CVSA releases 2020 Brake Safety Week results

From CVSA.

During this year’s Brake Safety Week, 12% of the 43,565 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations. Inspectors from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. removed 5,156 commercial motor vehicles from roadways due to brake violations during the week-long inspection and enforcement event, focused specifically on reducing brake-related crashes by conducting inspections and identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from roadways.

Fifty-three jurisdictions participated in this year’s Brake Safety Week, which is a voluntary inspection, enforcement and outreach initiative. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, jurisdictions that elected to participate in Brake Safety Week, which took place Aug. 23-29, 2020, conducted inspections following each agency’s health and safety protocols and precautions in consideration of the health and well-being of inspectors and drivers.

Forty-five U.S. jurisdictions, seven Canadian jurisdictions and Mexico’s National Guard and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation provided data this year. In the U.S., 35,778 inspections were conducted; 4,565 vehicles (13%) were placed out of service for brake-related violations. In Mexico, 6% (355) of the 5,958 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations. In Canada, 1,829 inspections were conducted, and the brake-related out-of-service rate was 14% (256).

See the complete release from CVSA online.

Driver concerns, insurance top ATRI’s list of industry issues

Excerpt from ATRI Release.

Today, the American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, released its 16th Top Industry Issues report, which identifies a number of the industry’s key concerns including the driver shortage, truck parking, driver compensation and retention and for the first time since 2005, insurance costs.

For the fourth year in a row, the driver shortage was the top industry issue overall, as well as topping the motor carrier list of concerns, highlighting the challenges fleets face in recruiting new talent and keeping their current drivers. In fact, driver retention was carriers’ number two issue, and sixth on the combined list.

Among the 1,000+ truck drivers who responded to the survey, truck parking, driver compensation and detention issues were their top concerns.

In all, ATRI received responses from 3,122 truck drivers, motor carriers, and other industry stakeholders – an all-time record for the 16-year-old survey.

This year, for the first time since 2005, insurance cost and availability appeared in the top concerns – hitting fifth in the combined top 10 and fourth in the carrier concern list. In addition, tort reform appeared in the survey’s top 10 for the first time since 2011 – hitting seventh in the combined list and fifth in the carrier list.

The complete results of the annual survey were released as part of 2020 American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition. The full report can be found at ATRI’s website.

See the complete release from ATRI online.

Poor insurance underwriter performance causing increasing rates, expert says

From Transport Topics.

The insurance underwriting industry continues to face financial uncertainty, characterized by historic underwriting losses for the transportation sector and rising insurance rates for motor carriers, insurance executives said during a virtual educational session at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

“We are in very challenging times with respect to transportation,” said Ryan Erickson, executive vice president of McGriff Insurance Services, during the Oct. 21 session, noting that in 2019 the U.S. commercial transportation market recorded $4 billion in underwriting losses — the worst performance on record — which resulted in rate increases averaging 10% to 15% for motor carriers with favorable loss experience.

“The industry doesn’t do a very good job of segmenting, specifically transportation. As an underperformer, transportation is going to be negatively affected,” he said. “While we are still seeing insurance premiums increase dramatically, we’re still seeing the same results. Losses are outpacing insurance companies’ ability to capture rate. Until the industry can show profitability, we’re going to continue to see much of the same.”

See the complete article from Transport Topics online.

Note from MTAC: MTAC has a great dividend-paying insurance program through official partners Acadia Insurance, and the program’s sponsoring agent, Bouvier Insurance. To learn more about the program, visit the Bouvier Insurance MTAC page.

FMCSA Hours of Service presentation at virtual annual meeting

New federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules for truck drivers are now in place, and they impact all MTAC members. Ensure that you understand the new rules by participating in MTAC’s virtual annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Beginning at 2 p.m., learn about the new rules from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator (FMCSA) Division Administrator Chris Henry, and his top enforcement staff members. The new rule changes multiple aspects of HOS regulations, including: the short haul exemption, the 30-minute rest break rule, adverse driving condition provision, and split sleeper berth provision. This session will cover everything you need to know.

Members can register for the FMCSA HOS session here.

Conn. DMV leadership to speak during MTAC Annual Meeting

MTAC members should participate in MTAC’s virtual annual meeting in order to hear directly from senior DMV leadership on what they need to know as far as conducting business with the DMV.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29, hear directly from Commissioner Magubane and Deputy Commissioner Tony Guerrera. They will discuss the COVID-19 impact on DMV operations, as well as other important things members need to know.

Additionally, other members of DMV leadership will present on several important topics, including: International Registration Plan (IRP) updates; the new Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO) and med card portal; federal annual inspections and inspector qualification forms; updates to online commercial vehicle registrations by truck dealers.

Members can register for the DMV session here.

Insurance news to be announced during MTAC Virtual Meeting

There is some big news regarding MTAC’s Safety Group insurance program that will be revealed during MTAC’s Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29. Ensure you attend the noon session in order to learn about the new developments.

Participants in this session will also hear directly from the publisher of MTAC’s new magazine, Jennifer Matthews.

Additionally, during this meeting we will approve the meeting minutes from last year’s annual meeting, and approve the election of MTAC officers and directors. The minutes can be seen here. The officer and director nominations are below.

Officer Nominations

Two-year terms to begin Jan. 1, 2021

  • Chairman of the Board – Helen Brooks, FedEx
  • 1st Vice Chairman – Axel Carrion, UPS
  • 2nd Vice Chairman – Andy Anastasio, Anastasio & Sons Trucking
  • Treasurer – Norm Bolduc, Kay’s Trucking
  • Secretary – Owen White, Roberts Energy

Director Nominations

Two-year terms to begin Jan. 1, 2021

  • Alan Baumert — Nutmeg International Trucks Inc.
  • Jim Brown — William B. Meyer
  • Bob Buick — Volvo Trucks North America
  • Richard Connors — Manchester Ice & Fuel Inc
  • Bobbi Hill — W.B. Hill, Inc.
  • Mark Salter — Salter’s Express
  • Rick Samples — Cummins Metropower Inc.
  • James Vitali, Sr. — Tuxis – Ohr’s Fuel, Inc.

One-year terms to begin Jan. 1, 2021

  • Kurt Lindeland — CT Mulch Distributors

Regulatory Outlook: Trucking and the 2020 election

From Fleet Owner.

Each U.S. presidential election year comes with its own air of uncertainty, but this year, that uncertainty has been compounded by a global health crisis, a nation divided, and adapting to a new way to conduct business.

Included in the ranks of the nation’s essential, front-line workers, the trucking industry has been the glue holding the economy together over the course of the pandemic, but there is a lot at stake for the industry heading into the Nov. 3 election. Possible changes to federal hours of service (HOS) rules under a new administration, addressing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and hair testing for drugs and alcohol are just a few top-of-mind items for trucking industry stakeholders.

So, what should the industry anticipate under a second term of President Donald Trump? What regulatory changes could occur under a President Joe Biden? Or, to make things even more interesting, what if Trump wins reelection but Democrats take over the Senate?

See the complete article from Fleet Owner online.

TAT’s Driving Freedom podcast

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) recently created a podcast of concise and content-rich episodes, that serve as an additional training tool for the largest mobile army of eyes and ears dedicated to discovering and disrupting human trafficking networks. Support TAT and check out the TAT Driving Freedom podcast.

The most recent episode – How TAT got started – is embedded below. You can also find the Driving Freedom Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast apps.

Why are truck drivers strategic in the fight against sex trafficking? TAT has trained nearly 1 million people with our materials, but why did we decide to start working with drivers? In this episode, TAT Communications Director and co-founder Lyn Leeburg answers the oft-asked question of “why truckers?” and shares about the genesis of the idea for TAT. We hear about what it was like in the early days (How were the first wallet cards produced? What, if any, connections to the trucking industry did Lyn have?) and get Lyn’s take on the tremendous growth of the organization over the last 10+ years. We also hear about why Shari’s story* is one of Lyn’s most favorite examples of this work in action. Listen in to get a peek behind the curtain of the founding and start-up of TAT and how one simple idea has had such a tremendous ripple effect in helping to save and change countless lives. Learn how you could do the same.

Connecticut Resources

Surging tax receipts take a huge chunk out of state’s projected budget deficit

From CT Mirror.

Connecticut got a shot of good fiscal news Tuesday as surging tax receipts helped to lop nearly 40% off the state’s projected $2 billion deficit, increasing the likelihood Gov. Ned Lamont can avert major tax hikes next spring.

The surging revenues also give lawmakers more money to assist public universities and others hurt financially by the pandemic.

“Despite the COVID pandemic, the U.S. stock market is 14.0% higher than a year ago,” Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, Lamont’s budget director, wrote in her monthly forecast to state Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo. “In addition, pandemic-related closures of many businesses may have caused deferred consumption of goods and services, resulting in pent-up demand that is now being realized.”

The administration now projects a deficit of just under $1.3 billion, which still represents more than 6% of the budget’s General Fund, which covers most operating expenses.

Most of that improvement, about $454 million, is tied to enhanced revenue projections.

Administration officials have upgraded expectations for state income and sales tax receipts by $260 million and $91 million, respectively. Business tax collections are up another $80 million and projected real estate conveyance tax receipts increased by $45 million.

See the complete article from CT Mirror online.

September tonnage down year-over-year, rebounds after August decline

From Transport Topics.

Truck tonnage in September declined a seasonally adjusted 2.7% when compared with year-ago levels, marking the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year declines, American Trucking Associations said Oct. 20. However, when measured month-to-month, the index increased 6.7% after declining 5.3% in August.

In September, the index equaled 115.1 compared with 118.2 the same month a year ago and 107.9 in August. (The index equaled 100 in 2015.)

“September had a nice recovery after a significant decline in August,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said in a statement. “The truck freight market continues to be bifurcated, with strength in retail and home construction, but some continued weakness in industrial freight.”

U.S. home construction continues as one of the bright spots of the economy, rising 1.9% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million homes and apartments, the Commerce Department reported Oct. 20. That follows a 6.7% drop in August, and applications for building permits rose 5.2% to 1.55 million units.

See the complete article from Transport Topics online.