Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; June 6th, 2024

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ATA Critical of Proposed Federal Downgrade of Marijuana 

American Trucking Associations has expressed safety concerns over a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency proposal to downgrade the classification of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III, a less serious category.

Trucks Hauled Majority of $1.57 Trillion in Trade Across Land Borders in 2023

According to statistics released May 21 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), more than $1.57 trillion in freight was transported across the borders between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada in 2023. The largest share of that freight — $996.4 billion, in fact — was transported by truck.

Utah Unemployment Holds at 2.8%: U.S. Rate Up Slightly  

Utah’s unemployment has continued to hold steady since the beginning of the year. For the fourth straight month in April, the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) reported a jobless rate of 2.8 percent, meaning there are about 50,600 state residents without jobs. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.

Too Many Trucks for Available Freight Keeps Rates at Unprofitable Levels  

It was “more of the same” for freight markets in April, according to industry sources. The amount of freight that’s available to haul declined once again, and the rates shippers are paying to haul available loads declined too.

New Colorado Law Excludes Trucks from Left Lane, Expands Chain Use 

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation recently with provisions that will impact trucking. “Ensuring that our roads and highways are safe is important, especially here in Colorado’s high country, and these bills help accomplish that,” said Polis when signing the bill into law.

Canada Border Disruption? What Shippers Should Know on Possible Strike 

Shippers moving freight between the U.S. and Canada on trucks may be faced with lengthy border delays as soon as Thursday unless the Canadian government reaches a new labor deal with its border agents.

ATRI Releases 2024 Research Priorities

Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors says it will be looking into several issues of concern related to the trucking industry during 2024, including the impact of nuclear verdicts and cargo theft.

Growth of Cross-Border Freight Brings Concerns on Capacity, Driver Shortage

Jason Miller, interim chairperson and professor of supply chain management at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, pointed out, “We see an influx from Mexico to the USA (Q1 2024 up 16% from Q1 2019), whereas southbound border crossings are down 1.4% in Q1 2024 from Q1 2019.”  

FMCSA Wants Feedback on Towing Practices, Scheduled Meeting Upcoming  

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it will host a public meeting this month to gather feedback from the trucking and towing industries on current industry practices regarding the disclosure of towing fees to the truck owners, and whether the owner is made aware of costs and fees prior to the tow. The meeting will be held June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern. 

FMCSA Awards $480M in Grants to States for Safety Initiatives

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Monday announced approximately $480 million in Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) grant awards from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fund initiatives aimed at preventing crashes, fatalities and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles.

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