I’ve been writing/living/advocating for/loving and hating trucking for more than five years now, and I feel like I’ve aged about 25. Ha ha, I exaggerate, it’s only 15 years – truckers age three years for every one they spend on the road. Yes they do. You can tell by counting the rings in their trunk. It’s true.
While few people love trucking so much so they’ll drive your truck for free, there’s more to any job than a paycheck. And that’s where how you train your drivers, and how you communicate with them overall, comes into play.
For truckers, it’s the Holy Grail of regulatory reform. Who would not want to see the Hours of Service rules more closely reflect the real world of driving trucks? And what if a more realistic set of regs further improved safety not only for truck drivers, but also the motorists sharing the road with them?
Daimler Trucks North America recently announced a pilot program to produce plastic parts using 3D printing. “The mission of this program is to embrace new technologies as a way to deliver service to our customers through better parts availability,” said Angela Timmen, aftersales purchasing manager for interior/exterior cab and major components for DTNA.
Uber is pretending to be the DOT by requiring their ride-hailing-app drivers to go “offline” for 6 straight hours after a 12-hour shift. The statement “everyone knows that drinking and driving is dangerous, but many don’t know the risks or warning signs of drowsy driving” was issued as one of the reasons Uber enacted the rule, because “according to experts, raising awareness is key.”
It’s been said before a time or two in a variety of ways in these halls: “Finally someone addressing the real issue,” Scott Bradley commented on Overdrive‘s Facebook page under the news of an official petition to the FMCSA from OOIDA to do away with the 30-minute break and add a “pause button” to the 14-hour clock with any rest period up to 3 hours in the middle of the duty day.
Some amount of detention may be unavoidable, and the broker can’t always influence what happens at the shipper’s or receiver’s dock. But carriers and drivers can still ask for fair treatment, including fair compensation for long delays. What’s reasonable and fair?
You can put lipstick on a pig, but you can’t make it drink. No, wait. That might not be true, or even entirely legal, since pigs of drinking age are something of a rarity, and who can afford to get caught drinking with an underage pig?
That’s wisdom no doubt shared by many of you now that e-logs are in play for many more than before. It’s something that came up on a recent conversation I had with Chad Boblett, Kentucky-based independent owner-operator and founder of the active Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook group for business discussion.
Ending more than a year of speculation, President Trump today released details of what he called “a roadmap for the Congress to draft and pass the most comprehensive infrastructure bill in our Nation’s history.”
Many tank trailers worked directly for the military, hauling aviation gasoline to Army Air Corps training bases across the U.S. Some of the tractor-trailer rigs were operated by civilian companies and others by GIs.