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Refrigerated Trailer Operation Limits Being Discussed in California

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The California Air Resources Board has scheduled workshops to discuss limiting the operating time of refrigerated trucks and trailers while at certain facilities, including grocery stores, distribution centers and cold storage warehouses.

California has recently set new targets for reducing air pollution, including decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and cutting petroleum use by cars and trucks by up to half from 2015 levels by 2030. In order to address air pollution around freight corridors and near distribution centers, California is considering an operation limit for Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs).

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National Truck Driving Championship in Orlando

National Truck Driving Championship

Arkansas sent nine drivers representing five different carriers to compete at the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando, Aug. 9-12.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the annual championships, known as the "Super Bowl of Safety," to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

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State Bridge Profile Finds 6.3% of Arkansas Bridges are Structurally Deficient

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Arkansas’ bridges ranked 34th nationwide, based on percentage of bridges characterized as structurally deficient. Of Arkansas’ 12,871 bridges, 811 (or 6.3%) were found to be structurally deficient, according to 2016 bridge data analyzed by the American Road & & Transportation Builders Association.

Motorists have crossed these structurally deficient bridges 2.07 million times daily last year. Most of the busiest bridges deemed structurally deficient are in central Arkansas, including two Union Pacific Railroad overpasses in Pulaski County (both crossed 123,000 times each day).

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Take Your Kids to Work Day: A Lesson in Trucking

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This November Trucking HR Canada is calling on all fleets to introduce the pint-sized members of their families to the trucking industry.

The organization is working with The Learning Partnership, a group devoted to advancing publicly funded education, and encouraging more fleets to participate in national Take Our Kids to Work Day, November 1.

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Test Food Safety Compliance with New Tool

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American Trucking Associations' Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, along with the American Frozen Food Institute, launched a new online self-assessment tool to help motor carriers evaluate their processes and procedures for complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

"The changing regulatory environment can be a challenge for motor carriers," said AFTC Executive Director Jon Samson. "This tool can help fleets ensure they are complying with these rules related to the transportation of food."

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ACT 1166: Four Years In

By Greg Jones, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

Prior to 2013, an annoying problem haunted the Arkansas trucking industry. While many motor carriers hired independent contractors (ICs) to haul their loads, many of those ICs carried no workers’ compensation insurance. That worked fine … until the ICs (or the IC’s drivers) suffered serious work-related injuries. With no apparent workers’ compensation coverage, where could the injured drivers turn?

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ATA Milestone Lego Trucks

Arkansas Trucking commemorative lego set

Arkansas Trucking anniversary lego setCelebrate the Arkansas Trucking Association's 85th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Arkansas Trucking Championship. Be a part of our long history with this custom Milestone LegoTM Truck. Order one assembled and display your pride for Arkansas trucking right out of the box. Or if you're ambitious, order unassembled and build it yourself.

 

$100 plus shipping & handling

Order now!

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Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program Applications Now Available

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The Arkansas State Highway Commission is pleased to announce the next application cycle for the Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program.

Act 1176 of 2013 authorized the Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program (ACTSEP). The purpose of this act is to advance State interests in roadway safety by proposing to improve the safety of the commercial truck industry through cooperative public private programs that focus on increased enforcement, regulatory compliance, industry training, and educational programs to ensure the safe movement of goods on Arkansas highways.

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Truckers Fight Trafficking in Arkansas

Governor Hutchinson Signing Bill

On April 18, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill that will require truck drivers to complete training on recognizing the signs of human trafficking before obtaining their commercial drivers license. Arkansas is the first state to pass this kind of legislation.

With the support of the Arkansas Trucking Association, the bill was sponsored by Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R-75th) and co-sponsored by Sen. Linda Collins Smith (R-19th).

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Even in trucking, punctuation matters

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A recent court decision came down to a missing comma when a Maine court sided with a group of dairy truck drivers in a dispute on overtime pay.

In May 2014, a group of dairy truck drivers sued Maine-based Oakhurst Dairy for $10 million in overtime pay. Oakhurst Dairy cited a Maine law that said that certain jobs are exempt from overtime pay. Oakhurst Dairy won that lawsuit.

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Ark. Voters Won't Decide on Fuel Tax Increase or Other Highway Funding in 2018

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A proposal to put highway funding measures on the Arkansas ballot in 2018 failed to get a majority (51 votes) in the House when a group challenged the proposal’s inclusion of a fuel tax increase.

The house bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Douglas (R-91st District) proposed allowing voters to approve the state Highway Commission issuing bonds for 20 years and paying those bonds with a 6.5 percent sales tax increase on the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel.

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JB Hunt Invests $2.7 Million in Innovation Center at UA

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced a $2.75 million investment in the University of Arkansas to create the J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence. The center will be a collaborative effort between the company, the College of Engineering and the Sam M. Walton College of Business to advance supply chain management efficiency through technology.

“This grant will have an incredible impact on the university and further solidify our stature as an innovative leader in supply chain management,” Provost Jim Coleman said.

Read more: JB Hunt Invests $2.7 Million in Innovation Center at UA

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