Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; August 19th, 2022

Upcoming Events:

August 23rd: Hours of Service / Logbook Seminar

August 24th: Drug and Alcohol for Supervisors Seminar

August 29th: 2022 Utah Trucking Association TruckPAC Golf Tournament

September 6th: LCV Training Seminar

Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring and Firing
Ongoing Webinar
There are several times available so you can pick a time that works best for you! Join Platinum HR for this month’s free webinar on The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring and Firing. This is one of our most requested webinar topics. This is a great webinar for Business Owners, HR Personnel or anyone involved in the hiring process.

This is a great webinar for business owners, office managers and anyone who wears the HR hat for the company. 

The Weber County Economic Development Department is excited to be hosting a premiere screening of “Diesel in the Water: Small Town Pioneers of American Trucking.” This documentary is the story of how the largest trucking companies in the world came from Plain City, Utah in Weber County. Please join us for a free screening of this film.

This free screening will be on September 7th at 5:00 pm at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre located at 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT.


Brake Safety Week Blitz August 21-27 

As the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week approaches later this month (Aug. 21-27), experts offered insights and tips into one of the more common violations: brake hose chafing. Inspectors will gather data on chafing violations while conducting the vehicle-focused portion of inspections. Brake-related violations regularly make up the majority of vehicle out-of-service violations, according to the CVSA.

ATRI Reports Cost of Trucking Notches Record in 2021 

Soaring prices for diesel fuel, rising maintenance costs and higher wages for drivers pushed the price of operating a truck up 12.7% in 2021 to $1.855 per mile — the highest level on record — according a report released Aug. 10 by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Keeping Trailers Properly Utilized 

Industry tips and tricks from the experts for keeping track of your trailer fleet. Accurate visibility. Fleets of all kinds, especially less-than-truckload operators, require accurate eyes on trucks but—most especially—trailers. 

What Millennial, Gen Z Drivers Really Want From Fleets 

Like workers from any generation, Millennial and Gen Z truck drivers are motivated by pay. But recent research released by the American Transportation Research Institute found that there are other factors that are equally or even more important when it comes to joining or remaining with a motor carrier.

12 Tips For Truck Drivers to Improve MPG 

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency offers the following tips for truck drivers to improve their mpg.

DAT: Truckload Volumes Hold Firm in June 

Truckload freight volumes remained strong in June while pricing on the spot market was weighed down by a growing supply of available capacity, according to DAT Freight & Analytics

Fleets Gave Drivers Big Raises in 2021: ATA 

Learning from Brake Safety Week Violations-August 21st to 27th 

Brake Safety Week is next week (Aug. 21-27). During last year’s event, 12% of the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. By inspecting their vehicles and learning from the past, fleets can ensure their trucks stay on the road.

Truckload Driver Wages Up 18% Over Past Two Years 

Truck driving wages rose across the industry over the past year, according to an American Trucking Associations study. The driver compensation data, released Aug. 10, shows the average truck driver saw wages increase 18% between 2019 and 2021.

ATRI: Trucking Endures ‘Costliest Year Ever’ 

Despite a spike in costs, led by fuel price increases, the American Transportation Research Institute pointed out that the financial health of the industry remained strong throughout 2021. The total marginal cost of trucking grew by 12.7% in 2021 to $1.855 per mile, the highest on record, according to the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) 2022 Operational Costs of Trucking analysis.

Cost of Trucking Grows to Record High 

According to The American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) 2022 update, the total marginal cost of trucking grew by 12.7% in 2021 to $1.855 per mile, the highest on record. Leading contributors to this increase were fuel (35.4% higher than in 2020), repair and maintenance (18.2% higher than in 2020), and driver wages (10.8% higher than in 2020). On a cost-per-hour basis, costs increased to $74.65.

Fleets Can Reduce the Risk of a Nuclear Verdict 

Nuclear verdicts can be detrimental to motor carriers and their insurance rates, but carriers can mitigate risk by utilizing technology, documenting and sharing safety efforts, and taking advantage of the first 24 hours if a claim occurs.

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