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Next Congress Has Incentive to Break Washington Gridlock in Transportation
While it is still unclear how the Republican victories in the past election will affect transportation policy, changing transportation committee leadership has the potential to resolve long standing stalemates on critical transportation issues. Republicans, now in leadership roles, have an incentive to get things done rather than just rejecting democratic proposals.
The Highway Bill
The upcoming Highway Funding Bill, due in May will be drafted in the Senate by four committees: Environment and Public Works, Commerce, Banking and Finance. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) will replace Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) as chair of the Environmnet & Public Works Committee.
Keeping the highway trust fund solvent has been the key sticking point in failure of recent attempts to overhall highway finance. Outgoing chairman of the finance committee, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is be be replaced by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.
Early comments from the new Senate leadership suggest that there is need to work together and resolve serious issues like highway funding. Expiration of the existing funding Act in May 2015 makes this a serious test of the new Congress.
Another issue that may see change is the FMCSA's 34-Hour Restart in the Hours of Service Regulations. The key committee there is Surface Transportation and will likely be lead by Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, replacing Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas. The industry trade press speculates that the incoming Republican majority may support American Trucking Associations' (ATA) move to suspend the 34-hour restart provision. Dave Osiecki, ATA vice president and chief of national advocacy, said ATA will continue its efforts to attach the suspension to appropriation bills.
Thanks to www.truckinginfo.com . Check their website for full discussion.
Generations on the Road...
The commemorative 75th anniversary book is now for sale! The 100-page book is a full color coffee-table style book highlighting the history of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association as well as families in trucking. Each book is $75 and quantities are limited.
Call Autumn at 303-433-3375 x 101 or email@example.com to order your copy today!
Colorado Oversize, Overweight Permitting & Routing System Set To Change
The Colorado Department of Transportation will launch the new Colorado Oversize Overweight Permitting and Routing system, COOPR, Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014. To facilitate the launch of COOPR, the CDOT OSOW Permit office will be open for business Veteran's Day but will be closed Friday November 28, 2014.
2014 CMCA Convention Highlights & Images Posted
The hughely successful CMCA convention will long be remembered as a milestone in CMCA history. We have posted a few highlights on the convention page including the golf tournament winners. Additional images and impressions from this gala event will be posted as they become available. Also check the CMCA Facebook page.
FMCSA Provides $1 Million in Grants to Driver Training of Veterans
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded $1 million to nine technical and community colleges to train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers.
The grants are going to schools in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
The grants are designed to help recruit, train and place veterans in driving jobs where there is high demand and good pay. Acting FMCSA administrator Scott Darling said "Gradulates of these training programs are continuing to serve our nation by ensuring that the goods and products we depend on are delivered professionally, efficiently and most importantly, safely."
"Be Ready, Be Buckled" Art Contest Open For Kid Submissions Throught Feb 28
The "Be Ready, Be Buckled" annual art contest for students is now accepting submissions. The contest is open to children from kindergarden through sixth grade and is organized by the Commerical Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.
"The purpose of this art contest is to engage children and their parents in discussing safety and provide a calendar of our kids' artwork that serves as a year round reminder to always buckle-up," said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. He added that "buckling your safety belt should be an automatic practice for every driver and passenger since it's the simplest and most effective way to save your life in the event of a crash."
The artwork will be evaluated in two groups, one for kindergarten through second grade and the other for third through sixth grade. Twelve winners will be selected and their work will be in the 2016 contest calendar.
Submissions should be sent to:
CMV Safety Belt Partnership c/o CVSA
Attn: Nicole Leandro
6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 320
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Diesel Cost Now Lowest Since 2011
Average diesel prices have dropped 23 cents per gallon over the last year. Last week they averaged $3.62 per gallon. The slide has been steady through most parts of the country.
Gasoline prices have also dropped and are now below $3 per gallon in some locations for the first time since December 2011.
There are several factors at work in these declines. The United States has been ramping up crude production thanks to fracking. This year U.S. production is expected to reach the highest since 1970.
Also worldwide demand for oil is slightly down as natural gas and alternatives gain a stronger position as energy sources.
OPEC member nations have also been trying to increase their share of world markets. According to Bloomberg News, OPEC output in October hit a 14-month high.
Courtesy: Energy Information Administration, and TruckingInfo.com.
ATA Issues Guidance to Motor Carriers Regarding Sleep Apnea Screening
The American Trucking Associations has issued guidance designed to assist motor carriers and drivers when discussing obstructive sleep apnea with medical examiners. The guidance informs motor carrier about recent changes to the medical examiner certification process and provides suggested questions trucking companies and drivers can use to frame a discussion with doctors about reasonable expectations for the OSA screening and treatment.
Also included in the guidance is an explanation of what is required of the medical examiner under current regulations and clarification of many common misconceptions on sleep apnea.