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Shortage of Drivers Looms for U.S. Trucking Industry

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Federal agency predicts shortage will hit 200,000 next year.

MIDDLETOWN — As the trucking industry prepares to face a shortage of hundreds of thousands of drivers, local transport industries are confronting more than just a shortage of manpower.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the current shortage will grow to 200,000 drivers by next year, and two million truck driving positions will need to be filled by 2018. The industry employs close to 3.5 million drivers each year. “There’s no doubt there’s a shortage,” said Ken Henderson, president of JP Transport in Middletown. “The average driver is 51 years old, but we’re not getting people to replace them.”

Henderson said as prospective truckers graduate from academies and get certified, they are put into a precarious position.

Transport companies that deliver regionally — which may allow for relatively normal hours and weekends off — are not always self-insured and regulations put on by insurance companies may require certain years of experience before being hired onto a regional transport company. The larger freight movers, however, operate on different hours and have people away from home longer, which creates a situation Henderson calls a “Catch-22”: recent graduates need experience to get the job they want but cannot get it unless they “pay their dues” working for companies that may have them out for longer periods of time — something many new truckers want to avoid.

Dennis Bailey, director of the Ohio Business College Truck Driving in Middletown, said that truck driving in its essence is a job that is unique in many ways.

“The trucking industry is the first to see any downturn of the economy and the first to see the upturn,” Bailey said. “But the economy’s changed (the industry).”

The problem is one that may be unique to only a select few industries, Bailey said.

“It’s not a nine-to-five job,” he said. “It’s just a different lifestyle.”

Trucking could be a boost in income for some. Drivers of heavy loads and tractor trailers earned $19.55 per hour at the end of 2010 and made an average of $40,664 per year, according to the latest Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services statistics available... Continue reading...

Source: middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/shortage-of-drivers-looms-for-u-s-trucking-industry--1217966.html

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Trucking Industry Needs More Drivers

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200,000 drivers needed by year's end



PHOENIX - A boost in the economy and a jump in job orders means that if you're looking for work, you might want to take your search on the road.

The U.S. trucking industry is experiencing a nationwide shortage of workers. The industry will need to hire 200,000 drivers by the end of 2011, according to several nationwide trucking associations.

With record high unemployment rates, FOX 10 asked local truckers why they think applicants aren't more enthusiastic about the job.

“Right now there are plenty of loads. I’m an owner operator, so there's plenty of freight. If there was too many drivers, everybody would be skuttling for it,” said truck driver Tom Hockett.

Hockett has been on the road for 24 years and says while there's plenty of work, there's a shortage of quality drivers.

An aging workforce means more skilled truckers are retiring, and the transportation industry today has stricter requirements and guidelines than in previous years.

“We’re allowed to work 14 hours a day, and out of that 14 hours a day, we can drive 11 of it,” said truck driver Junior Bashor.

Bashor's truck is equipped with a GPS system that tracks his hours, so the days... Continue reading...


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More Than a Truck - from Schneider

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"The Pride Builds": A series of short videos capturing the story behind the military-themed trucks (Ride of Pride 2011 and Ride With Pride 2011) that have become a popular rolling tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. First in the series: "More Than a Truck." Additional volumes will be rolled out regularly from now through Veterans Day 2011.

For  more information please visit: www.schneiderjobs.com

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SCAMMER NOTICE - July 28, 2011

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From: Kristine Durham, Western Truck School

Today a gentleman by the name of James Hays of "National Transportation" called. His phone number is 404-686-6139. He says he is looking for 4 drivers immediately. Due to his pushy attitude, I started to ask questions and found out he is based out of Georgia. According to him an orientation will be held in Phoenix. Drivers will drive all 48 states. They will be out 14 and home for 4 paying $400.00 a week and then .28 a mile. Requirements are over 21, no more than 8 points, DUI over 3 years and felony has to be over 5 years.

None of the information checks out of course. In fact, if you call the number, you get a recording that "the patient is currently out of the room!" Just alerting you to another scammer out there.

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Companies Using Questionable Tactics to Sell Reasonable-Suspicion Training

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of July 18, 2011
Foley Services Your Single Source for DOT Compliance

 

Carriers are encouraged to review faxes and mailers closely to determine whether or not they are from the DOT.

There is never a dull moment in the customer service department at Foley. On a typical day our Compliance Specialists juggle phone calls from clients preparing for an upcoming audit, truckers needing permitting or fuel tax preparation help and Designated Employer Representatives (DERS), supervisors and collectors needing drug and alcohol testing assistance and many others. Lately, though, we’ve noticed a disturbing trend.

In recent weeks, our Compliance Specialists have been responding to an unusual number of questions from clients concerned that they may not have met their mandatory Supervisor Reasonable-Suspicion Training requirements. It turns out that companies have been using overly aggressive marketing tactics and the DOT has taken notice.

Closely Review All Communications
In some cases, the companies are trying to fool carriers into believing the message is coming directly from the DOT. In one case, a company is faxing a single sheet with headers like “Compliance Notice” and “2nd Compliance Notice” along with the DOT logo. It’s easy to see why carriers are confused even after the company added a fine-print disclaimer stating that it is not the DOT.

At this time, we are advising clients to closely review all mailers and faxes as many official-looking documents may not have originated from the DOT or any government office. If you need help determining if a notice is legitimate, please do not hesitate to call our customer support team at 800-253-5506, ext. 0869.

Since the most recent round of aggressive marketing focuses on Supervisor Reasonable-Suspicion Training, we wanted to take a moment to assure all of our clients that Foley’s DOT Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion modules and live training programs do meet the mandatory requirements. Therefore, if you have completed live training through us or if you have completed our self-study program, there is no reason to panic.

The DOT’s Response
The DOT is aware of the questionable marketing tactics currently being used by some companies. In fact, just last week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a bulletin clarifying Reasonable Suspicion Training requirements and alerting carriers about aggressive marketing techniques being used by some training companies. In the notice, FMCSA reminded carriers that the agency does not certify or approve trainers, training companies or curriculum.

Reasonable-Suspicion Training Requirements
As most Fast-Fax readers know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) require supervisors of safety-sensitive employees to complete 60 minutes of training on the signs and symptoms of alcohol use and 60 minutes of training on the signs and symptoms of controlled substances use. This training, required by 49 CFR Part 382.603, qualifies and prepares supervisors to make reasonable-suspicion testing determinations.

Ultimately, it’s the carrier’s responsibility to ensure that the Supervisor Reasonable- Suspicion Training meets the requirements outlined in 49 CFR Part 382. Proof of training, such as a signed and dated training certificate, should be kept on file.

Call If You Have Questions
If you have any questions about Supervisor Reasonable-Suspicion Training or any other aspect of your DOT drug and alcohol testing program, please call a Foley compliance specialist at 800- 253-5506, ext. 0869.

Transportation Ticker

HVUT Filing Deadline Delayed. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it was giving truckers and owners of other heavy highway vehicles a three-month extension to file their highway use tax return. The deadline, which is usually August 31, has been pushed back to November 30, 2011. Additionally, the IRS will not be accepting HVUT returns or payments before November 1.

No, the IRS didn’t arbitrarily decide to give truckers a break. The delay was designed to eliminate confusion and the possibility of multiple filings in the event that Congress modifies the highway use tax after the traditional filing deadline. The highway use tax is due to expire on September 30 of this year.

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Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • www.FoleyServices.com • Vol. 111, No. 696 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2011


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Request from Cengage Learning

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Cengage Learning will be using some of the photos schools sent them previously in the upcoming 4th edition of "Trucking: Tractor/Trailer Handbook/Workbook" (name to be revised).  However, within the first ten chapters they would like to add 34 more photos, click here for "wish list."

For these photos they need 300 dpi resolution at approximately 3x5 size. Most digital cameras today take this resolution without changing any settings. For any photos submitted, they need to have the permission form signed and on file, and also if there are any individuals in the photos, they need them to sign the model release form.

If you have photos you would like to submit, please send them to Dawn Jacobson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 5.

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DOT Proves Its Point

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of July 11, 2011
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The Department of Transportation claimed a significant victory in its war against distracted driving. Pilot programs in Hartford and Syracuse were hailed as overwhelming successes.

Drivers nationwide will have to get used to another roadside slogan; the Department of Transportation has announced that its “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” anti-distracted driving campaign has been a major success in its pilot phase.

Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, has made distracted driving somewhat of a cause-célèbre during his tenure as the head of the department. It was LaHood who announced that the two pilot programs, Hartford, Connecticut, and Syracuse, New York, had achieved successful results.

Pilot Program
As with similar ‘slogan campaigns’ such as “Click-It or Ticket” — the seat belt safety campaign — and “Over the Influence Under Arrest” — the anti-drunk driving campaign — Syracuse and Hartford mixed education with enforcement. Both cities were blanketed with advertisements — on billboards, busses and the airwaves — warning of the dire consequences of distracted driving. This was followed up with a strict enforcement policy.

A one-year study of the program revealed that the rate of electronic devices in use while driving dropped significantly in both pilot cities. LaHood was overflowing with praise for both cities.

Over the last 12 months, Syracuse showed an overall decrease of 32 percent in both handheld phone use and texting.   Hartford showed an “even more impressive” 57 percent decline in handheld phone use and a “stunning” 72 percent drop in texting behind the wheel.

Next Steps
The programs, which although municipal, are largely funded by grants from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the Federal DOT. NHTSA, pleased with the results is planning on expanding the pilot program statewide.

For Connecticut, that will be a relatively minor affair; given the size of the state, much of the population lives within the Hartford metropolitan area anyway. For New York that will, obviously, be a much larger endeavour. Exact plans were not forthcoming at this juncture, however, it is safe to assume the programs will follow the same blueprint.

Beyond New York and Connecticut, NHTSA has expressed interest in expanding the program and the grants to other states with anti-distracted driving laws. As always, Fast-Fax will keep you up to date with any changes in laws and regulations regarding this matter.

Below is an overview of the states with Distracted Driving Laws. Note in many states bans are not blanket and vary based on license type and driver age. There are also a number of municipalities with their own laws. Consult with your local enforcement officials before using a cellphone while driving.

Of course, for commercial motor vehicle operators, Federal Regulations already ban texting while driving as well as hand-held cellphone usage.

Table of Distracted Driving Laws by State
State Texting Cell
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AL X X KY X X ND X
AK X LA X X OH
AZ X ME X X OK X X
AR X MD X X OR X X
CA X X MA X X PA
CO X X MI X RI X X
CT X X MN X X SC
DE X X MS X SD
DC X X MO X TN X X
FL MT TX X X
GA X X NE X X UT X X
HI NV X VT X X
ID NH X X VA X X
IL X X NJ X X WA X X
IN X X NM X WV X X
IA X X NY X X WI X
KS X X NC X X WY X

 

Transportation Ticker

FMCSA Alerts Carriers About Shady Marketing Tactics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a bulletin this week clarifying reasonable-suspicion training requirements and alerting carriers about aggressive marketing techniques being used by some training companies. In the notice, FMCSA reminded carriers that the agency does not certify or approve trainers, training companies or curriculum.

If you have any questions about supervisor reasonable-suspicion training or any other aspect of your DOT drug and alcohol testing program, please call a Foley compliance specialist at 800- 253-5506, ext. 0869.

Go to www.FoleyServicesBlog.com for more information about this story.

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • www.FoleyServices.com • Vol. 111, No. 695 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2011