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FMCSA administrator encourages truckers to comment on HOS rulemaking

DALLAS – Addressing the media Thursday morning at The Great American Trucking Show, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief, Ray Martinez, reiterated the need for driver’s comments on the advance notice of public rulemaking regarding changes to the hours of service.

“This is an opportunity for people who are concerned about this issue to step forward and inform the FMCSA about how the current hours of service might be amended to alleviate some of the problems we’re hearing about with flexibility,” Martinez said.

He describes the 30-day comment period as “aggressive,” and said it represents his commitment to expedite agency action, which has been criticized in the past for the slow pace of governmental change.


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Demand on road does not match supply of truckers


Arkansas trucking companies need between 4,500 to 5,000 drivers right now to meet the demands of getting goods to market on a daily basis, with companies across the nation facing the same issue. 

According to a report from Little Rock television station KATV, an official with a state trucking group said an improving economy has helped to create the demand for drivers. 


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DOT seeks public comment on trucking regulations

Livestock groups are pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to rules that apply to truckers’ time behind the wheel.

Of specific concern is how those rules apply to livestock haulers transporting animals that are vulnerable to extreme temperatures.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.


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ATA Reveals 2018 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Logo

ARLINGTON, VA., -- American Trucking Associations has unveiled the official 2018 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week logo and launched the NTDAW online store.

"In one month, all of trucking unites to honor the truck drivers who safely and professionally deliver our nation's goods," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Because the week is so important to our industry, ATA put together tools, launched an online store, and released the official logo so that truck drivers throughout the country can be celebrated in a number of special and exciting ways."

This year, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week runs September 9-15. Trucking companies, industry suppliers, state associations, and shippers recognize the country's 3.5 million professional truck drivers throughout the week by hosting events, celebrating driver safety achievements, and educating local communities about the important role truck drivers play in delivering critical goods.  

"From the food and medicine in our cabinets, the furniture and electronics in our living rooms, and even the cars or bikes in our driveways – none of those items would be available to us without truck drivers," said ATA COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna. "We encourage everyone to visit the official NTDAW website to see the variety of tools we use to spread the word about NTDAW, such as suggested events, sample op-eds and press releases to generate local appreciation of drivers."

The official 2018 NTDAW logo is available for industry affiliates seeking to promote the week. ATA also released a selection of sample documents intended to enhance the week through various media campaigns, legislative items and events.

This year, ATA's NTDAW store will come equipped with a selection of items to buy for professional truck drivers or to show support for the work they do. These items, featuring a backpack cooler and high-quality thermos, allow industry professionals and supporters from the general public to show appreciation for America's drivers throughout the year. The store will take orders until September 1 to ensure customers receive their merchandise before the start of the celebration. Interested customers can also co-brand merchandise with company logos alongside the official 2018 NTDAW logo.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

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Strongest Trucking Market in History Has Legs, ATA’s Bob Costello Says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. trucking industry is enjoying its best business environment since deregulation in 1980, and the good times will continue in the near term unless trade disputes hinder economic growth, American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said.

“This has been the best time in trucking history, I’d say. The question is, how long is it going to last?” he said in remarks here July 24 at McLeod Software’s CFO Conference.

Costello forecast that U.S. gross domestic product will grow by 3% this year, followed by 2.7% growth in 2019.


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Don’t call these rivers lazy - Transportation Matters for Iowa

When you think about freight in Iowa, you likely picture semis on the interstate or maybe a fully loaded train chugging along Iowa’s rural landscape. You may be surprised to find that one of Iowa’s top priorities related to the movement of freight is the Upper Mississippi River lock and dam system.

As the only state bordered by two navigable rivers, totaling 491 miles with 60 barge terminals, Iowa has a unique capability to move large quantities of goods at competitive shipping rates through those rivers, especially through the 11 locks and dams bordering Iowa on the Mississippi south to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond to international markets.


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ATA Pledges to Create Greater Opportunities in Trucking

ARLINGTON, Va., Today, leaders from the American Trucking Associations pledged that the trucking group would provide at least 50,000 people enhanced career opportunities as part of today's Trump administration announcement to provide pathways to better careers for a half a million Americans.

"ATA is proud to be part of this effort to provide enhanced career opportunities to hard-working Americans. Our nation's economy depends on our trucks moving goods from ports, factories and farms to stores and homes – and we depend on the millions of men and women who drive those trucks, maintain those trucks, load and unload those trucks and route those trucks," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "We appreciate President Trump and Secretary Acosta making this a priority and having the vision to follow through with today's executive order. We hope that through this workforce development effort, we will be able to connect more Americans to family-supporting incomes and address the persistent shortage we face in attracting enough well-trained workers to our industry. The economy is strong and unemployment is low, but there are critical shortages of skilled workers in sectors of the economy, like truck drivers, technicians and mechanics. We support these efforts to help ensure Americans have the skills and training needed to support the modern economy."

ATA was represented at today's White House event by past ATA Chairman Dan England, chairman of the board at C.R. England Inc., Salt Lake City. 

"C.R. England believes in providing hard-working Americans a path to a better life," England said. "That's why we work so hard at our driving schools and training facilities, giving people a place to learn important and valuable skills that can keep our industry and our economy moving.

"Our industry is under constant pressure to bring in new drivers and new technicians to replace an aging workforce and to keep up with the demands of a modern, just-in-time economy," he said. "Today's announcement underscores our commitment, and ATA's commitment, to doing all we can to provide opportunities for careers in trucking."

At today's announcement, ATA pledged to offer enhanced career opportunities to 10,000 people a year, every year, for the next five years, bringing the total commitment to 50,000. 

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward

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Savannah-area trucking companies face driver shortages

Stephanie Wagner, terminal manager for Ace Drayage in Savannah said the shortage has started to show.

“It is a problem,” Wagner said. “Over the last year we started seeing a big difference in how many people were coming in to apply.”

The biggest drop in applicants is from drivers willing to go out on the road longer than one day, Wagner said.

“Those drivers are getting harder to find,” Wagner said. “We just don’t see a lot of new drivers coming in.”


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Soaring Cost of Trucking Threatens to Stoke US Inflation

The tightest trucking market in years is testing the limits of an otherwise well-conditioned U.S. economic expansion. It also is tinder for accelerating inflation should the capacity constraints spark moves by companies to pass on those higher delivery costs.

A shortage of drivers, new regulations and solid demand are driving up rates charged by trucking companies to haul loads over the country’s more than 46,000 miles of interstate highways. Combined with higher materials prices, partly due to the Trump administration’s tariffs, rising transportation costs are putting pressure on goods producers.


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National trucking industry group sues over new tolls

A national trucking industry group is fighting Rhode Island over new tolls, arguing that large commercial tractors are being unfairly targeted.

The lawsuit was filed in Providence federal court Tuesday by Virginia-based American Trucking Associations and claims Rhode Island Department of Transportation tolls violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

The co-plaintiffs, Cumberland Farms, New England Motor Freight and M&M Transport Services, are asking for an injunction to stop the tolls and repayment of legal fees.


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