New rule allows states to issue one-year commercial learner’s permits

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon allow states to issue commercial learner’s permits for up to one year instead of the current six-month limit with the option to renew the permit for another six months. In a Federal Register notice to be published Friday, FMCSA says the new rule is not a requirement for states, but rather an option instead of the six-month CLP. If states issue a CLP for less than one year, the CLP may be renewed at the state’s discretion, but if it is renewed, the permit can only be valid for a total of one year from the original issue date. Read more

Be wary of increased cargo theft activity around Christmas, New Year’s

Cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard is warning truck drivers, trucking companies and shippers/receivers about increased cargo theft activity during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. The firm says the winter holiday shipping season has historically been one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft. This year, both holidays fall on Tuesday, creating two separate four-day weekends. SensiGuard says this leaves more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations for extended periods of time. During the last five winter holiday periods, the firm has recorded just under two thefts per day with an average loss value of $182,260, a 6 percent higher value than throughout the year. These thefts primarily targeted food and drinks (26 percent), electronics (17 percent), and home and garden (12 percent), with the highest average value recorded of clothing and shoes of $994,057. Read more

Giving drivers a voice

Many businesses in the retail and service industries use surveys religiously to gather feedback to improve customer experiences and build loyalty. For motor carriers, driver surveys have proven to be effective for gaining insights needed to proactively increase job satisfaction and retention. Read more

Truck driver workplace fatalities hit record high in 2017

Truck driver occupational fatalities rose in 2017 to the highest number since at least 2003, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS says the 840 truck drivers killed on the job in 2017 represented 77 percent of the 1,084 motor vehicle operators killed on the job last year — the most since it began tracking occupational statistics in 2003. There were 786 truckers killed on the job in 2016. In total, there were 1,443 fatal injuries in the transportation and material moving occupations in 2017, a nearly 4 percent increase over the 1,388 fatalities in 2016, according to BLS. Read more

Bill Fralic

It is with sadness that the Auto Haulers of America announces the passing of Founding Board member and long-time friend, Bill Fralic.  Bill passed away Thursday, December 13 at his home in suburban Atlanta.  He was 56... read more     Read more