A regulation approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will offer incentives for manufacturers to develop engines that cut nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions to a lower level than existing 2010 model-year standards, according to an article in the Dec. 23 & 30 issue of Transport Topics. CARB said it hopes to establish the next generation of operational NOx standards by reducing emissions levels from 50 percent to 90 percent from the existing 0.2 gram per brake horsepower-hour heavy-duty engine standard.
SC&RA is offering two great opportunities in Spring 2014 for companies wishing to make a strong impression on decision makers responsible for purchasing industry equipment. Spaces are reserved for both events on a first come, first served basis, and payment must accompany registration.
The SC&RA offices will be closed Dec. 23, 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. This will be the last issue of the newsletter for 2013. SC&RA wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthful and prosperous New Year.
The SC&R Foundation has recently partnered with HirePatriots.com, a website that connects veterans with employers through a one-day job board and job postings. Since its launch in 2005, HirePatriots.com has helped more than 500,000 U.S. veterans find employment. The Foundation’s landing page at HirePatriots.com informs veterans of opportunities in the industry served by SC&RA members, including “welders, mechanics, crane operators, dispatchers, drivers, riggers and more.”
SC&RA urges members to return their company listings for the printed version of the 2014 SC&RA Membership Directory by Tuesday, January 31. The Association recently faxed and emailed the 2014 listings to official company representatives to prompt review and updates.
Membership in SC&RA includes a free directory listing. Members may also enhance their listing by purchasing:
In November, construction employers added 17,000 jobs as the sector’s employment hit the highest level since August 2009, and the industry unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent, according to an analysis of new government data released on Dec. 6 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). AGC noted that the new employment figures come as construction spending levels hit a four-year high in October.
The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets dipped two percentage points to 97 percent in the third quarter of 2013, reported the latest edition of American Trucking Associations (ATA) on Dec. 11. “Despite this dip, the market for experienced, qualified drivers remains exceptionally tight,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “I expect, as the economy continues to pick up, we’ll see that market get even tighter.”
Remember to register for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, March 4-8, in Las Vegas, Nev. before Jan. 17 to save up to 30 percent off of admission. SC&RA is an Official Supporting Organization. The show includes:
This month, the Minnesota Trucking Association and the American Trucking Associations jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to conduct, with the industry’s support and involvement, a pilot test of the safety benefits and impacts of increased flexibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks by professional truck drivers. Using professional drivers in actual trucking operations could give FMCSA even more scientific data on which to base future improvements to the sleeper berth rules, noted the groups.
New online truck stop maps launched by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will assist truck and RV drivers traveling Nevada interstates. The maps indicate the location of each truck stop on Interstates 15 and 80 and list the number of truck parking spots and the availability of diesel fuel, food and restrooms/showers at each location. The maps, along with truck permitting information, are available by clicking the truck icon in the center right of the nevadadot.com homepage. Truck stop information for U.S. routes will be coming soon.