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Mail delivery drivers want 14-hour rule exemption

The National State Route Mail Contractors Association (NSRMCA), whose members transport mail under contract for the United States Postal Service, has requested an exemption of the 14-hour rule of the FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations.

NSRMCA requests that mail-carrying drivers have the ability to — after being off duty for eight consecutive hours — choose to be on-duty up to 15 hours in a 24-hour period and drive up to 10 hours. NSRMCA says its drivers typically work in “split-shifts,” breaking their on-duty time up with a nine-hour break between on-duty shifts.

“A typical driver will have worked eight hours, with a nine-hour break during the day between outbound and inbound routes, and a seven-hour overnight break,” according to the request.

According to the exemption...

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Nebraska senator makes good on effort to reform FMCSA

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) earlier this week filed a bill aimed at reforming the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) including making its rule-making process more open to industry stakeholders and Congress, and more transparent to the public.

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In March, Fischer criticized the FMCSA and vowed to initiate a reform process. If passed and signed into law, her Trucking Rules Updated by Comprehensive and Key Safety Reform Act (TRUCK Safety Reform Act) would do that.

One of the key provisions of the proposed law (S.1669) requires the FMCSA to, as stated in a summary of the proposed law, “…conduct a comprehensive review of all rules, regulations, regulatory guidance, and enforcement policies...

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Driver Shortage Ripples Across Trucking Industry

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The shortage of drivers is having ripple effects throughout the transportation industry, squeezing carriers with smaller truck fleets and boosting the use of rail freight.

As freight volume gained momentum, “the trucking industry edged even closer to 100% utilization,” said a State of Logistics report released Tuesday by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Industry indicators for hauling capacity indicate “that truck capacity has grown extremely tight.”

But with many Baby Boomer truck drivers retiring and fewer new drivers entering the profession to replace them, a growing driver shortage has made it difficult for companies with smaller fleets to stay afloat...

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Truck driver who buzzed I-5 with millions of bees fined $550

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LYNNWOOD, Wash. – The driver of a semi-truck hauling more than 13 million honeybees that overturned last month on Interstate 5 near Lynnwood has been fined $550 for the accident that sent millions of bees buzzing onto the highway.
The Daily Herald reports the truck driver was cited by the Washington State Patrol with second-degree negligent driving. Trooper Mark Francis says the 36-year-old Idaho man was driving too fast for conditions and the weight of the truck.

The truck had just merged onto the freeway from I-405 around 3:30 a.m. on April 17 when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said.

The wreck backed up traffic for miles...

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This Kid Got The BEST Gift –Mini Kenworth Truck

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This Kid Got The BEST Gift – Fully Functional Mini Kenworth Truck

With Christmas in the rearview, you’re probably going to hate us for just now posting the ultimate gift, but this one was too cool not to share!

Built from nothing more than scrap metal and old parts including a air horns, a modified grill, air tanks, and a few other odds and ends, this is about the coolest scaled model we’ve ever seen.

Check out the video of the toy Kenworth in the video below. We would love to take this hand built truckfor a spin.

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