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Freight volumes grow while driver shortage looms

Freight volumes in the trucking industry continue to grow, but the looming driver shortage could hold back industry growth, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.  “Industry revenue and average revenue per mile are increasing nicely as capacity remains constrained,” Costello said. “However, the industry is having a difficult time adding trucks due to the driver shortage.”

Commercial vehicle orders stayed strong in September

Medium and heavy duty classes 5-8 orders in North America were at healthy levels again in September. Total net orders for Class 8 were 24,842 units, up 31 percent year over year. Classes 5-7 net orders, at 19,486, rose to their third strongest level since early 2008. These results were published in the latest State of the Industry report, released on Oct. 21 by ACT Research Co. (ACT). 

SCTA President argues against toll roads on interstates

South Carolina Trucking Association President Rick Todd made a strong case against toll roads on the interstates system in his guest column in the October 13 issue of GSA Business. “Even if you can get past the compromised principle of paying for the same road twice — both with a fuel tax and a toll tax — there are other reasons why placing tolls on currently non-tolled interstate lanes will create costly inefficiencies in the supply chain,” said Todd. These reasons include:

FMCSA awards $1 million to train veterans for truck-driving careers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Oct. 21 that it had awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.

Free Crane Wire Rope Installation Guides available to SC&RA members

SC&RA, in cooperation with Python Industries, is offering its members a complimentary copy of the new 16-page Crane Wire Rope Installation Guide, as well as a one-page Wire Rope Quick Installation Guide for Mobile Cranes. All text, tables, photos and illustrations in the guides were reviewed by the Crane & Rigging Group Safety Education & Training Committee.

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CVSA meeting strengthens dialog between industry and law enforcement

SC&RA members and staff in attendance were encouraged by the exchange of ideas during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Annual Conference, Sept. 14-18 in Buffalo, N.Y. The event attracted more than 1,000 participants from law enforcement, industry and vendors and afforded the specialized transportation industry a unique opportunity to renew and strengthen its partnerships with CVSA officials. 

In a presentation before CVSA’s Size & Weight Committee, SC&RA took advantage of an opportunity to advocate:

SC&RA mourns loss of Frank Bardonaro, Sr.

Frank G. Bardonaro, Sr., father of former SC&RA Board Member Frank (Priscilla) Bardanoro, Jr., died on Oct. 21. He also was the father of  Deanna (Bryan) Sturgeon, Deborah (James) Morgan, Angela Bardonaro, Brad (Amy) Adams and Sally (Todd) Heine; grandfather of Tyler, Brandon, Kelsey, Alexys, Ethan, Mitchel, Camryn, Megan and Ivey; son of August and the late Mary Bardonaro, Sr.; brother of August (Marcia) Bardonaro, Jr, Bruce (Sharon), Michael (late Phyllis) Bardonaro, Mark (Patty) Bardonaro; and husband of the late Sandy Bardonaro.

SC&RA welcomes three new members and one returning member

Please join SC&RA in welcoming the following new members:

The Boldt Company: Marvin Rivers, Sr.
2525 N. Ruemer Rd.
Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: (920) 470-7474
Email: marvin.rivers@boldt.com
Website: www.boldt.com
Services: Crane & Rigging, Millwright

SC&RA begins 2015 Membership Directory process

SC&RA members now have the opportunity to update their listings for the Association’s 2015 Membership Directory.  All member companies have been sent a copy of their current SC&RA directory listings and step-by-step directions for updating the listings. Member companies also may purchase additional recognition in the directory. All 2015 SC&RA membership dues and outstanding balances must be fully paid in order to receive additional purchased recognition in the 2015 SC&RA Directory.

CVSA meeting strengthens dialog between industry and law enforcement

SC&RA members and staff in attendance were encouraged by the exchange of ideas during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Annual Conference, Sept. 14-18 in Buffalo, N.Y. The event attracted more than 1,000 participants from law enforcement, industry and vendors and afforded the specialized transportation industry a unique opportunity to renew and strengthen its partnerships with CVSA officials. 

In a presentation before CVSA’s Size & Weight Committee, SC&RA took advantage of an opportunity to advocate: