Archive for June, 2013


trucking16Last week, representatives of the trucking industry urged Congress to postpone the implementation of new hours of service rules set to take effect next month.

The American Trucking Association told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee more research needs to be done and the regulation lacks teeth without electronic on-board recording device monitoring.

The new HOS rules, which take effect on July 1, require drivers to take a 30-minute break after driving eight consecutive hours. It also limits the number of hours they can drive per week from 82 to 70 hours.

The affected drivers are mostly long-haul truckload drivers. Local drivers and less-than-truckload drivers, who rarely work more than 5 days a week, are unlikely to be affected.

According to local carriers, they expect reduced hours will tighten a labor supply already pressured by driver shortages.

The 11th District U.S. Court of Appeals is presently hearing a petition to delay implementation of the new HOS Rule.

Since the court only issues opinions on Tuesdays and Fridays, the cout has only two more opportunities to say whether the rule can stay or whether a portion or all of it needs to be rewritten.

Out of fear as to what might happen if the court overturns the rule after the effective date, trucking stakeholders and some lawmakers have urged the FMCSA to delay implementation until after a ruling.

Those same groups are also seeking a delay until completion of a field study on the 34-hour restart provision is completed later this year.

The FMCSA placed the new and controversial restrictions on the 34-hour restart in the new rule, based on primarily laboratory studies, instead of testing the restrictions in the field.

Congress actually mandated a field study in MAP-21, the surface transportation bill passed last year.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro has denied all requests to delay implementation, adding that she believes the new rule will be upheld.

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trucking35An official at the General Accounting Office told members of Congress Thursday that there has been limited improvement in bridge conditions in the past decade, but a substantial number of bridges remain in poor condition.

Of the 607,380 bridges on the nation’s roadways in 2012, one in four was classified as deficient, Phillip R. Herr, the GAO’s managing director of physical infrastructure said in testimony before the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Herr told the subcommittee,

Some are structurally deficient and have one or more components in poor condition and others are functionally obsolete and may no longer be adequate for the traffic they serve.

Bridges are rated based on National Bridge Inspection Standards set by the National Bridge Inspection Program established by Congress. The standards detail how bridge inspections are to be completed and with what frequency.

According to Herr, structurally deficient bridges often require maintenance and repair to remain in service. In contrast, functionally obsolete bridges do not necessarily require repair to remain in service and therefore are unlikely to be inspected by state transportation officials.

Bridges are given sufficiency ratings based on structural adequacy, safety, serviceability and relative importance.

After an inspection, each bridge is assigned a sufficiency rating from a low of 0 to a high of 100.

The number of deficient bridges has decreased since 2002 even as the number of bridges has increased.

From 2002 to 2012, the number of bridges increased from 591,243 to 607,380. During that same time period, the total number of deficient bridges decreased by 23,357.

According to hHerr, the impact of the federal investment in bridges is difficult to measure.

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trucking19A company named SafeCell Enterprise has designed and released a new mobile app, which is designed to assist trucking companies companies in enforcing their wireless phone use and distracted driving policies.

The app will not only record and reports violations, it will also, in some cases, block text/SMS, phone and email while driving, according to SafeCell. The app will run automatically in the background of the driver’smartphone, and will engage when the driver is traveling over 5 mph.

The SafeCell Enterprise App was developed to help encourage employees to develop and to practice safe driving habits.

Per the DOT, Distracted Driving is a major problem on America’s Roads,

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes

The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.  Since 2009, we have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) banned commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving in September 2010, and later banned all hand-held cell phone use by commercial drivers in November 2011.

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Improving Trucking Safety

trucking23Last week, the American Transportation Research Institute released research findings that investigated variations in safety trends across different classes of large trucks.

The study separated and evaluated a medium- and heavy-duty truck crash records for the last 10 years and identified importante crash trends specific to each population.

Utilizing an ATRI-designed “crash rate index”, ATRI was able to zero in on specific variables such as vehicle type, crash location, and weather to determine the degree to which certain factors influenced crash trends for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.  Their study showed that there were noticeable differences in safety trends between different truck sizes, with medium-duty generally performing worse than heavy-duty trucks.  In addition, the results indicated differences between interstate and intrastate motor carriers.

Keith Klein, COO of Transport America, remarked that…

In order to continue to make progress in truck crash rates, we must improve our ability to target safety strategies across all segments of the industry. This research will enhance our industry’s ability to customize safety solutions.

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves, said…

This research also points out that blending medium-duty crash statistics with heavy-duty crash statistics may unfairly drag down the safety gains made by heavy-duty truck fleets,” said  “When it comes to truck safety, clearly one-size solutions do not fit all scenarios.

This safety data analysis will provide important insight for targeting crash mitigation efforts based on different truck size groups, and highlights important opportunities to reduce crashes and improve safety.

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