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Saturday, May 16 2020
14 hour Working Day for Short-Haul Drivers

Orlando, Fla.—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) just extended the maximum working day for short-haul drivers, and the extension was also applied to more drivers since the short-haul driving concept was also redefined. Truckers have played a key role in getting America through the COVID-19 public health emergency. Since the beginning of the national health crisis, the FMCSA has provided regulatory relief to commercial drivers to get critically important medical supplies, food, and household goods to Americans in need. The nation’s truck drivers have been on the front lines of this effort and are vital to America’s supply chain

“America’s truckers are doing a heroic job keeping our supply chains open during this unprecedented time and these rules will provide them greater flexibility to keep America moving,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Although the concept of expanding hours have been at the top of all industry discussions, and is considered somehow controversial, based on the detailed public comments and input from the American people, FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service offers four key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

  1. The Agency will increase safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive driving and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.

  1. The Agency will modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.

  1. The Agency will modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.

  1. The Agency will change the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

The new hours of service rule will have an implementation date of 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. 

These changes are expected to not only lengthen the on-duty day for short-haul drivers, it will more than double the square miles that they can cover, up to 150 miles from their home base, according to the agency.

According to FMCSA, the final rule is crafted to improve safety on the nation’s roadways. The rule changes do not increase driving time, except for short-haul drivers, and will continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute break.

The agency said these changes will save trucking companies more than $2.8 billion over 10 years, will let drivers make more deliveries, and won't compromise safety. FMCSA’s rule modernizing hours of service regulations is estimated to provide nearly $274 million in annualized cost savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component of the national economy, employing more than seven million people and moving 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight.

At Orlando Truck Insurance, we have the staff, the local experience and the customer service platform to help you walk through these difficult times. Call one of our truck and commercial vehicles insurance specialists today at (407) 203-7085 to get you started in the right track, we’ll be happy to assist. We are all in this together!

Hector Perez, Producer

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Saturday, May 02 2020
The 18 Wheel Miracles

Orlando, Fla.—Yes, we all have thanked our truckers for their outstanding job during a time that no-one wished for, with so much uncertainty with COVID-19, and truck drivers as always have raised to the occasion making sure our people’s necessities are well supplied when they need them, and where they need them.

But as much as we would like to think, this is a truck driver’s normal, they also have a personal toll to pay in these abnormal circumstances.

According to a recent survey from truck drives observed uncertainty and concern themselves in the midst of fast changing safety protocols which included restricted access to some states and different areas. The survey revealed that during the month of March their focus was more on sanitation procedures and planning, April was the time when morale and pay were at the top of their minds. Many drivers did not feel that they were being adequately compensated for the risks that they were taking during the pandemic. Others considered a relief from truck payments or tuition payments to trucking schools would serve as motivation.

Despite a robust workforce, there has been a bit of a shortage for the past couple of years. That, coupled with the need for more trucks on road as measures of shelter-in-place continue in the U.S., is making the demand for new drivers to rise to its highest level.

Just like the case of healthcare workers, for truck drivers, picking up or delivering to virus hotspots, increases their risk of contracting the infectious disease and bring it home to their families. However, pride of doing what needs to be done to keep this country in good health and up-and-running was paramount for many of them, understating the benefit for the big picture.

Another concern they didn’t see coming was the challenging situation of finding places to eat and drink, given the fact that most restaurants across the country were forced to close their dine-in areas. They found themselves sentenced to being alone on the road as America fights COVID-19, but truckers are already familiar with the type of self-isolation we all are now facing— being confined to small spaces, disconnected from family and friends, unsure what the days ahead will bring. Loneliness is part of the job, even as the world passes by.

According to the American Truckings Associations, there are more than three million truckers in the United States, and about 1.8 million of them are classified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as operators of heavy trucks or tractor-trailers.

Truckers are the backbone of the country’s supply chain, traversing our nation’s highways and byways to deliver goods like food, fuel and other vital supplies. And while daily life has slowed to crawl, this workforce keeps delivering the goods and ensuring that that the public’s vital needs are met.

At Orlando Truck Insurance, we have the staff, the local experience and the customer service platform to help you walk through these difficult times. Call one of our truck and commercial vehicles insurance specialists today at (407) 203-7085 to get you started in the right track, we’ll be happy to assist. We are all in this together!

Hector Perez, Producer

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Call 407-203-7085

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