Report finds pandemic did not cause significant CDL testing delays

WASHINGTON — CDL skills-testing delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic may not have been as extensive as previously assumed, based on new data released by federal regulators.

A congressionally mandated survey report compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for calendar years 2017 through 2020 and made public Thursday, found that the pandemic “did not appear to seriously impact delays experienced in scheduling CDL skills tests through 2020.”

In addition, when comparing the...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/report-finds-pandemic-did-not-cause-significant-cdl-testing-delays

OOIDA sues EPA over zero-carbon regulation

WASHINGTON — Small-business truck owners have sued the Biden administration over its new zero-emissions heavy-duty vehicle standards, claiming the cost to comply would put them out of business.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association joined with the American Petroleum Institute (API) in a petition filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging a final rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in April

API and OOIDA, along with the...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ooida-sues-epa-over-zero-carbon-regulation

FMCSA wants to know: Are truckers using their seat belts?

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators plan to survey truck drivers on their seat belt habits after recent fatality data revealed a high number of unrestrained drivers involved in fatal accidents.

In a notice published Wednesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it intends to use “quantitative data collection techniques” in an anonymous, self-administered online survey to understand truckers’ behaviors regarding seat belt use and road safety.

“Existing data on the usage of safety...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/fmcsa-wants-to-know-are-truckers-using-their-seat-belts

California’s AB5 upheld by appeals court panel in Uber/Postmates case

California’s independent contractor law, AB5, has been upheld unanimously by an 11-member panel of the the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second time in recent months the law has been victorious in federal courts.

The case known as Olson, after the lead named plaintiff, Uber driver Lydia Olson, was filed in 2019 by Uber (NYSE: UBER) and Postmates, a gig worker delivery company that was acquired by Uber in 2020. At its heart was the question of whether, given the numerous exemptions from...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/californias-ab5-upheld-by-appeals-court-panel-in-uber-postmates-case

Truck transportation jobs down in May; total now matches November

Truck transportation jobs took a significant dip in May, according to the monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and now are at the level where they were in November.

Seasonally adjusted jobs fell by 5,400 from April, to 1,550,100, according to the BLS. That is exactly the same as in November. 

The decline is the third-largest since jobs began rising in 2020 after the tremendous drop first reported in April 2020. But the biggest decline post-pandemic was driven by the...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/truck-transportation-jobs-down-in-may-total-now-matches-november

FMCSA to host carrier-fitness meeting at Texas Trucking Show

WASHINGTON — Regulators want to hear “diverse experiences and perspectives” from the trucking industry on plans to update how the government rates motor carriers on safety to determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate.

To help accomplish that goal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it will hold an in-person listening session at the Texas Trucking Show in Houston on June 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Specifically, the agency would like to hear from members of the public...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/fmcsa-to-host-carrier-fitness-meeting-at-texas-trucking-show

Teamsters tie up with Staten Island Amazon union, win other elections

The Teamsters union has recorded several organizing or contract-signing victories in the past few weeks, but a step it has taken toward representing at least one group of Amazon workers has garnered the biggest headlines. 

An independent labor union that won representation at a Staten Island, New York, warehouse in 2022, a victory that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is fighting, has agreed to come under the umbrella of the Teamsters, according to media reports. The Teamsters posted an announcement about...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/teamsters-tie-up-with-staten-island-amazon-union-win-other-elections

State of Freight: Fuller highlights connections between housing market and trucking 

ATLANTA – Although the June State of Freight webinar occurred just a few weeks after May’s edition, there were two key differences. 

One was that FreightWaves CEO Craig Fuller was back in his familiar position with FreightWaves Director of Market Intelligence Zach Strickland. Second, it took place in front of a live audience at the Future of Supply Chain conference at the Georgia International Convention Center here.

But even given the short interim between sessions, the live June edition found a...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/state-of-freight-fuller-highlights-connections-between-housing-market-and-trucking

Love’s cuts some services but boosts training opportunities in tight job market

Two seemingly separate decisions by Love’s Travel Stops — one publicly announced, the other revealed through social media chatter — together illustrate steps the company is taking to deal with a seemingly relentless tight job market.

The operator of truck stops announced on Monday “tuition-free education and skill development” in a program called Fuel Your Growth.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Love’s confirmed social media reports that the company is “adjusting its overnight operating hours” at...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/loves-cuts-some-services-but-boosts-training-opportunities-in-tight-job-market

Why the trucking industry should celebrate paid truck parking

According to a 2019 Jason’s Law Survey, there are only 313,000 truck parking spots in the continental United States to accommodate the more than 1.94 million for-hire trucks on the nation’s roads and highways. Not surprisingly, 98% of truck drivers reported having problems finding truck parking.

But over the past year, paid truck parking has become a reality for truck drivers. These locations provide clean and safe facilities for drivers to park their trucks and trailers overnight or longer.

While...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/why-the-trucking-industry-should-celebrate-paid-truck-parking

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