News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
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
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 - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks
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.
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