June 2019 Newsletter
Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America
On June 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing to improve safety within the trucking industry. Statements were issued by people in the industry, including:
Ms. Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
- Chase’s statement discusses the continuous rise in truck crashes and what should be implemented to improve the safety of the drivers and the public.
Mr. Chris Spear, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Trucking Associations
- Spear discusses the importance of the transportation industry in the U.S. economy and four key topics that will have the greatest impact on the trucking industry: Safety and Technology, Workforce Development, Infrastructure, and Trade.
DOT Opens Comment Period on Autonomous Vehicle Regulations
Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking public comments on the integration of autonomous vehicles on U.S. highways.
People are allowed to comment on FMCSA’s notice until August 26 and on NHTSA’s notice until July 29.
CVSA Seeks Solution to Allow Inspectors to Ticket Shippers for Cargo Securement Violations
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) wants roadside inspectors to be able to start citing the shippers for cargo securement violations, not just the drivers or motor carriers.
Currently, only the driver will be issued a ticket or citation even though the shipper was the one that loaded the cargo.
PMTA’s 2019 Annual Membership Conference & Expo
The Pennsylvania Motor Transportation Association (PMTA) held its annual conference last month. Cinda Ball, a General Manager at Fundamental, joined a panel discussion moderated by Doug Marcello on Recruiting and Retention. She addressed questions relating to approaches to find drivers and trends in the industry.