September 2020 Newsletter
FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Monthly Report: July 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a report detailing the registrations, queries, reported violations, and drug and alcohol results from the inception of the Clearinghouse through July 2020 (see below). The Clearinghouse boasts over 1.1 million users registered, over 1.3 million queries run, and over 30,000 violations reported.
Could Driverless Trucks Become a Reality in 2021?
60 Minutes aired a segment predicting that autonomous trucking will begin to affect the industry as soon as next year.
Although companies and startups are beginning to use driverless trucks, there are issues looming like technology glitches and the lack of a driver’s real-time instincts when dealing with the rest of the motoring public.
FMCSA Extends HOS Waiver Until End of 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its hours-of-service (HOS) emergency waiver for the sixth time since March. This waiver exempts carriers and drivers from certain HOS regulations.
“FMCSA is continuing the exemption because the presidentially declared national emergency remains in place, and because a continued exemption is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some supply chains,” the announcement stated.
This exemption only applies to the following types cargo transportation:
- Livestock and livestock feed;
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19;
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants;
- Food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
Please Welcome Tyler Burkhart to the Fundamental Team!
Tyler is now the Strategic Sales Consultant at Fundamental. In this role, he identifies and works with potential clients to create long-term mutually beneficial relationships that result in improved transportation and operational performance.
Tyler has over eight years of transportation experience. Before joining Fundamental, he was the Operations Manager and then Lease Sales Manager in the Greater Philadelphia market for PacLease, a subsidiary of Paccar. While at PacLease, Tyler was also a member of Paccar’s Diversity Council which is dedicated to building and leveraging a diverse and inclusive workplace. He started his career in transportation at Penske Truck Leasing, servicing and building relationships with current and new clients in their rental and full service leasing programs.