For the Record
The ATA, which represents large carriers, gave a more cautious statement. “Given FMCSA’s prior statements on this issue, ATA was not surprised by the scope of the proposed mandate. Over the coming days, ATA will be carefully evaluating the proposal, especially with respect to the agency’s explanations for expanding its scope, and the accompanying analyses,” a spokeswoman said.
Company driver Jon Harper of Long Shot Trucking expresses grudging acceptance of the proposal. “If it helps, it helps. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” he said. “Doesn’t matter to us. You just have to do what they tell you to do. It’s just another rule. All of these rules are made by people who don’t drive trucks. They really don’t know anything about it.”
Ricky Gordon, an owner-operator leased to PGT, is less diplomatic. “It’s a crock of crap. I’m an owner-operator. If I own the truck, I ought to be able to do what I want without having the federal government telling me what to do with it. They have to put their hands into everything. It’s an invasion of privacy to me.”
Max Kvidera and James Jaillet contributed to this article.
FYI NEWS BRIEFS
Jazzy Jordan in Runner’s World
Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan, who was featured in Truckers News’ June 2010 cover story for her cross-county run to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund and to generate awareness about driver health issues, is noted in the March issue of Runner’s World magazine. The 17-year-old ran 3,161.2 miles from California to New York in 10 months to lay claim to being the youngest female to ever run across the United States.
Truck Tonnage Increases in December
Truck tonnage calculated by the American Trucking Associations increased 4.2 percent in December from a year earlier, ATA said Jan. 25. In its monthly seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage report, ATA said the December index was the highest since September 2008. December’s index increased 2.2 percent from November. For 2010, tonnage rose 5.7 percent from the previous year. Tonnage declined 8.7 percent in 2009.
Trailer Orders, Used Truck Sales Rise
Net orders of commercial trailers rose to 22,915 in December, a 7 percent increase over a strong November, ACT Research Co. said. ACT also reported December factory shipments were up 12 percent from November and 69 percent higher than December 2009. In addition, ACT said unit volume of sales of used Class 8 commercial vehicles increased 21 percent in December from November.
New Class 8 Truck Order Up
December net orders of Class 8 commercial vehicles for North American markets were 27,044 units, up 128 percent year-over-year and 2.9 percent higher than November’s total, according to ACT Research Co. Medium-duty Classes 5-7 net orders fell 9 percent month-over-month from November, but were up 89 percent on a year-over-year basis.
Spot Freight Market Up
TransCore said its North American Freight Index that monitors spot market truckload freight movement throughout the United States and Canada ended the year with a 55 percent increase in December when compared to December 2009. TransCore said spot market freight volumes for the third and fourth quarters in 2010 were the highest since 2005, a peak year for spot market volume
Surface Trade Dips in November
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and Canada and Mexico rose 15.5 percent in November 2010 over November 2009, but dipped 3.6 percent from October, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. BTS reported the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico at $68.1 billion in November 2010.
Overdrive Trucker of the Year
Owner-operator Dan Heister, a 45-year-old steel hauler, has been named Overdrive’s 2011 Trucker of the Year. He has been driving for or leased to Clanton, Ala.-based Boyd Bros. Transportation for 15 years. Heister, who was featured in Overdrive’s February cover story, wins an all-expense-paid trip to the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas and a trip anywhere in the continental United States, with $1,000, from Overdrive, as well as gifts from trucking companies and suppliers.
U.S., Mexico Begin Cross-Border Talks
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with her Mexican counterparts in Mexico in January to discuss implementing a cross-border trucking program.