Industry Update - June 2, 2020 <h2></h2>
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<h3><strong>DOT to Distribute 2.1 Million Masks to Truckers</strong></h3>
The U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute around 2.1 million face masks to truck drivers. This is part of a larger initiative to distribute masks to transportation workers across the country.
“Transportation workers are on the frontlines of keeping our transportation systems operational during this public health emergency and their wellbeing and safety is paramount,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
DOT announced that the masks will be sent out over the coming weeks through the U.S. Postal Service. The breakdown of masks by transportation sector is as follows:
<li>Mass transit and passenger rail – 4.8 million</li>
<li>Aviation – 3.8 million</li>
<li>Maritime – 2.4 million</li>
<li>Freight rail – 2.2 million</li>
<li>Highway and motor carrier – 2.1 million</li>
<li>Pipeline systems – 258,000</li>
For detailed distribution locations and current dates of distribution, please visit: <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/masks">www.fmcsa.dot.gov/masks</a>
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<h3><strong>Volumes Now Up 10% vs Last Year</strong></h3>
<a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/news/volumes-fall-week-over-week-but-now-up-10-year-over-year">Outbound tender volumes are benefiting greatly from the reopening of the economy</a> and a release of pent-up consumer demand. Supply dynamics are taking longer to adjust and capacity remains loose. While rates are coming off a depressed base, spot rates have surged to $1.47 per mile and have increased in the vast majority of lanes.
Volumes should continue to be supported by most of the states reopening, continued plugging of the income gap by generous unemployment benefits and stimulus, auto plants reopening, and produce seasons kicking into gear.
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<h3><strong>Blinking Lights Cut Tanker-Truck-Crashes By Nearly 34%</strong></h3>
As part of their safety efforts, Groendyke Transport installed $150 blinking amber lights to the back of their tanker trucks. They reported a 33.7% drop in rear-end collisions over a 31-month period, according to company officials. In addition, there were zero rear-end collisions at railroad crossing during a test period of one year and seven months.
The Groendyke Transport fleet currently has 900 trailers with the lights after almost three years of testing and now has <a href="https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FMCSA-2018-0223-0036">permission from FMCSA</a> to use them.
The cost of the strobe and installation is about $150.
<h4>By Aldous Aldwin</h4>
<h3></h3> Industry Update - May 19, 2020 <h4>By Aldous Aldwin</h4>
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<h3><strong>Truck Stops to Remain Open</strong></h3>
As the nation endures the Covid-19 pandemic, <a href="https://www.ttnews.com/articles/truck-stops-remain-open-pandemic-despite-hit-bottom-line">truck stops have been working to ensure that drivers have a helping hand</a>. Some truck stops like Iowa 80 have enforced measures to limit the Covid-19 spread while keeping the showers and restrooms open. Loves installed plexiglass at all its stores, restaurants, and truck registers. Petro has remained open and has packaged their convenience store foods in a way that prioritizes customer safety.
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<h3><strong>FMCSA HOS Rule Updates</strong></h3>
The <a href="https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/hours-service-drivers-final-rule">Final Rule</a> features four key changes to existing Hours of Service requirements.
<li>The Agency will increase safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive driving and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.</li>
<li>The Agency will modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.</li>
<li>The Agency will modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.</li>
<li>The Agency will change the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.</li>
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<h3><strong>More than 80,000 Jobs Lost Last April</strong></h3>
According to the<a href="https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm"> Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>, 88,300 jobs were lost in the trucking industry, a 6.2% year-over-year decline, as the entire economy continues to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that around 60% of the jobs mentioned are drivers.