NEWS & EVENTS
September 4, 2020
Protecting Cargo from Thieves this Labor Day Weekend
Cargo theft typically increases over Labor Day weekend because thieves see an opportunity, says Scott Cornell of Travelers Insurance. He recently shared insights on how truckers can keep their freight and assets safe this holiday weekend.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought new challenges to the supply chain, and the protection of cargo assets has become an even greater necessity for the trucking industry. Scott Cornell, transportation lead, crime and theft specialist at Travelers Insurance, shares insight on how to protect assets during Labor Day Weekend.
August 5, 2020
Trucking industry lobbyists are pushing legislators to temporarily halt the federal excise tax on new truck purchases and the annual Heavy Vehicle Use Tax levied against most Class 8 vehicles in the U.S. They say a suspension would help boost the economy.
Two long-standing truck taxes are in the industry's cross-hairs for suspensions that would provide temporary relief to independent drivers and carriers during the COVID-19 recession that has put extra strain on the trucking industry.
July 24, 2020
Over the past 10 years, the commercial auto industry has experienced its share of challenges that have impacted the transportation sector.
Nuclear verdicts, higher maintenance expenses, reduced freight demand and poor infrastructure, compounded by an aging workforce and driver shortage, have all led to the state of the insurance market today.
July 20, 2020
Commercial truck drivers are at higher risk for developing adverse health conditions due to the sedentary nature of the job and unhealthy eating habits on the road. And poor health can make passing their CDL re-certification exams quite challenging.
In response to the COVID-19 national health emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a waiver granting an extension for re-certifications for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders through Sept. 30.
June 10, 2020
Beginning October 1, 2020, all premium finance payments made with a credit card will incur a 2.5% fee.
June 3, 2020
Under normal circumstances, it’s essential for most people to get up every day and go to work to provide for their families—to pay the mortgage, put food on the table, heat and cool their homes, and pay the bills in general. But these are anything but normal circumstances. Many of these same people who go to jobs every day are not only essential to their families, but also to the safety and well-being of the entire country. They have a different sense of purpose, and that mission now has taken on a national urgency.
“We are supporting the medical field, so our work is always important,” said Kevin Grayson, beverage/EV production manager for Mickey Truck Bodies, which supplies Jefferson, N.C.-based American Emergency Vehicles/REV Group with the aluminum bodies that are upfitted into full-service...
April 16, 2020
President Trump held an event at the White House on Thursday to honor truck drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic, whom he described as the “lifeblood of our economy.”
“In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are carrying us to victory,” Trump said at the event, of which he deemed the theme “thank God for truckers.”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was also at the event and noted states have been working to make accommodations for truck drivers, who have had a difficult time accessing food on the road.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its emergency exemption for truck and bus drivers assisting with COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts by another five weeks through May 15.
The exemption, first issued on March 13, was set to expire on April 12. In its April 8 announcement, FMCSA expanded the list of products and services eligible for the exemption to include transportation of liquified petroleum gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems.
March 18, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus, known as COVID-19, outbreak.
This declaration is the first time FMCSA has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus.