Top Ten States for Safety Enforcement
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), recently released a new technical report, “Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement – Top 10 High-Performance States”.
This analysis highlights the Best Practices of leading safety innovators in the enforcement community — providing direct benefits to both industry and enforcement partners.
ATRI’s analysis identified and rank-ordered the “Top 10” High-Performers.
November 4 Election Early Voting Ends October 28. Early voting ends on October 28 for the November 4 primary election. Download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app for registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots and polling place information. There are more than 2,400 candidate races, 108 propositions and 14 constitutional amendments statewide, so studying your ballot ahead of Election Day will be critical. For more information, visit www.GeauxVote.com.
Sen. David Vitter: “No tolls on existing roadways.” Louisiana Senator and Gubernatorial candidate David Vitter stated that he “aggressively favors tolls” to pay part of the $3 billion needed to complete Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans. Senator Vitter continued by saying that he is “open to tolling for new projects but not on roadways that already have been built” and that “toll revenue should be legally restricted to the I-49 project.”
2014 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program. The Department of Revenue has established a tax amnesty program, hereinafter referred to as “amnesty program,” beginning on October 15, 2014 and ending November 14, 2014.
LA 1 Toll Appeal Procedure Amended. LA-DOTD has amended the toll appeal process to 1) include electronic mail as a method by which the registered owner of a violating vehicle may be notified of an appeal or an appeal decision, 2) allow toll hearings to be conducted more frequently than quarterly and 3) allow toll hearings to be conducted at two specific locations.
Special Permits for Hay Transport. If there is a declaration of emergency or disaster in this state or another, for causes such as severe and extended drought conditions, LA-DOTD may issue special permits for $10 that are valid for only as long as the emergency exists, not to exceed one year. A list of restrictions shall apply.
Port of Houston Expands Gate Hours. In November, the Port of Houston Authority will expand its gate operating hours at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal and the Bayport Container Terminal by one hour.
NTSB: Distracted Driver Caused Derailment. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the May 28, 2013 train/truck collision, 15-car derailment, and subsequent explosion in Rosedale, Md. was caused by the truck driver’s failure to ensure that the tracks were clear before traversing an un-gated highway-rail grade crossing. Contributing to the accident was the truck driver’s distraction due to a phone conversation on a hands-free device at the time of the crash.
As a result of this accident investigation, the NTSB made recommendations to the FMCSA, the Federal Railroad Administration, the state of Maryland, the Association of American Railroads and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, CSX Transportation and the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
International Registration Plan Report. From 2012 to 2013 registration years, the number of power units registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP) in the U.S. and Canada grew about 4.5% and stands at about 2.23 million. That’s about where the total was in 2006, before the recession. The number of Plan registrants, however, grew by less than 1% and stands at a little less than 300,000. In 2006, that number was 340,000. The number of IRP fleets (the Plan allows a registrant to have more than a single fleet) has similarly fallen over the last seven years.
At the middle of 2013 large changes adopted by IRP to its audit and record-keeping rules took effect. The new rules require a state or province to impose what’s termed an additional assessment of 20% on a registrant whose records are so poor that they can’t be audited. These assessments amounted in total to just over $1 million.
The new rules also provide encouragement for IRP jurisdictions to conduct records reviews, that is, to look at a carrier’s record-keeping and reporting systems.
LMTA 2014 Fall Transportation Conference – November 19-20. The LMTA Fall Transportation Conference will be held on November 19-20, 2014 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. As in the past, we have invited a representative of the state and federal agencies that impact truck operations to give you an update on current issues and events related to their office. We will also be offering our allied industry an opportunity to promote their goods and services with table-top exhibits inside the meeting room to maximize their exposure to participants
Reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, in Baton Rouge directly with the hotel at 800-955-6962. The rate is $119 Single/Double using the LMTA Group Code: LMTA. Please use the attached form to register for the conference.
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