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
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 - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest
Last Updated: Thu, June 6, 2019
Missing link in autonomous vehicle chain of delivery being forged now
Anybody who has ever had to use the parcel box provided with the cluster mailboxes in an apartment building, condo complex, or a subdivision will be able to relate to a new delivery paradigm being explored by autonomous delivery system startup Boxbot.
Hoping to fill the last-mile niche that is being overlooked by the autonomous big-rig developers, Boxbot says it's self-driving electric vehicles will arrive at residence and commercial customers' doors with parcel lockers in the side allowing recipients to get their packages free from the worry of door-step package thieves.
Boxbot's plans include highly automated warehouse hubs in residential neighborhoods. Customers can schedule deliveries from these hubs, and will be given a code by text messages allowing them to access the parcel locker that contains their package.
Former Uber, Tesla and Amazon employees founded the Oakland, California, company; which is operating on $7.5 million it has raised in venture capital since last year.
The company also has a partnership with OnTrac, with plans to begin operating in some undisclosed areas in Northern California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Boxbot a permit to test its autonomous vehicles with the provision that a safety driver must be present.
Today's release of HOS rules changes delayed
The much-anticipated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration release of proposed new hours of service rules changes originally targeted for June 7 has been moved back to some time later this month.
Ray Martinez, FMCSA administrator, said the delay comes from continued questioning by the White House Office of Management and Budget; which has to sign off on the proposed changes before the FMCSA can implement them.
According to an FMCSA spokesperson, they are committed to move quickly within the rulemaking process and said the new rule will be published as soon as it is received from the OMB; which has had the rulemaking proposal since March of this year.
As part of its rulemaking process the FMCSA opened the proposal to public comment, and received more than 5,200 comments before closing the comment period on Oct. 10, 2018.
Briefly, FMCSA is considering changes to rules regarding the shorthaul HOS limit, the HOS exception for bad driving conditions, the 30-minute rest-break rule, and a revision of the split sleeper-berth rule.
Congress retains 30-minute break provision in 2020 budget bill
Setting itself up for a possible clash with the FMCSA, Congress has included language in its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill for 2020 fiscal year prohibiting FMCSA from eliminating the 30-minute rest break.
It is widely expected that the 30-minute break is being considered in FMCSA's latest proposed HOS rules changes that are currently under review by the OMB, and that will be released to FMCSA later this month.
According to an analysis by Overdrive, however, there are two factors leaning toward the 30-minute rule being killed or changed:
- FMCSA's final implementation of the proposed HOS rules will likely take place after the THUD bill expires next September, making the bill a non-issue. Congress would then have to renew its efforts to retain the 30-minute break in deliberations for the 2021 fiscal year bill.
- Lawmakers would likely face an uphill battle in the House and Senate and various committees, going against opposition from industry groups, opposing lawmakers and possibly even FMCSA itself.
Hundreds must retake CDL test
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has sent letters to 280 CDL holders saying they must retake the test in order to keep their licenses to drive commercially.
All of the letter recipients went through Carolina Truck Driving School, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Although the school had three employees who were official testers, DMV officials say the school testers did not follow federal and state guidelines. In addition, the school is missing some 450 records.
Affected CDL holders have until the middle of June to retake the test.
The Charlotte location closed in November, the owner claiming it wasn't making a profit, but a truck driving school owned by the same owner in Tennessee remains open.
The school is making an instructor, truck and trailer available at two DMV locations – Statesville and Rock Hill – in mid June in order to help drivers with the retake. Drivers may contact Josh Douglas with Carolina Truck Driving School, 704-603-3000, for more information.
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