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Overdrive Staff | January 04, 2011

– Jill Dunn



Decision coming on N.Y.-N.J. port stickers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been asked to determine if federal law pre-empts the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from requiring trucks to have the port’s registry stickers before entering.

In a Notice of Petition for Determination, the agency said it would accept comment on the matter until Jan. 3 and reply to comments until Jan. 18.

The port authority stipulated trucks entering its facilities display stickers indicating compliance with its new Drayage Truck Registry. The New Jersey Motor Truck Association asked the Secretary of Transportation if federal law pre-empted this rule.

The port then amended its tariff to clarify the stickers are voluntary and trucks would not be denied access for lacking stickers, effective Oct. 15.

But the association said it would not be voluntary and broadened its request to ask DOT determine if substantive DTR provisions are preempted by federal law.

The 2005 omnibus transportation funding authorization prohibits states from requiring motor carriers to display identification, unless required by the Secretary of Transportation. However, if determined appropriate, the secretary may make an exception to this.

The port’s Clean Truck Program requires DTR registration and phases out the most polluting trucks first, beginning Jan. 1.

– Jill Dunn



Greatwide driver saves brothers

Two brothers are alive because of the actions of Antonio Cooper, a driver with the Oklahoma City operating center of Greatwide Logistics Services, Dallas. The Truckload Carriers Association named Cooper a Highway Angel.

On Oct. 8, Cooper was driving on Highway 152 in Oklahoma City. He saw the car in front of him weaving back and forth across the lanes and into and out of the median. Pulling alongside the car, he honked, which woke up the sleeping passenger. The passenger grabbed the steering wheel and managed to stop the car in the median.

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