LogBook

Overdrive Staff | August 05, 2011

More fleets have begun using electronic onboard recorders with the advent of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Inspectors at 2,550 locations across North America performed 70,712 truck and bus inspections June 7-9. Inspectors focused on the North American Standard Level I inspection, motorcoach inspections, hours-of-service log books and household goods carriers.

Log book violations led overwhelmingly in driver violations cited, accounting for half of all driver out-of-service violations.

This year’s event produced the lowest out-of-service rates since Roadcheck began in 1991, CVSA said.

The overall vehicle compliance rate was 80.7 percent, compared with 80 percent in 2010. The overall driver compliance rate of 95.8 percent compared with 95.6 percent from last year.

For NAS Level I inspections, the compliance rates were up to 77.2 percent for vehicles (76.7 percent in 2010) and 96.3 percent for drivers (unchanged from 2010). In addition, there were 296 fewer safety belt violations in 2011 (863 vs. 1,159 in 2010).

Hazardous materials inspections resulted in a vehicle compliance rate of 82.1 percent versus 83.7 percent in 2010. The driver compliance rate of 97.5 percent was unchanged from the previous year.

— Staff reports



Rest area commerce bill opposed

A coalition of highway businesses has opposed a bill it says threatens thousands of businesses operating at exits along the nation’s Interstate Highway System, jeopardizing the jobs of more than 2 million Americans.

The legislation, authored by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), would permit states to sell food and fuel from interstate rest areas.

The Partnership to Save Highway Communities says Kirk’s legislation would pull the rug out from under the nation’s interstate-based fast-food franchisees, convenience stores, gas stations and truck stops at a time when the businesses are just starting to see signs of recovery from the recession. It would also decrease sales tax revenue for city and county governments by taking sales away from those businesses.

“This legislation does nothing more than grant state governments a monopoly directly on the interstate shoulder or median,” said Lisa Mullings, president and CEO of NATSO, a member of the coalition representing truck stops. “The right-of-way location of the commercial rest areas gives the state a major advantage over the businesses at the exit.”

Kirk hopes his legislation to remove federal restrictions on private-public partnerships would encourage privatization to create more money for transportation projects nationwide, saying his plan could spur more than $100 billion to build new highways, railroads, public transportation, airports and ports.

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