News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
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
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Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017
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Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks
Last Updated: Thu, February 14, 2019
Arizona officers cross the border to make U.S. roads safer
An Arizona Department of Transportation program that has enforcement officers crossing the border to train Mexican truck drivers is making United States highways safer for all motorists.
The program began 18 months ago and has so far qualified 576 Mexican drivers. This has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of Mexican trucks crossing into the United States driving vehicles with safety violations.
Of some 11,000 crossings through the commercial ports of entry in Nogales, San Luis and Douglas during that time by the qualified drivers there have been only 31 instances of drivers being stopped for significant safety violations.
The two-day training program is called International Border Inspection Qualification. It is conducted by state-certified law enforcement officers who staff ADOT's ports of entry. They teach Mexican drivers and mechanics the safety requirements for driving commercial trucks north of the border.
Officers have conducted 25 sessions so far, with nine more scheduled for the upcoming seven months. Officers also offer requalification classes that consist of one-day refresher sessions for drivers who have already qualified in a previous session.
Citing the program as a "tremendous success by any measure," Tim Lane, director of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, says, "The improved safety record of drivers who have completed the training shows that our training program is very effective, and that the drivers attending our sessions are taking the process very seriously. We are making a positive impact on safety on Arizona roads.”
A unique, technological twist has also been innovated by ADOT. Mexican drivers can use the WhatsApp phone app to contact ADOT officers before approaching the border. So far, the app has been used 233 times, with some 80 percent resulting in safety violations that the drivers were able to fix before crossing the border.
California sues FMCSA for slamming the state's stricter meal and rest-break rules
The State of California has bucked the federal system in requiring more stringent meal and rest-break rules for truckers than is required by all of the other 49 states. But, now, the state finds itself defending its position after its regulation was struck down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In an announcement February 7 from the California State Department of Justice, State Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his office, along with the California Labor Commissioner's Office, has filed a petition with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the FMCSA's action.
“It is well within a state’s rights to establish standards for the welfare of our workers,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Truck drivers, like every other person protected under California’s labor laws across hundreds of different industries, deserve adequate meal and rest breaks.”
The California regulation under contention is the one where the state requires drivers to take a 30-minute meal break every five hours on shifts longer than six hours, and a 10-minute rest break every four hours worked.
California believes its regulation should supersede the federal standard of a 30-minute break for every eight hours of driving on the basis of increasing safety, and is proceeding with its appeal to the court of appeals.
Joining the state with similar suits recently are two locals of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, stating that drivers are safer under California's rules.
Eric Tate, secretary-treasurer of Local 848, said, "The industry would rather see drivers never take a break or attempt to eat while driving; this will cause accidents major and minor. California has held a higher standard for years and it shouldn't be taken away."
Supporters of the FMCSA regulations, however, contend that California's more-stringent rules create unsafe conditions for drivers as it decreases options for the driver to regulate his hours and plan pickups and deliveries; which could lead to unsafe decisions.
California's misguided attempt to shoehorn office worker break rules into a truck driver's scenario "not only pose a safety risk, but also lead to a loss in productivity and ultimately hurt American consumers," said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
Michigan police chief among many lobbying against bigger trucks
While trucking companies and carriers such as FedEx and UPS are lobbying Congress for the right to put larger and heavier truck on the road, there is a growing movement by opponents to lobby Congress not to allow that exact thing.
For example, Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles is on his way to Washington this week to tell Congress that "semi trucks are big enough already."
He, along with a delegation from the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs, will meet with Michigan's Congressional delegation to plea their case against larger trucks.
“I-75 runs through the center of Grand Blanc Township and we see a large volume of commercial vehicle traffic,” Wiles said. “Unfortunately, with such a high number of trucks comes severe accidents, and we've responded to several on both I-75 and I-475. The relationship is simple -- bigger trucks mean bigger accidents.”
Bigger-truck opponents are encouraged and supported by an organization called Coalition Against Bigger Trucks; which says shipping companies are hoping Congress will enact legislation forcing states to allow 33-foot doubles; which are 17 feet longer than a regular 53-foot trailer. Shippers are also lobbying for increasing truck weights from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds.
“Michigan is already home to some of the heaviest trucks in the nation, but most abide by the national standard due to the inability to travel far out of state at the heavier weight," Wiles said. "But you don't have to drive far to see the impact these trucks have had on our roads and bridges.”
Opponents of the larger trucks cite data from the U.S. Department of Transportation showing that longer tandem and heavier trucks have a longer stopping distance and much higher crash rates.
Over at CABT, the organization has signatures from more than 1,000 local government leaders who wrote a letter in 2018 to Congress asking them to oppose any increases in truck size and weight. The letter signatories included mayors, county engineers and public works directors.
CABT also cites a 2018 poll which found that there is strong opposition to changing rules about what is allowed on the nation's highways; stating that 7 out of 10 likely voters oppose allowing heavier and longer trucks.
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