Bay & Bay Transportation Introduces New Pay for Owner Operators

Bay & Bay Transportation truck up closeBay & Bay Transportation recently announced its plans to roll out new earning rates for owner operators beginning April 1, 2017. The carrier prides itself on providing drivers with some of the industry’s best advantages when it comes to safety, consistent loads, pay and driving opportunities. Named one of the Best Fleets to Drive For in 2016 by CarriersEdge and the Truckload Carriers Association, the Minnesota-based company is committed to meeting drivers’ needs for financial stability with best in class pay.

“At Bay & Bay, we understand that a driver’s time is important and they should be compensated accordingly,” explains Sam Anderson, President of Bay & Bay. “This is why our owner operators can rely on getting paid for their miles, whether unloaded or loaded.”

With the new earning rates, loaded mileage pay will be $0.97 – $1.27 based on the length of the run. The exact loaded mileage pay breakdown is as follows: $1.27 for 0-150 miles; $1.17 for 151-250 miles; $1.07 for 251-300 miles; and 97 cents for 301 or more miles. Empty mileage pay will be 90 cents per mile. Current independent contractors can stay on the company’s current compensation plan or switch to the new rates when they become available.

Owner operators at Bay & Bay can expect to average around 2,500 miles per week. Other owner operator benefits include paid fuel surcharges on loaded miles, 100 percent reimbursement on authorized tolls, in-cab scanners, quarterly safety bonuses and discounts on fuel. Accessorial pay includes detention pay, layover pay and extra stop pay. Lease purchase opportunities are also available.

To become an independent contractor with Bay & Bay, drivers must have a valid CDL-A; at least one year of OTR experience; a passed Minnesota DOT inspection within the last 10 years; liability, physical damage and occupational accident insurance; and maintenance, fuel and road tax escrow accounts.

Bay & Bay Transportation is proud to offer truck transportation services focused on providing safe, consistent and quality transportation solutions for its customers. The company provides the security of an asset-based carrier with the resources of a world-class third-party logistics provider. Bay & Bay offers OTR jobs and local truck driver jobs across the United States from Texas to Pennsylvania and throughout the Midwest. By providing meaningful opportunities for professional growth and successful experiences, Bay & Bay attracts, retains and develops the great employees needed to provide the high quality services its customers deserve. For more information at the opportunities at Bay & Bay, visit www.drive4bayandbay.com or call (888) 714-0174.

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Trucking Industry Competes for High School Students and New Talent

Finding truck driving jobs is not the hard part. Finding truck drivers to fill the seats of semis to cover the trucking jobs is more difficult. Trucking companies Front of Peterbiltlike Venture Logistics, Unimark Truck Transport and Willis Shaw Express are doing everything possible to improve driver retention and reduce turnover. Age, competition from other industries, and job skills are three of the top reasons why trucking is lacking in drivers. However, state by state agencies are doing something about it.

Minnesota Trucking Association Attracts Drivers

In Minnesota most of the truck drivers typically take off for the oil fields of North Dakota for work. However, in the decline in oil production Minnesota trucking jobs would be filling up as drivers stay local to work. Yet this is not the case.

According to the Minnesota Trucking Association president John Hausladen, “The combination of an older demographic and more people retiring along with new regulations that either disqualify or frustrate drivers all contributes to us not being able to bring in enough young people.”

Overturning Age Limit for Trucking

Other factors compounding this problem are waiting until drivers are 21 before they can work for over the road trucking companies. By the time most young people turn 21 they have almost graduated from college, or they have started their own business. Falling back on trucking is still an option.

But it’s less likely that they will take that option if they have a choice. The lifestyle of a long haul trucker doesn’t appeal to young people hoping to start a family, either. Yet if we depend on the older generation, as Hausladen points out, that’s a bad idea, too, since they are all retiring.

The MTA is currently lobbying Congress to get the age limit for OTR truckers lowered from 21 to 18. This would help resolve the issue of finding new truckers who are just graduating high school and entering the workforce for the first time. At the same time, truck driving is a highly skilled and stressful occupation, and young adults especially males tend to be aggressive when driving.

If we were to allow 18 year olds to drive a long haul truck, what would that do to truck driver safety ratings? Obviously this is what the leaders have been considering for years, in hopes of coming up with a better solution. However, if the trucking job pool is primarily young adults, we have little option but to train these drivers young.

Tech Toys of Trucking

Hausladen added the fact that truck driving is highly technological these days. This is true, and younger minds are better equipped to handle all of the tech that is a part of truck driving. It is also a great way to attract young people to the industry. All of this new technology is geared at making trucking easier for the driver. Plus, when you start talking about self-driving trucks with high school students, their eyes just light up. This new tech could very well bridge the gap between your parents’ generation of truck drivers, and the truckers of your children’s era.

The MTA also notes how companies in Minnesota are helping reduce costs for freight, while improving the truckers situation. Truck drivers are testing out freight-swap services. In this situation two drivers will coordinate to swap trailers filled with freight at a midpoint destination. Then each driver will return to their home town with the freight in tow. This works for truckers who are driving in opposite directions, and it reduces the amount of time spent on the road for many Minnesota truckers.

Final Boost for Younger Truckers

In a final call to attract the attention of younger truckers, Hausladen points out how most truck drivers end up as business owners. That’s right. If you want to become an entrepreneur, being a truck driver can get you there. This is a highly independent occupation that requires every single trucker to think on their feet each and every day. You make business decisions that affect both you, your clients and your employer. You are using entrepreneurial skills that may follow you into an owner operator position, or when you start up your own trucking company one day.

This speaks volumes to high school students with huge dreams of being business owners. And who knows? It might just be the thing that brings these students over into the trucking fold. That is the hope, for which the industry depends.

 

OOIDA Working to Get E-Log Regulation Dumped by Trump

ELD on dash of truckWhen you are a truck driver for companies like GSTC, Heartland Express, and Maverick Transportation you have to follow a lot of rules. You might already be using e-logs as a company driver. If you aren’t yet you will be by the end of the year, you and every other trucker out there. But don’t worry, there are still groups fighting against the use of electronic logs. This includes one of the largest organizations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). OOIDA has no desire to sit back and let electronic logging slowly invade the trucking industry. However, it might be too late to put up much of a fight unless OOIDA appeals to the nature of the Trump administration. As OOIDA has far influence there’s a possibility something could happen in the favor of deregulation.

Supreme Court Appeal

Here’s where the case is at present-day. First OOIDA was denied an appeals request for the ELD mandate case against the Department of Transportation. This was at the circuit court level and included a request for a 12 judge panel instead of the conditional three. Then there was a lawsuit that contends the electronic device rule violates the Fourth Amendment for truck drivers’ privacy. Furthermore, the agency states the rule does not follow requirements set forth by Congress. Here’s the results of this fight.

  • OOIDA’s case was dismissed in all aspects in favor of e-logging devices.
  • The e-log mandate still stands.
  • It does not appear that any other agency is currently in lawsuit against the DOT for
  • The e-log rule compliance date is December 18, 2017.

At that time all truckers with some exceptions as noted by the DOT will be required to use electronic logging devices on their trucks.

These logging devices will track all commercial long haul truckers and document their hours of service information. This data will be aggregated and recorded by the DOT to ensure the driver is maintaining their hours of service requirements. The logging devices themselves are expected to enforce HOS regulations even more than they already are enforced. By using e-logs drivers are unable to change or edit log books to make it look like they have stayed within compliance. However, this is the entire reason why the DOT has taken to using e-logging devices in the commercial trucking industry.

Finding a Way Around E-Logs

Yes, there are some exemptions to the use of e-logs in the trucking industry. These are few and far between and include jobs like truck driver for a family farm or oil mining trucker. Most truck drivers cannot qualify for an exception for e-logging devices. If you are a regional truck driver, that is one way to bypass the e-log requirement as long as you stay within the 100 air mile radius. Most truckers aren’t stuck with regional trucking jobs though either. Therefore, the reality is there is not a way around e-logs if you are a commercial truck driver handling long haul loads in the US. It’s going to happen in mid-December, and if you aren’t ready with your newfangled logging devices the DOT is going to catch up with you. And they won’t like it if you aren’t compliant.

Getting Your E-Log Device

The best way to go when buying an e-log device is to buy it through a carrier if possible. If you are contracted through a big trucking company or drive as part of a regional fleet talk to your employer. See if you will be receiving an e-logging system through the trucking company. Or will you be able to get a discount on purchasing a system in bulk with other drivers in your fleet? You may also get a discount simply by going through your contracted carrier as part of a referral system.

Most importantly, you will be more likely to purchase a reputable and compliant brand and device. This practically guarantees that you won’t get burned with a bad device. It also gives you someone to go through if you get a lemon device for your truck. You may be getting your device set up through a carrier. If so, you may be able to score ELD training through the carrier for your own truck system. This could save you money, as well as time dealing with your device. It may also save you in fines down the road depending on if you understand everything from the training.

So while we want to believe that Trump will somehow make the electronic logging device rule disappear, it’s just a possibility at this point. After all, we are dealing with a regulation that the majority of truck drivers and trucking industry want abolished in a time when the President wants to get rid of most regulations.

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Is the Trucking Industry Steering Clear of Safety Devices

Mayflower truck along highway with side guardsThe primary purpose of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is to keep highways
safe. But what happens if the FMCSA is pulling away from life saving devices? That’s what some in the trucking industry are saying about side guards on trucks. These guards are used throughout Europe and could save hundreds of lives in the US every year. Yet we don’t use them. What is the reason behind this?

Taking a Side on Side Guards in Trucking

As you roll on the down the road you’ll notice some semis are fitted with side guards underneath each side of the trailer. This side guard is a safety device that prevents cars and motorcycles from getting caught up under the rig. What commonly happens is at a red light, a trucker will be attempting to make a right turn. However, as any trucker will tell you, you have to cut it wide to the left before turning right to account for your trailer length. Well, all too often people will cut around the truck on the right hand side to try and sneak past. This ends up in accidents that are unfortunately often fatal.

These side guards are said to save nine out of 10 lives when used on trucks. The Department of Transportation has been tossing around the idea of using side guards since the 1960s. And many trucks are already using them, if not in the US then in Europe and abroad. So what’s the hold up? Why aren’t side guards getting mandated as yet one more trucking regulation?

Beating the Expenses of Side Guards

The rumor is that trucking hasn’t mandated side guards because the trucking industry itself opposes them. According to Joan Claybrook formerly of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the trucking industry gives Congress a lot of money. Claybrook then adds that because of this financial support, Congress does what the trucking industry wants. However, that answer isn’t up to par.

For starters, the trucking industry is made up of trucking companies like Barr-Nunn Transportation, Heartland Express, and TMC Transportation truck drivers. When a trucking company has a driver who is involved in an accident, particularly a fatal accident, the company has to pay exponentially. Insurance costs go up for years, and that carrier is going to get a negative ding on its CSA score. This means they’ll have a more difficult time finding new customers and drivers.

So to say that the trucking industry doesn’t want to pay for safety guards is not correct. After all, by not paying a few hundred bucks compared to lose thousands of dollars makes bad business sense. The better financial move would be to install side guards on all rigs asap.

Another concern with these side guards is how much they cost trucking companies over time. Reports show that the side guards could weaken the underpinning of the trailer, while also increasing a truck’s weight. If the actual investment into side guards isn’t much of a problem, perhaps it is the maintenance and upkeep costs of using these guards load after load.

While we may not have enough data to show how much side guards cost over the long haul, we know someone who does. The European trucking firms certainly would know the cost of maintaining side guards, as well as the names of businesses that manufacture side guards.

From this perspective, side guards are a good investment for safety, they are widely used and industry tested in Europe, yet we do not use these safety devices in the US trucking industry. Cost doesn’t make sense, really, when we have all of these other safety devices that are mandated for the trucking industry. Electronic logging devices, speed limiters, emissions controls systems, and the like are all going to cost trucking companies a lot of money up front and on down the line. So calling this road block a cost issue isn’t telling the whole picture.

The Reality of Safety Regulations

Safety regulations, particularly in the trucking industry, are a hot button topic thanks to the Trump administration. The President continues to call for deregulation, and all things related to regulation are coming up to the surface. Whether it is side guards or e-logs or speed governors there are all sorts of ways to improve safety in trucking.

To say that the trucking industry is just too cheap to get side guards is simply too shallow of a response to the question. Trucking companies and truck drivers alike strive for safety at all costs. After all, it’s their business or their life at stake. Safety devices are hardly ever a time to cheapen out. The more likely scenario is that certain safety lobbyists have yet to move onto the side guard train, so to speak. Side guards, like all safety regulations, need to have their supporters before they are written into the rule book.

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Senate Discusses Trucker Regulations, Safety and Highway Funds

Schneider truck on bridgeRegulations are a fire-hot topic these days in the trucking industry and politics. Trump’s administration is set on eliminating regulation after regulation, at a rate of 80 percent. Yet safety groups and advocates and government agencies aren’t having it. And they have the checks and balances of the regulation process on their side. Cutting regulations isn’t as simple as just removing a sheet of paper from the Federal Register. Plus, there are some in trucking who want more regulations, particularly safety regulations. So where do we stand with cutting regulations, getting new regulations, and paying for all of this new infrastructure we will be getting?

Senate Subcommittee Discussion

At a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in February 2017 the topic on the table was federal highway funding. The conversation quickly veered onto other more pertinent topics in trucking. The CEO of Schneider National, Chris Lofgren, was questioned during the hearing. Senators dug in deep with questions about safety regulations, trucking competition with the rail system, and labor laws.

More impressing, Chairman Deb Fischer, Republican of Nebraska, expressed how the FMCSA has changed. Fischer previously worked on FMCSA reform, and she believes the agency needs to be more transparent and open in their processes. The FMCSA also needs to be more inclusive with the rest of the government and trucking industry.

Fischer goes on to discuss some ways infrastructure costs can be covered. She introduced the Build USA Infrastructure Act that would take part of money collected at the Customs and Border Patrol to go toward infrastructure spending. This project is a state level project, which would put more power to the states concerning how they handle collecting fees and what they spend the money on.

Safety of Truck Drivers

For truck drivers in the US fatalities have increased over the past couple of years. Part of this is due to a deteriorating highway system and from truckers driving equipment that is beyond its years. In order to improve these infrastructure issues, however, the money has to come from somewhere. Schneider National’s Lofgren pointed out that truckers for Schneider are using OnGuard technology by Meritor Wabco to prevent rear-end accidents. This technology alone has the ability to reduce rear-end collisions by 69 percent. Being able to prevent accidents, especially fatalities, is the primary job of the FMCSA. But is it going too far to enforce that drivers for companies like CR England and Empire Express must use a certain type of safety technology?

Concern with Regulations

This is where we are with electronic logging devices or the ELD mandate, which is now blanketed to the entire trucking industry. There is also the speed limiter mandate that requires another device to be affixed to regulate all trucks. Other regulations that require truckers to buy equipment are these safety requirements. Another such regulation has been on the table for more than 20 years. The FMCSA has been debating the effectiveness of side guards to prevent under the trailer accidents. However, to date there isn’t enough data from qualified research studies to prove that these side guards are worth the regulation.

In a way this proves that the FMCSA isn’t all for total regulation. Tack this with the Trump administration’s promise to cut regulations. Then there is the potential that regulations like the rear-end safety guard regulation called for by Lofgren will not see the light of day at least for four years. Even Senator Cory Booker was surprised to see the trucking industry leader push for more regulation. Booker said, “I do want to note for the record that an industry leader just called for more regulation.”

The question is, how does the trucking industry find the balance between enough regulation and over-regulation? If we have too much regulation as it stands, where do we start cutting back? Trump has answered this question to some extend, by refusing to pass new regulation during a regulatory freeze. Until the President comes back to the discussion block, we won’t know exactly what to expect. We can only hope that he holds to his promise of getting rid of regulations across the board.

Highway Funding Hot Topic

Another big ticket topic was the discussion of highway funding. After all, Trump has promised that infrastructure will happen, we are just waiting to see how it’ll get paid for. Highway funding should be paid for in total by the trucking industry, according to Matthew Rose, the BNSF Railway Executive Chairman. Rose states that the railroad industry pays for almost all of its own infrastructure. Could this be a possibility for the trucking industry, finding ways to cover the cost of everything from highway paying to safety equipment? Without the support of the federal government in managing roadways, the trucking industry would be in a serious financial bind.

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