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Could public buses deliver packages? Amazon says yes

Amazon recently patented a plan to turn public buses into mobile delivery stations.

As buses lose ridership to Lyft and Uber, Amazon proposes an additional use for the vehicles. A removable delivery module would be attached to the bus, from which customers could pick up their packages at stops along the bus’s route.

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Opioids a bigger risk to American lives than vehicle crashes

The National Safety Council released a new report on preventable deaths that found, for the first time on record, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than dying in a motor vehicle crash.

Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council's analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103.

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Research from ATRI Identifies E-Commerce Impacts on the Trucking Industry

The American Transportation Research Institute released an analysis of the impacts that emerging e-commerce trends are having on the trucking industry, including the challenges and opportunities that more regionalized retail supply chains and the proliferation of urban “last mile” deliveries have presented.

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$25,0000 prize money for best infrastructure funding ideas

U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas Donohue has launched a contest for the “best, most viable ideas” for long-term, sustainable funding for infrastructure improvements. The winner will earn $25,000.

“As everyone knows, the challenge is how to pay for it,” Donohue said on Jan. 10.

The Chamber has lobbied for a 25 cent  increase in the fuel tax over five years to raise the funds for infrastructure maintenance and modernization, but raising the fuel tax, which hasn’t changed since 1993, has been unpopular politically in recent history.

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Canadian trucking firms look to immigrants to ease driver shortage

The U.S. is not the only one with a driver shortage problem. The Ontario Trucking Association in Canada is calling on the provincial government to launch a pilot program that would allow freight carriers to bring in immigrant workers to fill a critical driver shortage.

The driver shortage across the border is caused by the same problems faced in the U.S. like an aging workforce.

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Research shows HOS compliance increased after ELD mandate, but no change to crash rate

Researchers from the University of Arkansas and Northeastern University released the results of a study on the effects of the electronic logging device mandate and found that since the mandate went into effect, hours of service compliance has increased and so has the frequency of speeding violations. The rate of truck crashes has not seemed to be affected by the mandate.

The report supposes that the speeding increases are due to drivers making up for productivity losses caused by complying with hours of service regulations.

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Executive order encourages more American-made products in infrastructure projects

On Jan. 31, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage the purchase of more American-made products on federal infrastructure projects.

The executive order, “Strengthening Buy American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects,” directs executive department and agency heads to encourage recipients of federal funds to “use, to the greatest extent practicable, iron and aluminum as well as, steel, cent, and other manufactured products produced in the United States in every contract, subcontract, purchase order, or sub award that is chargeable against such Federal financial assistant award.” The executive order also requires a report of opportunities to maximize Buy American principles be made available to the President by May 31, 2019.

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Arkansas Trucking Association Praises State Legislators for Funding Highways

Arkansas Trucking Association praises the 27 state senators and 71 representatives who have voted over the past two weeks in support of legislation that will generate an additional $95 million annually for highways. A success years in the making, the funding is part of Governor Asa Hutchinson's proposed plan to bring in an additional $417 million total annually for infrastructure, with $300 million of that going to the Arkansas Department of Transportation. 

"This is a victory for everyone who relies on Arkansas highways, rural roads, city streets and bridges," said Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton.  "It prioritizes safety and the efficient movement of commerce throughout the state.  We are grateful to the lawmakers who voted in support of funding our state's infrastructure."

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Arkansas Trucking Association Praises Reintroduction of DRIVE-Safe Act

The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) applauds the reintroduction of the DRIVE-Safe Act, a critical piece of legislation 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.

ATA also praises the support of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) as co-sponsors of the legislation.

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ATA Applauds Governor's Highway Funding Plan

Arkansas Govenor Hutchinson Highway Funding Plan

The Arkansas Trucking Association today commended Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other legislative leaders for introducing a long-term, sustainable infrastructure plan to fund roads and bridges across the state.   

Under the proposal, $300 million in new highway spending is predicted to generate hundreds of millions in economic activity and thousands of new jobs.

The highway plan would allow the cities, counties and the Arkansas Department of Transportation to invest in infrastructure that will connect communities and businesses. Ninety percent of Arkansans recognize the need for repair and believe improving the state's infrastructure is key to driving economic activity.

ATA President Shannon Newton noted the commitment of the Governor and legislators in formulating the proposal. "For too many years and legislative sessions, we've seen the can kicked down the road. ATA members are pleased to see decisive action on the part of the General Assembly and the Executive Branch in bringing long-term confidence to funding the highways where we do business."

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ATA Recognized for Safety Programs

Arkansas Trucking Association was one of 17 state trucking associations honored with Summa Cum Laude status during American Trucking Associations’ Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 14.

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What’s the hold up on DHS’s hair sample drug testing protocol? asks new bill

President Trump signed into law a package aimed at curbing abuse of opioid drugs, and included in the legislative package is a provision that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Congress with an update on the status of guidelines for conducting hair-sample drug tests.

In 2015, the FAST Act highway bill required the U.S. DOT to recognize hair-sample drug tests for truck drivers as an alternative to urine-sample tests, and DHS was given a year to produce guidelines for how those tests should be conducted. Three years later, fleets are still waiting for those guidelines.

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