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Oversize cargo transport keeps U.S. economy growing

By hauling more oversize cargo, trucks and railroads are “helping to keep U.S. manufacturing activity on track for growth,” according to an article in the Nov. 7 issue of Transport Topics. Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist for Moffatt & Nichol Inc., a Long Beach, California-based infrastructure-advisory company, said that the haulage of large, bulky items— including oil-production and exploration equipment, turbines and airplane fuselages—had become a very interesting segment of the transportation industry, largely because the U.S.

DOT announces moves on rules for electronic devices and speed limiters

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that a Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices by drivers and fleets should be published by Sept. 30, 2015. Enforcement of the mandate would not begin until Sept. 30, 2017. Additionally, DOT said a projected rule to mandate the use of speed limiters will be sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in December, in line for a March 16 publication date.

Wisconsin truck drivers to bear burden of proposed transportation budget

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is looking to truck drivers and motorists to plug a nearly $700 million budget gap over the next two years, according to analysis in the Nov. 16 issue of Landline Magazine of the 600-page budget request. One item of specific interest to SC&RA members is a provision that would double oversize/overweight permit fees, which were last increased in 1981.

New Mexico to introduce online OS/OW Permit System

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) recently announced plans to introduce an Online Web System for oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permits in March 2015. The state selected ProMiles Software Development Corporation, whose system already was being used in five states.

NMDPS said the new system will provide:

SC&RA begins initial preparations for 2015 Annual Conference

Information about the Products Fair during the 2015 Annual Conference, April 14-18, at the La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, Calif., will be sent to past exhibitors on December 3rd. Past exhibitors will receive a two weeks’ advance notice to choose a booth, after that time it will be opened to all companies! General registration will be open for those planning to the Annual Conference on Dec. 3rd as well. Look for updates on the Annual Conference in future issues of this newsletter. If you have any questions regarding the Annual Conference, contact Surian Choi at (703) 698-0291.

Deadlines approach for January Board & Committee Meetings

SC&RA is encouraging prompt action by those planning to attend the 2015 January Board & Committee Meetings who have not yet registered for the meetings or reserved a room. Although the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, is completely sold out during the meetings, Jan.

Foundation needs footage from members for video

The SC&R Foundation urgently needs actual jobsite footage from SC&RA members for a video under production, which will primarily be used to recruit young people to the industry. Ideally, specialized carrier footage should show loads being tied down, inspected or transported, and crane and rigging footage should demonstrate equipment being assembled properly, followed by a successful lift. The format should be the highest resolution possible. All footage must demonstrate best practices for safety. To meet production deadlines, the Foundation needs the footage by Dec. 4.

SC&RA welcomes nine new members and four returning members

Please join the Association in welcoming the following new members:

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Phone: (817) 654-1805   Fax: (817) 424-1404
Services: Consultants – Financial, Tax and Insurance Services
Recruited By: David Krieger, Able Machinery Movers

FMCSA opens 30-day comment period for SC&RA’s HOS exemption request

In a response to SC&RA’s request for a limited exemption for specialized carriers from compliance with the 30-minute rest break requirement of the agency’s Final Rule on Hours of Service of Drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began a 30-day public filing period on Nov. 24. In its letter to FMCSA, SC&RA pointed out that the travel hours specified by states on oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permits often conflict with the timing of the required 30-minute rest break.

Construction spending slips in September

Construction spending decreased for the second consecutive month in September as declines in public and private nonresidential construction, as well as multifamily projects, offset growth in single-family homebuilding, according to an analysis released on Nov. 3 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “These data show that construction gains remain fragmentary and volatile, even though industry employment has been picking up in more states,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.