Arkansas Trucking Association

ATA Applauds Common Sense HOS Reform Legislation

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The Arkansas Trucking Association welcomes the introduction today of the HOURS Act – common sense legislation that will deliver much needed technical adjustments to hours of service (HOS) regulations while continuing to ensure safety on our nation’s highways.


Proposed by Arkansas congressman Rick Crawford (R-1), along with Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-3) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), the HOURS Act (Honest Operators Undertaking Road Safety Act) offers narrow and reasonable changes that allow for flexibility as professional drivers face distinct challenges as well as uniformity in certain types of operations. The bill also eliminates record keeping redundancy and provides a framework for efficiency in future regulatory changes.


Shannon Newton, president of Arkansas Trucking Association, offered praise for the legislation. “The HOURS Act addresses several issues that have been brought to light since electronic logging devices were mandated in 2017. We extend our appreciation to Rep. Crawford for introducing this bill, and are grateful that he continues to be a champion for the more-than 9 million Americans who work in the trucking industry.”


While the shift to electronic logging devices did not change HOS rules, they did bring to light a need for greater flexibility. The HOURS Act focuses on that need by applying uniform 150 air-mile radius HOS exemption to all drivers engaged in the transportation of livestock or agriculture products; extending the short-haul HOS exemption to all who operate within 150 air-miles of their work reporting location and complete their work day within 14 hours; reducing supporting documents requirement to only those verifying the start and end time of a driver’s daily on-duty period; and expediting FMCSA’s effort to review split sleeper berth flexibility by eliminating the requirement of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the rulemaking process, specifically for this purpose.


Newton concluded, “The HOURS Act maintains the integrity of the hours of service regulations while recognizing distinctions in various segments of the industry. Most importantly, this relief will improve the lives of millions of professional drivers while maintaining safety as our top consideration.”

ATA Announces Technician Scholarship Recipients

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The Arkansas Trucking Association is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship Fund. High school seniors Konner Hodges of Gentry High School Conversion Charter and Colt Dickard of Har-Ber High School will both receive $7,500 to pursue training for a career in medium/heavy duty truck technology.

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ATA Launches “Focus. Drive. Stay Alive.” Initiative

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Little Rock, Ark., April 2, 2018 – The Arkansas Trucking Association launches today a statewide initiative to educate the public about the dangers of driving while distracted.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined Arkansas Trucking Association officials, along with officers from the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Highway Police, to announce “Focus. Drive. Stay Alive.” at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.

“One of our goals is to make Arkansas’s roads and highways safer for all drivers,” said Arkansas Trucking Association President, Shannon Newton. “’Focus. Drive. Stay Alive.’ will help educate Arkansans about the dangers of driving while distracted and safely sharing the road.”

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Arkansas Trucking Association Praises DRIVE-Safe Act

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The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) applauds the introduction of the DRIVE-Safe Act, a critical piece of legislation introduced yesterday that aims to address the massive driver shortage affecting the delivery of commerce in our country, while also promoting enhanced safety training for new members of the workforce.

The trucking industry is hindered by federal law which prohibits the movement of goods across state lines by individuals under the age of 21. This arbitrary restriction on interstate deliveries is particularly problematic in attracting young people to the opportunities available in the trucking industry.  Most states, including Arkansas, allow individuals to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) at age 18.  An 18 year-old driver may then legally deliver a load from Fort Smith to West Memphis, but is prohibited from delivering just nine miles further in Memphis, Tenn.

The proposed legislation would create a graduated two-step program for 18–21 year-old CDL holders to train with experienced drivers before earning credentials that would allow them to legally make interstate deliveries.

Read more: Arkansas Trucking Association Praises DRIVE-Safe Act

ATA to host blockchain experts in Little Rock

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Date/Time:     Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Location:        The Victory Building

1401 West Capitol Avenue
Suite 445
Little Rock, AR 72201
 

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - Arkansas Trucking Association’s Accounting & Finance Council is hosting a Blockchain Primer next week, on Tuesday, March 6, in Little Rock, Ark for its first quarterly meeting.

The meeting will be held from 10 am to 2 pm, and lunch will be sponsored by McLeod Software and served while attendees network with other accounting and finance professionals in the industry and learn from experts in a workshop-style setting.

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ATA Announces New Scholarship for Arkansas Technician Students

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Arkansas Trucking Association is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for a new scholarship opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career as a medium and heavy duty truck technician. ATA has established the Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship Fund to encourage growth in the state’s technician workforce and to help assure that the safest, most knowledgeable and skilled technicians are working on the trucks and trailers on our nation’s roads.

Applicants must be graduating seniors from accredited high schools. Two scholarships for up to $7,500 will be awarded for students attending a two-semester (30-hour minimum) medium and heavy duty truck technician program at an Arkansas institution.

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Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program Delayed for Further Public Comment

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Plans for flexible sleeper berth pilot program are behind schedule after another public comment period closed on Nov. 27. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website said the pilot was supposed to begin in July 2017. According to Sean Garney, director of safety policy for American Trucking Associations , the pilot program is now expected sometime next spring or summer.

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Safety Leader Touts Trucking's Safety Investment at Congressional Roundtable

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During a congressional roundtable on emerging technologies in the trucking industry, American Trucking Associations reiterated trucking’s strong record of investing in and implementing innovative technologies to improve safety on the nation’s highways.

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Two Provisions in Emissions Rules Halted

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Last year’s Clear Air Act gave former President Obama the authority to write emissions rules. However, two key provisions that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from big trucks have been halted.

In the original Environmental Protection Agency emissions proposals, glider kits—incomplete truck bodies that users can build out with older and less expensive engines, transmissions and axles—were subject to standards of aerodynamic efficiency. However, American Trucking Associations and other opponents argue that glider kits are not motor vehicles or engines, only pieces used to assemble a full vehicle, and therefore not eligible to be regulated.

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Riels joins ATA Board of Directors

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Alan Riels of Dedicated Logistics, Inc. is the newest member of the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors.

Riels is the president and CEO of Dedicated Logistic, LLC, a Crossett-based freight carrier with over 60 trucks.  At the Nov. 3 ATA Board of Directors meeting, Riels was nominated and affirmed to fill the vacant position, previously held by the late Wayne Smith of Wayne Smith Trucking, who passed in May 2017 after serving on the board for over 20 years.

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Autonomous Shuttle Proves Human Error Causes Most Incidents

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Within hours of its first route in downtown Las Vegas, an autonomous electric shuttle bus was struck by a delivery truck (with a human driver).

The Metropolitan Police Department determined that the shuttle came to a stop when it sensed the truck was trying to back up. However, the human truck driver was found to be at fault when he continued to back up the truck until its tires touched the front of the shuttle. Damage was minor, and no one was hurt.

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Four Opiods Added to DOT Drug-Test Panel

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According to the Department of Transportation, a new drug testing standard will go into effect on Jan.1 to add four commonly abused prescription opioids to the drug testing panel used for truck drivers and all safety-sensitive transportation workers.

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