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.
What Management Needs to Know about the Transportation Market, Part Three: Legislation
If you haven’t already heard, the capacity crunch (driver shortage) everyone has been predicting has arrived, and it’s packing a mean punch. This is not the story of the broker who cried wolf, friends, it’s the industry reality right now. To describe the online activity around this topic, FRENZY isn’t too strong of a word. Carriers are turning down loads in epic proportions, and it’s occurring for every reason you could possibly imagine.
If you are a driver or trucking company working in or around the ports, you have most likely heard about the TWIC Card. For those of you that haven’t, or who have heard about it but are not clear on the nuts and bolts, we’d like to share our knowledge of the requirements in preparation for the port deadline.