CARB holds "one stop" truck regulation meetings for truckers

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The California Air Resources Board is working with local air quality districts to host “one stop” events to help explain truck regulations already being enforced in the Golden State.

The events include regulation updates, financial information, and demonstrations of truck inspections, though no actual inspections will be performed.

Suppliers of exhaust retrofits and SmartWay approved equipment will be in attendance, and financial grant application assistance is available by appointment.

The next meeting is Feb. 19 at the College of Alameda in Alameda, CA. Other events will be held March 5 in Riverside, CA; March 19 in San Mateo, CA; and March 26 in Fresno, CA.

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J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Responds to EOBR Proposal with Electronic Logging Solution

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News Release
February 10, 2011

Low-cost hours-of-service system helps fleets prepare for the proposed EOBR mandate

Neenah, WI – J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., the nation’s most respected name in risk and regulatory management, is responding to the electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) proposal released by the FMCSA on January 31, 2011 by reminding carriers that the company’s electronic logging solution, powered by J. J. Keller’s Encompass™, is a cost effective answer to the proposed regulatory changes.

The electronic on-board recorder proposal from the FMCSA would mandate that all motor carriers currently required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS) for hours-of-service recordkeeping would be required to use EOBRs to “systematically and effectively monitor their drivers’ compliance with HOS requirements” within three years of the proposal becoming regulation. This EOBR mandate, combined with the December 2010 Hours of Service Proposed Rulemaking and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative from FMCSA, will place an exceptional burden on carriers to understand and comply with driver logging regulations.

During a recent poll of nearly 1,000 transportation professionals, J. J. Keller found that over 40% of respondents said that cost is the main reason that they are not using E-Logs. However, DOT estimates show that most carriers should actually see a cost benefit as a result of the installation and use of an EOBR solution.

J. J. Keller’s electronic logging solution is priced at $6 per driver per month, plus a one-time $199 on-board recorder fee and a monthly data plan for a mobile device. J. J. Keller’s Encompass captures and audits all of a company’s driver logs, providing online reporting and compliance information that can immediately improve fleet operations. It is the only solution on the market that provides the combination of electronic and paper log auditing to support a mixed fleet. The Encompass solution goes beyond capturing in-cab hours-of-service data by storing significant driver and vehicle data, such as driver files and vehicle maintenance records, within the web-based service.

James J. Keller, President and Chief Operating Officer at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., said, “As the FMCSA moves in the direction of mandating EOBRs for all drivers, J. J. Keller ‘s commitment to helping companies of all sizes comply with hours-of-service is stronger than ever. We have been helping companies comply with hours-of-service regulations since 1953 by offering log books, training, auditing services, and more – our affordable E-Log solution is an evolution of the expertise we have demonstrated to our customers for over half a century.”

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. will be hosting a complimentary webcast, Hours-of-Service: What you need to know, on Thursday, February 17 at 10:00AM Central Time. The webcast will take a closer look at:

  • Hours-of-Service fundamentals – the rules, who needs to follow them, and the exceptions,
  • The impact of CSA,
  • The FMCSA’s proposal – potential changes to driving time, the 24-hour restart, and the definition of on-duty time,
  • The EOBR mandate and new proposal – what could this mean for your fleet, and
  • Establishing a compliant culture within your organization.

Carriers of all sizes are invited to register for this event by visiting

To learn more about E-Logs, powered by J. J. Keller’s Encompass™, visit or call 1-888-473-4638.

About J. J. Keller’s Encompass™
J. J. Keller’s Encompass™ is the most comprehensive enterprise system available for fleet compliance. Fleets rely on Encompass to manage daily tasks such as driver hiring and qualification, alcohol and drug testing, driver training and recordkeeping, fuel tax reporting, maintenance tracking and more. Fleets can add J. J. Keller's EOBR to automate hours-of-service with E-Logs and/or generate driver performance reporting. To learn more about J. J. Keller’s Encompass™, visit

About J. J. Keller Business Services
J. J. Keller Business Services has been helping companies reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance since 1953. Through online and consulting services, and turnkey outsourcing, J. J. Keller Business Services can assist you in reducing accidents, offloading time consuming compliance work, and developing effective compliance programs. To learn more about J. J. Keller Business Services, visit

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Trucking is the predominant mode used by businesses to ship freight in almost all states, according to State Summaries: 2007 Commodity Flow Survey from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported thatat least 60 percent of the total value of shipments for 42 states and the District of Columbia in 2007 was carried by trucks alone. By weight, trucks transported at least 60 percent of shipments originating in 40 states, including the District of Columbia.

The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is conducted as part of the Census Bureau’s Economic Census, occurring every five years. It is the primary source of national and state-level data on domestic freight shipments in the United States. Based on information from approximately 100,000 businesses, the CFS measures domestic freight flows from establishments in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and selected retail industries, as well as shipments from auxiliary establishments. The 2007 CFS was undertaken through a partnership between BTS and the Census Bureau.

States by Value

In the South, eight states and the District of Columbia had more than 80 percent of the value of originating shipments transported by trucks. Only in Louisiana and Texas did trucks carry less than 60 percent of the freight. In the Northeast, New Hampshire was the only state where trucks carried less than 70 percent. The states in the West generally had the lowest percent of freight carried by trucks. Six states in the West had less than 60 percent of originated freight by value transported by truck, and trucks carried more than 70 percent only in Arizona and Nevada. See the report for a map with percentages for all states.

States by Weight

In all Northeast states, trucks carried more than 75 percent of the originating freight by weight. In contrast, in the West, trucks carried more than 75 percent in only four of 13 states. Trucks carried less than 50 percent by weight in North Dakota, New Mexico, Louisiana, Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Trucks still carried the most freight in those states, except for Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming, where rail was the predominant mode. Only 5.6 percent of Wyoming freight by weight was transported by truck. See the report for a map with percentages for all states.

Other Highlights

American businesses covered by the CFS shipped about $11.7 trillion worth of goods in 2007, weighing 12.5 billion tons and generating 3.3 trillion ton-miles. Trucking continued to dominate the nation’s movement of freight, accounting for 71 percent of the value ($8.3 trillion), 70 percent of weight (8.8 billion tons), and 39 percent of the ton-miles (1.3 trillion ton-miles).

Among the goods shipped, electronic and office equipment was the commodity with the highest value at $1.0 trillion. Gravel and crushed stone was the largest commodity by weight at 2.0 billion tons. Coal was the commodity accounting for the most ton-miles with 836 billion in 2007.

The report, available on the BTS website, summarizes and highlights freight shipments for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It provides tables for each state’s value and weight of shipments, major commodity shipped, mode of transportation used, distance shipped, state of origin, state of destination, and industry. CFS data in its entirety for 2007 is available through the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder at

FMCSA To Force 500,000 Carriers To Use EOBRs

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of January 31, 2011
Foley Services Your Single Source for DOT Compliance

FMCSA publishes a NPRM mandating that interstate long-distance carriers use electronic logbooks.

Earlier this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to monitor their drivers’ hours-of-service (HOS) compliance.

This wide-sweeping proposal is expected to impact approximately 500,000 carriers, according to DOT estimates.

Who Does the Rule Cover?

In the NPRM, FMCSA is proposing that all interstate carriers who currently use Records of Duty (RODS) logbooks to document drivers’ HOS be required to use EOBRs. Those carriers who do not meet these criteria currently would not be required to implement an EOBR. This includes those who are covered by the 100- and 150-airmile exemptions. Intrastate motor carriers would also not be covered by the new regulations.

Proposed Punishments

Carriers found to be in violation of the EOBR requirement would face civil penalties of up to $11,000 for each offense. Non-compliance would also negatively impact a carrier’s safety fitness rating and could put their DOT operating authority at risk.

In addition to punishment for not having an EOBR, motor carriers could also be punished for tampering with or modifying an EOBR. A part of this anti-tampering effort would include a ban on electronic-jamming devices.

In a nod towards practicality, FMCSA will give carriers three years after the Final Rule is published before they begin enforcing the new rule.

What is an EOBR?

An EOBR is quite simply, a digital log book. It is an electronic device that records a driver’s duty time and location. These devices must meet stringent specifications. As FMCSA did not include a new definition of an EOBR nor new specification requirements, it is safe to assume that the EOBRs that they will be requiring to be installed will meet the specifications currently detailed in 49 CFR Part 395.16.

Hours-of-Service NPRM

This is the second NPRM concerning an aspect of the hours-of-service regulations to be released in the last six weeks. In late December, FMCSA released the latest proposal for ammending the always controversial regulations.

Under the proposal — still open for comments — the following would replace the current rules:

  • The proposal retains the 34-hour restart provision that allows drivers to restart the clock on their weekly 60 or 70 hours by taking at least 34 hours off-duty.
  • The restart period must include two consecutive off-duty periods from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Also, drivers would be allowed only one restart per seven-day period.
  • The proposal calls for a 14-hour workday that includes at least a one-hour break. As a result, drivers will have a maximum of 13 hours to complete all on-duty work-related activities.
  • The agency is leaning towards adopting a 10-hour limit on daily driving time, but is soliciting comments on whether drivers should be limited to 10 or 11 hours.
  • The proposal also includes the option of extending a driver’s daily shift to 16 hours twice a week to accommodate loading and unloading issues.

Listening Session

With these two issues — forcing carriers to buy expensive EOBRs and the always unpopular hours-of-service regulations — the special listening session Fast Fax first reported in last week’s issue should be especially interesting (if not a little volatile).

The listening session will be held on February 17 in Arlington VA. Attendees can also listen in online. Details on how to attend can be found in the Transportation Ticker sidebar.

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • • Vol. 111, No. 672 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2011

J. J. Keller Introduces New Training Center - Combines online courses, recordkeeping and resources for safety training

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News Release
February 4, 2011

J. J. Keller Introduces New Training Center
Combines online courses, recordkeeping and resources for safety training

Neenah, WI – To help safety trainers reach all their employees with consistent, effective training, J. J. Keller has launched a dedicated Training Center at

The Training Center features online courses that address safety topics in Construction, General Workplace Safety, Hazardous Materials, Hazwoper, Human Resources, Laboratory Safety, Right-to-Know and Transportation. More than 150 course titles are available to help fulfill initial, remedial and refresher training needs.

To view entire release, click on the following link: New Training Center

For more information, contact:
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Spotlight Shines On 25th Anniversary Celebration - U.S. Xpress

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Spotlight Shines On 25th Anniversary Celebration

January 31, 2011

Pat QuinnThe transportation industry media spotlight has been shining brightly upon U.S. Xpress and the January 21st event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Company's first load. Six of the leading transportation media outlets are publishing stories highlighting the Company's history and our growth from a small fleet to one of one the leading transportation providers in North America. Some of those stories have already made it to the Internet and the links are listed below.

proclamationThe celebration of this milestone for the Company also earned the attention from a number of local and state leaders. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield issued a special proclamation in honor of Company Co-Chairmen and Co-Founders Max Fuller and Pat Quinn.  Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Edd Wilson also spoke to those in attendance about the important contributions that U.S. Xpress has made toward providing jobs and helping to enhance the quality of life in our community.

The 25th anniversary event offered one of the first opportunities for new Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann to address a group in Chattanooga. Both Mayor Coppinger and Congressman Fleischmann had great praise for U.S. Xpress. Congressman Fleischmann also spent a moment talking about the importance of taking on the regulations in Washington that are hurting our industry.

In taking a moment to look toward the future, the Company announced during the event that we will become a gold-level sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans who have been injured while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brea Kraztert, the Manager of Strategic Partnerships, traveled from the WWP home office in Jacksonville to take part in the announcement.

U.S. Xpress, Inc. President John White, Chief Financial Officer Ray Harlin and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wardeberg made a presentation to Max and Pat on behalf of the executive team and all our employees. Jeff summed up the vision and leadership provided by Max and Pat with the following observation:

Max"From my perspective, the one trait that I think best describes the journey that both of you have taken over the past 25 years is that neither of you is ever satisfied. It's instilled in all of us that we can always do better. If we keep that hunger, there is no reason that this company won't continue to celebrate anniversary after anniversary well into the future. Thank you for all the hard work, your leadership and your sacrifice."

You can see Jeff's speech as well as the other presentations at the 25th anniversary celebration through the video links below. For your convenience, we have divided the coverage of the 25th ann iversary event in two parts with a running time of approximately 13 minutes apiece.

Transportation Industry Media Coverage Links:

To read the coverage from FleetOwner Magazine's online edition, please click on the following link: FleetOwner Magazine Article #2

To read the coverage from Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine's online edition, please click on the following link: Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine Article

To read the coverage from the Commercial Carrier Journal's online edition, please click on the following link: Commercial Carrier Journal's Article

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Large vehicles' fuel efficiency to be regulated

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Future tractor-trailers, school buses, delivery vans, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickup trucks must do better at the pump under first-ever fuel efficiency rules coming from the Obama administration.

WASHINGTON - Future tractor-trailers, school buses, delivery vans, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickup trucks must do better at the pump under first-ever fuel efficiency rules coming from the Obama administration.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department are moving ahead with a proposal for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year.

The plan is expected to seek about a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption from longhaul trucks, according to people familiar with the plan. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to speak publicly before the official announcement, expected Monday.

Overall, the proposal is expected to seek reductions of 10 percent to 20 percent in fuel consumption and emissions based on the vehicle's size. Large tractor-trailers tend to be driven up to 150,000 miles a year, making them ripe for improved miles per gallon.

The rules will cover big rig tractor-trailers, "vocational trucks" such as garbage trucks and transit and school buses, and work trucks such as heavy-duty versions of the Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram and Chevrolet Silverado.

The White House has pushed for tougher fuel economy standards across the nation's fleet as a way to reduce dependence on oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions tied to global warming.

The fleet of new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs will need to reach 35.5 mpg by 2016, and the government is developing plans for future vehicle models that could push the standards to 47 mpg to 62 mpg by 2025.

Medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks are much less fuel-efficient than conventional automobiles; the fleet of tractor-trailers typically get about 6 mpg to 7 mpg, while work trucks can achieve 10 to 11 mpg. But they still consume about 20 percent of the transportation fuel in the U.S.

Margo Oge, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, told reporters last week the proposed rules would be a "win-win situation for the country, the economy, climate change and energy security." She declined to release details.

President Barack Obama was joined by truck manufacturers in the Rose Garden in May when he said the government would release the first-ever proposed standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency for large trucks this year. Obama estimated then that the fuel efficiency of tractor-trailers could be improved by 25 percent using existing technologies.

"This is going to bring down the costs of transporting - for transporting goods, serving businesses and consumers alike," Obama said on May 21, flanked by executives with Daimler Trucks, Volvo, Cummins and Navistar, and trucking industry and union officials.

The improvements in fuel efficiency will come through a combination of more efficient engines, improved aerodynamics and better tires.

Environmental groups have pointed to a National Academy of Sciences report this year that said the trucks could make broad improvements during the decade through existing technologies. The report found that using advanced diesel engines in tractor-trailers could reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent by 2020 while hybrid versions of garbage trucks and buses could see a 35 percent cut in fuel use by 2020.

"Whether you are a company or an individual truck owner, you will be saving money on day one because you'll be saving more on fuel than increased loan payments on a big truck," said David Friedman, research director for the clean vehicles program of the Union of Concerned Scientists.