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Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2011

Of the warnings issued to commercial drivers, 20.3 percent were for speeding (versus 61.2 percent for passenger car drivers); 4.2 percent were for failure to obey traffic control devices (5.8 percent for passenger car drivers); and, 2.6 percent were for failing to use a seat belt while operating their vehicle (2.8 percent for passenger car counterparts).

Citations issued to commercial drivers followed a similar trend, with 13.7 percent for speeding, 4.6 percent for failure to obey traffic control devices and 10 percent for failing to use a seat belt while operating their vehicle. Commercial drivers were issued significantly more warnings and citations in 2010 for failing to buckle up (1,055) versus in 2009 (672).

The fourth annual Operation Safe Driver took place Oct. 17-23.

– Jeff Crissey



CARB alters truck rules

The California Air Resources Board modified regulations related to on- and off-road diesel engines – in most cases to grant relief to financially challenged industries such as trucking and construction.

In the case of the port truck regulation, however, the board made existing rules somewhat more stringent, mirroring action taken recently by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission.

In a separate action, the board changed several aspects of regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases by requiring that certain long-haul operators adopt various fuel-saving technologies.

The diesel engine changes follow 20 public workshops held by CARB staff over the past year to solicit stakeholder input and discuss options for revising diesel control measures affecting commercially owned trucks, buses, port trucks, tractor trailers and off-road vehicles, including construction and large-spark ignition equipment. In addition, changes in off-road rules follow a negotiated settlement between CARB and the Associated General Contractors.

In regulations covering on-road trucks, the agency reduced overall compliance costs by about 60 percent for phasing out pre-2010 diesel engines. The agency also delayed the initial compliance date for the retrofitting of heavier trucks and allowed them to operate another eight years before being required to use a truck that meets 2010 emissions standards. CARB also expanded credits for fleet downsizing, adding cleaner vehicles ahead of any regulatory requirements, and for installation of early retrofits.

– Staff reports



SHORT HAULS

TRUCK TONNAGE in the American Trucking Associations’ advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index edged 0.1 percent lower in November after increasing a revised 0.9 percent in October.

TRUCKING COMPANIES added 2,600 new employees on a seasonally adjusted basis in December on top of an upward revision in the November estimate. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics added 3,000 jobs to its initial November figures, so the number of trucking jobs reported for December actually is 5,600 higher than what BLS reported for November previously.



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