PRESIDENT OBAMA signed March 30 a three-month extension of federal transportation funding. The Republican-backed plan is the ninth extension since the expiration of the SAFETEA-LU in September 2009, the most recent long-term transportation funding law. The House is currently working on a bill that would provide transportation appropriations from July 1 to Sept. 30.
CSA series wins award for Overdrive
Overdrive received in March a Jesse H. Neal Award for its in-depth coverage of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The annual award program recognizes excellence in business media.
Authored by Senior Editor Todd Dills, the series appeared in the April and May 2011 issues. Part 1 covered how owner-operators can maintain their driving records, while Part 2 recommended equipment maintenance procedures owner-operators should follow to remain in compliance. The articles included original research conducted by Overdrive, as well as photos taken by Dills.
Overdrive Art Director Kenneth Stubbs designed the winning articles.
— Staff reports
A GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be given a used 2010 International ProStar and MaxxForce 13 engine as part of International Used Truck Center’s “Get Used to International” ProStar MaxxForce Sweepstakes. The winner will be named at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Aug. 23-25. $250 Visa Award Cards will be given away weekly to contest participants.
DRIVER TURNOVER at large truckload fleets decreased slightly in the first quarter of 2012 to 88 percent. Turnover among large truckload fleets had bottomed out at 39 percent in 2010. Economists believe the number will continue to rise due to government oversight programs and growing freight volumes.
Highway Angel saves a life with CPR
FTC Transportation driver Jonathan “Az” Atzenhofer was named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel.
Atzenhofer was waiting for a restaurant to open at a truck plaza on Interstate 70 in Watkins, Colo., on Feb. 20. A second truck driver waited with him.
A man approached them, breathing heavily. They asked the man if he was all right. “I’m OK,” he responded, then collapsed.
Atzenhofer began applying the chest compressions of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation while the other driver performed mouth-to-mouth CPR. They kept him alive until paramedics arrived.
A driver since 1988, Atzenhofer has aided other motorists. “I usually try to [help out] if it’s safe for me to stop,” he said. “In this case, I was just in the right place at the right time.”
— Staff reports
FMCSA clarifies window tinting regs
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has confirmed to the International Window Film Association that window tinting is permitted on commercial motor vehicles.
In a Sept. 26 letter to FMCSA, the IWFA said “historically, the enforcement community and the trucking industry have clearly taken the position that ‘no’ film was allowed on any vehicle operated as a commercial vehicle.”