Buttigieg prioritizing truck driver pay

If anything positive has come out of the supply chain crisis, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants truckers to know it is a renewed appreciation for them — and that they should be compensated accordingly.

“Industry estimates that there’s a gap of about 80,000 truck drivers right now relative to what we need,” Buttigieg said in a keynote address Wednesday at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting in Washington, citing data from the American Trucking Associations.



Safety panel: Government conflict on pay rules hurts driver retention

A long-standing gap between how the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Labor view driver wages must be bridged before the trucking industry will have a shot at curing its chronic driver retention problem, according to a university researcher.

Speaking at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Council (MCSAC) meeting on Monday, Michael Belzer, an economics professor at Wayne State University, told attendees that wage requirements...


Momentum building to slash detention times

Idle hands may be the devil’s workshop, but idle trucks don’t work for anybody.

Driver detention is the downtime in hauling that befalls truckers at pickup or delivery locations. Everyone in the industry dreads delays, especially expensive ones, and detention costs do enormous harm to the bottom line.

In fact, driver detention times have become such a pressing issue that even U.S. lawmakers are urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address the matter.

The $494 billion...


The Daily Dash: Landstar sees 2H cooling; regulating driver detention

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, executives at Landstar System see a strong truckload market through midyear, but a cooling could happen in the second half of the year. Plus, at least one consultant believes the Biden administration will take a look at regulating driver detention, and Werner has sold its freight forwarding business.  

End of the run

Strength in truckload demand has held up through the first few weeks of 2021,...


Driver detention review considered likely in Biden’s FMCSA

A proposed regulation to limit the amount of time a truck driver can be detained by a shipper without compensating the driver could gain more traction in the Biden administration and on Capitol Hill, according to a trucking industry lobbyist.

The detention time rulemaking was included in the Moving Forward Act, a transportation reauthorization bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last summer but failed to get taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The proposal followed a...


Baton’s ‘elastic trucking’ aims to eliminate wasted hours

It’s a fact that all drivers dread detention. Having to endure long wait times while your trailer is loaded or unloaded is arguably the most inefficient part of a trucker’s day. While the industry has benefited greatly from the latest advances in freight-tech, one San Francisco-based company provides truck drivers with an invaluable resource — giving back their time.

Andrew Berberick, co-founder of Baton, joined FreightWaves CEO Craig Fuller on this episode of “Fuller Speed Ahead” to discuss how...


OOIDA presses regulators on detention time pay, truck parking

Owner-operators told federal regulators that repealing an 80-year-old law preventing them from collecting overtime pay could help alleviate the negative effects of increasing detention times at destination facilities.

“Unfortunately, drivers’ times aren’t valued, especially by shippers and receivers,” said Lewie Pugh, vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), speaking at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Truck Safety Summit this week.



Lawmakers prod FMCSA to move on driver detention

U.S. lawmakers have joined with federal watchdogs in pressuring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address driver detention times.

The INVEST in America Act, a $494 billion, five-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs introduced on Wednesday by Democrats on the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, requires that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), through FMCSA, begin collecting data from drivers and carriers on delays during...


House Democrats propose delay of hours-of-service rules

The newly minted hours-of-service (HOS) final rule will require an extensive safety review that would delay the effective date of the rules by up to 18 months or even longer if Democrats on Capitol Hill have their way.

A “comprehensive review” of the final rule, which became official on Monday and is currently scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 29, was included in the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, a five-year, $494...


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