A handful of studies on public-private partnerships, or P3s, in highway construction suggest that such arrangements “have built highways slightly less expensively and slightly more quickly, compared with the traditional public-sector approach,” a Congressional Budget Office researcher told a special House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee panel on March 5.
Increasing the national standard for twin trailers to 33 ft. from the existing 28 ft. would allow carriers to absorb up to 18% of future freight growth without any change in gross vehicle weight or additional miles traveled on roadways, the chief executive officer of FedEx Ground told a Congressional subcommittee Feb. 27.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced legislation (H.R. 4076) to extend emergency truck driver hours-of-service relief related to the nation’s ongoing propane and home heating fuels shortage. The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014 would guarantee the extension, until May 31, 2014, of U.S. Department of Transportation short-term emergency declarations.
The Arkansas Trucking Assn. (ATA) and Lane Kidd said that Kidd is leaving the association to focus on The Kidd Group LLC, a business investment and public affairs firm he created in 2013. Kidd had served as president of the association since 1992.
An interim final rule adopted recently by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration establishes procedures for handling retaliation complaints by employees who disclose information about possible violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act against businesses involved in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding or importation of food. The rule, published in the Feb.
Growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and stronger freight pricing should combine to make 2014 a good year for trucking, forecasting firm FTR said in its periodic State of Freight webinar on Feb. 13. But the growth in freight volume is not likely to match what the industry saw in 2013, it says. On the other hand, FTR believes a better-than-forecast economy could strain the trucking industry’s capacity to handle freight demand.
Just two days after the Government Accountability Office sharply criticized the Safety Measurement System’s ability to identify high-risk motor carriers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released an analysis concluding that there is “solid evidence” that SMS effectively supports FMCSA’s mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
A study released Jan. 30 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that drivers beginning their work week with just one nighttime rest period under the old 34-hour restart of cumulative on-duty hours were less attentive, sleepier and more prone to lane drifting than drivers who began with two nighttime periods of rest as required by the revised restart.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish a proposed rule soon to establish a central database for verified positive controlled substances and alcohol test results for commercial driver´s license (CDL) holders. The clearinghouse also would capture refusals by CDL holders to submit to drug and alcohol tests.
Motor carrier inspections resulting from traffic stops are about four times as effective in reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities than roadside inspections (RIs) at fixed facilities, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but the number of traffic enforcement (TE) inspections has plunged to barely more than half their level five years ago.
A proposed rule to address actions by carriers, shippers, receivers, brokers and other intermediaries to coerce drivers into violating safety regulations is now under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Dept. of Transportation submitted the proposal – required by the 2012 highway program authorization law known as MAP-21 – to OMB on Jan. 10. An OMB review is the last step before an agency publishes a proposed rule for comment.
Several states have notified the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that they are not ready to integrate information regarding the medical examiner’s certificate into the Commercial Driver’s License System (CDLIS), so the agency will require drivers to carry paper copies of their medical cards for another year.
FMCSA plans to file a document in the next couple of days for publication in the Federal Register extending that requirement until Jan. 30, 2015.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Springfield, Mo.-based New Prime Inc. to pay a former employee $100,994.24 in back wages and damages, saying that Prime retaliated again him “by blacklisting him in the commercial transport industry after he sought medical attention for a work-related injury.”