Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; July 13th, 2023

Upcoming Events:

  • Lunch and Learn with Beehive Insurance Agency: TBA
  • Truckload Carriers Association Refrigerated Meeting: July 19th – July 21st, 2023
  • STS Truck Show: July 22nd, 2023
  • 64th Rocky Mountain Safety Rendezvous: August 2nd – 4th, 2023
  • Great Salt Lake Truck Show: August 4th – 5th, 2023


Special Offers:

  • The University of Utah , Cal Poly, Montana Tech, and Texas A&M University has developed a new emerging technologies free online specific to site BioHazzard class.

Events and Announcements:

Truckload Carriers Association Refrigerated Meeting, is scheduled to take place from July 19th to July 21st in Park City, UT. If you happen to work in climate-controlled transportation space in Utah, TCA believes this event will provide you with valuable networking and educational opportunities alongside other professionals in the industry.
TCA has put together a comprehensive lineup of educational sessions that cover a wide range of topics related to refrigerated transportation. Some of the highlights include a Refrigerated Market Analysis, Reefer Roundtables, Telematics, Food Safety, Maintenance, Recruiting & Retention, Tax Laws, and a CEO Panel. Additionally, we are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker for the event will be Chad Williams, a former US Navy SEAL. Furthermore, we have organized a golf tournament for participants to enjoy during the meeting.
For a detailed agenda and to register for the event, I encourage you to visit our website, TCA Refrigerated. Here, you will find all the necessary information to secure your spot and make the most of this opportunity in your home state.
If you have any questions or require further clarification, please feel free to reach out to me directly. 
Thank you for considering this invitation, and we hope to see you at TCA’s Refrigerated Meeting. It promises to be an insightful and engaging event for all attendees.
Best regards,
Eric Rivard 


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Without further ado, it is finally that time of year and our wonderful Annual Report for 2022 is out. This a great piece of resource to show you what we’ve been up to and the successes we have accomplished in the past year. 

If you have a second, please read through some of the stories and share them with your members. We know it was a long year, but we could not have done it without the Utah Trucking Association’s continued support in making sure members and partners alike were doing their part in the fight against human trafficking. 

Samba Safety

“How to Protect Your Company from Non-Owned Auto Risk” hosted by John Diana and Greg Stefan from Arch Insurance.SambaSafety is hosting the above webinar on June 27th @ 11am MT (1pm ET) Join us to uncover the risk companies face with employees using non-owned vehicles on the clock, and discover expert strategies to protect your business from the legal and financial risks they pose.


How Marijuana Legalization Impacts CDL Recruiting

Marijuana is becoming more and more legal nationwide. Click to learn how marijuana legalization impacts CDL recruiting!

25 Republican Attorneys General Across US Speak Out Against New EPA Emissions Regulations 

Kentucky and Utah’s Attorneys General, along with 23 of their fellow Republican attorneys general around the nation, have challenged the Biden Administration’s clampdown on tailpipe emissions. Meanwhile, a group of Democratic counterparts from 20 states urged more stringent requirements.

NHTSA Pressing Forward with Trailer Side Underride Guard Requirement 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday published advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM), signaling it will forge ahead with rule making that would require trailers be equipped with side under ride guards. That begins with studying side under ride guards and establishing an advisory committee.

WIT: Women Make Up 12% of Truck Driver Workforce

According to the 2023 WIT Index just released by the Women In Trucking Association, 12.1% of professional drivers who hold commercial driver’s licenses and drive heavy-duty trucks are female. That was a slight decline of 1.6 percentage points from the 13.7% reported in last year’s WIT Index, an annual benchmark report that measures the percentage of women who make up various roles in companies involved in transportation.

ATA to Honor Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leadership 

ATA is leading the charge to make the trucking industry more diverse, and part of that is recognizing carriers and companies that are doing their part to create welcoming, equitable workplaces for their employees,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

Truck Makers, California Reach Deal on Zero-Emission Rules 

Major truck and engine manufacturers have brokered a truce with California’s plan for phasing out sales of Classes 4-8 diesel-powered trucks in a landmark deal with state regulators. Under the pact announced July 6 between the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association and California Air Resources Board, state regulators agreed to relax existing standards for nitrogen oxide pollution so they align with the federal government’s rules. Engine and truck makers also will get the assurance of more time to meet new requirements and more protection for legacy engines. In return, the engine and truck makers are vowing to satisfy the state’s zero-emission vehicle targets and air pollution curbs, even if they are later overturned in court.

Comment Period Opens for Automatic Emergency Braking Proposal 

The comment period for a proposal to require new heavy vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds to be equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems is now open on the Federal Register. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), saying that AEB systems “will mitigate the frequency and severity of rear-end crashes.” Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted for 60 days. Click hereto learn more about the rulemaking process.

FMCSA Denies Operator’s Request for 5/5 Split-Sleeper Exemption 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Thursday it has denied a request from truck driver Matthew Killmer that would have allowed him and other truck drivers to shorten the required seven-consecutive-hour sleeper-berth period to five hours to accumulate the required 10-hour rest period under split-sleeper logbook rules.

Has the Freight Bubble Burst? 

Truckload spot rates and demand are up this summer. Truckload spot rates excluding estimated fuel costs are up ~13% since early May with truckload tender volumes up 7% since the start of the year, though still a shadow of what they were in 2021. Is the freight market finally recovering from its post pandemic hangover or is this simply a seasonal bump of false hope? The answer to both questions is yes. The fact there is any semblance of seasonal movement instead of a continuous downward trend is a sign that the freight market is stabilizing, but it is not definitive evidence that supply and demand have rebalanced.

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