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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - April 2021

Regulatory and Legislative Update - April 2021

April 9, 2021 |

Contents FMCSA has extended its emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 through May 31. For the latest version and other guidance related to COVID-19 is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement DOL proposes to withdraw rule on worker classification DOT rescinds Trump administration’s changes on rulemakings, guidance CVSA to hold enforcement events in May and July Bus operator seeks exemption from full clearinghouse query in hiring Armored car operation seeks exemption to weld front doors shut FMCSA grants windshield exemption to Bendix Legislation West Virginia law allows clear path to independent contractor status Biden infrastructure plan envisions passage of the PRO Act Bills reintroduced to allow 18-year-old interstate drivers under specific conditions House and Senate bills would require underride protection rulemaking House bill would authorize $755...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - March 2021 Addendum

Regulatory and Legislative Update - March 2021 Addendum

March 13, 2021 |

Contents Legislation House passes PRO Act with strict ABC test COVID RELIEF ALERT – New Legislation Could Provide Additional Relief for Small Carriers and Brokers Advocacy and Comment Legislation House passes PRO Act with strict ABC test The U.S. House of Representatives on March 8 passed on a party line 225 to 206 vote legislation that would mandate a federal ABC test for worker classification similar to that in California’s AB 5. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842) now moves to the Senate. The same legislation passed the House in the 116th Congress but died in the Republican-controlled Senate. Although Democrats technically control the Senate by virtue of Vice President Harris’ tie-breaking vote, H.R. 842 faces an uphill battle owing to the filibuster. Some observers believe that killing the filibuster altogether would be the only path to final passage of the...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - March 2021

Regulatory and Legislative Update - March 2021

March 4, 2021 |

Contents FMCSA has extended its emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 through May 31. For the latest version and other guidance related to COVID-19 is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement DOL postpones effective date on independent contractor rule DOL withdraws opinions sleeper berth pay, independent contractor status SBA takes steps to improve PPP access for very small businesses FMCSA postpones effective date on rule changing rulemaking procedures Wilson Logistics wins exemption on use of permit-holding drivers Legislation House Democrats reintroduce PRO Act House, Senate bills would establish an advisory board to promote women in trucking House bill would provide HOS relief on perishable agricultural products Open Issues Comment period still open on proposed alternative vision standard Advocacy and Comment Regulation and Enforcement DOL postpones...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - February 2021

Regulatory and Legislative Update - February 2021

February 5, 2021 |

Contents FMCSA has updated various guidance related to COVID-19, including guidance related to the Center for Disease Control’s order related to use of masks at “transportation hubs.” For the latest, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement President Biden charts new regulatory course; White House freezes rulemaking Buttigieg confirmed as new DOT secretary, FMCSA deputy named DOL withdraws opinion on safety requirements’ impact on worker status FMCSA proposes alternative vision standard to replace exemption program Proposed pilot on split rest dropped from website Final rule on third-party CDL testing likely dead Medical registry problems limit FMCSA’s oversight of driver qualifications, OIG says CVSA schedules International Roadcheck for May 4-6 FMCSA expands MCSAC membership, appoints new driver subcommittee FMCSA proposes changes in HHG broker disclosures Courts...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - January 2021

Regulatory and Legislative Update - January 2021

January 14, 2021 |

Contents FMCSA has modified various guidance related to COVID-19. For the latest, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement DOL finalizes rule to clarify independent contractor status FMCSA proposes to revise HOS guidance on yard moves Final rule announced to allow third-party CDL examiners to test their own trainees FMCSA implements FAST Act requirements on rules and petitions Annual inspections of rear impact guards proposed FMCSA proposes to drop mandate for annual driver reports of traffic violations Railroads win relief from HOS regulations during ‘unplanned events Helicopter firm seeks HOS relief for ground support operators Netradyne receives windshield exemption for safety system Comment period still open on TIA petition Legislation Trucking loses legislative buffer as Democrats control the Senate Applications for the PPP to reopen week of January 11 Advocacy...

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Regulatory and Legislative Update - December 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - December 2020

December 11, 2020 |

Contents FMCSA has extended its emergency declaration regarding enforcement relief for drivers and carriers involved in COVID-19 response through February 28, 2021 and has expanded the declaration to specifically include vaccines and related products within the coverage of the declaration. For details, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA declares preemption against Washington’s meal and rest break rules Interim final rule clarifies definition of agricultural commodity FMCSA seeks comments on TIA’s petition on reporting mandate, dispatch services FMCSA considers preemption request regarding Illinois carrier ID requirements Ohio carrier obtains exemption for alternate cargo securement for metal coils Minnesota seeks reconsideration of CDL skills testing decision Grote obtains exemption for pulsating warning lamps FMCSA grants windshield exemption to J.J....

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - November 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - November 2020

November 12, 2020 |

Contents The emergency declaration regarding enforcement relief for drivers and carriers involved in COVID-19 response is in place through December 31. For details, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement Coalition urges DOL to affirm that owner-operators are independent contractors FMCSA seeks nominations for Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Comment period extended until November 18 on broker transparency petitions FMCSA to expand pool for military younger driver program FMCSA rejects ELD, HOS relief for drivers traveling with pets Knight-Swift wins limited exemption from MVR update requirement FMCSA approves tank truck group’s exemption allowing pulsating brake light FMCSA rejects mobile medical operation request for HOS relief Samsara, Nauto granted windshield placement exemptions Election Analysis: A Biden administration likely would pursue tighter safety...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - October 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - October 2020

October 7, 2020 |

Contents FMCSA has extended through December 31 its emergency declaration regarding enforcement relief for drivers and carriers involved in COVID-19 response. For details, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement Labor Department proposes to clarify independent contract status OMB reviewing interim rule on agricultural commodity, livestock definitions TIA seeks rulemaking to end transaction reporting mandate FMCSA rejects bid for HOS relief for drivers using Pronto.ai systems UPS asks FMCSA to reconsider its denial of driver training exemption FMCSA rejects Ohio DPS request to modify skills test rules for veterans Firms receive exemption for mirror-replacement camera system FMCSA denies ELD exemption for pipeline services company Exemption granted regarding fuel systems for stationary auxiliary equipment Legislation Stopgap funding bill also extends highway...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - September 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - September 2020

September 9, 2020 |

Contents Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA plans pilot programs on 14-hour window, younger drivers OOIDA, SBTC seek rulemakings to expand broker transparency Proposed HHS guidelines on hair testing would require backup alternative FMCSA retreats on carrier size analysis in Beyond Compliance study Railroads seek broad HOS relief for unplanned events IANA training now counts as intermodal inspector qualification J.J. Keller, Netradyne seek windshield exemptions for cameras Courts More appellate courts address final-mile drivers and arbitration Judge rules against Uber, Lyft in AB 5 case; Ninth Circuit hears CTA case ATA files complaint against ocean carriers over intermodal charges Advocacy and Comment Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA plans pilot programs on 14-hour window, younger drivers In separate actions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing pilot programs to...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - August 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - August 2020

August 12, 2020 |

Contents Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA plans pilot programs on 14-hour window, younger drivers OOIDA, SBTC seek rulemakings to expand broker transparency Proposed HHS guidelines on hair testing would require backup alternative FMCSA retreats on carrier size analysis in Beyond Compliance study Railroads seek broad HOS relief for unplanned events IANA training now counts as intermodal inspector qualification J.J. Keller, Netradyne seek windshield exemptions for cameras Courts More appellate courts address final-mile drivers and arbitration Judge rules against Uber, Lyft in AB 5 case; Ninth Circuit hears CTA case ATA files complaint against ocean carriers over intermodal charges Advocacy and Comment Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA plans pilot programs on 14-hour window, younger drivers In separate actions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing pilot programs to...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - July 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - July 2020

July 9, 2020 |

Contents Note: FMCSA’s emergency declaration related to COVID-19 currently runs through July 14, but the latest extension curtails the coverage of the relief. For latest version, visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Legislation Congress extends PPP through August 8 House passes infrastructure bill with major motor carrier provisions House bill would establish carrier selection standard House bill would expand HOS exemption for agriculture Regulation and Enforcement Safety advocates/Teamsters, CVSA file petition for reconsideration of HOS changes MCSAC to address regulation of smaller vehicles, aging drivers FMCSA finalizes changes to MCSAP Werner gets limited ELD data exemption for transition to new supplier FMCSA renews DOE, SCRA exemptions Advocacy & Comment Legislation Congress extends PPP through August 8 President Trump on July 4 signed legislation (S. 4116) that extends the...

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House Bill 7095 / Section 4202

House Bill 7095 / Section 4202

June 16, 2020 |

House panel to vote on bill with measures on CSA, SFD, HOS The Democratic leadership of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on June 4 introduced legislation (H.R. 7095) to reauthorize transportation programs following the expiration of the FAST Act on September 30. Title IV of the bill addresses motor carrier safety and includes several significant provisions related to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulation and enforcement. The committee plans to mark up the bill on June 17.

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - June 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - June 2020

June 3, 2020 |

Contents Note: FMCSA’s emergency declaration related to COVID-19 currently runs through July 14, but the latest extension curtails the coverage of the relief. For latest version, visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Legislation Congress extends PPP through August 8 House passes infrastructure bill with major motor carrier provisions House bill would establish carrier selection standard House bill would expand HOS exemption for agriculture Regulation and Enforcement Safety advocates/Teamsters, CVSA file petition for reconsideration of HOS changes MCSAC to address regulation of smaller vehicles, aging drivers FMCSA finalizes changes to MCSAP Werner gets limited ELD data exemption for transition to new supplier FMCSA renews DOE, SCRA exemptions Advocacy & Comment Legislation Congress extends PPP through August 8 President Trump on July 4 signed legislation (S. 4116) that extends the...

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Hot Shot Trucking Regulatory and Legislative Update - May 2020

Regulatory and Legislative Update - May 2020

May 7, 2020 |

Contents For the latest FMCSA guidance related to COVID-19, visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA relaunches Crash Preventability Program NPRM would downgrade CDLs, CLPs for positive drug tests Safety technology firm seeks HOS relief for drivers using its systems SBTC seeks reconsideration of broker bond exemption denial FMCSA again denies SBTC’s ELD exemption bid Pipeline services company seeks ELD exemption Werner seeks limited ELD data exemption for transition to new supplier Samsara seeks windshield placement exemption for dash camera McKee Foods Transportation sleeper berth exemption renewed FMCSA requests comments on DOE, SCRA exemption renewals Advocacy and Comment Crash Preventability Program and Paycheck Protection Program 2 Regulation and Enforcement FMCSA relaunches Crash Preventability Program The Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

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How Highway Closure Impacts Hot Shot Trucking California
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How Highway Closure Impacts Hot Shot Trucking California

January 23, 2018 |

Natural disasters can disrupt any industry, but their impact is particularly serious for logistics companies. The recent mudslides in California are a powerful case in point. By blocking Highway 101, one of the Golden State’s most important roadways, this environmental crisis has diverted trucks from their usual routes. This has significantly increased the cost and difficulty of completing hot shot freight deliveries, hampering the economy of the entire state. Many of the most important deliveries in California run on a route between Santa Maria and Oxnard or Camarillo in the southern part of the state. Even a minor disruption to this route can seriously impact shippers, and the mudslides are far more than a minor disruption. Hot shot freight companies have thus had to reroute many of their vehicles, often by more than 100 miles. The Full Force of Highway Closure To understand the total...

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WHAT IS HOT SHOT TRUCKING? AKA HOTSHOT TRUCKING

Modern business is all about strict timelines. Whether your field is manufacturing, extraction, retail, or research and development, your operations are bound to rely on activities that operate in tandem. The most minor of supply shortages can throw these activities off, potentially costing you thousands of dollars just for a few hours' delay. Success thus hinges on your ability to right the ship as quickly as possible after a supply shortage arises.

Industries We Serve

Modern day hot shot trucking provides the speed and exclusivity you need to meet the most demanding and time-sensitive shipping requirements. We use every resource, avenue, and channel available to ship your freight by ground or air. Designed specifically to address supply and distribution problems that arise without warning, hotshot trucking tactics involve coordinating a network of carriers in a variety of locations. By calling on the vehicles closest to your supply or distribution points, hotshot brokers can fill any sudden gaps in your supply network almost as soon as they happen. This minimizes the disruption to your business and allows you to quickly return to ordinary operations, weathering the storm without skipping a beat.

Automotive

The automotive supply chain already has significant challenges. Don’t let malfunctioning equipment stop the production line. Step on the gas with HotShotTrucking.com’s suite of services that will get you back in the fast lane. With HotShotTrucking.com, companies are devising shipping strategies to swiftly deliver critical parts and equipment — whether it's ground expedite service with sprinter vans, box trucks and 53-foot tractor trailers or air freight and air cargo.

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Aviation & Aerospace

Every moment a commercial airliner sits on the ground, it costs an airline money. Expedited freight services by HotShotTrucking.com can get you back in the air with prompt delivery of parts and equipment throughout North America. We are equipped with the expertise to navigate the complexities of shipping jet engines and other types of loads, and our network of hot shot drivers has extensive experience transporting aviation assets.

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Construction

One shipping delay can snowball and cause delays throughout your entire project. You need an experienced 3PL provider who understands the construction industry and has the logistical reach to deliver your freight on time, anywhere. That 3PL partner is HotShotTrucking.com. Whether in the air or on the ground via truck and trailer, we can connect companies to expedited freight services for the prompt delivery of parts and equipment throughout North America.

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Mining & Metals

From cranes to chemicals to excavators to conveyor belts, HotShotTrucking.com has the experience and industry know-how required for shipping sensitive, oversized, and hazardous equipment. Third-party hot shot trucking and logistics providers such as HotShotTrucking.com specialize in devising and implementing innovative shipping solutions, ensuring mines can swiftly return to operation. We’ll pick up your shipment, deliver it to the airport and receive it at the other end – providing hand-carried service as necessary or required.

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Manufacturing

Every moment a manufacturing facility or factory sits idle costs a company money because of the high costs involved. With many manufacturers building to only just-in-time production rates, any disruption threatens parts and vehicle inventories. This is where the speed and expertise of freight services from HotShotTrucking.com can make a difference throughout the entire manufacturing supply chain. We do all the logistical legwork to find the optimal solution for your job, whether it's an exclusive air charter or expedited ground shipping.

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Telecommunications

From servers to cell towers, information, voice, and data must flow to keep businesses, production, and the public online and connected. When equipment goes dark, depend on HotShotTrucking.com to get your systems flashing green again. This is where the speed and experience of trucking and freight services from HotShotTrucking.com can help. Our hot shot truck network excels at the prompt delivery of parts and equipment throughout North America.

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Oil & Gas

The oil and gas industry faces challenging conditions in offshore and onshore oil rigs, often in remote locations with limited infrastructure. Don’t let oil pumps or pipelines sit idle waiting for equipment. By having the right plans, parts, people, and logistics partner like HotShotTrucking.com, you can effectively mitigate plant or pump downtime, unscheduled disruptions, and equipment failures.

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