Archive for July, 2013


trucking2The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Court has ruled against the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters Union, in their efforts to stop the federal government’s Mexico cross-border program.

OOIDA and the Teamsters had brought petitions before the court stating that the cross-border program was unlawful on a variety of fronts.

Their petitions’ charges included, but were not limited to, the lack of validity of Mexican CDLs; the alleged inadequacy of participant Mexican drivers’ medical certification; inadequate drug testing of the drivers; exemptions granted to Mexico-domiciled carriers without following statutory procedures; not requiring all Mexico-domiciled carriers to display a safety decal; alleged inadequacy of Mexican truckers’ vision tests; and the argument that the pilot doesn’t include a sufficient number of participants “necessary to yield statistically valid findings.”

The groups’ petitions for panel rehearing were denied by Circuit Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Judith W. Rogers and Brett M. Kavanaugh.

According to the Court’s findings, Mexican CDLs were “permissible,” citing a 2001 statute requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to verify that each Mexican driver had proper qualifications “including a confirmation of the validity of the Licencia de Federal de Conductor” or Mexican CDL, and a 2007 statute that said the Secretary of Transportation “will accept compliance with a corresponding Mexican law or regulation as the equivalent to compliance with the United States law or regulation.”

Regarding OOIDA’s argument that the pilot violates a statute governing medial certificates for truckers and that truck drivers must be examined by doctors on the national medical examiner directory, the court decided that the arguments weren’t valid because Mexican CDLs require a physical exam every two years and the registry requirement has yet to take effect.

The court ruled that nothing in federal regulations prohibits collections of specimens for drug tests in foreign countries as long as they are sent to a certified lab for processing.

They also ruled that the federal statute “makes clear that pilot programs such as this one need not go through the separately listed procedures for exemptions.”

In response to OOIDA’s claims that the pilot doesn’t achieve the same level of safety as that required by “applicable safety laws and regulations” in the U.S., the justices once again ruled that the Mexican CDLs and drug testing procedures were such that they comply with applicable U.S. laws and rules.

Concerning the Teamsters’ argument that the pilot is unlawful because not all Mexico-domiciled trucks are required to display a decal certifying compliance with American safety standards, the court found that the decal requirement only applies if the trucks are “import[ed] into the United States” or are “introduce[d] … in interstate commerce” within the meaning of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

The court added,

That definition would apply to Mexico-domiciled trucks only if the trucks — not the items they carry — were brought into the country as commercial goods.

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trucking91Whille the biggest trucking companies in the United States and Canada are hauling more freight than ever,the continued slow pace of economic growth and the costs associated with increased government regulation is making it more difficult for many carriers to add capacity and invest in new equipment.

According to trucking executives, business is not sufficiently robust to justify expansion of their fleets.

A lot of the carriers also took on debt during this bad economy andhave not been able to generate enough profit yet to attract new investors.

Derek Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Neb., noted that the average profit margin in trucking now is only 2%. He also added,

If a carrier is properly allocating its cost of capital, it should have a 10% operating margin.

He also noted that carriers are are almost at their capacity.

We are in equilibrium. But a tightening is starting to take place.

A survey by Transport Topics shows that for-hire carriers plan to add an average of 206 company-owned tractors in the next 12 months, compared with an average of 367 acquired in the past 12 months, a drop of about 44% in planned purchases from one year to the next..

Meanwhile, compliance with safety and environmental regulations is raising the cost of hauling freight and changing the way trucking companies manage their operations, industry executives said.

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trucking41Last Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an updated version of regulatory guidance concerning breaks for drivers.

According to the FMCSA, this new rule clarifies guidance it says has an “effect of discouraging drivers from taking breaks during the work day, or documenting such breaks in their logbooks.” Among other changes, the new regulations require drivers take a 30-minute break every eight hours on duty.

The two new conditions that FMCSA says must be met to record meal and other routine stops made during on-duty hours as off-duty break time are:

(1)”The driver is relieved of all duty and responsibility for the care and custody of the vehicle, its accessories, and any cargo or passengers it may be carrying.”

(2) “During the stop, and for the duration of the stop, the driver must be at liberty to pursue activities of his/her own choosing.

The old guidance, issued in 1997, included requirements for written instructions from a drivers’ employers concerning breaks and are inconsistent with FMCSA rules, according to the FMCSA. The new guidance, says the agency’s notice, attempts to make clear to carriers that they do not need to provide guidance to drivers — written or verbal — regarding specifics as to when and where they can take rest breaks.

According to the notice, released Friday by the FMCSA,

While FMCSA has not received any requests for clarification of the guidance, the agency believes it is out-of-date and no longer provides practical assistance to motor carriers attempting to achieve compliance with HOS rules.

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trucking43According to the latest edition of U.S. Freight Forecast to 2024, recently released by the American Trucking Association (ATA), there will be an overall increase in freight volumes for all modes of more than 20 percent and an increase in the amount of that freight moved by trucks.

The Forecast is a product of collaboration between ATA, IHS Global Insight and Martin Labbe Associates. It lays out the current state of the freight economy where trucking strengthens its position as the leading mode of transportation.

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, notes that Forecast projects trucking’s share of tonnage will rise to 70.8 percent by 2024 from 68.5 percent in 2012…

The trucking industry continues to dominate the freight transportation industry in terms of both tonnage and revenue.

Over that same period, Forecast predicts that:

  • Overall freight revenue will grow by 63.6 percent to $1.3 trillion annually in 2024 and trucking will see its share of those revenues rise to 81 percent from 80.7 percent in 2012.
  • Truckload volumes will grow 3.2 percent through 2018 and 1.1 percent annually between 2019 and 2024. Less-than-truckload volume should grow 3.5 percent annually through 2018 and by 2.4 percent until 2024.
  • Anemic growth for rail carloads of just 1.5% through 2018 and 0.4 percent from 2019 through 2024 contributing to a decline in market share to 14.2 percent from 14.8 percent in 2011.
  • Intermodal rail will continue to be the fastest growing freight mode, growing an average of 5.1 percent a year until 2018 then slowing moderately to 4.8 percent annual through 2024.
  • Other modes of transportation, including air freight, waterborne transportation and pipelines will see moderate volume and revenue growth.

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, recently started a new campaign to address the lack of basic training standards for new drivers.

tfl20According to OOIDA. the agenda outlined in the campaign, titled “Truckers for Safety” will help prepare the next generation of long-haul truckers and will proactively address other highway safety concerns.

Per OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer,

Better trained drivers mean safer drivers. An experienced career trucker is the type that people want to share the road with, and our members tell us that training should be the biggest focus of highway safety efforts.

Eve though there is a congressional requirement for such standards dating from the 1990s, already in place, current regulations do not include training requirements for becoming a long-haul truck driver. While new drivers must pass a CDL test, testing covers only basic operations and does not address the many on-the-road demands faced by truckers or the hundreds of regulations they are responsible for following.

OOIDA’s new campiagn points out that the more experienced career truckers with safe driving records are often replaced by new drivers with no experience or training , who are again replaced by newer drivers a few months later when they leave the industry.

According to Spencer, the prevalence of high turnover may be just one of the many consequences.

This churn results in more accidents, which in turn will lead to greater congestion, more fuel use, lost cargoes and greater inefficiency in our nation’s freight transportation network. OOIDA members are passionate about the impact that undertrained and inexperienced drivers are having on highway safety.

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