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    June 2012

    May 2012

    In the majority of areas in the country gas prices have averaged under $4 this month.

    Also the Federal Motor Carrier administartion stated it continues their efforts to remove bad drivers & repeat violation offenders.

    April 2012

    Gas & diesel prices continue to surge last month, which means higher car shipping costs for consumers. Diesel fuel is cresting $4.00 per gallon at the time of this article.

    In international shipping news the threat of piracy concerns are growing in the Gulf. While mainly oil carrying vessels are the target, any vessel can be pirated. Currently there is a multi nation Naval effort to address his growing and continuing problem.

    March 2012

    The Truckload Carriers Association is hosting their annual meeting in Orlando Florida this month. For more information on the event visit their website for details.

    The new hours of service rules are final as of February 27, 2012. The rule changes effecting personal property carriers are now in effect and as follows courtesy of the FMCSA website:

    11-Hour Driving Limit
    May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. 10-Hour Driving Limit May drive a maximum of 10 hours after 8 consecutive hours off duty.


    14-Hour Limit
    May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period. 15-Hour On-Duty Limit
    May not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time is not included in the 15-hour period.


    60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit
    May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty. 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit
    May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.


    Sleeper Berth Provision
    Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

     

     
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