Tips on training and keeping (and paying) quality technicians
Opinions vary on the depth of knowledge techs should have, but they could easily be categorized in two groups: A lot and A bunch.
David Milne, with the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC), says today’s techs are facing a unique challenge rarely seen before.
“We are currently training technicians for jobs that we don’t know what they’ll be like,” he says, adding that the continual evolution of on-board computers has pushed available training to its limits. “Throughout (the technicians’) careers, probably every component on that truck is going to have an electrical tie in with it.”Read more
HOS, CSA, infrastructure funding in congressional oversight plan
WASHINGTON — Not surprisingly, Hours of Service and Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), infrastructure funding and MAP-21 implementation appear on the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee’s oversight plan for the 113th Congress.
The plan was released Wednesday as part of the overarching oversight plans for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of which the subcommittee is a part.
Subcommittee assignments were also announced Wednesday.
The oversight plan notes that the trucking industry has raised concerns that the proposed HOS changes scheduled to go into effect July 1 are “overly complex, potentially reducing productivity. Law enforcement personnel have questioned whether the rules will require additionaltraining for effective enforcement.”Read more
CCJ Innovators: Crete pays tribute to veterans
January CCJ Innovator: Crete Carrier Corporation
With its new Patriot Fleet, Crete Carrier delivers its message of appreciation for military veterans over the roadRead more
Plaintiffs’ written arguments filed in CSA suit
The suit brought against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last summer by the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT), with four other trade associations and several trucking companies and brokers, saw action in December, as plaintiffs filed written arguments in court. ASECTT Chairman Tom Sanderson, writing in an email to ASECTT members, said FMCSA “will file its brief in opposition on January 8, 2013, and our rebuttal brief is due on January 22. Oral argument will be scheduled soon thereafter” in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Read more
Economic Outlook for 2013
The Q4 results of 2011 were surprisingly good, and the results couldn’t have come at a better time, boosting confidence going into 2012.
But then — The Euro crisis deepened, truck sales dropped, and foreign markets sagged. The U.S. election fostered uncertainty; and The States’ growth was slower than expected. All of it contributed to a year of uncertainty.
So here we stand, at the very edge of the calendar year. Will 2013 be as unlucky as it sounds? For this, our annual economic look forward, Today’s Trucking perceived a few key rays of sunshine, piercing the fiscal fog.Read more