Industry update: Blockchain, blizzards, and detention

Industry update truckyard detention

Container shipping leads in tech

Container shippers are usually the first in the transportation industry to adopt new technology. According to the Journal of Commerce, the largest global container shipper Maersk is no exception. The company recently announced a partnership with IBM to bring blockchain to the transportation industry. Maersk states they’ll have a beta version ready for testing come March and expects full implementation by the end of September (very close to my timeline prediction for 2018).

THC & CDB could cost your CDL

Just because the state you’re in (or based out of) has legalized the use of marijuana, don’t think there won’t be repercussions if you use it. Drug tests coming back positive for the recreational drug can result in steep fines and a potential suspension or loss of CDL, alongside out of service designations.

Detention regulatory actions in progress

We may have our first real movement regarding detention issues. At ports, shippers and intermediaries are pushing for regulatory action for paid detention times. While this is at ports, any decisions here will affect the rest of the trucking industry. While there is no timetable for any decision, the US Federal Maritime Commission has begun listening to each side to further investigate the issue. The DOT will monitor the situation closely. Read more here.

Southern state winter weather creates DOT shutdowns

Southern weather has been anything but normal this winter. With snow in Atlanta, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana state DOTs have been forced to make decisions they’re not used to making. Louisiana DOT shutdown parts of I-10, I-49, I-55, I-110, I-120, I-310 and I-610 due to icy conditions. Alabama is also seeing issues but has not shut down roadways. Instead, the governor has issued a state of emergency and with that comes an hours of service waiver for that state if providing emergency relief. As always, in situations like these, check with state DOTs you’ll be traveling through for road reports and for details surrounding hours of service (HOS) waivers.

Keep your shiny side up!

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Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes, along with their potential effects, on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.