In October, 2011, trucking companies managed to create more than three thousand new truck driving jobs, swelling the trucking industry to a new high for the year. Although the October job numbers are not yet final, these preliminary findings released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, November 4, 2011, seem to indicate that, at least when it comes to trucking employers and truck driving jobs, the economy may be slowly beginning to turn around.
Trucking companies are taking notice of the case before the Supreme Court--United States of America v. Antoine Jones. Depending on the outcome of this case, the government may give itself the right to track everyone, even without getting prior court approval.
Although the United States and markets around the world have seen an economic downturn, truck driving jobs and trucking companies have remained stable during the third quarter. Volume has hit a plateau, which under normal circumstances would signal a decrease in demand; however, economic logistic experts have placed capacity at a short supply, which may be the reason for stabilized revenue. Most predictions by trucking companies point to steady earnings for at least the next two fiscal quarters with truckers’ salaries remaining unaffected by global economic concerns.
The controversial revisions to the hours of service rule are a bit closer to publication now that the White House Office of Management and Budget has received the Department of Transportation's proposed language. Countless truck driving jobs may be impacted by the outcome of what has been a very contentious debate in recent years.
An upward trend in tonnage hauled by for-hire trucking companies is being seen as a positive sign for the U.S. economy—in particular, a sign that the country is pulling away from the threat of another recession.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6% in September. The index fell a revised 0.5% the previous month.
Colorado recently completed a second speed harmonization trial with excellent results. The test was conducted on September 25 along a 27-mile eastbound portion of I-70 from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel (EJMT). The second trial analyzed results of a longer road segment and higher traffic counts than the first. The trucking industry has been closely watching this harmonization trial.
In a decision welcomed by the American Trucking Association (ATA), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a strongly contested provision of the Port of L.A.’s Clean Truck Program.
Despite diesel truck emissions at the port complex having been reduced by 80% over the last three years, the decision came as a blow not only to the Port of L.A., but to other high profile proponents of the provision as well, namely the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Washington D.C. based labor coalition, Change to Win.
Across North America, in Canada, Mexico and the United States, Operation Save Driver is taking place this week. The comprehensive effort between law enforcement in all three countries focuses on making the road safer by targeting the trucking industry and those with truck driving jobs. It began this past Sunday, October 16 and will continue through this Saturday, October 22.
TMW Systems, makers of trucking software, announced a trio of new products and upgrades at TransForum 2011, a recent company-sponsored user conference. TMW's unveilings include a new Android-based version of its communications system for commercial drivers, an internet-based hiring application and recruiting platform and a new way of interfacing Qualcomm's Hours-of-Service program and a popular version of TMW's IBM i-based dispatching software.
The first permit for cross-border Mexican trucking operations has been delayed. The main reason cited was for safety concerns over the program. These concerns were voiced by OOIDA, which supports independent owner operators operating in the US.
The concerns for the carrier Grupo Behr stemmed from a high number of safety violations reported in the last 2 years. The company has had 40 such occurances over the 24 month period. A second carrier raised concerns when their drivers tested poorly in English fluency.