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Monday, July 20 2020
The lack of safe parking for trucks remains a problem

Orlando, Fla.—Truck parking is a capacity, geographic, and even political problem in Florida. We all know that truck spaces at rest areas including the 17 at the congested rest stop on eastbound I-4 about two miles north of State Road 434 — fill up fast. For a long time, this has been an issue for truck drivers who are forced to park in places that are either illegal or unsafe. Truck drivers are required to stop to rest after ten hours of driving. Non compliance with the mandatory rest stops not only implies a violation, but it also represents a safety hazard for truck drivers and other drivers on the road.

The inability to find parking hurts drivers and carriers financially. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, truck drivers spend an average of one hour searching for parking every day. The lost time equates to $4,600 in lost wages per year, based on the hour lost to nonproductive trips. It also depresses fleet productivity, taking the driver out of action when he or she could be pushing ahead to the next location. 

The American Trucking Association reports nearly half of all truck drivers have had to park on the shoulders of highways or in other unauthorized locations due to lack of available spaces. The cost of looking for parking amounts to an average of $5,500 in lost wages annually, according to ATA.

As an essential service during a time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the truck parking issue needs to be ranked higher in our legislative priorities.

The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act is a bill that seeks highway safety by addressing a long-standing shortage of truck parking nationwide, which increases the risk of driver fatigue. It is expected to establish a source of funding from existing U.S. Department of Transportation funding, to create more parking spots.

The bill was introduced on the 11th anniversary of the death of Jason Rivenburg, a trucker from Fultonham, N.Y. Rivenburg was murdered during a robbery while parked in an abandoned gas station in South Carolina. The incident sparked a nationwide outcry and led to the creation of Jason’s Law, which attempted to address the truck parking crisis in 2012 by directing the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a nationwide parking survey. Though the bill was proposed back in March 2020, it seems to be gaining bipartisan support.

Leaders from the industry commended the legislation. American Trucking Association’s President, Chris Spear, said “opportunities to rest safely are important to truckers, who move more than 70% of the nation’s goods.” The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association worked closely with members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to develop meaningful truck parking legislation that would garner support throughout the industry. The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act is requesting $125 million for 2021, $140 million in 2022, $150 million in 2023, $165 million in 2024 and a total of $175 million in 2025.

At Orlando Truck Insurance, we have the staff, the local experience and the customer service platform to help you walk through your insurance coverage options to keep your business well protected. 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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Posted by: AT 03:04 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, June 23 2020
Changes in Commercial Insurance for Truck Companies

Orlando, Fla.— Commercial Insurance for Truck Companies may be facing more changes ahead. An amendment to a bill circulating in Congress would more than double the required minimum amount of insurance for commercial motor vehicles.

The amendment to the INVEST Act was passed by a House committee on Wednesday, June 17. The measure was lauded by the Institute for Safer Trucking, which noted that the required minimum has not been raised since the 1980s hopping the amendment will help families who have survived truck crashes and help make the trucking industry safer. This amendment is part of a larger bill that  passed the House, and would still need to pass the Senate before it goes into effect. The legislation is dubbed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act and is a proposed infrastructure bill that would invest $500 billion into the nation’s highways and transportation systems over the next five years.

The amendment has come under fire from members of the trucking industry who believe that it could force smaller carriers and owner-operators to shut down because of costs.

According to data from the American Trucking Research Institute, insurance premium costs per mile have increased more than 17 percent since 2013. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, they rose 12 percent. In 2018, they were about $0.8 per mile.

The industry group also noted that increasing litigation contributed to a rise in rates – with truck-involved crashes “generating dramatic increases in both the number of civil litigation case filings as well as increases in jury awards and out-of-court settlements.”

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they all have experienced dramatic changes in the insurance industry over the past several years. Many accidents involving trucks are not the fault of truck drivers and they are creating a permanent pilot program that will not count a crash that was not the fault of the motor carrier at the time of calculating their safety measurement profile. They recognize this correction was long overdue.

Truck safety policies cover many issues, ranging from physical and property damage, liability, fines and penalties, insurance premiums, qualification for bypass programs, and even the ability to legally continue operations as a motor carrier.

At times like these, it is now more important than ever to have an ally in your insurance broker to help you find viable solutions for your business. At Orlando Truck Insurance, our local specialists understand the challenges the industry is facing and work hard every day to provide more options, from more carriers capable of bringing the right coverage at the best possible price in the market.

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!

Oscar Pacheco - Licensed Agent

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Posted by: AT 07:21 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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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Posted by: AT 04:09 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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 cdlife.com 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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Posted by: AT 10:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, April 01 2020
Stay-at-Home Statewide

Orlando, Florida—The new stay-at-home order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis is a statewide mandate. Florida now joins more than 30 states that are under a "stay-at-home" order. It will take effect Thursday at midnight and last 30 days.

What does that mean for truck drivers?

It all begins with defining essential operations and activities. The executive order goes by the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance on essential workers. 

According to the Department of Homeland Security, functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.

Regarding transportation:

  • Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) employees, towing/recovery services, roadside assistance workers, intermodal transportation personnel, and workers who maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel).
  • Workers supporting the distribution of food, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs) and other medical materials, fuels, chemicals needed for water or water treatment and energy   Maintenance and operation of essential highway infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels (e.g., traffic operations centers and moveable bridge operators).
  • Employees of firms providing services, supplies, and equipment that enable warehouse and operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use. Includes cold- and frozen-chain logistics for food and critical biologic products.
  • Workers including truck drivers, railroad employees and contractors, maintenance crew, and cleaners supporting transportation of chemicals, hazardous, medical, and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services, including specialized carriers, crane and rigging industry workers.

On commercial facilities logistics:

  • Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
  • Workers supporting e-commerce through distribution, warehouse, call center facilities, and other essential operational support functions.
  • Workers in hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail, and related merchant wholesalers and distributors - with reduced staff to ensure continued operations.
  • Workers distributing, servicing, repairing, installing residential and commercial HVAC systems, boilers, furnaces and other heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation equipment.

As we know, the coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented hoarding that has created havoc in the supply chain. Truck drivers, many who are not paid by the hour, are working under suspended hours of service regulations to replenish store shelves. We all have a role to play to help our country get through the coronavirus crisis. We must help the truck drivers stay healthy as they travel state to state replenishing store shelves for all of us.

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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Thursday, March 05 2020
Keeping Truckers Happy

Orlando, Florida—Truckers continue to be an asset of incalculable value to the U.S. economy, but  the driver shortage reaches its highest level ever. To meet the nation’s freight demand, the recently released  ATA report said that in order to meet the nation’s freight demand, the trucking industry will need to hire 1.1 million new drivers over the next decade – an average of 110,000 per year to replace retiring drivers and keep up with growth in the economy.

Competition for truck drivers from the oil industry and Amazon and other delivery companies is also cutting into the available driver pool. There is less rail movement, and more truck demand.

Drivers are getting older than the general population, and wages have not kept up with the general population. It is no secret that the trucking industry must find ways to attract more and younger drivers, removing barriers for younger drivers to begin careers as drivers, attracting more demographic diversity into the industry or easing the transition for veterans, are among the top-priority list to do more to recruit and retain drivers.

More Incentives

Increased pay to keep pace with demand, addressing lifestyle factors like getting drivers more time at home and improving conditions on the job like reducing wait times at shipper facilities.

Many fleets instituted guaranteed minimum weekly pay in 2018 so drivers would have a more consistent paycheck. Sign-on bonuses and good benefits packages have also been used throughout the industry as competition for drivers heats up. ATA expects that driver pay will continue rising as long as the driver shortage continues.

And you may say, what about the driverless trucks solution? The adoption of that kind of technology advancement will mostly depend on how soon we automate automobiles. We won’t have driverless trucks until all of our autos are driverless on our highways. The full adoption process may take a long while.

Insurance rates are also going up, and this his can be a problem for companies that require truckers to have a high liability insurance coverage. At Orlando Truck Insurance, we help businesses like yours find the right solutions making sure you get the right coverage, that means, not overinsured or underinsured— and we also assist you finding all the options available in the state of Florida, so you can get  free quotes from different carriers, compare and choose the one that is right for you. Regardless of whether your company’s 18 Wheelers drive across the country, or serve just a few states in the region, the right types of commercial auto insurance are crucial for protecting your assets. 

Choosing the right types of commercial auto insurance protects you from having to pay for repairs or medical bills caused by an accident, and most importantly is can protect you against uninsured drivers.

If you own or are considering to start a business in the transportation industry, or become a driver, Orlando Truck Insurance offers flexible commercial auto insurance that grows with your business. From one truck to a fleet, we have a policy that will meet your industry’s insurance needs. Contact us for an orientation (407) 206-7085!

Hector Perez, Producer

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Posted by: AT 12:28 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 12 2020
Federal Trucking Regulatory Changes

Orlando, Florida—With the arrival of a new year, aside from the worries of possible inclement weather conditions that normally affect us during the winter season.

When it comes to regulatory topics in the trucking industry, two items had final rules issued during the last quarter of 2019: The drug and alcohol clearinghouse, and training for entry-level drivers.

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse - implementation of the rule began January 6, 2020.

All parties involved in the drug and alcohol testing process for CDL holders will be required to register, including motor carriers (employers), consortiums/TPAs, service agents, medical review officers/substance abuse professionals, and drivers – at least most of them over time. Not every driver will have to register (those who are long-time employees and who have never failed a drug/alcohol test probably won’t be required to register.)

Having said that, after January 6th of this year, all carriers will conduct a limited query first, which only tells them if there is a record in the database on that driver. If the query comes back ‘yes, there’s info,’ then a full query is required, and you’ll have three business days to report violations, including refusals to be tested.

Driver consent is required prior to a query.

ENTRY-LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING

A rule to set national minimum-training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements in effect after Feb. 7, 2020.

The key elements of the final rule are as follows:

Applicants seeking a commercial driver’s license will have to demonstrate proficiency in “theory” (classroom) training and in behind-the-wheel training given on a “driving range” and on a public road.

There are no required minimum number of hours for the knowledge or behind-the-wheel portions of any of the individual training curricula. However, training providers must determine that each CDL applicant demonstrates proficiency in all required elements of the training.

The prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel training must be provided by an entity listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry, which must meet qualification standards for their instructional programs as set forth in the rule.

Who is affected?

First-time CDL applicants, both Class A and Class B

Current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade, such as a Class B holder seeking a Class A, or seeking for the first time to secure an additional endorsement to transport hazardous materials, or to operate a motor coach or school bus.

This rule also requires CDL training providers to register with the FMCSA’s training provider registry (TPR). Training providers registered must deliver FMCSA’s required curriculum. One of the possible impacts of this rule could include raising the “entry bar” for new drivers, which could affect the supply of drivers. The training is likely to be more expensive as well.

At Orlando Truck Insurance, we specialize in trucks and commercial vehicles insurance coverage in Orlando and surrounding areas in Central Florida. If you have questions about how how to best protect your investment in the trucking business, or any other commercial insurance aspects, please do not hesitate to visit us online at Orlando Truck Insurance, or you may also call us directly at (407) 203-7085.

Hector Perez, Producer

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Wednesday, December 11 2019
Holidays vs. the Weather

Orlando, Fla.—It is no secret that the Holiday Season is the time of the year when merchants, stores, supermarkets and everyone in the distribution and supply chain depends most on the reliability of trucking services.

We also make an emphasis on saving lives as the #1 priority when you need to be on the road during risky or dangerous winter weather conditions.

Following a few safety tips may help you cope with these unexpected situations, and in many cases, prevent them.

First things first -Slow down 

At fault accidents are mostly due to excessive speed. Driving at the speed limit could sometimes be too fast for snow covered or icy road conditions. Take your time to drive safely. Speeding takes lives. 

Keep a safe buffer zone around your truck 

Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck, and beside your truck, when possible.

Avoid traveling as a pack

Find a safe way to get away from the pack and travel alone maximizing the distance between your truck, and all other vehicles surrounding you. If the leader of the pack makes an error, you will too. Trucks can leave the road, and yours could follow the lead vehicle off the road.

Low visibility

When the snow is heavy visibility is low. If you are able to see the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you, most likely, you are too close.

A nervous truck driver can be just as dangerous as a careless driver 

When you are too concerned about the weather conditions it is better  to stop and park for a while. Have your delivery appointment rescheduled. Remember this is a matter of saving lives first.

Your truck’s warm tires can turn that snow you parked on into a patch of ice in a short time. Throwing kitty litter under your tires is a good and environmentally safe way to get that little bit of extra traction needed.

Defrosting your windshield to clean it 

Turn your defroster on high for a minute to help warm the glass. Now, the fluid can freeze on your window, but a possible solution is to put a few ounces of brake line antifreeze into the washer fluid to help prevent this.

The importance of your tail-lights

Every time you stop after driving in snow, look at your taillights and license plate and keep them clean. Also, clear the lights off of snow and ice, which builds up in foul weather. LED lights accumulate lots of snow and crud. It is important to keep everything clean to make sure others can see you.

Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road 

When driving in y ‘blinding snow’, other vehicles won’t be able to identify your exact position and may slam into the back of your rig.

Braking 

Avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely ‘straight’ on the road. When you over brake when the entire unit isn’t straight the trailer can slide and spin you out of your position. Remember, the truck slows down, and the trailer does not. This is especially true, when the trailer is empty.

Use your checklist 

Before you leave, make sure  that the defroster and heater are working properly, as you would in any normal trip, but especially when driving in winter conditions. Check wipers, wiper motor, lights, esp. brake and tail lights. Be sure washer fluid is topped up, drain moisture from the air tanks, all brakes are set up. Be certain windows and mirrors are completely clean before departure.

Never leave without topped up fuel tanks

The  extra weight over the drive tires provides much needed traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving.

Insurance

Make sure to review and have a clear understanding of your insurance coverage before you leave, in case any issues arise on your trip that you may need it.

If you have questions about insurance coverage or need a free quote,  please contact us at Orlando Truck Insurance (407) 203-7085.

Hector Perez, Producer
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Tuesday, November 05 2019
Started Driving a Commercial Truck Recently?

Orlando, Fla.— Many times we have spoken about the shortage of truck drivers in North America, and its potencial consequences. The introduction of autonomous trucks, as example, is one that may change the fabric of an entire industry, including its insurance options — but for now, we want to focus on those who aren’t so concerned about that and have recently joined the force of new commercial truck drivers, many of which are owner-operators of their own business.

When opportunity knocks, you may not know which door is the one to open. A truck driver shortage may mean great opportunities to start your own business, but all opportunities come with challenges, and truck drivers are not the exception.

Any person who just started driving a commercial truck, will face difficulties finding proper insurance options, since most insurance companies may require the driver to have at least 2 years of experience to qualify. An agency like Orlando Truck Insurance, specializes in insurance options for this segment of the market, and as an independent company, can help you find alternatives from different insurance providers to perfectly match your needs.

Among other things that new commercial truck drivers must keep in mind are the DOT regulations, especially those undergoing changes this year like the ELD (Electronic Logging Device,) which is an electronic hardware that is attached to a commercial motor vehicle engine to record driving hours as regulated.

The Hours Of Service (HOS) rules were easy to flout, but they've been more rigorously enforced by electronic-logging devices that became required in every truck driver's cabin. The devices are designed to ensure that truckers don't drive for more than 11 hours a day, that they work a maximum of 14 hours a day, and that they take regular breaks.

 The ELD Rule went into effect last December, but not every fleet had to start using the newly-mandated technology. Fleets that were already using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) were given a window to make the transition to ELDs.


FACT: Fleets using AOBRDs now have until December 18, 2019, to make the transition to ELDs to remain compliant.


The measures that are part of the proposed change to the HOS rules, according to a FMCSA press release:

  • Truckers could use their 30-minute break when they are on duty but not driving — such as if they are waiting at warehouses for a shipment but still technically on duty. Previously, truckers would have to go "off duty." This would "increase safety and flexibility," the agency said.
  • Truck drivers would be allowed to split up their 10-hour off-duty time into at least seven consecutive hours in their sleeper berth and two consecutive hours off duty or in their sleeper berth, rather than having a full 10-hour break.
  • An off-duty break of 30 minutes to three hours would pause a truck driver's 14-hour driving window, as long as the trucker takes 10 full hours off duty at the end of their shift.
  • Under adverse driving conditions, the 14-hour window could be extended by two hours.
  • For short-haul truckers, the maximum on-duty period could be extended to 14 hours from 12 and the distance limit to 150 miles from 100.

Hours of service have been a long discussion for the past couple of years, and continues to be a concern for commercial truck drivers, in terms of its consequences to deliver their cargo “on-time”.

To stay attune to how this story continues to develop, follow us as we will keep bringing you up to date changes, or you can also connect to the FMCSA and the DOT.

For questions regarding insurance options or quotes, contact us at (407) 203-7085. 

Hector Perez

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Monday, September 16 2019
Semi Truck Insurance is a Complex Equation

Orlando, Fla.—Insurance is one of the largest fixed expenses that a trucker or trucking company needs to deal with. All individuals and companies need to revisit recurrently, at least annually, to make sure all business needs are being met.

There are various factors that may affect insurance costs. Among them, driving records, age of the driver, age of equipment, commodities hauled, radius, vehicle location, loss history, years in business and many others.

The term semi truck insurance is often called owner-operator truck insurance. It consists of a combination of policies for commercial truck drivers to cover their legal liabilities in different situations, such as hauling cargo or non-business driving.

FACT: Did you know the annual cost of truck insurance ranges between $8,000 and $12,500?

People who own and operate their own trucking businesses need truck insurance, but the way truck insurance policies work depends on whether they operate under their own authority or lease through a carrier. Some carriers may provide liability coverage for truckers working under permanent lease, but in the other hand,  truckers who work  who are self employed —need to get insurance coverage that is appropriate for their type of business. An owner operator under permanent lease with a motor carrier, typically has some insurance needs covered by the motor carrier. The insurance costs for this driver are usually lower compared to an owner operator working on their own.

The following are a few of the many carriers we represent at Orlando Truck Insurance.

PROGRESSIVE

Known as the #1 Truck Insurer in America, they offer specialized truck insurance coverages designed for professional truck drivers.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESTATE COMPANIES

Whether you are a trucker transporting goods across the country, or a local plumber, electrician or handyman, their experience and knowledge about transportation coverages, auto liability filings and class-specific exposures allows them to offer exceptional service and products.

NORTHLAND INSURANCE

Northland Insurance is one of the longest tenured truck insurance carriers for commercial trucking and public transportation companies in business for 70+ years.

ALLIED (A Nationwide Company)

The #1 farm & ranch insurer with agricultural heritage. Also, a reputable Fortune 100 company with an A+ from A.M. Best, an A1 from Moody’s and an A+ from Standard & Poor’s.

FOREMOST INSURANCE GROUP

Foremost has more than 55 years of excellence in specialized insurance in Luxury Motor Coach insurance policies. Highly trained and knowledgeable product managers and specialty claims personnel.

Some of the factors that can affect your semi truck insurance cost:

Who Owns the Truck: As mentioned before, owner-operators on a permanent lease,  will get your public liability covered by the motor carrier, thus reducing your overall insurance costs.

Type of Cargo type: If you’re hauling hazardous materials like fuel you can expect higher insurance costos due to an increased risk.

Weight of freight: Heavier loads oftentimes translate into higher premiums.

Time on the road:  Driving more hours make you more vulnerable to accidents, and so the impact on your premium.

Vehicle value: Physical damage premiums are a percentage of the truck’s value, and it’s simple math.

Credit history: It is no secret that insurers in the state of Florida, legally check credit scores and history. Poor credit reports can be an indication that you may represent more risk.

Loss history: Insurance companies often decrease premiums for truckers who file few claims.

CDL experience: Being an experienced commercial vehicle driver may represent less risk to an insurance company, so your premium may cost less.

A balanced equation: Higher deductibles mean lower premiums. If you can pay more now on your premium, you pay less deductible then, at the time of filing a claim.

Coverage limits: Accuracy in estimating possible loss can really make or break your figures. High limits translates into higher premiums because the insurance company will want re-cover their potential loss.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact one of our truck insurance specialists at Orlando Truck Insurance.

Oscar Pacheco 
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Thursday, August 29 2019
It's the peak of the Hurricane Season again!

Orlando, Fla.—If you are an owner-operator of a truck or fleet in Florida there are things inevitable like storms, hurricanes and tornadoes and you do, what we all do — Get Prepared. Being prepared means, having cash on hand, heading warnings, keeping fuel in your tanks in case there is a shortage, staying aware of your surroundings, and keeping food and supplies on your truck in case of an emergency. 

It also means being a good citizen and help your neighbors, family and friends. Also hauling supplies or equipment for free during an emergency period. Yes, that too!


As a truck driver, there are a series of preventive measures you may need to follow in order to stay safe when hauling through hurricanes:

Conduct a Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip Inspection

High Winds Equal High Risk

Winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tropical storms can change the way you drive. If you’re caught in high winds, slow down or pull over when it’s safe to stop. Most times, you may encounter heavy rain and strong winds before a hurricane hits. As you probably know by now, strong winds can pull and even flip a tractor trailer. If your trailer happens to be parked it damaged too. If you pull dry vans or reefers, you are at a higher risk.

Watch the Weather

Hurricanes change course rapidly. Stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Transportation road conditions and closings alerts throughout the storm. If there’s a state of emergency within your route, you must consider choosing a different path or delaying your shipment. 

Driving Around Flooded Roads

Bear in mind that your trailer can be ripped apart by flooded roads just as small bridges and road pavement. Deep holes, live power lines and debris are also the cause of much damage. If you feel your route meets these hazardous conditions, or receive weather warnings from local authorities, consider to turn around or stop. 

Schedule Changes

Be prepared for schedule delays and changes, since a slight shift in the storm’s course could alter your route and most importantly, your safety. One a hurricane hits, we can’t tell how long it is going to last so you need to be patient, stay alert, and keep access to current weather information and warnings in the area where you are.

Heads Up

Be alert to the road ahead and your surroundings, for your safety and those around you. You're on the road days and weeks on end. During severe weather, the demands and conditions are only greater. It's important to get rest, take breaks and know when to pull over. 

Extra Care on the Speed

As a responsible truck driver, we know you will do almost the impossible to deliver your shipment on time, but remember that your first and foremost responsibility is safety. Reducing speed on ramps and corners not only help you prevent accidents, but you are also potentially saving the lives of others who could be involved. -

Stay safe out there during and off hurricane conditions.  If you have questions about truck insurance, please contact us at Orlando Truck Insurance: 

(407) 203-7085

 or visit: www.orlandotruckinsurance.com

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Wednesday, August 07 2019
2019 Truck Driving Championships -Florida Largest Field in History

Orlando, Fla.— This year, in Daytona Beach the Florida Trucking Association hosted approximately 315 competing drivers, forming the largest field in Florida history, and approximately 1,250 people attended the awards banquet dinner at the Daytona Beach Hilton.

Our Florida Grand Champion, Rebecca “Becky” Nelson, of FedEx Express earned a score of 319 in the Straight Truck competition and advanced to the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburg.

Nelson moved to Florida about a year and half ago, and she said the competition is much steeper than it was in her home state, Alaska.

This year, the Florida Trucking Association gathered all the driving competitors for a group photo to celebrate the concept of “One Team Florida,” an effort they started last year in order to promote a message— “One Team Florida”—that FTA staff, member companies, and drivers should all prioritize safety and excellence in the profession, regardless of their affiliation.”

Now in August 14, it’s Pittsburg’s turn, with the 82nd annual National Truck Driving Championships— where around 427 are expected. Pittsburgh previously served as NTDC host in 2009 and 2014.

“That’s one of the greatest things about this program. It makes you sharper, it makes you more detail-oriented so that our trucks are safe.”

Scott Woodrome, 2018 NTDC Grand Champion

In order to earn the Grand Champion title, a participant must excel on a written exam based on the “Facts for Drivers” textbook, a pre-trip inspection and a driving course. That is probably why the event is known in the industry as the “Super Bowl of Safety.”

The driver from FedEx Freight whose friends and colleagues often refer to as “the LeBron James of Trucking” earned top honors at the 81st National Truck Driving Championships last year. “We all work together for safety. And it’s making a difference,” Woodrome told the audience at the awards ceremony.—“This truly breeds safety and makes each one of us better each day and every day when we’re on the highways.”— he concluded.

Joining Woodrome on the list of national champions are:

  • 3-Axle: Eric Courville, FedEx Freight, Louisiana
  • 4-Axle: Nick Arnold, FedEx Freight, Oklahoma
  • 5-Axle: Duane Staveness, FedEx Freight, Wisconsin
  • Flatbed: Steven Newsome, UPS Freight, South Carolina
  • Sleeper Berth: Artur Lesniowski, FedEx Ground, New Jersey
  • Straight Truck: Dale Brenaman, UPS, Kentucky
  • Tank Truck: Scott Woodrome, FedEx Freight, Ohio
  • Twins: Miguel Corral, FedEx Freight, Illinois
  • Step Van: Eric Damon, FedEx Express, Colorado 
  • Rookie of the Year: Ronald Zieser, FedEx Freight, Oregon
  • Team Champions: Nevada
  • Vehicle Condition: Michael Whitehead, FedEx Freight in the 3-Axle division
  • Highest Written Exam Award: Three perfect scores: Michael Flippin, FedEx Freight in the Twins division; Tony Spero, ABF Freight in the Tank Truck division; and Eric Courville, FedEx Freight in the 3-Axle division
  • Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence: Neil P. Nogues, YRC Freight, New Hampshire in the Straight Truck division
  • Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award: Jerry Waddell, Cargo Transporters
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Monday, July 08 2019
Time to revive the 65 mph?

Orlando, Fla.—In one hand automation and driverless trucks, in the other speed limiters required on existing trucks.  The great majority of trucks on our roads have speed-limiting technology already, but a legislative agenda is being revived, after 10 years, to limit the speed of semi-trucks.

In 2016, the Department Of Transportation issued a proposal that would require speed limiters on any truck weighing more than 26,000 pounds. The U.S. Transportation Department’s rationale was that the move could save both lives and fuel.

At the time, the American Trucking Association, a trade group for the industry, praised the proposal, and noted that it had petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2006 to require speed limiting technology. The group has endorsed a national speed limit of 65 mph (105 kph) for trucks. In the other hand the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents independent truckers and small business operators, said back then that the proposed rules would prevent truck drivers from speeding up to avoid danger, and create unsafe disparities in the speed of vehicles on highways. The initiative was eventually withdrawn.

In recent days, two Senators introduced an initiative known as the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019, created to limit the speed of large semi-trucks to 65 miles per hour nationwide. For that instance, trucks would be required to be equipped with speed-limiting devices. The maximum speed requirement would also be extended to existing trucks that already have the technology installed. However, trucks without speed limiters will not be forced to retroactively install the technology.

The force behind the speed limiter bill is among others: 

Road Safe America— A non-profit group that promotes highway safety, citing some statistics that indicate that speed limiter technology cut down on fatal crashes:

“Studies released by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation found that highway speed-related, at-fault truck crashes fell by 73% and fatalities in all crashes involving Big-Rigs dropped 24% after mandatory speed limiter technology took effect there in 2009.”

Other activists groups are Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, Parents Against Tired Truckers, the Trucking Alliance, the Truckload Carriers Association and the Truck Safety Coalition.

According to the Federal Motors Carrier Safety Administration, whose most recent published data is from 2017—

  • In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016. Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 42 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2017 number is still 7 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005. From 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8 percent, from 0.146 to 0.156. 
  • There was a 34-percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2005 and 2009, followed by an increase of 40 percent between 2009 and 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 8 percent.
  • The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased steadily from 102,000 in 2002 to 60,000 in 2009 (a decline of 41 percent). From 2009 to 2015, injury crashes increased 62 percent to 97,000 (based on GES data). From 2016 to 2017, according to NHTSA's CRSS data, large truck and bus injury crashes increased 4 percent (from 112,000 in 2016 to 116,000 in 2017).

From 2016 to 2017

  • The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent, from 4,251 to 4,657, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased 6 percent, from 1.48 to 1.56. 
  • The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5 percent, from 102,000 to 107,000.
  • The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 3 percent, from 351,000 to 363,000.

Currently, according to truckercountry.com many sates already limit speeds on both, truck and passenger vehicles, to 65 mph.

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Tuesday, May 28 2019
The Many Faces of Truck Driver Shortage

ORLANDO, Fla.—Trucking contributes enormously to our economy. Seventy percent of freight, over 10 billion tons annually, ships via trucks. Our modern economy could not exist without reliable truck transportation; any uncertainty would render just-in-time production impractical.

The truck driver shortage has been reported for years noting trucking companies’ struggles to hire drivers. Many immigrants have taken advantage of these available jobs, and to be honest, we need to thank them for their commitment and for helping our economy to continue to grow. 

Recently, a mechanical engineering student who supported himself by driving a truck faces deportation from Canada to India for working more hours than his study permit allowed.  The driver was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in 2017. The police officer, after reviewing his log book, discovered that he had worked more than 20 hours – above the weekly limit under his permit to study in Canada, and is required to leave by June 15. In light of that, the Ontario Trucking Association has called on Canada to bring in more foreign truckers to address a driver shortage. 

Truckers create tremendous value, but the demands of the job heavily burden people. Long hours and extensive travel constitute a more significant limit. Days on the road make having a life, and particularly a family, difficult. Truckers must be paid extra to accept these undesirable working conditions. Economists expect that prices or salaries will rise to quickly eliminate shortages and fall to eliminate surpluses.

Fast Facts About Truck Driving Careers

  • The trucking industry today employs 7.7 million people, which includes 3.5 million drivers.
  • Currently, it’s estimated that only 200,000 drivers are women, which accounts for only 5.8% of drivers.
  • The number of trucking jobs is expected to grow by 6% by 2026.
  • About 1.7 million truck drivers are heavy and tractor-trailer drivers.
  • Approximately 40.6% of drivers are minorities.
  • As of May 2017, the median pay for heavy and tractor-trailer drivers was $42,480 per year.
  • In 2019, truck driver wages are expected to rise by up to 10%.
  • Truck drivers can work up to 65 hours a week.

Although some economic experts predict that 2019 will see a decrease in general economic growth — and, by extension, a dip in the growth of the trucking industry — the sector still serves as a big source of revenue in the U.S. Furthermore, as e-commerce continues to grow, the demand for trucks continues to rise alongside it, although this will probably prove to be more of a boon to LTL trucking companies than any others.

On the other side, self-driving technology could be a boon to truckers. Experts suggest that the technology will be operational on rural interstates long before for urban driving. If so, trucks could drive autonomously between cities, with truckers driving across urban areas. A trucker driving rigs across Birmingham all day could go home every night. Autonomous trucks may not initially reduce the number of drivers, rather change driving arrangements.

According to a recent report from New York research firm CB Insights, investors have poured $2 billion into trucking tech startups through May 21. Hyeri Kim from CB noted that the $2 billion figure encompassed 27 deals. For all of 2018, investment in the sector reached $3.6 billion. Investment in trucking tech has been so strong that it is poised to begin setting records not by a little, but by a lot. 

According to CB Insights, funding activity for truck tech startups jumped from 34 deals resulting in $114 million in 2014 to 78 deals resulting in $3.6 billion in 2018.

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Monday, May 06 2019
Truck Weights in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Forestry Association is an advocate of federal issues, and after the devastation created by Hurricane Michael, additional resources are needed to recover the Florida Panhandle forests. This vital resource provides healthy watersheds and is critically important in retaining jobs, especially in the hardest hit counties who rely heavily on this industry.

The Association supports legislation to allow trucks operating at the maximum allowable state road truck weight limit to travel at that weight on that state’s portion of the federal interstate highway system.  The bill, known as the Right To Haul Act, would apply only to trucks carrying agricultural commodities, including raw logs.—{The Right to Haul Act of 2014 exempts certain agricultural loads traveling on federal highways from federal vehicle weight limitations. Makes individual state weight limitations for agricultural commodities on state highways applicable to federal highways within the state's borders.} —This is a sensible approach to a problem that confronts loggers and farmers looking to trim delivery times and improve efficiency.

According to the Association, increasing allowable gross vehicle weights on the Federal Interstate Highway system will:

  • Conserve fuel.
  • Reduce total emissions, including carbon.
  • Increase the productivity of forest products transport and wood supply management.
  • Enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion by reducing the volume of trucks now forced to use state roads as primary hauling arteries, due to their exclusion from the interstate system.
  • Reduce congestion and accident-exposure on local roads.
  • Improve the U.S. forest industry’s global competitiveness.

“The current federal vehicle weight limit, according to them, is outdated and out of touch with today’s engineering advancements and consumer needs.”  

The 80,000-pound arbitrary truck weight restriction on Federal Interstate Highways has introduced unnecessary costs and inefficiencies to raw material suppliers and finished product shippers that depend on our roadways every day. In many states, the allowable weight limit for state roads is higher than the limit imposed on federal highways.  As a matter fact, this evident disparity has created a number of unforeseen issues, including forcing loggers to travel longer distances on state roads and through small towns instead of safer, more direct routes on the federal interstate.  

In the forest products sector, moving harvested trees from the forest to facility may comprise 30% of a product’s delivered cost, despite the fact that the entire forest product supply chain has worked tirelessly to wring every cent out of the system through innovation and technology.

With respect to trucks operating on the NHS in Florida, several provisions in State law allow trucks to exceed some elements of Federal limits:

State law allows up to 40,000 lbs on a tandem axle.

State law includes a 10 percent weight allowance for axle weight limits.

Summary of Florida Truck Weight Limits for Vehicles in Regular Operations

Single Axle

20,000 lbs. (22,000 lbs. with 10 percent tolerance)

Tandem Axle

40,000 lbs. (44,000 lbs. with 10 percent tolerance)

Tridem Axle

Per FBF

Gross Weight

80,000 lbs.

Other

10 percent scale tolerance*

Regarding perishable food crops: The Governor may declare an emergency when there is a breakdown in the normal public transportation facilities necessary in moving perishable food crops grown in Florida. 

During such emergency, the Department of Transportation is authorized to set new weight limits and designate routes, excluding Interstate highways, to facilitate the transportation of perishable food crops (Fla. Stat. Ann. §316.565).

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Friday, April 05 2019
When a DOT Inspector Examines Your Truck

A good way to prepare for inspection is to do a walk-around inspection before and after every trip in that same vehicle. Including tire checks, lights testing and checking for cracks in the windows which even when too small, can cause trouble later on during the trip.

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Thursday, March 14 2019
Women are joining the world of truck driving despite its challenges

ORLANDO, Fla. — In recognition of Women’s History Month in America, this story is dedicated to some who have confronted sexism and long workdays, along with the hazards of truck driving go beyond personal safety. Big-rig driving is listed among the most dangerous occupations in 2017 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some 840 truckers died that year, the highest number for the category since the BLS started keeping track in 2003. 

Trucking companies have made training programs more appealing to women in the hopes it will help the carriers expand their driver applicant pool and allow them to attract more female truck drivers. It’s only taken a labor shortage, lawsuits and the rise of gender-specific driver support groups for trucking carriers to change their training programs to be more welcoming to women.

The risk to truckers, both male and female, is not just crashes, it's also their lifestyle. A 2015 study published by the Centers for Disease Control found more than two-thirds were obese. About half were smokers, more than twice what's found in the general population. And although they face mandated rest periods, about one in four were averaging less than six hours of sleep a night.

Data shows women truck drivers are generally safer than men. Experts think it's because they are less likely to take risks. Women new to the trucking world, particularly younger ones, say they want to help change long-haul trucking and in the process, improve its image.

Biology and Psychology

A female trucker’s reticence to exhibit risky behavior is partly biological, according to  Ellen Voie, chief executive and founder of Women in Trucking Association.

Crashes involving women typically occur at slower speeds and result in less damage to the truck, she said. Psychology also plays a role, said Laura McMillan, vice president of Training Program Development at Instructional Technologies Inc.

Women are more willing to admit what they don’t know, ask for help, and listen and learn, especially from others who are competent and display safe behaviors, McMillan said.

“Women seem to connect the dots that they are driving large equipment in high-speed environments and modify their behavior,” said McMillan, who has trained women seeking commercial driver’s licenses.

Motivated by Safety

Female truckers will quit over poorly maintained equipment or the lack of a safety culture. They care about things such as whether a dispatcher considers the safety of locations to which they are sent and factors like bad weather conditions, according to Stay Metrics, which counsels carriers and shippers on driver retention.

Collecting data about how female drivers perceive safety is new for the industry, said Voie, who managed recruitment and retention programs for Schneider National, a large carrier and logistics supplier.

By the Numbers

Women accounted for 7.89 percent of truck drivers in 2017, up from 7.13 percent in 2016, according to the National Transportation Institute, a research organization that collects data regarding driver wages, benefits and retirement plans from hundreds of trucking firms.

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Tuesday, February 05 2019
NEW REGULATIONS IN THE 2019 AGENDA

ORLANDO, Fla.—The ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) mandate transformed the trucking industry last year. The congressionally mandated rule, as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. 

Excluded from the mandate were trucks using Automatic On-Board Recording Devices, or AOBRDs. However, fleets using AOBRDs are required to switch to ELDs by Dec. 17 of this year. Many large fleets have been using AOBRDs for years and have yet to make the switch. Just as many small carriers saw productivity drop as they got used to ELDs, large carriers could experience similar problems when moving from  AOBRDs to ELDs.

Hours of service reform efforts

As many drivers pointed out last year, their issues with ELDs are actually issues with Hours of Service (HOS). FMCSA began listening sessions in March 2018 to hear directly from drivers, and in August the agency asked for input on changes to certain HOS regulations such as rest breaks and split sleeper berths.

New minimum wage rules

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recently reminded its members to be aware of the new minimum wage requirements in several states in 2019. 

Drug testing for drivers

Full compliance with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is required by January 2020. This regulation requires employers to search the clearinghouse database for drug and alcohol violations when conducting pre-employment screenings and annual verification. The current transportation funding bill calls on the FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER ADMINISTRATION (FMCSA) to issue a rulemaking to permit hair follicle testing as an acceptable alternative to urine testing after the Department of Health and Human Services issues guidelines. Currently, drivers are screened for drug use by analyzing urine samples, which can detect drug use in the past few days. Hair follicle testing can detect drugs for longer periods, up to 2-3 months.

  • The Clearinghouse will also require the following:
  • Employers will be required to query the Clearinghouse for current and prospective employees' drug and alcohol violations before permitting those employees to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) on public roads.
  • Employers will be required to annually query the Clearinghouse for each driver they currently employ.
  • State Driver Licensing Agencies will be required to query the Clearinghouse whenever a CDL is issued, renewed, transferred, or upgraded.

The Clearinghouse will provide FMCSA and employers the necessary tools to identify drivers who are prohibited from operating a CMV based on DOT drug and alcohol program violations and ensure that such drivers receive the required evaluation and treatment before operating a CMV on public roads.

On the other side of the aisle, an online trucking group with more than 4,000 members is plotting a nationwide truck driver shutdown in order to raise awareness about various trucking regulation and policy concerns. The group’s website outlines the changes that they are protesting in order to see, which include:

  • Hours of Service reform
  • Updated truck driver training and safety standards
  • A change to ELD regulations so that they are only required for companies with more than 10 trucks or trucking companies that have a poor safety rating.
  • Standardization of inspections and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulation enforcement
  • More involvement from truck drivers in the creation of new FMCSA trucking regulations.
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Friday, January 04 2019
ATTENDING ATA'S IMPORTANT EVENTS IN 2019

ORLANDO, Fla.—In March of this year, the American Trucking Associations are having two of their most important events of the year. 

ATA's mission is to "effectively advocate and communicate efforts designed to improve safety and profitability for our members," in accordance with the organization's strategic plan and vision. The vision is to set ATA as "the recognized leader in transportation advocacy representing the safest, most responsible and financially successful motor carriers."

In order to achieve that mission and realize that vision, ATA has set forth five core objectives: 

To position trucking as a recognized safety-first industry.

To increase the industry's efficiency and productivity

To brand ATA as "The Voice of the Trucking Industry."

To provide thought leadership that engages and educates the trucking industry and the public

To responsibly grow financial and human resources to fulfill our mission.

ATA’s professional staff works to educate policymakers and the general public about the essential role trucking plays in the economy, promote responsible policies to improve highway safety and advance the industry’s environmental goals.

On March 20-22, 2019 — at the Hilton Old Town, Alexandria VA— there is the Safety Management Council and the Transportation Security Council at which provides networking opportunities for both councils. Throughout the conference, attendees will discuss the latest issues on safety, security, and human resource related topics that play a significant role in the trucking industry.

On March 18-21, 2019 — at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta— they will have the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition. This is an event that is highly recommended to attend in order to stay current on industry practices and learn about the industry’s most innovative educational sessions covering all aspects of vehicle maintenance and design. Planned by fleets, for fleets. 

Featuring the TMC of Tomorrow, which is a program open to “up-and-coming” fleet maintenance professionals in their early 40s or younger and/ or who have a minimum of five years’ experience working in the trucking industry. Candidates must be nominated by a direct supervisor or company executive who completes a TMC of Tomorrow Nomination Form that can be found on TMC’s website tmc.trucking.org. A nominee’s professional resume and letter of recommendation must be included with the completed Nomination Form and submitted to TMC staff. TMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting will celebrate the graduation of their first TMC of Tomorrow class at our Monday evening Town Meeting. Two other classes in training will also meet during TMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

Another interesting section is the ability to participate in TMC’s Future Truck Initiative — to create industry standards for future truck technology and equipment to ensure the truck of the future is one that is the most efficient to operate and maintain.

An extensive list of Technical Sessions and Study Groups like electrical, tire & wheel, engine, cab & controls, fleet maintenance management, trailer bodies and material handling and light/medium-duty and specialty trucks are among the most important.

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Thursday, November 29 2018
In Trucking, a Quieter Evolution is Underway

ORLANDO, Fla.—Some of the newer technology is helping safety professionals get inside a vehicle to spot maintenance issues before they become hazards or driver behavior that could lead to crashes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute has been tracking deaths involving large trucks since 1975 when 4,834 people were reportedly killed in accidents involving large trucks. The number of deaths peaked in the late 1980s. In 1988 and 1989 there were about 5,300 truck-related deaths. The number of deaths has gone up and down from year to year, but since 2009 the number has been consistently below the 4,000. Factors – such as road conditions and regulation of such issues as how many hours a driver can be at the wheel – could impact that number, it also coincides with the trucking industry stepping up its use of technology to improve driver safety.

Mack installs wiring and camera brackets to fit a video and software system called Drive Cam from a company called Lytx, so those who buy Mack trucks can also use video to track and improve drivers’ responses in risky situations. The truck’s buyer would contract through Lytx to purchase and operate the system. The benefit: The driver can see what happened during a close call. 

Mack Connect integrates software, predictive analytics and driver-assist technologies to let a driver know if service may be needed soon or immediately because of pending vehicle trouble. When a safety issue is diagnosed, it could be as serious as the uptime center contacting a driver immediately and asking him or her to stop driving.

New York City, for example, announced its Vision Zero initiative in 2014, collisions per mile have dropped across the city’s fleet, the fleet has seen a reduction in red light and speeding violations and traffic fatalities have declined by 26 percent, while they have increased by 13 percent nationally. The city has trained nearly 50,000 employees on safe driving practices since Vision Zero went into effect. And Kerman noted that safety starts with a focus on the driver. As part of the initiative, the city adopted a Vision Zero Safe Fleet Transition Plan (SFTP), which was first published in May 2017 and outlines a series of safety investments that DCAS will require of fleet vehicles. In less than two years, the SFTP has resulted in the implementation of nearly 20,000 safety upgrades, including expanded use of automatic braking, backup cameras, driver alert systems, blind spot alerts, heated mirrors, truck side guards and vehicle telematics. The SFTP is a partnership between DCAS and the Volpe Center at the U.S. DOT.

The National Truck Equipment Association also known as the Association for the Work Truck Industry, which acts as a bridge between all segments of trucking—for manufacturers, fleets, drivers, upfitters, etc., noted three essential pieces that make fleet operations safe: the operator, environmental factors and the equipment itself. The organization also works extensively with federal and state regulatory bodies. Although many see regulations as a costly burden, Survant pointed out how important regulations are, especially in trucking operations.

George Survant, senior director of fleet relations for NETEA stated during the stated that “Technology has evolved, and regulations have followed right along behind that. You can get a Class 8 truck with all the safety features on a passenger car today, and that is a remarkable change. Technology creeps up on us because it’s really easy to depend on it.”

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