| November 01, 2009

THE GRASCALS, a Nashville, Tenn.-based bluegrass band, has begun a year-long Mobil Delvac-sponsored tour. Samples of Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 15w-40 used in the tour bus will be analyzed regularly during the tour. The band will perform at industry events and in retail locations.

CORRECTION. The last line of “Sounds of success,” about Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, was omitted in the October Overdrive. The complete story can be viewed on Page 37 of the October issue at http://www.OverdriveDigital.com


Directors to meet on new UCR fee

The Unified Carrier Registration Plan board plans to meet Nov. 12 to continue work on a new fee plan, expected to begin Jan. 1.

The American Trucking Associations and the Transportation Carriers Association submitted similar comments opposing it, mainly because it would hike fees 122 percent on a per-vehicle basis.

States participating in the program have insufficiently enforced fees, they said. “As a result, the increase would fall almost entirely – and most inequitably – on already compliant motor carriers and other entities,” ATA wrote.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance supports a fee increase and urged timely issuances of a final rule.

Despite the fee hike in the top carrier bracket, these carriers would still pay far less than they would have under the former Single State Registration System program, CVSA says.

— Staff reports n


Highway happenings

ALABAMA. Construction has started on the eight-mile, four-lane Anniston Eastern Bypass, State Route 192, that runs through Fort McClellan between I-20 and U.S. 431. Work is expected to run into early 2011 and will be followed by a paving project.

ARIZONA. The state’s transportation department has shut 13 of its 18 rest areas because of budget problems. No estimate was given for when the rest areas will reopen.

ARKANSAS. Sending text messages while driving on state highways is forbidden for all drivers. Offenders face fines up to $100. Exceptions will be made for emergency calls and CB radios.

CONNECTICUT. Drivers are required to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed before passing emergency crews, law enforcement, maintenance vehicles and tow trucks parked by the road with lights flashing. Those cited face $92 fines. If the emergency vehicle operator is injured or is killed, fines can increase to $10,000.

KENTUCKY. Both eastbound and westbound traffic near the 82 mile marker on Interstate 24 will be restricted indefinitely. Traffic is reduced to one lane to allow construction of an overpass for the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway Extension interchange with I-24. This lane restriction includes a maximum load width of 15 feet.

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