Every month, we’ll be sharing some of the top stories in logistics and transportation right here on our blog. Here’s a look at some of the top industry stories making headlines in November.
False Driver Log Violations on the Rise ahead of ELD Mandate
Citations for falsifying driver logbooks was on the rise in 2017, a main driver behind the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate slated to take effect December 18.
According to JOC.com, the latest roadside inspection data shows that the number of driver roadside inspections and violations rose less than one percent, but the number of violations that placed drivers out-of-service rose 4.5 percent in 2017 to the highest level in four years.
For fiscal 2017, which ended September 30, falsifying logbooks was the cause for 4.4 percent of the violations in roadside inspections, and was the cause for 16.2 percent of out-of-service orders.
Read more here.
The U.S. National Average Price of Diesel Jumps in November
At the close of November, the national average retail price for a gallon of diesel fuel jumped to $2.926, up 1.4 cents from October, according to the Department of Energy.
This time last year, a gallon of diesel was 50.6 cents cheaper, sitting at $2.42 a gallon.
Diesel prices rose overall across the states, except in California, where the average price fell 0.2 cents to $3.597, according to the U.S. Energy and Information Administration.
Read more about the rising diesel prices here.
Freight Surges in Busy Holiday Shipping Season
A surge in freight tonnage in October set the stage for what economists believe will be a record-breaking holiday shipping season, according to Transport Topics.
American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage reached 147.6 in October, up 9.9 percent year over year and 3.3 percent from September.
ATA cites consumption, factory output, construction, and improved inventory levels throughout the supply chain as driving factors in the improvement.
To read more about the truck tonnage surge, click here.
Record-Breaking Holiday Sales
Potentially record-breaking holiday shipping is no surprise as retailers say they are on course to break sales records.
UPS is forecasting the delivery of 30 million packages on 17 of the 21 delivery days before Christmas Day, and expects to deliver a record 750 million packages globally between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, up 5 percent from 2016.
FedEx is forecasting a delivery record between 380 and 400 million packages worldwide this holiday season.
Read more here.
Retailers Offer Shipping Discounts for Delayed Options
Retailers are tackling extra holiday shipping fees by offering delayed delivery options.
UPS is tacking on a surcharge on packages shipped during peak times, including Black Friday and the week before Christmas. E-commerce retailers had the option to either pass these additional surcharges on to their customers, seek alternative shipping methods, or delay shipments to cheaper times.
Major retailers, like Walmart, allowed customers to choose a “cheaper” shipping method in exchange for a delayed shipping date, Macy’s offered the option of a longer delivery time in exchange for “Macy’s Money” to be used on future purchases, and Amazon.com offered “no-rush shipping” in exchange for credits for videos, music, or other items.
Read more here.
EPA’s Proposal to Exempt Gliders from GHG Rule Meets Opposition
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to exempt heavy-duty gliders from the Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rule is hitting opposition.
At a public hearing, Pat Quinn, Executive Director of the Heavy-duty Leadership Group, said, “making modifications to the glider kit provision would undermine investments made in the industry, encourage the use of older, less efficient technologies, and increase smog-forming pollution that harms public health.”
Earlier this year, EPA proposed that gliders should not be regulated as new motor vehicles or new motor vehicle engines under the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signed legislation in November to repeal emissions standards for glider kits, stating they are a more affordable option for smaller owner-operators.
Read more about this article here.
CVSA Releases Results of September’s Brake Safety Day Enforcement Blitz
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) said that 22 percent of the 7,698 commercial motor vehicles inspected during September’s Brake Safety Blitz were placed out of service for violations of any kind.
Fourteen percent of those violations were brake-related, which accounts for the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations in roadside inspections, said CVSA.
For a breakdown of September’s blitz, visit Fleet Owner.
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