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Arkansas Eyes Tolls for 13-Mile Stretch of Interstate

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State highway officials continue to propose studies to determine whether the state should use tolls to build or fund new needed infrastructure around the state. The newest study commissioned by highway officials would provide funds for a new section of Interstate 49 in western Arkansas.

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Ark. Techs Compete at TMC SuperTech

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Arkansas Trucking Association sent two technicians to compete in Raleigh, N.C. at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2016 SuperTech competitions for truck and trailer technicians around the country.

Technicians from all 50 states gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center to show off their tech skills. This year’s SuperTech included a trailer tech competition for the first time and a FutureTech competition challenged future technicians from diesel tech school programs.

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Fighting Fuel Theft with a Card?

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Chicago tech startup, Fueloyal has developed a card to prevent fuel theft for big trucks. The card, called the iCap 1000, uses the 3G network to prevent thieves from siphoning diesel out of gas tanks.

The iCap 1000 measures the gas going into the truck’s tank while checking it against what’s coming out of the pump through a real-time, 3G-networked connection.

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ATA Eyeing Appropriations Bill for HOS Fix

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The Arkansas Trucking Association is joining the American Trucking Associations in asking Congress members to provide legislative clarification in December’s appropriation bills to correct the flawed language that has put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy.

Legislators have been asked to include a solution in FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-Hud) appropriations bills.

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New Rule Simplifies CDL Process for Vets

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s published a final rule to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles by simplifying the process for current and former military personnel to earn a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit.

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Tesla to add self-driving electric buses and trucks

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Elon Musk published part deux of his “master plan” for Tesla Motors Inc., which includes a future with an integrated solar and battery product, the addition of a pickup, freight truck and bus to its electric vehicle lineup and plans for a ride-sharing business.

Consumers can expect Tesla to look beyond expensive passenger vehicles to public transit and cargo shipping. “In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport,” Musk, Tesla’s CEO, wrote in the blog post on July 20. “Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate."

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Truck Driving Championships celebrates safe drivers

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Arkansas sent nine drivers representing six different carriers to compete at the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Indianapolis, Aug. 10-13.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the annual championships, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

This year, more than 430 drivers from all 50 states competed in nine competition classes in Indianapolis after qualifying in their state championships. Collectively, the competitors have accumulated more than 600 million safe-driving miles during their careers as professional truck drivers.

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FMCSA warns truck drivers about e-smoking

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory about risks associated with the possession and use of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices—such as e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems—in commercial transportation.

The use of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices has resulted in incidents including explosions, serious personal injuries and fires, the notice states.

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ATRI asks carriers to rank trucking’s top issues for 2016

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The American Transportation Research Institute is looking for industry feedback with the 2016 Top Industry Issue Survey.

The annual survey, being issued for the 12th year, asks industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for trucking, along with strategies for addressing the issues.

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Arkansas rep. wants to educate public on road debris

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After a House Motor Vehicle and Highways Permanent Subcommittee of Transportation meeting, Ark. Rep. James Sorvillo (R-Little Rock), chairman of the committee, said he wanted to better educate the public to report road debris.

After encountering road debris first-hand and the $1200 bill in damages it caused his wife’s vehicle, Sorvillo wants to see a solution to what he says is a growing problem.

"Any debris on the highway can be a hazard and a safety concern," says Shannon Newton, President of the Arkansas Trucking Association.

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FMCSA Medical Review Board to Offer Apnea Recommendations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical review board will soon offer new recommendations for changing standards and practice for medical examiners diagnosing and treating truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Specifically, the board will make suggestions to the agency on the disposition of comments from medical professionals and associations, as well as from safety advocacy, labor and industry groups.

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New poll: Americans want tougher fuel economy standards

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A new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that respondents of all political views “overwhelmingly” endorse initiatives to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks, according to the non-profit organization.

NRDC’s poll finds that 77 percent of Americans think “cars and trucks contribute to the problem of air pollution” a great deal or somewhat. Additionally, 95 percent of Americans want automakers to keep improving fuel economy for cars and trucks. And 79 percent want the government to keep increasing fuel efficiency standards.  

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