News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
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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
Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers
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
Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way
Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road
Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach
Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal
Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice
The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers
The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017
We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better
Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
Last Updated: Thu, May 2, 2019
DOT to publish HOS rule changes on June 7
Keeping its promise to expedite the latest hours of service rule change process the United States Department of Transportation announced that a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is scheduled to be published on June 7.
For the time being, the proposal remains in the hands of the federal Office of Management and Budget for review, so the June 7 date must be necessarily flexible.
This latest news came in the DOT's April Significant Rulemaking Report for April. The report noted that because electronic logging devices are now mandatory and enforced the United States Congress and the public have urged the to look into revision certain hours of service regulations.
Late last summer the FMCSA published its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and held sessions taking comments on how HOS provisions could be improved. It then submitted a proposal to the OMB on March 29.
The FMCSA and DOT have held the suggested rules changes close to the chest, but information revealed during the public input stage indicates the following possible changes to existing rules:
- The 30-minute rest break provision
- The sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth.
- The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association petitioned the Agency to amend the HOS rules to allow drivers to take a rest break once per 14-hour duty period for up to three consecutive hours if the driver is off-duty.
- OOIDA's petition also requests that the Agency eliminate the 30-minute rest break requirement which the Agency had identified as an area of consideration for rulemaking.
- TruckerNation petitioned the Agency to revise the prohibition against driving after the 14th hour of the beginning of the work shift, allow drivers to use multiple off-duty periods of three hours or longer in lieu of having 10 consecutive hours off-duty, and eliminate the 30-minute rest break requirement.
Proposed Utah Love's up against star gazers and human trafficking concerns
A Love's Travel Stop is being proposed on 13 acres in San Juan County, Utah, near the town of Moab. The area is known for its exceptionally clear night skies, free from light pollution, and some residents fear the new truck stop will interfere with the views that they have enjoyed for years.
"Unfortunately, if they put a whole bunch of lights up, that’s going to destroy the whole situation here,” Bill Butcher, a local resident, told Moab Sun News. “In our backyard, I don’t really like it. It’s probably going to cause a lot of stress and problems with the neighbors.”
Butcher is asking the local planning commission to adopt an ordinance limiting and restricting the way that lights are deployed in the area.
According to a report published by the Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Community Development Office for Rural Planning, “Utah is home to some of the darkest skies in the nation and is the national leader in dark sky protection and preservation.”
The state is also part of a series of parks called The Great Western Starry Way that spans from New Mexico to Montana, and fully half of those parks are in Utah, notes the Utah Office of Tourism.
Tangential to the light pollution issue, some residents also question that putting such a large commercial development in the area will bring in crimes such as human trafficking, drugs, prostitution and other crimes they associate with truck stops.
School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Resource Specialist Bryan Torgerson noted in that agency's press release announcing the proposed new Love's, “I truly believe it is unfair when people stereotype all truck drivers as drug addicts and human traffickers just to stir up fear to prevent development.”
In the press release San Juan County Sheriff Chief Deputy Alan Freestone stated, “I don’t believe that the human trafficking and drug dealing will be nearly as big of a problem as people have it made out to be.
Nonetheless, we have special task forces to take on and address such law enforcement issues and we are happy to do our part to keep all crime in San Juan County to an absolute minimum.”
This part of Utah has a large amount of truck traffic, and observers note that there are semi-trucks parked all along the roads, calling for the need for a truck stop to relieve parking problems and congestion.
SITLA is set to gain some $1.27 million from Love’s in the deal.
Almost all former Falcon drivers have found new jobs
Comprehensive Logistics Co, Inc., once formerly linked to Falcon Transport Co., announced on Wednesday that it has hired the vast majority of Falcon's drivers and has been able to maintain service to its customers with no interruption.
Brad Constantini, Comprehensive’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very proud of the speed at which our leadership team reacted to the abrupt news that Falcon was ceasing operations effective immediately.
"Over this past weekend CLI was able to retain the vast majority of Falcon’s former drivers and immediately get them placed into Comprehensive Logistics positions. There was absolutely no down time or disruption of service to our customers.”
The company noted in its press release that Comprehensive and Falcon were related entities at one time but separated in November of 2016. Comprehensive was able to absorb the 565 Falcon drivers who were suddenly left without jobs.
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