FMCSA Exempts Transco, Inc. From The 30-Minute Rest Break

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On August 27, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted Transco, a large grocery retailer, their request for 30-minute rest break exemption. 

Transco filed a request in October 2018, which the FMCSA has now granted. However, the exemption allows the drivers, “to comply with the 30 minute break requirement while performing on-duty not-driving tasks.”

In Transco’s request for exemption, the company told the FMCSA their drivers are at a higher safety risk with the 30-minute rest break because they operate at lower speeds, make frequent stops, and have set driver schedules. 

The FMCSA noted that, “in most cases Transco relies on team drivers who alternate during shift deliveries. Total trip time averages 17.2 hours. However, total driving time for both drivers combined averages just 9.1 hours. Each driver spends, on average, only 4.55 hours or 32.5% of their shift engaged in driving.” Transco argued that the 30 minute rest break actually decreases their drivers safety.

In addition, the FMCSA stated 3,580 drivers who make wholesale deliveries to grocery and convenience stores are eligible for the 30-minute rest break exemption. 

The exemption is valid for five years.

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New 7 Mile Truck Route Opening Next Month

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the Starke Truck Route, a four lane truck route implemented to reduce traffic congestion on U.S. 301, will open sometime in September this year.

The Starke Truck Route started construction in August 2016, located on the west side of Starke, Florida. The $90 million, 7.3 mile long, route is constructed between County Road 227 and County Road 23. Which is expected to provide additional capacity for future growth in the area and improve safety. 

The route is estimated to carry over 25,000 vehicles per day in 2020, and increase to over 31,000 per day by the year 2040. Despite mixed feelings about the project from the locals, after hearing concerns that the route will negatively impact local business the Florida Department of Transportation assured “the new road was constructed with the safety and needs of residents and businesses alike in mind”. 

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Crestwood Transportation Raising Driver Pay

Crestwood Transportation – a company based out of Texas – are raising their starting pay from 46 cents to 60 cents for all tanker drivers in the central region. The pay raise was said to be effective March 21 of this year.

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According to the company,  drivers can now start at up to $80-85,000 per year.

In order to be considered for the position, applicants require two years of experience, a tanker and hazmat endorsement, and most importantly a clean driving record.

The company wants to reward their current and new drivers by receiving load pay, layover pay and detention pay as well as steady safe driving records.

Sources: “Crestwood Transportation Raises Driver Pay by 14 Cpm.” CDLLife, 1 May 2018, cdllife.com/2018/crestwood-transportation-raises-driver-pay-by-14-cpm/.

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Anheuser-Busch Teaming Up With Nikola

Anheuser-Busch are reportedly teaming up with Nikola in buying up to 800 hydrogen-electric trucks to replace more than half of their fleet.

The trucks being delivered will be the Nikola Two – also known as the Day Cab version – and have a capability of producing zero emissions, ability to be refueled in 20 minutes and have a range between 500 and 1,200 miles.

Manager Editor, Brian Straight reported:

” The cab is designed with “surround vision” and features a 15 in. touchscreen that gives the driver a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, eliminating blind spots. A panoramic windshield and a forward position for the driver provides improved visibility. That view is complemented by high-definition cameras combined with radar, sonar and computer software. The result is a complete 360 deg. view of the vehicle.

The mid-cab design features a sliding entry door to reduce the dangers of climbing into and out of the cab.

Inside the cab, there is a touchscreen where some of the most advanced productivity tools are located. Nikola aims to make the vehicle an “all-inclusive” model, giving drivers all the tools they need to do their jobs. This includes standard readouts such as battery levels, ranges, wheel torque and cabin controls, Bluetooth-enabled phone, calendar, integrated logging and driver/vehicle performance data and more. It also includes navigation and vehicle data as well as “Nikola Shipments.”

Nikola has plans for converting 100% of their fleets in the future.

 

Sources: Straight, Brian. “Anheuser-Busch to Buy up to 800 Nikola Hydrogen-Electric Trucks.” FreightWaves, www.freightwaves.com/news/green-trucking/anheuser-busch-to-buy-nikola-hydrogen-electric-trucks.

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HOS: Who Has to Comply?

As previously stated in a recent post, HOS – Hours of Service – is a federal regulation of limitations most truckers have for the length of time they can be driving or be required to take rest breaks.

Who is required to comply with these regulations? Here is a simple breakdown stated directly from the FMCSA:

“In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards”

 

Sources: “Hours of Service.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service.

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Drug Testing for Truck Drivers

The Trucking Alliance –  The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security – are reportedly pushing congress for drug testing to ensure there are no prior opioid addiction or illegal use of substances while going behind the wheel.

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If Congress decide to push for drug testing, verification for no opioid addiction or illegal drug use will be required at least 30 days prior to employment to anyone applying for safety sensitive related jobs in the trucking industry.

 

Sources: “Trucking Alliance Pushes Congress to Tighten Truck Driver Drug Testing.” TopNews – Drivers – TopNews – TruckingInfo.com, www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2018/05/trucking-alliance-pushes-congress-to-tighten-truck-driver-drug-testing.aspx.

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The Benefits of Blockchain

First of all, what is blockchain and why is it beneficial?

A list of records that continuously grows are known as blocks. Each block has transaction data and a time stamp that are secured through cryptography. Blocks and previous blocks are connected through cryptographic hashes – a mathematical algorithm designed as a one-way function – which thus creates blockchains.

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Blockchain was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 for use in cryptocurrency bitcoin.

One of the main benefits of blockchain is it’s resistance to modification of the data stored and it’s support through a decentralized network.

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Hours of Service

In 2011, FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – passed a rule for truck drivers on limitations and guidelines they need to follow in order to avoid violations – also known as – “Hours of Service.”

Per FMCSA, these are the stated guidelines:

  • All drivers have an 11-Hour Driving Limit:
    May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Per 14-Hour Limit:
    Drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. (Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.)
  • Rest Breaks:
    May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver’s last off (duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes.)
  • Sleeper Berth:
    Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

Sources: “Summary of Hours of Service Regulations.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/summary-hours-service-regulations.

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FMCSA Assigned Severity Weights to ELD’s

According to Transport Topics News, the FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – has assigned severity weights as a rating system for ELD violations:

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“As of April 1, 2018, violations related to electronic logging device regulations found during roadside inspections are being used in the SMS (Safety Measurement System). These violations are not being applied retroactively; violations recorded prior to April 1, 2018, will not be counted in SMS. Motor carriers that have received ELD-related violations will start to see them reflected in their HOS Compliance BASIC in early May 2018 when the next monthly SMS results are released.” (FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations)

The scoring system for severity weights will range from one point to five points. For a complete list of severity weights and how violations will be scored can be found directly from the FMCSA website.

Sources:

  • Miler, Eric. “FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations.” Transport Topics News, Transport Topics, 17 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-assigns-csa-severity-weights-eld-violations.
  • Holt, Lance. “The Consequences of Not Implementing ELD.” GPS Insight, 27 Apr. 2018, www.gpsinsight.com/blog/the-consequences-of-not-implementing-eld/.
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