Transportation Industry News – June 2010

Jazzy Jordan runs across the country for Truckers

16 year old “Jazzy” Jordan recently completed a 3200 mile run from Los Angeles to Manhattan. In a campaign to raise funds and awareness for uninsured Truckers, Jazzy made a long-haul of her own. Jordan, whose parents own a trucking company in Minnesota, is making the journey to raise funds and awareness for St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance to drivers who have medical problems and can’t afford health care. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association donated $10,000 toward the cause.

Talk about “Going the Extra Mile” to help someone out!

Check out some videos of Jazzy’s hike across America on Land Line Magazine’s YouTube Page

FMCSA drops some insurance requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on June 22 that it is eliminating the requirement for most for-hire motor common carriers of property and freight forwarders to maintain cargo insurance. In the May 2005 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking designed to implement this new system, FMCSA proposed to eliminate the cargo insurance requirement for all motor carriers and freight forwarders.

However, Household goods motor carriers and household goods freight forwarders working for individual shippers will will continue to be subject to the requirement.
To view the rule, go to www.regulations.gov and search docket number FMCSA-2010-0189

Dan Rather Reports: Haul or High Water.

Dan Rather went on the road with a long-haul trucker for five states to learn about the realities of the long-haul lifestyle, and the challenges faced by members of the US Trucking industry. Dan rides with Don Wagner and learns about the long hours, the challenges of finding loads through traditional means, and trying to balance that with a family life at home. You can check out the hour-long report at from the iTunes store for $1.99

Upcoming Changes in the CSA 2010

Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010), FMCSA’s program to improve large truck and bus safety, is set to be implemented by the end of November. When CSA 2010 is operational, it will replace the Safety Status (SafeStat) measurement system as FMCSA’s way to identify high-risk motor carriers requiring interventions. It will evaluate the safety of individual motor carriers by considering all safety-based roadside inspection violations, not just out-of service violations. It will also include State-reported crashes, using 24 months of performance data.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) fears that CSA 2010 may increase the shortage by forcing companies to let go of drivers unfairly given bad driving records. All accidents count against the driver, whether or not they were found at fault, risk is calculated (in part) by the number of trucks owned, not miles driven, and the CSA considers a traffic warning – which cannot be contested in court – as equal to a traffic ticket. The ATA’s concerns are outlined in Commercial Carrier Journal.  You can read the official CSA 2010 at  the FMCSA website. 

 

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