Archive for February, 2013


trucking66The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is about to publish a rule that would set higher standards for companies wanting to do business in trucking. This new rule would also help catch “chameleon carriers” who dodge enforcement by using different identities.

The FMCSA sent the final rule for a Unified Registration System to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review on February 18th.

For years, FMCSA has been working to implement rules that would reform the way it keeps track of the motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders that the agency regulates. The new system, called a Unified Registration System, will replace several existing identification systems.

URS would serve as a clearinghouse and depository of information on motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders and others required to register with the U.S. DOT.

It is believed that the rule will be published in the Federal Register the end of May.

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trucking64Last Thursday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee, whose purpose will be to provide recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system and helping meet President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015.

According to LaHood:

Our freight system is the lifeblood of the American economy. We must ensure that our freight system is stronger and better connected.

The recent transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, signed by Obama in July 2012, established a national freight policy and called for the creation of a National Freight Strategic Plan.

The DOT’s Press Release states that

By engaging stakeholders representing diverse geographic, modal, and policy interests, such as safety, labor and the environment, the advisory committee will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on how DOT can improve its freight transportation policies and programs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is soliciting nominations for members of the National Freight Advisory Committee. Instructions on how to submit nominations will be available in the Federal Register notice which will publish in the coming days.

The working together of stakeholders will serve to promote involvement and compliance with proposed plans and performance measures. The effort will support the implementation of larger freight policy initiatives, including the Department’s Freight Policy Council, an internal body of DOT leadership created by LaHood “to facilitate cross-modal implementation of MAP-21 freight provisions,” said the release.

The Advisory Committee will be made up of at least 25 voting members from outside of DOT who have various perspectives on freight transportation, including mode, region, policy areas, freight customers and providers, and government entities. It will meet at least three times per year.

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trucking62The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) have announced that a newly revised version of its joint Voluntary Guide to Good Business Relations for Shippers, Receivers, Carriers and Drivers is now available. The guide emphasizes reasonable and commonsense treatment of the four primary parties involved in truck transportation, and outlines mutually desirable business practices that TCA and NITL believe responsible shippers, receivers, carriers and drivers should adopt. The original guide was written in September 2000.

According to Jim Ward, president of D.M. Bowman Inc., of Williamsport, Md., and co-chairman of TCA’s Carrier/Shipper Relations Committee,

It’s been over a decade, and we realized that now is the ideal time to resurrect these guidelines. It’s critical that today’s shippers, receivers, carriers and drivers collaborate to make the industry more efficient, more productive and more labor-friendly. For example, stronger emphasis is needed on time management and asset utilization. Mutual respect between parties is also vital, given the challenges confronting the industry in recruiting and retaining a quality labor force today.

Although the guide was initially developed by TCA and NITL for their respective members, both organizations believe it is applicable to many, if not all, segments of the truck transportation industry and their customers, Bowman said. The organizations are encouraging other entities, such as food shippers, warehousing organizations, the retail industry, etc., to adopt these voluntary guidelines.

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trucking61In the midst of activities surrounding the inauguration of President Barack Obama, published reports quoted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in Obama’s first-term Cabinet, as saying he would be sticking around for a “while”.

The Secretary exaggerated.

The Associated Press reported early last Tuesday that LaHood had said in an interview that he’s definitely leaving the Cabinet, but intends to remain as secretary until his successor is confirmed.

Later, last Tuesday morning, LaHood confirmed his intention through an e-mail sent to Department of Transportation employees.

Meanwhile, rumor has it that former Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota was a likely candidate to succeed LaHood.

Oberstar is a former chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

While in office, Oberstar was able to work with members on both sides of the aisle and that Oberstar had an extensive knowledge of all transportation modalities.

In its story on LaHood’s departure, The AP mentioned two other possibilities— Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has pushed for increased rail service in Los Angeles and served as chairman of last year’s Democratic National Convention, and Deborah A.P. Hersman, the current chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

LaHood has helped the Obama administration steer through a number of safety measures and highway projects during the past four years. His record has included steps to curb distracted driving, promote high-speed rail projects and improve roads and bridges.

Reading a prepared statement, Obama praised LaHood’s efforts,

Years ago, we were drawn together by a shared belief that those of us in public service owe an allegiance not to party or faction, but to the people we were elected to serve. And he has never wavered in that belief. Everyone who travels by air, rail or highway can thank Ray for his commitment to making our entire transportation system safeer and strong.

In an e-mail to DOT employees, LaHood noted achievements during the past four years,

We have put safety front and center with the Distracted Driving Initiative and a rule to combat pilot fatigue that was decades in the making.We have made great progress in improving the safety of our transit systems, pipelines, and highways, and in reducing roadway fatalities to historic lows. We have strengthened consumer protections with new regulations on buses, trucks, and airlines.

Speaking to his employes at the DOT, LaHood said,

In December, the DOT was recognized as the most improved agency in the entire federal government in the 2012 Best Places to Work rankings published by the Partnership of Public Service.Even more impressive, DOT was ranked 9th out of the 19 largest agencies in the government.”

LaHood says he will not run for public office in his home state of Illinois.

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Southaven, MS 38671

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