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Driverz Newsletter #3

Top Stories (News)

  • Pete Buttigieg, US Secretary of Transportation, prioritizes driver recruitment with a new $32 million investment to advance the state commercial driving license process (link). Also, watch Pete’s view on trucker’s compensation

  • Maverick transportation boosts salary for glass company drivers by 2 cents per mile allowing student drivers to earn up to $76,000 and experienced drivers $87,000 in their first year working for the company (link)

  • A new pilot program will be launched in order to mitigate truck driver shortages. It allows drivers aged 18 to 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles on interstate commerce after completing probationary hours (link)

  • With 1.4m truckers unionized under the Teamsters, Jim Hoffa, the retiring President of the union, advocates for workers reform under the Biden Build Back Better act and the Protect the Right to Organize Act (link)

The Community (Influencers & Media)

  • John Lex, America’s Road Team Captain for American Trucking Associations and the beloved proclaimed trucking “selfie king,” passes away at age 56 (link)

  • The Baltimore Ravens gift Ron Hill four free tickets after feeding hundreds of snow-stranded motorists on I-95 between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia (link). Additionally, Cully Frisard and Gene Woolsey were recognized for their contributions to communities affected by national disasters (link)

  • Felons receive a second chance in trucking as Marcus and Angela Little, a couple from Virginia Beach, operate a fleet dedicated to giving these criminals a special opportunity (link)

Statistics & Data

  • Uncompetitive pay rate, lack of communication, and poor scheduling highlight the top truck driving issues of 2021 (link)

  • Driver’s Health: Statistics from the National Institute of Health show that more than 50 percent of truck drivers are obese, compared to the national rate of 26.7 percent (link)

  • A total of 4,119 people died in large truck crashes in 2019. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists (link)

Technology and cool stuff

  • Want to Network with thousands of fellow truckers, discover new technologies, and further educate yourself on the trucking industry? Fortunately, this list will tell you where to go to experience exactly that (link)

  • Watch: 100 monkeys were on the loose after trailer crashes while shipping them to a laboratory

  • Ever arrive at your destination after hours of driving and fail to find a parking spot? Thankfully, current technology is helping solve the looming parking issues for truck drivers so you never have this problem again (link)


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