11-19-10

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Virginia Thanks Truckers for Buckling Up

Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) technicians at Virginia’s 13 truck weigh stations are now saying “thank you for buckling up” to each truck driver crossing the scales wearing a seat belt. In addition, unbelted drivers are informed they must buckle up before they are permitted to leave the weigh station.

“Most of the truckers we encounter are buckled up; however, there is still room for growth,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “Why not thank those truckers who follow the law?

FMCSA Announces CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Improvements

On August 16, 2010, FMCSA began providing carriers with information about where they stand in each of the new CSA SMS’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) based on roadside inspection data and investigation findings. Based on feedback and analysis from the Data Preview period, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will roll out the new SMS to the nation in December with the following revisions:

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SC&RA Participates in Fall Meetings of Regional Highway Officials

SC&RA Vice President Doug Ball outlined pressing concerns of members during presentations at fall meetings of the Highway Transport Committees of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO), October 21-22, in Reno, Nev., and the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO), October 26-27, in Atlanta, Ga.

BTS Releases Fact Sheet on Atlantic Coast U.S. Seaports

On November 12, The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released a fact sheet, Atlantic Coast U.S.

Labor Department Announces Drop in Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on November 9 that the number of reported nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases that required days away from work to recuperate decreased by nine percent to 1,238,490 cases in 2009 for private industry, state government and local government. Additionally, BLS reported that the total incidence rate decreased by 5 percent to 117 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.

U.S. Chamber Game Highlights Burdensome Regulations Facing Business

As Congress returned to Washington this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce greeted each member with a unique delivery: an instructive board game highlighting the regulatory hurdles facing American business owners every day. Players in the game represent business owners who must navigate their way through a difficult road of regulations to reach the finish line, Prosperity Park. But much like the unfortunate reality facing America’s job creators, getting there is easier said than done.

Alberta, Canada Plans to Get Tough for Nonpayment of Safety Citations

Companies in Alberta, Canada have failed to pay at least $1.7 million in fines levied for worker deaths or injuries, but the provincial government has – for the first time in recent memory – announced plans to crack down on delinquent companies, said Employment Minister Thomas Lukaszuk on November 5.

Pennsylvania Polls Show Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Wind Farms

As members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly prepare for a new legislative session, the results of a new Pennsylvania poll released on November 16 show strong, deep bipartisan public support for increasing Pennsylvania wind farm development, construction and manufacturing. During a time when the Commonwealth is experiencing significant natural gas extraction, this poll signals support in Pennsylvania for promoting a diverse energy portfolio through the deployment of more wind farms.

The poll, conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc.

Duke Energy Embarks on Major Windpower Project in Michigan

Duke Energy is moving forward with its Gail Windpower Project , a 200 megawatt (MWV) capacity wind farm with more than 100 turbines that will encompass 12,000 acres in Manistee and Benzie Counties in Michigan. The turbines will be capable of generating enough renewable electricity for approximately 60,000 homes.

Duke Energy said about 150 construction jobs will be created, as well as a smaller number of local long-term positions.

Symposium Exhibit Center Expected to Sell Out Soon

Eight booths remain available for the Exhibit Center at the SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 2-4, Indianapolis, Indiana. Over half of the booths were reserved last week on the day they first became available. The Exhibit Center will be open on the first two days of the seminar, providing twice as many opportunities to enjoy attendees’ undivided attention. No other events will take place during the Exhibit Center hours.