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  • Scott Darling’s Confirmation Hearing set for January 20

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Scott Darling FMCSA Administrator

    T.F. Scott Darling III Source: Department of Transportation 

    January, 2016 - Scott Darling has been the interim Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the past sixteen months, and is finally in the process to make it official. At the nomination of President Obama, Darling will go before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, January 20.

    Dedicated to the position, Darling has championed many initiatives closing out 2015. In response to his nomination, Darling expressed what, he feels, should be FMCSA’s top 3 initiatives going into 2016.

    1. Increase truck and bus safety
    2. Improve the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program
    3. Improve the accuracy and collection of data critical for rule, program, and regulation creation

    With a history riddled with transportation experience, many feel Darling is the right person for the Administrator position.

  • What’s the Future Hold for Trucking and Logistics?

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    January, 2016 - Did you pay attention to the escalating trend of e-commerce deliveries this past holiday season? All the supply chain changes and new innovate manufacturing and warehousing approaches will each impact trucking and logistics requirements to bring products to market. The already pressed labor market will increase as the demand for more deliveries due to products being manufactured in the US will increase. The infrastructure of fulfillment of product movement will morph from large remote distribution centers to last mile, urban delivery. As always in transportation, the future will be marked by new regulations, greater demand and short supply of qualified drivers. Are you ready for change?

    John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research at Stifel Financial Corp. feels the trucking industry faces good changes and bad changes in the New Year.

    “The U.S. is gaining a competitive advantage as labor costs outside of [America] rise faster than costs in the U.S. are rising. Additionally, accelerating improvements in the worlds of manufacturing automation and 3D printing increase the odds of a re-acceleration in the nearshoring and in-sourcing phenomena [more] actively discussed prior to the relatively recent spike in the value of the U.S. dollar.”

    John Larkin points out that these trends and insourcing phenomena to save costs will consequently increase freight demand. If full production of products returned to the U.S. it would increase the amount of touches transportation companies potentially have, in terms of hauling raw material, semi-finished products, parts components, sub-assemblies etc. Currently when goods are produced overseas, domestic transportation companies have one to two touches. Larkin feels that this trend of insourcing coupled with the desire to shorten the supply chains could potentially increase that to eight to 12 touches.

    “Ultimately, rapid delivery of infinitely flexible/tailored products is possible, if not likely, within the next 10 to 20 years,” Larkin says.

    Unfortunately with this boost in freight and opportunity, comes the issue of a capacity shortage. The capacity shortage shifts power to carriers to select the customers, lanes, and freight. This results in an increase in efficiency and equipment utilization to maintain the highest unit of revenue.

    2016 trucking trends

    Source: John Larkin, Fleet Owner

    trucking logistics
    Did you pay attention to the escalating trend of e-commerce deliveries this past holiday season? All the supply chain changes and new innovate manufacturing and warehousing approaches will each impact trucking and logistics requirements to bring products to market. The already pressed labor market will increase as the demand for more deliveries due to products being manufactured in the US will increase. The infrastructure of fulfillment of product movement will morph from large remote distribution centers to last mile, urban delivery. As always in transportation, the future will be marked by new regulations, greater demand and short supply of qualified drivers. Are you ready for change?

    John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research at Stifel Financial Corp. feels the trucking industry faces good changes and bad changes in the New Year.

    “The U.S. is gaining a competitive advantage as labor costs outside of [America] rise faster than costs in the U.S. are rising. Additionally, accelerating improvements in the worlds of manufacturing automation and 3D printing increase the odds of a re-acceleration in the nearshoring and in-sourcing phenomena [more] actively discussed prior to the relatively recent spike in the value of the U.S. dollar.”

    John Larkin points out that these trends and insourcing phenomena to save costs will consequently increase freight demand. If full production of products returned to the U.S. it would increase the amount of touches transportation companies potentially have, in terms of hauling raw material, semi-finished products, parts components, sub-assemblies etc. Currently when goods are produced overseas, domestic transportation companies have one to two touches. Larkin feels that this trend of insourcing coupled with the desire to shorten the supply chains could potentially increase that to eight to 12 touches.

    “Ultimately, rapid delivery of infinitely flexible/tailored products is possible, if not likely, within the next 10 to 20 years,” Larkin says.

    Unfortunately with this boost in freight and opportunity, comes the issue of a capacity shortage. The capacity shortage shifts power to carriers to select the customers, lanes, and freight. This results in an increase in efficiency and equipment utilization to maintain the highest unit of revenue.

    2016 trucking trends

    Source: John Larkin, Fleet Owner
  • New Rule to Protect You from Coercion

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    December, 2015 - Many drivers can attest to the industry issue of drivers being pressured to violate federal safety regulations for the sake of a load. The FMCSA received many reports of drivers being threatened “with job termination, denial of subsequent trips or loads, reduced pay, forfeiture of favorable work hours or transportation jobs, or other direct retaliations.”

    There has been a process set in place for whistle-blowing protection through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, however it has proved not to be enough thus prompting a new FMCSA rule.

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published its “Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers” rule on November 30 and it will go into effect January 29, 2016. This rule prohibits motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to drive commercial vehicles in violation of Federal regulations.

    The rule addresses three key areas:

    • Process and procedure for reporting coercion incidents to the FMCSA
    • Steps and actions the FMCSA may take when responding to the allegations
    • Penalties that may be given to entities found coercing drivers

     

    The FMCSA outlines the definition of coercion and states that one of the penalties could result in a fine of up to $16,000 for each offense.

    “No commercial driver should ever feel compelled to bypass important federal safety regulations and potentially endanger the lives of all travelers on the road,” said Scott Darling, FMCSA Acting Administrator.

  • New Streamlined DOT Registration Process

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Unified Registration System
    December, 2015 - A simplified online registration process has been launched in an effort to streamline the registration of trucking companies with the US Department of Transportation or renewing a DOT registration. This Unified Registration System (URS) is also aimed at improving efficiency, reducing errors and strengthening safety for the motoring public.

    The URS will also apply to freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers and cargo tank manufacturing, inspection and repair facilities that need U.S. DOT registration.

    When fully implemented in 2016, the new URS will allow FMCSA to quickly identify unfit carriers and detect unsafe truck and bus companies that are seeking to evade enforcement actions, such as civil penalties. In the past, some of these unfit companies would often attempt to regain U.S. DOT registration by registering as a purported different, unrelated business entity. The implementation of URS is expected to reduce costs to the industry by about $9 million in time saved and fees incurred over a 10-year period, according to FMCSA.

    For more information on URS, click here.

  • President Signs Highway Bill Hours Before Funding was Set to Expire

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    December, 2015 - The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act proposed by the House-Senate Conference Committee has officially been approved. On December 3, with a vote of 359 to 65, the House of Representatives passed the FAST Act, and only hours after the House made their decision, the Senate also passed the bill with a vote of 83 to 16. President Obama then signed the highway bill into law on December 4, 2015, just in time before funding expired at midnight.

    The $305 billion bill stretches five years and is fully funded. According to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee it, “refocuses on national priorities, provides long-term certainty and more flexibility for states and local governments.”

    The American Trucking Associations is overall very pleased with the bill, especially with the steps it takes to reform the CSA Safety Monitoring System.

    The FAST Act Outlined:

    FAST Act, Source: http://transportation.house.gov/
  • 5 Year Highway Bill Compromise

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    December, 2015 - The conference committee has finally released the compromise highway billFixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST). FAST is a fully funded five-year bill that will spend $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. It was a compromise between the STRR Act passed by the House and the DRIVE Act passed by the Senate earlier this year. Now final, the bill will be voted on by Congress, before the looming December 4 deadline. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House says we can, “expect to have very good majority support.”

    The transportation industry is overwhelmingly relieved to see a long-term bill be proposed after all the temporary fixes that plagued us this year, and anxiously awaits the official vote. However not all are happy with its outcome. Michael Sargent pointed out that the “deal enables more deficit spending out of the Highway Trust Fund without any real reform.” He feels that this bill continues down the path of “chronic overspending and misallocation of resources.”

    A few ways the FAST Act proposes to raise the funds,

    • Reauthorizes the gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, typically brings in $34 billion annually
    • Changes to custom fees and passport rules for those who have negligent taxes
    • Contracts out some tax collection services to the private sector
    • Taps into dividends from the Federal Reserve Bank

    Changes specific to the FMCSA,

    • Requires FMCSA to use the “best available science and data” when creating rules
    • Establishes a process for the industry to petition for revisions to FMCSA regulations
    • Reforms the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program by adding in quality assurance steps
    • Awards grant priority to programs for veterans wanting to start truck driving careers
    • Authorizes “a new testing method to detect the use of drugs and alcohol by commercial motor vehicle drivers”

    The bill will be voted on this week and if approved will find its way to the President’s desk. “We have waited a long time for our congressional leaders to make transportation infrastructure a national priority and it appears that it has been worth the wait,” said Jeff Loveng, America’s Infrastructure Alliance President.

  • Long-term Highway Bill Expected to be Announced Today

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    Highway

    December, 2015 - The long debated highway bill is expected to be unveiled today, Tuesday December 1, 2015. Congress must produce a bill before the federal transportation funding expires on December 4, 2015, or the Department of Transportation will stop making payments to the state and local governments for infrastructure projects.

    Several temporary extensions have been passed in order to keep the funding going while the House and Senate work on a compromise for the purposed long-term bill. It is the first transportation bill to propose funding for longer than two years since 2005. The major difference between the House version and the Senate version is the avenue in which transportation projects will be funded over the next six years.

    Congress aims to get a final bill to President Obama by December 4, 2015, so the industry expects an announcement sometime today.

  • Meals for 18 Wheels

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    November, 2015 - With the holiday season at our doors, Meals for 18 Wheels has been busy gearing up for the rush. Meals for 18 Wheels is a group that provides meals to truck drivers year long. Since the group got its start in November 2013, it has served truckers hundreds of free meals. Many volunteers step up to the plate each year and give their time to bring a warm meal to the truck drivers out on the road. Meals for 18 Wheels plans to deliver food on November 26 and 27, and December 24 and 25. Crystal Schoonmaker, Meals for 18 Wheels volunteer and social media administrator, estimates at least 200 meals will be delivered on those four dates.

    “I know what it’s like for drivers starting off. I come from a family of truckers. This is what I can do to give back,” says Schoonmaker. “If a driver is broken down and doesn’t have access to food or anything of that sort, contact the Facebook page [or email mealsfor18wheels@gmail.com]. We will find a volunteer in that location.”

    Meals for 18 Wheels works hard year round to support truck driver across the country. At this especially busy season, they don’t shy away, but rather increase their efforts to try to touch all those in need of a meal.

  • ATA Has High Hopes for Long-term Highway Bill

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Tractor Trailer

    November, 2015 - The American Trucking Associations applauded the House of Representatives for passing a long-term highway bill and now calls on Congress to continue the quick pace to get the bill to the President’s desk.

    The bill continues to support a strong federal role in the funding of roads and bridges, and includes a dedicated program for funding important highway freight projects and streamlined environmental reviews. It also addresses several important safety issues like, reforms to CSA, and establishing standards for hair testing for drug use. Unfortunately, the bill still calls for Interstate tolls to maintain a prominent role, however the ATA hopes the final bill will avoid the expansion of the Interstate tolling authority.

    ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, UPS Senior Vice President of State Government Affairs, expressed the ATA’s positive outlook, “It is refreshing, after so much delay, that Congress appears poised to pass this important bill, but the job isn't finished and we look forward to Congress passing a long-term, well-funded bill that improves efficiency and safety on our highways.”

  • Workhorse Delivery Drone Approved for Testing by FAA

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    October, 2015 - The Federal Aviation Administration has granted permission for Workhorse Group to test their HorseFly Delivery Drone. The Workhorse technology coupled with an electric truck can dramatically reduce the cost for delivering small packages. For each delivery, a diesel truck costs $1 per mile, an electric truck costs only $0.30 per mile and a drone costs a minimal $0.03 per mile! The thought process is that a five pound book does not require a large truck to drive up the driveway if it can be delivered by the drone. While the drone delivers the smaller package, the truck can continue on to deliver heavier items such as tires.

    HorseFly Delivery Drone

    The Innovation: Talk about a work horse! The HorseFly Delivery Drone is impressive. Its specifications include,

    • 8-Rotor Octo-copter
    • Inflight GPS and Compass
    • Landing infrared camera
    • Weight: 9.5 pounds without the battery (roughly 18 pounds with battery)
    • Payload Capacity: 10 pounds
    • Maximum speed: 50 mph
    • Flight time: 30 minutes

    How it works: The delivery driver assigns the drone a package and a destination using the touchscreen interface in the delivery truck. The drone then launches from the delivery vehicle and navigates itself to the desired delivery location. Meanwhile the truck continues on its delivery route. Once the drone reaches its delivery location, a human pilot takes over and ensures a safe decent and package drop using a multi-camera video feed. When complete, the pilot relinquishes control and the drone flies itself back to the delivery truck where it docks and recharges for its next delivery.

    The purpose:To create a warehouse on wheels. "Our premise with HorseFly is that the HorseFly sticks close to the horse," Steve Burns, Founder and CEO of Workhorse says. "If required, the HorseFly will wirelessly recharge from the large battery in the WorkHorse truck. The fact that the delivery trucks are sufficiently scattered within almost any region during the day makes for short flights, as opposed to flying from the warehouse for each delivery."

    Technology has a way of changing the landscape of nearly every industry and transportation and logistics is no different. It will be interesting to watch as this type of drone technology enters our communities and solves transportation costs/congestion issues.

  • Hours of Service Update

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    October, 2015 - 75,000 driver alertness tests, 22,000 days of driver sleep data and 30,000 driver duty cycles later, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration finally announced September 30th that the data collection phase of the 34-restart provision is complete. Now that the collection phase is done, the study team has begun to analyze the data and project to have the final report by the end of the year.

    This study came about due to the amendment to the 2015 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations legislation introduced by Sen. Susan Collins. It suspended the 60/70 hour limit which required that property-carrying drivers stop driving after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days and had to include two periods from 1 am to 5 am of home terminal time. The rule remains suspended until the FMCSA completes this study. Originally slated to expire September 30, a spokesman from FMCSA confirmed that the voluntary restart provisions remain as is until the final report is issued.

  • Keep up with the FMCSA Rules and Regulations Schedule

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    October, 2015 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) works to ensure the safety in motor carrier operations and make safety the number one priority when it comes to transportation, as it should be. However, it is no secret that the FMCSA has a reputation for taking a long time to develop rules and regulations and continually pushes back deadlines. Several regulations have been delayed for numerous reasons and the most current reason is the pending confirmation ofScott Darling as the FMCSA Administrator. To help you keep track of what is coming down the pipeline, here is a quick snap shot of the rules, the date they were initiated, their original scheduled dates and their new projected dates.

    FMCSA Rules Schedule
  • Bill Proposes 91,000 Pound Weight Limit

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    September, 2015 - In 2014 roughly 69% of U.S. freight tonnage was moved by trucks and over the next decade overall freight tonnage is expected to grow nearly 25%. This means something needs to be done quickly to increase trucking productivity.

    As the law currently sit, a freight shipping truck's maximum weight is 80,000 lbs. With the impending driver shortage, truck weight limit is an area that has been revisited and scrutinized. Last week on a telephone press briefing, Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) introduced a bill titled, the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act. Based on U.S. Department of Transportation safety and road wear data, this bill proposes to equip tractor-trailers with a sixth axle and increase the federal weight limit to 91,000 lbs. Immediate safety concerns are raised with the idea of increasing weight limits, and is said safety has played a large factor in the development of this proposal. In order to ensure safe stopping distance and road wear, the U.S. DOT confirms that this would stay compliant with existing federal bridge formula and the mandatory sixth axle preserves current, if not better, stopping distance and road wear.

    "The SAFE Trucking Act will help us safely move more of the things Americans want with fewer trucks taking up space on the road, and it is based on data to ensure that truck stopping times and pavement wear are as good or better than our current trucks. When we can increase efficiency, decrease traffic, and make everyone safer in the process, that is a win, and the SAFE Trucking Act is able to help us achieve all these objectives." Ribble said.

    The SAFE Act specifically refers to only single trailers and does not include modifications to doubles or triples. Europe and Canada are already practicing similar guidelines with six axle trucks carry up to 100,000 lbs. safely. In the U.S., Maine was granted the ability to carry out such rules five years ago and since then their fatalities on the road have reached the lowest in 70 years. The implementation of this bill will be voluntary and the control and authority over their roads will remain with each individual State to determine the adoption of this bill.

    The American Trucking Associations still has yet to express an opinion on the proposed bill while the Trucking Alliance spoke out about the potential for this bill to drive up operating costs and drive down truck driver wages. The discussion continues as to whether this is a viable option withstrong opinions on both sides.

  • Truck Platooning Technology is Making Gains

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Platooning Trucks
    Photo credit: Peloton Technology, Inc.

    September, 2015 - Efficiency is always the goal and with this topic comes the idea of truck platooning. Truck platooning is when two tractor-trailers travel closely, roughly 40-50 feet part, create an air flow that pushes both trucks forward. This saves on fuel but it creates a huge risk in safety because there is less reaction time. However, now technology is being developed that allows trucks to platoon without sacrificing safety. Peloton Technology, Inc. is the lead in this new technology.

    Peloton Technology, Inc. has developed a wireless electronic communications system that allows two trucks to communicate information such as braking and acceleration so the trucks will react simultaneously in important situations, such as, when they need to brake quickly. This eliminates the delay in human reaction time and allow the trucks to gain from platooning without risking safety. The Peloton System also includes a video feed from a camera in the front truck sent wirelessly to the rear truck so their vision is not impaired.

    The American Transportation Research Institute and Auburn University found that platooning technology could save 5-10% on fuel. The North American Council on Freight Efficiency confirmed that Peloton’s technology saved about 10% on fuel for the rear truck and 4.5% for the lead truck.

    Research continues on Peloton’s system and with investors like Lockheed Martin, the technology is progressing and may be closer than we think. Fleet Owner released a great article by Larry Kahaner that dives into more questions about platooning trucks.

  • Home Building on the Rise Means an Increase in Hauls for Trucking

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    September, 2015 - home building
    Since the Great Recession the housing market has seen its share of hardships and slowly struggled to bounce back. Over the past years we have been seeing the market make slow gains. This month national wide housing has increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units, the highest it has been since October of 2007. Single family home starts increased 12.8% from June to July, the best pace since December 2007, but multifamily homes fell 17%.

    Chief Economist David Crowe of the NAHB states, “single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.” Tom Woods, NAHB Chairman, a home builder from Blue Springs, MO adds, “Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result.”

    New building permits issued also dropped from June to July however they remain higher than the previous July. Despite the slight drop, confidence for homebuilders and the market for newly built homes rose a percentage and remains positive.

    This report is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for a slow strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015. David Crowe said, "job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.” The slow gains and positive outlook in the housing market is good news for flatbed and other trucking operations. An increase in building means an increase in hauling everything from building supplies to household appliances and goods.


    home buildingthe Great Recesmarket has seen its share of hardships and slowly struggled to bounce back. Over the past years we have been seeing the market make slow gains. This month national wide housing has increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units, the highest it has been since October of 2007. Single family home starts increased 12.8% from June to July, the best pace since December 2007, but multifamily homes fell 17%.

    Chief Economist David Crowe of the NAHB states, “single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.” Tom Woods, NAHB Chairman, a home builder from Blue Springs, MO adds, “Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result.”

    New building permits issued also dropped from June to July however they remain higher than the previous July. Despite the slight drop, confidence for homebuilders and the market for newly built homes rose a percentage and remains positive.

    This report is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for a slow strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015. David Crowe said, "job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.” The slow gains and positive outlook in the housing market is good news for flatbed and other trucking operations. An increase in building means an increase in hauling everything from building supplies to household appliances and goods.

    home buildingSince the Great Recession the housing market has seen its share of hardships and slowly struggled to bounce back. Over the past years we have been seeing the market make slow gains. This month national wide housing has increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units, the highest it has been since October of 2007. Single family home starts increased 12.8% from June to July, the best pace since December 2007, but multifamily homes fell 17%.

    Chief Economist David Crowe of the NAHB states, “single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.” Tom Woods, NAHB Chairman, a home builder from Blue Springs, MO adds, “Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result.”

    New building permits issued also dropped from June to July however they remain higher than the previous July. Despite the slight drop, confidence for homebuilders and the market for newly built homes rose a percentage and remains positive.

    This report is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for a slow strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015. David Crowe said, "job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.” The slow gains and positive outlook in the housing market is good news for flatbed and other trucking operations. An increase in building means an increase in hauling everything from building supplies to household appliances and goods.

  • Are You Ready for the ELD Mandate?

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    August, 2015 - The ELD mandate is almost here. September 30 has been announced as the date for the final ruling. With its release just around the corner, now is the time to learn more. John Gaither, Regional Sales Manager at GPS insight, will be speaking at afree webinar on the topic. The webinar will describe, what the ruling actually means for businesses, who will be affected, compliance standards, and the benefits for managers and drivers. This new regulation faces two last hurdles before being released. It currently sits with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and then will go to the Office of Management and Budget. The ELD mandate aims to improve overall fleet management, but with new tools comes a learning curve. Make sure you are prepared.
  • 3-Month Highway Bill Approved

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    August, 2015 - The quest for a long-term highway bill is still ongoing, but recent
    strides were made last week when thehighway Senate passed the three-month extension of Federal highway funding. This bill is on its way to the President for approval. Once signed, it will provide $8 billion in funding until October 29. The patch was passed by a 91-4 vote.

    With this bill passed, road funding will continue another three months but a long-term plan is sorely needed. The House and Senate will have a short window to develop a multi-year long term funding solution.

    This patch is the 34th short-term transportation extension since 2009 and hopefully the last. The Senate voted 65-34 on a six-year highway bill that will be a starting point for negotiations with the House after the August recess.

  • ATA Predicts Growth in Freight for Trucking

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    August, 2015 - The American Trucking Associations released a new report projecting an increase in freight volumes by nearly 29% over the next 11 years. Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist, says, “Continued population growth, expansion of the energy sector and foreign trade will boost trucking, intermodal rail and pipeline shipments in particular. The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright.”

    By the year 2026 Forecast, a collaboration between ATA and IHS Global Insight, estimates a 28.6% increase in freight tonnage and a 74.5% increase in freight revenues putting revenue at $1.52 trillion in 2026.

    Forecast also projects that trucking will remain the dominant mode of freight transportation but its share of tonnage will dip from 68.8% in 2014 to 64.6% in 2026. Pipeline volumes will increase an average of 10.6% a year and the share of freight will increase from 10.8% in 2015 to 18.1% in 2026. Railroad share of freight tonnage will decrease from 14.2% in 2015 to 12.3% in 2026. Intermodal freight will be the second fastest growing mode at 4.5% per year through 2021 and then increase by 5.3% per year after. Class 8 truck numbers are expected to grow from 3.56 million to 3.98 million by 2026.

    Forecast can be purchased at www.atabusinesssolutions.com or by calling 1-866-821-3468.

  • Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers Soon to be Mandated?

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    July, 2015 - A new piece of legislation called, the Truck Safety Act, was introduced late last week in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sen. Booker is part of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure committee, a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Five key topics are addressed in the Truck Safety Act, including:

    • Minimum Insurance – increase the minimum insurance level from $750,000 to $1.5 million
    • Collision Avoidance Systems – require crash avoidance systems in all commercial motor vehicles
    • Speed Limiting Devices – require commercial motor vehicles to have speed limiting devices
    • Driver Compensation – mandate employers to compensate truck drivers hourly
    • Excessive Commuting – study the effect of long commutes some drivers have to their base of operation

    This bill was praised by several safety advocates including, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and the Consumer Federation of America. The groups pointed out as total tonnage of truck freight shipments are predicted to increase as much as 63% by 2040, new requirements for advanced crash avoidance systems and speed limiter devices are critical. Many in the transportation industry, however disagree with parts of the proposal. The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) both contend that an increase to the minimum insurance level is unnecessary, because as it currently sits, more than 99 percent of crashes are already covered. The OOIDA also questions theeffectiveness of speed limiting devices. They state, research shows uniformed highway speeds are what needs to be addressed - speed differentials increase the risk of crashes therefore the speed limiting devices may in fact be less safe.

    Several new bills are being purposed calling for increased safety measures and improved infrastructure. How those initiatives are to be carried out is still to be determined.

  • GROW AMERICA – What You Need to Know

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    July, 2015 - Most will agree that America’s infrastructure system needsGROW Americaa major overhaul. The US Department of Transportation is pushing for more funding to be made available. GROW AMERICA is a six-year bill that will increase our transportation investment by 6%. The FY 2016 budget offers $478 billion in funding for a six-year reauthorization proposal to modernize our infrastructure.

    Why is this needed?

    The 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program received 950 pre-applications to its call for transformative and innovative capital programs. These applications total over $14.5 billion, over 29 times the $500 million available through TIGER. A study conducted by Beyond Traffic found 65% of the roads are in less than good condition, one out of four bridges crossed need to be replaced and there is a backlog of $86 billion in repairs for public transit. There is predicted to be an increase in the demand on the transportation system over the next 30 years. The population will grow by 70 million and freight traffic is expected to increase 45%. What these statistics point to is the uniform need for transportation capital program.

    GROW AMERICA Act would be a long-term transportation bill to address these growing critical infrastructure projects. It will increase safety across all modes of transportation, strengthen theTIFIA and RRIF loan programs and help make jobs and education more accessible.

    Check out their video.

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