Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, April 23, 2020:
Energy Department asks FMCSA to extend 30-minute break waiver
The Department of Energy is requesting the renewal of a waiver that allows its contract carriers’ drivers hauling security-sensitive radioactive materials to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the hours of service rest break requirements.
FMCSA first granted the waiver on June 30, 2015, for five years. The renewal would extend the waiver through June 29, 2025.
The exemption allows DOE carriers hauling radioactive materials to be treated the same as those transporting explosives.
FMCSA is seeking public comment on the request, which can be made at www.regulations.gov by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0370 when the request is published Thursday in the Federal Register.
CoreTrans boosts driver hazard pay
Somerset, Kentucky-based CoreTrans recently announced a 5 cents per mile increase for its drivers to compensate and thank the drivers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the increase, drivers can earn up to 49 cents per mile, based on experience, plus an additional 5 cents per mile hazard pay.
Additionally, the carrier is offering $2,000 paid orientation, a $5,000 sign-on bonus and more.
Penske updates used trucks website
Penske has updated its used trucks website to help customers more easily shop, buy and finance used trucks online easer.
The company says in an effort to support COVID-19 social distancing measures, customers can search through Penske’s online inventory, speak with an expert via phone or email and schedule a safe delivery or pickup.
“I am excited to introduce to commercial vehicle purchasers a website with a new look and feel and an improved customer experience,” stated Jack Mitchell, Penske senior vice president of vehicle remarketing. “When shopping online for the right used Penske trucks to fit your fleet’s needs, the intuitive search function is quicker and streamlined.”