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FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Regulatory, Safety

  The Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under a federal pilot program will move to normal operating status. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is ending the 3-year pilot program and granting authority to the carriers, pending final reports on the program from an advisory committee and the Transportation Department’s Inspector General. “In the interim, based upon successful completion of the program, as well as a review of safety and inspection data collected during the program, the Department has converted the 13 participants to provisional or standard operating authority, allowing those carriers to continue to operate in the United States,” the agency said in a statement. The Mexican carriers in the pilot program are running 55 vehicles with either permanent or provisional authority. The latest FMCSA report shows that these trucks...

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A Blog for Logistics, Supply Chain, and 3PL Executives

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Finance, Regulatory

  It’s been a crazy week here for me. I’ve been working on finishing up our omni-channel strategic report, scoping my soon-to-launch omni-channel market study, and took a quick two day trip to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for SAP’s Retail Forum. It was a great conference with lots of great speakers and sessions (which you will most likely be reading about here in the coming weeks). So let’s get right to this week’s news. On Thursday, October 9, the National Retail Federation (NRF) sent a letter to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) urging the two parties to conclude their contract negotiations. I have written about the issues with the contract here before, as retailers have been rushing to get holiday inventory into the US before a strike occurs, halting...

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Navistar asks court to consolidate 26 lawsuits against its EGR-only engines, says 21 more could come

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Regulatory

  Navistar-International has filed a motion requesting consolidation of the more than two dozen lawsuits brought against it over alleged problems with its EGR-only engine line, along with the 21 other similar lawsuits the company is expecting to come. The Oct. 3 request was filed with a federal judicial panel on multidistrict litigation, according to court documents. Navistar says in the motion that it is facing 15 lawsuits in federal courts around the country and and 11 suits in state courts. It also says it has received notices of intents to sue from 21 other parties. RelatedTango Transport sues Navistar, claiming hundreds of trucks had defective enginesMajor national carrier Tango Transport (No. 124 in the CCJ Top 250) has become the latest carrier to sue Navistar-International over the truck and engine …All of the lawsuits make similar allegations against...

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Be heard: Engage your representatives directly

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Regulatory

  As we approach the mid-term election we find ourselves hearing from all of the advocacy groups and Congress as to just what to do about the trucking industry. Congress has just kicked the long-term funding bill into next year as it’s a hot potato to talk taxes during an election year. We have groups calling for stricter regulations because trucks are killers. Congress and the DOT still can not get the hours of service right as the fight still goes on over the 34-hour restart. These are just a few issues, and another that has been coming back is the need for states to do more to protect truckers who are on their breaks from those who feel the need to rob and kill them. In among all of this are lawsuits against carriers/leasing companies who wrongfully or...

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Operation Safe Driver: Traffic enforcement goes into high gear Oct. 19-25

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Regulatory, Safety

  The annual Operation Safe Driver program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry kicks off Sunday, Oct. 19, nationwide. The program, created to “help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars,” was first held in the year 2007. During the week of October 19-25, enforcement agencies across North America will conduct heightened traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe behavior of drivers of both cars and commercial motor vehicles. Boosted truck roadside inspections, safety belt enforcement, and others activities aimed at improving driver regulatory compliance can be expected. RelatedCSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 1: CSA’s flawed scoring doesn’t stop third parties from judging carriersThree and a half years after Compliance Safety Accountability began its radical scrambling of how trucking safety is regulated...

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Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in Career, Regulatory

  ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge SAN DIEGO — The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Operational impacts being experienced across the supply chain from the changes to the hours-of-service rules that went into effect in 2013 once again propelled the regulations to the top of the list in ATRI’s annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders. The survey was made up of approximately 70% of people with truck fleets and about 30% drivers. Coming in a close second to the hours-of-service rules in terms of industry concern is the growing driver shortage, which replaced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability, more commonly known...

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