Dialogue is Open on Mandatory Hours of Service Breaks
In the ELD age, when truckers must electronically log their time on and off the road, groundswell is building on mandates to alleviate the daily 14-hour clock regulations. A bill in the U.S. House recently filed by Representative Brian Babin (R-Texas) would allow drivers to take one break a day that could extend to a full three hours. The bill would also remove the mandatory 30-minute break currently required. Overdrive Magazine has the news here. But there’s more: Conversations have begun between trucking industry advocates, truckers, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The lines of communication do seem to be open, according to this Overdrive Magazine article. Is there a long road ahead? Yes. The process of change could take up to 18 months. But for many, that the dialogue is active signifies promising progress.
Good News Keeps Shining Positive Light on Trucking Industry Growth
Even as ELD enforcement continues to spur conversation and controversy, good news keeps shining its positive light. In March, the for-hire trucking industry added 6,700 jobs, according to the Department of Labor’s Employment Situation report. March’s gains follow February’s surge, which saw trucking industry employment soar by 6,000 jobs. The numbers are positive all the way around, according to an article in CCJ Daily Report, for the transportation and warehousing sector. Add the continual rise – or at the very least, steadiness – of freight rates and the future does look rosy for the trucking industry.
Kentucky Headhunters to Perform at Walcott Truckers Jamboree
Are you ready for the annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree? The extravaganza is hosted each year by the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa. This year’s three-day bash is July 12-14. Newly announced are concert performances by Grammy Award winners The Kentucky Headhunters, of “Dumas Walker” and “Oh Lonesome Me” fame, and country music newcomer Logan Mize, whose recent album is Come Back Road. More musical acts will be announced in the coming months, according to Truckers News. Also, the Jamboree features the Super Truck Beauty Contest, a pork chop cookout, the Trucker Olympics, and many more festivities. This is a big trucking shindig, so don’t miss it.