Utah Trucking Association Newsletter; May 2nd, 2024

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New ATRI Research Evaluates Renewable Diesel as an Alternative Pathway to Decarbonization

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released a new report that analyzes the benefits of employing renewable diesel (RD) as an alternative to battery electric vehicle (BEV) trucks.

Roadcheck Puts Trailer Protection, Substance Abuse in its Crosshairs-May14th-16th

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) North American Roadcheck inspection spree kicks off next month (May 14-16). Inspectors will be on watch for various equipment and driver violations – like brake and tire wear issues, and hours of service – but tractor protection controls in the air system and alcohol and controlled substance possession will get special focus this year.

FMCSA Removes Inward-Facing Camera Rule from Apprenticeship Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has relaxed some of its truck driver apprenticeship requirements as it seeks to entice more fleets to join the program. Inward-facing cameras will no longer be required for carriers to participate in the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Program, the agency said in a post on LinkedInand Federal Register notice

Truck Tonnage Ticked Down in March

he amount of freight hauled by trucks in March was down 1% year over year and down 2% from February, according to the American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index. The 2% decline from February follows a 4% increase in February from January. “Tonnage in March suggests that truck freight volumes remain lackluster, and it is clear the truck freight recession continued through the first quarter,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Survey: Truck Stop Parking Tops List of Most Sought-After Amenities

A recent online poll by a leading trucker app found no real surprise when respondents were asked to choose the top amenities, they look for at truck stops. By far the leading amenity was parking, and lots of it. Trucker Path polled the 1 million drivers who use the app, asking them to choose the top three features they look for at a truck stop.

ATRI Study Touts Renewable Diesel’s Benefits

 There are operational and environmental gains to be realized for fleets that favor renewable diesel fuel over battery-electric vehicles, according to a new study by the American Transportation Research Institute. While ATRI has estimated that a transition to battery-electric vehicles for longhaul trucking will cost over $1 trillion in electric infrastructure and vehicle purchase costs over 15 years, it sees expanded use of renewable diesel as a far more affordable and speedier way forward.

FMCSA’s Sue Lawless Shares Goals, Stresses Importance of Highway Safety 

If truck drivers are safe at work, the nation’s roadways will be safer, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Acting Deputy Administrator Sue Lawless. During her speech, she touched on several topics, including truck parking, the importance of female truck drivers, and workplace safety.

What EPA’s Phase 3 GHG Regs Mean for Trucks 

The Environmental Protection Agency a couple weeks ago set strict emissions standards for heavy-duty truckscovering model years 2027 through 2032. There’s more than 1,100 pages in the final rule, but the short version is about 25% of new heavy trucks sold in the U.S. need be zero emission by 2032.

Trucking Industry Stakeholders Square Off Over CDL Test Flexibility

Regulators received heavy opposition from truck owner-operators and safety advocates on a proposal aimed at making it easier to test and employ new drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed rule, “Increased Flexibility for Testing and for Drivers after Passing the Skills Test,” would loosen current CDL testing regulations by: 

XPO, Estes, Saia Begin to Reopen Yellow’s Former Terminals 

LTL giants XPO, Estes Express Lines and Saia are racing to reopen the Yellow Corp. terminals they acquired at a court-supervised auction last year following the largest bankruptcy in trucking history.

Announces New Strict Emissions Rule for Heavy Trucks 

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday set strict emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks covering model years 2027 through 2032. The new rules are somewhat more strict than those proposed last year.

CVSA’s New Out-of-Service Criteria: What Truckers Need to Know 

TheCommercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has updated the out-of-service criteria for 2024 with 11 new conditions ranging from small paperwork items to new quirks in the 20% rule for brake violations. The new conditions will take effect on April 1.

Feds Announce Program to Replace Some Heavy-Duty Trucks with Zero-Emission Models

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation, has rolled out a nearly $1 billion grant program to help businesses and cities pay for and deploy zero-emission heavy-duty trucks to replace diesel-and gasoline-powered ones. It’s dubbed the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program and is funded through the Inflation Reduction Act under President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda.

Feds Warn Carriers About Cargo Theft Scheme

As cargo theft continues to rise in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is alerting carriers about a sophisticated scheme targeting businesses across the country. “This scheme uses social engineering to take over carrier administrator accounts or online accounts for third-party transportation services and trick shippers, brokers or carriers into transferring loads to criminal actors for financial gain,” the agencies said. The term “social engineering” refers to the use of deception or manipulation to trick individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that could be used for a fraudulent purpose.

Crash Data Involving New Truck, Bus Drivers Getting Worse

Deaths resulting from large-truck crashes where newly licensed drivers are involved continues to rise, according to recent government data, but a proposed safety requirement that could help reduce those deaths will likely be delayed again. The percentage of fatal large truck and bus crashes involving new-entrant carriers has climbed from 4.6% to 7.4% from 2017 to 2022, according to a snapshot of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data taken at the end of 2023. In 2022, those crashes resulted in 494 deaths and over $5.5 billion in costs.

Liquid Hydrogen Fast-Fill Pumps Promise Speedy Fueling Times

   Hydrogen fuel cell technology holds significant promise for over-the-road trucking applications, but refueling with hydrogen is much more technically complex than refueling with diesel fuel, experts said at a recent eventto unveil a heavy-duty commercial hydrogen fueling station.

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