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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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ATA to Reorganize

trucking113Last Friday, January 24th, the American Trucking Associations, announced it was reorganizing and streamlining a number of the association’s core functions.

In making the announcement, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said,

We have a long history of successes on behalf of our members, from legislation requiring electronic logging devices and the creation of a clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results, to beating back toll initiatives at the state level and getting one of the very few laws passed through Congress last year to require regulators use the appropriate process, not ‘guidance’ to address the important issue of sleep apnea. “But we know our members expect and demand even more success in the future, and that’s why after examining our organization from top to bottom, we have chosen to consolidate a number of our divisions to meet those expectations.

As our members are acutely aware, these challenging economic times require organizations to be more agile and responsive to changes – whether they are changes to the business environment or changes on Capitol Hill, and by streamlining our organization, we can be more nimble in responding to the challenges facing our industry.

All of  ATA’s functions will now fall into one of three areas: National Advocacy, Communications and Public Affairs and Finance and Operations, each area reporting to an executive vice president.

Graves also announced that Dave Osiecki, formerly senior vice president of advocacy and regulatory affairs, will be ATA’s new executive vice president and chief of national advocacy; Jeff Mason, formerly senior vice president of image and communications, will be the group’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs; and Karla Hulett, formerly CFO and senior vice president of finance and administration, will be ATA’s COO and executive vice president of finance and operations.

Graves explained that,

ATA will continue to be the most powerful voice on behalf of the trucking industry on Capitol Hill, in the media and in the public. These changes will allow us, however, to more effectively serve our members and respond to our rapidly changing world.

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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.

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trucking31The American Transportation Research Institute, or ATRI, is the research arm of the American Trucking Associations. Last week, it issued its Annual Report of the 10 Top Industry Issues, along with methods carriers plan to pursue to deal with them or combat them.

Here’s the full list of issues, according to ATRI:

1. Hours-of-service

2. CSA

3. Driver shortage

4. Economy

5. Electronic logging device mandate

6. Truck parking

7. Driver retention

8. Fuel supply/fuel prices

9. Infrastructure/congestion/funding

10. Driver health and wellness

Of course, the change to the Hours of Service Rules, effective July 1st, was carriers’ top concern. FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program came in second.

According to ATRI’s Report, carriers proposed the following ways to deal with the new Hours of Service Rules:

  • “Quantify the impacts” of the new hours rules on operations, productivity and safety
  • Looking for innovate and flexible strategies for managing fatigue than prescriptive hours rules
  • Advocating for increased flexibility in the current sleeper berth provision

Concerning the CSA Program, the following suggestions were made by carriers:

  • Continue to seek crash accountability in the agency’s scoring methods so carriers and drivers aren’t dinged for accidents they had no fault in
  • Utilize Inspector General and Government Accountability Office reports to force FMCSA’s hand on fixing the flawed CSA scoring system
  • Show the impact that the disparity in state enforcement has on CSA scores

Time will show us how effective these plans and proposals will actually be.

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trucking93A bill, which requires the FMCSA to go through the rulemaking process, instead of just issuing guidance if it takes any action on sleep apnea, passed the House by a vote of 405-0, last week.

According to Library of Congress records, the Senate version has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

The bill, H.R.3095, was introduced in the House by Representatives Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., on Sept. 12.

Per the bill, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation

may implement or enforce a requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment (including consideration of all possible treatment alternatives) of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders only if the requirement is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding.

The Sleep Apnea Bill had 69 cosponsors.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) claims that a rulemaking

would include requiring that a full cost-benefit and regulatory impact analysis be used should the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decide to set policy regarding screening, testing and treatment for sleep apnea as opposed to guidance, which is not subject to this critical analysis.

Rep. Buschon expressed similar concerns.

The American Trucking Associations also supports the bill.

FMCSA responded to the bill by saying it would use a rulemaking rather than a guidance.

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trucking59The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Friday brought an end to much of what the court called “the permanent warfare surrounding the Hours of Service rule” by upholding the new HOS regulations with one minor exception. The court declared in their statement on the ruling that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration “won the day not on the strengths of its rulemaking prowess, but through an artless war of attrition,”

This brings to an end a 10-year fight among the trucking industry, safety advocates and the FMCSA that resulted in all or portions of two Hours of Service “final rules” being overturned by the appeals court and a third being essentially withdrawn by the agency with the promise to write a completely new rule, which it issued in December 2010 as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and in December 2011 as a final rule.

This time, as opposed to the previous three lawsuits that were brought by safety advocates,  the trucking industry, led by the American Trucking Associations, took up the fight, only to have the court side with the FMCSA.

The only exception was a decision by the court not to apply the new 30-minute break rule to short-haul drivers, or those whose routes take them 150 air miles or less from their home terminal.

Trucking interests will, more than likely, remain unhappy with the 2011 rule’s 34-hour restart provision that limits the use of restart to once a week (rather than unlimited use during a one-week period) and the requirement that all restarts include two consecutive 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m. time periods.

And, they will not like the 30-minute break requirement that says a driver must take a 30-minute break no more than eight hours after going on duty, either. The driver must go off-duty during the break, although he or she can stay in the truck so long as they do no work.

Safety advocates were strongly opposed to the 11-hour driving limit, preferring the 10-hour limit that was in place prior to 2004, and were hoping to see the 34-hour restart eliminated entirely; however, the court found that the safety advocates were without standing to challenge the restart provision.

The FMCSA is as pleased as punch with the decision:

We are pleased with the court’s decision to uphold the department’s Hours of Service requirements for truck drivers. The ruling recognizes the sensible data-driven approach that was taken in crafting this important regulation to increase safety and reduce driver fatigue – a leading factor in truck crashes. The ruling also provides added certainty for all affected, moving forward. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reviewing the court’s opinion and will soon take additional action, as needed, for its full implementation.

The ATA, not so much:

While we are disappointed the court chose to give unlimited deference to the FMCSA’s agenda-driving rulemaking, the striking down of the short-haul break provision is an important victory,” said Dave Osiecki, ATA senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs.

The court recognized on numerous occasions the shortcomings of the agency’s deliberations, so despite upholding most of the rule, we hope this opinion will serve as a warning to FMCSA not to rely on similarly unsubstantiated rulemakings in the future. One thing this rulemaking makes clear is that fatigue is a small problem when viewed through a crash-causation lens. ATA hopes FMCSA will work with the trucking industry to address more pressing safety and driver behavior issues, including those than can be directly affected through proven traffic enforcement activities aimed at unsafe operating behaviors.

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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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trucking68The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased for the second straight month, up 2.9 percent in January after jumping 2.4 percent in December.

(The 2.4 percent gain in December was revised down from a 2.8 percent increase ATA reported on Jan. 22, 2013.)

Tonnage has gone up at least 2.4 percent every month since November, gaining a total of 9.1 percent over that period. As a result, the SA index equaled 125.2 (2000=100) in January versus 121.7 in December. January’s index was the highest on record. Compared with January 2012, the SA index was up an impressive 6.5percent, the best year-over-year result since December 2011.

According to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello,

The trucking industry started 2013 with a bang, reflected in the best January tonnage report in five years. While I believe that the overall economy will be sluggish in the first quarter, trucking likely benefited in January from an inventory destocking that transpired late last year, thus boosting volumes more than normal early this year as businesses replenish those lean inventories.

ATA recently revised the seasonally adjusted index back five years as part of its annual revision. For all of 2012, tonnage was up 2.3 percent, the same as reported prior to the revision. In 2011, the index was up 5.8 percent.

This idex, which is NOT seasonally adjusted, and represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 122.4 in January, which was 10.7% above the previous month (110.5).

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Truck Tonnage Rose in July

According to the American Trucking Associations,truck tonnage rose 3.7 percent from a year ago in July, but was flat compared to June and is likely to decelerate.

The ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index stayed flat in July after rising a revised 1.1 percent in June and contracting in April and May as the economy slowed.

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said last Tuesday:

July’s reading reflects an economy that has lost some steam, but hasn’t stalled. Certainly, there has been some better economic news recently, but I continue to believe we will see some deceleration in tonnage during the second half of the year.

The 3.7 percent annualized growth rate was an improvement from 3.2 percent year-over-year growth in June. The index rose 3.8 percent year-over-year in May.

Per Costello, there will be a 3 to 3.5 percent growth in truck tonnage in 2012 compared with a more robust 2011, especially last year’s August to December shipping surge.

A slowdown in new factory orders and rising inventories will affect truck freight volumes, he said, referring to an increase in inventory-to-sales ratios.

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The ATA (American Trucking Associations) has told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it supports the agency’s proposal to require motor carriers to install devices to record drivers’ hours of service electronically, but, at the same time, they urged the agency to address important device design and performance requirements.

ATA brought up a number of concerns about the supporting documents component of the proposal, while pointing out that the agency’s proposal did not meet requirements mandated by Congress.

ATA said in comments which they released:

ATA supports FMCSA’s proposal to mandate electronic logging devices. However, the agency must address some of the device design and performance specifications which are critical to the success of such a mandate.

The ATA was alluding to issues including a more secure driver identification and authentication process, and improved standards to ensure the devices are not prone to tampering or fraud.

According to ATA, Electronic logging

…will improve compliance with the hours-of-service regulations. This is important since FMCSA data has demonstrated a strong correlation between compliance with the current hours-of-service regulations and safe operations.

ATA is an advocate of retention of the current hours-of-service regulations, the subject of a separate rulemaking, in part on the basis of this data.

In terms of supporting documents, ATA said

FMCSA’s proposal to require carriers retain a document (or documents collectively) to verify the beginning and end of each on-duty/not driving time period is unrealistic. Available documents typically lack such precision. The agency’s suggestion that carriers certify that such documents don’t routinely exist would place those carriers at great risk.

The agency had proposed that carriers make such certifications, but that they also be automatically subject to the maximum civil penalty if found to have made a false certification.

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