Pay increase for drivers likely to be carriers’ biggest cost pressure in 2018

Avery Vise, FTR Transportation Intelligence’s Vice President of Research, said that the trucking market conditions are ripe for an increase in driver pay — which, according to forecasts, could be carriers’ biggest ‘cost pressure’ in 2018.

Vise mentioned that current market conditions are perfect for drivers to demand a pay increase.

FTR is the trucking sector’s source for transportation intelligence and has served the trucking, shipping, rail, equipment, financial, and intermodal sectors for about 30 years.

Market conditions

Vise noted that the spot freight market’s growth rate improved last year, and contract rates paid by shippers to carriers “began to creep higher as…

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New CVSA bulletin highlights procedures for checking ELDs at roadside

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has issued a new inspection bulletin enumerating the responsibilities of drivers and safety officers during an hours-of-service inspection when an electronic logging device (ELD) is used.

The CVSA is a nonprofit alliance of state, local, territorial, provincial, and federal commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety officials and industry representatives in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada.

While the bulletin was issued mainly for inspectors, it also lists the responsibilities of truck drivers when moving data from their ELDs to roadside software for analysis, depending on the method used within the device and at the…

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The National Asphalt Pavement Association gets two HOS exemptions from the FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) two exemptions from federal hours-of-service regulations.

The NAPA requested the hours-of-service exemptions stating that asphalt pavement mixture is a perishable product that has to be delivered at the right time, at the right temperature, and granting these HOS exemptions would ensure smooth operations.

The associations also maintained that the requested exemptions are very similar to existing exemptions afforded to drivers of ready-mix concrete mixer trucks.

The Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety of NAPA, Dr. Howard Marks said:

“Because drivers of asphalt-related…

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Regional carriers slow to implement electronic logging devices, survey reveals
Regional carriers slow to implement electronic logging devices, survey reveals

According to a recent survey conducted by CarrierLists, many regional carriers are still without compliant electronic logging devices, as per the FMCSA’s ELD mandate which became mandatory for them on December 18, 2017.

The weekly poll’s results as of January 15 said: “ELD compliance rates for regional fleets are still roughly 20 points below longer haul OTR (over-the-road) fleets.”

As a result of the slow compliance rate by regional carriers, the overall ELD compliance rate has dropped a little bit.

The survey of 205 running fleets operating between five and 100 trucks showed that after holding steady between 70…

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The FMCSA exempts short-term rental trucks until April 19, 2018
The FMCSA exempts short-term rental trucks until April 19, 2018

On January 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a three-month ELD mandate waiver for short-term rental trucks.

The exemption was sought by the Truck Rental and Leasing Association (TRALA) late last year and took effect on January 19. It would run until April 19, 2018.

The 90-day waiver — which is a one-time exemption — allows short-term rental trucks to use paper logs to record their hours of service (HOS) and grants rental companies more time to install an electronic logging device (ELD).

TRALA is a group of nearly…

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The FMCSA extends comment periods for ag haulers and personal conveyance guidelines’ proposals
The FMCSA extends comment periods for ag haulers and personal conveyance guidelines’ proposals

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the comment periods for the HOS exemption proposal for ag haulers and the proposal to slightly alter the existing personal conveyance guidelines.

The FMCSA is now seeking comments on both these proposals until February 20, 2018.

Here are the details of each proposal.

Proposal for ag haulers

According to the existing regulations, livestock and ag haulers are allowed to operate within the 150 air-miles radius of the source of the ag products or livestock without maintaining records of duty status (RODs).

The FMCSA, in December 2017, proposed that ag haulers should be allowed the 150 air-mile…

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Researchers explain the need and benefits of truck parking detection technology
Researchers explain the need and benefits of truck parking detection technology

Transportation researchers are pushing for the implementation of truck parking detection technologies. Their study revealed that the system could be crucial to helping truck drivers find available parking areas — for which there is already a shortage.

The hours-of-service rules require drivers to stop driving and park their vehicles after their driving limit is over for the day. However, drivers often struggle to find an available parking area before their HOS clock ends, according to Caroline Boris, a research analyst at the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

A shortage of parking spots

The ARTI’s study showed that 36.5 percent…

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A Quick Glance At The Post ELD World Enforcement, Adoption, And Market Conditions
A quick glance at the post-ELD world: enforcement, adoption, and market conditions

The FMCSA’s ELD mandate took effect on December 18, 2017.

After the electronic logging device mandate implementation, we have so far seen a few enforcement issues, changes in the ELD adoption rates, and tighter market conditions that aligned in favor of truckers.

Let’s discuss all that and more in this blog post. We will start with the ELD enforcement issues that commercial drivers and carriers need to be aware of.

Last year, the CVSA announced that ELD violations wouldn’t affect CSA scores between December 18, 2017, and April 1, 2018. Inspectors have been…

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Net trailer orders reach new records in December 2017
Net trailer orders reach new records in December 2017

Last month, the U.S. net trailer orders reached an all-time high figure. The Freight Transportation Research (FTR) reported that the trailer orders reached 47,000 units, which is a new record.

Once the data on trailer orders are finalized, FTR expects that last month’s orders would exceed the previous record of 45,800 units in October 2014.

FTR is the source for transportation intelligence and has served the shipping, trucking, rail, intermodal, equipment, and financial sectors for almost three decades. From freight demand to system capacity to equipment production, FTR’s customers gain from reliable forecasts, quantitative market intelligence, key trends, and comprehensive analysis…

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TRAA and STC Inc. ask the FMCSA for ELD mandate exemptions
TRAA and STC Inc. ask the FMCSA for ELD mandate exemptions

The FMCSA has received two more ELD mandate exemption requests — one from a group that represents tow truck drivers and the other from a seasonal propane-hauling fleet.

Here are the details of the ELD exemption requests.

Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA)

TRAA represents more than 35,000 towing companies across the United States of America.

The group is requesting the FMCSA to grant a five-year ELD mandate exemption. In the exemption request, TRAA mentions that most tow truck drivers fall under the short-haul exemption. However, they do sometimes exceed the short-haul limitation…

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