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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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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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trucking71The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which they issued on December 26, 2007, that proposed new entry-level driver training standards for individuals applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

The agency sent out a Federal Register that was officially published last Thursday.

In the notice, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro cited three reasons for the withdrawal:

• Commenters to the NPRM and participants in the agency’s public listening sessions in 2013 raised substantive issues which have led the agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.

• Since the NPRM was published, FMCSA received statutory direction on the issue of entry level driver training from Congress via the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) reauthorization legislation.

• The agency tasked its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) to provide ideas the agency should consider in implementing the MAP-21 requirements.

The notice said that

In consideration of the above, the agency has concluded that a new rulemaking should be initiated in lieu of completing the 2007 rulemaking.

The FMCSA received more than 700 comments concerning its proposal. It also received feedback from two listening sessions this year, one of those held during the Mid-America Trucking Show at Louisville, Ky., in March.

The FMCSA also held listening sessions on January 7, 2013, and March 22, 2013,

Even though most commenters expressed support for the ELDT “concept,” opinions varied on several of the proposed rule’s key provisions, according to the notice.

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trucking45Last Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance governing required registration to obtain broker or freight forwarder authority.

The guidance was dictated due to certain provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

According to Section 32915 of MAP-21, anyone acting as a broker or a freight forwarder and subject to FMCSA jurisdiction, including motor carriers, are required “to register and obtain broker or freight forwarder authority from FMCSA.”

Section 32918 was an amendment to the financial security portion (a minimum $75,000 financial security requirement) and created new requirements for freight forwarders. The guidance, which FMCSA has provided, instructs brokers and freight forwarders on how to comply with the new requirements and information regarding FMCSA’s enforcement of the new provisions.

Companies providing broker or freight forwarder services, including motor carriers, are required to obtain the appropriate operating authorities and, as of October 1, are required to meet the new minimum financial responsibility requirements.

FMCSA will be providing a 60-day phase-in period beginning October 1 to allow the industry to complete all necessary filings. Beginning November 1, FMCSA will mail notifications to all brokers and freight forwarders that have not met the $75,000 minimum financial security requirement. FMCSA will provide 30 days advance notice before revoking freight forwarder and broker operating authority registrations.

FMCSA acknowledged that there are motor carriers that occasionally broker loads that have not previously been required to obtain operating authority registration from FMCSA as brokers. Because of that fact, FMCSA said it will phase in its enforcement of the broker registration requirements for motor carriers that also broker loads.

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trucking47The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has begun testing a new way to perform safety audits on new entrant carriers. They announced that this is an attempt to better focus resources on what it deems high-risk carriers.

The FMCSA is trying to find out if off-site, remote safety audits can be as effective as the on-site audits.

Under current rules, the agency must perform on-site safety audits on all carriers within the first 18 months of their receipt of a U.S. DOT number.

The current MAP-21 highway funding law will shorten that to 12 months.

According to the FMCSA, the on-site requirement is costly and inefficient and devotes the same resources and time to on-site reviews of low-risk carriers as it does to high-risk carriers.

The agency began their efforts in July with the testing program, in which carriers with Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores higher than intervention threshold, carriers with carriers with evidence of an expedited action violation, carriers with evidence of roadside inspection activity while transporting a placardable quantity of hazardous materials and passenger carriers will be flagged for an on-site safety new entrant safety audit.

All other new carriers will be sent a letter by FMCSA, in which they will be asked to submit documents online. According to the agency, they will evaluate things like driver qualification, driver duty status, vehicle maintenance and accident register. Based on its findings, it will either prepare a report saying the carrier passed the audit, ask the carrier for more information or schedule an on-site review.

The agency will end its testing in July 2014. It is currently only testing the program in California, Florida, Illinois, Montana and New York.

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trucking62America’s Truck Drivers are professionals. And, as such, they are very safety-conscious. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association wants to encourage truck drivers to be safe from the moment they first get behind the wheel of a big rig.

OOIDA is proposing the Safe, Mentored and Responsibly Trained Future Truck Drivers Act , known as the SMART Future Truck Drivers Act.

The act “forges new ground” by starting every new long-haul tractor-trailer driver off with a strong safety foundation. The proposal includes behind-the-wheel training conducted by instructors who meet FMCSA certification requirements.

According to OOIDA’s proposal,

Unlike airline pilots, railroad engineers and tugboat captains, there has never been a requirement that tractor-trailer drivers complete a basic training regimen that ensures they know how to operate the vehicle safety in real-world conditions,

Because of the fact that approximately 80 percent of all truck-involved collisions are the result of a “human factor,” OOIDA is pressing Congress and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to move forward on a training standard for new truck drivers. The proposal does not include bus and motor coach drivers, local delivery or CDL classifications lower than a Class A.

This new training proposal includes requirements for certification of testers, minimum classroom and behind-the wheel training. Knowing there are situations, such as returning veterans, who have received alternative training, the proposal includes expedited training and proficiency tests to shorten the length of training.

Countering the industry norm of short training programs that filter inexperienced drivers quickly onto the road to be further “trained” by driver trainers with only a few months of experience themselves, the proposal offers a structured experience-building period.

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trucking66Drew Preston, manager of congressional and public affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with moderator Tom Lehner, vice president of public policy, the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, presented a rather bleak future. concerning infrastructure funding, during “The Future of Our Nation’s Infrastructure and What it Means for Trucking and the Economy,” discussion at the fourth annual Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, held in Dallas, TX, last Thursday.

The main focus of the Conference was the harsh reality that there are major infrastructure problems and funding, somehow, is needed to fix it. The Highway Trust Fund, Which has historically financed the country’s interstate system and other transportation infrastructure investments, has always been funded through taxes on gas and diesel fuel. However, with the Obama Administration’s tough stance on environmental protection and society’s desire for more fuel-efficient vehicles, available funding has been evaporating. The Fund currently spends $15 billion more than its revenue.

According to Preston,

It’s only really the tip of the budgetary iceberg awaiting us this fall … it’s going to take compromise which is sadly in short supply these days.

Even though Preston supports the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) legislation, which was signed in July 2012, it only lasts two years and is not a viable long-term solution, according to him.

Preston using gas and diesel fuel to help sustain it, as the first option.

Politically however … no one, Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate, the White House are ready to step up and lead.

He added, however, that trucking companies showing support for at least this type of legislation will help for longer-lasting legislation in the future.

Prestion summariezed his opinion in one frank statement:

 I’m sorry I don’t have a magic wand to help.

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trucking64According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), fraudulent letters, claiming to be sent by a Department of Transportation Executive, are being sent to Carriers.

The letters are dated July 10 and are being mostly sent via fax. They appear to be from the DOT’s Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name: Julie Weynel, Senior Procurement Officer.

These fraudulent letters request that current or potential contractors register by submitting their company’s financial information on a release form entitled, “Authorization to release financial information”.

In reality, the DOT does not require any financial information to be submitted in order to be eligible for procurement.

This is the 12th fraudulent letter sent out by “Julie Weynel” since September 24, 2013.

If you receive one of these letters, the Department of Transportation advises that you…

DO NOT complete the release form which is attached to the letter and DO NOT release any information to the facsimile number cited in the letter. If you suspect you have received one of these letters, immediately contact Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-424-9071.

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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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