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Diesel prices jump nationwide, back over $4 per gallon in California

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On-highway diesel prices rose for the week ending Oct. 1, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The average price nationwide climbed by $0.042 to $3.313, the highest it’s been since December 2014. This week’s gain was the largest single-week gain since early May.

Prices rose in every region across the country, although unevenly. In California, the price for a gallon of diesel rose $0.052, putting it over the $4 per gallon mark, at $4.038. The West Coast overall saw an increase of $0.043, to $3.802.

California, however, did not experience the largest jump in prices for the week. That occurred in the Midwest, where diesel rose an even 6 cents, to $3.278, still one of the regions where diesel prices are lowest. The lowest diesel in the nation remains in the Gulf Region, where it finished the week at $3.079, up by $0.027 from a week ago.

The smallest increase was in the Rocky Mountain region, where prices rose $0.012 to finish at $3.367.

Nationwide, the price of diesel is currently $0.521 higher than it was a year ago. California has experienced the largest year-to-year gain, at $0.856, while the Lower Atlantic has seen the smallest year-to-year gain, $0.432 per gallon.

Oil futures rose Oct. 1, with the U.S. benchmark up by $1.66 to close at $74.91 a barrel, while Brent crude climbed by $1.57, or 1.9 percent, to $84.30.

Click here for a complete list of average prices by region for the past three weeks.

 

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NTI, WIT urge fleets to participate in WIT index data collection

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Throughout NTI’s work on the WIT Index for 2019, NIT officials have emphasized that, as in past years, confidentiality is guaranteed for those carriers participating in the survey. (Courtesy: NIT/WIT)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Transportation Institute (NTI) and Women In Trucking (WIT) are again partnering to facilitate the data collection and analysis of the WIT Index.

This annual survey of trucking companies studies the percentage of women working as professional drivers and in management positions within the trucking industry.

With the deadline fast approaching, NTI and WIT together issued a call to action for all fleets to participate in the survey.

“Our collaboration with Women In Trucking on the WIT Index has become a passion project for me and the members of our team at NTI,” said Leah Shaver, chief operating officer of NTI. “We launched the 2019 survey earlier this year, and I would strongly encourage every company that employs truck drivers in our industry to participate in the WIT Index. Opportunities are expanding for women across the industry, and one of the key long-term solutions to the driver shortage will be the further expansion of the employment of women at motor carriers. The response by carriers to the brief list of survey questions is the critical first step in the process of our work with the WIT Index. The data NTI collects from carriers will allow us to measure progress, identify best practices and continue to benchmark standards in our industry.”

NTI began working with the WIT Index in 2016 when Shaver joined the WIT board of directors. Ellen Voie, the President and CEO of WIT, sought to obtain the most detailed and accurate data available in the examination of employment trends for women found in the trucking industry. During each of the years that NTI has managed the survey and analysis aspects of the WIT Index, the participation among companies has grown and the results have shown continued increases in the percentage of women behind the wheel and in trucking management positions.

“We have seen firsthand the increased participation of women in all areas of trucking throughout the 12 years that the Women In Trucking Association has been in existence. Quantifying the growth of women within the workforce of the trucking industry is one of the most important tasks that we have as an association,’’ Voie said. “We are very grateful to be able to call upon the expertise of the National Transportation Institute for the 2019 update to the WIT Index. Once again, this year, NTI is donating its time and services to facilitate the survey, tabulate the results and provide WIT with the kind of trend analysis that helps our association in planning some of our key initiatives. The pro bono work that NTI performs on the WIT Index is a very important and generous contribution to our association and to the industry.”

Shaver is again overseeing all aspects of the data collection and analysis of the WIT Index. Throughout NTI’s work on the WIT Index for 2019, Shaver has emphasized that, as in past years, confidentiality is guaranteed for those carriers participating in the survey.

“The WIT Index allows us to accurately track progress and identify trends and best practices by fleets nationwide. The top issue plaguing every trucking company today is enough people. We’re operating at a historical low unemployment in the U.S., and there are more jobs than workers to fill them,” Shaver said. “There is so much opportunity to gain from recruiting and retaining more women, highlighted by the 2018 WIT Index results which revealed that fewer than eight percent of drivers were women. The 2019 results can be used by participating carriers in efforts to further address the driver shortage and their own strategy. NTI always does a deep dive into the data generated by the WIT Index survey, and that allows us to provide WIT and the participating fleets with the kind of analysis that can promote further growth of opportunities for women within our industry. Women are key to long-term solutions to our workforce shortage, and best practices to recruit and retain are likewise key to carrier success.”

“The WIT Index is a great opportunity for every fleet in our industry to contribute to the story of the continued growth taking place for women working in trucking,” Voie said. “I really look forward to this process. It’s an opportunity to accurately measure where the number of women involved in our industry stands. I see this time of year as an important call to action, and I would like to see every carrier in the nation participate in the WIT Index.”

The 2019 WIT Index Survey will run through April 8, 2019. The survey can be accessed through the following link: https://www.driverwages.com/wit-index/

The National Transportation Institute was founded in 1995 with a goal of providing accurate and authoritative mission-critical benchmarks to truckload carriers on company driver and owner-operator compensation history and changes.

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Women In Trucking names top women to watch in transportation

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Women In Trucking Association is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. (Courtesy: WOMEN IN TRUCKING)

PLOVER, Wis. — The Women In Trucking Association Monday released its second annual list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation.

The editorial staff of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine selected these individuals for their significant career accomplishments in the past 12 to 18 months as well as their efforts to promote gender diversity.

“This year, we’ve identified 53 women who stand out as top performers in a field of highly qualified nominees,” said Brian Everett, group editorial director and publisher of Redefining the Road magazine. “They represent a diverse range of company types and a variety of roles and responsibilities, showcasing the many career opportunities for women in the transportation industry.”

The 2019 Top Women to Watch in Transportation work for motor carriers, third-party logistics companies, equipment manufacturers, retailer truck dealers, professional services companies, technology innovators, and private fleets. Their job functions include corporate management (23 percent), operations/safety (21 percent), sales/marketing (18 percent), human resources/talent management (13 percent), customer service (6 percent), engineering/product development (2 percent), and professional drivers (9 percent).

“It is exciting to see so many remarkable women not only pushing the envelope in their own careers but also supporting women around them,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “Celebrating the accomplishments of women in our industry is central to the mission of Women In Trucking, so we’re especially pleased to recognize these industry leaders.”

The 2019 Top Women to Watch in Transportation include Tina Albert, assistant plant manager, Peterbilt Motors Co.; Tami Allensworth, senior vice president, customer experience, J.B. Hunt Transport; Lisa Angara, enterprise architect manager, Navistar; Cathy Bauder, driver, owner-operator, Steven Davis Trucking; Courtnay Beckham, sales specialist, SelecTrucks of Atlanta/Peach State Trucks; Mona Beedle, founder, Trucking Angels for Christ; Josephine Berisha, senior vice president, global compensation and benefits, XPO Logistics; Tracy Bird, branch manager, Trimac Transportation Inc.; Melissa “Missy” Blair, program manager, Center for Transportation Training, Pima Community College; Donna Boesen, customer service leader, Veriha Trucking; Jennifer Braun, vice president, Kansas City operations, Trinity Logistics; Debra Brunton, group director, maintenance, Ryder; Angie Buchanan, vice president, operations, Melton Truck Lines; Cynthia Champion, transportation safety manager, Martin Transport Inc.; Dawn Cochran, professional driver, Old Dominion Freight Line; April Coolidge, driver/trainer, Walmart; Kelly Cargill Crow, external communications manager, FedEx Freight; Mezzalina “Lina” Dejongh, branch manager, Trimac Transportation; Shayne Fanning, B2B communication and events, Michelin North America Inc.; Shirley Foley, vice president, DTS Logistics, LLC; Kristen Forecki, vice president, operations, Convoy; Trish Garland, corporate vice president, strategic services, Estes Express Lines; Emma Gelacek, safety manager, Garner Trucking; Mary Ann Hudson, executive vice president, Bibby Transportation Finance, and Tracy Jahnel, controller, Sterling Transportation Services.

Also, Tamara Jalving, vice president, human resources, Holland; Tracy Jonas, operations manager, JX Enterprises Inc.; Chelsea Kendrick, customer education manager, KeepTruckin; Tina Lewis, director, legal services, TVC Pro-Driver; Mary Malone, vice president, business development, Stay Metrics; Krissy Manzano, senior director of sales, enterprise & mid-market team, KeepTruckin Inc.; Judy McTigue, assistant general manager–operations, Kenworth Truck Co.; Mackenzie Melton, recruiting manager, Garner Trucking; Melissa Nishan, vice president, driver recruiting, Epes Transport System; Katlin Owens, corporate communications manager, CFI; Jennifer Piatt, elite support and diversity manager, Stoops Freightliner; Jennifer Radcliffe, president, Insight Technology; and Michelle Richard, vice president, human resources, Saia LTL Freight.

Also, Erika Rios, retail sales consultant, Arrow Truck Sales; Amanda Rodriguez, account manager/regional sales consultant, Navistar; Jane Rosaasen, plant manager–Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant, Daimler Trucks North America; Roxie Sanford, director, driver services, Winnipeg Motor Express; Crystal Sequin, vice president, distribution channel strategy, Navistar; Leah Shaver, chief operating officer, The National Transportation Institute; Shannon Spence, trailer sales representative, Stoops Freightliner–Quality Trailer; Amanda Thompson, vice president, human resources, U.S. Xpress; Melissa Tomlen, senior vice president, accountability and Performance, YRC Freight; Carianne Torrissi, partner, Goldberg Segalla; Sauny Tucker, vice president, Art Pape Transfer DBA/ Tucker Freight Lines; Connie Vaughn, government relations manager, McKee Foods Corp.; Elaine Weackler, customer service representative, Veriha Trucking; Megan Wells, director of employee services, Veriha Trucking; and Heather Wilson, chief communications officer, BMO Transportation Finance.

The women will be featured in the upcoming edition of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine and online at www.womenintrucking.org/womentowatch2019.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission.

For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

 

 

 

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Lawmakers introduce bill to exempt carriers with 10 or fewer trucks from ELD mandate

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The ELD mandate requires commercial drivers who prepare Hours of Service records to connect an electronic logging device to a vehicle’s engine to record driving hours. (The Trucker file photo)

WASHINGTON — Reps. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., have reintroduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation the two lawmakers said would relieve certain sectors of the trucking industry from the Congressionally-mandated use of  electronic logging devices

The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 will exempt businesses which operate 10 or fewer commercial trucks from the requirements of the ELD mandate, and the Agricultural Business Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 will exempt agricultural businesses.

“This important legislation will eliminate regulations for small trucking companies and will help reduce unnecessary stops and delays which threaten the agricultural products they help to transport,” Peterson said. “These bills are a win for small businesses in rural America and our farmers.”

“Electronic logging devices are more Washington red tape that ties up truckers and puts livestock and Montana livelihoods at risk,” Gianforte said. “These bills will help reduce the unnecessary burden this federal mandate pushes onto Montana’s small trucking operations, farmers, and ranchers.”

The ELD mandate requires commercial drivers who prepare Hours of Service records to connect an electronic logging device to a vehicle’s engine to record driving hours.

The bill has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Meanwhile, Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., has reintroduced the bipartisan Agricultural Trucking Relief Act (H.R. 1673) that the lawmaker said would provide clarity for the definition of “agricultural commodity” as it relates to transportation policy and compliance with new ELDs and HOS.

Scott said the bill would create a clearer “agricultural commodity” definition for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to use when implementing and enforcing ELD and HOS. Currently, horticultural products have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and numerous other federal and state agencies as an agricultural commodity. However, horticultural and aquaculture products such as nurseries, sod, turfgrass, and freshwater and saltwater aquatic plants, algae, and other organisms are not currently included in the “agriculture commodity” definition used by the FMCSA. H.R. 1673 would ensure that agricultural, aquacultural, horticultural, and floricultural commodities are clearly defined as “agriculture commodities” for use under the FMCSA, Scott said.

The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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