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Smog checks is the future for California truck drivers 9/23/2019 Friday Short Haul - Volvo Dynamic Steering, Meals for 18 Wheels, speeding crackdown, OOIDA opposes legislation 9/20/2019 Telematics could be insurance-premium-saving boon for fleets 9/18/2019 54 percent of survey respondents still not impressed with telematics technology 9/16/2019 Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea 9/13/2019 TCA honors three Highway Angels 9/11/2019 Now they're talking about "smart" trailers 9/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Detention-time comments, truck orders decline, diesel fuel shortage 9/6/2019 Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change 9/4/2019 Clearing up concerns about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse 9/2/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hurricane Dorian, Speed limiter bill, Thank a Driver campaign 8/30/2019 Georgia jury awards $280 million for truck-driver-caused multi-fatality 8/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks 8/23/2019 Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire 8/21/2019 UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment 8/19/2019 FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes 8/16/2019 Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions 8/14/2019 CVSA asks for new truck crash study 8/12/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination 8/9/2019 Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race 8/7/2019 New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes 8/5/2019 Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav 8/2/2019 Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity 7/31/2019 DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure 7/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs 7/26/2019 FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers 7/24/2019 It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle. 7/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans 7/19/2019 Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire 7/17/2019 Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills 7/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status 7/12/2019 ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant 7/10/2019 New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters 7/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week 7/5/2019 Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July 7/3/2019 Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks? 7/1/2019 Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks 6/28/2019 Experts warn of active wildland fire season 6/26/2019 More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking 6/24/2019 Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award 6/21/2019 Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs 6/19/2019 Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers 6/17/2019 Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo 6/14/2019 HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers 6/12/2019 FMCSA takes a further look at detention time 6/10/2019 Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest 6/7/2019 Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week 6/5/2019 Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo 6/3/2019 Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments 5/31/2019 Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration 5/29/2019 Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts 5/25/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles 5/24/2019 Autonomous trucks on USPS test run 5/22/2019 Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules 5/20/2019 Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC 5/17/2019 Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA 5/15/2019 Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins 5/13/2019 Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole 5/10/2019 Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South 5/8/2019 Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets 5/6/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers 5/3/2019 'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states 5/1/2019 Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers 4/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business 4/26/2019 ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for 4/24/2019 Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks 4/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings 4/19/2019 Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels 4/17/2019 Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business 4/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise 4/12/2019 Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need 4/10/2019 Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border 4/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules 4/5/2019 Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates 4/3/2019 Don't get scammed by skimmers 4/1/2019 Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking 3/29/2019 Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers 3/27/2019 Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy 3/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 3/9/2019 3/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017 11/30/-0001

Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, September 13, 2019

Last Updated: Thu, September 12, 2019

Walmart video celebrates Truck Driver Appreciation Week

In celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which runs from September 8 through September 14, Walmart is promoting a video highlighting the safety and professionalism of their fleet of truck drivers.

Thought by many truck drivers to be the holy grail of career achievement, Walmart is known for consistently being among the highest-paying trucking companies in the country.

In a survey released this summer Walmart comes in second place for average annual salary at $86,000 or $41.36 per hour; lagging only slightly behind Sysco's top ranking at $87,204 annual and $41.92 per hour rate.

That compares to the current annual national truck driver salary average of $66,711.

The video is described as an emotional portrayal of the men and women with their families who drive for Walmart's fleet, as they deliver goods across the country.

Government official says it is driver churn not driver shortage

A government expert speaking at this week's FTR Annual Conference in Indianapolis believes there is no driver shortage in the trucking industry, per se, but the perceived shortage is actually the result of churn.

Attendees heard this from Kristen Monaco, the associate administrator of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Office of Compensation and Working Conditions, who says her 20 years as an economist studying the transportation labor markets has led her to that conclusion.

“If I had a dollar for every time I heard ‘truck driver shortage’, I wouldn’t be here doing this," she told attendees, as reported by HDT online.

Basically, she says that carriers are struggling to fill seats that are emptied over and over by drivers job-hopping for better pay "down the road." That leads to the impression that there is a driver shortage.

She alluded to a self-perpetuating kind of situation in the industry, as carriers respond to needing to fill seats by offering better pay and sign-on bonuses to attract drivers – who leave their current employment seeking that better pay, thus creating a "shortage" among the segment of the industry that hasn't caught up yet.

In other words, drivers are leaving companies, but they aren't leaving the industry, as they chase more dollars, and the churning goes on and on.

"The sheer number of carriers [chasing turnover] are increasing the churn,” she noted, as reported by HDT, and offered that to stem the church, “moderate wage increases would be preferred, but it would still be easier and faster to increase recruitment efforts.”

"In the aggregate, you have nearly enough drivers, but they’re always switching companies,” HDT reports she said.

California employee/contractor law is on Governor's desk for signing

Passed by the California Senate on Tuesday just under the Thursday deadline to make it through this legislative session, Assembly Bill 5 is now on Governor Gavin Newsom's desk for signing.

The Democrat governor has previously expressed his support for the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.

Widely thought by opponents to be the death-knell for independent contractor truck drivers in the State of California, the legislation was originally passed by the California State Assembly in May against strong opposition.

A California Trucking Association press release said AB 5 “will put tens of thousands of owner-operator truckers, who service agriculture, retail and other industry sectors, out of business."

In order to enforce what they believe clarifies the employee vs. contractor conundrum in the trucking industry, California legislators have basically placed into law a ruling from the California State Supreme Court, the Dynamex decision, requiring companies perform a "test" to determine if their drivers are employees or contractors.

One of the three tests is that to qualify to hire an independent contractor the hiring carrier cannot be in the business themselves of hauling freight; which industry leaders say is an impossible standard for most carriers who hire independent contractors to meet.

This would essentially shut out the state of California to all independent drivers who sign on to haul freight through trucking companies.

Instead, carriers must provide all drivers, even those who own their own trucks, employee benefits, such as workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance, paid sick days and family leave.

Depending on the strength of opposition to the new law if it is signed by the Governor, it could be awhile until it is enacted. Industry opponents plan to use a trinity of efforts to fight the new law, including litigation, legislation, and a push to put it on the ballot for a public vote.

Hemp truck drivers accept plea deals with the State of Idaho

Three truck drivers arrested last year for transporting hemp from one hemp-legal state to another hemp-legal state, but who made the mistake of crossing the border into the State of Idaho to get there, have accepted plea deals to get the State of Idaho off their backs and to mitigate the potential of lengthy prison sentences for the transportation of "marijuana."

According to Land Line, Palamarchuk was sentenced to:

  • 180 days in Ada County, Idaho, Jail with 175 days suspended and being credited for five days served.
  • A $1,000 fine, with $500 suspended, plus court costs.
  • Restitution in the amount of $1,860.
  • One year of unsupervised probation.

D’Addario and Eisenhart were each sentenced to:

  • 180 days in Ada County Jail, with 178 days suspended and credit given for two days served.
  • A $1,000 fine plus court costs.
  • Restitution in the amount of $4,138.79 for law enforcement investigative costs, responsibility for which is shared with the co-defendant.
  • Two years of unsupervised probation.

All three of the men waived their rights to appeal their judgment or sentence.

All three drivers came under scrutiny at the Idaho border for hauling loads of hemp plants in the cannabis family from Oregon, where hemp is legal, to Colorado, where hemp is legal. Hemp is becoming increasingly important as a crop because of the growing popularity of CBD oil supplements.

According to the 2018 Federal Department of Agriculture's Farm Act hemp is not considered marijuana, and it has been removed from the list of controlled substances, as it contains less than the proscribed .3 percent of THC.

But because the USDA has not had a chance to provide a set of new rules to enact the new Farm bill Idaho does not accept the Federal Act as law and continues to prosecute hemp as marijuana.

The USDA announced that it will have new rules in place in time for hemp producers to transport their crops for the 2020 growing season. In addition, to mitigate such extreme actions as that taken by Idaho the USDA issued an opinion in May that no state should block hemp shipments through their jurisdictions.

Two Idaho state legislators introduced a bill in February to legalize industrial hemp and bring Idaho's laws into compliance with the Federal farm bill. It was passed overwhelmingly in the House, but failed in the Senate.

Sources: CDL Life, HDT, HDT, Land Line

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