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Maryland’s new 511 upgrades include features for truckers

On Feb. 13, the Maryland State Highway Administration announced new upgrades to its 511 travel information service, including a “Commercial Vehicle Operator” section designed for professional drivers. Truckers can now customize 511 accounts specifically for commercial trips that can include multiple stops along a delivery route. The enhanced 511 system provides a one-stop shop with information about route restrictions, Truck Weigh and Inspection Stations and winter storm emergency truck parking.

Symposium Omni Houston Hotel sold out

The Omni Houston Hotel is sold out.

Partnership with HirePatriots.com kicks into gear

Looking for a few good men or women for your company? Consider making the most of the SC&R Foundation’s new partnership with HirePatriots.com. Since 2005, this website has connected over a half million veterans with employers through a one-day job board and job postings.

Symposium session to show how to reduce fines

Attendees at the “Get the Message, Not the Ticket” educational session may gain knowledge that could save them far more than the cost of the entire SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 19-21, Omni Houston, Houston, Texas. A blue-ribbon panel that includes Sgt. Tom Fuller, NY State Police & President of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA); Bryce Baker, Illinois Truck Enforcement Association;  

SC&RA Welcomes Seven New Members and Four Returning Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

OSHA extends crane operator certification requirement date

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule on Feb. 7 to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment.

Mid-size employers given one-year extension for health care rules

On Feb. 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations concerning employer shared responsibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most notably, the regulations would give medium-sized employers (50-99 employees) an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health care to the full-time workers or risk facing a penalty.

Construction spending rises 4.8 percent in 2013

Total construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in December and rose by a modest 4.8 percent for all of 2013, as a robust market for apartments and single-family houses outweighed downturns in private nonresidential and public projects, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

ATA rebukes FMCSA claims about effectiveness of Safety Measurement System

In a Feb. 5 news release, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said a new study confirms that the Safety Measurement System (SMS) is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

Construction jobs have biggest monthly uptick in seven years

Construction employment jumped by the largest monthly amount in nearly seven years in January, bringing industry employment to the highest level since July 2009, according to an analysis of new government data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) on Feb 7.  “Despite a second month of unusually severe weather in much of the nation, contractors more than offset the job losses that occurred in December,” AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.