— Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, discussing detention time in a conference call of owner-operator members of the Trucking Solutions Group (www.truckingsolutionsgroup.org) and nearly 200 drivers. For further coverage of the call, see the May 10 entry on the Channel 19 blog.
Thieves getting brazen
Reports surfaced in April from California to Florida about cargo-theft rings posing as legitimate freight companies – down to the U.S. DOT number – to make off with unusual commodities. “The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes, has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers,” William Neuman reported in the New York Times. For example, a “ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits” disappeared like rats in the night with $300,000 worth of brokered fresh tomato loads in Florida. For a link to the full story and more, see the April 25 entry on the blog.
Thank Wall St. for diesel prices
The run-up in diesel prices is remarkable in what it’s revealing about the glacial pace of change in financial regulation. An April report on the Huffington Post said a prime contributing factor was the absence of congressionally mandated action by a February deadline from the Commodites Futures Trading Commission against oil speculators. What’s more, Ed Wallace, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek in May, blamed the Fed’s easy-money policies for the flood of speculative money in the oil market.
The coalition of fuel-user groups at S.O.S. (“Stop Oil Speculation”) Now, which includes some trucking orgs, has been waging a campaign to get a fix. Check out the April 6 and May 5 entries on the Channel 19 blog for links to its website and other coverage of the issue.
JUNE 7-9: 2011 ROADCHECK, nationwide truck and driver inspection program organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
JUNE 9-11: GREAT WEST TRUCK SHOW, Las Vegas Convention Center, (888) 349-4287, www.greatwesttruckshow.com.
JUNE 10: ATHS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN CHAPTER TRUCK SHOW, Baraboo Steam and Gas Grounds, Baraboo, Wis., (920) 361-1666.
JUNE 11: THS COLUMBIA BASIN CHAPTER ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, Sacajawea State Park, Pasco, Wash., (509) 786-6908.