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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2010

The results were released Oct. 17 at the 2010 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations meeting.

Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new regulatory framework for evaluating carrier and driver safety, is on the list in a close second to the economy this year.

Government regulation, which was the second most pressing issue last year, remained near the top of the list (No. 3). The driver shortage returned to the top 10 list this year (No. 5), a sign of increased freight demand as the economy rebounds.

Also making the list of top 10 concerns are hours of service (No. 4), fuel issues (No. 6), transportation funding/infrastructure (No. 7), onboard truck technology (No. 8), environmental issues (No. 9) and truck size and weight (No. 10).

— Staff reports



California agency may amend truck rules

Due to tough economic times, the California Air Resources Board will consider amending three truck emissions rules at its Dec. 16-17 meeting.

The recession resulted in less truck activity, which yielded better air quality but tightened business operations. The board has held several workshop series to gather public reaction.

It is considering changes to the truck and bus rule that would delay implementation of particulate matter rules from 2011 to 2012 and truck replacement from 2013 to 2015. It would exempt trucks with a GVW rating of less than 26,001 pounds from particulate matter filter requirements. No engine less than 20 years old would be replaced until 2020.

— Jill Dunn



Arrow’s Back on the Road accepting nominations

Arrow Truck Sales has launched its Back On The Road 2011 campaign, presented by Volvo Trucks North America.

In its fourth year, Back On The Road is designed to help a deserving trucker in need of a truck and a job. Country music singer Aaron Tippin is again lending his support to the program.

Arrow is soliciting stories from truckers who may have lost their truck and their livelihood through unfortunate circumstances beyond their control. Other eligible nominations can be for truckers who have served as champions for the industry. Applications include a 250-word story explaining why the nominee deserves to win.

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