Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; January 8th, 2024

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Samba Safety

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month


Below is the link WYDOT finally shared with us regarding their new weight based high profile/light weight road closure program which was implemented a couple of months ago in Wyoming.

CARB barred from collecting fees for reefer unit compliance

Bill Nehmer Great Dane of Utah Elected to NTDA Board 

UTA Allied Member Bill Nehmer, president of Great Dane of Utah, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA). Bill Nehmer said serving the organization and connecting with other dealers will be beneficial to individual companies and to the industry. Congratulation Bill.

Overtime for Truckers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Proposed Legislation 

What could the passage of the Guaranteed Overtime for Truckers Act mean for the industry? This particular section of the FLSA excludes truck drivers from qualifying for overtime pay. Its repeal would, as the bill’s name suggests, guarantee overtime compensation for commercial drivers. Also on Nov. 9, a similar resolution, HR 6359, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cargo Theft Activity Expected to Increase Over 10-day Holiday Period 

As is typical with most extended holiday periods, cargo theft activity is expected to increase during the holiday period between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. Cargo theft recording firm CargoNet reported this week that supply chain theft activity remains extremely high, adding it believes it will continue into the holiday season as experienced cargo thieves will seek to exploit a target-rich environment of unattended trucks and closed warehouses.

Why 2023 Was a Rough Road for Trucking 

A look back at a challenging 2023 and a look ahead at what might be in store for 2024. So, what does that mean for the trucking industry in 2024? Will the rough road continue or are there reasons for optimism that things will improve?

Court Kills CARB’s $30 Reefer Truck Fee, but Refrigeration Unit Rules Intact 

The fee was to be only $30 per truck refrigeration unit (TRU). And its defeat does not change the fact that in other regards the next steps in the rule, known as the Airborne Toxic Control Measure for In-Use Diesel-Fueled Transportation Refrigeration Units, will take effect in less than two weeks.

Will the Freight Economy Warm Up in Spring? 

Despite 2023’s weak economy, there are signs that next year could see improvements as early as the second quarter. Low freight rates and high diesel prices made a challenging 2023 for trucking, but many experts are predicting rates and tonnage to bounce back in 2024—though the economy may not warm up until the spring or summer months.

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather Conditions 

The winter months have arrived and with it the multitude of accidents that happen annually as a result of drivers driving as if the weather hasn’t changed. Twenty-four percent of weather-related accidents occur on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways, and 70% of America’s roads are located in snowy regions that receive more than five inches annually.

Truck Tonnage Falls 1.2% in November 

Truck tonnage slipped in November as the industry’s freight recession lingers, but conditions are poised to ease heading into next year, American Trucking Associations said with the release of its For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index for the month. “We continued to see a choppy 2023 for truck tonnage into November,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said in the Dec. 19 release. The index fell 1.2% to 113.7 compared with 114.7 in November 2022. On a sequential basis, the index fell 1% from 114.9 in October. (Transport Topics) 

Nikola Founder Sentenced to 4 Years on Fraud Convictions 

Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton was sentenced to four years in federal prison and fined $1 million on Monday following a legal saga that began with a short seller’s report that the electric truck maker was built on an “ocean of lies.”

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