TRUXFACTS
August 15, 2016
Number 2016-33

TRUCKING EMPLOYMENT GAINS IN JULY AFTER 5 MONTHS OF LOSSES

After five straight months of employment declines, trucking added jobs in July, according to the latest data from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In a month where the overall economy added 255,000 nonfarm jobs, trucking saw employment increase by 1,700 positions. For-hire trucking employment stands at 1,455,800 positions as of July. Transit and ground transportation added 4,400 jobs in July after shedding 6,000 positions in June and gaining 600 jobs in May. Transit and ground transportation employment stands at 477,600 positions as of July. The transportation and warehousing sector as a whole added 11,700 jobs in July.


CVSA SCHEDULES BRAKE SAFETY WEEK FOR SEPTEMBER 11 – 17

Since 1998, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has been holding an annual Brake Safety Week for large trucks and buses, an outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial motor vehicle (CMV) brake safety throughout North America. The inspections for this year will be held from September 11 – 17. Inspectors will be looking for out-of-adjustment brakes and brake systems, and anti-lock braking system (ABS) violations throughout the week. They will be targeting loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other faulty brake system components. Checks for ABS malfunction indicator lights and defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out-of-service. Inspectors will be conducting Level I Inspections, and in the 10 jurisdictions currently using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment, vehicle braking efficiency will be measured. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measures total vehicle weight and total brake force from which braking efficiency is determined. More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program began. In 2015, 18,817 large truck and bus inspections were conducted, resulting in 2,321 commercial vehicles being placed out of service. Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake program. Be prepared to stop!

FMCSA MEDICAL REVIEW BOARD WILL MEET TO REVIEW PUBLIC COMMENTS ON POTENTIAL SLEEP APNEA RULE

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold meetings of its Medical Review Board (MRB) to review comments received on the FMCSA’s potential sleep apnea rule. In March, the FMCSA and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking information on moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea safety implications, as well as the potential costs and benefits of regulatory actions to address the risk. The agencies listed 20 questions for interested parties to answer in public comments. The agencies also held three public listening sessions. The FMCSA received nearly 600 comments on its ANPRM. Now, the MRB will meet on Aug. 22-23 to make its recommendations. The meetings are open to the public for their entirety, and the public will be allowed to comment during the proceedings.
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