diesel fuel shortage hits the Northeast | Minimum increase in insurance blocked by insurance industry, lack of data

Trucking news and briefs for Friday, May 13, 2022:

Truck stops report low fuel stocks

Not only diesel fuel constantly setting price recordsbut low stocks of vital fuel caused occasional shortages at truck stops, particularly in the northeast.

On Wednesday, Love’s sent the following message to its fleet customers:

“Love’s is monitoring the fluid situation on the East Coast; we experienced minimal outages during low traffic hours. It is always our mission to keep diesel stocked to fulfill our customer commitment keep drivers on the road. The company does not intend to restrict diesel purchases. Love’s will continue to use its top fuel logistics and delivery companies, Musket and Gemini, to minimize impacts to our diesel customers. »

love is said Overdrive its fleet sales team “proactively alerted the company’s fleet customer base to maintain its consistent and direct approach to changing market fluctuations”.

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At the moment, Overdrive did not confirm any specific truck stops running out of diesel. In March, Shameek Konar, pilot and CEO of Flying J warned that diesel shortages could emerge as the industry grapples with supply chain challenges. Friday, Brad Jenkins, Senior Vice President of Supply and Distribution for Pilot Company, issued the following statement:

“We are aware of the concerns over diesel supply in specific markets across the United States. Most Eastern US markets remain extremely low on diesel inventory levels, and the issues of refineries are creating stress in the St. Louis and Indianapolis markets.To prepare, Pilot Company has built a resilient supply chain over the past few years and is taking additional steps to secure additional supply and mobilize our fleet to deliver diesel to areas facing limited availability, such as Virginia and Georgia All other markets are currently sufficiently supplied.

Jenkins added that the company was conducting “contingency planning” to maintain stable sources of diesel fuel. “We are monitoring the situation closely,” he said.

If you spot a truck stop that is running out of diesel or rationing, please contact alexlockie@randallreilly.com.

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FMCSA: Insurance industry hampers agency’s ability to analyze carriers’ insurance minimums

In a report to Congress this month Regarding current financial accountability requirements for motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the insurance industry’s lack of transparency is a key reason the agency has not not yet supported any increase in carriers’ $750,000 liability insurance requirement.

The report follows others published on the subject for nearly 10 years since the FMCSA’s study of the matter was required by law in the 2012 Highway Bill MAP-21.

The agency said minimum insurance requirements for carriers were set in the 1980s and noted that medical and other costs related to “catastrophic accidents have risen dramatically”. The FMCSA also noted that while such catastrophic accidents are relatively rare, “the costs of resulting property damage, injury, and death can significantly exceed minimum levels of financial responsibility.”

Even so, the FMCSA said much of the information it would need to review the adequacy of current insurance requirements is not readily available because many lawsuits are settled out of court and subject to settlements. of non-disclosure. Additionally, the agency said much information about insurance companies is proprietary.

“As a result, FMCSA is only able to provide a limited assessment of the adequacy of motor carrier financial accountability requirements at this time,” FMCSA said in its report. “In order for the FMCSA to adequately assess the sufficiency of financial accountability requirements, the agency would need access to more detailed information from the insurance industry, including anonymized claims data.”

The agency said efforts to obtain this information using existing legal authorities and through voluntary disclosure requests have been unsuccessful.

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Last of Michigan’s weight restrictions lifted

Effective 6 a.m. Friday, May 13, the Michigan Department of Transportation lifted weight restrictions on all major state highways statewide. State roads usually have M, I, or US designations.

Weight restrictions are in place during the spring thaw period and are now complete for the 2022 season.

County highway commissions and city public works departments have implemented their own seasonal weight restrictions, which usually, but not always, coincide with state highway weight restrictions. Signs are usually posted indicating which routes have weight restrictions in effect, although some jurisdictions have deviated from the posted signage.

Team pilots honored after rescuing head-on crash victims

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named truckers John Dowdy and Kloe Myers Highway Angels for stopping to save drivers from a serious head-on collision. The team hauls for KL Harring Transportation based in Bethel, Pennsylvania.

John Dowdy and Kloe MyersJohn Dowdy and Kloe MyersIn the early evening of March 10, Dowdy was driving with her fiancé/co-driver Myers on Interstate 60 in Lexington, Kentucky. Dowdy was first on the scene in a serious head-on collision involving a Dodge Dakota hitting a Ford sedan. Apparently the Dakota had attempted to make a left turn and hit the Ford head-on.

Dowdy quickly applied the brakes and pulled over to the left to block the crash of other oncoming traffic. Dowdy and Myers ran to the two vehicles involved to assess the situation, assist drivers and secure the scene.

Dowdy rescued the driver of the Dodge Dakota, who was dazed but not seriously injured, although the front of the vehicle was completely shattered.

“I was relieved he was alive and was able to release his door and get him out of the truck,” Dowdy said, “so we got into the second car and couldn’t open his door. “

Myers helped fold down the top of the vehicle’s door to reach the other driver involved in the crash. “She had already checked her vital signs and everything before I got there,” Dowdy said. “She grabbed the top of the door frame and pulled her back and pulled her.”

The driver of the sedan suffered no serious injuries, although his car door had to be cut to extract him. The Dodge Dakota driver, who was later arrested and allegedly charged with driving under the influence, allegedly pulled up in front of the sedan and caused the crash.

TCA presented the team with a certificate, crests, pins and truck decals. KL Harring Transportation also received a letter acknowledging him as a Highway Angel.

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