Freight News Roundup – Gains in Trucking Employment, Trucking Conditions Improve and Medical Exams are Expedited

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Every week, we’re bringing the uShip community posts and articles about the transportation industry, transport policy and technology, and recent trucking news.

Trucking employment surged in April as unemployment droppedOverdriveOnline.com

For-hire trucking payrollAccording to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April saw an increase of 11,700 jobs in the for-hire trucking industry. This increase in jobs follows the upward trend of 2013. Month-to-month ups and downs this Spring, starting with an addition of 12,700 jobs in February followed by a cut of 6,300 jobs in March, has caused a stir in the trucking-for-hire world.

As the national unemployment rate continues to drop, the trucking industry is seeing a significant rise in jobs created. Compared to April 2012, the for-hire trucking industry has seen a 3.5 percent jump (45,300 jobs), totalling 1.368 million workers.

 

Trucking Conditions Index For March Continues Favorable Trend -TruckingInfo.com

The recent May 2013 Trucking Update included the March 2013 FTR Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) which showed improvements in the trucking environment with an increased reading of 13.12.  The TCI is designed around a zero scale, where any reading above zero shows favorable conditions and anything below zero shows negative conditions. Although the number is still low and shows only mildly favorable conditions for truckers, the expected rate for the coming months will continue to grow.

The new trucking regulations slated to take effect July 1 will only increase the TCI further. These new regulations are expected to further increase trucking rates in the coming months, substantially improving carrier profitability.

Find out about a new FMCSA rule, New York State’s reclassification of truckers and Pilot Flying J’s First Urgent Care Facility after the jump. >>

FMCSA proposes rule to immediately transmit medical exam results to state licensing agencies  - OverdriveOnline.com

Medical Exam ChangesOn May 10, the FMCSA proposed the second part of an original rule created last year by FMCSA establishing the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will change the form medical examiners use when performing physical exams on commercial motor vehicle drivers. These medical examiners will have to report results of completed physicals to the FMCSA by close of business day on the day of examination.

These physicals will allow drivers license agencies to immediatley access and report upon the medical status of a CDL driver. This means one of two things: 1. Licensing offices can void renewale of a CDL license immediately, and 2. Drivers will no longer have to give their medical certificates or any medical documents to their state issuing agency.

The FMCSA is proposing this rule go into effect three years from the date it is finalized. 

 

New York bill renews pursuit to reclassify truckers - LandlineMag.com

The New York statehouse has renewed their efforts in a battle over reclassification of truck operators and parcel drivers in multiple states. Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Manhattan, and Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, are spear-heading an effort to classify owner-operator truck drivers as company employees.

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OOIDA and the New York State Motor Truck Association are opposed to the reclassification. In 2012, truckers in the state helped to ensure that reclassification didn’t advance from a committee. Now, New York State and New Jersey Senators are re-introducing the effort.

 

Pilot Flying J’s First Urgent Care Center Now OpenLogisticsMgmt.com

Medical Dr ArmLast week, Pilot Flying J opened it’s first Urgent Care Center at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, the home of Pilot Flying J headquarters.

The company also announced that it plans to open as many as 100 Urgent Care centers for drivers across the country by January 2017. These Urgent Care centers will cater to drivers on the road and will be populated around the country, with the second Care center opening in Oklahoma City, OK on June 5, 2013.

“Pilot Flying J is committed to making life better for America’s drivers,” said Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J. “We understand the challenge professional drivers face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle… Providing drivers with healthy options and access to medical care isn’t just good business, it’s the right thing to do.”

 

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