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GAO calls for best practices study of oversize/overweight permitting

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) should conduct research to determine best practices in oversize/overweight permitting, including automated vehicle routing and escort driver certification, concluded a report released on Feb. 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). SC&RA was among a handful of organizations that cooperated with GAO researchers on the report.

Expansion expected to be uneven as global economy perks up

Cheaper oil and stimulus from central banks will help drive the world gross domestic product up 3.2 percent to 5 percent higher in 2015 after a 3 percent climb in 2014, according to the March 20 issue of The Kiplinger Letter. Among the biggest anticipated contributors:

ATA again asks FMCSA to fix safety measurement system

In comments filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on March 25, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) again urged the agency to make a common sense change to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) safety measurement system – the removal of crashes trucking companies and their drivers did not cause.

Construction jobs increase in 33 states between January and February

Construction firms added jobs in 45 states and the District of Columbia between February 2014 and February 2015 while construction employment increased in 33 states between January and February, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released on March 27 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Construction employment continues to recover in many parts of the country even as some markets have a hard time stabilizing,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

SC&RA mourns loss of Chuck White, White Brothers Trucking Co-founder

Charles M. (Chuck) White—who founded White Brothers Trucking Company, Wasco, Ill., with his brother Joe while they were still in high school—passed away on March 19 at Woodland Terrace Assisted Living Center in Niles, Mich. The two Illinois farm boys initially hauled produce to the Chicago markets in an old truck they purchased for $25.

Permit Manual update includes new information from four states and a province

In February, SC&RA posted updates for Delaware, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Canadian Province Ontario for use by subscribers to the online Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual.  The Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual ranks among the most popular tools offered by SC&RA. Member price is $150 and the nonmember price is $250 for a one-year subscription, which includes all information for all 50 states and Canadian provinces.

SC&RA members win by recruiting other members

Competition is reaching a fever pitch in for the 2015 SC&RA Member-Get-a Member Contest.

This year’s winning company will receive the 2015 SC&RA President’s Award trophy at the 2016 SC&RA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL along with a half-page feature article in American Cranes & Transport magazine in 2016.

Coalition warns Congress about devolution of highway program

SC&RA was among 38 organizations that wrote a letter to Congress on March 16 to warn about the dangers of devolving the federal highway program and urge passage of a robust, long-term highway bill that secures the federal role in transportation.

OSHA interpretation letter clarifies PPE payment rules

An interpretation letter from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) said that an employer could require employees to pay a deposit for personal protective equipment (PPE) issued at no cost to them. Upon termination of employment, employees may be required to return the PPE or pay for it; however, the employer may not charge the employee for normal wear and tear to the equipment that is related to the work performed or workplace conditions.

ATA urges Congress to back hair-testing legislation

On March 19, the  American Trucking Associations (ATA) asked lawmakers to support bipartisan legislation that would allow trucking companies to use a highly effective tool – hair testing – to meet federal requirements and prevent drug users from getting behind the wheel of trucks.