The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program to study the safety and effectiveness of allowing interstate commercial truck drivers under the age of 21. Plus, a bankrupt oil company has left carriers facing an uncertain future, and trucking sector employment is starting to rise.
Youth will be served
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants public comment on a pilot program allowing drivers ages 18-20 to haul interstate commercial freight.
John Gallagher has the proposal’s details: FMCSA proposes under-21 driver pilot program
Bankrupt oil and gas company leaves truckers on the ropes
A Texas-based oil and gas company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and several trucking companies could be in line for huge losses as a result.
Clarissa Hawes has a look at the creditors in Bainbridge Uinta’s bankruptcy filing: Carriers owed hundreds of thousands after oil and gas company bankruptcy filing
Hiring starts to rebound
Freight markets have been strong all summer long, and now hiring in the trucking and logistics sectors is starting to catch up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the truck transportation sector employed 1,449,500 people in August.
John Kingston reports on how much that has improved in the past 30 days: Employment follow: A strong month for the logistics sector
A surging automotive industry has helped Mexico regain the spot as the U.S.’s top trade partner, supplanting China, which remains embroiled in trade disputes with the Trump administration.
Noi Mahoney has details on how much trade the U.S. conducts with Mexico: Mexico once again No. 1 US trade partner
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has unveiled a national freight transportation strategy that focuses on using data and analytic tools to improve multimodal coordination in the nation’s freight networks.
John Gallagher has more on this first-ever approach to managing freight: DOT rolls out National Freight Strategic Plan
Hammer down, everyone,