December 2020: Driver Shortages, Fuel Cells, FMCSA Proposal, CDL Extensions End

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December 2020: Driver Shortages, Fuel Cells, FMCSA Proposal, CDL Extensions End

Every month in 2020 has brought the transportation industry significant change and December seems determined to end the year in that spirit. Driver shortages continue as we enter 2021, with ongoing demand but a significantly reduced workforce. Several factors contribute to this, from traditional issues of job conditions to more recent challenges due to the

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New CVSA Video – Technology and the Future of Commercial Vehicle Safety

              The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released a video regarding the future of commercial vehicle safety and the role technology will play. The video details the safety challenges the trucking industry is grappling with as well as solutions to those difficulties—namely in the form of technological advancements. The

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How to Prepare Truck Drivers for the 2019 International Roadcheck

          Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds an International Roadcheck event to inspect common areas of safety violations in trucking. This year, the event will run from June 4-6 and will focus on steering and suspension. These two components are critical to the safe operation of a commercial

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Does Your Trucking Company Need a Spotted Lanternfly Permit?

Although native to China, India, and Vietnam, the spotted lanternfly has invaded eastern Pennsylvania and southwestern New Jersey. In their indigenous countries, natural predators keep the spotted lanternfly population in check. However, such predators don’t exist in PA or NJ. Because of this, in combination with their voracious eating habits, both states have labeled the

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Top 5 Ways to Minimize the Effects of Driver Shortages on Your Transportation Business

Driver shortages hurt every corner of the transportation industry. Attracting and retaining competent drivers has become a significant competitive advantage. To find the solution to the problem, it’s best to identify some of the major contributing factors: a generation inclined to pursue white-collar work, a decrease in average real annual wages across the industry, and

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Transferring Liability and Equipment Between Motor Carriers

Sometimes motor carriers need to exchange equipment. However, this raises questions about liability. In order for authorized motor carriers to interchange equipment, they must address the following. Interchange Agreement Motor carriers need a written contract or document that describes the equipment. This document should also detail how the motor carrier will use the equipment and

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Changes at UIIA – Binding Arbitration, Per Diem, and more

The Uniform Intermodal Interchange & Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA) provides uniform industry processes and procedures for the exchange of intermodal equipment between trucking companies, railroads, companies that lease equipment, and ocean carriers. As such, it behooves individuals within the transportation industry and UIIA participants to stay up to date with the latest changes at the

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New Apps to Revolutionize Trucking & Freight Logistics

The trucking industry is responsible for moving the vast majority of freight in the United States – approximately 10 billion tons annually. But the efficiency of this process is staggeringly poor. The complexities of connecting a freight transporter with a business in need of moving cargo can dramatically hinder a carrier’s bottom line. The impact

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FAST Act Updates: CSA Scores & Intermodal Projects

The FAST Act has brought about a number of significant changes in the transportation industry. Two specific issues have recently surfaced regarding implementation and funding. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke on the proposed multimodal freight connectivity system known as FASTLANE. Approximately $4.5 billion has been allocated through 2020, with $800 million allocated for this year.

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Congressional Legislation on 34 Hour Restart, Speed Limiters…

The United States senate has passed a fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill that could redefine some important aspects of Hours of Service and equipment regulations. These include weekly hours worked prior to required rest breaks, DOT rules on implementing speed limiters nationwide, and revised government spending on transportation infrastructure. In addition, the bill prevents state

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