Spot Rates are UP and small business owners are OPTIMISTIC!

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Spot Rates are UP and small business owners are OPTIMISTIC!

Small biz optimism surges

According to American Trucker Jan 10, 2017

 

Small business optimism rocketed to its highest level since 2004, with a stratospheric 38-point jump in the number of owners who expect better business conditions, according to the monthly National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism.

Marco Castaneda Ruiz

Marco really did a good job getting ready for his test and passed his CDL Road Test in his first attempt.  Marco and his friend Victor drove up from Owatonna and they helped each other out though the process.

Halvor Lines Chosen to Host "The Wall That Heals" in 2017

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Halvor Lines Chosen to Host "The Wall That Heals" in 2017

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) have announced they will continue their partnership in 2017 to bring "The Wall That Heals" to communities across America.  Halvor has been selected to host the Memorial Wall later this year from July 20th to July 23rd in Superior, WI.

Schneider Visit

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Schneider Visit

Bryan Shafer from Schneider was here today to talk about the many job opportunities for our students at Schneider. We have had about 30 students go to Schneider in 2016.  If you have any questions about all of the options at Schneider, here is Bryan's contact information:

Bryan Schafer

Driver Field Recruiting Mgr.

11955 Douglas Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50323

Office: 800-558-1159

Cell: 515-344-9663

Good News - Freight Increased last month.

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Good News - Freight Increased last month.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) said its for-hire truck tonnage index jumped 8.2% in November after dropping 0.3% in October.

Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2015, tonnage is up 2.8%, the trade group noted.

Bob Costello, ATA’s chief economist, noted in a statement that 2016 “has been an interesting year” with monthly gains and decreases in truck tonnage “as large as I can remember,” which he said suggests freight seasonality is “different” this year.

Entry Level Driver Training Rules Announced.

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Entry Level Driver Training Rules Announced.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released for public inspection the long awaited Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Final Rule. This Final Rule requires anyone seeking a Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to first obtain classroom and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training prior to sitting for the CDL skills exam. 
 

Clint K.

Federal Rules allow students to travel to other states to take their training and testing.  Not all of the states cooperate with the Federal Rules but we are able to training most people under our Wisconsin school license and then provide access to testing in Hudson Wisconsin.  Clint is from South Carolina and took advantage of our program.  

Alex C.

Alex C. from Mound, MN just graduated from Interstate's 160 Hour Professional Tractor Trailer Program. He was dedicated from the start and worked really hard to get through the course and now he's going to be starting his new career as a truck driver. He'll be driving for Halvor Lines.

FMCSA will keep random testing rate to remain at 25%

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FMCSA will keep random testing rate to remain at 25%

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25% for calendar year 2017.  

FMCSA regulations require that truck and bus companies that employ commercial driver’s licensed (CDL) drivers conduct random drug and alcohol tests upon these individuals at a nationally prescribed percentage, which is informed by the results of an annual survey.

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