Archive for March, 2014


trucking125Last Saturday, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, Tom Kelly, a field officer for the FMCSA, gave an update on some changes in the works for agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program

According to Kelly, a study that evaluates both the impact of implementing crash fault weighting into CSA scores and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ability to implement such a system is still being reviewed by the agency and peers, prior to its release.

Even though he didn’t say when the crash weighting report would be released, Kelly did say the agency will announce its next potential steps regarding crash accountability when the report is released.

Per Kelly, the report is looking to answer the following questions:

•Do police accident reports provide consistent, efficient and reliable information to support crash weighting determinations?

•Will the process make CSA a stronger predictor of future crash risk, and how might it be weighted in CSA’s Safety Measurement System?

•How would FMCSA manage the process for making crash weighting determinations and how would the agency implement public input?

Kelly did not elaborate on any specifics as to what the agency has found in their research in writing the report.

Kelly also spoke on the progress of two rulemakings underway regarding CSA, saying for both CSA’s new Safety Measurement System website proposal and its proposed changes to the DataQs system, the agency is reviewing and considering public comment before creating the final rules for both.

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trucking123It was announced last Thursday on Facebook, that an electronic-logging-device-mandate petition was launched on the White House’s “We the People” website, a website which was created to serve as a place for U.S. citizens to lobby the executive branch directly through petitions.

It is believed that the petition was created March 19th, by a resident of Lima, Ohio, with the initials D.N. The petitions.whitehouse.gov website’s privacy policy requires the withholding of full names.

The goal of the petition is to have 100,000 signatures collected by April 18. Its language reflects the viewpoint of a great number of those in the transportation industry. Even though it uses the term EOBR rather than the ELD terminology of the original mandate, the petition is clearly targeted toward the recently-released proposal from the FMCSA.

According to the petition:

These devices do not make American highways or trucks any safer. Safety is achieved with proper training and education. These devices will only serve to force small trucking companies and independent truck drivers to close because they simply cannot afford the potential required equipment and subscription costs.

More than 50% percent of those who responded to a poll released earlier this month, which anticipated the ELD mandate, indicated that they preferred retirement or another line of work over trucking with an electronic log. However, in responding to that same poll, 1 in 4 indicated they would find a way to make it work or were running e-logs already.

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trucking120Last Friday, March 14th, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro told Congress that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wasn’t established to protect the trucking industry, as she appeared before them to defend the agency’s public display of trucking company safety scores and new hours-of-service rules.

Ms. Ferro was appearing at an oversight hearing on the implementation of various MAP-21 mandates. While she was there, several members of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit questioned Ferro about some “unintended consequences” of HOS changes and about the recent Government Accountability Office study that was critical of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Rep. Richard Hanna commented that FMCSA is “hurting the people that you are paid to help.”

He brought up inaccurate and unreliable carrier data leading to “erroneous” safety scores under CSA, and in turn to higher insurance costs, expensive litigation, and loss of business. Hanna also lambasted FMCSA’s field study regarding the changes to HOS.

These are real-world, tortuous problems that you’re putting these truckers through, and frankly the organization acts like they’ve got all the time in the world to correct these problems. I think you need to back up, ma’am, and take a look at some of this stuff. Are we so thick we can’t hear the very people whose lives we’re impacting? Is there nobody you believe except some academic who does a study?

Ferro shot back,

I’m not hired to help the industry. I’m hired to ensure the safety of the traveling public and improve the safety of the operations of trucks and buses. That’s what the agency was created to do, and as its lead I’m very proud to be a part of that.

Ferro went on to explain that the hours-of-service rule was designed to reduce the cumulative fatigue experienced by truck drivers, and that while the agency recognizes the financial impact on trucking companies, there is a “much larger safety and health benefit.”

Other members of the committee cited instances of a driver stuck in traffic, or of a female driver being forced to stop at an unsafe location when the available duty hours run out.

According to Rep. Markwayne Mullen the new hours-of-service rules are “hypocritical,”. He also challenged Ferro to do her job based on the driver HOS limits.

Drivers know when they’re tired and when they’re not…they’re professionals. Ma’am, no one regulates how many hours you can work. This is a one-size-fits all approach, and you don’t want to hear about it.

Ferro then responded that there are “significant operating opportunities” within the new rule, and that Mullen’s call to focus on lawbreakers was “the heart of CSA.”

In a similar vein, Rep. Lou Barletta asked why, given the GAO’s report of the program’s shortcomings, FMCSA isn’t “doing the right thing” by removing carrier scores from the website “until CSA is fixed.”

Ferro responded by emphasizing that the agency is committed to improving the program, but she disagreed with GAO recommendation that CSA should focus more on larger trucking companies. Additionally, she emphasized that CSA is designed to “anticipate” safety problems, and not to wait until after crashes have occurred to measure carriers, as the GOA study suggested.

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tfl1According to data recently released by the load board, Internet Truckstop, per-mile rates on the spot market saw healthy increases in all three segments in February: flatbed, reefer and dry van. These increases sent rates to big year over year gains and set a record for dry van loads.

The rates follow small month-to-month drops in January, which could be blamed on the bad weather.

Internet Truckstop reports that dry van, which just topped the $2 mark for the first time in the middle of 2012, has now been above $2 for three months in a row and hit a record mark in February with a per-mile rate of $2.08. This was second all-time with only to July 2013′s $2.09 coming in higher.

Van rates only rose above $2 twice in 2013, and February’s number was 42 cents higher than the same month in 2013. The segment had an 8-cent increase from January’s $2.

The Reefer segment posted its highest rate since July in a 5-cent month-to-month increase, increasing the rate to $2.29 a mile. Reefer rates in February came in 41 cents higher than February 2013.

Flatbed, the steadiest of the three rates, had its highest month-to-month gain since May to June last year, climbing 4 cents to $2.011. Rates in that segment were 16 cents higher than the same month last year, which was a surprisingly large gap, considering its non-volatile nature.

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trucking49The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has again extended emergency declarations. This means that they have waived certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

The FMCSA based these declarations are based on input they received from governors or their designated representatives as to the need for propane and other home heating fuel, along with road salt and similar supplies.

All of the new extensions are set to expire on March 15 or when the emergency ends, whichever is sooner.

The states where the emergency declarations are being extended for deliveries of propane and other home heating fuels, along with salt or other anti-icing supplies to maintain safe roads include Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, which are served by one FMCSA regional office, along with Ohio, which is served by a separate one.

Regulations are being waived for propane and other home heating fuel deliveries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while regulations are being waived for propane and diesel fuel shipments in South Dakota.

There are no new declarations for the Southern region, as the governors from the area did not indicate a need for them, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

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