Jason Craig

Supply Chain Expertise and Technology Blog by TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson

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Jason Craig — Director, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson

Jason has 20 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of government policies. He monitors regulatory and legislative issues impacting the transportation and produce industries for C.H. Robinson. Jason is member of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) and serves as an election judge in the City of Minneapolis.

Government Update: FMCSA Changes

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On November 4, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released some long-awaited changes to the presentation of the BASIC data and the information available on a motor carrier’s roadside inspection history. The intent of this release is to alleviate some of the confusion that had existed between the official safety rating of a motor carrier (Satisfactory, Conditional, Unsatisfactory, or Not Rated) and the BASIC data that is used as a prioritization tool for safety interventions and compliance reviews. Read More…

- Director, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
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The Cost of Natural Gas

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Natural gas is a cleaner fuel for trucks than diesel, but is it a more cost effective alternative?

The cost issue was explored at the American Trucking Association Natural Gas Summit in Washington D.C., on November 28th, 2012. The operational case for natural gas was also explored at the conference, and I’ll be discussing this in an upcoming Logistics Viewpoints guest post titled Making Operational Sense of Natural Gas.

Diesel quantity is measured in gallons, while natural gas is typically measured in cubic feet. A commonly used equivalent is 145 cubic feet of compressed natural gas (CNG) or 1.7 gallons of liquid natural gas (LNG) per gallon of diesel. These are routinely referred to as Diesel Gallon Equivalents.  Read More…

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Swimming Against the Congestion Current

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If we could eavesdrop on the freight industry’s water cooler conversations the chances are that we’d hear a lot about traffic congestion. Transportation managers deal with it and talk about it all the time, yet there is one vital aspect of this topic that they tend to overlook: how trucks idled by traffic snarls work against the fuel efficiencies that the industry is working hard to achieve.

More awareness of this conflict and the associated costs might help to persuade the industry to address infrastructure investment needs that are at the root of these delays.  Read More…

- Director, Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
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Regulation Roundup: Part Two

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To help you keep tabs on government rulemaking, we have put together this brief guide to freight-related regulations currently moving through the legislative process.

In last week’s post we summarized the progress of three broad initiatives: reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), and new rules from the California Air Resource Board (CARB). This week we take a look at Hours of Service Rules, truck weight standards, and proposals for the introduction of electronic on board recorders. Read More…

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Regulation Roundup: Part One

Regulatory update

Keeping up with regulatory change is tough for busy operational managers. But even a working knowledge of what is coming down the pike prepares you for the possible impacts of new legislation and regulation.

To help you stay on top of the various initiatives now underway, and assess the potential changes to your business operating environments, here is a snapshot of the legislative and regulatory pipeline. This week we look at three broad topics: reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) , and new rules from the California Air Resource Board (CARB). Read More…