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NTSB says series of deficiencies led to Washington bridge collapse

The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington State’s roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined in a meeting on July 15.

On May 23, 2013, at about 7 p.m. PDT, a heavy truck operated by a Canadian trucking company was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when the oversize load it was carrying struck the top of a bridge spanning the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Indiana DOT to address overweight-permit concerns

The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled an open meeting to address potential concerns about the enforcement of overweight permits in the state on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. ET at the Indiana Department of Revenue, 7811 Milhouse Road, Suite S, Indianapolis, IN 46241 (Reagan Building).

Anyone interested in attending and/or providing comments or complaints should contact Gary Langston, President and CEO of the Indiana Motor Truck Association at at as soon as possible.

Average diesel prices continue to decline

The national average price of diesel fuel fell for the third consecutive week and 10th time in 12 weeks, according to a Department of Energy report released on July 21.  Weekly retail on-highway diesel prices decreased 2.5 cents to $3.869 per gallon, Compared to the same week a year ago, prices were down 3.4 cents per gallon. The most recent regional average diesel prices were:

  • East Coast: $3.928
  • Midwest: $3.810
  • Gulf Coast: $3.773
  • Rocky Mountain: $3.889
  • West Coast: $4.026

Reserve rooms soon for SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop

Everyone planning to attend the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 24-26, in Dallas, Texas is encouraged to book a room soon. Already, over 70 percent of the rooms at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel have been reserved by Workshop registrants. Only call-in reservations qualify for the special rate of $169. Call 1-888-627-8191 to secure your room.  Click here to access the Workshop agenda, attendee forms, and hotel and travel information.  

SC&RA Welcomes Six New Members and One Returning Member

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

ATS Specialized, LLC: John Klabacka
7190 Elder Lane
Sun, Prairie, WI
Phone: (608) 354-0765
Services: Consultants – Safety & Other

House approves patch to Highway Trust Fund

On July 15, the House of Representatives approved a patch valued at nearly $11 billion to extend funding for the rapidly dwindling Highway Trust Fund, according to an article published online later that day in The Washington Post. Easily approved by a vote of 367 to 55, the bill would transfer $9.9 billion from the general fund and $1 billion from a separate trust fund. A failure to act would put 117,000 transportation projects, along with 700,000 construction jobs, at risk within two weeks.

FMCSA revises guidance on HOS logging software

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised its regulatory guidance concerning records of duty status (RODS) generated by logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones.

NLRB considers changes to joint-employer relationships

On May 13, National Labor Relations Board invited the filing of briefs concerning possible changes to standards regarding joint-employer relationships, which have been in effect for 30 years. The changes under consideration stem from a case in which a subcontractor had 17 supervisors, as well as a human-resources office, and was intimately involved in selecting and overseeing employees.

Ruling entitles California truckers to meal periods, rest breaks

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 9 that California truck drivers are entitled to meal breaks and rest periods under California state law despite federal deregulation of the trucking industry. In previous rulings, several federal judges found that trucking companies were exempted from the requirement to provide mandatory breaks by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994, which prohibits states from enforcing any statutes “related to a price, route or service of any motor carrier” that is transporting property. 

Turnover at for-hire carriers largely unchanged during first quarter

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to 92 percent (annualized rate) in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90 percent for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to statistics released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) on July 9.  While turnover is well above the low of 39 percent four years ago, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said it is far from the worst the industry has seen.