Trucking News and Briefs for Thursday, September 2, 2021:
CDL, med cert extended COVID emergency exemptions
In addition to the COVID emergency duty hours exemption that was extended through November, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also extended other COVID-related exemptions relating to licenses and medical certificates.
With respect to commercial driver’s licenses, the FMCSA allows, but does not require, states to extend the validity of CDLs that expired on or after March 1, 2020, beyond the maximum allowable period of eight years. Under the waiver, states have the discretion to determine whether, due to COVID-19, there is a continued need to extend the validity of CDLs that expired on or after March 1, 2020. States can now extend the validity of CDLs until November 30. The waiver also applies to business apprenticeship permits that had to be renewed as of March 1, 2020.
The FMCSA also allows states to continue to allow CLP holders to take the CDL proficiency test without waiting 14 days after the CLP is issued.
The agency is also extending the waiver to the requirement that CDL and CLP holders have a medical examination and certification, provided the driver has proof of a valid medical certificate and any required medical deviations issued for a period of 90 days or more and that expired on or after June 1, 2021.
Cargo theft companies warn of increased activity around Labor Day
CargoNetCargo theft recording company CargoNet is warning trucking companies and truck drivers of an expected increase in cargo theft activity over the coming Labor Day weekend.
CargoNet has recorded 134 occurrences involving the theft of cargo or theft of a trucking vehicle during the five preceding Labor Day periods. Each event was worth an average of $ 147,027.
The firm notes that activity was highest during the Labor Day 2020 period and increased 19% from the previous year. Almost half of all events recorded in the previous five years took place on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday before Labor Day.
Electronics – especially computers, computer parts and televisions – was the most stolen category of goods during the latter days of Labor Day. Electronics products were closely followed by household products such as major appliances, tools and mixed shipments of housewares and housewares, according to CargoNet.
Theft activity was highest in California, Texas and Florida. Specifically, theft was most common in San Bernardino County, California, and was followed by Dallas County, Texas, and Los Angeles County, California. Thefts were most common in warehouses, followed by parking lots at retail stores and truck stops.
The company suggests that trucking companies and shippers / receivers can increase security by arranging for same-day delivery of short-haul shipments, incorporating secret tracking devices, and using high-security locks to prevent tampering. trailer burglaries. Additionally, CargoNet says drivers should not leave their vehicles or consignments unattended, especially within 250 miles of pickup, and should also be on the lookout for any vehicles that appear to be following them.
Hyliion unveils improved hybrid powertrain
Hyliion Holdings Corp., developer of Class 8 electrified powertrains, unveils an improved model of its hybrid system at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California.
The Hyliion Hybrid eX is the updated version of the company’s hybrid powertrain, which gives fleets a lighter option that’s easier to install, maintain and use.
The Hybrid eX features a number of improvements over Hyliion’s previous hybrid setup, including a consolidated battery box designed to streamline the installation process; reduced system net weight, allowing greater payload; new electric axle for better efficiency; new and updated automatic traction assist control interfaces for an improved driving experience; and more.
âThe launch of the upgraded version of our hybrid powertrain is a major milestone in our hybrid commercialization process and reflects the ongoing work we do to innovate for the benefit of commercial fleets and the environment,â said Thomas Healy, Founder and CEO of Hyliion. . âWe expect these improvements to make the hybrid much easier for fleets to adopt, while helping them meet their ESG and emissions targets. “