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 …

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, …