Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2011

OREGON. During a commercial vehicle driver inspection operation Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 810 inspections resulted in 33 percent of drivers placed out of service for safety violations. This compared with the 27 percent average for a similar exercise in July, and with the 2010 driver out-of-service rate of 26 percent. The national driver out-of-service rate is about 6 percent.

PENNSYLVANIA. Lane closures for resurfacing are under way evenings in both directions on I-476, the Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The shutdowns are taking place over 12 miles near Lansdale and will last through November. Speed limits are reduced to 40 mph.

SOUTH CAROLINA. Drivers on northbound I-95 should expect delays or take a detour until Nov. 16 as repairs are made to the Lake Marion Bridge southeast of Columbia. One of two northbound lanes is closed for two miles beginning at Mile Marker 98. Rigs wider than 8.5 feet must take a detour that routes traffic to I-26 east toward Charleston. An alternate route is I-26 west to Columbia, I-77 north to I-20 east and then east to I-95.

UTAH. R Place Truckers Plaza on Interstate 80, Exit 1/410 at Wendover, is the latest truck stop to offer electrification as part of the Shorepower Truck Electrification Project. The AMBEST facility at the Nevada border has 32 electrified spaces.

VIRGINIA. The Federal Highway Administration has granted the state preliminary approval to toll I-95 under a pilot program. The state estimates it could generate $250 million in five years. Virginia will be one of only three states in the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program with authority to toll Interstate facilities.

Court issues final order in Minnesota fatigue suit

A federal judge has stipulated statewide posting for his ruling that Minnesota troopers respect truckers’ constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure during fatigue enforcement.

U.S. Judge Donovan Frank for the Minnesota district upheld his order regarding truckers’ Fourth Amendment rights in the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s case against Minnesota State Patrol. Frank required his order be posted conspicuously on locations that include MSP websites and offices and emailed to every commercial vehicle enforcement officer.

The court will continue jurisdiction of the issue until September 2013.

The court required the patrol rescind driver out-of-service orders for the 17-month period ended Sept. 30, 2010, if based solely on a determination of fatigue, then correct this information in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data. The patrol should rescind only the driver fatigue determination and not the out-of service order for drivers criminally convicted for driving fatigue impaired or involved in a motor vehicle crash.

The patrol referred a request for comment to Minnesota’s attorney general office, but no one was immediately available.

— Jill Dunn

House leaders oppose HOS proposal

Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica’s Sept. 23 letter to President Obama asked the hours-of-service proposal be withdrawn and to continue the current rule.

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