Fleets of 500 trucks and more have the money and are buying replacement trucks, but smaller fleets have less cash and aren’t buying as many trucks, he said.
Perry added that carriers that put off replacing trucks or adding trucks to meet rising business could be caught in a vise if they’re expanding in late 2013 or later when he believes the U.S. economy will be back in recession.
— Max Kvidera
FMCSA sets rules dates
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a new schedule of pending rulemaking, which includes publishing a Dec. 9 final rule establishing a national medical examiner registry.
Some rulemaking has been delayed for reasons that include a need for further analysis, insufficient resources or staffing and more pressing priorities. Explanations are not always provided for postponing publication and some schedule information is incomplete.
The Dec. 9 final rule will establish training, testing and certification standards for medical examiners; provide a medical examiner database; and require medical examiners to identify drivers they have examined to the FMCSA.
The agency anticipates publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for safety auditor certification May 29, 2012. It would require safety inspections or audits and compliance reviews be conducted by a certified inspector, auditor or investigator.
The agency did not provide publication dates for new rules regarding Mexican carriers to operate in the U.S. and distracted driving.
Other publication dates the FMCSA listed:
• Aug. 31 for a United Registration System Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The URS would replace the DOT number identification, commercial registration and financial responsibility systems with an online unified registration system.
• Nov. 2 for a Carrier Safety Fitness Determination rule notice.
• Nov. 25 for an Entry Level Driver Training for CDL holders’ final rule.
• Dec. 1 for a CDL Drug and Alcohol Database rule notice.
• Aug. 23, 2012, for a rule notice to amend the diabetes standard for CDL holders.
— Jill Dunn
DRAYAGE TRUCKS with model year engines 2003 or older are eligible to be replaced under the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Truck Replacement Program.
The TRP is a first-come, first-served limited offer to provide grants and financing to truck owners to help them purchase newer, more environmentally friendly trucks. Eligible applicants will receive a grant that covers up to 25 percent of the cost of a newer truck.