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- COVID-19 Leads To Rate Spikes For Some Trucking Sectors While Others StumbleAmidst the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place orders and social distancing rules have been put into effect. People’s buying habits have changed, and that’s meant a huge spike in freight volume for some sectors of the industry while others are seeing freight drop significantly. Refrigerated loads are among those which are seeing demand soar. A spur of shopping took place when President Trump declared a national emergency earlier this month. Grocery shelves in some parts of the country were stripped of large amounts of food, hygiene products, and other essentials. Restocking stores in a hurry has refer haulers enjoying higher spot rates than normal – though they are often subject to long wait times at shippers and receivers. Unsurprisingly, loads consisting of other in-demand equipment like medical supplies and goods used to manufacture them are also helping to keep freight volume averages up. In some areas though, non-essential… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- FMCSA Needs To Clarify Its HOS Exemptions Yet AgainTo help speed the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted truckers from needing to follow Hours of Service (HOS) requirements while hauling certain loads. Unfortunately, the exemption notice was so vague that carriers and drivers weren’t sure exactly what was and wasn’t covered. Shortly after President Trump declared a National Emergency, the FMCSA issued an expanded national emergency declaration. In the notice, they announced that HOS rules would not apply to commercial vehicle drivers who are involved in emergency relief efforts. The exemption applies to all aspects of the Hours of Service requirements including use of an electronic logging device. What wasn’t clear is what loads exactly make a driver eligible for the exemption. On March 19th, FMCSA issued a FAQ page to address questions that drivers were having. Then, on March 25th, another FAQ page was published. Drivers are exempted… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- COVID-19 Impact Study Needs Your Input To Help Shape Trucking’s ResponseThe American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) are partnering up to get data on the impact that the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on truckers and the industry as a whole. To get results as quickly as possible, they have created an online poll to ask for driver input. According to ATRI Senior Vice President Dan Murray, the survey may help shape the response to fighting this pandemic and whatever may come next. “Our goal is to complete the data analysis as quickly as possible, as it can provide important guidance to public and private decision-makers,” Murray told Transport Topics. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a moving target, and we can’t afford to design policies and supply chains around guesswork.” The survey asks participants the usual about their age, occupation, fleet size and more. But it also asks about changes in trip length, freight volume,… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- #ThankaTrucker Takes Off As People Find Ways To Thank Truckers For Keeping The Country Run...photo credit: @jeff_waffordFor the majority of Americans, the last week or two is the first time that they’ve ever had to think about how exactly food gets to the shelves in their local grocery store. The old saying of, “if you bought it, a truck brought it” is finally hitting home. And people are finding new ways to say thank you! Last week, members of the federal government, state agencies, private companies, and the general public began tweeting their support of truckers on Twitter using the hashtag #ThankaTrucker. Everyone from the FMCSA to Donald Trump has joined in. Had to make a quick run down the interstate today, and instead of asking truck drivers to blow their horns, my kids decided to just say thanks with this sign out the window. Needless to say they got several smiles, waves and honks. #ThankATrucker #DeliveryDrivesAmerica pic.twitter.com/U8bfhjh4pA — jwafford (@jeff_wafford) March 21,… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Truckers Are Driving The Coronavirus Response, Keeping “Essential” Services OpenOver the past few days, the country has sprung into action to try and mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the coronavirus which has popped up in over 100 countries, infected over 200,000, and killed at least 8,648 by the last count. Doctors, nurses, first responders, some volunteers, and even grocery store employees have been designated as “essential” workers. But as with most disasters, truck drivers are largely unsung heroes driving the coronavirus response. Truck drivers are more vulnerable to the coronavirus on average than the general population. Truckers can’t do their jobs remotely. And a boom of freight demand caused by shoppers stripping stores of necessary items has led to record wait times to unload in parts of the country. Despite that, the vast majority of truckers are still working every single day. “We got into trucking 13 years ago, and specifically the pharmaceutical division, to help people in… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Coronavirus Forcing Closure Of Some Rest Areas, But Truckers Still Need ThemAs businesses and public services nationwide close down due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, life is changing for most Americans – and truckers are no different. But people still need food, fuel, and other essentials, so trucks need to keep rolling. Unfortunately, truck rest areas are among those locations closing down in response to the pandemic. States are closing down rest areas nationwide. According to Business Insider Michigan has closed all 14 welcome centers, Nebraska is closing down rest areas while attendants aren’t present, and Texas has closed its 12 rest areas as well. But in those areas at least, truck parking is still available. That wasn’t the case in Pennsylvania until very recently. On Tuesday, PennDOT closed down 30 rest stops across the state in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The uproar from trucking companies, drivers, and groups like OOIDA and ATA was immediate… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago