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Proposed Rulemaking Despite Regulation Freeze

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On January 23, DOT published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend its drug-testing program regulation, despite an order from President Trump barring federal agencies from publishing regulations in the Federal Register.

Trump's order prohibits regulations from being published unless a Trump-picked agency chief signs off. It also directed agencies to immediately withdraw any submitted regulations before they can be published.

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Cross-Border Trucking Could Be in Jeopardy

As the U.S.’s trade negotiations are under the microscope, a cross-border trucking provision that allows Mexican trucks to carry freight across the U.S.-Mexican border is vulnerable to repeal.

In January 2015, the Department of Transportation announced that Mexican motor carriers could apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States, increasing economic and export opportunities between the two countries, and marking a significant milestone in implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. It took more than 20 years after NAFTA went into effect in 1994 for the US to finally allow trucks to move across the border due after a successful pilot program.

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Autonomous Vehicle Policy Unveiled


The White House released its new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy in September to govern the use of autonomous vehicles.

The policy focuses on highly automated vehicles, or HAVs, in which the vehicle can take full control of the driving task in at least some circumstances, and driver-assistance systems already produced by automakers.

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ATRI Launches Survey about Medical Exam Process

American Transportation Research Institute

The American Transportation Research Institute and Mayo Clinic launched a set of surveys designed to solicit motor carrier and commercial driver input on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process.  The NRCME was deployed in 2014 and since then, medical examiners performing DOT physicals are required to take an approved course, pass an exam and be listed in the registry before issuing medical certificates.

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Trucking Students Join 40 Under 40 Council

Arkansas Trucking 40 Under 40 Council

On September 27, the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors approved four transportation and logistics students to join the 40 Under 40 Council after the students attended the group’s quarterly meeting on September 8 in Fort Smith, Ark.

The Council was established in 2009 to identify and cultivate new, young executives in member companies and acclimate them to the intricacies of the trucking world as well as the dynamics of the association.

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NanoMech Developing Next-Generation Combat Uniforms for U.S. Army


NanoMech, which provides advanced lubricants for the trucking industry, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army to develop advanced multi-functional textiles using patent pending technology platform, nGuard®.

"I applaud the Army's decision to award NanoMech this ground-breaking contract, which demonstrates the innovation and advanced technologies developed in Northwest Arkansas,” said U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. “I’ve seen firsthand the tremendous operation NanoMech has built over the last several years. They are a leader in the tech community and are attracting top engineering and scientific talent to Arkansas."

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Arkansas Truck Convoy Raises Money for Special Olympics

Arkansas Highway Police Convoy

The Arkansas Highway Police led a convoy through Little Rock on September 17 to raise money for Special Olympics. The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is a national event organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

This year, 104 trucks from 14 companies participated in the annual event. The drivers and spectators gathered at Maverick Transportation in North Little Rock.

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Arkansas Eyes Tolls for 13-Mile Stretch of Interstate

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State highway officials continue to propose studies to determine whether the state should use tolls to build or fund new needed infrastructure around the state. The newest study commissioned by highway officials would provide funds for a new section of Interstate 49 in western Arkansas.

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Ark. Techs Compete at TMC SuperTech

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Arkansas Trucking Association sent two technicians to compete in Raleigh, N.C. at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2016 SuperTech competitions for truck and trailer technicians around the country.

Technicians from all 50 states gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center to show off their tech skills. This year’s SuperTech included a trailer tech competition for the first time and a FutureTech competition challenged future technicians from diesel tech school programs.

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Fighting Fuel Theft with a Card?

Fueloyal Fuel Theft Protection

Chicago tech startup, Fueloyal has developed a card to prevent fuel theft for big trucks. The card, called the iCap 1000, uses the 3G network to prevent thieves from siphoning diesel out of gas tanks.

The iCap 1000 measures the gas going into the truck’s tank while checking it against what’s coming out of the pump through a real-time, 3G-networked connection.

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ATA Eyeing Appropriations Bill for HOS Fix

American Trucking Association

The Arkansas Trucking Association is joining the American Trucking Associations in asking Congress members to provide legislative clarification in December’s appropriation bills to correct the flawed language that has put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy.

Legislators have been asked to include a solution in FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-Hud) appropriations bills.

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New Rule Simplifies CDL Process for Vets

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s published a final rule to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles by simplifying the process for current and former military personnel to earn a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit.

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