Acuity Trucker Focus Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of the Acuity Trucker Focus newsletter for timely transportation news and information. Trucking Consultant Cliff Johnson talks about how carriers should always be prepared for changes in the market. In addition, Cliff talks about the Internet of Things and its impact on trucking. If you find the flagpole hidden in this issue, you could win $100!

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August Newsletter

Rough Waters Ahead

Currently, modern commercial ships run on fossil fuels which have a high content of sulfur (3.5%) – known to be harmful to humans and the environment. Beginning January 1, 2020 low-sulfur fuel (0.5%) is required for those ships that are not equipped with air scrubbers. The added cost of the new fuel could have serious implications for all modes of delivery around the world. Here in the U.S., the East Coast vs West Coast battle for business is about to heat up. Click here to read more.

Battle at the Port: Efficiency Through Automation Seen as a Threat to Jobs

Automation and cleaner air were met with protest as angry shouting by hundreds of ILWU members could be heard outside a hearing by the Los Angeles (LA) Board of Harbor Commissioners. The Board voted 3 to 2 to approve a permit for Maersk’s plan to introduce driverless electric cargo handlers inside its 484-acre facility at Pier 400 in LA. In an action prompted by local Councilman Joe Buscaino who overseas the district area in and around the port, LA city council members voted to overrule the Board of Harbor Commissioners and halted the permit. After injecting rhetoric and labor protest, the decision was sent back to the Board for a revote. Click here to continue reading.

$4,923,154 Minimum Financial Responsibility Limit Proposed

A bill (H.R.3781) has been introduced in the House which seeks to increase the minimum levels of financial responsibility by 556% for transporting property, and would index future increases to changes in inflation relating to medical care. At a press conference in Washington D.C., Representative Jesus Garcia (D-Ill) proclaimed “we’ve seen how victims, their families, hospitals, and our strained social safety net are forced to foot the bill for irresponsible driving.” Garcia was joined by members of the Truck Safety Coalition and accident victims to announce the bill and to introduce the Safe Roads Act. The legislation would require Automatic Emergency Braking technology as standard features on commercial vehicles. Click here to learn more.

FMCSA Imposes Lifetime Ban for Felony Human Trafficking Offenses

FMCSA published a final rule that adds human trafficking to the list of offenses that permanently disqualify individuals from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). This final rule mandates that states come into substantial compliance with 49 U.S.C. 31311(a) as soon as practicable, but not later than three years from the effective date of this final rule. Click here to read how smuggling rings have targeted truckers.

July Newsletter

July 31 New Target for Proposed Rule to Amend Trucker Hours-of-Service Regs, DOT Says

This article is provided courtesy of Safety+Health, the official magazine of the NSC Congress & Expo. You can visit their website at https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/ to sign up for their newsletters. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now eyeing July 31 as the publication date for a proposed rule the agency says would add flexibility to hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers, according to a Department of Transportation regulatory update released in June.

Previously, DOT indicated June 7 as the target publication date for the proposed rule, which FMCSA submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget on March 28. An FMCSA spokesperson confirmed in an email to Safety+Health that the proposed rule remains under OMB review, and FMCSA head Raymond Martinez reiterated that stance during a June 19 hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

“I really do believe that we are in the very final stages of that process, and I’m hopeful that it will be in short order,” Martinez said in response to a question from Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE).

The agency received more than 5,200 comments on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Aug. 23 Federal Register. Possible changes to HOS regulations include:

  • Expanding the current 100-air mile short haul exemption to 14 hours on duty from 12 hours on duty, to be consistent with rules for long-haul truck drivers.
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions.
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight hours of continuous driving.
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks equipped with sleeper berth compartments.

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June Newsletter

Truck Driver Involved in Crash Awarded $80 Million Due to Employer Misconduct

The attached article is courtesy of: Setliff Law, P.C. 4940 Dominion Boulevard Glen Allen, VA  23060; Phone:(804)377-1276;Email: pschurig@setlifflaw.com 

Sometimes it is good to read an article that serves as a reminder of what can happen when a company fails to do things the “right way.” In fact, many plaintiff’s lawyers attempt to paint trucking companies like the “bad eggs,” even if they set out to do everything correctly. This is certainly a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when poor decisions are made.

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