CARB has published transport refrigeration unit information for complying with the state’s Transport Refrigeration Unit Airborne Toxic Control Measure. This compilation of methods to meet the regulation’s In-Use Performance Standards is available at California Air Resources Board’s website, www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru.htm. After the Dec. 31 compliance deadline for 2002 and older TRU engines, officials will cite non-compliant TRUs and assess penalties up to $500 per unit.
A NEW FEDERAL initiative, the Pilot Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance Women and Girls Program, is intended to encourage girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology and help women in the field to achieve their goals. A partnership between the U.S. DOT and Spelman College will create an internship and mentoring program to bring more female students into transportation-related careers and help them gain hands-on experience. It also will help small women-owned transportation companies to compete for DOT contracts.
MACK TRUCKS will continue as a sponsor of the Share The Road highway safety education program for 2010, while Volvo Trucks North America will continue as the sole sponsor of America’s Road Team in 2010. Share the Road is designed to improve safety on America’s roads by teaching car drivers how to drive safely around large trucks. In America’s Road Team, professional drivers with outstanding driving records advocate publicly for highway safety and other trucking industry issues.
Feds issue flu guidance for truckers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for cleaning a truck where an occupant has been suspected of having pandemic influenza.
Hand hygiene, cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene are the main focus of keeping this virus from spreading. However, for effective environmental management of influenza, routine cleaning with soap or detergent and water to remove soil and organic matter, followed by the proper use of disinfectants, are the basic steps.
The guidelines recommend against using compressed air or water under pressure for cleaning, or any other methods that can cause splashing of infectious material.
Vacuum cleaners should be used only after proper disinfection. Vacuum cleaners should be maintained to minimize dust dispersal in general and equipped with high efficiency particulate air filters.
Influenza viruses can persist on nonporous surfaces for 24hours or more.
— Jill Dunn
Heavy truck orders up for 4th straight month
FTR Associates’ preliminary data shows Class 8 net orders for all major North American truck makers totaled 10,817 units in September, the fourth consecutive month that orders have shown a month-over-month increase.
Year-to-date orders through September are 5.2 percent ahead of the same period in 2008, reflecting the first year-over-year increase since June 2008. Order activity for September represents an annualized rate of 129,804.
“FTR still believes that any increases we are seeing now are partially driven by abnormal industry activity ahead of the 2010 EPA emissions mandate,” says Eric Starks, president of Nashville, Ind.-based FTR. “The data we track does not support any significant purchasing activity driven by increased freight demand any time soon. We continue to advise our clients to expect a continued soft recovery at least through 2010.”
— Staff reports
Economy tops trucking issue survey
The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, unveiled its list of the top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. The state of the nation’s economy tops the list in ATRI’s survey of more than 5,000 trucking industry executives.
The complete results were released at the 2009 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations meeting in Las Vegas. The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also solicited and tabulated specific strategies for addressing each issue.