Arkansas Trucking Association

Trucking Cares Foundation Donates to Ukraine Relief Efforts

The Trucking Cares Foundation, the trucking industry’s charitable arm, announced it was donating more than $40,000 to a trio of organizations involved in Ukrainian humanitarian relief efforts.

“The war unfolding in Ukraine is a terrible tragedy,” said TCF Chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express. “The trucking industry stands with the Ukrainian people and we’re proud to do even a little bit to ease their suffering.”

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Jeff Holmes succeeds Jay Thompson as Arkansas Highway Police Chief

Jeff Holmes has been named chief of Arkansas Highway Police after the retirement of former chief Jay Thompson.

Holmes has worked with the Arkansas Department of Transportation since 1993 when he was a highway patrol officer in West Memphis. In 1998, He has held roles of patrol officer first class, AHP sergeant, first lieutenant in special services, captain and district commander.

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Trucking legacy's family invest in future workforce

The family of one of the oldest trucking companies in the state is investing in the workforce of the industry. On Jan. 19, NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville announced the creation of the Willis Shaw Family Endowed Scholarship for the college’s commercial driver’s license training program.

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Washington state proposes truck parking and restroom access legislation

Two bills in the Washington State Legislature could address the availability of parking and restroom facilities for
truck drivers. Washington Trucking Association and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are
supporting the pending legislation that would provide a tax incentive to the private sector to construct new truck parking spaces (HB 1657) and give truck drivers more access to restrooms at retail establishments and port facilities throughout the state (HB 1706).

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UCR fees to decline by 27%

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that fees for Unified Carrier Registration Plan will be
reduced 27% next year.

The 2023 UCR fees will be reduced for companies with up to two power units from the current $59 to $43. For companies with 1,001 or more units, fees will drop from the current $56,977 to $41,627.

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Be Pro awarded $1.4 million for second mobile workshop

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson approved a $1.45 million grant for a second “Be Pro Be Proud” mobile workshop
to share with high school students the opportunities available through technical careers in the state.

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Slow down, phone down for work zone safety

State Police and Highway Police Partnership

The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas Department of Transportation are launching a safety campaign to crack down on reckless and distracted driving in work zones across the state.

With the passage of infrastructure funding at both the federal and state level, Arkansas drivers can expect to encounter work zones maintaining and building roads around the state. Last fall, AHC and ARDOT began planning
a campaign to educate passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle drivers how to share the road safely in work zones.

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Could even warehouse work go remote?

Since the pandemic began, many employees stopped commuting to an office and began logging on from home
to earn their paycheck. Some analysts predict that 25% of professional jobs in North America will be remote by the
end of the year. But less expected is that non-office jobs have remote-potential.

Two companies are exploring technology that allows workers to operate forklifts remotely, a challenge that could address labor shortages in warehouses.

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Traffic fatalities increase throughout pandemic; USDOT responds with safety strategy

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, early estimates of motor vehicle traffic crashes for the first nine months of 2021, fatalities have increased 12%, the highest in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history. NHTSA projects that an estimated 31,720 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through September 2021, up from the 28,325 fatalities projected for the first nine months of 2020. The projection is the highest number of fatalities during the first nine months of any year since 2006.

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Bridge Closure Puts Memphis on List of Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks

Last week, the American Transportation Research Institute released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America, and the interchange at I-55 and I-40 made its first appearance in the top 100.

Read more: Bridge Closure Puts Memphis on List of Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks

Arkansas Trucking Association accepting applications for Technician Scholarship

For the fifth year, the Arkansas Trucking Association plans to award scholarships of up to $7,500 to students interested in pursuing careers as medium and heavy duty truck technicians. Scholarship applications are being accepted now through April 1, 2022, and are available at arkansastrucking.com/tech-scholarship.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Stalled

Debate among Democrats led to an announcement on Friday, Oct. 1 of an indefinite delay of a House vote on final passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Originally scheduled for Sept. 27, then pushed back to Sept. 30, the longer-term deferral of final passage resulted from ongoing insistence by House Progressives that the infrastructure bill’s fate remain tied to passage of a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending bill funding social infrastructure priorities.

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