Archive for December, 2013


tfl4Jan. 30th is the deadline for America’s Truck Drivers to self-certify their operating status and provide medical examiner’s certificates to state driver licensing agencies.

As of Jan. 30, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration started requiring CDL holders to identify if they conduct intrastate or interstate commerce and if they hold non-excepted or excepted status. Most truckers are classified under non-excepted interstate commerce and must furnish a current medical examiner’s certificate to state agencies.

Those who do not need to have a license renewal, upgrade or transfer during the two-year implementation process still must self-certify and provide a DOT card, by the 2014 deadline.

State agencies who do not receive self-certification, medical certificates and any required variance from CDL-holders by the compliance deadline will notify the drivers that they are no longer medically certified in non-excepted interstate commerce. State officials will then remove all CDL privileges from their licenses.

The FMCSA 2008 final rule required CDL holders subject to federal physical qualification to provide a medical certificate to state agencies. After several states reported they could not meet the original 2012 deadline, the FMCSA extended the paper copy requirement. Interstate CDL holders must keep paper copies of the certificate with them and carriers file a paper copy until Jan. 30, 2014.

Following the 2014 deadline, the medical paper certificates will be valid the first 15 days after issuance. After the 15-day limit, certificate will be recorded on CDL holders driving records and will be considered the valid medical certification.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique.

And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Commitment, Results”

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

Advertisements

trucking105The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on plans to conduct a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

According to the agency, the idea for the test emerged over a year ago when Administrator Anne Ferro called for proposals to help see if electronic logs and the latest sleep research could offer more safety and flexibility.

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies has gotten involved and now is working with the agency to plan a field operational test, per the FMCSA.

The testing will be done in an attempt to follow up on earlier research that found that a split sleep schedule is preferable to consolidated sleep, although neither is as restorative as consolidated sleep at night.

The FMCSA also plans to meet with American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association on the issue.

The agency’s announcement follows on the heels of a request by the ATA and the Minnesota Trucking Association for a pilot program to study the sleeper berth rules.

According to a statement issued by Dave Osiecki, ATA senior vice president of policy regulatory affairs,

It’s our understanding that the agency is reviewing the ATA-MTA proposal and is also interested in working with other industry groups as part of this type of near-term research.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique.

And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Commitment, Results”

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

trucking24The fact that the Trucking Industry plays a crucial part in our nation’s economy is no surprise to anyone who works in it.

But, did you know how big a role the Trucking Industry plays?

According to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, trucks moved 73.7 percent of the country’s freight in 2012, carrying $10 trillion worth of the country’s $13.6 trillion in freight.

These fact come straight from the DOT’s recently released Commodity Flow Survey, a survey which is  done roughly every five years.

Trucks also carried 70 percent of the tonnage moved in 2012, hauling 8 billion of the 11.7 billion tons shipped last year.

Per the CFS, the for-hire trucking industry carried $6.6 trillion in freight, or 48.5 percent of the total, while private trucks hauled 25.2 percent, or $3.4 trillion.

Trucks were barely beat out by rail, though, in ton-miles in 2012, as rail moved 44.5 percent and trucking moved 38.1 percent. Ton-miles is a measurement of weight multiplied by distance shipped.

CFS reports that more than half of the total tonnage moved in 2012 went less than 50 miles, and shipments traveling fewer than 250 miles accounted for more than 60 percent.

The CFS started in 1993 and is conducted every five years. Previous surveys were held  in 1997, 2002, 2007 and last year. Final data from the survey will be released in December 2014, according to the department of Transportation.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique.

And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Commitment, Results”

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

trucking102The Trucking Industry’s payroll increased in November, as 8,400 new jobs were added. This represents the first appreciable increase since last spring, following around six months of stagnant or no growth in  trucking employment. The seasonally adjusted numbers were issued Dec. 6 in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report.

Additionally, October’s preliminary employment numbers, which reported that the trucking industry only added 400 jobs in the month, were revised upward to  claim that 2,400 jobs were added.

For-hire trucking industry employment also rose in November to 1.3953 million. This figure is 18,600 more than the same month in 2012 and 161,300 jobs higher than the industry’s employment low mark  in March 2010. However, it’s still 58,100 jobs belowf January 2007′s high mark.

The BLS numbers for trucking reflect all payroll employment in for-hire trucking, but they don’t include trucking-related jobs in other industries, such as a truck driver for a private fleet. Also, the numbers do not reflect the total amount of hiring since they only reflect the number of employees paid during a specified payroll period during the month.

Because of high turnover rates, the BLS estimates may overstate the number of job positions because of the way that the agency’s Current Employment Survey is done.

In a related story, preliminary November Class 8 truck net orders are at 20,915 units. This marks the second consecutive month above the 20,000-unit threshold, according to a report by FTR Associates.

That is a 6 percent increase over November of 2012.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique.

And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Commitment, Results”

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

tfl1Detention Pay for Drivers has been a “Hot Button Issue” in the Transportation Industry for a while now. It seems like everyone in the supply chain benefits from uncompensated detention time…except the driver.

The fact that the Trucking Industry has been focused on Driver Pay lately, could mean that progress will soon be made on the subject of Detention Pay.

According to Landstar-leased owner-operator John Scott,

How the government ignores this is simply a dollars-and-cents thing to prevent upsetting the shippers and receivers. I know we don’t want to make products go up [in price] for consumers, so the end result is that drivers continue to absorb the lousy efficiency of our transportation system.

Many carriers have moved in in the direction of time-based pay systems with hourly detention-pay plans, though other research suggests that nearly half of the industry’s drivers get no detention pay.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro has been plain-spoken about her intention to use the “bully pulpit” to influence shippers and receivers. But, Ferro has also said time and time again that the FMCSA lacks the authority to set rules for the docks.

According to Ferro, the agency is studying how to solve this problem. Ferro has said that she expected results in 2015, but agency spokesman Duane Debruyne recently stated that the study is on a bit faster tracks — results, he said, would be coming before the end of 2014.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique.

And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Visit our new website at http://transportfirm.com

“Integrity, Commitment, Results”

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!