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Friday Short Haul - CTA files lawsuit against California, Highway Hero nominations sought, video of "Move Over" crash 11/15/2019 Tesla announces new electric Semi model 11/13/2019 Not everyone happy with potential FMCSA clearinghouse delay 11/11/2019 Friday Short Haul - AI taking driving jobs, CRV scam, Truckers protest AB-5, ELDs quit working 11/8/2019 Investigators cracking down on truck accident fraudulent lawsuits 11/6/2019 So you want to start your own trucking company? 11/4/2019 Friday Short Haul - FMCSA emergency exemptions, snow plows, FedEx employee bribery charges 11/1/2019 Human smuggling via big rigs on the increase 10/30/2019 Carriers, drivers look at ways to deal with California's AB-5 10/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Millennials and trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar settlement 10/25/2019 Too many drivers still don't know to "Move Over" 10/23/2019 Are trucker strikes a thing of the past? 10/21/2019 Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers 10/18/2019 OOIDA makes final push for better HOS rules 10/16/2019 Car-truck crash fatalities continue to increase 10/14/2019 Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition 10/11/2019 ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers 10/9/2019 Lonely on the road? Get a furry friend 10/7/2019 Friday Short Haul - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse 10/4/2019 UPS takes giant leap in its drone delivery program 10/2/2019 Female drivers are safer bet for trucking companies 9/30/2019 Friday Short Haul - Embark gets financing, FMCSA announces safety grants, Covenant exits Mexico routes, and trucking statistics 9/27/2019 Emissions standards battle heats up between the EPA and California 9/25/2019 Smog checks in 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 - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, October 4, 2019

Last Updated: Thu, October 3, 2019

Should the trucking industry be worried about lab-grown meat?

"Bull haulers aint gonna haul no bull no more." That's an extreme paraphrase of the message being communicated by a think tank that specializes in analyzing and forecasting technology trends and their impact on industries.

RethinkX published a food and agriculture report that has some alarming predictions about the future of the agricultural freight-hauling industry – all due to the growing interest in lab-grown meat.

Here are the bullet points from their report to review while considering that the agricultural sector currently accounts for 31 percent of the total freight moved on America's roads, and supports the trucking industry by providing 18 percent of its total revenue:

  • By the year 2030 the agricultural farming industry will be half of what it is now.
  • There will be only half the number of cows in feedlots in 2030, and the cattle-farming industry will be all but bankrupt.
  • By 2030 animal proteins will cost 20 percent of what they do now, and by 2035 they will be costing consumers only 10 percent of what they do now.
  • The need for animal feed producers and haulers will be severely reduced.
  • Lab-grown meat producers can locate much closer to the ultimate consumers, thus reducing the need for hauling livestock across long distances from producers to slaughterhouses.
  • As the need for ag-related logistics decreases by half by 2030, so will the demand for oil to power the decreased agriculture and trucking sector. The study reported that up to 150 million barrels of oil can be saved, resulting in a windfall of annual disposable income for consumers of $1 trillion as cost savings are passed down to them.

FreightWaves CEO Craig Fuller, in commenting on this study in a FreightWaves article online, had this to say: “While autos are incredibly important, no sector outside of retail is as important to the trucking freight markets as agriculture. Agriculture is about to get completely disrupted by technology. Indoor and vertical agriculture will have an e-commerce level impact on farming.”

Anyone thinking that this is like the fake human-caused-climate-change crisis needs to consider that one artificial meat startup called Beyond Meat enjoyed a 200 percent increase in its stock price in just the first week of it initial public offering in May.

"Broker" faces 20 years for double-brokering scheme

Drivers and legitimate brokers were conned out of more than $1 million in earnings by a Maryland man over an almost three-year span when he took payments from freight brokers, but who had no intention of picking up and delivering freight.

William Francis Hickey III, of Elkton, Maryland, would then subcontract out the freight hauling jobs to real brokers and drivers, leaving them to deliver the freight with no chance of being paid.

Hickey pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud to the tune of $1,171,314.11, and faces a possible sentence of 20 years in Federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled in United States District Court for December 29.

The conspiracy charges arise from the fact that Hickey conspired with others to carry out his scheme, including a co-conspirator in Pakistan. He was the managing member of Hickey Consulting LLC, and president of Latino Consulting, LLC, headquartered in Baltimore; and he had bank accounts in the name of both companies from which he conducted his fraudulent business.

The way it worked is that beginning in May 2016 Hickey and his co-conspirators would pose as legitimate trucking companies and accept loads from brokers to transport their shippers' loads, although they had no rolling stock and had no intention of picking up or delivering those loads.

They would then double-broker those loads to legitimate brokers and shippers, in the meanwhile taking fuel-advance checks from the original brokers. In some cases, Hickey et al would also manage to extract the final delivery check from the original brokers.

The truckers who actually drove the miles and made the deliveries would find themselves with no payment at the end of the haul.

Hickey pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud to the tune of $1,171,314.11, and faces a possible sentence of 20 years in Federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled in United States District Court for December 29.

Advisory Committee discusses proposed new HOS rules

The comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed hours of service rules changes continues to be open, running through October 21.

In the meantime, the FMCSA hosted a Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting last week where the agency heard comments and fielded questions from 25 of its members, whose occupations ranged from police officers to safety groups to union officials to representatives from the trucking industry.

The topic was the FMCSA's proposed new rules that the agency hoped would give drivers more flexibility in how they budget their time on the road.

FMCSA is hoping that the public will continue to add their comments, with supporting data, particularly to answer specific questions that came up during the meeting:

  • Would the proposal to allow drivers to add two hours of driving time to their day when they need to stop due to adverse weather or extreme traffic congestion be susceptible to abuse?
  • Would extending the distance and time for shorthaul carriers cause more accidents?
  • Why doesn’t the proposal permit drivers to take three 10-minute breaks rather than one 30-minute break?
  • Why does the proposed rule not allow drivers to split their sleeper berth time six-and-four hours or five-and-five hours, rather than limiting the split to eight-and-two hours or seven-and-three hours?
  • Will shippers disregard some of the hours-of-service changes, making it difficult for drivers to get the proper rest?

To submit a comment online, FMCSA says to go to http://www.regulations.gov, put the docket number, FMCSA-2018-0248, in the keyword box, and click "Search."

When the new screen appears, click on the "Comment Now!" button and type your comment into the text box on the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit.

To view comments online FMCSA suggests going to http://www.regulations.gov. Then insert the docket number, FMCSA-2018-0248, in the keyword box, and click "Search." Next, click the "Open Docket Folder" button and choose the document to review.

Registration now open for FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Although the Congressionally-mandated Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will not be officially in effect until January 1, 2020, the FMCSA has opened up the Clearinghouse to pre-registration.

Anyone wishing to register can do so by going to the Clearinghouse website and creating a secure online user account.

CDL holders, employers, medical review officers and substance abuse professionals are eligible to register. Registration is free, and is not required until the program is fully implemented next year. But drivers will need to register if they wish to respond to an employer’s request for consent prior to a pre-employment query or other full query being conducted.

FMCSA says the Clearinghouse is secure and can only be accessed by FMCSA, legitimate employers, state driver licensing agencies and law-enforcement officials wishing to identify drivers who are in violation of federal drug and alcohol rules.

Sources: FreightWaves, Justice.gov, Transport Topics, The Trucker

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