CDL Minimum Requirements Finally Clears


To keep you looped into the trucking industry, we’re sharing all things transportation, from maritime to infrastructure and other newsworthy material.

Regulations and Legislation

The CDL Minimum requirement has finally been cleared. After being delayed on three separate occasions, new drivers and drivers looking to upgrade their CDL, may begin to experience more strict training regiments from states when attempting to obtain their CDL. While no minimums were set about how much behind the wheel training or classroom instruction will be necessary, the new rule is explicit that proficiency must be shown before a driver can take the written final or their driving final. The new rule also puts forth minimum expectations for those looking to become CDL instructors. The effective date for this rule was June 5 but full compliance does not need to occur by the states until June of 2020.

President Trump is pushing hard for Congress to adopt a privatized highway system to take the burden of upkeep of roads off of the Federal Government. This would mean an increase in toll roads across the U.S.

Formal studies will begin regarding split sleeper birth provisions for hours of service regulations. The split sleeper provision is one of the most confusing regulations within the trucking industry, or any industry for that matter. The study will allow drivers to try split their 10 hours mandatory off duty time into chunks of 5-5, 6-4 and 7-3. The time must split any on duty time and drive time with stays in the sleeper of the vehicle but 10 hours total must be taken within the sleeper within any 24 hour period. The study is set to conclude sometime in October with results being announce more than likely in the first quarter of 2018.

Vehicle Technology

Volvo is bringing its self-steering vehicle to Brazil. This vehicle works on GPS and gyroscopes within the vehicle to ensure that the vehicle does not deviate more than two dozen millimeters off course. The truck is being used in sugar cane fields for loading and unloading harvested sugar cane. The driver can use cruise control to set the speed but can manually override the speed using the gas feed and brakes and the direction of the vehicle if necessary. Current trials have shown this vehicle to greatly reduce the damage done to unharvested sugar cane and stress on those driving in the fields.

Tesla has issued a few more teasers regarding its vehicle announcement coming in September.  The biggest is that these vehicles are being actively tested by select carriers. By having carriers test the vehicle, Tesla is gaining valuable input on how to design its electric vehicle to fit the needs of Class 8 needy carriers. Elon Musk stated at his shareholders meeting that carriers are already asking him how many and when can they buy this new semi-truck.

Maritime

The Maritime industry continues to leave its mark on the U.S. spot market rates. Rates are beginning to climb and a great deal of that has to do with the fact that it is the busiest time of year for truckers and there is a shortage of drivers on the market. Analysts state that the rise in the rates also corresponds with the increase of stability in the maritime industry. While this may be true, the container shipping alliances are beginning to negotiate higher rates and are doing so from a place of power as companies refuse to compete against each other. While these increases have yet to make much of a mark this summer, these increases could eventually hurt as the heavy shipping season comes to a close.

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