Archive for October, 2012


A new law allows states to issue commercial driver’s licenses to military personnel living in the state, a move that could make it easier for service members to get jobs after leaving the military.

The Military Commercial Driver’s License Act, which Congress passed Oct. 2 and President Barack Obama signed into Monday, October 23rd, changes federal law to allow states to waive a residency requirement for issuing commercial licenses to service members living in the state.

The relaxed federal law only applies to active and reserve members.

The law allows but does not require states to issue licenses to service members. However, the change will allow each branch to set up arrangements for quick commercial licenses to be issued to service members as soon as they complete training.

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans’ organization, and the commercial trucking industry, have endorsed the change. The Truckload Carriers Association, which supported the bill in Congress, estimates 200,000 long-haul trucking jobs are available today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists commercial trucking as a high-demand job, with more than 300,000 additional positions expected by 2020.

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., one of the sponsors of the initiative, said the change will help service members who have had frequent deployments and reassignments get a commercial driver’s license in advance of their leaving the military, smoothing the transition to civilian life.

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A 40-mile stretch of a Central Texas toll road is going to be open for travel this Wednesday, and officials and residents will be watching to see how fast traffic goes — and whether the state’s drivers can handle the extra speed.

The new stretch of Texas Highway 130 will allow drivers to bypass Austin and avoid an often-congested Interstate 35. Its 85 mph speed limit will be the highest in the United States.

While state officials say they’re not immediately worried higher speeds will lead to more crashes, they are working to promote good driving habits, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Officials have arranged the installation of 3,400 signs that tell drivers the left lane is for passing only — a message also displayed on electronic signs.

According to Texas Transportation Commission member Bill Meadows,

We’re going to have to teach Texans how to drive these safer speeds.

The Texas Department of Transportation was required by state law to conduct a speed study before setting the higher speed limit. In a demonstration of the study done for the newspaper, two safety officials drove an already open 19-mile stretch of Texas 130 with a speed limit of 80 mph.

Speed zone engineer Darren McDaniel drove in a pickup truck. Traffic operations division director Carol Rawson sat in the passenger seat and noted McDaniel’s speed. McDaniel tried to avoid looking at his speedometer and drove at a speed he found comfortable, as Rawson noted how fast he was going. Most of the time, he drove between 80 and 82 mph.

Rawson also noted road visibility and the amount of space on the highway shoulders.

The existing stretch of Texas 130 will likely retain an 80 mph speed limit, though that could be raised, both officials told the newspaper.

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Everbody knows that if you lose weight and watch your diet, you’ll enjoy a longer and fuller life.

There’s an additional incentive for truckers to stay in shape — their job might depend on their health.

Every two years, they must pass a physical exam required by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They’re checked for conditions that might cause them to become incapacitated — suddenly or gradually — while driving, including severe heart conditions, high blood pressure and respiratory disorders.

While there are no weight restrictions, a commercial driver who has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and isn’t undergoing treatment will not get a medical certificate. Sleep apnea, more common among those who are overweight, leads to daytime sleepiness, a danger on long drives.

But there are obstacles for truck drivers who are mindful of their health. In addition to being seated for many hours at a time, eating options are usually limited to places with parking lots big enough to accommodate their tractor-trailers — most often truck stops, which historically have not been known for wholesome food or workout equipment.

That’s something truck stop chains have been trying to change.

TravelCenters of America, which operates under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands, launched a program two years ago called StayFit that includes placing small, free gyms in truck stops, offering healthier eating options and half portions, mapping walking routes near truck stops and building basketball courts in some locations.

According to TravelCenters spokesman Tom Liutkus,

We wanted to remove as many barriers to drivers’ health as possible.

Liutkus said the company has gyms at 42 of its more than 240 locations, with plans to outfit them all by the end of next year. He added that the gyms have been accessed more than 30,000 times.

Gym franchiser Snap Fitness has partnered with Rolling Strong, which provides wellness programs aimed at truckers, to open gyms at Pilot Flying J locations. The first one opened south of Dallas in June: A nearly 1,000-square-foot stand-alone building filled with weights and a dozen or so machines. So far, more than 120 memberships have been sold for that gym.

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FTR expects trucking conditions to improve in 2013, thanks to modestly better economics and a strong increase in capacity utilization stemming from added constraints on trucking from federal regulations taking effect in mid-year.

The transportation analysis and forecasting firm says its Trucking Conditions Index for August rose 1.4 points from July to a reading of 5.8. The index has been in mildly positive territory, but without clear direction, since the economy weakened in early 2011.

Any reading above zero indicates a positive environment for truckers. Readings above 10 signal that volumes, prices, and margins are in a solidly favorable range for trucking companies.

Jonathan Starks, director of transportation analysis says,

Setting aside the inherent economic risks at the moment, we expect the rate environment to improve for fleets as capacity tightens in 2013 when more stringent hours-of-service rules go into effec.

This will also have the effect of worsening the driver shortage, moving the situation from the currently tight-but-manageable level towards a more acute shortage, similar to that experienced back in 2004, when the last major rule change went into effect.

Truck fleets will also need to keep a sharp eye on the economic environment heading into 2013, because a major downshift in growth would have major negative implications on margins just as new hours of service regulations go into effect.

 

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Let’s Be Careful Out There

According to Pennsylvania truck accident attorney Marion Munley, national inspections of 74,072 trucks and buses that resulted in one fifth of the vehicles being removed from the road should raise concerns for the sponsoring Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

The CVSA said in a recent news release that its 25th Annual Roadcheck, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety enforcement and outreach event, inspected a record number of trucks and buses.

The organization said 22.4 percent of CMVs and 3.9 percent of drivers were placed out of service, or removed from the road, after the inspections. The CVSA said those vehicle and driver OOS rates represented the second-lowest in the program’s history.

Munley, a nationally recognized Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer with the Scranton personal injury firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., said those numbers were still too high.

“It’s certainly a concern when one in five of the tractor-trailers and other big-rig trucks that trucking companies continue to put on the road are in such poor shape that they should be removed from the road before they cause an accident,” she said.

The attorney pointed out that the CVSA noted in its press release that “while the attention paid by industry to maintenance and regulatory compliance generally is improving, more needs to be done by industry and enforcement alike.”

“And it needs to be done now,” Munley said. “Truckers and trucking companies have the responsibility for making sure long-haul transfer trucks and other commercial trucks are safe before they hit the road and put others at risk of accident, injury and death.”

Munley’s firm investigates commercial truck accidents in preparation of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of people in Pennsylvania and across the Northeast who have been hurt in wrecks involving 18-wheelers and other CMVs

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