The Overdrive survey ranked not only roads, but also the drivers who travel them. Roughly two-thirds of respondents say road rage increased during the past year, with 36 percent calling the jump significant. The worst automobile drivers are in California, followed by Illinois and New York, respondents say.
On safety, survey participants reasserted findings from years past: California has the nation’s toughest truck inspections, while Alabama has the most lax. California is well known for its truck laws, including tough anti-idling penalties. Alabama, on the other hand, has experienced a shortage of state troopers for several years.
More than 37 percent of respondents placed California tops on inspections; Ohio came in second with 8 percent of participants calling it the toughest state.
Overdrive Highway Report Card 2005
4. Georgia, Ohio (tie)
5. Nevada, Virginia (tie)
1. I-10 Louisiana
2. I-44 Missouri
3. I-95 New York
1. I-75 Florida
2. I-40 Tennessee
3. I-10 Texas
Most Improved Highway
1. I-40 Arkansas
2. I-80 Pennsylvania
3. I-30 Arkansas
Worst Automobile Drivers
3. New York
FMCSA Denies Split Rest Bid for Teams
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rejected a Teamsters request that it reconsider its decision to eliminate most split rest in sleeper berths for team drivers.
Meanwhile, FMCSA has granted a request from the American Trucking Associations for a rulemaking to consider whether a driver who is part of a team could record a two-hour period sitting in the non-driving seat of the truck as off-duty time if it were taken in conjunction with a consecutive eight-hour sleeper-berth period.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed a petition for reconsideration on FMCSA’s decision to treat team drivers the same as solo drivers in the Oct. 1 final rule, which requires that drivers spend at least eight hours in a sleeper berth if they want to use the sleeper berth to shorten the 10-hour consecutive rest requirement. In addition, another two-hour break would have to be taken during the work day, and that break doesn’t stop the clock on the 14-hour window for completing driving time.
“Although the sleeper-berth provisions of the 2005 rule will require most, if not all, team driver operations to revise their scheduling practices, the elimination of fragmented rest periods in the final rule ensures that drivers can obtain 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep during one sleeper-berth period,” FMCSA said in a letter to Teamsters General President James Hoffa. “This action provides drivers with a work/rest schedule that is more likely to prevent fatigue.”
A stronger than expected fall shipping season pushed the American Trucking Associations’ Truck Tonnage Index to its third consecutive increase in November. The index, which is seasonally adjusted, rose 1.9 percent (2.2 index points) in November to 116.4. The jump follows 0.3 percent gains in both September and October.
The First Annual Truckers’ Ball, a black-tie event, will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18, at the Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey, Pa. The $50 admission fee will go to the Teddy Bear Education and Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps truck drivers and their dependents through financial crises. For more information, call (877) 234-6362 or visit www.truckersball.org. RSVP by Feb. 10 and reserve your tuxedo at a discounted price.
Florida motorists can now call 511 for current information on traffic, road construction, lane closures, severe weather and interstate and major highway travel time.That information, plus alternate travel routes, is also available at www.FL511.com A $10 million Federal Highway Administration grant helped fund the new service.