What You Need to Know About Transferring Your Class A CDL to Another State

Bulkmatic Truck Driver Driving on County RoadOver the road trucking jobs take you from state to state every single day. You could go through four states in the frame of a day, in the Northeast, and not even be tired. If you drive for a company like Baggett Transportation, Boyd Brothers or Bulkmatic you are visiting new states on the regular. You do not need to get your CDL transferred when driving from state to state, even if you are spending more time in another state working than the one you live in. However, if you move to another state that’s another story. Find out what you need to know about transferring your Class A CDL to another state.

Tick, Tock on Transfers

The first thing to do even before you make your move to another state is to go to the new state’s DOT webpage. Every state has one, and as every state has its own requirements for CDL holders, you must check out that state’s site. For example, when you move to Arizona you have 30 days to change your CDL once you become an official resident. Georgia truck drivers have to bring a copy of their MVR from the last 30 days when they transfer an out of state commercial driver’s license.

Moving to Washington state? You have to fill out a self-certification form, as of January 2014, in order to be eligible for transferring your CDL. It takes up to 10 days after the Washington State Department of Licensing receives this for you to be eligible for the CDL transfer. Note that the state of Indiana also requires you to self-certify your driving type prior to getting a CDL transferred.

As you can see every state is different in their requirements and processes for transferring your CDL. Start the process as soon as possible so you have your CDL in place to start a new truck driving job in your new home state.

Documentation for CDL Holders

While each state has its own requirements for documents you must bring when getting your CDL transferred there are some general items you will likely need. These include:

  • Your out of state CDL
  • Proof of residency in your new state
  • Your social security card and/or number
  • US birth certificate or proof of residency
  • Medical examiner certificate for annual DOT physical exam

You will also need to pay a fee for the transfer of your Class A CDL. Typically this is less than $100, unless you have CDL endorsements, such as a tanker endorsement or combo endorsement. Then you will have to pay to transfer each endorsement, but this is typically less than $40 each.

Another item you will need to take care of during the transfer is the vision test. You are required to pass a vision exam prior to getting your new CDL. If you have received an exemption for vision by the DOT you will need to bring the paperwork showing your exemption status.

Retaking the CDL Tests

Do you have to retake your CDL exams, either the written test or the skills/road test, to get a CDL in another state? No this is not the case. You should not have to take these exams over again once you have received your CDL. However, if you decide to upgrade your CDL to include an endorsement, i.e. H endorsement, T endorsement or X combo endorsement, you will have to take specific exams for these.

Lost Paperwork

If you do not have a copy of your old CDL, i.e. it got lost in the move, most states will search the DOT database to verify you have a CDL. However it is a good idea to take along any documentation you have pertaining to being a commercial truck driver. This will help your case in the instance they don’t offer to search the DOT database. If you have lost your DOT medical exam certificate you can simply contact the certified medical examiner, i.e. the doctor, chiropractor or nurse practitioner, who gave you the most recent physical. They have copies of their physical certifications on file and can send you a new one.

 

All About the New Driver Training Standards by the DOT

Trucker Passing Through Construction ZoneIn March 2016 the FMCSA proposed that all new truck drivers, as well as bus drivers, must be trained with new driver training. This training is on par with truck driver training that’s been around for years now through truck driving schools and carriers. That proposal was approved and passed into legislation, to be effective February 2017, which means it is now a requirement. Find out all of the facts about the new driver training standards by the FMCSA and DOT.

Drivers Affected by the Rule

The new rule isn’t in effect as of 2017. It will take until 2020 to see this ruling become actualized. This gives state departments time to create record keeping systems that will meet the FMCSA’s requirements. It also means that rookie drivers won’t be required to take truck driver training courses until February 2020. By that time if you want to get your CDL for the first time you will have to show documentation of passing an approved truck driver training program.

What about truckers who are already driving big rigs and have their CDLs? Not to worry, those truckers will not be affected by this ruling. Also if you are interested in getting your CDL endorsements after 2020, and you already had a CDL prior to this, you will not have to take a training program to get the endorsement.

The new training course is meant to coincide with skills exams aka road testing or behind the wheel testing. Since the endorsement portions of the CDL exam does not require you to take a road test for completion, you will not have to get additional training for endorsement exams. Please note this only applies to over the road truckers with CDLs. If you are a bus driver you must get the P and S endorsements on your CDL for passenger or school bus certification. In this instance you would need training to get the endorsements.

Getting Trained as a Trucker

Who is going to provide this training? How do you know if your trainer is certified according to the FMCSA standards? For starters, any truck driver training school that currently trains truckers is likely to be acceptable. Other places to get trucker training under the rule will include:

  • Technical schools, trade schools, and community education programs at colleges and universities
  • Truck driving schools
  • Rural electric cooperatives
  • Trucking companies and motor carriers
  • Owner operators and independent truck drivers
  • State government agencies
  • Local government agencies
  • School districts
  • Joint labor management programs
  • Individuals at large

These training providers can offer truck driver training for free or for a fee. With so many options for trainers how can you be sure that you are getting training from an approved provider? The FMCSA and DOT will provide a certification program similar to the current way that certified medical examiners are approved for DOT physicals. This will be organized via Training Provider Registration, and applicants must fill out and submit a TPR form to request their certification. There will most likely be a database or registry where all approved or certified training programs and individuals will be listed. It will be up to you to find a truck driving school, program or instructor that qualifies.

Training for Truck Drivers

What can you expect to have to learn during this required training? According to the FMCSA you must have this training before you can apply for a CDL. It will become another one of those mandated forms along with your DOT medical exam certificate. The training required combines both knowledge and behind the wheel training. The curriculum used for your training has to apply to your CDL class, i.e. Class A CDL or Class B CDL. However, you do not have to get the knowledge training and the behind the wheel training at the same time or through the same training provider.

Say you want to go to trucking school to learn the theory part of the training for the knowledge or written test. Then you could choose another provider, such as an individual or owner operator, to provide you with the behind the wheel testing. Considering that most trucking schools do not provide what would be considered ample behind the wheel time for each driver, this is an ideal way to make sure you get that road training.

At the current moment there is no requirement on the minimum number of hours of training. However this was part of the proposal for the rule. The FMCSA states that data will be maintained by the agency regarding how long drivers are training for, along with how safe these drivers are, and then a ruling may be included in the future to stipulate training hour requirements. As it stands, the current requirement for the training is that you get enough training to be able to pass the CDL exam with proficiency. It is up to you to make the judgment call in regard to how much training you need professionally.

One area that the FMCSA does not address is what will happen if a truck driver gets the mandated training and then fails the CDL exam. Will the driver have to retake their training, and if so how many chances do they get? Will drivers have to find new training program providers? Along this route is the question about whether or not training programs and providers will have rating scorecards similar to the CSA scores drivers and carriers currently have. This would be an optimal way for drivers to determine whether or not to get trained by a certain provider.

So what do you think about the new rule? Are you considering any trucking jobs within the next five years, and if so, will having to get new driver training make you rethink your decision? For experienced drivers, do you think this new rule will bring more qualified drivers onto the highways?

Trucking Companies Hiring Vets Reap The Benefits

Truck With American Flag Painted TrailerWhen you enlist in the US military you have a good idea of what to expect. Strict discipline, physical training, rigorous exercise, dedication. These traits are drilled into you during your boot camp phase and reiterated at every stage of your military career. For the majority of vets who’ve been out of service for a year, five years, even 50 years, these character traits are still prominent in their personality. For vets who also trained to be a heavy truck driver when in the military they offer trucking companies a one-two punch in terms of being a solid trucking job candidate.

Rebooting After a Military Career

Retiring from the military isn’t something you do when you are 65. According to the Pew Research Center those enlisted in the military serve for an average of 6.7 years. If you are an officer your average years spent in service is 10.9 years. This means for soldiers who enlisted after high school at 18, they are getting out of the military when they are between 25 and 29 years old. That’s very young in terms of retiring from a career and refocusing to something in-country.

For military veterans who have trained to drive heavy trucks and commercial fleets overseas, they come back to the US with some serious trucking skills and driving experience. In addition to having behind the wheel experience, these drivers are typically trained in diesel mechanic work and truck repair. These skills strike a strong chord for companies hoping to hire drivers with hefty knowledge of how a truck operates. Military vets may not have a CDL but they definitely aren’t rookie truck drivers.

Getting a CDL and Trucking Job as a Vet

While it sounds like common sense that military veterans with truck driving experience would be a shoe-in for US trucking jobs, it’s not that simple of a situation. The main problem for vets looking for trucking jobs is that they do not have a commercial driver’s license. When you go to the military and drive for the Army, National Guard, Marines, etc. you are provided with truck driver training and job skills needed to get the job done right. They grant you a military-issued truck driver’s license, which isn’t transferable to the CDL.

Even though truck driver safety is imperative here on US highways, this is no comparison to the importance of safety for military truck drivers. So while a vet trucker will not return from active duty with a CDL, they are highly trained and adept at driving a big truck if that is the task they were given when in service. Fortunately the FMCSA is finally moving past this roadblock for vets searching for truck driving work here at home. The FAST Act bill, which also paved the way for e-logs, is on the right track toward granting military veterans CDLs.

Now vets are approved for a Military Skills Test waiver for these truckers who are applying to get a CDL. This covers the road test requirement, which means these drivers only have to pass the written exam to get their CDL. This only makes sense for these truckers who have proven trucking skills while under the watchful eye of the US military. Additionally, both the military and truck driving industry are vetted by the federal government, which puts them on par with one another in terms of safety requirements.

Trucking Companies Hiring Vets

A major reason why this change has finally taken place in favor of truck drivers who are veterans is because the trucking industry needs drivers. As more of our truckers are retiring and leaving the industry in favor of more home time and due to health restrictions, we need to fill those seats with qualified drivers. Military vets are a wonderful asset to both our nation and the trucking industry. By making it easier to become a trucker driving for trucking companies like Coretrans, GSTC or MBM Trucking it’s a win-win situation all around.

Benefits for these trucking companies begin with the fact that vets are well vetted by the federal government. Every move they’ve made as a trucker while in service is documented and analyzed by their superiors. If these vets were to get out of line in a serious enough manner it would warrant a dishonorable discharge. A quick look at their work record would stipulate this information. As a trucking employer this transparency allows you to hire vets without question of their work history.

As noted already individuals who have served in the military have a strong work ethic and dedication to routine in general. If you want to hire drivers who get loads delivered on time, arrive at the lot ready to work promptly, and are professional when communicating with customers, go with a military vet trucker. These drivers have such skills engrained in their being, which benefits trucking employers, fellow drivers, and customers all around.

If you are a military vet who is looking for a trucking job bring to light your accomplishments and service record. Also be proud of your service for our nation. While not every trucking employer is a great fit for your trucking job expectations, there are plenty of companies out there like Willis Shaw Express or USA Truck that would be honored to have you behind the wheel of one of their rigs.

 

Truck Driver Training with the Scania Truck Driving Simulator

White Truck Driver Cruising Down County Road

You need to practice driving a semi so you can get your CDL. Yet you don’t know any truckers and have no clue of how to borrow a big rig. That does not matter to your CDL examiner, who expects you to pass the road test and the written exam. What can you do? Consider the Scania Truck Driving Simulator. This video game transforms the way you can practice driving a truck. Find out whether or not it’s a legitimate way to truly train to be a trucker.

 Getting the Truck Driving Game

The Scania Truck Driving Simulator was first released in 2012. It is available on Microsoft Windows and Mac operating systems. Here’s the pricing:

  • For Windows systems $24.99 for a digital download to your computer
  • On iTunes for Mac computers $11.99
  • For iPhones the Scania Truck Driving Simulator 2017 version is $1.99

It’s available in several languages including English, Spanish, French, Croatian, and Russian. Just a glance at the screenshots of the game show that it is a beautifully designed game. It looks very realistic and detailed. On the Mac version it nearly appears like an actual video feed rather than a computer game. That’s a major plus for drivers who want to get a true truck driving simulation experience.

What to Expect

The simulator is set up with truck driver training in mind. You are presented with 10 maneuvering challenges that help you practice these tricky trucking skills without being behind the wheel. In terms of the setup you are put in an open city where you drive freely as you deliver loads. Challenges are arranged in a realistic-looking environment that is based on European landscapes.

You have to avoid hitting obstacles when backing in your trailer. You’re sent cruising around a complex track littered with these obstacles. You have to park your semi perfectly to get a good score. All of these challenges help you to hone your driving skills in the real world.

Throughout the challenges real-time situations arise that are similar to those you will face when driving a big rig for trucking companies like Cargo Transporters, Foremost Transport or Navajo Express. You might have to navigate tight curves on mountain passes. Your drive may be jeopardized with sudden rain storms or heavy side winds. Whoa! Your route is blocked due to a construction zone forcing you to think fast and reroute your way.

Just as with actual trucking jobs your main goal throughout the simulator is to deliver hauls for customers. Here’s where you get some autonomy as you are able to pick and choose the freight you haul. Note this isn’t necessarily the case in the real world, but it does give you a chance to learn how to haul different load types. In the end you are a winner if you can deliver your load to the port ferry for delivery.

Scania Driver Competitions

You can also compete in the virtual version Scania Young European Truck Driver Competition via this simulator. In reality these truck driver competitions are hosted worldwide in more than 50 countries. In fact, more than 300,000 truck drivers have competed in the Scania Driver Competitions, which is the largest truck driving and training event in the world. These challenges include road course races, braking, parking and safety measures that are tested in a competition setting. The finals are held annually at the Scania headquarters in Sodertalje, Sweden.

Scania Group Trucking Manufacturer

If you want to get more game play you can visit the virtual Scania Demo center in the simulator to view Scania big rigs. These trucks are the latest models being hailed by this European big rig manufacturer. That’s right, Scania is a real trucking company, and it is based in Sodertalje, Sweden. In fact, Scania is a leading brand of semis in Europe and the UK, as well as Asia and South America. For example, they have offices in Latin America, China, Russia, and India.

Scania trucks are renowned for being energy efficient and low in carbon use. More than 69,000 Scania trucks were sold in 2015, along with more than 8,000 Scania engines. While you are using this truck driving simulator you get a taste of what it would be like to drive trucks in Europe and Asia. As an added bonus the game’s scenery lets you escape for a semi-vacation to some faraway European destination.

 

Carter Express Receives Trucker Training Grant to Help Rookie Drivers

Carter Express truck on the roadWhen you see trucking companies getting help to do great things for truck drivers, it’s wonderful. Take Carter Express, for example, a trucking company based in Indiana. This trucking firm has recently been awarded a grant from the state program called Skill Up Indiana. This funding will help Carter Express continue on its mission of helping would-be truck drivers take the next step in their career. It also speaks volumes of the support of agencies outside of the trucking industry that are helping rookies achieve their career goals.

Carter Express Commits to Helping Trainees

Carter Express has been partnered with Ivy Tech Community College, which has campuses all over the state of Indiana. The partnership is to support truck driver trainees with job recruitment and mentorships. The trucking company is also partnered up with WorkOne, which is a part of the Indiana Department of Workforce Department. Both of these organizations help individuals get the workplace training they need to move forward with gainful employment. As a result of these partnerships Carter Express has been a source of aid for more than 250 trained truck drivers.

Skill Up Indiana Grant Recipient

So to help Carter Express continue its commitment to helping truckers in training the trucking company has been awarded grant monies from Skill Up Indiana. Choosing Carter Express as the recipient of this grant involved an application process. In fact, Carter Express was up against 300 other businesses, as well as schools and workplace development associations. The application process involved detailed written presentations that showcased the use for the grant funds. The competition was fierce.

Carter Express went through three stages of grant proposals and applications. This was followed by an expansion of the application to include five new employees just to help the company achieve its goals for helping trainees. After a two-hour phone interview and in-person presentation Carter Express was chosen as the winner of the grant. The total money awarded to Carter Express was an impressive $247,500. This funding will go toward a new truck driver training program.

About Carter Express

Carter Express was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Indiana. The company provides OTR truckload services in the US and Eastern Canada. More than 800 non-union drivers are employed by Carter Express, hauling freight 365 days a year. They were ranked No. 1 for having an exemplary safety rating by the Truckload Carrier Association for companies in the 50 to 99 million mile class in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Drivers for Carter Express operate as one of the country’s youngest fleets, while utilizing cross docks in Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

By providing a trucker training program in its home state Carter Express continues with its mission of creating a safe fleet of drivers. Drivers get the experience of working with a newer, mid-size company. This offers Carter Express an opportunity to expand in a safe manner without compromising the safety of its drivers. A partnership between a trucking company and training program also allows for mentorships between seasoned truck drivers and rookies. This is instrumental in helping new drivers learn the rules of the road. It also helps more experienced truckers to reshape their own abilities as they teach new drivers.

Benefits of Trucking Partnerships

Partnerships between truck drivers and trucking companies at the training stage are paramount. Trainees are able to ask questions and get expert answers from actual drivers and company employees. They can make educated decisions regarding how they are able to proceed with their truck driving career. While not every driver who trains under the guise of Carter Express will choose to stick around for the long haul, the trucking industry is benefiting all the way around. The better we train new truckers, the safer it is for all truck drivers, as well as passenger car drivers. Truck driver training fills in the gaps that CDL study guides leave behind, while making sure truckers are prepared to drive a big truck. Other trucking companies on par with Carter Express could make great strides by helping rookie truckers find their way in the trucking industry.

Is Amazon Taking Over the Trucking Industry? Covenant Says No

Amazon.com logo on a buildingIf you were good enough to get a gift this holiday season, chances are pretty good that Amazon was involved. Amazon is the biggest, by far, online marketplace selling everything from books, of which it got its start, to coffee beans, men’s socks, and even mattresses. If you need it, Amazon can deliver it and at a great rate, too.

Prime members can get almost anything delivered within two days without having to pay any additional fee. As a result, customers are becoming far too expectant of speedy deliveries. This has put a huge burden on the shipping markets, which has led Amazon to purchase its own fleet of trucks. The fear is that Amazon is primed to take over the trucking market, too. Is this a warranted fear or are those in trucking being overly concerned?

Delivering the Goods

Amazon has billed itself as the most convenient and expedient shipper of goods to consumers purchasing items online. And the web giant has made good of its promise. As a result delivery companies including the USPS, UPS and FedEx have shown difficulties during peak shipping seasons in keeping up the pace. What Amazon has decided to do is purchase its own shipping fleet. This fleet will feature full-on big rigs driven by commercial truck drivers. The trucks will be used to handle the transfer of goods from distribution centers.

Amazon’s Many Distribution Centers

The key to the success of Amazon is in using distribution centers strategically positioned across the US. These distribution centers allow the online retailer to stay in flux with the demand of shoppers. It also means that Amazon doesn’t have to pay sales tax that retailers have to pay in states where customers make purchases, but that is a whole other issue. The benefit of using massive distribution centers is that Amazon can keep an enormous amount of inventory without losing money.

Supply Chain for Amazon

In order to manage this inventory Amazon depends on trucks via both long haul truck driving jobs and regional trucking jobs. Trucking fleets are needed to move goods from distribution centers, as well as to haul items in from imports and manufacturers. Carriers are also used for hauling shipments to customers. The reality is Amazon has a huge dependency in the trucking industry in order to keep its head above water. Without steady fleets handling its loads Amazon is unable to fulfill its orders, which is why it currently outsources to companies big and small. For example, national trucking companies including Covenant Transport and Swift Transportation haul for Amazon.

Money Saving Maneuver

The problem is this is a costly venture. Given Amazon’s need to have transportation for every point of logistics it only makes sense that the company would start up its own trucking company. However, national trucking companies are certain that Amazon, no matter how big it gets, will not be a threat to their business.

For Swift Transportation this carrier believes that Amazon’s purchase of a fleet of big rigs will not impact their truckload business. According to Swift Transportation representatives, “We currently operate several different facilities for Amazon across a variety of our suite of services and are excited about our potential growth with this partnership.” Swift CEO Jerry Moyes adds, “Remember this is an $800 billion industry and it is incredibly fragmented. Having said that, we currently operate several different facilities for Amazon across a variety of our suite of services and [are] excited about our potential growth with this partnership.”

However, it is obvious to trucking companies that Amazon is expanding exponentially. Joey Hogan, chief operating officer at Covenant Transportation Group, states that, “They’re [Amazon] growing so dramatically that it’s hard for anybody to keep up with what they are doing in the marketplace. They need every truck they can get their hands on.” This should put some fear into trucking companies. If these companies are unable to keep up the pace for Amazon, then the company will be investing in more than a fleet of tractor-trailers.

Amazon has revolutionized reading by making e-readers a household item. The company has moved forward with its plan to open Amazon Fresh, a side venture that includes 10,000 grocery stores within the next decade. CEO and founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos has even launched a rocket into space. As part of yet another venture called Blue Origin, Bezos is planning for space travel for the tourism trade. Clearly the billionaire is not planning on slowing down any time soon. He obviously has some serious financial backing or funding that can help him expand in such radical directions.

So the thought that Amazon will start its own trucking company in the near future should be taken seriously. Yet will this effect the rest of the trucking industry? Keep in mind national trucking companies are reporting near full capacity as they need drivers to fill trucking seats. As such it couldn’t hurt to have another major trucking company on the roadways. At the same time where will Amazon find the thousands of truck drivers to fill its fleets? This could be where trucking companies take a hit, just as long as Amazon proves to be a solid performer in terms of paying truckers well.

Considering, however, the horror stories that come out of Amazon distribution centers including workers who literally work themselves to death, this may not be the best option for drivers. Therefore, any jobs taken away from trucking companies like Swift Transportation and Covenant Transportation Group will only be returned once truck drivers for Amazon are burnt out from unsatisfactory working conditions. Again, this is just speculation based on the working conditions of Amazon distribution centers.

What we want to know is whether or not you would drive for Amazon if the company expands its fleet? Do you think Amazon will create its own trucking company, and if so, what do you think the working conditions will be for drivers?

US Xpress Accepts Invitation From The Trucking Alliance

US Xpress Truck Driver Driving on County RoadUS Xpress is one of the most recent trucking companies to accept an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety and Security also known as The Trucking Alliance. US Xpress will begin its participation in The Trucking Alliance in 2017. Also Eric Fuller, the president at US Xpress, will be on The Trucking Alliance Board of Directors. Other trucking companies to join The Trucking Alliance in 2017 are Cargo Transporters, Aon Transportation and Risk Solutions, and KLLM Transport Services. Not just any trucking company can join The Trucking Alliance as this is an invitation-only group.

Mission of The Trucking Alliance

The Trucking Alliance got its start in 2010 by the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors. This alliance is a nonprofit organization categorized as a business league, and it is based on the support of six principles:

  • The first principle is that all interstate trucks will have electronic locking devices to monitor our in-service rules.
  • The second principle is that all trucks will be regulated with speed limiters of no more than 65 miles an hour on the highway.
  • The Trucking Alliance also follows the principle that hair testing should be used for preemployment drug screening of truck drivers.
  • They think that public liability insurance should be mandated for trucks.
  • The group is in support of the use of forward collision monitor monitoring systems to be included on all new trucks.
  • Truckers will be mandated with extensive federal preemployment screening and to have continued driver training after they become licensed truck drivers.

The mission of the alliance is to push through legislation on three specific policies. These policies are:

  • Hair testing for truck driver drug tests
  • A drug and alcohol monitoring program that documents and records all truckers who have tested positive on drug test
  • A mandate for electronic logging devices

Since 2010 the group has been productive in working with the senators in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in passing bills. These bills include electronic logging devices, hair sampling, and a drug testing report clearinghouse.

Companies and Businesses in Alliance

Today The Trucking Alliance is an organization independent of the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors. Its ongoing mission is to ensure the safety and security of truck drivers. On The Trucking Alliance Board of Directors are CEOs from several different national trucking companies. These include Maverick Transportation, Knight Transportation, Dupree’ Logistics LLC, and JB Hunt Transport Services. In 2017 US Xpress will be added to this list.

Another interesting detail of The Trucking Alliance is its Electronic Logging Device Advisory Group. It is chaired by leaders of JB Hunt Transport, and its advisory group includes leaders from DriveWyze, Continental Automotive Systems Corporation, OmniTracs Corporation, and PeopleNet. Let’s talk about those businesses on the Electronic Logging Device Advisory Group.

  • DriveWyze is a software company that makes weigh station bypass devices.
  • OmniTracs Corporation is another software company that produces electronic logging devices and other fleet management programs.
  • PeopleNet also makes electronic driver logs.
  • What about Continental Automotive Systems Corporation? Well, they produce a product called Surround View camera technology.

Each of the leaders on this safety alliance group are from businesses that sell products that are mandated in the principles of The Trucking Alliance. Whether or not this is a conflict of interest, it definitely is interesting to see these companies at the head of a group that is pushing for safety law regulations based on the application of the products they sell.

What does it mean for The Trucking Alliance to invite US Xpress to the organization? It shows potential for a more balanced voice that includes more of the trucking industry. Hopefully US Xpress will use their position as a way to show what safety regulations are best suited for truck drivers. As it stands now those in leadership and advocacy of trucker safety could easily appear to be self-serving. By having more trucking companies on the alliance this could help balance the scales and truly promote trucker safety.