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FedEx's Patrick Reed to retire

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Patrick Reed, an executive vice president and chief operating officer of FedEx Freight in North America since 2004, is retiring, at the end of July.

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U.S. Army to test autonomous driving

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The U.S. Army plans a highway test this summer of driverless convoy technology to examine how the vehicles communicate with one another, with nonmilitary vehicles and with the roadway infrastructure through radio links.

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U.S. Army to test autonomous driving (2)

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The U.S. Army plans a highway test this summer of driverless convoy technology to examine how the vehicles communicate with one another, with nonmilitary vehicles and with the roadway infrastructure through radio links.

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Crash-avoidance braking to be standard by 2022

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Twenty major automakers pledged to equip cars and trucks with automatic emergency-braking systems designed to detect and prevent crashes without driver action.

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Study reveals drivers refusing sleep apnea treatment at greater risk

Drivers with sleep apnea have a five times greater risk of a severe crash when they do not adhere to a mandated treatment program, according to a study co-authored by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

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Virtual weigh station may be coming to Arkansas


The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has received bids on the state’s first "virtual weigh station," an unmanned set of computerized scales and cameras to collect and send a truck’s information to nearby patrol officers.

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Arkansas Road Team Takes Safety Message Across State

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The Arkansas Trucking Association with Arkansas Road Team developed a safety-focused video as part of the Arkansas Share the Road program, a highway safety campaign to educate all highway users.

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ATA Launches TV Ad

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New TV Ad Spreads Positive Message about Trucking and Truck Drivers

The Arkansas Trucking Association launched an ad campaign this week that aims to tell the story of trucking in Arkansas—the story of over 80,000 Arkansans employed in the industry, of which 38,000 are drivers.

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ATA Applauds Governor’s Highway Program Proposals

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The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) applauds Governor Asa Hutchinson and his announcement to secure much needed additional funding to meet the state’s infrastructure needs. The trucking industry has a vested interest in the maintenance, safety and capacity of Arkansas’ highways.

Yesterday Governor Hutchinson announced a plan to increase highway funding by $750 million over the next 10 years, ensuring that the state would qualify to receive an additional $2 billion in federal matching funds over the same time period.

Many elements of the Governor’s program include redirecting revenue generated by road users to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Diesel tax revenue and receipts from the ½ cent sales tax program would be properly invested in the state’s highway network.

“Our industry supports the Governor’s proposals on highway funding,” said Shannon Newton, Arkansas Trucking Association president. “It is in everyone’s best interest that Arkansas have an adequately funded, safe, efficient transportation system that is capable of meeting the needs of the citizens that live here and the businesses delivering commerce in and through our state.”

The trucking industry is grateful for our partnership with the administration and legislative leadership and the opportunity to work together on this important issue. We congratulate the Governor for devising a plan that addresses the immediate concerns, ensures the federal match and minimizes the concerns of other important stakeholders.

“We are concerned about weight-restricted bridges, deferred maintenance on major corridors, congestion issues and how each of these impacts safety,” said Newton. “The trucking industry is a very substantial consumer of the state’s highway network and a significant contributor to its funding,” addressing the industry’s vested interest. The trucking industry currently pays 44% of all taxes owed by Arkansas motorists.

Yesterday’s proposal recognizes a shift in the state’s priorities and responds to voters’ expectations. Recent polls indicate Arkansas voters perceive provision of safe, maintained roads as an essential function of state government. “Dedicating surplus funds to state highways acknowledges that good roads positively contribute to the overall welfare of the state, our standard of living and economic prosperity,” said Newton.

As Gov. Hutchinson stated, his proposals are doable and flexible. We look forward to continuing to work with the administration, the legislature and other stakeholders as the state addresses the challenges related to long-term infrastructure funding.

ATRI Research Finds Industry's Operational Costs on the Rise Again


The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released the findings of its 2015 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. This annual research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2014 providing motor carriers with a high level benchmarking tool, and government agencies with a baseline for future transportation infrastructure improvement analyses.

The average marginal cost per mile in 2014 was $1.70, an increase from the $1.68 found in 2013. Despite falling fuel prices, the rise in average operating costs in 2014 is attributed to an increase in equipment purchases, as well as driver wage increases driven by the ongoing driver shortage and the need to retain the industry’s most experienced professional drivers.

Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received nearly 10,000 requests for its Operational Costs of Trucking report, which continues to be among the most popular of ATRI’s research studies. In addition to average costs per mile, ATRI’s report documents average costs per hour, cost breakouts by industry sector, and operating cost comparisons by region of operations.

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Driver Coercion Carries Large Fines


The Department of Transportation published a final rule on driver coercion that will fine carriers, brokers, shippers and others for pressuring truck drivers to operate outside of federal safety regulations.

The rule goes into effect Jan. 29 and enacts fines up to $16,000 for any carrier, broker, shipper, receiver or anyone else in the supply chain who attempts to force drivers to operate their vehicles when it would violate federal rules to do so, such as when a driver is out of hours.

The rule defines coercion as: “A threat by a motor carrier, shipper, receiver or transportation intermediary, or their respective agents…to withhold business, employment or work opportunities from or to take or permit any adverse employment action against a driver in order to induce” the trucker to drive “under conditions which the driver stated would require him or her to violate one or more” FMCSA regulations.

The rule also requires drivers to report instances of coercion to FMCSA for a follow-up investigation. Drivers must file their complaints with the agency within 90 days of the occurrence of any alleged coercion acts and must provide FMCSA with any evidence they may have, such as messages or recorded phone conversations.

Walmart Testing Drones for Deliveries


Walmart applied to for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, a sign it plans to go head-to-head with Amazon in using drones to fill and deliver online orders.

The world's largest retailer by revenue has been conducting indoor tests of small unmanned aircraft systems – the term regulators use for drones - and is now seeking to test the machines outdoors.

In addition to having drones take inventory of trailers outside its warehouses and perform other tasks aimed at making its distribution system more efficient, Walmart is asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to research drone use in "deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes," according to a copy of the application reviewed by Reuters.

The move comes as Amazon, Google and other companies test drones in the expectation that the FAA will soon establish rules for their widespread commercial use. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said in June that the agency expected to finalize regulations within the next 12 months, faster than previously planned. Commercial drone use is currently illegal, though companies can apply for exemptions.

Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Toporek said, "Drones have a lot of potential to further connect our vast network of stores, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation fleet," he said. "There is a Walmart within five miles of 70 percent of the U.S. population, which creates some unique and interesting possibilities for serving customers with drones."

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