Honor a hero at TCA’s WAA Gala

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At this year’s Fifth Annual Wreaths Across America Gala, participate in a living tribute to a fallen soldier. With a $250 donation, attendees will receive a commemorative dog tag as well as one printed in memory of a fallen loved one who has served. The loved ones name will be read aloud at the Gala. Can’t attend the event? You can still participate. To learn more, or to make your donation, click “Read More.”

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2017 Quebec thaw period

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the 2017 thaw period dates in Québec are now confirmed for each of the three zones. Therefore, the 2017 thaw period for the three zones are the following (please note that these dates may change depending on the meteorological conditions):

Zone 1: Monday February 27th  – Friday April 28th

Zone 2: Monday March 6th – Friday May 5th

Zone 3: Monday March 13th – Friday May 12th

ATRI updates online idling regulations

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations on its website by clicking here.  The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and Internet links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits.  The cab card is designed to be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

The latest update includes two newly enacted regulations.

  1. San Antonio joins the growing number of Texas cities and counties that have implemented a 5 minute idling limit. Exemptions include Hours-of-Service compliance beyond two miles of facilities with available external heat or air connections and trucks with Certified Clean Idle engines.  The new limit went into effect on January 1, 2017 with fines up to $500.
  2. Ann Arbor, Michigan will implement a new 5 minute limit beginning on July 1, 2017. Exemptions will be provided for rest or sleep breaks beyond 25 miles of available truck stop electrification or shore power or when temperatures are less than 32° F or greater than 85° F and a temperature-controlled area is not accessible.  Violations may result in a minimum fine of $500.

ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

Letters to the future

Wendy Parker|February 10, 2017

I recently received a request for what I consider to be one of the most important writing assignments I’ve ever had. I’ve been asked to write a letter to the future. More specifically, 17 years into the future.

There’s a special little baby up in New York City who has parents extra-cool enough to implement the idea of having people who love the little girl most write a letter on her first birthday, for her to open and read on her 18th birthday.

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PTDI, others: A behind-the-wheel minimum is ‘critical’ for effective training rule

The Professional Truck Driver Institute CDL training organization submitted a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in part echoing the point of view of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and safety advocates on the need for a set minimum number of behind-the-wheel hours to be required for CDL seekers before they take the skills test. OOIDA and the safety groups filed a petition for reconsideration of the Entry Level Driver Training rule in light of its lack of a minimum number of hours early last month.

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Truck drivers led all occupations in workplace fatalities in 2015

CCJ Staff | January 2, 2017

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for the most workplace fatalities of all occupations in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

In total, 745 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers died from fatal work injuries during the year, the census says. Total work-related roadway fatalities, not just those involving trucks, were up 9 percent in 2015 over 2014 to 1,264 fatal work injuries. Of this total, 629 of the fatalities involved a semi, tractor-trailer or tanker truck, the report states.

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