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Enforcement Personnel Receive UCR Guidance for Roadside Inspections

On January 1, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) issued an inspection bulletin meant to clarify enforcement’s verification of compliance with the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) during roadside inspections. For roadside enforcement of a previous UCR registration year, enforcement personnel were advised to first obtain evidence of interstate/international operations occurring during that particular registration year.

ATA Renews Calls for FMCSA to Implement Crash Accountability

On February 7, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to immediately establish a process to remove from motor carriers’ records crashes where it was plainly evident that the carrier was not to blame. SC&RA also is well aware of this issue and shares ATA’s concerns.

Arizona Trucking Association Selects Tony Bradley as President

Following a three-month search, the Arizona Trucking Association (AzTA) has selected Tony Bradley as its new President. He succeeds Karen Rasmussen, who left in November after more than a decade as AzTA head. He previously was President of Roundtable Strategies, his consulting and lobbying firm in Phoenix.

Early-Bird Discounts End Soon for SC&RA Annual Conference

If you still haven’t registered for the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz., it would pay to sign up by Friday, February 22 for Early-Bird discounts of $75 per registration. Click here to download the registration form or register online. You’ll also find information about the schedule, hotel, travel, contests and more.

SC&RA Expects Annual Conference Products Fair Booths to Sell Out

Companies that have been considering an investment in a Products Fair booth during the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, Westin, Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz., should act now. The Association expanded the event to 90 booths this year, but only 10 booths remain available. The Products Fair will be the only official activity on Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Booth fees include one complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.

Keen Transport Executive to Examine Key Safety Program Elements

During the SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla., Pete Trimble, Director of Corporate Safety & Claims, Keen Transport, will present a session on the need for focus and planning in specialized transportation safety programs. He will provide a checklist of key elements needed to establish a safety culture, including:

Webinar on Trucking’s Top Concerns Set for February 13

Rebecca Brewster, President and CEO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), will discuss the trucking industry’s top concerns during SC&RA’s next Webinar, February 13 at noon EST. She will present the latest ATRI research on Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) regulations, hours-of-service, driver shortages, electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs), congestion, highway infrastructure and more. This webinar will be structured so that participants will be able to put the findings to work to improve their organization’s safety and productivity.

Construction Employment and Spending Hit Three-Year High in January

Revised government data issued February 1 show the construction industry is contributing substantially to economic and employment growth, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Construction employment rose for the eighth consecutive month in January, while construction spending in December increased for the ninth month in a row. Both totals were the highest levels in more than three years.

Wind Projects Move Forward

Recent issues of Wind Energy SmartBrief included the following items of interest to SC&RA members involved with the hauling, erection and maintenance of wind farms:

Union Membership Declines in 2012

In 2012, the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union was 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 23. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.4 million, also declined over the year. In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

Highlights from the 2012 data: