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Prominent trade groups express support for Raymond Martinez as FMCSA head

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Prominent trade groups express support for Raymond Martinez as FMCSA head Photo Credit: Trucking.org

Earlier this week, President Trump had nominated Raymond Martinez as the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The nomination is currently awaiting confirmation by the Senate. The three prominent trade groups in the industry, namely the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the American Trucking Association (ATA), and the Truckload Carriers Association, have expressed their support for this decision and have stated that they intend to work closely with the bureaucrat.

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E-commerce and shortage drivers prompts trucking industry to re-shape the way the industry works

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E-commerce and shortage drivers prompts trucking industry to re-shape the way the industry works Photo Credit: monikawl999

The constant changes in consumer demands and the growing shortage of drivers has prompted the trucking industry to re-evaluate the model on which it has been functioning all these years. Since trucks move over 70% of all domestic freight, a shortage of truck drivers could eventually affect the economy. Moreover, the problem regarding truck inefficiency seems to be rising.

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Raymond Martinez nominated as administrator for FMCSA: Senate urged to expedite confirmation of nomination by ATA

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Raymond Martinez nominated as administrator for FMCSA: Senate urged to expedite confirmation of nomination by ATA Photo Credit: truckingindustry.news

On September 26, President Trump nominated Raymond P Martinez as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The nomination is awaiting confirmation from the Senate. Martinez is currently the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission.

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ATA seasonally adjusted index climbs up 0.5% in August

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ATA seasonally adjusted index climbs up 0.5% in August Photo Credit: ATA Truck Tonnage Index

After a 0.5% rise in July, the American Trucking Association's (ATA) seasonally adjusted for-hire index climbed up from 139.1 in July to 149 in August this year. The index climbed up by nearly 7.1%. On a year-over-year basis, the index was up by 8.2% as compared to August 2016. According to the new report, the gain in July 2017 was improved from 0.1% to 0.5%.

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Driver turnover rises significantly over the second quarter of 2017

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Driver turnover rises significantly over the second quarter of 2017 Photo Credit: Robson Hatsukami Morgan from Unsplash.com

Driver turnover is becoming a widespread issue in the trucking industry. Since the second quarter of 2017, there has been a significant rise in driver turnover. The rising problem of driver turnover combined with the increasing freight demand has added to the problem of the growing driver shortage.

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Tesla shares climb higher after announcement of new Superchargers

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Tesla shares climb higher after announcement of new Superchargers Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson

News about Tesla's soon to be launched electric semi-truck seems to have fared well among shareholders as shares for the company climbed 3% higher on September 14. The company's stock further closed $2 higher the next day. Shares were as high as $351.33 at the start of the previous week and with the company introducing their new Superchargers, shares closed at $363. Tesla introduced superchargers to avoid Tesla owners from having to leave their vehicles at recharging stations. Tesla has pushed out a new generation of recharging stations within its network.

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Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana

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Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana Photo Credit: CMElixirs

The federal government in Canada has recently proposed standards to determine what could be considered as impaired driving under the influence of marijuana. According to the current legislation, the presence of more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, the psychoactive component in marijuana, can classify as grounds for serious crime. However, trucking companies opine that standards should be stricter since, with marijuana, there are no obvious signs of impairment as in the case of alcohol. This makes it difficult for employers to determine if there is probable cause to test for impairment.

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Members of unaffiliated groups to stage protests against ELD mandate from October 3

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Members of unaffiliated groups to stage protests against ELD mandate from October 3 Photo Credit: ISAAC Instruments inc.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is all set to come into effect on December 18. All efforts to delay or stall the mandate have been rejected despite the efforts put in by several trucking groups like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

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The National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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America is all set to honor the nation’s hard-working truckers during this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The event began on September 10 and will continue till September 16. The start of the event was kick started over the weekend from September 9 to September 10. During this week the 3.5 million truckers, who work throughout the year delivering the nation’s goods, will be celebrated. Trucking companies are honoring truckers everywhere by hosting various events by organizing digital campaigns, billboard advertisements, and over the radio.

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Evolving face of the American Trucking Industry

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Evolving face of the American Trucking Industry Photo Credit: sharkman

The American trucking industry has seen some noteworthy evolution in the last couple of years. Technological advancements as well as regulations that facilitate smooth functioning of business have been making its way in the industry. Many are confused with automation being the newest addition to the industry since drivers would have different roles to play when trucks would drive themselves.

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No more obstacles in implementing ELD mandate: No proper guidelines for compliance

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No more obstacles in implementing ELD mandate: No proper guidelines for compliance Photo Credit: CCJDIGITAL

The House of Representatives has rejected a proposal to delay the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. Despite this move, certain members of the industry still have concerns about the mandate. There is no clarity about the guidelines of the mandate or on the technical specifications of the ELD. There are uncertainties in the enforcement, security, and data transfer from the device to law enforcement.

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Trucking companies make efforts to reach out to victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Trucking companies make efforts to reach out to victims of Hurricane Harvey Photo Credit:  CFI PARTNERS WITH ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE NECESSARY RELIEF SUPPLIES ARE DELIVERED TO AREAS IN NEED FOLLOWING NATURAL DISASTERS. (PHOTO: CFI)

The state of Texas is still reeling from the after effects of Hurricane Harvey. And amidst this hour of crisis, the trucking industry has been proactive in lending a helping hand to the victims of the natural disaster become stable by moving supplies and arranging monetary assistance; Trucking companies have actively partnered with other organizations to help the victims of the disaster go back to their normal, daily lives.

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Blockchain technology can make trucking industry transparent and error-free

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Blockchain technology can make trucking industry transparent and error-free Photo Credit: transport-auto.com

Trucking is among one of the most important industries in America with it being referred to as the backbone of the nation's economy owing to the fact that trucks move about 70% of all domestic freight. The industry is a complex network that interconnects suppliers, manufacturers, movers, and several other entities.

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The trucking industry fears impact of Hurricane Irma after the impact already left by Hurricane Harvey

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The trucking industry fears impact of Hurricane Irma after the impact already left by Hurricane Harvey Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Flickr

After Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is advancing down the Eastern Seaboard. The trucking industry fears major disruption in the industry if the hurricane hits freight distribution centers in Georgia and North Carolina. Considering this does happen, freight rates will surge and create logistical issues for the supply chain.

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