REPOST: Free online tool launched to help fleet managers improve HR practices

In Canada, a trucking company has introduced a new and free online tool to help fleet managers effectively address business concerns related to human resources and establish a high-performance work environment. The full article can be read here.

Trucking HR Canada has unveiled a free online tool designed to help fleet managers analyze and improve human resources practices.

The HR Circle Check, now available at http://www.truckingHR.com, asks questions about existing business strategies, and recommends specific tools to address related challenges.

“Every fleet will be familiar with the important role of circle checks in monitoring a truck’s mechanical condition,” said Tamara Miller, Trucking HR Canada’s director – programs and services. “Our new HR Circle Check self-assessment tool offers a similar step-by-step process for analyzing the policies and procedures used to attract, train and retain the people who work with the trucks.”

Millers says these business practices can have a significant financial impact. “It costs between $6,000 and $10,000 to recruit and train a new truck driver – and this is in addition to the business opportunities that are lost when qualified people cannot be found,” Miller said as an example.

Topics covered using the HR Circle Check include:

• Managing the business concerns related to human resources
• Attracting qualified candidates
• Managing the application process
• Screening and assessing candidates
• Hiring and orientation
• Understanding retention and turnover
• Mentoring new employees
• Creating a high-performance workplace

Trucking HR Canada officials say detailed HR Diagnostics explore the individual topics in further detail.

Solutions offered via the online tool include templates for HR-related documents, training manuals or other support, while fleets can also use the results of the Circle Check-generated overviews to focus business-planning efforts, officials said.

Fords, NJ-based Thomas Pecora is the president of H&H Transportation, Inc., a private trucking company that offers dry goods transport services to various American businesses and residents. Visit this Facebook page for more information.

REPOST: Diesel reaches highest price point since 2008

Overdrive, a premier magazine for news and information on the trucking industry, reports in this article that the price of diesel has now surpassed its highest national average since 2008.  But there is good news. Read on to find out.

 

Since diesel prices began their ascent in the middle of January, the national average diesel price has shot up 26 cents to $4.159 a gallon, marking the highest national average since Aug. 18, 2008, when diesel averaged $4.207 the previous week.

That year’s peak was at $4.764, coming during the week ended July 14, 2008.

Between Aug. 18, 2008, and this week, the national average price has flirted with the $4.15 mark, reaching that point exactly in October 2012. It didn’t breach it, though, until last week.

The good news, however, is that the climb seems to have slowed, as diesel rose just two-hundredths of a cent for the week ended Feb. 25 from the previous week, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

Regionally, the Rocky Mountain Region had the nation’s cheapest average, $4.057, while California had the most expensive, $4.365.

H&H Transportation, a private trucking company in Fords, NJ is headed by Thomas Pecora.  Be in the know of the latest developments in the industry by liking this Facebook page.

The future of vehicle telematics

Vehicle telematics is a type of technology that integrates the capabilities of computer systems and remote communications technologies like GPS to gather information from remote automobiles. This in-vehicle technology is commonly used as a tracking system, not just for locating where a vehicle is, but also for monitoring speed, driving habits, and environmental situations.

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But a recent report foretells that telematics could soon become accessorial to an applicant’s resume. The report quips that vehicle telematics has never been more accessible and can even work with the latest smartphones, so the prediction could turn into reality sooner or later.

 

In the report, Scott Cober of Marsh Canada prefigures that it would only take three to five years before smartphones could provide accurate and quality driving performance data in the previous six months which could then be transferred into a USB drive and be presented in an easy-to-read scorecard format. Drivers would just plug their iPhone into a portal and then allow it to stream information based on how they operate the vehicle.

The trucking industry is likely to embrace the telematics not only for its tracking and security purposes, but also for its benefits to the recruitment process. The new technology makes the hiring process faster and more efficient, while allowing applicants to gauge whether they are suited for their choice of career.

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Members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and transportation professionals like Thomas Pecora of NJ-based H&H Transportation, Inc. are optimistic about this development and how it could signal a spike in the number of individuals making a career in the trucking industry.

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Repost: Truckers at war to cut diesel tax

Author: Kevin Schofield

Reposted from: thesun.co.uk

In this article, thousands of truckers in the UK rally against sky-high diesel tax, demanding Chancellor George Osborne to cut fuel duty.

Thousands of lorry drivers have joined forces to demand George Osborne CUTS fuel duty in the Budget, The Sun can reveal.

Truckers delivering 64,000 pallets in the UK every day say they can no longer afford the sky-high tax.

They warn jobs could be at risk and shop prices will continue rising unless the Chancellor acts.

Mr Osborne has ruled out any hikes before September at the earliest after The Sun’s Keep It Down campaign.

But the Association of Pallet Networks, which employs 25,000 drivers and staff, say they now need a cut to bring down members’ massive £8 million-a-week diesel costs.

APN founder Paul Sanders said: “We pay the highest fuel duty in Europe — 58p on every litre. This is a toxic tax on all the small companies we carry goods for. If the Government want to get the economy growing, they need to cut fuel duty. Every 1p cut would save £3,740,000 a year.”

Campaign group Fair Fuel UK backed the calls. Spokesman Quentin Willson said: “Every extra penny the haulage industry pays in diesel is added to the price of everything in the shops.”

George Osborne used last month’s Autumn Statement to scrap a 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty planned for January 1. The move saved the average driver £7.69 a month. It was the third of the previous Labour Government’s planned rises he had dropped.

A Treasury spokesman said: “The Government recognises that fuel is a significant cost.

“The cancelled January increase alone will save a typical haulier £1,200 a year.”

Thomas Pecora of the NJ-based H&H Transportation would say that resolving oil predicament has never been critical in any government’s further efficiency savings and measures. This Facebook page discusses more about trucking and oil price.

REPOST: Webinar slated to discuss truck parking issues

A webinar developed by two of the trucking industry’s biggest organizations will tackle truck parking problems. According to this article, truck parking is an industry concern and the webinar will offer truckers with real-time information on existing parking availability.

 

The Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition (TIMTC) and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation are sponsoring a free webinar on Dec. 6 to discuss the issues surrounding the truck parking shortage and innovative ways the problems can be addressed.

Recent improvements in trucking economics have put more trucks and freight on the nation’s roads and highways.  At the same time, government budget shortfalls have reduced the number of truck parking spaces available to truck drivers in need of staging and rest.  In fact, truck parking as an industry concern appeared for the first time ever on American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) Top Industry Issues survey in 2012, garnering the 8th spot on the list, webinar sponsors point out.

Until new funding is identified for expanding truck parking capacity, the best solution is providing real-time information to truck drivers on existing parking availability, according to ATRI.  Recent research has identified the trucking industry’s expectations and requirements needed of the various FHWA-sponsored “truck parking information system” tests that are being conducted throughout the U.S.

Industry experts participating in the Truck Parking Issues & Opportunities webinar are Tom Kearney, manager, freight operations, Federal Highway Administration; Dan Murray, vice president, ATRI; Vassilios Morellas, program director, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; and Dave Miller, founder and COO of Gnosis Management and former senior vice president for Con-way, Inc.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will need access to the internet and a telephone. For free registration, visit the TIMTC website at www.freightmobility.com. An email with instructions for joining the webinar will be sent to all registrants.

The Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition (TIMTC) is jointly managed by ATRI, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the American Assn. of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the U.S. DOT and the American Trucking Assns. Members include motor carriers, commercial drivers, law enforcement, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, transportation planners and policy makers at the local, state and federal levels.

Participation in TIMTC is free and provides the latest information and updates on trucking industry initiatives that improve the industry’s safety and mobility.  Send contact information to TIMTC@trucking.org to receive a free membership.