On June 26, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) released the latest edition of U.S. Freight Forecast to 2024, which projects an overall increase in freight volumes for all modes of more than 20 percent and an increase in the amount of that freight moved by trucks. The report—a collaborative effort of ATA, IHS Global Insight and Martin Labbe Associates—lays out the current state of the freight economy where trucking strengthens its position as the leading mode of transportation.
On June 26, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation released the April North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) freight numbers, which showed that trucks carried 60.6 percent of the $99.0 billion of freight moved in April 2013 between the United States and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico. Trucks were followed by rail at 15.1 percent, vessels at 9.2 percent, pipelines at 6.8 percent and air at 3.8 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.5 percent of the total NAFTA freight flows.
Recent issues of Wind Energy SmartBriefs included the following items of interest to SC&RA members concerning developments outside the United States:
Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx was confirmed by a vote of 100-0 in the Senate on June 7 as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He replaces outgoing secretary Ray LaHood. In Charlotte, Foxx pushed for expanded use of streetcars and a light rail extension, helped build a new runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and helped create a new regional freight distribution center that will link planes, trains and trucks to East Coast ports.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is inviting public comment concerning its plans to conduct a survey and comparative assessment of truck parking in each state. As part of the highway funding reauthorization bill signed into law last year, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct this survey, FHWA is particularly interested in input from state departments of transportation, truck stops and owners of private trucking facilities, trucking companies and truck drivers.
The chief administrative law judge of the Alabama Department of Revenue has denied an attempt to impose Alabama registration fees on an interstate motor carrier’s trailing equipment that was properly registered in Maine, according to an article in the June 21 issue of the State Laws Newsletter. Although the carrier was headquartered in Alabama and used the state as its base for registration under the International Registration Plan (IRP), it registered its trailing equipment, which did not require IRP registration, in Maine.
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During the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 18-20, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla., David Duerr, P.E., 2DM Associates, will trace the history of hydraulic gantries from the first system built in 1963 to the broad array of products now available. He also will address the development of safety standards, guides and regulations applicable to gantries. Additionally, he will review the numerous applications for gantries currently on the market plus what companies can be looking for in the future from gantry systems.
Through narrative and photos, SC&RA has chronicled the highlights of 2012, the Association’s 64th year, in the Annual Report that has been posted on the SC&RA website. Read it page by page or use handy tabs to go directly to areas of emphasis, including Advocacy, International Outreach, Group Updates, Affinity Programs, Meetings/Webinars, Awards, and the SC&R Foundation. Click here to read the 37-page document.
The new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, which have been opposed by virtually every trucking group, officially went into effect on July 1 for commercial motor vehicles involved with interstate travel. SC&RA has posted a number of useful, free documents on the SC&RA website, including HOS Logbook Examples, an Interstate Truck Driver Guide, and five related articles. Click here to review SC&RA’s “Hours of Service Essentials.”