FMCSA extends waivers on HOS, drug testing in face of national pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in recent weeks has granted waivers and extended exemptions for pre-employment drug testing and hours-of-service (HOS) regulations because of the national COVID-19 pandemic. FMCSA granted a waiver for pre-employment drug testing requirements for commercial truck drivers. The waiver has a June 5 to Sept. 30,…

Trucking Industry weighs in on National Freight Strategic Plan

Trucking Industry weighs in on National Freight Strategic Plan

Seeking input from the trucking industry on the National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), the USDOT in December put out a call for comments in the federal register. The NFSP, required by the FAST Act, is the federal government’s roadmap for infrastructure planning and enhancing the nation’s freight movements. USDOT sought input from a variety of…

ATRI report indicates truck driver shortage, HOS rules and compensation are main concerns

ATRI report indicates truck driver shortage, HOS rules and compensation are main concerns

A recent report issued by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) , the trucking industry’s non-profit research arm, cited the driver shortage as the top-ranked issue facing the industry, struggling to recruit and retain qualified drivers. The Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules held on to the second spot in the survey for a second consecutive year, reflecting…

Are Amazon-branded tractors a sign of the future?

Are Amazon-branded tractors a sign of the future?

Truck drivers have spotted Amazon-branded truck tractors in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio and California in recent weeks, as the mega-corporation continues its foray into the logistics market. The tractors are what are known as “day cabs,” rather than “sleeper cabs,” indicating they are designed for distances of 400 miles or less, Satish Jindel of SJ Consulting…

FMCSA delays publication of HOS regulations

FMCSA delays publication of HOS regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) scheduled publication of new proposed hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial truck drivers, originally set for early June, has been delayed until further notice due to additional review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). “The timelines in the department’s regulatory updates serve as goals for…

Trucking riding economic wave, but economists fear downturn in 2020

Trucking riding economic wave, but economists fear downturn in 2020

Freight brokers and third-party logistics firms can expect another year of positive business growth before staring down a recession, according to Noel Perry, chief economist for Truckstop.com. Perry, speaking at an April 13 Transportation Intermediaries Association Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, said the probability of an economic downturn in 2020 is at least…