According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, preliminary figures indicated that the trucking companies hired 2,600 new employees. This was during the month of September 2011. The employees were hired on a full-time basis according to the figures released on 7th October 2011. The bureau officially reduced the estimates it had given previously for July and August by 800 people.
To increase awareness of the dangers of cell phones, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety sponsored Drive Safely Work Week October 3-7. While the campaign has been in effect since 1996, the focus in recent years has been on cell phones.
The Minnesota Highway Patrol has just received orders from a judge which will force them to abandon their trucking fatigue enforcement program. The judge ruled this program to be unconstitutional and a violation of truckers’ Fourth Amendment rights.
The State Highway Patrol set up roadside inspections to try to determine how fatigued truckers were. This action caused the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to sue saying that the patrol’s inspections violated truckers’ rights against illegal search and evidence collection.
On July 8, 2012 a lawsuit was filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association seeking to put an end to the cross-border trucking program. This lawsuit seeks to protect truck driving jobs on all levels, and the trucking industry is watching it with great interest. Initially denied, the case has been placed on a fast track to be heard by an appellate court.
New Texas driving laws and criminal statutes went into effect on September 1, 2011. Many of the new laws may make the roads much safer for truckers.
One of the primary changes directly affecting truckers, trucking companies and the trucking industry is the change in speed limits. Trucks may now travel at the same speed as other vehicles, and there will no longer be any difference in night-time speed limits.
For anyone interested in truck driving jobs, recent developments may create a few changes on the highway. In an effort to promote safety, the National Transportation Safety Board decided on Tuesday to recommend a ban on the use of mobile phones by commercial truck drivers. Using any kind of device, including both hands-free and hand-held models, while working would be permissible only in the case of an emergency.
The Department of Transportation recently voiced their dedication to the long-haul cross-border trucking program with Mexico. However, it looks like there are still some serious obstacles involved in fully implementing the plan. A recent audit from the Office of Inspector General has shown that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a lot that they need to accomplish for this program, yet so far they have done very little to meet these legal requirements.
The men and women who make deliveries across America are being honored by state associations, customers, shippers, trucking companies and local communities. The America Trucking Association (ATA) has helped organize events across the U.S. with the festivities lasting through September 17.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA), representing more than 37,000 trucking companies, wrote the U.S. Department of Transportation asking for reviews of several outdated, unworkable, or superceded requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations.