FMCSA regulation plans for 2015

In one year FMCSA will propose five rules to alter regulations in the trucking industry.This month alone the FMCSA will propose an increase in liability insurance for motor carriers. This is going to be a year of change, let’s see what’s coming.

Changes in the Trucking Industry

  • Agency’s safety fitness determination carriers scoring plan.
  • Speed Limiters on all Class 8’s
  • CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse- a data with all truck drivers that failed or refused a drug or alcohol test. Also mandating motor carriers to see the data before hiring.
  • Mandating e-log devices
  • Forbid coercion between truck drivers
  • Make it easier for military members to get a CDL. (in the works)

For more info go to CCJ Digital>>

The future of Distribution Centers w/ Robotization

According to EFT in about ten years, nine out of ten distribution centers will be obsolete. Although SmartLoad does believe in a lot of the technological advances we do not think distribution centers will become irrelevant. Lets discuss the technological advances and the results that EFT believes might cause the dismissal of distribution centers.

Technological advances

Increase demand in e-commerce will change the logistics handling and will require technological and management change for distribution centers. Fun fact in the next ten year the packaging density will increase five to ten.

The technological advances that will disrupt the future of logistics are auto-pilot trucks of the future, TEN-T, and robots in warehouses.

Predictions for distribution centers in the Future

To us, all of these things seem to promote more distribution centers however EFT’s hypothesis is that distribution center’s will be put at strategic points, that they will be larger and that in ten years it will be managed by robots. In the end neither EFT or SmartLoad knows what will come in the future. What do you guys think will come of distribution centers in the future? It is clear that technological will demand better structure of logistics but will there be more distribution centers or will we just start merging? EFT>>

Congressmen tell FMCSA errors in sleep apnea testing

Congressmen are concerned about FMCSA’s recommended training organizations who are incorrectly teaching medical examiners how to test sleep apnea on truckers. How to handle sleeping disorders are being argued by many. Although it was first recommended to strengthen it’s guidance by medical examiners, the trucking industry was concerned because that decision did not clearly state what the responsibilities of motor carriers and other employers would be. The new recommendation is to write a new rule that not only covers  the new developments on sleep disorders but an understanding on the impact of such a rule, including its cost and benefits which is estimated at $1 billion a year by the American Trucking Association. Trucking Info>> 

Driver accuses trucking company of falsifying logs. It’s a bigger issue…

LoadSmart knows the reality of the trucking industry and falsifying logs. Although it is currently the reality it is not right to the driver. It needs to evolve or hours of service will continue to correlate with another huge issue which is driver shortage. We need to fix the trucking industries model. For more information on the drivers accusation of a topic that we know is all over the trucking industry, falsifying logs go to NBC>>

FMCSA discuss medication, insurance, and cross border pilot program

The FMCSA’s Motor Carriers Safety Advisory Committee and their Medical Review Board will be discussing the affects of painkillers and amphetamines on truckers driving ability. The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will also hold another meeting to discuss possibly raising liability insurance for both carriers and brokers. They will also be discussing their failed cross borders pilot program with Mexican companies that ended last month.

The meeting are open to the public. The Medication discussion will take place Oct 27 and the rest on Oct 28 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria Va., at 9-4:30pm in the Washington and Jefferson Rooms. Online comments are welcome until Oct 22 at the following link CCJ Digital>>

Shippers using the spot market poorly

Attention Shippers, the price of transportation is going up for multiple reasons but if you could do something to lower those prices wouldn’t you? Shippers are impairing themselves in the spot freight market. Most shippers release their list of loads to all of the brokers they know looking for the best options. What shippers are actually doing is creating more options for drivers that are not actually there.This creates a hyped up demand for trucks and drivers that are not actually there. (Now we all know there is a huge demand for drivers as a whole, I am addressing the spot market specifically). As this “demand” increases truckers expect higher prices. As the trucking industry evolves the hassle of trying to find trucks for your loads will become easier but for now trying to stop going to multiple brokers, know where the smartest and quickest way to gain access to truckers at low prices are and stop creating false demand that raise prices. Shippers and truckers for more info go to Inbound Logistics>>

Canadian Pacific trying to Merge w CSX could become $60B transportation company

Although LoadSmart likes to focus on the trucking industry more so then other transportation outlets, such a large merger could affect the transportation sector as a whole. Canadian Pacific is worth $32.5 billion, while CSX is worth $30 billion, a merger like that would leave us with a transportation company worth over $60 billion. Although Canadian Pacific is pursuing this merger and stating that a merger would help congestion. CSX is a bit ambivalent with their shareholders most likely expecting high premiums for their shares. Mergers in the railroad industry are difficult. LoadSmart will keep you up to date on this. For more info go to New York Times>>

Campaign for public and policymakers to value the trucking industry doing well

In a previous post LoadSmart discussed the lack of appreciation for truckers and the trucking industry in general. The Trucking  Moves America Forward campaign is trying to build the image of the trucking industry, striving for the public and policymakers to truly comprehend the value and importance of the trucking industry. In doing so, the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign might be able to grow an appreciation for truckers and strengthen and evolve the trucking industry.

Trucking Moves America Forward is already 80% funded and lets not undermine the publicity, with more then 25 million impressions in the media, achieving the same long term goal to improve the image of the trucking industry without the money. If this can be intriguing enough to be so marketable for the media then it shows the curiousity and belief in the trucking industry. LoadSmart’s question is, do you believe this campaign will be affective in convincing policymakers and public in the value of the trucking industry?

Go to Trucking Move America>>

Tesla’s New Car available at end of year has auto-pilot mode

Okay, so I know SmartLoad’s LoadBook is more focused on trucking and commercial transportation but lets face it, we are all car fans too. This new Tesla is looking beautiful and although I can’t afford it, it’s cool to know the consumer industry is moving into the future which will inevitably leads to advancements in the commercial automotive industry as well.

More about Tesla’s new Car

-Speed- This completely electric car can hit 60mph in 3.2 seconds.
-Autopilot Mode- use radar to keep you in lane, avoid hitting dog, pedestrians etc.
-Autopilot Mode 2- Park and get your car out of parking spots and drive ways without even having you in it.
-Cost- Base model $71,000 High End $121,000

Trucks of the Future. Not completely trucker-free. Safety ?’s

The New York Times “Wheelies: The Future Truck Edition” gives us the list of all the automotive industries future plans. The Mercedes “Future Truck” would not be trucker free. The trucker would definitely be less hands-on but the trucker would still have to start the truck and merge it on the highway, then the truck would drive itself on the highway.

LoadSmart’s question which was quickly addressed and then dismissed was, if the self-driving trucks like the one Mercedes plans to develop by 2025 are safer or will they actually permit more leniency for truckers to be distracted? What do you guys think about the “self driving” trucks of the future? For other trucks of the future go to New York Times>> 

Attention Shippers and Logistic Service Provider’s, CargoSmart has new planning tools

CargoSmart is helping improve schedule reliability and growing schedule disruption data for shippers and Logistic Service Providers with multiple tools including their mobile app. They have improved their product, shippers and logistic service providers will now be able to have up-to-date access to the sailing schedule and any changes to said schedule with their mobile app. CargoSmart is improving shipment planning with these three updates.

CargoSmart’s 3 new improvements for Shippers

1. Private Label Sailing Schedule- Forwarders can edit schedule w/ additional info.   2. Schedule Delay Alert- Alerts shippers and Logistics of any changes or delays.       3. SSM+ Mobile App- all access to sailing schedule search for all ports.

For more info go to Street Insider>>

Truckers on the Forbes 400 Billionaire List

There are six truckers on this list and If you don’t like waiting for slideshow to load like me, here’s a quick list. For more detailed info go to CCJDigital>>

Trucker Billionares

#16- Carl Icahn- $25.7B- Owns 18% of Navistar Internation Corp

#149- Fred Smith- $3.6B- Founder of FedEx

#169-Tom and Judy Love- $3.3B-  Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores.

#304- Johnelle Hunt- $ 2.1B- Founder J.B. Hunt Transportation

#358- Jimmy Haslam- $1.8B- CEO of Pilot Flying J.

#378- Mauel Moroun – Owns LTL Carrier Centeral Transport International  Inc…

DOT issues permits to transport Ebola Medical Waste but to who might surprise you

This special permit was granted by DOT to Stericyle to transport Ebola medical waste in Texas. These permit are given to ensure the companies transporting the Ebola waste are qualified and know the precautions that need to take place when transporting contagious diseases like Ebola. DOT and the center for disease control and prevention are working together to form similar guidelines for other states if Ebola spread to other states. American Shipper>>

Now although thats all nice and good, the real scandalous question is WHO is transporting the ebola waste ?

Stericylce has a history of illegally dumping aborted babies. Yes, you read that correct. Stericyle was fined $42,000 in 2011 for this act. When it was discovered that the remains of the aborted babies were powering the local power plant. Not only that but Stericycle has just recently come into the spotlight again for using an incinerator that is causing air pollution in Utah. There is even a website StopStericycle.com and Facebook page fighting against this Stericycle. Should this be the companies that the Center for Disease Control and Prevent and DOT be issuing these permit too?   CNS News>>