirus pandemic, the industry is already in a bind to get and keep drivers behind the wheel.

A Questionable Road Ahead

While the prohibited status slapped on these drivers has dipped slightly, coming down from 95 percent since May, the number of truck drivers not returning to work due to drug or alcohol violations is a significant concern in the industry.

According to federal regulations, if a truck driver has a violation recorded in the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, they must be removed from safety-sensitive operations, such as driving a commercial motor vehicle, until they complete the return-to-duty process. This includes evaluation, follow-up drug screening for truckers, and treatment, if necessary.

Until the FMCSA’s drug and alcohol clearinghouse began collecting this data, it had already been available to the public every month. As drug screening data for truckers continues to be compiled, it will shed light on how many drivers in the industry will lose out on work due to substance abuse problems.

Data from the clearinghouse has also revealed that roughly 13 percent of truck drivers are trying to get around the urinalysis test by cheating. This has spurred the industry’s leaders and federal regulations to impose the need for hair testing because it gives a more accurate reading than urine.

Trucking companies brought their concerns to an FMCSA-sponsored safety panel, stating that a five-year delay in rulemaking on giving them the option to replace urine testing with hair testing prevents them from hiring safe truck drivers with cleaner driving, drug, and alcohol histories.

Additionally, executives in the industry have also brought up the concern that the clearinghouse, which may start using hair test data from trucking companies, will eventually end up keeping many good drivers off the road, potentially leading to empty trucks and backed up services.

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The new Freightliner® EconicSD™, the only cab-over-engine refuse truck in North America that features a collision mitigation system, will be on full display this year at WasteExpo 2019. The innovative, low-entry waste collection truck will be showcased in the Freightliner booth (#1402) along with an array of work truck solutions for the waste collection industry.

The EconicSD made its North American debut at last year’s WasteExpo, captivating the refuse industry with its eye-catching modern design featuring next-level safety, uptime and productivity. The truck integrates safety and technology into its design inside and out, like no other waste collection vehicle on the market. The EconicSD is the first Freightliner vocational truck to feature the Detroit Assurance® suite of safety systems. The truck comes standard with Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning technologies.

This truck also comes standard with Side Guard Assist – a particularly useful feature on refuse routes, which uses two radar sensors to monitor the proximity of the truck’s passenger side for objects such as traffic signs, bicyclists, vehicles, etc. Additionally, the EconicSD features a rain/light sensor, which automatically activates headlights and wipers. The vehicle also features the optional Blind Spot View, consisting of multiple video cameras, making the driver more visually aware of their immediate surroundings and operating environment.

Spec’d with the Detroit® DD8™ mid-range engine with Detroit® Connect Virtual TechnicianSMremote diagnostic service, the EconicSD brings industry-leading efficiency to maximize uptime for refuse fleets.

The EconicSD’s low step-in height and spacious, ergonomic cab were designed with driver comfort in mind. An automated frame lowering feature further reduces the already low step-in height for easy entry and egress. Modern features such as a panoramic windshield, a 90-degree door opening and an aggressive wheel cut for superior maneuverability further contribute to the driver-focused design of the EconicSD.

“The EconicSD and its technology-forward, modern design has been incredibly well-received by waste collection customers since we unveiled this vehicle at the 2018 WasteExpo,” said Richard Saward, General Manager of Vocational and Government Vehicle Sales for Freightliner Trucks. “Leveraging the global prowess of Daimler, we are proud to offer a game-changing vehicle that brings next-level safety and innovation to the refuse industry — and to the neighborhood and community streets where safety matters the most.”

Also featured in the Freightliner booth are the Freightliner M2 106 vehicles with a wide selection of body configurations including side loaders, roll off hoists and grapple bodies.

To learn more, visit the Freightliner booth #1402 at WasteExpo or go to www.freightliner.com.

 

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Paul Asel and JT Engstrom at Global Trade Tech summit

More venture capital is flowing into the supply chain as the wealth of data gained through Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other applications continues to expand.

Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital, discussed the changes in venture investment with FreightWaves Chief Strategy Officer JT Engstrom during a virtual fireside chat at the American Shipper Global Trade Tech summit.

Asel said the fundamentals of venture capital remain the same but the magnitude has changed, meaning current Series A funding rounds are five to 10 times higher than in the past as the field of investors has expanded. He started investing in early stage companies in Silicon Valley 30 years ago and has been actively investing in logistics and location-based assets over the past eight years.

He said his firm sees the value in data-first companies now. The old way of venture capital was centered on enabling existing industries by selling software and other tools into those verticals. Now, the objective has become more focused on rethinking and disrupting processes in an industry or the industry as a whole.

Asel said most venture capital firms wouldn’t seek logistics investment opportunities a decade ago, but with the advance of intelligence and captured data in the supply chain the space is in play with several well-capitalized suitors seeking to put money to work.

Over the past six months he has seen a move from an emphasis on efficiency to a “broader view of resiliency.” More supply chains are focused on flexibility and becoming more adaptive to market shocks in real time rather than simply implementing efficiency and cost-cutting initiatives as they have done in the past.

Asel believes that most large disruption to industries comes from the outside of that industry by individuals with different perspectives and experiences. The fine-tuning and incremental innovation comes from within.

He advises new entrepreneurs with great ideas not to shy away because they may not have the requisite industry experience. He suggests they bring in advisers to backfill the needed industry knowledge. “Be humble about what are the skills that you’re going to need to be successful. How do you surround yourself with the right people to give yourself the best chance of success.”

Asel says product-market fit is the key. The product has to work and have basic demand within a market. Then the entrepreneur needs to show that the demand can scale beyond just the early adopters and that the unit economics will work.

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Todd Maiden.

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[caption caption="A range of truckload technology-oriented companies, from early stage to incumbents, are urging shippers to move away from cumbersome annual procurement events. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Freight broker Convoy on Thursday said it is offering shippers a chance to secure guaranteed capacity for priority truckload freight by agreeing to a fixed...

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Story by: John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent @ FreightWaves.com   The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be taking a long look at last-mile delivery trucks’ involvement in crashes, given trends revealing a jump in the use of such vehicles in interstate commerce. Commenting on those plans following a presentation on small-truck crashes during the […]

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Paul Asel and JT Engstrom at Global Trade Tech summit

More venture capital is flowing into the supply chain as the wealth of data gained through Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other applications continues to expand.

Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital, discussed the changes in venture investment with FreightWaves Chief Strategy Officer JT Engstrom during a virtual fireside chat at the American Shipper Global Trade Tech summit.

Asel said the fundamentals of venture capital remain the same but the magnitude has changed, meaning current Series A funding rounds are five to 10 times higher than in the past as the field of investors has expanded. He started investing in early stage companies in Silicon Valley 30 years ago and has been actively investing in logistics and location-based assets over the past eight years.

He said his firm sees the value in data-first companies now. The old way of venture capital was centered on enabling existing industries by selling software and other tools into those verticals. Now, the objective has become more focused on rethinking and disrupting processes in an industry or the industry as a whole.

Asel said most venture capital firms wouldn’t seek logistics investment opportunities a decade ago, but with the advance of intelligence and captured data in the supply chain the space is in play with several well-capitalized suitors seeking to put money to work.

Over the past six months he has seen a move from an emphasis on efficiency to a “broader view of resiliency.” More supply chains are focused on flexibility and becoming more adaptive to market shocks in real time rather than simply implementing efficiency and cost-cutting initiatives as they have done in the past.

Asel believes that most large disruption to industries comes from the outside of that industry by individuals with different perspectives and experiences. The fine-tuning and incremental innovation comes from within.

He advises new entrepreneurs with great ideas not to shy away because they may not have the requisite industry experience. He suggests they bring in advisers to backfill the needed industry knowledge. “Be humble about what are the skills that you’re going to need to be successful. How do you surround yourself with the right people to give yourself the best chance of success.”

Asel says product-market fit is the key. The product has to work and have basic demand within a market. Then the entrepreneur needs to show that the demand can scale beyond just the early adopters and that the unit economics will work.

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Todd Maiden.