Overdrive Staff | April 01, 2010

There is a $10 fee for each driver’s history a carrier requests. An annual subscription fee of $100 also will apply. Carriers with fewer than 100 power units will qualify for a discounted annual fee of $25 per year. Individuals will be able to request a personal driving history for $10. No subscription is necessary for individual drivers.

FMCSA says the system will adhere to all federal security and privacy requirements to ensure the privacy and security of drivers’ personal information.

— Staff reports

Short Hauls

FREIGHT AVAILABILITY on the North American spot market in February more than tripled from a year earlier, based on the TransCore North America Freight Index, which measures truckload freight. February’s increase of 215 percent marked the fifth consecutive month of improvement on a year-over-year basis. February, normally a weak month for spot freight, was within 5 percent of the record levels reached in 2004.

TENNESSEE TRUCK OWNERS are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in grant rebates to install auxiliary power units. An estimated $1.73 million in federal funding will supplement state grant rebates to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of anti-idling technology, such as APUs. The state program targets owners with 30 or fewer tractors registered and operating in the state, with priority given to fleets with five or fewer tractors. For more information, go to www.state.tn.us/environment/, click on “Recovery Act” under Featured Sites and then “Diesel Emissions Reduction.”

Indiana toll road bill to governor

A bill to authorize private groups to build and operate the Illiana Expressway in Indiana as a toll road is awaiting Gov. Mitch Daniels’ signature.

In March, the state’s Senate voted unanimously in favor of House changes to a bill that would authorize private investors to build and operate the Illiana Expressway for tolls. Daniels is expected to sign the bill, SB382, which would not require a privatized toll road. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn supports considering a public-private partnership for the roadway.

If signed into law, SB382 would pave the way for tolling and privatization. It would authorize a public-private partnership to complete the proposed Illiana Expressway, which would provide a route to bypass the congested Chicago-Gary, Ind. corridor.

A 2009 study estimated the roadway cost at $1 billion through a combination of private and public funds. The study estimated heavy truck tolls could be as much as $16.80.

Indiana law prohibits tolling or privatizing the proposed roadway without approval of the state General Assembly. Planned as a 23-mile state highway meeting interstate standards, the roadway would link I-65 in northwest Indiana with I-57. About 10 miles of the roadway would be built in Indiana. Construction probably wouldn’t begin before 2017.

The bill also contains a provision that would also allow a public-private partnership for Ohio River bridges connecting Indiana and Kentucky.

— Staff reports


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