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| November 01, 2009

Government regulation, which has been on a steady climb since the inaugural survey in 2005, came in as the No. 2 most pressing issue this year. In addition to the economy and government regulation, other top 10 issues include fuel, congestion, hours-of-service and the environment. Truck size and weight appeared for the first time in the 2009 survey as a key productivity issue that many industry stakeholders feel must be addressed.

“On every legislative and regulatory topic, issues come and go so quickly today,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “If we’re not at the table with sound science-based information and a common-sense plan of action, then we’re going to get left behind, and saddled with solutions that have no bearing on moving America’s freight safely and efficiently.”

Staff reports

 

Mark your calendar

NOV. 1-7: NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations, http://www.ntdaw.org

NOV. 7: PIEDMONT CAROLINA CHAPTER FALL SHOW, American Truck Historical Society, Colfax, N.C., (336) 431-6824.

FEB. 5-6: MID-WEST TRUCK SHOW & CONVENTION, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill., (217) 525-0342, www.mid-westtruckers.com

MARCH 25-27: MID-AMERICA TRUCKING SHOW, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky., http://truckingshow.com

In response to an increase in trucks illegally using New York state roads or ones with low clearances, Gov. David Paterson announced legislation that would dramatically crack down on truckers.

 

N.Y. targets trucks on off-limits roads

Truckers increasingly use Global Positioning Systems, which may direct them to take state roads off limits to trucks or with low clearances. The result has been more bridge strikes, where trucks hit overpasses and cause accidents and traffic delays.

The legislation, which reportedly might be introduced in January, would:

• Increase penalties for truckers who illegally use parkways.

• Allow officers on the scene to use their discretion to confiscate trucks stopped and ticketed.

• Require all large trucks to use enhanced GPS that routes them away from restricted roads.

• Allow state and affected localities to recoup many costs associated with the bridge strike from the trucking company or its insurance carrier.

Mike Joyce, legislative director for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, says lack of driver training and allowing new drivers to rely too much on technology may be behind the bridge strikes.

— Jill Dunn

 

Short hauls

RANDALL-REILLY EVENTS DIVISION has selected Neal Holsomback, Victor Verret, Barbara Holsomback and Suzanne Stempinski to manage all 2010 Pride & Polish truck beauty events. The 2010 schedule includes: 75 Chrome Shop in Wildwood, Fla., April 24-25; The Great West Truck Show – Las Vegas, Nev., June 17-19; and The Great American Trucking Show, Dallas, Aug. 26-28.

TRUCKERS and other transportation workers can learn to recognize security threats by accessing an online training video, part of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s First Observer program. The program provides individuals with the means for reporting suspicious activities. For information about the 38-minute training session, call (888) 217-5902 or visit the website at http://www.firstobserver.com

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