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Arkansas Drivers to Compete at National Championship

Arkansas Trucking Championship Winners 2016

Arkansas’ best truck drivers to compete at national championship

The Arkansas Trucking Association is sending nine drivers to compete in the 2016 National Truck Driving Championship and National Step Van Championship in Indianapolis, Ind. Aug. 10–13. American Trucking Associations will be hosting more than 400 of the trucking industry's top professional truck drivers at the Indiana Convention Center for the 79th annual "Super Bowl of Safety."

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Rank Your Top Industry Concerns

American Transportation Research Institute

    
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2016 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its 12th year and participation by trucking stakeholders has grown each year.

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34-Hour Restart Issue Still Stalled

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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted in May to send the full House a bill that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to the 34-hour restart provisions of the hours of service requirements.

The provisions would revert restart rules to those in effect in December 2011. A 34-hour restart would not be required to include the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods, and its use would not be limited to once a week. The 30-minute break requirement would still be in effect, however, and would be the lone remaining element of the hours of service changes that went into effect in July 2013.

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CSA Scores Likely to Remain Offline for Two Years

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a Senate panel that Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier ranking system changes will take about two years to complete, and the industry shouldn’t expect to see CSA scores—the percentile rankings in the CSA Safety Measurement System’s seven BASICs — return to public view until those changes have been made.

“Based on our preliminary assessment, it’s going to take a while to do the revised analysis,” Foxx said. The changes in the CSA score methodology were required in Congress’ 2015 FAST Act bill.

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Governor Signs Arkansas Highway Plan into Law

Arkansas Govenor Asa Hutchinson

 

The Legislature's special session on highways came when Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a highway funding plan into law that will raise nearly $50 million for the state's highways in the coming year and qualify the state to receive an additional $200 million annually in federal matching highway funds.

The plan utilizes $40 million from Arkansas's surplus, $1.5 million investment returns and ends a requirement that $8.4 million from a half-cent sales tax for roads go toward a fund for constitutional officers.

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Largest truck-only roadway planned

Georgia Interstate 75 Largest Truck-Only Roadway

 

Georgia plans to build two lanes limited to trucks along 38 miles of Interstate 75, a heavily travelled freight corridor south of Atlanta. It will be the largest truck-only project in the nation and is expected to cost $2 billion.

The project is ambitious, said Robert Poole, a transportation expert and co-founder of The Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank. Truck-only lanes are usually reserved for short distances, such as moving heavy vehicles out of the way of faster car traffic climbing hills.

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Nuclear transporters practice maneuvers on Arkansas highway

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Arkansas 549 in Fort Smith has become a smooth training ground for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Secure Transportation. The highway closings were first publicly announced in October, and so far, no live nuclear warheads have been used in the night-time training sessions.

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UPS partners with drone company for humanitarian efforts

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UPS is partnering with a tiny robotics company, Zipline, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to explore how drones can safely and effectively deliver medicines such as vaccines and blood across the world.

The goal is to examine whether drones can rapidly deliver key medical supplies to remote areas since the products often spoil or fail to reach people when using other means of transportation.

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Toll lanes to be studied in Arkansas . . . again

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The Arkansas Highway Commission has voted to study adding part-time toll lanes to Little Rock area freeways, which supporters say could alleviate traffic for commuters and help efforts to expand mass transit in the region.

The commission approved partnering with Metroplan, the planning organization for the central Arkansas area, to study adding "high occupancy toll" lanes to Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline and Lonoke counties. The study will likely take six months to a year to complete.

"There are a lot of things being done in urban areas around the country and we want to see if it could be implemented in Arkansas and how it would work," Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett said.

Arkansas currently doesn't have any toll lanes in the state, though the idea has been debated in the past. Bennett said the department is currently studying HOT lanes for a portion of Interstate 30 between south Little Rock and Benton.

McKenzie and Bennett said the study would look at pricing options for using the HOT lane, demand for such a lane and who can have access to the lane during non-peak hours. In a letter to Bennett in March, McKenzie also said the time the lane is toll could expand as demand grows.

McKenzie said the lanes are far from a certainty and cautioned drivers to not expect to pay for driving on any of the region's highways anytime soon.

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International Roadcheck 2016 finds violations near Benton

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More than one in five commercial trucks inspected by the Arkansas Highway Police had violations severe enough for authorities to pull them off the road pending repairs during International Roadcheck 2016, 72 hours dedicated to roadside inspections for commercial vehicles, according to the state Highway and Transportation Department.

Police across the state randomly inspected 637 trucks between Tuesday and Friday morning, and they took 149 vehicles out of service. The most common reason police pulled trucks off the road was brake problems, department spokesman Danny Straessle said.

Officers also pulled 67 drivers out of service, including one who was cited on suspicion of drinking and driving. Others were cited for not updating their logbooks or for driving too long.

The rate of vehicle violations is similar to last year's inspection results, when officers pulled 168 trucks out of service from the 619 they inspected. But the number of drivers taken out of service increased by more than 50 percent from the 43 drivers taken out of service last year.

Straessle said most Arkansas carriers have good safety records because problems can lead to fewer trucks on the road and cut into profits.

"But there's always the out-of-state driver that comes through or the single owner-operator that's maybe trying to cut corners to make ends meet," he said. "That's the exception rather than the rule."

David O'Neal, director of safety services at the Arkansas Trucking Association, said that although one violation is too many, the top-line numbers don't account for the violations' severity.

Over the past generation, the trucking industry has undergone a "sea change" in safety standards, he said. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents dropped by 17 percent, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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ATRI releases sleep apnea research data

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The American Transportation Research Institute released the results of its sleep apnea survey, which highlights a number of issues related to truck driver screening and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). With data from over 800 commercial drivers, ATRI's report is the first to quantify the costs and other impacts that truck drivers are experiencing as they address diagnosis and potential treatment regimen for OSA.

The study found that among drivers who had been referred to a sleep study, 53% paid some or all of the test costs, with an average of $1,220 in out-of-pocket expenses, representing just over 1.5 weeks of median driver pay at $805 per week.

Even some drivers with health insurance (32%) incurred out-of-pocket costs exceeding $1000, while 61% of drivers with no health insurance met more than $1000 in sleep study bills. None of these costs include pay lost for time away from work. Forty-one percent of participants spent 1 – 30 days away from work for sleep apnea screening.

The study also found the number of drivers who report not adhering to a prescribed OSA treatment, most commonly use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, was only 1.95 percent optttttmoderate/severe OSA diagnosed respondents moderate/severe OSA diagnosed respondents.

"ATRI's research clearly shows what my fellow drivers and I have been experiencing. The costs associated with sleep apnea screening and treatment are not inconsequential for drivers and the flexibility to utilize lower cost options for both screening and treatment will be critical if FMCSA moves forward with a formal rulemaking," said Barbara Beal, an Owner-Operator and member of OOIDA.

Find the full findings and a copy of the white paper at www.atri-online.org.

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Telemedicine approved for Arkansas

Under proposed regulations approved by the Arkansas State Medical Board, doctors would be allowed to use video and audio technology to remotely treat patients they have never examined in person.

The regulations would allow doctors to establish "a proper physician/patient relationship" through an examination using "real time audio and visual telemedicine technology" as long as the technology "provides information at least equal to such information as would have been obtained by an in-person examination."

The changes came in response to Act 887 of 2015, which allows doctors to treat only patients they have examined at some point in person, have an ongoing professional or personal relationship with or have been referred by another doctor or when they are filling in for the patient's regular doctor.

The law also allows the State Medical Board to specify other ways the physician-patient relationship can be established.

Representatives of 15 groups, including the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Trucking Association and America's Car Mart, wrote a letter to the board stating the regulations "protect the health and safety of Arkansans while expanding access to affordable, high-quality healthcare."

 

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