News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
Friday Short Haul - CTA files lawsuit against California, Highway Hero nominations sought, video of "Move Over" crash
Tesla announces new electric Semi model
Not everyone happy with potential FMCSA clearinghouse delay
Friday Short Haul - AI taking driving jobs, CRV scam, Truckers protest AB-5, ELDs quit working
Investigators cracking down on truck accident fraudulent lawsuits
So you want to start your own trucking company?
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA emergency exemptions, snow plows, FedEx employee bribery charges
Human smuggling via big rigs on the increase
Carriers, drivers look at ways to deal with California's AB-5
Friday Short Haul - Millennials and trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar settlement
Too many drivers still don't know to "Move Over"
Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?
Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers
OOIDA makes final push for better HOS rules
Car-truck crash fatalities continue to increase
Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition
ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers
Lonely on the road? Get a furry friend
Friday Short Haul - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse
UPS takes giant leap in its drone delivery program
Female drivers are safer bet for trucking companies
Friday Short Haul - Embark gets financing, FMCSA announces safety grants, Covenant exits Mexico routes, and trucking statistics
Emissions standards battle heats up between the EPA and California
Smog checks in the future for California truck drivers
Friday Short Haul - Volvo Dynamic Steering, Meals for 18 Wheels, speeding crackdown, OOIDA opposes legislation
Telematics could be insurance-premium-saving boon for fleets
54 percent of survey respondents still not impressed with telematics technology
Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea
TCA honors three Highway Angels
Now they're talking about "smart" trailers
Friday Short Haul - Detention-time comments, truck orders decline, diesel fuel shortage
Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change
Clearing up concerns about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse
Friday Short Haul - Hurricane Dorian, Speed limiter bill, Thank a Driver campaign
Georgia jury awards $280 million for truck-driver-caused multi-fatality
Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks
Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire
UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment
FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes
Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions
CVSA asks for new truck crash study
Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination
Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race
New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes
Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav
Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity
DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure
Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs
FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers
It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle.
Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans
Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire
Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills
Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status
ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant
New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters
Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week
Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July
Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?
Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks
Experts warn of active wildland fire season
More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking
Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award
Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs
Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo
HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers
FMCSA takes a further look at detention time
Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest
Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week
Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo
Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments
Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration
Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts
Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles
Autonomous trucks on USPS test run
Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC
Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA
Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South
Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states
Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers
Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business
ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for
Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels
Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business
Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise
Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need
Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border
Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules
Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates
Don't get scammed by skimmers
Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking
Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers
Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising
FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award
The hidden danger of looking but not seeing
Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout
Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire
Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases
Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness
Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports
New tax changes hit drivers hard
FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military
Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use
Congress committee looks at state of America's highways
Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same
Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks
Detention - A problem still in search of a solution
February Highway Angels honorees named
Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets
Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?
Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage
Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team
Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards
Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers
LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30
2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry
Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018
TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award
TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year
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New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018
Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup
Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks
Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017
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Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition
Last Updated: Fri, October 11, 2019
This is a file photo of a non-branded tractor. Amazon's new Volvo and Kenworth day cabs will sport similar coloration and logos to their delivery vans (below).
Amazon orders a fleet of branded day cabs
In a move indicating further disengagement with outsourced delivery providers Amazon has signed up with Volvo and Kenworth to take delivery of a ready-made fleet of Amazon-branded tractors.
A recent Business Insider article has the details.
According to the article, Amazon will take delivery of an unspecified number of Volvo and Kenworth day cabs at an unspecified time in the future.
Although the two major Class 8 truck manufacturers are keeping information about the deal close to their chests, the news was confirmed by Amazon Senior Vice President of Operations Dave Clark.
When Amazon's deployment of its own branded tractors goes into effect that rolling stock will join Amazon's fleet of 10,000 branded trailers, as well as its network of ocean freighters, branded airplanes, and its thousands of delivery vans that are already plying America's streets and appearing at residential customers' door steps.
Needless to say, Amazon's striving for logistics independence will be noticed by delivery heavy hitters UPS and FedEx that have based past financial strategies on getting Amazon's business.
In fact, according to Business Insider, one carrier, XPO Logistics, says it will lose $600 million in expected revenue because of its largest (unnamed) customer going to in-housing deliveries. Analysts agree that the unnamed customer is Amazon.
Another trucking firm worth $402 million declared bankruptcy this year, partially because of Amazon's move toward logistical independence.
It is largely surmised that Amazon will have its own company drivers to drive its new branded trucks, similar to the way that Walmart employs more than 8,000 company drivers to drive its fleet of trucks.
Analysts, however, say that Amazon might experience some difficulty in luring drivers to its new fleet. According to the Business Insider article, Amazon has not impressed drivers with the in-house brokerage service that it launched this year.
Drivers apparently are shying away from picking up Amazon-brokered loads because the average rates offered by Amazon's service are 18.4 percent lower than rates posted on the DAT load board.
Watchdog group says sponsor of bill for higher insurance minimums should recuse himself
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust sent a letter this week to the Office of Congressional Ethics saying that Representative Matt Cartwright (D. Pa.), the sponsor of a bill that would dramatically increase insurance requirements for truckers, should recuse himself as his wife is an attorney working for a lawfirm that handles commercial truck accident cases.
In the letter, FACT stated that Cartwright stands to gain financially from an increase in his wife, Marion's, income as a result of the legislation if it becomes law, and that he failed to list his wife and her source of income in federally required financial disclosures.
The legislation would increase the current $750,000 minimum to $4.5 million, which analysts agree would dramatically encourage already exorbitant and sometimes frivolous lawsuits against commercial truckers, resulting in even large payouts – a boon for attorneys.
"In light of these facts, the Office of Congressional Ethics needs to investigate whether Rep. Cartwright deliberately omitted his wife's income … in order to hide from scrutiny his financial ties to a law firm that stands to gain from the trucking liability legislation he recently introduced," the letter says.
Disclosing his wife's financial affairs is not something new to Cartwright, as he had done so and followed proper procedures in the past.
Todd Spenser, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, is quoted in the Washing Examiner stating, "From our perspective, it's blatantly obvious the motives behind the legislation are to economically improve the bottom line for attorneys that specialize in suing truckers. Should there be any integrity in our system at all, [Cartwright] should be recusing himself from involvement."
Washington truckers want the same Federal preemption granted to California drivers
In view of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association's slap-down of California's stricter meal and rest break rules, a Washington State truckers association is asking the Federal agency to grant the same preemption for Washington drivers.
As followup to the petition from the Washington Trucking Associations the FMCSA published on October 8 a notice and request for comments in the Federal Register.
Washington's law for meal periods and rest breaks is similar to California's, the petition stated. Employers are required to grant drivers a meal period of at least 30 minutes for every five-hour period, and a 10-minute rest break for every four-hour work period.
At the end of last year the FMCSA exercised Federal preemption on the California meal and rest break rules after being petitioned by the American Trucking Associations. In its ruling the FMCSA stated that drivers, small-business owners and industry stakeholders had shown that these kinds of meal and rest break rules "pose a safety risk but also lead to a loss in productivity and, ultimately, hurt American consumers.”
The WTA claims with the similarity to California's meal and rest break rules Washington drivers deserve the same level of Federal preemption.
“Given the similarity between Washington and California meal and rest break rules, the agency analysis of California’s rules in its recent preemption order applies equally to Washington’s,” the WTA petition stated.
Sources: Business Insider,
The Washington Free Beacon,
The Federal Register
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