Expect delays for oversize/overweight permitting in Indiana

Fleets and owner-operators are being asked by the Indiana Department of Revenue to allow extra time for oversize/overweight permits to be reviewed and issued. The department says summer is peak season for both carrier permitting requests and Indiana road construction, causing higher levels of permit volume and complexity. DOR says most basic permits are issued within three business days. Permits with complex routes or routes that require Indiana Department of Transportation district approval or an Indiana State Police escort will take additional time to process. Read more

DOT officially floats HOS changes that would alter 14-hour clock, 30-minute break

The U.S. DOT on Wednesday officially announced proposed changes to federal hours of service regulations for truck operators. Chiefly, the proposed changes, if made final, would allow drivers to pause their 14-hour clock for up to three hours in a shift and go off-duty in that time period. Drivers would be required to take a 10-hour off-duty break at the conclusion of their 14 hours on-duty after using the proposed pause option. Also, the 11-hour drive-time limit per an on-duty shift will remain. Allowing drivers to pause the 14-hour clock would help them avoid peak traffic hours, weather events and help “mitigate the effect…of long detention times,” according to notes within the proposal, which was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Ray Martinez, administrator of FMCSA, says he expects the notice of proposed rulemaking to be published Monday, Aug. 19, in the Federal Register. Drivers and the public at large will have 45 days to file comments on the rule, and the agency will consider the comments in crafting..... Read more

ATRI seeking fleet feedback for annual Top Industry Issues report

The American Transportation Research Institute is once again asking truck drivers and fleets to rank the top issues of concern in the industry for the group’s 2019 Top Industry Issues Survey. Now in its 15th year, ATRI’s annual analysis ranks the issues overall while also providing details on where critical topics are ranked differently by carriers and drivers. “This survey gives everyone in trucking, from drivers to executives, a chance to weigh in on the industry’s most pressing issues and strategies for addressing each,” said ATA Chairman Barry Pottle, president of Pottle Transportation. “By participating you are helping our industry speak with a collective voice on what is most important to us.” Read more

Second quarter sees decrease in cargo theft activity, CargoNet reports

Cargo theft recording firm CargoNet received 150 cargo theft reports during the second quarter of 2019, a 14% decrease from the same period a year ago. The average loss value per cargo theft was $152,844 for an estimated total of $22.9 million during the quarter. The firm noted that a trend of trailer burglaries becoming the preferred method of cargo theft in the first quarter continued through the second quarter, along with a resurgence of fictitious pickup activity. Fictitious pickup thefts were reported in California, Ontario, Quebec and Florida in the second quarter, the firm says. Read more