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ELD – Electronic Logging Devices to be Required for the Commercial Truck Industry

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced, this past December, the adoption of a Final Rule that will improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue. The final rule will eliminate the use of pencil and paper, which has been a considerable hassle for them to verify.  The new automated technology brings it into the modern age making it easier for the safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that might put lives at risk.

The government is estimating an annual benefit of over 1 billion dollars by reducing the amount of required industry paperwork. Most importantly it will improve the roadside law enforcement by providing quicker and more efficient reviews of driver records, minimizing commercial drivers from being harassed. The ELD Final Rule is estimating they will save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.  An ELD automatically records driving time.  It monitors engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information. Federal safety regulations limit the number of hours commercial drivers can be on-duty and still drive, as well as the number of hours spent driving.  These limitations are designed to prevent truck and bus drivers from becoming fatigued while driving and require that drivers take a work break and have sufficient off-duty rest period before returning to on-duty status.

The ELD Final Rule permits the use of smart phones and other wireless devices as ELDs, so long as they satisfy technical specifications, are certified, and are listed on an FMCSA website. Canadian- and Mexican-domiciled drivers will also be required to use ELDs when operating on U.S. roadways. Motor carriers who have previously installed compliant Automatic On-Board Recording Devices may continue to use the devices for an additional two years beyond the compliance date.

 

Fairchild Freight 2016 New Year’s newsletter

Entering 2016 we reflect on the combined efforts and contributions of our Customers, and the industry challenges overcome together. We’re entering our 10th year of growth as a direct result of the opportunities and collaborative support you’ve provided. Our New Year resolution is to further develop the partnership with increased service capabilities.    We’re excited to kick off the year with these new developments:

Fairchild Intermodal is now operational, with a fleet of  CARB Compliant Reefers providing temp-controlled TOFC service. Equipped with Intelliset tracking and remote control technology, now both driver and dispatch monitor cold-chain security in real time. Our newest terminal will open in Stockton, CA late January; increasing our west coast presence, and serving as a hub for NorCal Port Services. This 37 door facility will support import/export drayage, consolidation/distribution, repacking, temporary cold storage, and cross-dock services.

Since our conception in 2005 we’ve experienced recession, oil crisis, inflated fuel costs, labor strikes, driver shortages, ever increasing CARB requirements, and ELD technology mandates. Despite these challenges we’ve continued to adapt, and maintain average growth rate of 35% annually. Our fleet & infrastructure have increased to 129 Tractors, over 200 Trailers, and now our 5th west-coast terminal opening January in Stockton, CA. We consider this a direct result of your trust and loyalty, and the persistent efforts of our Family of Employees to maintain it. We’re truly grateful to be a part of your team, and look forward to continued growth.   Happy New Year!

 

2015 ends with near 30-year record massive flooding in the Mid-West and January begins with a chilly cold snap.

The Mississippi River and many of its tributaries continued their retreat Sunday after reaching historic and deadly winter flooding, leaving amid the silt a massive cleanup and recovery effort likely to take weeks, if not months. This deadly flood, supplied by 10 plus inches of rain during a three-day period that began Christmas Day, is blamed for 25 deaths in Illinois and Missouri.

Flood waters forced closure of sewage treatment plants, Eleven Postal Service stations, and Interstate 55 and I-44 closures temporarily in St. Louis. At this time, the Mississippi River which crested to over 47 feet in Thebes, Illinois, is receding except in the far southern tip of both states. The Meramec River, the St. Louis-area tributary of the Mississippi that caused so much damage last week, already was below flood stage in the hard-hit Missouri towns of Pacific and Eureka and dropping elsewhere.  Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City was back in business on Sunday, four days after high water had reached the tracks at some locations forcing the passenger service to be halted. Moderate Mississippi River flooding was expected in Memphis, Tennessee.

Colder and drier weather is expected to return during much of January, and freezing temperatures at night will slow the runoff. Storms that roll through will drop much less water on the region, in comparison to late December. Once the rivers crest, they should not rise significantly in the weeks ahead, according to NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The 2015 Winter produce market is ramping up.

There’s a big reason why a lot of trucking companies are at full capacity…

Jalapeno peppers, tomatillos and Mexican gray squash are coming across the border in record numbers. Organic vegetables, grown in Mexico and shipped through Nogales to US consumers, are also reaching record volumes. Mexico remains established as the major source of vegetables to the US in the cold months of late winter, with great expectation to early spring.

On the northern side of the border of Mexico, in Yuma County, with its rich soil, plentiful water access, and more than 350 days of sunshine a year, Yuma’s produce is feeding thousands of households nationwide. After the notorious summer heat, the temperature drops just enough to create the country’s longest growing season. Yuma County is the winter lettuce capital of the world, supplying a whopping 90% of the nation’s leafy vegetables between November and March. Agriculture is Yuma County’s number one industry and accounts for over a third of Arizona’s total agricultural revenue. Approximately 45,000 workers harvest the fields and work in the nine salad plants that produce bagged salad mixes. During peak production months, each of those plants processes more than two million pounds of lettuce each day!

A Solution to the shortage of drivers in the trucking industry is right there.

The three million workforce trucking industry in the United States faces an immediate shortfall of 48,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Associations, and that number is on track to quadruple by 2025, as baby boomers retire and a recovering economy boosts demand for more trucks to haul goods. Statistics reveal that there are almost 200,000 women across the USA, about 5 percent of the United States trucking industry, that have made truck driving their career.

 The trucking world wouldn’t be the same without these dedicated ladies of the highways. More women are choosing to get behind the wheel every year in a predominantly male industry to take advantage of flexible schedules, job availability, competitive salaries, and of course, the call of the open road. Besides truck driving, women can also be involved in related opportunities, which include dispatch, sales, marketing, recruiting, management, and owning their own fleet. The next time you pass an 18–wheeler, take a look at who is driving that truck next to you.

 

Alaskan Winter Storm is making a great impact

A menacing storm, crossing over the Bearing Sea, swept over the Aleutian Islands of Alaska this weekend and could become the strongest recorded storm to impact the region. The storm reached Dutch Harbor, Alaska with 122 mph winds and a central low pressure of 924 millibar, which is about 27.29 inches on the mercury scale. The system has undergone rapid intensification, producing howling winds as the central pressure plummets to near record levels. Wave heights were in excess of 40 feet in the Bering Sea.

Alaskans are certainly used to taking the worst that Mother Nature can dish out, as she did her best Saturday evening. Adak Island, which is situated along the occidental side of the Aleutian Island, is no stranger to frigid winds, but they recorded a relentless barrage of triple digit wind gusts. We can now expect the jet stream to dig southward allowing the chilly air to invade eastward into the United States late this week with some chilly cold temperatures. Additionally, forecasters are expecting high surf and strong rip currents along the Pacific Coast because of the large northwest swells reaching between 16 to 22 feet high.

Celery Recall affecting 16 states.

A large vegetable producer in California is recalling celery linked to a very nasty strain of E. Coli bacteria which has sickened 19 people in seven states. According to the health department, 5 patients have been hospitalized, and 2 patients have developed a type of kidney failure called HUS – hemolytic uremic syndrome. Apparently E. coli “O157” is particularly dangerous for children and has been known to leave survivors on dialysis and may even cause death.

Some of the items sold, that were infected, have included rotisserie chicken salad, sandwiches, wraps, cornbread stuffing and vegetable trays from some well known stores. The FDA has expanded the recall of a dozen retail chains in 16 states. Center for Disease Control Prevention reports about 3,000 deaths and over 125,000 hospitalizations occur each year from contaminated food in the USA.

Winter storm Ciara has impacted Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and other states.

A fierce winter storm is bringing icy roads and snow to the central western region hitting North Texas, South eastern Oklahoma, and Arkansas during one of the nation’s busiest travel weekends. The storm is causing heavy rains and cold temps to fan out north and east from Texas bringing a wet weekend for most of the south and Midwest. So far, over a dozen deaths have been reported, approximately 8 in Texas and at least 8 others in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Flash flooding has been a major problem, with one woman reported missing in Afton, Oklahoma. South Dakota having already received 12 inches of snow last week is potentially looking at 14 more new inches. The arctic blast has led to the coldest temperatures so far in the winter season for many areas of the country.

Fairchild Freight still has you covered, even though the storm is making it difficult for millions to get home after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Plenty of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

If the doom-saying turkey pundits had been right, we’d all be eating ham this Thanksgiving. Last summer, after a devastating outbreak of avian flu in the big turkey-producing states in the Midwest, which supposedly killed over 8 million poultry, the national media predicted the prices for the surviving turkeys would soar, especially turkeys for the holidays.
Fortunately, thanks to the resilience of the American farmers, and contrary to those dismal predictions, there is an abundant availability of turkeys which are selling for some of the lowest prices in years. Consumers and supermarkets are getting a good buy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, for the week ending last Friday, the average retail price for frozen whole hen turkeys was 90 cents a pound, a penny less than last year.

Fairchild Freight Honors Veterans

On November 11th, Fairchild Freight observed this great “Day of Remembrance” honoring all veterans from the past, present, or future. We extend our thanks for your faithful service. Our hearts and hats are off to all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They have provided dedicated, loyal service to our country to help keep us free.