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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; 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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? 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Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, June 28, 2019

Last Updated: Thu, June 27, 2019

FMCSA streamlining CDL licensing process

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, wanting to streamline the process for getting more new CDL drivers on the road, is proposing eliminating the prohibition against the same person giving the driving skills test who also provided the skills training.

“The proposal would alleviate testing delays and eliminate needless inconvenience and expense to the CDL applicant— without compromising safety,” an FMCSA press release stated.

Under the proposed new rule states would be allowed to permit qualified third-party skills trainers to also conduct the driving skills test for the same CDL applicants who trained under them.

“We continue to examine opportunities to provide common-sense regulatory relief to states and to individuals seeking to obtain a CDL,” stated FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez. “This proposal will provide states more flexibility, while maintaining safety on our roadways. I encourage all interested parties to review the proposal and to offer their comments to the docket.”

The proposed rule must undergo the usual publication in the Federal Register, and then be submitted to a 60-day public comment period.

The entire text of the proposal is available as a PDF from the FMCSA website, including instructions on how to submit a comment.

Majority of carriers meet driver hiring goals

The issue of driver shortage vs. no driver shortage has raised its head again following release of a study by Fusion Recruiting Labs called, "Truck Recruitment Report: The Modern State of Hiring in Trucking," that challenges some of the prevalent thinking about this issue.

In short, the study found that two-thirds of respondents said they had an increased need to hire during the past year, but that only 25 percent of respondents to the survey among fleet owners and transportation leaders said they did not meet their hiring targets at that same time.

So the study was determined to discover why there is so much talk about a driver shortage.

Recruiters answered that there are three main reasons finding new drivers is difficult: Unqualified candidates, lack of applicants, and applicants who did not follow through.

Toward the first reason, the study recommends that motor carrier companies re-evaluate their qualification policies.

But it's the lack of applicants that drew the most interest in the study, particularly in the area of driver pay.

The report stated that, “As a whole, the market for truck drivers appears to work as well as any other blue-collar labor market, and, while it tends to be ‘tight,’ it imposes no constraints on entry into (or exit from) the occupation. There is thus no reason to think that, given sufficient time, driver supply should fail to respond to price signals in the standard way.”

Another recent report noted that the companies with the highest average pay tend to be the smaller carriers, and that the reason medium to large fleets are not seeing more applicants is because better-qualified job seekers are going to the smaller fleets where the paychecks are bigger.

Consequently, according to the study, the reason it appears that the bigger carriers are seeing fewer qualified applicants is because they are going to the smaller fleets, leaving behind the lesser-qualified candidates to hit up the big guys.

Sentencing delayed in Idaho for two hemp transporters

Two truck drivers accused of transporting hemp into Idaho last year have been granted a delay in their sentencing.

Andrew D'Addario and Erich Eisenhart pleaded guilty to a lesser drug charge and were awaiting sentencing, but the state is now reconsidering the impact of this sentencing on how other Idaho jurisdictions will handle similar circumstances.

These two join truck driver Denis Palamarchuck who was arrested earlier this year at an Idaho weigh station for legally transporting hemp from Oregon to Colorado. The state of Idaho does not recognize the newest ruling from FMCSA that allows hemp transport, and continues to prosecute the three men.

Palamarchuck pleaded not guilty, and is expecting to go to trial in the fall.

The court document stipulating the continuance of the sentencing stated, "...the parties recognize the outcome of this case will likely have an impact on how jurisdictions across Idaho will handle cases of this type give the current illegality of the interstate transport of hemp in Idaho. ...the State and defense team are also in discussions about reaching an appropriate resolution in this case, while at the same time being mindful of finding an overall solution to this issue for Idaho."

Starsky Robotics tests unmanned big rigs on public highway

Starsky Robotics, claiming to be making the "biggest step forward" recently successfully tested a completely unmanned autonomous truck on a short stretch of Florida turnpike.

The truck, remotely piloted by an operator in Jacksonville, Florida, some 200 miles away, left a rest area and entered the highway, made a lane change, went through a toll plaza and then parked at its destination – a distance of about two-tenths of a mile.

Currently, the three-year-old company that is headquartered in San Francisco operates a regular freight-hauling business with 36 traditional trucks throughout the lower 48. They have three autonomous trucks for testing, but hope to ramp up to 25 by next year.

As the carrier expands its autonomous fleet it plans to train its most qualified drivers for remote piloting, saying technology savvy drivers can make the transition in a matter of weeks.

“There will be no shortage of drivers who wouldn’t be happy working in an office where they can remotely-operate trucks and go home to their families after their shifts,” Starsky's Stefan Seltz-Axmacher told FreightWaves. “In the trucking industry, there is a sustained difficulty in attracting and retaining drivers who want to spend a month at a time in a truck.”

He noted too that because driverless trucks can run virtually 24/7 with a change in shifts among the remote drivers it would alleviate the truck parking problem.

Sources: HDT, FMCSA, LandLine, Idaho News, FreightWaves

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