Arkansas Trucking Association

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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Crashes Rise in States that Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Two new studies report that crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in the first states to legalize marijuana—Colorado Nevada, Oregon and Washington—compared with neighboring states that haven't legalized marijuana for recreational use. The research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) come as campaigns to decriminalize marijuana gain traction with voters and legislators in the U.S., and Canada begins allowing recreational use of marijuana.

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Newton named to ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee

Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton was recently named to the American Transportation Research Institute 2019-2020 Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Among other activities, ATRI's RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.

RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, industry suppliers, commercial drivers, shippers, law enforcement, academia and government.

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Bypass Traffic Congestion in a Personal Helicopter

As congestion on America’s highways continues to spread, SureFly, a personal helicopter, offers technology for commuters to fly over traffic in a partially electric drone-like aircraft for two people.

The helicopter with a target pricepoint around $200,000, includes 8 rotors and a hybrid motor that can fly for up to 2 hours at a time.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires a skilled pilot to operate vehicles like the SureFly, but Elliot Bokeno with Workhorse, the Ohio based company trying to bring the aircraft to market, says it isn’t difficult to use, “You don’t need a huge skill set to fly it. If you can fly a drone, you can fly this."

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EPA to Tighten Emissions Standards for Trucks

Despite the recent regulatory rollbacks, the Environmental Protection Agency announced in Nov. that it will pursue more stringent restrictions on pollution from heavy-duty trucks.

The Cleaner Trucks Initiative is a future rulemaking to update standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty trucks and engines. NOx emissions standards for these vehicles were last revised in 2001.

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Greer Woodruff earns Highway to Victory Award

Arkansas' Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, was among those honored by American Trucking Associations Image and Advocacy Award, which acknowledges outstanding industry advocacy efforts.

The Highway to Victory Award is given to someone who has championed the associations' legislative agenda and has gone well above and beyond in promoting and advocating for the top legislative interests of the trucking industry.

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