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Trump and Trucking – We want to hear your views in the comments section

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Late night TV host Seth Meyers recently posted this video to YouTube called “The Check In: Trump and Trucking”.

As a business news agency, we try and stay neutral and not have a dog in this hunt.

However, we would like to know what our readers think in our comment section provided below.

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  1. Jonathan Elias Parker

    August 16, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Most of us drivers contract and owner ops don’t need a 30 min break. We rarely drive 8 hours without stopping somewhere. A 30 min break is good fashioned around company drivers and unions. We just just want to get our day done and go get food or go home. Even in a drop and hook situation its takes an hour to get it done. Some of us aren’t milking the clock and view this as a another forced rule brought on by the Obama admin.

    • vinny

      August 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      what i hate the most is that most of these truckers are either idiots, retards and have been brain ewashed by the liberal democrat media that i hate so much, because all of these changes in trucking were passed under obama, but they all blame Trump, the E-log mandate was passed under Obama and by the way he tried to repeal it but the stupid ass ignorant liberral piece of shit democrats opposed it, so stop being idiots in blaming Trump when in fact everything being implemented is in the mandate. so get the courage and stop being crying babies and blame the right person, OBAMA

  2. Randall R. Kniess

    August 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    The only best I have had with the the new tax laws was the loss of the deductions. It cost me over $2,000.00 last year. And the sorry excuse my Congressman gave me when I asked him. Well, no money will leave my wallet for his campaign. That was a huge mistake in an otherwise promise fulfilled first two years of being harassed by a bunch Trump hating lunatics.

  3. Arline Bennett

    August 18, 2019 at 7:57 am

    You just don’t realize what he has done to the owner-operators in this country. I’m retired but still, help protest like Oct 3rd, 2019 we will be in DC on the National Mall Parked. We will be staging at the Fredericksburg Fair Grounds on the 2nd and going in after Midnight on the 3rd. We have gone downhill since the FMCSA has taken over. Too many regulations have been handed down. I don’t know how they will survive with the cheap fright and finds for being 10 minutes late to the receivers and having to pay lumpers is total BS. TRUMP needs to get behind the Driver, not the MEGA companies and The ATA He is just following the frigging money. We got his ass in once we can do the same again if he helps. Good to see the faces of my brothers and sisters in the interview.

  4. Bobby Sanders

    August 18, 2019 at 8:15 am

    The rates dropped because of a broker war when brokers started bidding on loads for 25% lower rates for instance a load that paid $1450 now they said they can get it hauled for $900 and when trucks aren’t willing to haul that load the shipper is so dumb they let the load sit and have loads get delivered days late waiting on that to happen! The brokers play the major part in rate drops!! The trade war didn’t help the trucking industry either but at some point the other countries had to held accountable! It will get better! Unless we elect a democrat president! Then we will loose everything we own! They will break us with their free give away of our tax dollars to illegals and worthless lazy ass folks!

  5. joseph

    August 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I voted and support trump but he has been the worst president ever for trucking and regulations that are tailored and designed to put owner ops out of business and favor large mega carriers. example: mega carriers are calling for insurance minimum to go from 750k to 5 million. what this would do is cause our insurance compaines to double or even triple our rates from $1200 per month for 1 truck to 2600-3400 because of the increased risk the insurere faces. However it has no effect at all on mega carrier billion dollar trucking companies because guesss what they are self insured they dont buy insurance from progressive so they dont pay anything additional. now when our insruance doubles or triples and the rates to haul freight dont go up any at all then that means we will go bankrupt. large mega carriers can call up the fmcsa on the phone and bam they say where do you want us to bend over and how long. but when i call fmcsa and ask for a rule change to benefit me they say who are you I say joseph with xxxxcompany owner operatorxxx they say oh we dont hear calls of this type if you have an issue you should write your congressman. we have no say in anything the eld mandate was pushed by mega carriers and got passed because it benefits them the most and hurts ower operators do i really need the government to tell me when to go to bed at night and for how long some of us have different sleep patterns and want to nap for 3-4 hours during the day when traffic is heavily congested and then want to drive 3-4 hours at midnight to get through a city that has bad traffic. current rules dont allow us to do that because our clock will run out so were forced to drive in heavy traffic at peak times. if they change this we can have a lot of trucks pull off the road and sleep a couple hours untill trafic conditions improve which would be better for small cars people driving home from work by the way of which small cause far more accidents then truck.

  6. James Simmons

    August 18, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Wish our President could deregulate the FMCSA as he has done for other companies
    It is really getting hard to make it out here anymore,been trucking 42yrs now and it’s worse than I have ever seen it. Looking to hang it up at the end of this year because of it,been screwed over that ELD more times than not.

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CDL Meals offering special promotion for driver appreciation week

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CDL Meals are chef developed using wholesome, organic ingredients and offer a flavorful balanced meal that includes protein, carbs, and vegetables. (Courtesy: CDL MEALS)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — CDL Meals, the division of Fresh n’ Lean that focuses on nutritious offerings for truck drivers, is offering a special promotion to help transportation companies celebrate National Driver Appreciation Week.

For National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), fleet operators can purchase discounted meals and receive free Hot Logic heating bags.

There is a minimum purchase of 50 meals required to receive the free bag. Purchases of 100 meals receive two free bags.

Companies can also purchase gift cards for drivers to buy meals at their convenience. Orders are being taken through August 30.

The annual NTDAW, taking place this year September 8-14 commemorates and honors all professional drivers for their hard work and commitment to one of the country’s most demanding jobs.

“We are proud to support drivers across the country with delicious food that encourages better health,” said Bob Perry, director of CDL Meals. “This special promotion gives fleets a chance to support their drivers with something that’s good for them, too.”

The nature of truck driving can also lend itself to a less than healthy lifestyle, which is why CDL Meals focuses solely on this underserved profession.

CDL Meals are chef developed using wholesome, organic ingredients and offer a flavorful balanced meal that includes protein, carbs, and vegetables. The meals are delivered fresh and can be refrigerated for up to seven days. The vacuum sealed trays can be heated quickly and enjoyed any time. Along with the meals, CDL provides a driver wellness education booklet with tips and suggestions to improve your health with easy lifestyle changes. Meals are $10 each for purchases up to 100 meals, with cost savings when purchasing more than 150 meals.

CDL Meals was launched earlier this year and was a beneficial part of the healthful transformation for Danny Jewell, 2018 Owner/Operator of the Year, who lost more than 25 pounds with the meal plan and coaching from Bob Perry, the Trucker Trainer.

With more than 50 years on the road and 6 million miles without an incident, Jewell was recognized for his professionalism and commitment to the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety council says motor vehicle deaths in 2019 projected to go below 40,000

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The estimate for 2019 caps a three-year period in which roadway deaths topped 40,000 each year for the first time since the mid-2000s. (©2019 FOTOSEARCH)

ITASCA, Ill. — Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate the four-year upward trend in motor vehicle deaths that began in 2015 is ebbing with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2019 dropping 3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2018.

An estimated 18,580 people died on U.S. roadways between January and June of this year, compared to the council’s revised estimate of 19,060 during the same period last year. An additional 2.1 million people are estimated to have sustained serious crash-related injuries during the first six months of 2018 – a 1 percent drop from 2018 six-month projections.

The estimate caps a three-year period in which roadway deaths topped 40,000 each year for the first time since the mid-2000s.

A total of 118,315 people died on the roadways between 2015 and 2017, and an estimated 40,000 additional people perished last year.

However, drivers still face the same fatality risk this year as they did when fatalities were eclipsing 40,000 annually, because the estimated annual rate of deaths per miles driven has remained stable – NSC estimates 1.2 deaths per every million vehicle miles traveled, unchanged from 2018 rates.

“While the numbers indicate a slight improvement, the rate of deaths remains stagnant, and 18,580 deaths so far this year is unacceptable,” said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “We cannot accept death as the price of mobility. We urge all drivers to slow down, buckle up, pay attention and drive defensively.”

The council’s early estimates indicate significant progress in some states. In the first half of this year, several states have experienced at least a 10% percent drop in motor vehicle deaths, including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma and Utah. A sample of states with increases through the first six months include Kentucky (6%), Hawaii (20%), Oregon (6%) and New Mexico (15%).

A complete list of state results is available here.

To help ensure safer roads, NSC urges motorists to:

  • Practice defensive driving. Buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions. Visit nsc.org for defensive driving tips.
  • Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from cannabis and opioids. Visit StopEverydayKillers.org to understand the impact of the nation’s opioid crisis.
  • Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits. Visit DriveitHOME.org for resources.
  • Learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them. Visit MyCarDoesWhat.org for information.
  • Fix recalls immediately. Visit ChecktoProtect.org to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall.
  • Ask lawmakers and state leaders to protect travelers on state roadways. The NSC State of Safety report shows which states have the strongest and weakest traffic safety laws.
  • Get involved in the Road to Zero Coalition, a group of more than 900 organizations across the country focused on eliminating roadway deaths by 2050. Visit nsc.org/roadtozero to join.

The National Safety Council has tracked fatality trends and issued estimates for nearly 100 years. All estimates are subject to slight increases and decreases as the data mature. NSC collects fatality data every month from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and uses data from the National Center for Health Statistics, so that deaths occurring within one year of the crash and on both public and private roadways – such as parking lots and driveways – are included in the estimates.

Supplemental estimate information can be found here.

The NSC defines “serious” injuries as those requiring medical attention.

The National Safety Council uses data from the National Center for Health Statistics – an arm of the CDC – when calculating its estimates, because these data are the most comprehensive and inclusive numbers available.

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TTI report: Travel demand growing faster than system’s ability to absorb that demand

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — If more Americans are working, a new report confirms, more of us are also tied up in traffic.

The picture is painted clearly in the 2019 Urban Mobility Report, published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).

Along with illustrating the problem, researchers also stress the same straightforward solutions they’ve long advocated: more of everything — roads, transit, squeezing as much efficiency out of the existing system as possible, reducing demand through telework, better balancing demand, and roadway capacity by adjusting work hours, and smarter land use.

“No single approach will ever solve this complex problem,” said Tim Lomax, a report author, and Regents Fellow at TTI. “We know what works. What the country needs is a robust, information-powered conversation at the local, state and national levels about what steps should be taken. We have many strategies; we have to figure out the right solution for each problem and a way to pay for them.”

The United States added 1.9 million jobs from 2016 to 2017 — slower growth than the 2.3 million-plus growth in four of the five previous years, but more than enough to exacerbate the nation’s traffic woes. TTI’s gridlock data extends back to 1982, when Ronald Reagan was in his first term, a postage stamp cost 20 cents, and gas was about $1.25 a gallon. Since that time, the number of jobs in the nation has grown almost nonstop by just over 50 percent to the current total of 153 million.

Furthermore, since 1982:

  • The number of hours per commuter lost to traffic delay has nearly tripled, climbing to 54 hours a year.
  • The annual cost of that delay per commuter has nearly doubled, to $1,010.
  • The nationwide cost of gridlock has grown more than tenfold, to $166 billion a year.
  • The amount of fuel wasted in stalled traffic has more than tripled, to 3.3 billion gallons a year.

“The value of investing in our nation’s transportation infrastructure in a strategic and effective manner cannot be overstated as these added costs impact our national productivity, quality of life, economic efficiency and global competitiveness,” said Marc Williams, deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, which funded the TTI research. The 2008–2009 recession produced only a brief pause in traffic congestion growth, which bounced back at an even quicker pace than associated job recovery.

The result of today’s urban congestion is that the average freeway traveler has to allow almost twice the expected trip duration to ensure dependable arrival for time-sensitive things like medical appointments, day-care pickup, and airline flights compared to what would be required without congestion. Instead of the 20 minutes needed in light traffic, it’s best to plan a 34-minute trip.

“Those minutes don’t sound like much, but they add up quickly over a year,” says David Schrank, a TTI senior research scientist, and report author. “Eventually, we’re talking billions of wasted hours, and the cost of delay at that scale is just enormous.” Simply put, travel demand is growing faster than the system’s ability to absorb that demand. Once considered a problem exclusive to big cities, roadway gridlock now afflicts urban areas of all sizes and consumes far more of each day, making “rush hour” a long-outdated reference.

“The problem affects not only commuters, but also manufacturers and shippers whose travel delay costs are passed on to consumers,” said Bill Eisele, a report author, and TTI senior research engineer. “While trucks constitute only 7 percent of road traffic, they account for 12 percent of congestion cost.”

Researchers emphasize that it’s urgent for the nation to develop consensus on specific strategies for each urban travel corridor now, since major projects, programs, and funding strategies take a decade or more to develop and bear fruit.

Almost every strategy works somewhere and in some situations, they say, and almost every strategy is the wrong idea in certain places at certain times. Using a balanced and diversified approach that focuses on more of everything — tempered by realistic expectations — is the best way forward.

The 2019 Urban Mobility Report examines conditions in 494 urban areas across all states and Puerto Rico. The research was supported by INRIX, a leading provider of transportation data and analytics.

For a nationwide interactive map of congestion conditions visit https://mobility.tamu.edu/umr/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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