Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; July 25th, 2023

Upcoming Events:

  • Lunch and Learn with Beehive Insurance Agency: TBA
  • 64th Rocky Mountain Safety Rendezvous: August 2nd – 4th, 2023
  • Great Salt Lake Truck Show: August 4th – 5th, 2023


  • Nominations Are Open: Transport Topics Spends First Half of 2023 Looking for Heroes

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.
  • Meramec Solutions is planning to push a promotion to UTA members where they will provide their services for 1 week for free. 

Events and Announcements:


Nominations Are Open: Transport Topics Spends First Half of 2023 Looking for Heroes

The Transport Topics Trucking’s Frontline Heroes Award is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to honor those remarkable individuals who brought their communities together and committed acts of great selflessness in moments of great need. 

This year, Transport Topics is honoring those who endured unprecedented conditions to support communities, near and far, that were devastated by natural disasters. From catastrophic flooding to severe ice storms to unstoppable fires, natural disasters have greatly impacted communities across the country this year and created untenable situations for many.  

Transport Topics recognizes truck drivers and trucking professionals who found the strength to reach out and support their neighbors near and far. You can find them tending to disaster-struck communities, buying food and necessities for impacted families, donating money and time to organizations providing aid, or behind the wheel of a commercial truck distributing essential goods. 

This year, who most embodied a hero in your eyes?  

The nomination period for Transport Topics’ Trucking’s Frontline Heroes closes August 9, 2023. 

To ensure that your story is fairly reviewed by our judges, please include specific details about the work your hero has done this year, the specific natural disaster or community relief project and contact information so that we may reach you, or your hero, for further comment.  

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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.

Meramec Solutions is so confident in our services that we will pay for one week of your campaign without asking for any type of commitment from you. Think of this week as a test drive for your fleet. Fill out the form to claim your free week of services and find out why carriers are claiming to be “Meramec clients for life.”


DOT Expands Drug Testing Options to Include Oral Fluid 

The Department of Transportation on Monday filed a Final Rule that will allow oral fluid as an authorized testing method for the presence of unlawful drugs. In order for an employer to implement oral fluid testing under DOT’s regulation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will need to certify at least two laboratories for oral fluid testing, which has not yet been done.

Another Push to Block Speed Limiters Emerges in Congress 

A House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Wednesday, July 12, approved an appropriations bill that includes a provision to block the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from mandating speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

Higher ELD, Hours of Service Fines Coming to Canada

U.S. motor carriers operating in Canada could be subject to new, higher fines for most electronic logging device and hours-of-service violations.

FMCSA Forms Task Force to Review Driver Lease Agreements 

The FMCSA has appointed nine members to serve on a task force charged with evaluating truck lease agreements and the potential safety and financial impacts they have on owner-operators. Find out who has been appointed and what impact the task force may have on driver recruitment.

Truck Hacking: A New Age Road Hazard 

Internet pirates can shut down a carrier’s entire operation in a matter of minutes from thousands of miles away, and these incidents aren’t just isolated to back-office systems. Technology has granted sophisticated attackers a means into the truck itself.

California Senators Advance Bill Restricting Driverless Truck

Members of California’s Senate Transportation Committee advanced a proposed, sweeping law known as Assembly Bill 316 that could require heavy-duty autonomous trucks throughout this decade to keep a safety operator in the vehicle.

‘Nuclear’ Lawsuits Against Truckers Continue to Rise 

A new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform found that trucking in America is “under siege by litigation.” “Verdicts in trucking accident cases accelerated in size starting in the 2000s but have skyrocketed over the last 10 years, despite a decreased rate of serious trucking crashes over that time frame,” the study said.

Under-21 Apprenticeship Improvements Also Make Appropriations Bill 

As previously reported, the SDAP — which allows drivers under the age of 21 to drive interstateunder certain conditions — is off to a slow start. According to American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, part of the problem is that FMCSA required driver-facing cameras and that participating motor carriers be part of a Department of Labor-approved Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), which were not included in the bipartisan infrastructure law that required the SDAP.

Swift Action Critical in Truck Accident Defense 

Although any case can benefit from early attention, commercial motor vehicle accidents have several critical decision points that present immediately after an accident, and these early opportunities to ai d in preparation for the inevitable accidents that demand immediate action.

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