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New program expedites truck traffic between U.S. and Mexico

A public-private partnership between the City of El Paso, Texas and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is significantly reducing delays at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an article in the April 28 issue of the Journal of Commerce (JOC). Truckers who earn “Project 21” decals after receiving a higher level of security move through the various border checks between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso in an average of 22 minutes, compared with the average 76 minutes wait time before the project began in January 2013.

Illinois auditors looking to narrow rolling stock tax exemption

Illinois Department of Revenue sales tax auditors have been attempting to narrow the long-standing sales tax exemption for the rolling stock of for-hire carriers, according to an article in the April 18 issue of the State Laws Newsletter. To be eligible for the exemption, the equipment must be used in interstate commerce that begins and ends in the state for more than half its trips or miles in each consecutive period of twelve months.

James Lomma receives SC&RA Golden Achievement Award

James Lomma was named the 12th recipient of SC&RA’s Golden Achievement Award during closing night ceremonies at the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla. This prestigious award, last presented in 2011, goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the specialized carrier and rigging industry over a consistent and significant period of time.

SC&RA Annual Conference sets record with over 740 attendees

The SC&RA Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla., attracted over 740 participants from around the world, surpassing last year’s previous record of 707 participants. Among attendees were 71 individuals from nine nations outside the United States—Brazil, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

New SC&RA officers elected during Annual Conference

During the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla., the Association elected Alan Barnhart, Memphis, Tenn., as President. Joining Barnhart as officers for the 2014-2015 term are:

Rigging and Hauling Jobs of the Year chosen by SC&RA

This year’s SC&RA Job of the Year competitions featured 28 exceptionally strong entries—13 rigging jobs and 15 hauling jobs. Congratulations to the six winning entries announced during the Annual Conference Closing Night Awards and Recognition Dinner in Boca Raton, Fla. on Saturday, April 26.


FMCSA official says study of CSA analysis should be released soon

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is nearing completion of its analysis of how to account for fault in the crash data it uses to assess carrier safety performance through the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, and the study has been peer-reviewed. The news came in remarks from Joe DeLorenzo, Director of FMCSA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, at an April 29 meeting of the CSA Subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee in Arlington, Va. 

DOL seeks comments on federal contractors’ minimum wage hike

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking input from small businesses on the impacts of the Executive Order Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors. DOL has responsibility for issuing regulations to implement the requirements of the Executive Order by October 1. Once DOL issues proposed regulations, there will be a formal notice and comment period during which all interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on the proposal.

DOT to host webinar on Truck Size and Weight Study

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has notified SC&RA that registration is now open for the third of four public outreach meetings concerning the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study. The session will be May 6, 1-3 p.m. Eastern.