Transport Intelligence s Cathy Roberson has done a brief round up of the major forwarders first quarter results and discovered a stagnant ocean freight market and depressed air freight. However, the Americas is starting to look brighter, especially for Panalpina and K+N.
An online survey being conducted to ferret out national needs for expanded truck parking availability is now under way. Drivers have through August 10 to complete the survey, accessible via this link1.
It s the product of the efforts of Hope Rivenburg, the widow of slain New York-based trucker Jason Rivenburg, whose story launched a driver-led movement toward better, safer parking availability for big rigs around the nation, beginning in 2009 after Rivenburg was robbed and murdered while parked at an abandoned commercial site in lieu of better options in South Carolina.
Created in part in concert with the United States Department of Transportation, the comprehensive survey, says one of its primary proponents, fuel hauler and driver advocate Allen Smith, is aimed at pushing the U.S. DOT toward fulfilling the research mandate included in last year s Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill. Safe available truck parking has been an issue for professional truck drivers for many years, Smith writes on his AsktheTrucker.com blog2. The situation has become more relevant as rest areas continue to close.
Click through the image to take the National Truck Parking Survey.
The latest rest-area news that many states, including Louisiana and New Hampshire most recently, were eyeing the rest-area privatization option in a last-ditch efforts to keep public rest areas open saw no shortage of driver consternation on the safe-parking-availability topic last month.
Said Dex Jones under the same post, We need more parking, no ifs ands or buts about it. Rest areas are shutting down everywhere, and most truck stops are full by 5 p.m.
The notion of privatizing the rest areas didn t sit well with some. Private as in for-profit parking open at what cost? asked Shari Denny. If I bring my stamped 2290 can I park free? The MAP-21 bill earmarks no particular amount of funding to boost truck-parking availability, a fact that watchers in the driver community have alternately viewed as a negative (it gives states no guidance on what level of funds they could potentially expect) and a big positive4 (if no amount is marked, the possibilities are unlimited).
The new survey at the least, creators hope, will give regulators a good idea of where exactly the needs are largest. You can take the time to participate and make your own parking needs known by completing the survey via this link.5
- ^ Drivers have through August 10 to complete the survey, accessible via this link (www.surveymonkey.com)
- ^ writes on his AsktheTrucker.com blog (askthetrucker.com)
- ^ at Overdrive s Facebook page (facebook.com)
- ^ a fact that watchers in the driver community have alternately viewed as a negative (it gives states no guidance on what level of funds they could potentially expect) and a big positive (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ You can take the time to participate and make your own parking needs known by completing the survey via this link. (www.surveymonkey.com)
May 11th, 2013 Unfair competition, exploitation of foreign workers, and dangerous situations on the road, these are just a selection from the stories included in survey forms on the future of the transport sector completed by some 3000 Dutch truck drivers. In recent years I ve heard a great deal about the problems faced by truck drivers, says SP Euro-MP Dennis de Jong, but the outcome of this enquiry is nevertheless shocking. Six out of ten do not believe they will be able to continue to drive trucks for a living, given the problems in the sector.
The broad enquiry was filled in by almost 3000 drivers over a period of six weeks. Questions concerned such matters as the drivers financial circumstances, safety on the road, the use of the digital tachograph and the future of the transport sector. Nearly all of the drivers said that they were proud of their work, but that they were at the same time faced with enormous problems. Seven in ten said that their financial position had worsened in recent years. The degree of distress is shown by the support expressed by two-thirds for an extension of the working of the unpopular tachograph by the addition of a location function to prevent misuse.
The results of the enquiry will be collected into a black book which will be presented to European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas. The Commissioner stated at a recent meeting with De Jong and other MEPs that he was looking forward to seeing this document and accompanying proposals for improvement. As well as the black book I ll be giving him a list of concrete recommendations relating to existing European rules and for possible new standards, says De Jong. The rules governing cabotage, for instance the taking of a completely domestic route by a driver from another member state must be tightened up and certainly not relaxed, as Kallas favoured in the past.
The drivers were careful to point out in their answers that although many of the problems were linked to competition from eastern European drivers, they did not blame the drivers involved for this, but argued rather for a tougher approach to the firms which often hire them on illegal terms and without regard to the prevailing labour agreements in the sector. Nine out of ten Dutch drivers see massive differences between their remuneration and that of the eastern Europeans. The drivers are confronted on the roads with what is happening to their eastern European colleagues, says De Jong. Sometimes the eastern Europeans are forced to wait for days in a layby with too little money to be able to afford to go to the services to get something to eat, which means they have to cook for themselves on the layby. There is sometimes no provision for sanitation on these laybys and if there are any toilets and washrooms they are often broken or filthy as a result of constant use. It s clear to everyone that these drivers aren t getting rich.
The drivers point above all at the numerous forms of false construction used by the abusive firms. One in eight has been given the choice during the last year between the sack or accepting a new contract via an employment agency, says De Jong. This is known as the Cyprus-route : the drivers are employed by a box number company and from that moment onwards have to put up with much worse working conditions. Social security and pension rights no longer come under the laws of the Netherlands, but those of the state where the employment agency is established. This is illegal, but very little is done about it, in part because such employment agencies aren t properly registered. By means of a central registration system and a few simple measures, such as insisting that the company in question has parking space for every one of its registered trucks, you could really tackle these practices.
A quarter of the drivers gave examples of false self-employed workers who in reality drive the year round for the same firm and who do not own their own truck. Often, they do not have the required papers. Numerous drivers who took part in the survey named Dutch haulage companies which take advantage of such illegal constructions. It would be good if the labour inspectorate could keep a closer eye on these firms and make more unannounced checks, says De Jong. This would require a radical reversal of the Dutch government s policies, because as things stand we re still seeing massive cuts in inspections, for example with enforcement contracts which mean that a firm may no longer be obliged to submit to inspection if it s properly followed the rules for a few years.
A last point which is causing huge annoyance is the feeling amongst Dutch drivers that they are picked on by the police and fined when abroad because they are known to be able to speak the language and because they pay up promptly. This shouldn t be happening, De Jong says. Fines should be levied because the rules have been broken, irrespective of whether or not it s going to be easy to collect. So I d also like to see clear agreements between traffic police services in Europe, that checks must be objective with no discrimination based on the colour of the registration plate.
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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) –
An Adams County trucking company was recognized Tuesday morning for playing an important part in the Tri-States agriculture industry.
Baucom Trucking of Camp Point was honored as the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness of the Year at a breakfast event Tuesday morning.
The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce honors an agribusiness each year to emphasize the importance of the ag industry on the local economy.
Baucom Trucking was established by Jim Baucom, Sr., in 1945. The company specializes in transporting anhydrous ammonia. Baucom’s sons, Bob and Jim, Jr., currently own and operate the business.
This is the 13th year for the awards.