A rule proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrationto implement minimum training standards for new entrant truck drivers has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and may now be officially published at the DOT’s discretion, likely in the coming weeks. As this is the proposed version of the rule, the agency will take comment from the trucking industry, stakeholders and the general public for 60 days following the rule’s publication. The rule has not been made public yet, so specifics of what it may require of drivers and carriers is not yet known.
Picking up where its previous report left off, the most recent edition of theTrucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continues to show that the trucking market continues to be solid. The TCI reflects tightening conditions for hauling capacity and is comprised of various metrics, including capacity, fuel, bankruptcies, cost of capital, and freight. According to FTR, a TCI reading above zero represents an adequate trucking environment, with readings above ten indicating that volumes, prices, and margin are in a good range for carriers.
SPRING VALLEY — It started out as a trickle but turned into a cascade.
A challenge among a group of Rockland friends to collect 1,000 bottles of water for people in Flint, Michigan, has turned into a countywide drive that has netted more than 20 times that number. “Project 845” grew out of a social-media effort by people connected with the grassroots activist group We the People, organizer Hamadi Martin said.