Short-haul drivers are no longer required to follow the 30-minute off-duty break requirement that had been mandated by the FMCSA’s new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. For drivers with a CDL, a short haul is defined as 100 miles from where the driver departs. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, in an opinion filed on August 2, upheld all other provisions of the HOS regulations.
As for long-haul drivers, HOS regulations appear to be causing some crowding at truck stops due to the 1 to 5 a.m. restart period – and in the case of Overdrive’s Wendy Parker, it’s meant seeing grown men running around a truck stop in their underwear.
The FMCSA also announced that a new violation for the 30-minute break requirements has been added to carrier profiles on the CSA system.
$75k Broker Bond Deadline Approaches
As of October 1, carriers may continue to broker freight only if they run the brokerage as a separate business entity with its own MC number and $75,000 surety bond or trust account. Carriers do have something of an advantage in securing a bond, because they are likely to have collateral (trucks). If they have good credit as well, the bond premium could be lower for them than for a broker with no assets.
If you have questions about the $75k bond, make sure to read Bert Goo’s latest blog post.
Rules Change Will Save $1.7 Billion
Commercial drivers will no longer have to submit Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) for every pre- and post-trip equipment inspections. Instead, they will only be required to submit these reports when a defect or deficiency is found in the inspection.
The FMCSA says only about five percent of reports submitted cite issues – so the rules change will eliminate 95 percent of reports and save about $1.7 billion annually for the industry. That’s a lot of paper and a lot of time saved.
We’re helping cut down on the paperwork burden for brokers and carriers, too. Learn how to go paperless on all your interactions with brokers, using DAT OnBoarding with digital signatures.
Proposal to Increase Insurance Requirements to $4.4 Million Introduced
A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would raise the required minimum insurance for commercial carriers to $4,442,000. Matt Cartwright (D–Pennsylvania) proposed the new figure, saying it would adjust the current $750,000 requirement, which was set in 1980, to adjust in relation to today’s higher cost of medical care. It would also permanently tie the minimum insurance amount to the inflation rate for medical care. The bill, H.R. 2730 – “SAFE HAUL”, is only in the introductory phase and has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
If passed, this would only add to increased costs that trucking companies are facing. According to DAT Carrier Benchmark Survey, costs are rising faster than rates.
Fuelin’ Up Around the Country
Changes in state fuel taxes or tax laws may affect some or all carriers that operate in Maine, Massachusetts, Indiana, New Mexico, California and Oregon.
In other fuel news, the U.S. District Court in Kansas dismissed claims against Chevron that fuel quantities were not adjusted properly for temperature at retail locations (they are adjusted to 60 degrees Fahrenheit wholesale) in the so-called “hot fuel” cases. The court concluded that Chevron’s practices fell under a safe harbor due to the fact that fuel has been universally sold in this manner.
Why then when you go by a REST AREA do you see DAY CABS (usually used for short Haulers) with the Driver Slumped over the Wheel taking a NAP, He must just be checking for Holes in his Eye Lids cause it can't be he is tired HUH
i don't see them raising per ml rt and who is matt cartwright any way he is working for insurance co. we are going to bankrabcy thanks to you Matt what ever
if you're a broker and your score is so low that you cant get this, or if you by now don't have 75000 than you shouldnt be in this bussiness, and why bankrubcy, are you not planing to pay the drivers or trucking companies what is comming to them, fyi, this is the reason why they got it in the first place, so leaches that open a company run it for few months and close it and not pay anyone, sickkkkkk
So do I understand this right? I have $1 Million Liability Insurance now with Progressive. I am a LTL, Hotshot, Partial Load only RIG. I do not carry more than 10,500 pounds. Usually only travel within a 600 mile radius of home. Am I also going to be required to carry $4.4 Million? My insurance rates will "sky rocket". I have a new truck from the "Dodge Stealership." The rates for LTL barely let me make a living as it is. If my insurance rates go up to cover $4.4 Million Liability, I will NOT be able to make a living and I will be upside down in my loan if I try to sell my truck. So the GUBERNMENT is helping us owner operators. The little people that help keep this country going? So is this Matt Cartwright, DEMOCRAP from Pennsylvania in bed with someone to increase these insurance liability increase? So there will be more of us on employment, food stamps, Medicaid. Oh nope, I cannot be on Medicaid I am a homeowner and also pay property taxes. This guy at the head of the class in Washington. Does he not care about his children and where this country is going? How in the hell did he get elected? And another term at that? I don't even have $500 right now to file Bankruptcy if I wanted to. Where's my meds?????????
It's Your own fault. Gutless people who talk big talk then whine like babies when they get run over. You know exactly what I'm saying. Most of you don't have a clue what a proper rate is but you haul the cheap freight then wonder why the rates never go up. As long as you keep hauling it cheap then you will never get an increase. There is a way to put a stop to all these problems, so long as you aren't the problem.
Dear Matt Cartwright, are you dead from the neck up or are you paid by the insurance industry? You shouldn't be pushing bills with your name on them not knowing how much damage you will be causing. How stupid are the people in PA to elect you ?
Matt Cartwright, who ?? I have a trucking business today, if this passes though Congress (4.4 liability coverage and my premium guy rockets all my trucks will be returned to the bank!! You better be ready big boy to help bail out the banks all around this country because there is going to be a flood of trucks in front of the banks doors..... Matt it's not looking good You need to Wake up and smell the Coffee ~~ before it's to late bro...P.S This is another tactic to knock out the Independed trucker..and you know damn well it is...This is white collar crime @ its best...Obama Care??? Another 600.00 a month premium!! Starting Jan 1 2014.. where is the money going to come from? People like you Matt that were born with a silver spoon in there mouth are right out clueless...
GOOD DAY, AS FOR ME, I SIMPLE WOULD GO HI ON MY RATES; IF THEY DONT PAY, SIMPLE WILL RETURN MY TRUCK TO KENWORTH AND GO BACK TO MY REGULAR WORK AND JUST GIVE UP TRUCKING. LETS SEE WHO WILL BRING MILK AND BREAD HOME!!!!!!!
4.4 million insurance liability the odds are better than the lottery. Hit a big truck a be a millionaire!
Matt, so when you raise these prices for insurance and all the trucking companies go out of business then how do you think your going to survive. How are you then going to feed your family. Trucking is what keeps this world surviving. Trucking is how every business makes money and shelves at your local grocery store is stocked. Wake up!! Whats more important, Doctors getting paid ridiculous over priced cost for medical care or surviving???? If made to decide on either than maybe bills should be trying to be passed that medical cost be lowered not passing a bill to put the world out of business and the people in poverty. The hard working man doesn't have a chance, do they? The harder you work the poorer you are.
I agree.. Matt Cartwright who?? From where?? Introducing it and passing it are way different. Keep in mind though, when a guy like Warren Buffet buys a railroad (BNSF) he brings a lot of ugly tactics and ugly politics to the table. Major and Independent carriers better get ready because there is a storm coming.
Someone should start helping the trucking industry instead of try to make our profession a thing of the past.We have to many rules and regulations as it is. If we weren't worrying about staying up with all the regulations, we could probably spend more time working on our safety habits.This would cut down on our insurance cost. Not one Carrier I know can afford to pay for $4.4 Insurance. Our Insurance cost eats us alive already. SOMEONE, PLEASE HELP US SMALL CARRIERS TO STAY IN BUSINESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As long as somebody needs something from point "A" to point "B" we've figured a way to get there. If they want to drive this business to the proverbial "Black Market" so be it. We'd love to play by the rules but when push comes to shove, so be it. A synergistic and respectful medium will benefit all. It will require someone (or group) putting a leash on the Insurance companies,
If they race the liability ! we are going to work for insurance company only !!! I am parking the truck its not worth it no more. another day another dollar large company win. 18 years owner operator
Oh yes the big companies that can right there own ins policies will stay in business. The r pusing the little guys out of business why don't the raise the none driving 4wheelers to pay higher premiums they are the idiots that can see a truck that has its blinker on to make a right turn on and these idiots pull up on them and the ass of the trailer takes off there bumper but again its slways the truckers fault wtf wake up pa and mayve congress should pass a law to all that has a drivers lic how a big rig operates and be more trucker friendly cause they have no idea what it takes to drive a semi trailer plus all the taxes we have to pay not to mention how much our parts and tires cost wake up law makers