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HDT Talks Trucking takes you behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.

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HDT Talks Trucking takes you behind the scenes with the industry’s most seasoned trucking reporters. Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial team uses decades of experience to bring you expert insights and interview industry professionals to discuss the latest news, trends, and technology that will help you run your fleet more efficiently, safely, and profitably.

    Season Two Trailer

    Season Two Trailer

    Are truck owner-operators trucking entrepreneurs, or poorly disguised employees? HDT’s editors dig into the issue of employee misclassification, California’s effort to crack down on it, and what that could mean for trucking. We’ll explore autonomous trucks: What will they mean for drivers? Is the technology ready? Our editors will share maintenance lessons learned at this year’s Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting, where we also learned some more surprising facts about electric trucks – are you ready to rethink the way you buy trucks? And we’ll introduce you to some of HDT’s Emerging Leaders, part of the next generation of trucking leadership.

    • 2 min
    What Does the Delay of the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Mean for Trucking?

    What Does the Delay of the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Mean for Trucking?

    The entry-level driver training requirements were a long time coming – and now they’re going to be even longer, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a two-year delay just days before the new regulation was to go into effect Feb. 7. On this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, we have three people with a stake in the ELDT program, and they aren't happy that it's been pushed back. Some say the delay will allow CDL mills more time to crank out under-qualified drivers. Our guests are:



    Don Lefeve, president and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association. The group has about 200 members located in 43 states that combined, graduate 50,000 truck drivers every year.
    Tim Kordula, CDL instructor, and administrator at Karl's Transport Commercial Driver CDL Training School in Antigo, Wisconsin.
    Laura McMillan, VP of training program development at Instructional Technologies Inc. She has served on the curriculum certification committee of the Professional Truck Driver Institute and served on the curriculum subcommittee as part of the ELDT proposed rule.



    Entry-Level Driver Training Rule in Federal Register

    Commercial Vehicle Training Association

    Karl's Transport Commercial Driver CDL Training School

    Instructional Technologies Inc.

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    • 30 min
    ELDs: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    ELDs: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    Once the final deadline for mandatory electronic logging devices came and went on Dec. 18, 2019, you might have thought that was the end of the story. Everyone’s now on ELDs, fleets are compliant, everything’s good, right? But plenty of issues remain unresolved and plenty of questions remain unanswered.

    In this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, Mike Ahart, VP of regulatory affairs at Omnitracs, says there are still a good number of things fleets have yet to get their heads around – including the diagnostic and malfunction provisions of the rule.

    John Seidl, a former commercial vehicle enforcement official-turned transportation-consultant and VP of risk services at insurance provider Reliance Partners, says fleets still need to keep a very close eye on the performance of their ELDs because there's a lot that can still go wrong – and hours of service violations are not going away anytime soon.

    11 Things to Know to Stay Out of Trouble with Final ELD Deadline

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    • 22 min
    How Do We Get Started with Electric Trucks?

    How Do We Get Started with Electric Trucks?

    We’ve written a lot about electric trucks over the past five years or so. Yet there’s still a lot we don’t know about how they’re going to work in real-world fleet operations. How will we integrate them into our fleets? How much will they cost? How much will we pay for electricity compared to diesel? Will we be able to maintain our productivity and still run at a profit? Every subject we bring up leads mostly to more questions. We're still looking for answers, but there are few certainties at this stage of the game.

    In November 2019, HDT Talks Trucking host and HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park moderated a panel discussion at the Bobit Fleet Forward conference in San Jose, California, on electrifying medium- and heavy-duty trucks. They don't have all the answers yet either, but they are further along than most of us. For this edition of HDT Talks Trucking, we’ll share highlights from that panel:

    • Bill Combs, director of Connected Fleets at Penske Transportation Solutions

    • Chris Nordh, senior director of Advanced Vehicle Technologies & Energy Products at Ryder

    • Will Quinn, a manager on Pacific Gas and Electric's newly created Clean Energy Transportation Team serving northern California.

    Fleet Forward Conference

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    • 25 min
    Does Trucking Have a Drug Problem?

    Does Trucking Have a Drug Problem?

    There’s been a lot of recent activity on the drug-testing front in trucking: The debut of FMCSA’s long-awaited Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a doubling of the percentage of drivers who must be randomly tested, and increased interest in alternatives to traditional urine testing. How is the legalization of marijuana in many states affecting the drug-testing of trucking’s safety-sensitive workers? What will the Clearinghouse mean for motor carriers? Why do some in the industry advocate for hair testing? We spoke with Dave Osiecki, the president and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, to get some insight into these questions and others.

    HDT’s Trucking Under the Influence Series

    FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

    Scopelitis Transportation Consulting

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    • 25 min
    How Far Have We Come with Electric Trucks?

    How Far Have We Come with Electric Trucks?

    It seems that hardly a week goes by here at Heavy Duty Trucking that we aren’t reporting on something related to electric trucks, so we’re digging into the electric future in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.

    Podcast host and Equipment Editor Jim Park and HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts share their experiences driving and reporting on various electric trucks over the last several years. You’ll also hear briefly from Bill Combs, the director of Connected Fleet at Penske Transportation Solutions, and Chris Nordh, the senior director of advanced vehicle technology at Ryder Systems, with some thought-provoking comments from presentations they gave at the Fleet Forward Conference.



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    • 25 min

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