Hong Kong holds opening ceremony for Express Rail Link to mainland

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Hong Kong holds opening ceremony for Express Rail Link to mainland

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, (6-R), the Governor of Guangdong Province Ma Xingrui, (6-L) and other Chinese government representatives officiate at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, China, 22 September 2018.

The opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link was held Saturday at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, one day ahead of the official operation of the first high-speed train from Hong Kong to the mainland.

The opening of the XRL marks Hong Kong’s official connection with the national high-speed railway network, Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said at the opening ceremony.

On the B1 Level of the station, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Tung Chee-hwa, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Leung Chun-ying, Governor of Guangdong province Ma Xingrui, Director of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR Wang Zhimin and other officials officiated the opening ceremony.

“Pearl of the Orient” and other songs played by Hong Kong violinist Yao Jue and Hong Kong String Orchestra as well as the video narrating the development of the railway in Guangdong and Hong Kong commenced the opening ceremony.

Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Ma Xingrui, General Manager of China Railway Corporation Lu Dongfu and Chairman of the MTR Corporation Ma Si-hang delivered speeches at the ceremony.

Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Ma Xingrui also unveiled a display embodying the official operation of the West Kowloon Station, the terminal of the cross-boarder high-speed rail trains between Hong Kong and the mainland.

Railway Linking Israel To Saudi Arabia In The Near Future?

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Israel to begin promoting railway linking Haifa seaport with Saudi Arabia

Transportation minister says he has begun consulting with leaders of relevant countries regarding plan that would give Gulf easier access to Europe

Government officials taking part in a test ride on a new train route near the northern city of Carmiel on March 21, 2017 (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Government officials taking part in a test ride on a new train route near the northern city of Carmiel on March 21, 2017 (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Israel Katz agreed this week to begin promoting their “Tracks for Regional Peace” initiative that is intended to create a trade route connecting Europe with the Persian Gulf and Israel, Hadashot news reported Saturday evening.

“Tracks for Regional Peace” is based on the planned extension of railway tracks in northern Israel, which would link Haifa’s seaport to Jordan’s rail network, which in turn will be linked with that of Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states.

The network is envisioned as creating a regional transportation system to enhance trade relations and promote peaceful coexistence.

Introduced in a new PR video from Netanyahu and Katz’s offices, the initiative will see the eastward extension of the Haifa-Beit She’an rail line to the Jordanian border and will also include a stop in Jenin, connecting the Palestinians to the broader plan.

Goods would be shipped from Europe to Haifa, allowing them to bypass civil war-torn Syria.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz in front of a map of the proposed rail network on April 5, 2017. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

“There are two central components at the heart of this initiative,” Katz explained when discussing the plan back in April. “Israel as a land bridge between Europe and the Mediterranean and Jordan; and Jordan as a regional transportation hub, which will be connected to a railroad system to Israel and the Mediterranean in the West; to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and Iraq in the East and southeast; and to the Red Sea, through Aqaba and Eilat, in the south.”

“Beyond its contribution to Israel’s economy, the Jordanian and the Palestinian economies, the initiative will connect Israel economically and politically to the region and will consolidate the pragmatic camp in the region,” he claimed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, during the former’s surprise visit to Amman on January 16, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Yousef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace)

The existing transportation infrastructure in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf will allow for the application of the initiative in a relatively short amount of time, the PR video said.

The initiative is said to also offer shorter, cheaper, and safer trade routes in light of regional instability threatening passageways through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf and the Bab al-Mandab Strait at the southern end of the Red Sea.

In a meeting this week, Katz and Netanyahu reached an agreement regarding the details of the initiative, with the latter instructing his office to begin advancing the plan in consultations with the US, European Union, and various countries in the Middle East and Asia.

Israel is expecting the US to play an important role in providing political backing for the plan.

Responding to a Times of Israel query on behalf of Greenblatt in April, a White House official said the proposal was “interesting,” but said the US does not yet have an informed position on it.

While Katz has said that he has spoken with the leaders of the relevant countries regarding the initiative, there is no indication that any of them have agreed to its application.

The transportation minister, who opposes Palestinian statehood, has argued that connecting Israelis and Palestinians with the Sunni Arab world would dramatically increase trade and lay the groundwork for a future regional peace.

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Truck drivers strike across China

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TAIWAN NEWS)

 

Truck drivers strike across China, shout ‘overthrow the CPC’

Truck drivers demand lower gas prices and no more police harassment

 

By Scott Morgan,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Truckers block road in protest (Screenshot from RFA YouTube video)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Mass protests have erupted across 9 provinces and municipalities in China as truck drivers voice their anger over high costs, decreasing wages and police harassment.

Some truck drivers shouted “overthrow the CPC”, reports said.

The strike began on Thursday June 8 in Xiushui County (修水县), Jiangxi Province (江西省) and quickly spread to Shandong Province (山东省).

Truck drivers are angry about high gasoline prices, excessive highway tolls, changing government policies and police harassment.

The protesters demand lower gasoline prices, higher freight fees and a fair go from traffic police, who regularly harass and fine the truck drivers, reported Liberty Times.

Drivers also want better working conditions.


(Video from Radio Free Asia)

Reports suggest strikes are still underway in Anhui (安徽), Guizhou (貴州), Hubei (湖北), Jiangxi (江西), Shandong (山東) and Zhejiang (浙江) provinces.

Strikes are also underway in Chongqing (重慶) and Shanghai municipalities (上海), according to Voice of America.

Protestors are meeting on national highways and in parking lots.

China’s roads are highly congested with strikes having the potential to cause significant delays and to interrupt supply chains.

Official Chinese media or government departments are yet to comment.


(Video from Guo Wengui’s (郭文贵) YouTube channel)

Brazil: THE RECESSION OF THE COUP REDUCED FREIGHT BY 26%

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BRAZIL NEWS AGENCY 247)

 

Truckers lose rights and face greater risks, show scholars

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(COMMENTARY: I WAS A CROSS COUNTRY TRUCK DRIVER HERE IN THE U.S. FROM 1981-2013. THIS INFORMATION THAT THIS ARTICLE IS POINTING OUT THAT IS GOING ON IN BRAZIL IS EXACTLY WHAT IS AND HAS BEEN GOING ON HERE IN THE STATES FOR AT LEAST 20 YEARS NOW. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL INTEREST OF THE COMPANIES AND THE IGNORANT POLITICIANS AT EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENTS FROM CITIES, COUNTIES, STATES AND FEDERAL ALWAYS COMES DOWN HARD ON ‘THE TRUCKERS’ WHOM ARE BEING CRUSHED BY BOTH THE COMPANIES AND BY THE POLICE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THE ORDERS OF THEIR BOSSES, THE POLITICIANS. THE ACTUAL WORKERS, (THE TRUCKERS) ARE LOOKED AT AS NOTHING BUT IGNORANT LOWLIFE DRUGGIES WHO ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKED AT AS 5TH RATE TRASH. WITHOUT GOOD ROADS, GOOD RAILS AND GOOD AVIATION SYSTEMS TO TRANSPORT THE ECONOMIC GOODS OF A NATION, THERE WILL SOON BE NO NATION. HERE IN THE U.S. POLICE AND POLITICIANS WHO DON’T KNOW THE FIRST REAL REALITY OF DOING THIS JOB AND WHO HAVE NEVER EVER DONE THIS JOB KEEP INSISTING ON TELLING THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY HOW THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO FUNCTION, TOTAL STUPIDITY THROUGH TOTAL EGO’S.)(oldpoet56)

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In a country hit by a shutdown that has opened a hole in GDP and dug a deep crater in support of the Temer government, little is known about the large mass of Brazilians who are at the center of this mobilization – the truck driver.

Typically referred to as autonomous, almost a “petty bourgeois” to speak sociologically accurate, the typical trucker is one of the great losers of labor deregulation and the impoverishment of middle-income activities, a long-course process, long before labor reform passed in the last year, which gave the final blow of 70 years of CLT.

“There is a series of evidences of the complete lack of autonomy of these autonomous,” write Vitor Araújo Filgueiras, a professor at the Federal University of Bahia, and José Dari Krein of the Institute of Economics of the University of Campinas, in the article “The root of the truckers strike and the regulation of labor “, available in the electronic mail of the Humanitas Unisinos Institute.

“What exists is a disguised employment relationship,” Professor Dari Krein points out in an interview with 247.

This is not a baseless estimate, but a strong color frame of social regression. Filgueiras and Krein reveal in their text that in 2012 audits of the Ministry of Labor in only 9 companies in the field found a total of 92,654 truck drivers who worked as employees without a formal contract, being hired as self-employed individuals or linked to 20,458 outsourced legal entities . These same audits have identified 472,606 workdays exceeding the 10-hour limit and have not found it difficult to conclude that most of the accidents involving cargo trucks are linked to the fatigue caused by journeys beyond the account.

The table of changes for the worse was not limited to this, however. By expelling employees from their internal framework, carriers have not only got rid of labor rights, social protection and employee retirement. They were also able to shed much of the fuel, tire, and maintenance expenses, transferred to former employees, now as “autonomous” – with whom they were able to negotiate on more than favorable terms for their accounting. In many cases, they were themselves in charge of finding financing for the trucks of the former employees, who thus, in an esdrúxula way, became responsible for the payment and conservation of their instruments of work. From the available data, among the 1.6 million freight vehicles in circulation in the country,

“The main trait of this work, beyond appearances, is the trucker’s subordination to the company, setting a typical clear working relationship,” says Dari Krein. Thus, drivers negotiate deadlines and schedules, under conditions imposed by the contracting company, which sets deadlines, targets, fines and controls each satellite / GPS trip. No longer salaried, they make freight their source of remuneration, which explains their particular commitment in recent days to the reduction of tolls for empty bodies, and especially the war for the reduction of the price of diesel – each price jump, to please the minority shareholders, mostly foreigners, implies a reduction of their earnings.

At this point, the dismissal of rights as workers has transformed the struggle for recognition of employment bonds as the main claim of truck drivers in recent years. They have won victories and defeats in inferior instances in the Labor Court. At the end of 2017, however, the carriers filed a lawsuit with the STF and were victorious thanks to a favorable ruling from Luiz Roberto Barroso.

In this environment, it is not difficult to understand the demonstration of a combativity long dammed, we will combine. 

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Brazil: ‘Militants’ Distribute Food To Striking Truck Drivers

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Brazil Truckers Remain On Strike Against Excessive Taxes On Desiel

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Why Is The American Government Committing Treason Against Every American

Why Is The American Government Committing Treason Against Every American

 

There are going to be some folks who will be mad at me for insinuating such a thing about our government, some will call me unpatriotic for saying such a thing. Well, honestly, I think that the vast majority of the American People aren’t quite as naive as we were 50 years ago, or even say, one year ago.  I know that I am not the wisest human being to ever walk this planet but I have spent most of my 60 plus years trying to pay attention to reality. We all know by now that there are good and bad people in every profession. There are some professions that we all believe or joke about as being dirty whether it be so or not, like door to door magazine salesmen, used car dealers, bankers, insurance salesmen, NSA personnel, politicians, and oil executives. I have tried to always be completely truthful in everything I write on this site, always to the best of my knowledge and ability, and that is what I am going to do in this article.

Treason, yes treason, that is what I said. The first duty of any government is to keep its people safe. If they forsake this most basic vow, they are guilty of treason against their own people and this is what has been going on now for a very long time. Nothing this bad can last forever without horrible consequences and at any moment all of our lives can be changed in a flash. Back in 1980 I worked at a major U.S. oil company headquarters in Houston Texas in the executive protection field, I learned there just how easily major politicians can be bought and paid for with absolutely no regard for the welfare of the country by either the politician or the company. These actions I witnessed and heard sickened me to my core so I quit and moved many states away from that job.  Some of the things I heard there would make you mad, sick, or just laugh at some of the pure stupidity and out of touch with reality they could be there in their ivory towers.

For many years I have traveled all over the United States many, many, times. I am going to tell you some of the things I have seen and that I know are absolute truth. When you travel through west Texas and you go through the Midland, Odessa area on interstate 20 you are going through the Permian Basin. This is where the best crude oil in the world is at, it is the oil that the rest of the world’s oil is judged by, this is the land that the Bush family worked, lived, and prospered in. If you look out in the fields on each side of the highway especially if you travel at night you will occasionally see vertical lights out in the fields, these are oil drilling rigs digging for the black gold. Does it make any sense to still be drilling? Most folks would say yes, I think. But now, if you travel west Texas, Oklahoma, California, Wyoming, or North or South Dakota you will see something that might surprise you, at least at a minimum, even in west Texas, half or more of all the pump jacks are turned off and the new holes that get dug are then capped.

Now, do you ask why? Good question, now I am going to start telling you why I think that you and I and everyone in our country are having our safety sold out, it’s all about money and greed folks. I have some friends in these High Plains areas who work in these fields and have been told the same thing goes on up there, wells get dug, then capped. You probably know of this oil pipeline that Canada and some U.S. companies want to lay pipe for from Canada down to the Gulf Coast but the government won’t approve it because environmental organizations don’t want it running through sensitive land areas in places like Nebraska. Here is a thought, I know for a fact that there are oil refineries in states like Wyoming and Montana, why does the oil pipeline have any need to go all the way to the Gulf Coast, is it so the oil companies can export it? We have been told for decades now that we don’t have the oil storage or refining capabilities that are needed. Why not? Create more jobs in these western states, build a lot more storage areas and the needed amount of oil refineries there to handle the new oil we are finding on our own land and if Canada want’s to run this joint pipeline adventure into the States there is plenty of unused government land to build these facilities on. These things should have been done many years ago for the reason of National Security, your security, my security, and the security of all of our families have been at stake for years, but we were then and now still being sold out.

Back as far as the early seventies our people learned that we are not and island unto our selves, that events outside of our borders can badly harm us. With the OPEC oil embargo OPEC countries cut way back on what they would sell us because we dared to back Israel. What has our government done to correct this national security issue? What is our current government doing now to correct this major safety issue? President Obama wouldn’t approve the Canadian pipeline, and he all but killed the cola industry and the nuclear industry is being phased out, plus there are many, many oil fields that the government wouldn’t give drilling permits for. But now, President Trump seems willing to give drilling permits just about anywhere except off the east coast of Florida where he has personal business interests. Yet still, where are the new refineries and storage units for all the oil we are producing and the gas we are producing on our own shores, where are they? I know that oil and gas and coal are not the only forms or energy we use in our country, but they are a huge part of it at this time. The U.S. Department of Energy say’s that in 2012 we imported 40% of the oil we consume at this time, 40% folks. In this country we have seen when we have a 2% down tick in the economy it throws us into a deep recession, at best. Folks, what would happen in this country if say even 30% of that 40% were shut off from us, that would be 12% loss. What would that do to our economy, to everyone’s lives, our jobs, our ability to get to them, also what would the cost of a gallon of gas be then?

If we the people are not the first concern for every one in our government why not? Now I am going to spout a few figures to you that come from the Independent Statistics and Analyst Department of the U.S. Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, from one of their web sites. We (oil companies) are exporting these following items, 1) Crude Oil 2) Crude Oil Products 3) Finished Motor Gasoline 4) Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel 5) Distillate Fuel Oil 6) Residual Fuel Oil 7) Propane/Polypropylene 8) here it just said “oil-oils”.  People, why is our government allowing the sale of any of this outside of our own borders? Their own stats say that we are importing 7.4 M.M.B.D. of crude oil while at the same time we are exporting 1.M.M.B.D., people, why is this being allowed. In the “Interest of National Security” these things could be stopped and corrected, why aren’t they? Money, greed?Treason?

There are many real things that could have been done already to cut down on our imports while they were building the refineries and storage facilities that are needed. Any secure nation is not secure unless it is 100% self-sufficient in its energy requirements with large energy stock piles in case of any type of attack on that country. Folks, we are nowhere near being in a safe zone. Another part of this issue is the fact that we are importing energy from countries that hate us and who are supporting militant groups so that they can attack and kill us all. How ignorant is it that you give the people who want nothing more than to kill you the weapons and the bullets to do it with? That’s what we are doing and have been doing for decades now, why is our government past and present trying to get us all killed? Is the answer the same as what I witnessed while working for that major oil company in Houston, is it all about power and greed and to hell with the people, it does seem that way to me.

One other quick issue I want to touch on before I close, again the government could have used the “for national security, or at least, for the good of the country” slogan to force these issues, and they do have the power to do exactly that in time of emergencies . Question is, why wait until you have the emergency before you make any plans or take the needed steps to survive the emergency? One of the things the government could have/should be enforcing is much more stringent MPG requirements for at least the past forty years yet President Trump just this past week canceled the higher MPG requirements. Think how much less fuel imports would be if all new cars sold in America were required to get 40 MPG in town and out, no exceptions, and all Pickups and SUV’s were required to get a minimum of 30 MPG in town and out. Why is it not a forced issue that every new vehicle made or sold in America has to be a Hybrid? These things can be done and should have been forced on the car makers decades ago. Would there have to be changes in the design and size of the units, of course. But think about it, if these laws were in effect now and our units were getting these MPG’s now how much of a savings would all of us have at the pump? Think of all the other places that money could be spent to improve our life styles and at the same time stimulate our economy. I will close now with this one very major issue. Our import export deficit is now over a trillion dollars a year and a huge portion is from imported energy. This policy is stupid and dangerous to every one of us. Our governments policies not only give our enemies the weapons they use to kills us with but in so doing, this export deficit is killing the value of our currency making the things we can buy much more expensive because the dollar is so down graded, and this hurts every one of us. So again, why the heck is our government putting every ones lively hood and lives at such risk? Is it as simple as money and greed, because they couldn’t possibly just be this stupid could they, well, maybe President Trump could, but no, in this case it is all about greed.

As I said earlier in this article, there are good and bad people in every occupation, even politics. When I lived in northern Illinois back about 40 years ago I had a real good Congressman in a man named John Anderson and I was blessed to have had an excellent Congressman when I lived in eastern Tennessee named M.D. Phil Roe. I have had contacts with Congressman Roe a few times and I beg you, if you have a good Congressman or Senator, state of federal, please try to communicate these concerns to them before we either end up with a totally crippled country, or before we’re all dead.

 

As A Former Long Haul Trucker: The New Hours Of Service Law Is Smart

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(I WAS AN OTR DRIVER FOR OVER 30 YEARS, RETIRING IN 2013. POLITICIANS HAVE WRITTEN LAWS FOR THE TRUCK DRIVERS THAT ARE TOTALLY IDIOCY AND THEY ARE DEADLY. THESE POLITICIANS WHO ARE SO AGAINST THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY HAVE MADE LAWS CONCERNING ‘HOURS OF SERVICE’ THAT WANT THE HUMAN BEINGS BEHIND THE WHEEL TO FIT THEIR WORKING SCHEDULE IN EACH DAY AS IF THE DRIVER IS A COMPUTER AND THIS IGNORANCE IS DEADLY. COMPUTERS WANT TO TELL THE DRIVER WHEN THEY ARE TIRED, WHEN THEY ARE TO BE SLEEPING AND WHEN IT IS NOW OKAY TO START YOUR DRIVING DAY. THE LAWS AT THIS TIME TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE OUT OF HOURS, SO NOW, YOU HAVE A 10 HOUR MANDATORY BREAK AND YOU ARE EXPECTED TO GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP AT THIS TIME AND THEN AT THE END OF THE 10 HOURS YOU MUST NOW GET BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL AND DRIVE. PROBLEM IS, A LOT OF THE TIME YOU CAN CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR BUNK AND TRY YOUR BEST TO GO TO SLEEP, BUT YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT. AT THE END OF YOUR 10 HOUR REQUIRED BREAK THE COMPUTER SAYS YOU ARE WELL RESTED, NOW GO DRIVE. TROUBLE IS THAT IT IS THEN THAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY SLEEPY AND TIRED AND YOUR BODY WANTS/NEEDS THE SLEEP, NOW. THE COMPUTER SAYS NO, YOUR RESTED, DRIVE. IT IS THIS KIND OF BUREAUCRATIC IGNORANCE THAT CAUSES MANY DEATHS EVERY YEAR ON OUR NATIONS HIGHWAYS. HUMAN BEINGS ARE NOT COMPUTERS!) 

Late Thursday evening Texas Rep. (R) Brian Babin introduced a bill in the House that will change the hours of service regulations for American truckers. The bill is intended to modify the 14 hour rule and would allow drivers to enjoy a three-hour break without the time counting against the driver’s available hours.

The act, called “The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers (REST) Act” would require the Department of Transportation to update Hours of Service regulations to allow a rest break once per 14-hour duty period for up to 3 consecutive hours as long as the driver is off-duty, effectively pausing the 14-hour clock.  However, drivers would still need to log ten consecutive hours off duty before the start of their next work shift.  It would also eliminate the existing 30-minute rest break requirement.

While Rep. Babin has become a polarizing name in trucking circles with his fight over the ELD mandate, changing the hours of service rules would allow drivers to judge their own bodies and current conditions. It would also be an enormous victory for truckers. We also argue that it will make the industry safer.

FreightWaves’ own Chief Analytics Officer, Dean Croke (who ran data science at the largest ELD provider in North America) argued that the 14 hour rule should be scrapped all together. In his article, Why the 14-hour clock rule is the most dangerous of them all, Croke states that “the idea that by regulating hours worked we somehow magically ensure drivers are well-rested for the next shift is completely flawed.”

He describes that drivers need to have flexibility built into their available hours. Current regulations force drivers to compromise sleep schedules to maximize their earnings.

Drivers are paid on a per mile basis, but their capacity to earn is limited by how many hours they are able to drive. The more time drivers are delayed at docks, the less time they have to drive and earn. When shippers create delays, drivers end up pushing harder to make up for lost time.

Also (and perhaps less appreciated) is the impact of disrupted sleep caused by inconsistencies in the shipper community around loading/unloading schedules.

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The politics of this debate will play out over coming months and there will be a lot of arguments here. As an organization that believes the answer lies in data and not in political expediency, we are of the opinion that the REST Act is one where data is on Babin’s side. We get millions of ELD data points daily, which we use to answer all sorts of questions around economics, capacity, pricing, driver behavior and safety. Based on our analysis, the drivers that experience the most volatile dock loading and unloading schedules are also the most prone to incidents or accidents.

Clearly, the irregular pattern at which shippers operate has an enormous impact on driver sleep schedule. Anyone that has traveled on a multi-city business trip with flight delays can relate to how exhausting this is.

In an ironic twist, ELDs that Rep. Babin fought so passionately against will end up proving that his proposed REST bill will make the industry safer. Overhauling the HOS rules and allowing for the driver to take a break without penalty will end up encouraging drivers that need a nap the opportunity to do so.

While ELD data can not prove Rep. Babin’s view that the ELD mandate is the “Dodd-Frank law of the trucking industry,” it can prove that driver fatigue without the opportunity for a break is a recipe for disaster.

As with any regulation change, carriers would want to ensure that this time is not given up to shippers for their own benefit. ELDs, combined with blockchain has the potential to prevent this from happening. ELDs record dock times and with blockchain carriers can find out what average wait times and schedule are at a given stop, prior to accepting a load. They can also hold shippers accountable for having inconsistencies either in the form of detention or refusing to accept their loads to begin with.

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Arizona Woman Hit And Killed By Uber Self-Driving Car

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TIME NEWS)

 

By ARIC JENKINS

3:00 PM EDT

The death of an Arizona woman who was struck by one of Uber’s self-driving cars appears to be the first ever pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle.

An Uber spokesperson confirmed to TIME that the incident occurred Sunday night in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe and that no passengers were in the backseat. Uber said there was one vehicle operator in the front seat at the time of the collision. The company says it’s suspending its self-driving operations in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto as a result.

In a statement, the Tempe Police Department confirmed the vehicle involved was one of Uber’s driverless cars and that it was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident. “The vehicle was traveling northbound just south of Curry Rd. when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle,” the statement read. “She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries.”

Uber has been testing its self-driving program for years, notably in Pittsburgh, where it rolled out its first driverless fleet in 2016. Autonomous vehicles generated controversy that same year when a passenger operating a Tesla Model S in “autopilot mode” died in a crash in Florida, but Uber’s incident is likely the first time a bystander not driving the car was killed by the technology.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi addressed the incident in a tweet Monday afternoon. “Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona,” he wrote. “We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.”

Authorities have not yet released the victim’s identity and her next of kin has not yet been notified, the Temple PD said.