Archive for February, 2014


trucking16Last Tuesday, President Obama issued an Executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to begin work on a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

The administration timeline calls for draft regulatory language to be ready by March 2015, with another year for review and implementation.

The trucking industry, which worked with the Obama administration on the original truck fuel efficiency standards that took effect Jan. 1, is both generally supportive and cautiously optimistic about the latest proposal.

According to ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the president and his administration in 2011 when the historic first fuel efficiency standards were set for heavy-duty vehicles. As we begin this new round of standards, ATA hopes the administration will set forth a path that is both based on the best science and research available and economically achievable.

ATA has drafted a set of guiding principles for evaluating future emissions standards. Those principles include harmonization with existing California Air Resources Board rules, economic and scientific feasibility and a recognition of trucking’s diversity in the use of equipment.

ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., who was on hand to greet the president as he stepped off the platform, adds that

Trucking is a very diverse industry. As such, whatever standards the administration sets should reflect that diversity and whatever tests are devised should accurately reflect what drivers face on the roads every day.

The ATA notes that it has also pushed for sustainability alternatives, including a national speed limit of 65 miles per hour, increased participation in SmartWay for fuel efficiency, improving truck productivity and reductions in idling.

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trucking93On February 12th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule establishing a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

This rule will lead to the creation of a database of CDL holders that have failed or refused a drug test. It will also require carriers to upload such information and consult the database when hiring drivers.

The agency was set to publish the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register last Friday,  Feb. 14, according to a DOT report from Feb. 10. However, the Publication Date is still listed as “to Be Determined” (TBD) on their website.

The establishment of the Drug Clearinghouse is required by the MAP-21 highway funding act. The rule cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Jan. 28.

According to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.,

We are leveraging technology to create a one-stop verification point to help companies hire drug and alcohol-free drivers. This proposal moves us further down the road toward improving safety for truck and bus companies, commercial drivers and the motoring public everywhere.

The American Trucking Associations voiced their strong support for the rule, calling it “long overdue.”

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trucking117According to the American Trucking Association’s State Laws Newsletter, a break which the IRS gave to carriers, regarding the filing of the heavy vehicle use tax more than two years ago, is coming back to haunt some people.

Back during the fall of 2011, the filing season for the federal heavy vehicle use tax was extended several months, from the usual due date of the tax, August 31, until the end of November. That move was in response to Congress being late that year in extending the tax itself. Plus, because carriers must show proof of payment of the HVUT before renewing the registration of vehicles subject to the tax, IRS waived this requirement for renewals from July through November 2011. This move allowed carriers to renew by showing their 2010 filing instead.

Even though some carriers got their registrations renewed in this fashion, they neglected to pay the HVUT.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, it is now contacting such taxpayers to collect the delinquent amounts.

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trucking114Last Friday, while delivering the Keynote Speech at the Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show in Peoria, Ill.,   FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro refused to budge when it comes to the new Hours of Service Rule, during the Q & A portion of her address.

We are not changing the rule. This is the first time in a decade that we’ve got a rule that passed legal challenge. There are today no changes afoot.

…There continues, though, to be commitment on my part to one, take what we are hearing to improve how we are explaining the rules so that everybody has examples you can use while training your drivers, dispatchers and safety directors,” Ferro said. “And that we understand what the impact is on your operation and how many different ways that’s being interpreted. And two, continue to research to see, down the road, you know … to see what is the best approach. But again, this rule is in place.

That statement followed her speech, which touched on several topics, including electronic logging devices, Compliance, Safety, Accountability Scores, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s overall safety mission.

The current HOS rule, which began being enforced July 1, 2013, states that the 34-hour restart provision can only be used once every 168 hours and must include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods. Drivers are also required to take a 30-minute break after working eight consecutive hours.

During her address, Ferro once again brought up her two-day ride-along from Maryland to Missouri with owner-operator Leo Wilkins in November, where she slept in the truck’s sleeper berth,

What an eye-opener for me, what I knew in theory, of the operations and regulations already put in place.

According to Ferro, the new rule has decreased the number of HOS violations. She claimed that, initially, there were about 500 to 600 violations of the 30-minute break provision, but that has now slowed down to about 400 a month in the last two months.

Concerning the rule about drivers not driving after 60 hours in seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight consecutive days, Ferro said that there were about 900 violations prior to the rule being enforced in July. In the first two months after the ruling, there were about 1,200 violations.

According to the FMCSA Administrator, violations have now dropped down to the 800-range in a month, because,

It comes down to ensuring your drivers and you are rested behind the wheel.

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