July 1st, 2013 is the day all the new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations begin that we all must be compliant with. There has been a big push for changes to the HOS since the mid 90’s from the FMCSA, and they’ve finally done it! We are still learning about these changes and trying to get the details sorted out, but it’s going to be important that we all embrace this change.
I have been with Trinity for two years and have had the pleasure to work with carriers since day one in our carrier relations department. I have learned the importance of building relationships as well as learning how I can better serve as a point of contact for any questions or concerns.
Have you heard about the new Hours of Service provisions that are scheduled to take effect on July 1st, 2013? Are you prepared for how these new provisions will affect you? Starting on July 1st, unless a lawsuit pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia blocks the new rules, the entire trucking industry is facing big changes. In December of 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) published a new final rule for hours of service. The rule is being implemented in two phases. The first phase took effect in February of 2012 and the next phase of guidelines is scheduled to take effect on July 1st.
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As the old saying goes: everyone has an opinion, and everyone thinks their opinion is right. This could not be truer when CSA is the topic of discussion. Brokers, owner-operators, and shippers all have a different view. This wide range in opinion has made this topic a national headline across the country, and it has even made its way to Congress.
There are over 2 million licensed truck drivers across the nation. With truckers on the road—in fact, they’re on pretty much every road—every single day, they have a huge presence on our highways. This puts them in a very powerful position. Passing thousands of cars each day and spending their rest time at truck stops, truckers frequently witness criminal activity, whether it’s illegal drug use, drug trafficking, drivers under the influence, or—the most troubling—human trafficking…
On May 9th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a Petition for Rulemaking, changing their redefined tank vehicle descriptions from July of 2011. The July Federal CDL Licensing rules were changed to include other types of equipment you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as a “tanker”.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has redefined tank vehicles in their Federal CDL Licensing rules to include other types of equipment you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as a “tanker”. Effective July 8, 2011, any vehicle hauling small tanks or totes of 119 gallons or more that when added together total 1,000 gallons of liquid or gaseous materials or more is now considered a tank vehicle (even if they’re a flat or van). In order to haul that load, the driver must have the tank endorsement on his CDL in order to haul it.
Wow how time flies! A few weeks ago we were celebrating Christmas and now the New Year is upon us. The New Year will bring many changes to the trucking industry and the first major change drivers and shippers will notice is “how time flies” when they’re delivering product to the market this year.