Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; February 3rd, 2023

Upcoming Events:

  • CSS & CDS Fleet Safety Certification Courses: February 13th – 17th, 2023
  • SUTA Charitable Golf Tournament: March 29th, 2023
  • Utah Trucking Association Management Conference & Trucking Expo: May 10th – 12th, 2023


Special Offers:

  • The CDC research study offering $195 to receive your FDA approved flu shot. (See Below for More Detail)
  •  Truckers Against Trafficking came out with an ELD-friendly platform called eTAT. (See Below for More Detail)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. George North – Zion is offering a special rate to all UTA members throughout the year. (See Below for More Detail)
  • OneDigital lines up Financial Educational Seminars. (See Below for More Detail)

Events and Announcements:

February 13th – 17th, 2023

March 29th, 2023

May 10th – 12th, 2023


Get More With Access Perks!

The Utah Trucking Association works with Access Perks to help bring discounts to all its members!

TAT came out with an ELD-friendly platform called eTAT. It’s designed with ELDs in mind and is stripped of all cellular data, and holds links to resources such as training videos, podcasts, and more. It allows drivers to have that guidance to identify and report human trafficking. 

Samba Safety

Good afternoon,

With 2022 nearly in the rearview, it’s time to shift our focus forward.  What did we learn financially in 2022?  Many of us learned that inflation is real and that the financial decisions we make today can certainly impact our future financial success.  We are pleased to provide you access to another year of financial education through our partners at OneDigital.

You will find keys to success on OneDigital’s Financial Academy! Here you can access invitations to private webinars and on-demand replays at your fingertips. 

Each month, a OneDigital adviser will host a live education opportunity and offer tips you can use to succeed with your personal finances. 

Up next, we hope you’ll join us for: 

•               Asset Allocation:  Your Guide Through Market Volatility – February 14th

•               Estate Planning 101 – March 14th

Joining live is ideal as you can engage in Q&A with our advisors, but keep in mind that all sessions are available OnDemand as well. 

Happy Holidays and Happy Savings!


Utah Rep. Burgess Owens select for the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee 

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is highly sought after by both sides because of the direct impacts these issues can have on people’s lives. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is highly sought after by both sides because of the direct impacts these issues can have on people’s lives.

House Bill Offers Recruiting and Retention Incentives, Grants to Truck Drivers 

U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-South Dakota) and Jim Costa (D-California) on Tuesday introduced the Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking (SHIP IT) Act, a bill that seeks improvements in safety and shipping capacity for trucking companies; provides recruitment and retention incentives for drivers; and includes flexibility during times of emergencies or black swan events.

What Can Trucking Expect from Inflation and Interest-Rate Numbers? [Analysis] 

Slowing inflation means the Federal Reserve will slow down its pace of interest rate increases that it implemented to slow the overheated economy. The questions are, how much, how fast — and how might that affect the outlook for trucking fleets?

FMCSA Takes Measures to Ensure Medical Examiners’ Qualification 

Faced with information technology challenges to its medical examiners’ online registry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced measures to ensure physicians will resume taking critical refresher training. Physicians would have to undergo training five years after their original certification, and then be tested for recertification every 10 years.

How to Combat Rising Borrowing Costs When Buying Equipment 

The U.S. economy hasn’t seen hikes in the fed-funds target interest rate like 2022’s in well more than a decade. With those hikes flowing into commercial truck loans, this closer look at impacts illustrates the value of long-term lender relationships.

Wyoming Waives Regulations for Propane Haulers 

Wyoming has issued an emergency effective until Feb. 19 because of low supplies of propane that have disrupted delivery times and commerce. The state previously declared an emergency exempting motor carriers and drivers transporting or delivering propane from certain regulations and operating requirements. That order expired Jan. 14.

Truck Tonnage Rises 3.8% in 2022

Truck tonnage rose 3.8% in 2022 compared with the prior year, posting the highest year-over-year gain in four years despite closing out with modest December results, American Trucking Associations reported.

Quebec Set to Join the Rest of Canada in Requiring ELDs 

After a delay of several months, Quebec will soon be joining the rest of Canada in enforcing the country’s new electronic logging device mandate. According to a report from The Canadian Press, an ELD will be required on heavy vehicles traveling through the province beginning April 30.

Why Drivers Leave: Pay is a Top Reason, but There’s Another ‘Overwhelming Factor’ 

Nearly a quarter of all respondents (23%) to CCJ‘s most recent What Drivers Want survey of company drivers and leased owner-operators said they would raise pay if they were in charge of a fleet and could do one thing to attract and retain drivers. Another 18% said they would guarantee pay, loads or mileage to make take home pay more predictable.

Personal Conveyance: Is It Worth It? 

In the age of electronic logging devices, personal conveyance is one of the few remaining ways unscrupulous carriers and drivers can hide HOS violations. But more often than not, it comes back to bitethem in a big way. FMCSA’s guidance leaves the concept of personal conveyance open to interpretation, and that frequently leads motor carriers to trouble. Is PC worth it?

FMCSA Seeks Input on AV Safety Documentation 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking stakeholders for further comments about potential AV regulations, including whether companies should have to show safety management controls are in place.

NHTSA Denies Petition on Rear-Impact Guard Labels 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will continue to require certification labels to be placed on rear-impact guards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will continue to require certification labels to be placed on rear-impact guards.

NHTSA Begins Trailer Side-Underride-Guard Rule Process 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started the process for a potential proposal to require side underride guards on newly manufactured trailers. Legislation seeking to require side-underride guards on trailers has previously been introduced in Congress, but the bills have not gained any traction. Such bills were generally opposed by trucking groups, including the American Trucking Associations and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, but were supported by safety groups and law enforcement.

Tire Outlook for 2023 

Last year was a big year with high sales for truck tire manufacturers, but for 2023, higher prices and supply chain concerns bring uncertainty.

Trailer Demand Surges to Record Highs 

Net U.S. trailer orders reached 57,300 units last month – nearly 46% higher than November, 115% above December 2021 and the second highest month in 27 years, according to ACT Research.

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