Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; July 11th, 2024

Upcoming Events:

  • August 16th – 17th, 2024: Great Salt lake Truck Show
  • August 27th, 2024: UTA membership Appreciation Fair
  • September 11th, 2024: TruckPAC Golf Tournament
  • September 17th – 19th, 2024: Driver Appreciation Week
  • November 1st, 2024: Driver Awards Banquet


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Samba Safety


DOT: Marijuana Still a No-No for Truck Drivers, Even if It’s Reclassified

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during a House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure hearing Thursday that the Department of Justice’s proposal to move marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug doesn’t impact his agency’s drug screening rules. DOT says a reclassification of marijuana wouldn’t change the department’s drug testing rules.

Chevron is Gone — SCOTUS Rules Unelected Bureaucrats Do Not Have the Power to Create Laws

“The current economic environment makes cost management essential to successful operations,” said Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking President. “ATRI’s Operational Costs report provides the targeted costs and operational benchmarks necessary to identify opportunities for reducing expenses and how to best act on those opportunities in our fleet.”

Operational Costs for Carriers Rose in 2023 Despite Lower Fuel Costs

Trucking expenses climbed to a new high in 2023 for the third year in a row, according to research released Tuesday by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Costs were dragged upward by a soft freight market that challenged efficiency. After first cresting the $2 per mile mark in 2022, the overall marginal costs of operating a truck hit a new record $2.27 per mile in 2023 — a 0.8% increase from 2022. Cost per mile, including driver compensation cost, has climbed 62.4 cents since 2020.

Where Alt-Fuel Infrastructure Stands Today: Hydrogen, RD and Biodiesel, and Natural Gas

The industry is taking big steps toward zero. But what’s the status of the infrastructure development for different vehicle power systems? This article outlines the status of alt-fuel infrastructure from hydrogen to natural gas.

Trucking Across Borders Continues to Increase

Both northern and southern ports of the U.S. are seeing a marked increase in truck traffic over the last 12 months according to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Of the total number of freight dollars moved, $65.5 billion went to Canada while $72.2 billion crossed into Mexico. Truck freight’s impact is up 11.5 percent from the previous year according to the DOT.

House Bill Includes $200 Million for Truck Parking Projects

A transportation bill approved June 27 by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee includes $200 million for truck parking operations nationwide. The bill’s truck parking provision would be managed by DOT’s Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects program. Priority would be given to parking projects along rural corridors.

Transportation a Top 10 Target of Cyberattackers, Cases Nearly Triple Last Year 

The transportation industry saw 101 data violation cases last year. The number of cases is up more than 181% from the year before and the 101 incidents logged last year matches the total number of cases from 2020, 2021 and 2022 combined.

FMCSA Delays Speed Limiter Rule to May 2025

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed truck speed limiter rule, scheduled to be published last month, has been delayed to May 2025, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s latest agendareleased by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Heated Debate Over Recommendations for Improving Underride Guard Regulation

The advisory committee tasked with providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on regulations to reduce underride crashes and fatalities is calling on DOT to strengthen its side underride guard mandate plans and beef up existing rear underride guards, among other things, in a newly published report

ATRI Report: Cost of Operating a Truck Up 6.6% in 2023

The total marginal cost of operating a truck in 2023 rose to a record $2.270 per mile despite fuel costs that fell by 8.8 cents per mile, according to a new report by the American Transportation Research Institute

Supreme Court Deals Major Blows to Federal Regulators 

Conservative court activists and business interests celebrate dealing a blow to federal agencies’ power to regulate businesses. What does the end of so-called “Chevron deference” to regulators mean for FMCSA and EPA?

FMCSA’s Safety Rating Revamp: Trucker Caution Against Use of CSA SMS. Roadside Data  

Since the CSA SMS came into play a decade and a half ago, it’s been on the FMCSA’s wish list to use roadside data to determine a safety rating. The effort to revamp the rating process generated pushback from carriers in this recent public session.

Congressional Republicans Target EPA Rule

In a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, more than 150 Republican lawmakers outlined myriad concerns related to the administration’s efforts meant to assist industries with transitioning from traditional sources of fuel.

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