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Trucking Alliance, auto safety advocates team up to slam OOIDA ELD exemption request

WASHINGTON — In joint comments submitted Thursday to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (Trucking Alliance) warned that an exemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association would gut the long-settled electronic logging device rule by allowing nearly all trucking companies to delay compliance.

OODIA’s request for a five-year exemption to the ELD rule is a transparent attempt to bypass Congress and the courts by regurgitating discredited arguments which seek to advance special interests at the expense of road safety for all motorists, the two organizations said in their comments.

The Small Business Administration defines a small business as one having less than $27.5 million revenue annually.

“OOIDA, as an organization, asserts that it represents 160,000 members who operate 240,000 heavy trucks, yet the application seeks exemption for a far larger class of motor carriers, i.e., all those considered to be a small transportation trucking business as defined by the SBA regulations,” the comments said.

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Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

In his SOTU speech, the president called for Congress to pass a bipartisan bill that “generates" at least $1.5 trillion to invest in infrastructure improvements — but he made no mention of how to pay for that princely sum.

Click here for our report on Trump's SOTU speech

But based on what the Trump Administration has previously stated, as well as a recently leaked draft document, the president’s approach to financing infrastructure improvements remains fixed on priming the pump with $200 billion in cash and tax credits to stoke spending on infrastructure projects by state and local governments as well as by private investors.

It should be noted that the leaked draft document contained one specific point that did not go over at all with several stakeholder groups: that states be allowed “flexibility to toll on interstates and reinvest toll revenues in infrastructure” and to “reconcile the grandfathered restrictions on use of highway toll revenues with current law.” 

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Truck Parking USA forms new partnership with ProMiles

ARLINGTON, Va. — Truck Parking USA, an online and mobile platform for truck parking facilities, has formed a new partnership with commercial truck routing software company ProMiles.

With the integration of ProMiles, Truck Parking USA, available for iOS and Android, now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool so truck drivers can view current retail diesel prices at thousands of truck stop locations while simultaneously considering routes with appropriate commercial vehicle capacities.

According to the 2017 “Critical Issues in The Trucking Industry Report” prepared by The American Transportation Research Institute, truck parking and transportation infrastructure are among the top 10 most challenging issues facing the trucking industry.

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Trucking Aftermarket Poised for Growth Through 2022

LAS VEGAS – In 2017 the U.S. aftermarket for Class 6 to 8 trucks and trailers grew to $30.4 billion and it could be poised for growth through 2022, according to MacKay & Co., speaking at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.  

In total the U.S. aftermarket for Class 6 to 8 trucks and trailers is up 3.1%, driven by increases in population and utilization, said John Blodgett, vice president of sales and marketing for MacKay & Company. The Canadian aftermarket is up 9.2% to $4.2 billion, driven by increases in pricing, average annual miles driven and utilization.

Aftermarket demand depends in part on new vehicle sales. U.S. Class 6-7 retail sales were up 10% in 2017 and trailer sales were up 2%, but Class 8 sales were down slightly (-0.5%)

For 2018, Ken Griswold, director of market strategy and sales at MacKay, said the company expects U.S. retail sales of Class 6 and 7 trucks to be up 2% to 135,000, Class 8 sales to be up 0.4% to 237,000 and trailer sales to be 280,000, down 1%.

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Why a new trucking regulation is driving up the cost of produce

Shoppers could see grocery prices rise because of a new federal mandate requiring most long-distance truckers to use electronic logging devices to keep track of their time spent driving.

Some truckers are experiencing difficulties and delays as they switch from paper logbooks to the devices, which plug into a truck’s engine. Proponents argue the devices, which have been required for most truckers since Dec. 18, keep drivers more honest about their driving time and therefore make the highways safer.

But those delays mean truckers aren’t covering as much distance or making the same number of runs as before, driving up the cost of produce coming from California, Arizona and Florida, according to longtime Chicago produce wholesalers like Anthony Marano Co. and Testa Produce. And those price hikes eventually will be passed on to consumers, they say.

“You’ve created this whole logistical nightmare and for what? Why?” said Peter Testa, president of Testa Produce.

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Spending on Trucking Services Jumps in Fourth Quarter

Spending on trucking services advanced by their highest rate this decade in the fourth quarter of 2017, spurred by demand and tight capacity, according to the U.S. Bank Freight Payments Index, a quarterly measure of quantitative changes in freight shipment and spending activity tracked on a national and regional level.

The Minneapolis-based bank uses data from the $23 billion in freight payments it processes annually for large corporations and government agencies to create two indexes, the National Spending Index and the National Shipments Index.

The National Spending Index had a value of 185.2 at the end of the fourth quarter, a rise of 12.5% from the third quarter and a jump of nearly 25% from the fourth quarter a year ago. The two increases represent record moves for the index going back to 2010.

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Republicans Lament Absence of Trucking Policy in Autonomous Bill

WASHINGTON — Key Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee, including the panel’s chairman, expressed concern over the absence of trucking policy provisions in legislation on autonomous vehicles awaiting a vote in the chamber.

Sens. Todd Young of Indiana and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, both Republicans, argued the lack of inclusion of trucks in the committee-passed legislation failed to provide a full framework of self-driving vehicle guidelines.

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Tax reform and trucking

The long, hard-fought push to pass tax reform last year – a push directly encouraged by elements of the trucking industry – is now poised to benefit motor carriers and drivers alike in many ways; just witness the monetary savings achieved by J.B. Hunt due to the tax law changes.

The first significant reform of the tax code in 30 years – since Ronald Reagan’s presidency – is being characterized as economic “rocket fuel” by some that will not only boost business investment, repatriation of monies stashed overseas, and expansion but raise worker wages, too – with bonus checks thrown in for good measure.

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Seattle port truckers are threatening to sue the state if new regulations are enforced

Seattle port truckers are threatening to take legal action against the state, should new environmental regulations be enforced.

The program, called the ‘The Northwest Seaport Alliance Clean Truck Program,’ requires all port drivers to upgrade to 2007 or newer model trucks/engines, or they will be disallowed from entering port terminals from April 1st, 2018.

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Of infrastructure, fuel taxes, and trucking

This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a four-part plan entitled Roadmap to Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure that seeks, among other things, to implement a 25-cent hike in federal fuel taxes over a five year period in order to generate nearly $400 billion worth of funds over the next decade to expand, repair and reinvigorate the U.S. transportation system.

That call for a fuel tax increase mirrors similar proposals made by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) both in December and in May last year. It’s also been argued by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) that fuel taxes are the best way to fund infrastructure programs.

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