Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; March 7th, 2024

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ATRI Issues Call for Motor Carriers to Participate in Operational Costs Data Collection

The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a request for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.



The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is constructing a new interchange along I-15 at Shepard Lane in Farmington as part of the I-15 Shepard Lane Interchange project. Nearby residents and businesses can expect daytime work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with night and weekend work as needed. 

Construction activities will begin in March 2024 and last through summer 2026. This work is being done to help alleviate congestion, connect communities, and improve safety for all modes of transportation. 

Additional improvements will include:

• A direct connection from 1500 West to the Shepard Lane interchange

• Construction of a new roadway between Innovator Drive and 1500 West

• Construction of new shared-use facilities at Shepard Lane and Park Lane

• North- and southbound auxiliary lanes between Shepard Lane and Park Lane

• Removal of the existing Shepard Lane bridge at I-15

For more information, visit the project website at the project team by calling 385-758-2040 or emailing

FMCSA Announces Phase 2 of Successful TechCelerate Now Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded a Phase 2 contract for the continuation of its successful TechCelerate Now trucking technology analysis and education program.

“TechCelerate Now” (TCN) is an ongoing initiative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in partnership with the ITS Joint Program Office. Focused on “Accelerating the Adoption of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)” and using the project brand name “TechCelerate Now,” the TCN program is focused on accelerating the adoption of ADAS by the trucking industry to reduce fatalities and prevent injuries and crashes. This Phase 2 of the initiative is a four-year program that will develop new and updated technical information and guidelines for various ADAS technologies. Many industry leaders are working together on “TechCelerate Now,” under the leadership of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) , ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) Foundation, and the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

The “TechCelerate Now” Program will incorporate technology data, research and analysis into a suite of innovative marketing tools in order to reduce truck crashes and generate substantial industry returns-on-investment (ROI). Among other key tasks, the program will document evolving fleet and driver perspectives, develop an expanded ADAS ROI Calculator, set up a national TCN Service Center and produce informational videos and brochures. TMC will also be producing new ADAS Recommended Practices and a TCN Ambassador Program.

“We’re very pleased to continue the progress TechCelerate Now has made in examining various safety technologies and setting a course for expanding the industry dialogue on the potential safety benefits of these systems,” said Jeff Loftus, Chief, Advanced Technology Division, Office of Research and Registration, FMCSA.

For more information on FMCSA’s TechCelerate Now, email

Alert! FMCSA Warns of Fake Safety Audit Claims From Scammers 

An email is being sent to registered entities by someone pretending to be FMCSA and notifying youneed to schedule a safety audit. The link to request the safety audit has what appears to be a SAFER URL and mirrors FMCSA’s MC-150, but includes fields to enter a PIN #, EIN #, and Social Security number. Not only is some of this information personal identifiable information, but this information would also allow the unauthorized party to gain access to your FMCSA account.

CVSA Sets May 14-16 Dates for International Roadcheck 

This year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck, scheduled for May 14-16, will have two focus areas: tractor protection systems and alcohol and controlled substance possession.

ATRI Releases Annual List of Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks 

The American Transportation Research Institute recently released its 13th annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America. The 2024 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 325 locations on the national highway system.

FMCSA Planning Study of Sexual Assault, Harassment Among Truckers 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to undertake a study to understand and quantify the prevalence and severity of sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) experienced across the commercial motor vehicle industry, particularly among drivers.

Intermodal Trucking Scores Another Chassis Choice Win 

The Federal Maritime Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 13, upheld a 2023 ruling that ocean carriers could not lawfully require that motor carriers use specific intermodal chassis providers to move containers.

Truck Tonnage Down to Begin 2024 

“January’s data was a snap back to reality for anyone thinking the freight market was about to turn the corner,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Bad winter weather in January likely hurt volumes, not to mention sharp drops in a number of drivers of tonnage including retail sales, housing starts and manufacturing output.”

Used Truck Retail Sales Volumes Shoot Up in January 

Preliminary Class 8 same dealer used truck retail sales volumes accelerated 17% month over month in January, ACT Research announced in its latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks report.

FMCSA Planning New Study on Detention Time 

Federal trucking regulators are planning an in-depth research study that will analyze data collected by approximately 80 carriers and 2,500 commercial motor vehicle drivers to help determine the frequency and severity of detention time drivers face when making deliveries.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Trucking 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t new in trucking. It’s been around for more than a decade, and its capabilities have only grown during that time. AI is used in trucking to help improve safety, efficiency, performance and more by helping people do their jobs better in many cases.

ATRI Seeks Carriers to Participate in Its Annual Operational Cost Study 

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking motor carriers to participate in its annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, April 26. ATRI’s data collection form is available online here, along with a sample customized report and FAQ. All confidential information is protected, and it is published only in anonymized, aggregate form.

Five More ELDs Revoked from Self-Certification List 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Thursday, Feb. 29, that it has revoked the certification of five electronic logging devices from its list of registered ELDs.

How to Get Control of Driver Log Falsification 

In the years since mandatory electronic logging devices for most U.S. truck drivers went fully into effect in late 2019, log falsification violations rank as one of the most common driver-related violations discovered by enforcement officials.

J.B. Hunt Acquiring Walmart’s Intermodal Business 

J.B. Hunt has acquired Walmart’s intermodal assets, including Walmart’s operational intermodal container and chassis fleets, tying the two companies together via multi-year intermodal service agreement that the two companies say increases their respective current volume and capacity commitments and enables the development of comprehensive intermodal solutions.

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