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Washington D.C. – Even though it has been only a few days since the nearly three-week rally in Washington D.C. ended, truckers are already talking about the possibility of returning.
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Washington D.C. - Even though it has been only a few days since the nearly three-week rally in Washington D.C. ended, truckers are already talking about the possibility of returning.To understand why truckers may soon head back to D.C., we must first assess what was accomplished... and what wasn't.After almost twenty-one days of protesting in our nation's capital, a determined group of truckers successfully won a concession by the White House to meet with two of its representatives to discuss frustrations over low rates being offered by freight brokers amid the COVID-19 national emergency.
“You know about this?” Meadows reportedly asked Mullen.
When Mullen acknowledged he was aware of the widespread practice, Meadows then incredulously questioned, “Aren’t you supposed to enforce this?”
“That’s a problem and you’re going to have to fix that,” Meadows instructed, according to Landis and Karman.Meadows then directed Mullen to prepare a proposal to include three recommendations on how the Agency plans to solve the transparency issue, as well as to provide five broker set up packages which contain language requiring carriers to waive its rights to review the transaction record as a condition of doing business.While there was no timetable placed on Mullen, Landis and Karman indicated Meadows's tone suggested one of urgency.“While FMCSA doesn’t have regulatory authority over broker rates, the Agency is actively engaged in finding and evaluating solutions that may address these concerns and assist our nation’s truckers,” an FMCSA spokesperson told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) last week.
Karman tells TNN it is now time for the Trump Administration and the FMCSA to do its job.
"Our goal was to get DOJ to open an investigation and get the President to hear us and start working on it," Karman said. "They know the problem and they are working on it. We believe in this Administration."However, rumblings have already begun that truckers may have to return to D.C. to put pressure on the FMCSA and DOJ to follow through.Anthony Guerrero is a small fleet owner from Greensboro, NC.
"If there’s not any progress and the investigation is not going anywhere, or the White House stops communicating, then we will definitely have to go back in bigger numbers," he stated.
Landis and Karman report that, so far, the White House and FMCSA continue to remain in contact with them and the investigation seems to be progressing well.TNN has spoken to multiple people who have already been interviewed and each have reported the DOJ seems to be taking the matter quite seriously.Other rally participants TNN has spoken with since the protest ended are expressing dissatisfaction the group did not push for immediate financial relief for small business truckers.
"Everyone here agreed that we don’t want bailout money," Landis recounted. "We just wanted to be treated fairly."However, concerned rally participant, Lana Danko of Aurora, MO, has been vocal in her dismay.
"My biggest protest was that the trucking industry like the railroad, hotel, and airline industries got immediate financial relief, so they don’t go out of business," she said. "Why are we not asking President Trump for a package set up to provide immediate financial relief especially for those men and women on Constitution Avenue for their last ditch effort to save their business?"Danko and her husband Keith operate a one-truck business and attended the protest for more than a week.She tells TNN the group should have also received iron clad assurances before leaving the city.
"We have nothing in writing, so they can promise us the world, but as soon as they get us out of D.C. who’s to say they will follow through with it?" she questioned. "We are dealing with politicians."
"We need to give them the benefit of the doubt and let them do what they promised they were going to do," she told TNN last week after returning to Florida. "We'll watch and see what happens and take it from there."Guerrero says he has already polled some of his followers on social media and the group seems to be in favor of waiting a month before taking any further action.TransportationNation.com will continue to bring you the latest on this ongoing story.
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- 1 day, 4 hours ago
San Francisco, CA – An electronic logging device (ELD) maker is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to implement its newly issued hours of service (HOS) rule immediately.
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San Francisco, CA - An electronic logging device (ELD) maker is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to implement its newly issued hours of service (HOS) rule immediately.KeepTruckin' says it is ready for the Agency's new changes to HOS and wants to see them implemented as soon as possible.
"As far implementing the changes into our system, we’ve already begun planning out and putting that project into place," Baskin said. "We don’t think that is going to be a heavy lift for us."Baskin pointed out that in order to be compliant with the mandate, the ELD must simply track the driver's record of duty status (RODS), not each violation.However, he says customers like the functionality of receiving "violation alerts."
"We’ve all built that into our systems because it's a feature drivers really like, and makes drivers lives easier, but it's not a requirement of the ELD mandate. It's just a market requirement," he said.Additionally, Baskin is hoping the FMCSA will implement the rule sooner.
"We suggested that there should be no delay in implementing if the FMCSA determines the changes will be more safe and effective. We think the drivers should be able to take advantage of it right now."However, the problem with such an aggressive implementation date is those tasked with enforcing it must have time to get up to speed, according to Joe Rajkovacz, director of governmental affairs and communications with the Western States Trucking Association.
Rajkovacz tells TNN he is "pleased" with the new revisions especially the changes for short-haul operators.However, the FMCSA could soon face a legal challenge to its final HOS rule and it could center around the short-haul revisions.
“I think they would argue the expansion of the short haul exemption will have a deleterious impact on safety and also not justified by the research,” he said.Rajkovacz argues, "Contrary to what the opponents of the revisions believe, the change won’t increase hours worked. It was already legal for short-haul operators to exceed 12 hours/100 air miles. All that changes is how that time is recorded."
Click HERE for more on the possible legal trouble the rule could run into.
As for Baskin, he says regardless of when the new changes are implemented, recording the time won't be an issue for KeepTruckin' customers to worry about.The final rule is set to be published into the Federal Register on June 1.TransportationNation.com will continue to bring you the latest on this developing story.
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- 1 day, 5 hours ago
Washington, D.C. – Should trucking companies deploying trucks equipped with autonomous technology receive an exemption from the federal hours of service (HOS) regulations?
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Washington, D.C. - Should trucking companies deploying trucks equipped with autonomous technology receive an exemption from the federal hours of service (HOS) regulations?The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will soon be making a decision that many believe will be deeply consequential for the future of the trucking industry as it relates to the potential widespread adoption of autonomous technology.A petition filed in April by driverless technology maker Pronto ai asks the FMCSA on behalf of its customers to grant a renewable five-year exemption from HOS rules to allow for an additional two hours of daily driving time and an extension of the daily on duty clock by one hour.
OPPOSE: Truckload Carriers AssociationThe Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) expressed its opposition to Pronto ai's request."TCA has consistently remained opposed to any requests to alter the HOS regulations in a way that would add hours to a driver’s 11-hour driving limit or 14-hour workday," John Lyboldt, president of TCA said. "Any additional hours a driver is forced to spend piloting a vehicle could cause them to become overly fatigued."However, TCA lauded the FMCSA's efforts to promote and look for ways to incentivize the rapid and widespread adoption of ADAS technology in the trucking industry."TCA is a fervent supporter of FMCSA’s initiatives to improve the adoption of ADAS technology within the trucking industry. TCA encourages all of our members to adopt ADAS technology, and we look forward to working closely with FMCSA to advance this effort," Lyboldt states.
OPPOSE: Owner Operator Independent Driver's AssociationThe Owner Operator Independent Driver's Association (OOIDA) went on the record in opposition to the request also."Pronto’s exemption request asserts that vehicles equipped with advanced driving systems such as automatic emergency brakes (AEB), adaptive cruise control, driver-facing cameras, and lane departure warning systems all enhance safety," Todd Spencer, president of OOIDA, said. "In reality, these technologies come with their own dangers and we would argue that they can actually increase the risk of a crash in many cases."
OPPOSE: United States Transportation AllianceThe United States Transportation Alliance (USTA) warned the FMCSA that hackers could turn an 80,000 lb. big rig into a weapon of mass destruction with a "single key stroke."
"The act of actively automating our freight infrastructure will prove to be the single greatest security breach ever conceived," the USTA commented. "A total loss of control with an 80,000 lb. piece of equipment would be disastrous for all other vehicles, persons, and property in the immediate area along that portion of roadway."
OPPOSE: International Brotherhood of TeamstersThe International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) also weighed in "strongly" opposing the request over concerns about safety, but also the Agency picking winners and losers in the marketplace."FMCSA should not be in the business of granting exemptions to HOS rules to benefit one vendor over another," the IBT argued. "By providing regulatory relief in this case, FMCSA would be tipping the scales in favor of Pronto and creating an unfair competitive advantage to carriers that utilize its product ... What’s worse, it would be doing so without any concrete proof that the technology would not degrade the safety of everyone using our nation’s roads."
OPPOSE: Commercial Vehicle Safety AllianceThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) also opposed the request stating, "If granted, this exemption would place an excessive burden on the enforcement community and potentially negatively impact safety."While CVSA says it anticipates the ADAS technologies could help reduce crashes, it contends granting an exemption to HOS rules to justify an incentive to widespread adoption is "premature."
FAVOR: Scopelitis Transportation ConsultingIn a four-page comment posted on May 22 -- two days after the comment period closed -- Scopelitis Transportation Consulting (STC) put forward seven different arguments in favor of FMCSA granting the request.Dave Osiecki, president of STC, and former long-time executive with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), says "Pronto’s request will result in accelerated adoption and use of the same level 2 ADAS technologies supported by FMCSA (as part of its new TechCelerate Now program), and a comprehensive and effective video telematics and driver monitoring solution."Osiecki addressed concerns that the added hours will contribute to driver fatigue by pointing to the touted benefits of the SmartDrive camera system also included in Pronto's exemption request."The potential for driver fatigue is the main concern when HOS exemptions are considered, as it should be," Osiecki said. "The incorporation of SmartDrive’s smart sense driver fatigue monitoring system directly and proactively mitigates this concern."
NO COMMENT: American Trucking AssociationsThe trucking industry's largest and most powerful trade group, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), did not file a public comment on the issue.Additionally, none of its member state associations filed a comment either.
Click HERE to read what truckers had to say.
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