OOIDA Takes Fight to Stop ELD Mandate to Supreme Court

  The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is continuing its fight to dispose of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate set to take place Dec. 10th of this year, this time filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. For those unfamiliar, ELDs would replace paper logs, recording individual driver information such as duty status, location of their vehicle when …

Weight Limits, ELDs, and Violation Fine Increases Among Trucking Topics this Week

  Weight Limits Increasing the maximum weight for tractor trailers has been a topic in the trucking industry for several years now.  Back in 2015, Congress denied an amendment seeking to allow states the opportunity to raise weight requirements for tractor trailers from 80,000 lbs to 91,000 lbs.  In agreement with the decision was the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), which …

Did You Know? Surprising Trucking Facts

  Most expensive tractor trailer:  Named the “Darth Vader,” this Kenworth T-2000 is the most expensive tractor trailer in the world, costing over $7 million!  This truck is 75 feet long (the longest truck in the country) and weighs 90,000 lbs.  Instead of hauling cargo, this truck transports 30 television technicians and equipment for live TV events. Most Expensive Freight …

Groups Applaud Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act for Moving TWIC Closer to a “One-Stop Shop” for Clearances

  Last week, Senators John Thune, Bill Nelson, Deb Fischer, and Cory Booker reintroduced the Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act, which included a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reform.  A similar bill was shut down in 2016, however, Thune stated that this time it would “address concerns raised by independent government watchdog agencies, that TSA is not adequately positioned …

Masters Tournament Swings Off this Week…Make Your Picks and Win Great Prizes!

  Last year, Danny Willett won the Masters Tournament, coming out ahead of Lee Westwood and defending champion Jordan Spieth.  This year’s favorite, however, is no doubt Dustin Johnson. The first of four major four major golf championships, the 81st annual Masters Tournament takes place this Thursday, April 6th through April 9th, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, …

How Much Does a Food Recall Really Cost You?

  It’s a dreaded word that no food manufacturer wants to hear…RECALL.  The cause of over 48 million illnesses annually, nearly 25-30 food contamination incidents occur globally each week. 1  According to a study conducted by Ohio State University’s Robert Scharff, food recalls cost an estimated $55.5 billion a year when factoring in medical expenses, productivity loss and mortality. 2  …

Trucking Updates: The Latest News in the Industry

  Below is your trucking news brief: Volume                    According to the DAT Freight Index, freight volume on the spot market increased last month 48% compared to February 2016.1 Tonnage The American Trucking Associations’ Bob Costello noted that its for-hire truck tonnage index has decreased 0.1% last month and is down 2.8% year-over-year.2 Rates Flatbed freight rates increased in February while …

Upcoming Awareness Event: Jog for Jude Raises Money for SIDS

  The 3rd annual Jog for Jude event will be held Sunday, April 23rd to raise money for S.I.D.S. Research and St. Joseph’s Center. Three-month-old Jude Zayac passed away on July 23, 2014 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  SIDS typically strikes children under the age of one unexpectantly and is known as the number one cause of death in …

Date Quickly Approaches for Carrier FSMA Compliance, Online Training Course Offered

  Shippers, carriers, brokers, receivers, and loaders have less than a month to comply with the sanitary transportation portion of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which goes into full effect on April 6th. The Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food ruling, which was supposed to have a compliance date of March when it was pushed back a month, …

FMCSA Restores Prior 34-Hour Restart Ruling

  Members of the trucking industry are rejoicing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s decision to restore the 34-hour restart ruling prior to its 2013 revision. In July of 2013, a revision to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s HOS rules went into effect, which included a restart provision containing two consecutive breaks between the hours of 1 a.m. and …