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Prominent trade groups express support for Raymond Martinez as FMCSA head

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Prominent trade groups express support for Raymond Martinez as FMCSA head Photo Credit: Trucking.org

Earlier this week, President Trump had nominated Raymond Martinez as the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The nomination is currently awaiting confirmation by the Senate. The three prominent trade groups in the industry, namely the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the American Trucking Association (ATA), and the Truckload Carriers Association, have expressed their support for this decision and have stated that they intend to work closely with the bureaucrat.

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Raymond Martinez nominated as administrator for FMCSA: Senate urged to expedite confirmation of nomination by ATA

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Raymond Martinez nominated as administrator for FMCSA: Senate urged to expedite confirmation of nomination by ATA Photo Credit: truckingindustry.news

On September 26, President Trump nominated Raymond P Martinez as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The nomination is awaiting confirmation from the Senate. Martinez is currently the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission.

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E-commerce and shortage drivers prompts trucking industry to re-shape the way the industry works

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E-commerce and shortage drivers prompts trucking industry to re-shape the way the industry works Photo Credit: monikawl999

The constant changes in consumer demands and the growing shortage of drivers has prompted the trucking industry to re-evaluate the model on which it has been functioning all these years. Since trucks move over 70% of all domestic freight, a shortage of truck drivers could eventually affect the economy. Moreover, the problem regarding truck inefficiency seems to be rising.

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ATA seasonally adjusted index climbs up 0.5% in August

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ATA seasonally adjusted index climbs up 0.5% in August Photo Credit: ATA Truck Tonnage Index

After a 0.5% rise in July, the American Trucking Association's (ATA) seasonally adjusted for-hire index climbed up from 139.1 in July to 149 in August this year. The index climbed up by nearly 7.1%. On a year-over-year basis, the index was up by 8.2% as compared to August 2016. According to the new report, the gain in July 2017 was improved from 0.1% to 0.5%.

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Driver turnover rises significantly over the second quarter of 2017

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Driver turnover rises significantly over the second quarter of 2017 Photo Credit: Robson Hatsukami Morgan from Unsplash.com

Driver turnover is becoming a widespread issue in the trucking industry. Since the second quarter of 2017, there has been a significant rise in driver turnover. The rising problem of driver turnover combined with the increasing freight demand has added to the problem of the growing driver shortage.

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Members of unaffiliated groups to stage protests against ELD mandate from October 3

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Members of unaffiliated groups to stage protests against ELD mandate from October 3 Photo Credit: ISAAC Instruments inc.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is all set to come into effect on December 18. All efforts to delay or stall the mandate have been rejected despite the efforts put in by several trucking groups like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

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