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HOS Coalition Members:
I’m pleased to inform you that ATA recently launched www.SafeDriverHours.com – a new website designed to serve two purposes.
First, the new site is intended to educate the press and the public on the remarkable highway safety performance of the trucking industry over the last seven years—the same period trucking has operated under the revised HOS rules. The site includes safety facts and statistics, much of it in easy to read charts and graphs, showing the industry’s dramatic safety improvement since 2004 when the revised HOS rules first became effective.
The second purpose of the site is to provide easy-to-use tools and resources for the trucking and transportation industries (i.e., drivers, carriers, shippers, etc.) to help the industry actively engage in the upcoming HOS rulemaking process. In the face of trucking’s remarkable safety progress since 2004, the Obama Administration will be proposing politically-motivated changes to the HOS rules that will in some way reduce driver and industry productivity. Details of the Obama Administration’s proposed changes will be uploaded on www.SafeDriverHours.com shortly after they become available – which should be in the next few weeks. The Obama Administration proposal might be made public just in time for the holiday – this Administration’s attempt to put some coal in the industry’s stockings.
I encourage you to check out www.SafeDriverHours.com, and bookmark it for future use. ATA will be leading the industry’s campaign to retain the current and safe HOS rules, and this new website will be one of ATA’s primary tools to support the campaign. Stay tuned!
ATA Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs
TRANSPORT TOPICS - December 6, 2010
By Sean McNally
WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now aims to publish its revisions to the hours-of-service rule and a proposed expansion of its electronic data recorder requirement by the end of the year, the agency’s head said last week.
FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said the HOS rule, which was expected to be published near the end of October but remains under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, is one of several agenda items the agency plans to complete before the end of 2010... Continue to read more... (subscription may required at TTnews.com)
Wisconsin News - A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career.
A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career. Ellen Voie of the Women in Trucking Association says females make up less than 5% of what she calls a very male-dominated environment on the road.
She says men also dominate other parts of the industry, including leadership and office roles. Voie’s group is based in Plover.
It works with manufacturers on ways that trucks could better accommodate women. And the group works with travel centers to understand the needs of female truck drivers.
Voie said the industry is becoming more female friendly, but it’s got a long way... Continue to read more on River Falls Journal...
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Day after day and night after night, stories of unemployment and the bad economy dominate headlines. This story is not one of them. There's an industry where employers can't find enough people to hire for high-paying jobs.
Tristan Worell is searching for the right path, and he hopes he's found it behind the wheel of a truck.
"Going over the road, exploring different states, cities," Worell said.
It's not been an easy road for Worrell, who went straight out of college and straight into unemployment.
"I'm 24 years old; it's pretty tough," he said. "I came out expecting... Continue to read more...
Trucking 'rebirth' the theme of ATA's annual meeting
"There's only one thing certain in the trucking industry today," American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said. "And that is that these are game-changing times." (The Trucker: KEVIN JONES)
By KEVIN JONES
The Trucker Staff
PHOENIX - Trucking is poised to rise from the ashes of recession, the industry's top booster told carrier executives, truck makers and vendors gathered Monday in the Valley of the Sun - although most of those in trucking shouldn't expect business to take off for at least another year.
"Here we are, looking to resurrect a trucking industry, not only from the economic ruins of the past two years, but also anticipating a rebirth influenced by a myriad complicated national and international factors," American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said, opening the annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition with his State of the Industry address. "But the timing of that rise back to profitability, back to robust freight volumes, back to the need for new trucks and trailers, back to having the headache over where to find drivers - the timing of that anticipated recovery keeps eluding us."
In addition to the stagnant economy, other factors include "political gridlock" and the "proposed activist policy and regulatory agenda in Washington," according to Graves.
Indeed, he said trucking still faces "the most significant changing times" since deregulation in the 1980s.
Among "the list of issues that we're expected to manage our way through," Graves pointed to CSA 2010, Hours of Service, electronic logging, fuel efficiency standards, finding a way to pay for infrastructure improvements, the shift to alternative fuels for trucks, an "assault" on the independent contractor model, driver pay, and adapting to the nation's need for additional freight capacity.
"There's only one thing certain in the trucking industry today," he said. "And that is that these are game-changing times."
The inability of policy makers to settle on a long-term transportation funding plan is the result of "both political parties pandering shamelessly to voters," touting "outside-the-box solutions" rather than tackling the tough - but most effective - solution: increasing fuel taxes. And so responsible governance has become secondary to "political cleverness" in Congress and the White House, Graves suggested.
"As a result, many of our critical issues will go unresolved, or will be resolved in a manner guided by political expediency rather that by what's good public policy for the nation," he said. "You can't build world class infrastructure without money. Roads aren't free and they're not cheap."
Other policy issues on ATA's watch list include the owner-operator ban by the Port of L.A. and a push to persuade fleets to convert to natural gas-powered trucks.
On a positive note, he credited fleets with a "safety first" culture for a 20 percent decline in fatality accidents - and the political goodwill that earns on Capitol Hill and in state capitols.
"Any time we can begin a conversation with a public official on a positive note about our safety performance will dramatically improve our chances of successfully gaining their support on whatever issue we are primarily there to discuss," Graves said.
By Gordon Dickson
FORT WORTH, Texas – Michael Brock is hitting the open road in search of job security. After two decades of construction jobs, he is tired of being laid off when times get tough. He enrolled at the C1 Truck Driver Training in Benbrook, Texas, and plans to become a long-distance driver. "Construction is not stable enough for me," Brock, 43, said during a recent class. "Driving a truck is a stable industry. As long as you keep your report clean, you've got a job."
Americans as a whole may be struggling to find work after a long recession, but there are jobs aplenty in the cab of an 18-wheeler. Trucking companies are reporting a shortage of drivers nationwide, which could delay shipments and ultimately raise... Continue to read more.
By John Nolan, Staff Writer
Updated 2:09 PM Saturday, October 9, 2010
DAYTON — Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., calls it the trucking industry’s perfect storm.
A combination of an aging work force, poor efforts to recruit new young drivers, an improving economy in which more drivers are needed, and tougher federal safety regulation that is prompting some veteran drivers to retire has created a shortage.
The Truckload Carriers Association, an industry trade organization, cancelled its recruitment and retention meetings the past two years for lack of company interest. But this year’s meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in early November has more than 300 industry people... continue to read more.
October 12, 2010
From the Spokesman - Review, Gordon Dickson McClatchy
Americans in general may be struggling to find work after a long recession, but there are jobs aplenty in the cab of an 18-wheeler. Trucking companies are reporting a shortage of drivers nationwide, which could delay shipments and ultimately raise the price of goods.
“During the recession, companies had to cut the work force, so now that freight volumes are picking back up they don’t have the work force to accommodate the demand,” said Brandon Borgna, spokesman for the American Trucking Association in Arlington, Va. “A lot of drivers are older. There isn’t that younger generation stepping in.” continue to read
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