Readers split on government, industry solutions to detention
In a well-participated-in poll on loading and unloading delays at shippers and receivers, conducted here on OverdriveOnline.com late last month, respondents weighed in on a variety of solutions to the long-grappled-with problem, with 50 percent favoring some kind of industry-focused solution, 41 percent actually taking the line that the federal government should have a role in detention.
As has been written about in Overdrive over the last several years, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro has been up-front about her intent to use the “bully pulpit” to influence shippers and receivers, but at once she’s also stressed lack of regulatory authority to get into such business. There have been some efforts — notably by Rep. Peter DeFazio — to introduce new authorities with legislation that would put regulated limits on detention, and FMCSA is currently involved in a study on the subject of what FMCSA can further do to help combat the problem. Ferro most recently said she expected results from it in 2015.Read more
Driver shortage: Veteran operators’ views on who’s filling it
If the heightened regulatory environment indeed is screening out more potential drivers, it would seem that the caliber of the newest drivers would be improving. Based on truck stop diner conversation, however, the stereotype of the seasoned pro frowning on the newbies hasn’t changed. (more…)Read more
Diesel prices rise by a penny, more stable year-over-year
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly diesel price report issued Aug. 26, 2013, the national average price rose a penny over the preceding week to $3.91 per gallon. Prices remained largely steady over all regions throughout the U.S., […]Read more
Retrofit-DPF sales to satisfy California regulations lag
Sales of diesel particulate filter retrofits for in-use, on-road, heavy-duty diesel vehicles operating in California remain lower than the state’s projections, according to the results of a survey released today by the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA). The total number of verified DPFs sold by MECA member companies for diesels operating in California in the first half of 2013 was 3,508 and includes both passive and active DPFs. Under the California Air Resources Board’s truck and bus regulation, the agency projected that approximately 59,500 DPFs would need to be installed this year to meet the Jan. 1, 2014 compliance deadline for 2005-06 model-year engines.Read more
Freight Index Increases for Second Straight MonthThe amount of freight moved in June as measured by one gauge moved barely higher after surging in May, but it still managed to hit a record high.
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.1% in June from the month before after increasing 2.1% in May from April. The May hike was revised slightly downward from the 2.3% gain ATA reported on June 18.
In June, the seasonally adjusted index equaled 125.9 versus 125.8 in May. June 2013 is the highest level on record. Compared with June 2012, the index surged 5.9%, which is robust, although below May’s 6.5% year-over-year gain. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2012, the tonnage index is up 4.7%.Read more