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Friday, May 27, 2016
Volume 7 --- Issue 15
Truck PAC Iowa Raises Over $25,000 At Recent Event
A total of 147 registered golfers raised over $25,000 during the annual Truck PAC Iowa golf outing, taking place at the Legacy Golf Course in Norwalk, Iowa.  This annual event not only included golf and a steak dinner, but a number of additional fun activities during the day to make the event yet another unique outing.  IMTA Board Members Brad Kohlwes, ARGEE Transport; Ralph Arthur, Ruan Transportation and Jeff Wangsness, JMT Trucking Company, along with IMTA President Brenda Neville, greeted every golfer on hole 10 and encouraged each and every one of them to financially participate in the Chairman's Challenge and the support was given by every single golfer!

Dave Neuwohner, All Seasons Trucking, and Gary Handley, BTI Special Commodities
Ralph Arthur, Ruan Transportation, and Delwin Van Wyk, Harrison Truck Centers

A special thank you to the members of the PAC Committee who were on-hand to help with the organization of the event and the fundraisers; Committee Chairman Delwin Van Wyk, Harrison Truck Centers; Mike Bagg, Central Trailer Service; Brad Kohlwes, ARGEE Transport; Dave Nelsen, Harrison Truck Centers; Dave Neuwohner, All Seasons Trucking; IMTA Chairman of the Board Mark Olson, Olson Explosives and Jeff Wangsness, JMT Trucking Company.

Brian Larue, Olson Explosives; Dave Wagner, Thermo King; IMTA Chairman of the Board Mark Olson, Olson Explosives and John Marshall, Jerico Services
Brad Bailey, Central Trailer Service; IMTA President Brenda Neville and Dave Nelsen, Harrison Truck Centers

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House Panel Keeps Trucking-Related Provisions in Transportation Bill
A Democratic push to undo trucking-related provisions from a fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill was soundly rejected during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

The amendment by Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) was rejected on a party-line vote. Nineteen Democrats backed the amendment with 28 Republicans voting against it.

Republican leaders on the panel insisted the trucking-related provisions Democrats had targeted sought to improve highway safety. Price and Democrats disagreed, referring to the provisions as ideological policy riders lacking merit for inclusion in the bill.

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SOURCE:  Transport Topics
FMCSA Sends Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse Final Rule to OMB
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on May 20 forwarded to the White House Office of Management and Budget its final rule that would establish a national database of truck drivers who have failed or refused to take drug and alcohol tests, marking the final step in the approval process.

The proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule, published in February 2014, would require motor carriers and other medical personnel to "report verified positive, adulterated and substituted drug test results, positive alcohol test results, test refusals, negative return-to-duty test results and information on follow-up testing."

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SOURCE:  Transport Topics
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ATRI Seeks For-Hire Motor Carrier Operational Cost Data
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire motor carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments.  Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2015 cost per mile and cost per hour data.

The results of this data collection, combined with the previous Operational Costs of Trucking reports, will yield eight full years (2008 - 2015) of trucking cost information derived directly from fleet operations.  This research provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses.

For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide confidential operational cost data through ATRI's survey by Friday, June 17, 2016 available online at  The results of this study will be available later this year.


ATRI Plays Key Role in National Truck Parking Leadership Initiative

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, today announced its involvement in a new trucking industry initiative to help professional drivers find available truck parking.

Beginning in late summer, truck drivers who need to stop, park and rest will be able to use a free mobile app called Park My Truck to locate important truck parking information and find available spaces.  The app is being developed by the Truck Parking Leadership Initiative, of which ATRI is a key member along with the NATSO Foundation, and the American Trucking Associations (ATA). 

The Truck Parking Leadership Initiative was developed based on feedback from professional drivers, motor carriers and truck stop operators who are intimately familiar with truck parking availability as a critical need.   Park My Truck allows any parking provider - whether public or private - to report their parking availability for free through this app; it doesn't require any special technology except internet access.

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Truck Cargo Thefts on the Rise
The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

It recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts, an increase of 13% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and up 8% compared to the first quarter of last year. However, the average loss value per incident fell to $112.467, down 13% from the previous quarter and a 56% decline from a year earlier.

The decline in the average loss value, according to FreightWatch, is likely due to it recording no theft valued at more than $1 million in this latest quarter, versus two in the final quarter of 2015 and seven in the first quarter of last year.

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SOURCE:  HDT Headline New
Expert on New Regs for Food Haulers:  Shippers Run the Show
Pertaining to new regulations handed down last month by the FDA for food haulers, shippers will now be in charge of setting cleanliness guidelines for truckers and their equipment and could turn trucks away without loads if they fail to meet previously agreed to requirements, says one transportation focused lawyer.

Rob Moseley of transportation firm Smith Moore Leatherwood offered a few insights into the new regulations in a webinar held for shippers, brokers and carriers.

The Food & Drug Administration rules are very broad, Moseley said, and only about 10 percent of the rule applies to food transportation. Even then, most of the transportation-focused portions of the rule are meant for shippers, so just a small part of the rule applies to carriers directly, Moseley said.

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CVSA's 2016 International Roadcheck Campaign
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016

International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections.

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OSHA's Final Rule Addresses Workplace Hazards
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses.

OSHA requires many employers to keep a record of injuries and illnesses to help these employers and their employees identify hazards, fix problems and prevent additional injuries and illnesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than three million workers suffer a workplace injury or illness every year. Currently, little or no information about worker injuries and illnesses at individual employers is made public or available to OSHA. Under the new rule, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect, for posting on the agency's website.

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SOURCE:  TBB Market Watch
ELD's:  Do Your Homework Before You Buy
As carriers chart out their plans to comply with the upcoming electronic logging device mandate, one of the first questions they likely will ask is this: Which of the many devices on the market will actually meet the regulation's requirements? One logical place to turn is the online list of registered ELDs maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but carriers should take that list with a sizable grain of salt.

To have their devices added to that registry, technology vendors merely need to "self-certify" their products. In other words, the ELDs on the list aren't vetted by FMCSA or another third party, but by the manufacturer of the device.

However, the ELD rule does include a procedure to remove a device from that list if it is challenged by enforcement and deemed noncompliant. In that event, the device manufacturer would have an opportunity to fix any deficiencies in the product before its removal, or to appeal its delisting if it comes to that.

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SOURCE:  iTech/Transport Topics
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Peterbilt of Lincoln to host Grand Opening Celebration
Peterbilt of Lincoln will host a Grand Opening Celebration, showcasing its newly-built, full-service dealership in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, June 22.
Event activities will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., including a tent with truck parts vendors, facility tours and a chance to win door prizes. Customers can view the new high-tech Peterbilt trucks and chat with Factory Reps. A catered lunch and dinner will also be served.
The event is open to Peterbilt customers, fleets, O/Os and the entire Trucking Community. The large modern facility is located along the Interstate 80 frontage road at 6262 Arbor Road; take I-80 Exit 405 in Nebraska.

In order for us to properly plan for this event, attendees are asked to register online. To register to attend, see event details, find a map or view the store video, visit the Peterbilt of Lincoln webpage at:
"We want to let the Trucking Community know about our first-class trucks, parts, services and new location," said Ron Showers, parts manager at the Lincoln store. "This is a large energy-efficient facility with 16 service bays, a large parts inventory for all makes and a full-line of Peterbilts and used trucks for sale."
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