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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
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.
As a new year begins, thing heat up in
Washington in the House and Senate. The 2 have major differences
in their version of the Transportation Bill, most about
where to spend the money and what's a priority. For more
on the Transportation Bill visit http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72165.html.
If you like Storage Wars, A&E has a
new show to be aired Starting January 10th at 10 PM. The
show is called Shipping
Wars & features transport
companies in their daily job duties. If it's anything like
many A&E programs is should prove to be entertaining.
In other transport news to start off the
2012, carriers are still awaiting final rules on electronic
onboard recorders While many larger transporters are already
using them, they are not yet mandatory.
Well here we are, the last month of the
2011 year. As always lets take a look back and summarize
the year in the transport & shipping industry. Have
a great Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year from Haulingdepot.com
Secretary of Transportation announces final
ban on hand held cell phones and devices for driver of
commercial trucks and buses.
Stricter International regulations for
cars entering the country
New hours of service implemented for November
to transport industry drivers.
Its been reported in the Huffington post
there are concerns of exploding refrigerated containers
used for International shipping. For
more on the international container story. more
on the story.
Making shipping & transport headlines
for October 2011 are the declining prices in oil which
should lead to a decrease at the pump. This should lower
overhead for carriers and bring lower car
transport costs to the consumer.
October transport news also brings some
international headlines from more strict regulations on
cars entering the country, transport infrastructure and
other topics. for more information check out Google
News on the topic.
There has been an alert issued
to carriers to be on the watch for companies selling
training materials and logbooks, aggressively .Transport carriers
click here to view alert.
In other transportation news President
Obama has launched a highway bill that will extend the
gasoline tax and also fund infrastructure projects.
The federal motor carrier safety administration
has implemented a new tool for trucking companies to check & measure
their safety performance. The new toll can be found here: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/
There is also a helpful section included
that breaks down into 7 categories to help transporters & transportation
companies to improve safety.
In other important news Washington Lawmakers
are trying to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling which
is good news for all industries and the economic stability
of the United States.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is
proposing new rules that will ban the use of cell phones
by commercial truck and bus drivers while driving. Currently
the proposed change is targeting only interstate drivers.
The Department of Transportation is also
proposing a change to the hours of service rule currently
in place. The 34 hour restart ruler would remain in effect
but the new provisions would be that carriers complete
all the driving duties within a 14 hour period.
The good news for both consumers & transport
companies alike is that diesel fuel, continues to drop
over the last month. In other transport headlines the federal
motor carrier safety administration extended there hours
of service changes. The new hours of service rules for
drivers should be completed by November.
The FMCSA cracked down in April on rouge
moving companies who operated unsafely or
are considered fraudulent movers. If you are moving
this season be sure to check out the dot org site Protect
Your Move for more information on credible
May's trend for fuel prices continues to
rise, as gasoline rises well over $4.00 per gallon in most
As of March 21st the FMCSA declared that
only house hold goods carriers and HHG freight forwarders
have evidence of cargo insurance on file with them.
In other transport news oil prices continued
to rise in March and with the turmoil in the middle east,
it's not expected to head lower anytime soon. This will
drive up the cost of vehicle shipping as well as many other
consumer items like food due to increases in diesel fuel
civil unrest in the Middle East, oil prices
have risen drastically over the last month. Experts
say gas prices could top $5 dollars per gallon this
summer which would effect auto transport pricing dramatically.
the people of Japan and the Red Cross emergency efforts. On
Friday March 11th, an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami rocked
the coastal villages of Japan. The international shipping
businesses have been effected, but on a much larger
scale the major loss of life and people who continue
to suffer in Japan, is of deeper concern to all. Our
hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this natural
Topping transportation headlines in March
is the debate over the high speed railway to be built in
Florida. Governor Rick Scott is against building the railway
due to Florida's Budget problems. He was stated saying
the current railway already loses money and this would
be more of the same. Transportation secretary Ray Lahood
wants Scott to go ahead with the project.
Toping the headlines in transportation
and shipping industry this month was going be rising gas
prices and the weather in the Northeast. The massive amount
of snow from Washington DC to Maine has caused massive
delays in transport. Many consumers are still waiting for
their vehicles because of the storms. It also looks like
there will 2 more storms to kick off the month of February.
However, toping the headlines is the civil
unrest in Egypt. On Friday protestors marched the streets
in massive protests across the country causing massive
chaos. While the Suez Canal remains open as of now, some
whether for how long and how this is going to effect the
bulk and oil shipping companies going forward.
Happy New Year! There's allot of excitement
surrounding an economic recovery for 2011 for both consumers
and business alike. With the extending of the tax cuts
and some promising legislation on the way for businesses,
many are looking forward to a better revenues in this year.
Although gas prices are expected to rise
which always effects the transportation business, most
transporters are expecting additional orders.
On the FMCSA front, La Hood is proposing
a 34 hour restart for drivers behind the wheel in commercial
trucks. The new hours
of service rule would have drivers rest a minimum of 34
hours after driving 60-70 hours.
As 2010 nears an end some questions still
remain about the economy & the auto transport industry.
At the current time of this post, the tax policy is still
unknown as politicians
debate to extend Bush tax cuts or not to further
stimulate spending in this stale economy.
While President Obama announced his support
in favor of tax cut extension, there remains some resistance
in the Democratic party. Many transporters in the industry
are in favor of tax cuts in hopes to see a return to buying
classic vehicles, collectors items or auction cars. "That's
one of the segments of the market that has been substantially
diminished. It has shrunk the auto transport bookings,
both here in the U.S. and international shipping abroad", quotes
Mr. Viera, CEO of our very own Haulingdepot.com.
The big news to all businesses and consumers
alike this month is the November 2nd elections which is
expected to change the balance of power in Washington.
transporters the snowbird season kicks off
and should help transport businesses as the retirees
gear up to send their vehicles south to Florida from
the North or Arizona.
For all businesses around the globe especially
logistics, the economy is the issue still at large. The
good news is September recorded its best gains on wall
street in 71 years. Some economists remain optimistic while
others still say a double dip can occur.
For transporters, new fuel efficiency limits
recently proposed by the government for 2025 could be a
good thing for their bottom line. In other news Ray Lahood
kicked off his 2010 national Distracted Driving Summit
imposing stricter enforcement on current regulations as
well as introducing new policies for drivers in all facets
The east coast prepares for Hurricane Earl
and could delay vehicle transport as drivers take cover.
The storm is headed towards the the carolina's and path
is projected to reach Maine by the end of the week.
In other auto transport news as the fall
nears, many brokers have seen an increase in orders and
shipping requests year over year. That's a good sign as
the dow had it's worst performance in 9 years.
The best news is the BP oil spill has been
capped and now BP is moving towards a more permanent solution.
In other moving and transport news the
FMCSA has continued their crackdown on interstate rogue
moving companies and states they will remain vigilant to
protect consumers. They have investigated over 350 moving
companies and assessed almost a half million dollars in
fines, ranging over 14 states to date.
Anne Ferro of The FMCSA recently released
her written statement regarding the CSA 2010 (comprehensive
safety analysts). She covered the CSA core mission as well
as what has already been accomplished year since the new
administration. More information to see if your transportation
company is ready can be found @ http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov
It's one month later and the BP Rig Horizon
explosion is still spewing oil all over the Gulf Coast
Region. It now has reached 4 states in including Alabama,
Louisiana, Mississippi and the west Coast of Florida. In
Late April the US Department of Transportation issued an
emergency relief declaration to address the transportation
of supplies to help the clean up relief. It has been extended
until May 30th.
This months top news shift to an off topic
subject regarding the BP oil rig spill. While the well
still continues to spew, this could be one of the worst
environmental disasters in history. Furthermore, they are
still trying to figure out how to stop the leak as all
the fail safe mechanisms 'failed'.
Whether or not this has an impact on prices
at the pump just in time for summer driving season remains
to be seen.
There's an interesting article from Inside
Costco this month about how the web has improved classic
auto sales called 'wheeling and dealing with the help
of the web'. The company and web site is Fleming's
Ultimate Garage. After all when those cars are
sold, they usually needs to be transported and in most
instances, it's enclosed auto
Also masking the news around the industry
carrier motor safety has redesigned it's web
site and they have done an outstanding job.
Spring is almost upon us, so snowbirds
who needs cars shipped it's a good idea to start your research
for choosing an auto
transport company. In other transport & shipping
of some employees at Department of Transportation's
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun
today as the result of exhausted stimulus funds that
expired yesterday, February 28th. Its unknown how long
it will last until congress can find a resolution after
they have adjourned.
Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow tomorrow?
Transporters are hoping. This winter has produced many
major storms, resulting in major delays and headaches for
In other news around the transport industry
of Transportation has banned texting for commercial
truckers while driving. The announcement from Secretary
Lahood forbids drivers to use handheld devices while driving
and goes into effect immediately.
do to serving consumers and transportation
companies alike in 2010.
Happy New Year Auto Transport Industry!
While the economy struggles to recover,
many economists believe there are signs of stabilization,
which is a welcome sign for all in the transport industry
and all industries for that matter. We look forward
It's December already and that means almost
another year behind us. For many moving companies and auto
transporters they are happy to be approaching a new year
as the US economy still struggles to get back on it's feet.
The government launches its CSA 2010 program
which is aimed at motor
carriers and drivers to improve safety. The
program's key features increases contact with drivers and
carriers as well as targeting improved performance standards.
The nations economy is still at the forefront
of all news in any industry. When we polled auto
transport brokers many said they have noticed
an improvement in business, so far this fall. However,
sentiments remained mixed whether the industry is re surging.
Warren Buffet believes it is as he just invested $34
billion in transportation company in the form
Editors note: If you haven't tuned in to
Discovery's "Truckers" series, give it a view.
It will really make you appreciate how important and what
a difficult job trucking for a living is.
October 1 2009
A new found argument that has emerged in
the media is if the recession is over or not. Both bears
and Bulls make string arguments and use recent economic
data, to reinforce their case.
For the automotive industry, this quarters
earnings will be bleak compared to when the government
offered it's cash for clunkers program. Reports say GM
may be down by as much as 45%, while ford only 7% down
from the previous quarter.
For both auto transporters and household
movers, resurrecting the cash for clunkers and extending
home buyer tax incentive would be extremely
helpful to say the least.
September 1 2009
In transport news this month, there are
a few notable occurrences. The FMCSA is considering whether
or not to require a proficiency test for new trucking companies.
This would be one of the first major actions for the transportation
industry under Obama administration.
In further news, the government has ended
it's successful Cash
For Clunkers program. The only appropriated
a certain amount and the response exceeded their expectations.
While not great news for car dealers and auto
transport automobile manufacturers have offered
several other incentives to keep the increase in sales
August 1 2009
Top story for the Auto Transport industry,
as well as good news for the the month is Cash for clunkers.
With the help of this government funded program, car dealers
across the country are moving more cars and have had a
surge in sales. The program allows dealers across the country
to give older model cars, especially gas guzzlers up to
$4,500 cash allowance trade toward your new vehicle. You
can find out more details about the program @ www.cars.gov .
This is great news for car
transporters, as there are more cars to
move now, old and new, since the inception of the program.
July 1 2009
Sweeping changes in domestic policies to
the auto & financial industry seem to dominate headlines
these days. With some of the biggest auto makers in the
US, now are a thing of the past. However, good news for
the auto industry emerged, when Ford
announcing earnings today, showing signs that
the decline is actually leveling off. Most economists do
agree, this is a sign the economy is recovering.
This is a good sign for the car shipping
business and welcomed, waited news. More autos being sold
around the county means more sales for transport brokers
and carriers as there are more car inventory to be moved.
Chrysler also noted its retail sales grew as well.
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June 1 2009
The big news everyone is GM enters
bankruptcy court today. The government (tax payers) will
own more than 60% as they try and figure out how to make
the company profitable. The trickle down will effect thousands
of car dealers around the country, thus effecting auto
transporters. Many car carriers have already
felt the negative effects of less demand, for new cars
on their bottom line. In a more positive note the Dow is
up more than 200 points despite GM's bankruptcy filing.
May 1 2009
In the first 100 days of the Obama administration,
The Department of Transportation, has been selected to
receive over 48 billion dollars in funding for the 2,500
approved projects to date. LaHood stated he is happy with
In other new effecting the auto transportation
industry, Oil has risen this month and Wall Street surged
for the month of April. Students, Snowbirds and summer
travelers should boost the demand for car shipping this
This month, how could we not discuss the
current state of the auto industry as it directly effects
the transportation industry? The big shake up at GM this
week and the some other big
auto makers are on the verge of bankruptcy.
However, a restructuring is in the works, which could save
these American auto makers. While auto
transporters will feel the negative effects
of less cars being moved from dealers, it should be lessened
by the higher demand for transport & shipping during
the spring and summer seasons.
The economy still struggles to get back
on track and many transportation companies seek to run
slimmer, tighter businesses. There's no stopping father
time and spring is almost upon us. For many transport companies,
that's a welcome sign of relief. Even in a downturn economy
spring and summer will bring more business to the entiretransportation
In other news gas prices continue top nudge
up & crack spreads though a barrel of oil remains relatively
static. With the influx of snowbirds and students moving
their cars and household contents home should outweigh
the rise in diesel fuel.
While President Obama's administration
and the congress struggle to find a quick solution to recover
the economy transportation
companies and of many other industries report
dismal 4th quarter earnings.
As in most industries the demand is down
for shipping by truck and by cargo ships. The bright spot
is gas prices have been low. The stimulus package may stabilize
the economy but it also has its skeptics. Many believe
home value slides need to be addressed first and the current
stimulus does not address that.
The New Secretary of Transportation has
been named by the Obama administration. Obama's pick Ray
Lahood is a Republican Congressman who President Obama
hopes to reach across party lines. Lahood is retiring this
year as a representative and has a bipartisan reputation.
A look back at 2008 Auto Transport
A new year is upon us and for many in the
transportation business, it couldn't get here fast enough,
especially for many auto
It was an interesting and challenging year
for most businesses and
many americans. First we had record oil prices which effected
the transportation industry as a whole. From airlines
to shipping companies, to retail and auto transporters,
price of gas and diesel. Than there was and still is the
housing & mortgage crisis, the bank crisis which has
had quite an effect on the world and US economy.
We also had a historic event this year,
the first African
American President Elect. While the economy
for most Americans remains very challenging there is some
new hope, that this new administration will bring many
needed solutions to the US economy and the return of the
American Dream in 2009.
A historic November is upon us. The upcoming
election is debated as one of the most important presidential
elections of all time. Unprecedented issues such as energy,
the economy, healthcare and taxes and of course the war
in Iraq have taken center stage in this election and all
thru out America. The transportation industry as well as
all other industries will be effected by the outcome of
Energy prices have tumbled, but rest assured
steps will be taken to make the industry more efficient
in the future under a new administration. Also with a new
administration will come a new Department
of Transportation Secretary.
Gas prices exit stage left, enter
the economic crisis:
That's right, you read it right gas prices
are not in this months transporter
news. Taking the main stage is the financial
turmoil that first hit Wall
Street and has trickled down to main street,
effecting transportation companies including brokers and
The consumers wallet has been hit hard
by the downturn in housing. That means no longer are the
days of buying that dream car on ebay or
at the dealership with a home equity loan. Plus the banking
credit freeze has effected car dealers & consumers
purchasing automobiles. The domino effect of this is less
cars being shipped.
The good news is although the first attempt
to unfreeze the credit crisis and give Wall Street a lift
has failed a second attempt has been made and passed through
the senate awaiting the house yay or nay, which many experts
believed if passed will slowly help wall street and main
The story of this month seems to be the
decrease and decline of crude oil, which is always good
for the auto transport industry as well as the consumers.
Contrary to what many experts felt about gas prices and
crude oil as we reported in June's
transport news, commodities are on the slide.
Although there we are in peak hurricane season and a very
active one, "as long as the Gulfs oil resources
go unharmed gas & diesel
prices should see $3.00 a barrel again",
reports Hauling depot transportation experts.
August transportation needs were a bit
down from last year but the This falls demand seems to
be promising, even for an election year. Plus transporters
have become experts in running more efficient companies,
with gas prices and competition at a peak.
July was a busy month over at the US Department
of Transportation. The FMCSA is continuing its fight to
eliminate unethical moving companies in its efforts to
protect consumers. Recently the Carrier safety administration
is investigating nearly 350 moving companies within the
US. For a list of these companies and more on this story
please visit the FMCSA
Assistant administrator Rose Mc Murray
alos spoke in front of the house committed on the state
of transportation and its infrastructure this month. One
of her main concerns addressed was the physical qualifications
for CDL drivers and increasing regulations.
Taking center stage in the transport industry
for July is the the economy from the combined effects of
market and record oil highs, last month. It
has forced some transporters off the road and made it hard
for others making it hard to stay profitable. Many consumers
are feeling a sticker shock, when they see the price of
transport. Especially those who have transported
a car in the past and see vast differences in the costs.
The good news is as in all downturns in
the economy we are now looking for a bottom as some experts
think it may be in sight and oil prices could actually
retreat, making it easier to return to doing business profitably.
It's June and moving season is upon us.
The federal government has created a helpful brochure explaining valuation
and insurance options for items you are transporting and
moving. Its helps explain if in the event of
damaged or lost items what the movers are responsible for
and how much the consumer would be compensated depending
on the insurance options.
In other news topping the transport industry,
is the high price of fuel (still). Is there any relief
for transporters? While some experts agree that oil has
reached its peak last week, at over $130 per barrel and
should descend from hear, other argue that the high
oil prices and even higher prices are here to stay.
The effect of even higher gas prices on
transportation companies and consumers, is the major headlines
this month in transport news (once again). Many companies
are really feeling the effect of gas prices and the consumers
wallet. However in the car transport business it is a catch
22 always for the consumer. The cost to drive the vehicle
themselves is not too much better of an option. For instance,
to transport an 8 cylinder sedan 500 miles to transport
is an average of $550 dollars. To drive that same vehicle
yourself in fuel cost would be roughly 2.5 fill ups at
the pump and cost you over $240 dollars. Than factor in
the confidence of not driving or food and hotel costs (if
needed). Where transportation fuel spikes really take there
tool is the airline industry. Truckers & brokers can
pass of the increases in fuel to the consumers which is
less felt on an 9, 10 car carrier.
The economy and the cost of diesel take
the headlines this month. Economists no longer question
whether or not we are in a recession anymore, but just
how long it will last. The cost of fuel always has questionable
effects to the industry. While it drives up the price of
transport and carrier costs, it should equal out as those
are passed to the consumer. Also theory is less people
are apt to drive the car themselves if gas prices cost
are too high. It may make more sense to hire a professional
auto shipping company.
For those auto carriers interested there
is a webinar being offered by transport topics online about optimizing
your fleets fuel savings on April 10th at 1:30
The auto transportation industry gears
up for the busiest time of year as consumers wind up for
there summer plans. Some transporters are forecasting this
years busy season to be a bit slower than recent years
as fears of a recession, or a downturn in in the economy,
which may effect consumer decisions.
Adding to the news, the cost of fuel is
higher again, which also clamps down on companies as well
as the US consumer. Its been all quiet at the FMCSA and
since the cross
border approved motor carriers project, new
no other significant news to report.
The biggest news for the industry is the
economy and its effects on the industry - mostly in the
form of you guessed it high fuel prices. Reports estimate
that transporters are paying an average of .50 cents per
gallon for fuel compared to last year. Also talks of whether
the country is in a recession or not, predicts a lower
consumer spending in at least the first 3 quarters of 08.
Other industry news this month are with
a new year comes the 2008 auto shows, which are always
a nice boost for auto transport brokers & carriers
bottom line as car collectors and auto manufacturers scurry
to get their automobiles to auctions and the 08 car shows.
Happy 2008 to The Transport Industry!
The FMCSA has voted on an interim final
rule regarding hours of service for commercial motor vehicle
transporters. The decision allows up to 11 hours of driving
time and a 14 hour window with at least 10 hours of rest/
non driving time. This ruling is in effect from 12/27/07.
In other transport
industry news crude oil hits $100 dollars
a barrel and diesel gains to $3.46 per gallon which
is an increase of almost 4 cents. Overseas news and
demand as cold fronts hit the United States played
Another year, looking back at transport
Topping the headlines again this year in
the auto transport industry was yep, you guessed it, fuel
prices. With oil topping 100 dollars a barrel, carriers
were feeling it, as profit margins were squeezed. It seems
like fuel prices are backing off at the writing of this
The good news is for many consumers and
businesses shipping their vehicles, when fuel prices are
high, driving isn't a very attractive alternative. Also
truck builders continue to look for better ways to make
their equipment more fuel efficient to benefiting the trucking
company as well as the environment. It looks
as though many manufactures are actually making great strides
in this department.
In other 2007 transport headlines, there
were some changes
in cross border trucking and hours of service. We
would like to all of our visitors and subscribers, and
have a wonderful holiday season and prosperous new year
We often get questions with the dollar
now lower about the rules and regulations for importing
cars. For a clear and detailed answers visit
the transportation safety administration. This information
can also be found on our international
car transport FAQ pages.
In other news oil prices continued to soar
with oil reaching over $96 dollars a barrel. We have yet
to fell it at the pump but industry experts say its coming
and expect gas
prices to reach well over $3 dollars, thus increasing
the prices of carrier costs and vehicle shipping rates.
In regards to the hours of service changes
and petition filed by the american trucking association, FMCSA
Administrator John Hill handed down the following
statement that seeks a stay period of 12 months on the
Also in regards to cross border trucking
decision changes by the U.S. Department of Transportation
cleared a 3rd Mexican trucking company for transport last
Monday. More information can be found on the US
Department of Transportation Briefing Web site.
Transporters can look forward to perhaps
better cell phone integration GPS and mapping software
as Nokia purchases Navteq for $8.1 billion dollars. Navteq
also owns Traffic.com,
which many transport companies use for logistics planning.
In transport news this month a petition
has been filed regarding the new hours of service policy
by the FMCSA slated to start on the 14th of this month.
The petition was filed by the ATA (american
trucking association). The basis of the petition is that
if the new hours of service go into effect it will disrupt
supply changes as well as impact the carriers financially.
With labor day 2007 now behind us winter
weather is on its way. There are many helpful
weather sites that can prepare auto transporters
for driving conditions and what mother nature has in store
to help avoid vehicle delivery delays.
After the bridge collapse tragedy in Minnesota
transportation Mary Peters orders all states to inspect
steel truss bridges. According to the federal Highway Administration
there are 756 within the US.
Also in transport industry news this month
the FMCSA hours
of service for drivers is still being viewed and the new
policy does not go into effect until September 14, 2007
unless the court decides otherwise.
As always in the industry news oil & gas
prices make the headlines with oil reaching high of over
$77 dollars a barrel. For more on that story visit http://news.yahoo.com/fc/Business/Oil_and_Gas
According to transport topics online ( ttnews.com )
major publicly traded trucking companies shares rose recently
due to the continued demands of truck transport.
From the the Federal Carrier Motor Safety
Administration in Washington D.C.,has improved but according
to the transportation's inspector general, not quite ready
for prime time yet.
In July gas prices continue to rise as
oil as of July 5th could top over $74.00 per barrel on
international concerns. For the month of June gas prices
fluctuated as reflected in rates of auto transport.
Note to transporters: In May, The Federal
Carrier Safety Administration moved its offices. The new
address is 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC 20590.
Also in transport news this month the FMSCA
administrator goes before the senate to discuss safety
and security issues with an emphasis on HOS. The main focus
is the installation of electronic recorders for companies
who have the worst hours of service records. More on the
story can be found on the site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/testimony/tst-050107.htm.
Other topics of interest are according to transport
topics, the DOT reported truck related injuries
and fatalities was the lowest in 2006 since 02.
Again taking headlines this month are the
rising costs of fuel and its anticipated to go much higher
for the summer driving season, which will effect transport
prices as well. From more on diesel costs across the country
Also making headlines in transportation are the trucking
provisions mentioned last month regarding cross
border motor carriers. The FMCSA initiated Mexico
based motor carriers to operate safely in the US.
In March The FMCSA Heads Discussed the
NAFTA and trucking provisions including cross border trucking & transport
and free trade. More on the meeting
can be found here on the fmcsa site http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/testimony/tst-031307.htm
Also as usual gas prices are in the news as Transport
Topics reports that crude oil tops $64 dollars per barrel in March,
effecting the trucking industry and pricing.
After a 4 week straight rise in gas prices
and we get ready for the busy 2007 spring
and summer transportation season, there could be some good
news on gas prices on the horizon. The United
States Congress is trying to pass anti gouging laws.
If the law is passed it could be a big relief for transportation
companies and ultimately consumers.
On January 11th, the USDOT announced that
they are cracking down and getting more serious about their
hours of operation laws and repeat offenders. Their plan
is to install recording devices in trucking companies who
Happy New Year!
progress transport report has been updated
for 2006 Also for new auto mover and moving companies
there are some good company guidance help located here http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/registration/new-entrant.htm.
Looking Back at Transport 2006
Topping the headlines, not only for the auto
transportation industry but nearly all news is obviously
cost fuel this year. It definitely had an effect
on transport brokers, carriers pricing and the whole industry.
Now with prices stabilized we hope, it may be time to strategies
your company and how to be more efficient next time a fuel
crunch is in play. Truck makers themselves are a good place
to start and they have. It looks like many manufactures
ar looking at building more fuel efficient and aerodynamic
trucks and carriers. For the most part it was generally
pretty quiet @ the FMCSA this
year. We thank you all for your readership and wish you
and your families a Wonderful Holiday Season!