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DOT Asks for Input on Which Regulations Should be Considered for Removal/Modification

DOT Asks for Input on Which Regulations Should be Considered for Removal/Modification

Earlier this year, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”).  In order to comply with the order, which would eliminate two “burdensome regulations” for every one new regulatory action, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) presented a PowerPoint containing a list of a dozen rules that they suggest can be considered for elimination.  These included:

Spot Rates Highest in Two Years, Expected to Rise Through Year’s End

Spot Rates Highest in Two Years, Expected to Rise Through Year’s End

Natural disasters, driver shortage, a growing economy, higher input costs, increasing pay for qualified drivers…all factors contributing to the highest spot quotes the industry has seen in over two years with van rates on the truckload spot quote market reaching a national average of $1.94 per mile and reefer rates increasing from $2.19 to $2.22 per mile week-over-week, according to DAT Trendlines.

Should Driverless Trucks be Included in Recent Self-Driving Bill?

Should Driverless Trucks be Included in Recent Self-Driving Bill?

Earlier this month, the House passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act (SELF DRIVE Act) which provided rules for “highly automated vehicles.” 1The rule, however, pertained to passenger vehicles but did not include commercial trucks. 

The Challenges Female Drivers Face in the Trucking Industry and What Needs to be Done

 The Challenges Female Drivers Face in the Trucking Industry and What Needs to be Done

It comes as no surprise that the driver pool in the trucking industry is dominated by males.  In fact, while gradually increasing, still only 5.8% of truck drivers are women.  But why?  We reached out to truck drivers and industry experts asking them what they believe to be the challenges women are currently facing in the industry and what needs to be done to attract more females into the driver’s seat.

FMCSA Suggests a Dozen Regulations to be Considered for Elimination

FMCSA Suggests a Dozen Regulations to be Considered for Elimination

Last January, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”).  In order to comply with the order, which would eliminate two “burdensome regulations” for every one new regulatory action, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) presented a PowerPoint containing a list of a dozen rules that they suggest can be considered for elimination.  These include:

ELD Out-of-Service Orders Won’t Take Effect Until April 2018

 ELD Out-of-Service Orders Won’t Take Effect Until April 2018

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect on Dec. 18th of this year, truckers will not be issued out-of-services due to compliance failure until next year, according to an announcement by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) earlier this week.

The Next Generation In Cab Trucking Technology

 The Next Generation In Cab Trucking Technology

Technology is changing every day and the trucking industry is no stranger. With an upcoming final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices for commercial truck drivers expected to be published September 30th, as well as requirements for speed limiters and electronic stability controls systems, members of the trucking industry are wondering what’s next. We set out to uncover what professionals believe to be the “next generation in cab trucking technology” as well as how Road Scholar Transport is improving our technology this summer. Here is what experts believe is next.

Request to Overturn ELD Mandate Denied

 Request to Overturn ELD Mandate Denied

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request to overturn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ruling mandating the usage of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on trucks was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Monday.

A Dozen Reasons to Choose Road Scholar Transport for Damage-Free Shipping

 A Dozen Reasons to Choose Road Scholar Transport for Damage-Free Shipping

Since 1988, Road Scholar Transport has been solving risk-adverse, investment grade customer’s transportation needs throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. To us, each of our customers’ freight is as fragile as a carton of eggs, easily damaged if not receiving the care and custody it deserves during transport, which is why we maintain a damage claim record of 0.0004%, one of the lowest in the industry.

Court Hears Arguments on Electronic Logging Device Mandate

 Court Hears Arguments on Electronic Logging Device Mandate

Carriers have until Dec. 10, 2017 to comply with a ruling mandating the usage of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on their trucks, replacing paper logs to track hours-of-service (HOS).  The ruling, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will provide three main benefits:  improve safety by enforcing HOS compliance and therefore preventing fatigue, saving over $1 million in revenue by replacing paper logs, and “increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records.” 1

Where’s My Freight? Congestion Costs Trucking Over $63 Billion a Year According to ATRI

 Where’s My Freight? Congestion Costs Trucking Over $63 Billion a Year According to ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute released starting statistics this week regarding the cost of trucks sitting in traffic.

The report, entitled “Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry: 2017 Update,” focused on the following 2015 statistics:

 

Self-Driving Trucks Expected to Remove 1.7 Million Truck Drivers, White House Reports

Self-Driving Trucks Expected to Remove 1.7 Million Truck Drivers, White House Reports

Last May, Otto’s driverless truck performed a test drive on Nevada’s roads and in October, the first ever shipment to be delivered in the U.S. via a driverless truck was made, traveling 120 miles throughout Colorado to deliver over 51,000 cans of Budweiser beer.  The following month, Ohio became the third state to have driverless trucks travel its roads.

Driver Complaint Scams Growing as Carriers Look Towards DriveCams as Solution

 Driver Complaint Scams Growing as Carriers Look Towards DriveCams as Solution

“For comments on my drivers call…” “How’s my driving?” “Problem with our drivers? 800-***-****”

The above are all examples of approaches carriers have taken on the backs of trailer doors to enforce the safety of their drivers on the road. But are drivers being penalized for false accusations? Can carriers confirm whether the complaints are true or false?

New Study Releases SMS Recommendations

 New Study Releases SMS Recommendations

In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) replaced the previous SafeStat System with a new Safety Measurement System (SMS) in an effort to quantify the performance of drivers and carriers as well as identify those who are at high risk of an accident.  Since then, groups have been lashing out over the misrepresentation of publicized motor carrier rankings, which many argue have led brokers and carriers to lose significant business with some of their major accounts.  So in December 2015, Congress passed a proposal, part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, making CSA scores (which contain six categories: unsafe driving, hours of service compliance, vehicle maintenance, controlled substances/alcohol use, hazardous materials compliance, and driver fitness measured via nearly 3.5 million roadside inspections a year) private until the system is corrected.

Technology Predicts Driver Turnover, Correlation Found Between Carrier’s CSA Scores and Driver Sustainability

Technology Predicts Driver Turnover, Correlation Found Between Carrier’s CSA Scores and Driver Sustainability

New research conducted by software system developer Vigillo, revealed a connection between a carrier’s safety scores and their ability to sustain drivers.

OOIDA Takes Fight to Stop ELD Mandate to Supreme Court

OOIDA Takes Fight to Stop ELD Mandate to Supreme Court

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is continuing its fight to dispose of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate set to take place Dec. 10th of this year, this time filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.

FMCSA’s Inspection Selection System and How It Works

 FMCSA’s Inspection Selection System and How It Works

In an effort to prioritize and select which carriers should undergo a roadside safety inspection, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration utilizes a rating program called the Inspection Selection System (ISS).  This system is accessible by roadside inspectors and grades a carrier using an algorithm taking into account their entire safety performance history.  Here’s how it works:

Free Mobile Parking App Available for Truckers this Summer

Free Mobile Parking App Available for Truckers this Summer

Last October, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its survey results identifying the top ten issues the trucking industry is facing.  Truck parking ranked 5th on this list among total respondents while commercial drivers rated it as the number two issue.

Groups Petition for Alteration in Entry-Level Driving Rule

Groups Petition for Alteration in Entry-Level Driving Rule

Last March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require drivers to put in a minimum number of hours behind the wheel before they could take their CDL test.  According to the proposal, Class A CDL drivers “would be required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training from an instructional program that meets FMCSA standards, including a minimum of 10 hours of operating the vehicle on a practice driving range,” while Class B CDL drivers “would be required to obtain a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including a minimum of seven hours of practice range training.” 1