CabAire will provide the first truck stop electrification at a U.S. port, starting in September at the New Haven (Conn.) Port Authority with 14 spaces. In July, 50 spaces will open at the Delaware Welcome Center on I-95. Also slated are 24 spaces at the Smyrna Rest Area, also in Delaware, and 86 spaces on the New Jersey Turnpike’s Vince Lombardi Plaza.
— Jill Dunn
FMCSA seeks better reporting of convictions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published guidance for state driver licensing agencies to meet U.S. commercial driver’s license rules for reporting traffic convictions and keeping CDL information secure.
The FMCSA published two rules in the July 2 Federal Register. One was for the states on timely reporting and posting of traffic offense convictions. The other was regarding CDL information security and recommendations for continuing operation and recovering information in a disaster.
Written in response to a U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s report about the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, the rules require state driver licensing agencies to do the following:
• When a CDL holder is convicted of a traffic offense in a state other than the state issuing the license, that state must notify the licensing state within 10 days of the conviction.
• If a CDL holder is disqualified or driving privileges are withdrawn/suspended for longer than 60 days in a state other than the licensing state, the penalizing state must notify the CDL holder’s licensing state within 10 days.
• Whenever a state licensing agency receives notification of a conviction/disqualification from another state, it must post the information to the driver history record within 10 days of receipt. The timeline is the same if the conviction occurred in the licensing state.
The FMCSA will begin posting information about state compliance with timeliness requirements on its website soon.
— Jill Dunn
Arrow foresees used truck shortage
Arrow Truck Sales’ new chief executive says inventories of used trucks for sale will go from a recent glut to a shortage in the near future.
The inventory of used trucks in May was down 33 percent from May 2009, and “we’re getting fairly close to a normalized inventory,” says Steve Clough, president and CEO of the Kansas City, Mo.-based used truck remarketer, which is owned by the Volvo Group.