FMCSA Suggests a Dozen Regulations to be Considered for Elimination

  Last January, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”).  In order to comply with the order, which would eliminate two “burdensome regulations” for every one new regulatory action, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) presented a PowerPoint containing a list of a dozen rules that they suggest …

How Much Do Product Recalls Really Cost?

  Recall…a dreaded word that no manufacturer wants to hear, sparking media attention, hampering your hard earned reputation, and no doubt posing a financial burden on your company.  Thousands of recalls happen every year and the number of cases has been growing. One of the factors attributing to such increases over recent years is greater “outsourcing and captive offshoring of …

Proposals Would Make it Easier to Obtain CDL, Aid in Driver Shortage

  Yesterday, two proposals brought forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were published in the Federal Register and would make it easier to obtain a commercial driver’s license. The first proposal, The Commercial Learner’s Permit Validity rule, would extend the expiration date on a CDL learner’s permit from the current 6 months to one year before the individual …

Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Becomes Law

    A ruling that provides the minimum requirements that must be met for entry-level driving training became law this week.  Here’s what you need to know: Background:  An established set of requirements for entry-level driver training has been a long time in the works, going back to the 1980s.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began working on a …

Awareness Spotlight: Road Home Foundation

  You may have seen Road Scholar Transport’s Road Home Foundation awareness truck on the road, “Quietly supporting injured warriors and their families in times of need.”  But what exactly is the Road Home Foundation and where did the idea to create a truck for them come about?  Vice President & Board of Director for the Road Home Foundation for …

Trucking Updates

  Hair Testing: Earlier this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration advised the industry that a proposal, which would acknowledge hair testing as an acceptable form for a carrier to drug test its employees, would likely be released by year’s end or early 2018.  But given that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was required …

Where’s My Freight? Congestion Costs Trucking Over $63 Billion a Year According to ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute released starting statistics this week regarding the cost of trucks sitting in traffic. The report, entitled “Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry: 2017 Update,” focused on the following 2015 statistics: *Congestion on U.S. highways cost the trucking industry over $63 billion in operating expenses a year and includes over 996 million hours of lost …

Trucks Increasingly Used as Weapons, TSA Warns Of Possible Terrorist Attacks

  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a six-page report last week urging carriers to be on guard for terrorists hijacking trucks and driving them into crowds, creating weapons of mass destruction. The TSA states that within the last three years, there were 17 such attacks, accounting for 173 fatalities and 667 injuries.1  Three of which occurred in the last …

Trump Considers Hiking Fuel Tax for the First Time in Nearly 25 Years

  President Trump announced earlier this week that he would consider raising the fuel tax for the first time since 1993 to fund infrastructure improvements. It’s no surprise that construction costs have increased over the years.  With Trump promising a $1 trillion infrastructure plan coming from both taxpayer revenue and private investment, he pointed out on Monday that an increase …

CargoNet Reports First Quarter Findings

  CargoNet released its first quarter cargo theft report for the United States and Canada.  Their results were as follows: How Many *358 supply chain risk incidents were recorded in the first quarter. 1,2 *58% were stolen trucks *54% were stolen cargo *7% were fraud instances *192 cargo thefts *137 stolen tractors *143 stolen trailers How Much *The average value …