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SC&R Foundation Fortifies 2012-2013 Scholarship and Grant Program

The SC&R Foundation has granted four additional scholarships and two additional grant award winners for the 2012-2013 program year. Earlier in 2012, the Foundation provided 10 recipients scholarships and grants totaling $25,000. In December 2012, an additional six recipients were selected to receive a total of $6,000, bringing the total for 2012 to 16 winners (five grants and 11 scholarships with a total of $31,000 awarded).

NCCCO Launches Online Certification Verification System

On January 28, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) launched an online system that allows the credentials of CCO-certified individuals to be instantly verified via the Internet. Access to the new system, known as Verify CCO Online or “VCO,” is through the NCCCO website or via a special address.

Illinois Now Accepts Oversize/Overweight Permits in Electronic Form

Drivers may carry the Illinois Oversize/Overweight permit and provisions in either written or electronic form. To satisfy Illinois Vehicle Code, drivers “must be open to inspection by any police officer or authorizing agent…” The state urges drivers to be prepared to display the permit on a portable device if summoned inside a weigh station or in other relevant situations.

I-64 Near St. Louis’ Forest Park to Close February 1-4

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to close all lanes and ramps of Interstate 64 in both directions between Hampton and Forest Park Parkway (MM 34-38) in St. Louis beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, February 1. The lanes and ramps will reopen by 3 a.m., Monday, February 4. When I-64 reopens, expect narrow, 10-foot lanes and a work zone speed limit in the construction area. Commercial drivers are encouraged to use I-70 or I-44 if possible to avoid the congestion that is likely to occur in the construction area.

SC&RA Opposes Plans for New Tolls in Midwest

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved Illinois’ and Indiana’s proposed path for the Illiana Expressway. The proposed 47-mile expressway would link Illinois’ Interstate 55 near Wilmington with Indiana’s Interstate 65 near Cedar Lake. Officials hope to use a public-private partnership to build, operate, and maintain the $1.25 billion project.
 

Packaging Materials Purchased by Missouri Trucking Company Ruled Tax-Exempt

The Missouri Department of Revenue has ruled that a trucking company’s purchase of packaging materials and supplies is not subject to the state sales tax, according to an article in the January 25 issue of the State Laws Newsletter.  The trucking company also provided its customers, which were distributors and retailers, with warehousing and packaging services involving cardboard boxes and lids and liners for the boxes.  The trucking company did not retain title or ownership of these materials when it transferred them to customers.

AASHTO Head Wants Investment, Tax Reform for Highway Trust Fund Solvency

Congress needs to take action this year to sustain the federal-aid surface transportation program, according to John Horsley, Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on January 16. He called on Congress to enact additional economic stimulus through transportation investment and to reform the taxes that support the nation's highway and transit programs.
 

Specialized Transportation Symposium Room Block Guarantee Ends January 28

SC&RA’s Specialized Transportation Symposium is scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2013 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando Florida. All room reservations should be made by Monday January 28, 2013 to ensure a room at the host hotel and receive SC&RA’s preferred hotel rate. Rates are $155 for a single/double and the government rate is $111 per night. The hotel will be releasing the remainder of SC&RA’s room block on January 29 to the general public. As of that date SC&RA cannot guarantee availability because the hotel is near capacity during the Symposium.

SC&RA and NBIS Announce Contract Extension

On December 31, NBIS and SC&RA extended their Endorsed Sponsorship Agreement for another three years, expiring December 31, 2016. NBIS has been the SC&RA endorsed property casualty insurance provider since January 1996. Over the past 17 years in partnership, NBIS has provided superior service and expertise in risk management, underwriting and claims services to its insured’s and to members of the SC&RA.

SC&RA Vice President to Review Permitting Harmonization at Symposium

Douglas Ball, SC&RA’s Vice President of Transportation, will address “harmonization” of state permitting requirements and enforcement during an educational session at the Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, in Orlando, Fla. In addition to reporting about what SC&RA has accomplished on these issues in the last 12 months, he will discuss related issues and objectives expected to command the Association’s attention throughout 2013.