Hurricane Michael is heading toward the Gulf Coast with an almost certain impact on the trucking and transport sector. While there has been more than 300,000 b/d of oil output shut in already from platform shut-ins as a caution, the track looks like it will miss the production areas of the Gulf. It also is probably trending too far east to have much impact on refineries, with the Chevron Pascagoula refinery in Mississippi most at risk. Where the biggest danger could happen to the trucking business would be a significant loss of power, leaving gas stations without the ability to pump fuel. It also could knock out the Colonial Pipeline, the main artery that takes gasoline and diesel from the Gulf Coast through the southeast and up through the mid-Atlantic to the New York area. The storm will need to blow through before the full extent of that disruption can be measured.
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The ambiguous outcome of the UPS contract vote revealed a shocking number: less than half of the eligible voters actually cast a vote for a contract that would determine their pay levels and other benefits for the next five years.
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Tomorrow is the final day in which people can comment on proposed changes to the Hours of Service rule. The request for comments came from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the responses run well into the thousands. In this era of Facebook-Twitter “comments” that appear to have gotten about a half-second’s worth of thought before getting published, it’s clear that the commenters on the possible HOS changes have given what they wrote a lot of thought. It’s hard to imagine FMCSA, after reading all of these comments, won’t do something. Just what isn’t clear. The more radical proposals that FMCSA is seeking comments on are from an OOIDA proposal that could effectively push the 14-hour day to a 17-hour day. Will it go that far? We don’t know, but can FMCSA possibly take in all these comments and just choose to stand pat?
Hammer down everyone!