Trucking Industry News Update 11/13/17

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is in Transit

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The 79-foot U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree began its trip from Kootenai National Forest to Washington, D.C last week. The Billings, Montana based driver will travel the 3,000 miles complete with a festive and distinctive decal design on his customized Kenworth T680 Advantage. Keep an eye out on the road for the tree and to see the stops the tree will be making before it completes its journey on November 27th, read the full story from Overdrive.

Senate Elects Raymond Martinez as Chief of FMCSA

Since President Trump nominated Raymond Martinez in September as the prospective head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) there has been nothing but overwhelming support from the transportation industry. Further proving that point on Wednesday last week the Senate unanimously voted to approve the confirmation of Martinez to head the FMCSA. For more information about the new chief of the FMCSA head over to The Trucker, TruckerNews, and Overdrive.

ELD Delay Attempts Continue

Texas Representative Brian Babin, sponsor of bill H.R. 3282 ELD Extension Act of 2017, wrote a letter to President Trump last week, he also posted the letter to his Facebook page. The purpose of the letter is to get the bill put through Senate, and to urge the President to delay the ELD deadline back to April of 2018. This last-ditch effort is getting grassroots support from many transportation associations and lots of attention now that the compliance deadline is a little more than a month away. Read Babin’s letter in full at TruckerNews and Overdrive.

ATRI Issues Solution for Infrastructure Funding Problems

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) issued a 63-page report, A Framework for Infrastructure Funding, stating that increasing fuel tax is the best solution to the infrastructure funding issue. ATRI proposes that raising the federal fuel tax and potentially adding a universal registration fee will generate enough new jobs and revenue to combat the majorly underfunded U.S. highway system. See all the statistics and how fixing our infrastructure problem is important for our growing economy from FleetOwner.

Brake Safety Day Results

For the first time this year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) changed their annual Brake Safety Week to Brake Safety Day. On September 7th, 22 percent of trucks inspected were placed out-of-service for brake-related violations. Brake Safety Day is important because brake-related violations are the largest percentage of out-of-service violations issued during roadside inspections. For more 2017 brake safety results head over to CCJ.

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