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11/3/2015 Daily News
CTA Daily Newsclips Tuesday November 3, 2015

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 Tuesday November 3, 2015

California Trucking Association Kingpin Alert:

Attention Members:


As early as tomorrow, Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and his allies plan to offer an amendment to H.R. 3763 (highway reauthorization bill) to clarify that state break requirements and state laws restricting productivity based pay are pre-empted under federal law. The amendment will help preserve the ability of trucking companies to continue to provide safe, productive, and efficient services.

 TODAY WE NEED YOU to contact their Member of Congress and urge them to support the Denham amendment. Your participation in this effort could help decide the outcome of this amendment. Tell your Member of Congress to protect trucking against harmful class action lawsuits.  Participation is simple. Just click on the link below and complete the CTA Kingpin Take Action Page. From there you can send an easy electronic note to your member of Congress on this issue.




In 1994, Congress broadly preempted state laws and regulations that relate to motor carriers' prices, routes, and services in order to promote competition and market-driven efficiency and to prevent a 50-state patchwork of regulations that would otherwise burden interstate commerce. However, some courts - particularly the Ninth Circuit - are refusing to abide by Congressional intent. Because the Supreme Court cannot correct them all, legislative action to clarify the law is critical. Without this effort moving forward our industry will continue to be held hostage in an unfavorable, patchwork regulatory environment.

California News

Harbor Commission Hires Chief of Staff
American Journal of Transportation November 3
With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of ...


Does California have the most ambitious clean energy goals on the planet?
PolitiFact November 3
California is known for setting lofty clean energy goals. .... Notably, its cap-and-trade system provides an incentive for industry to invest in renewable ...


Oil industry pumped cash into Capitol lobbying campaign
Los Angeles Times November 3
Oil industry pumped cash into Capitol lobbying campaign ... The company contributed $1.8 million to oil industry lobbying efforts to block climate ... and successfully led a charge to strip the bill of its limits on the use of gas in vehicles


Truckers end strikes at three port carriers, continues at one other
Commercial Carrier Journal November 2
Additionally, there are another 21 class action lawsuits affecting 3,000 current port truckers. The U.S. Department of Labor and the California Attorney ...

National News

Opinion: Diabetes Manageable for Trucking | Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight ...
Transport Topics Online November 2
The prevalence of diabetes is 50% higher within the trucking industry than it is in the general population, according to the National Institutes of Health.

DOT chief 'confident' Ryan wants to move highway bill
The Hill, November 2
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that he is "confident" newly minted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to pass a multiyear infrastructure funding bill that has languished in Congress for the better part of a decade. The House is considering a $325 billion transportation bill this week that would be the first infrastructure measure to last longer for than two years since 2005. Foxx said Monday during an interview on MSNBC's "MTP Daily" show that he is optimistic because Ryan has displayed an interest in solving the nation's transportation funding problems before he accepted the gavel to lead the House last week.


One TIGER grant, improved truck driver safety in eight states
Fast Lane, November 2
America's trucking community, the men and women who travel our nation's highways carrying the goods that fuel our economy and support our daily life, know that safe truck parking is a necessity. They also know it's not easy to find. With a little help from TIGER, we're hoping to change that. Nearly six million commercial motor vehicle drivers are out on our roads each day, a number that is expected to increase dramatically by 2045. That’s why --in one of our most innovative TIGER grants ever-- DOT awarded $25 million to the Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS).


National Diesel Average Falls 1.3¢ to $2.485
Transport Topics, November 2
The average price of diesel fuel in the United States declined 1.3 cents a gallon to $2.485, the third consecutive weekly decline, the Department of Energy reported Nov. 2. The national average for trucking’s main fuel was cheaper by $1.138 a gallon from a year ago and is at the lowest level since Sept. 28, when the price was $2.476, DOE’s Energy Information Administration said after its weekly survey of fueling stations.


Shipping Braces for Pollution Tax After Climate Talks
Reuters, November 2
The shipping industry expects to be stung by a carbon levy as momentum building from climate talks in Paris starting this month makes a cut to its greenhouse gas emissions likely. Any tax — either a levy based on fuel use by diesel-driven ships or a market based mechanism —would add to rising costs for the industry, which transports 90% of world trade.


Major Hurdle Cleared for In-Transit Shipments
Today's Trucking News, November 2
There is much joy in at least one part of trucking following news that the ability of carriers from both Canada and U.S. to conduct in-transit shipments through the other country is close to being achieved. The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) reports in its newsletter the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been involved in intense discussions with Canadian and U.S. government officials and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in an attempt to break a log-jam that threatened to scupper any prospect of in-transit moves in either country.


Restocking US shippers expect muted freight growth ($)
Journal of Commerce Online, November 2
U.S. shippers expect muted freight volume growth through the third quarter of 2016 as they continue to pull from existing stocks before placing new orders after inventories ballooned during the gridlock at West Coast ports. According to a Wolfe Research survey of roughly 600 shippers, those polled said they expect a 2.3 percent increase in same-store volumes over the next year. It’s an improvement over the 2 percent growth shippers reported in the second quarter, but still down from the 2.8 percent they forecast a year ago.


Economic Watch: New Manufacturing Orders Jump, Construction Leaps
Heavy Duty Trucking, November 2

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing may finally be gaining some momentum after some declines, according to two new reports. While the monthly survey of the nation’s supply executives by the Institute for Supply Management shows overall manufacturing activity fell for the fourth straight month in October, registering a 0.1 of percentage point drop from September, new orders rebounded sharply.


Truck and trailer buying expected to stay strong into 2016
Fleet Owner, November 2

Demand for commercial trucks and trailers is expected to stay strong well into next year, according to a variety of reports, though the growing shortage of drivers may be curbing the purchasing plans of many fleets.


Battle lines form on ethanol regs
The Hill, November 3

Lawmakers and industry groups are gearing up for a monthlong battle over the future of the federal ethanol mandate. The Obama administration is set to finalize federal requirements for ethanol levels in gasoline by the end of the month, a deadline that has kicked off a flurry of public and behind-the-scenes lobbying over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).


Rep. John Lewis Seeks to Eliminate Young-Driver Provision in Highway Bill
Transport Topics, November 2

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is looking to replace a provision in a House multiyear highway bill that would pave the way for drivers under 21 to operate trucks across state lines. Specifically, Lewis’ amendment would strike the graduated commercial driver license program from the highway bill the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reported to the floor in October. That program would establish a task force designed to start the process of allowing drivers between the ages of 19 years, 6 months and 21 to operate trucks in interstate commerce.


Prosecutors Weigh Charge in Fatal Crash
Valley News, November 3

Vermont prosecutors say they are still weighing whether to charge a 23-year-old log truck driver with negligence in an Interstate 91 crash that killed another trucker in August. Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen said his legal team is assessing the line of sight Mason Morissette had before his loaded log truck struck David Stefanik, who was standing at the rear of his disabled tractor-trailer on the side of the highway in Norwich.


Skipping the Tolls: Rhode Island Trucking Association Offers State a "Plan B"
Associations Now, November 2

In response to a controversial plan to introduce tolls for trucks, the Rhode Island Trucking Association didn’t get frustrated by the idea; instead, the group offered up a plan of its own that avoids relying on tolls entirely. Rhode Island’s Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, thinks she has the perfect way to pay for the state’s bridge repairs. The industry that would have to pick up the bill, however, is not so sure.


Oops: Proposed hiring standard fails to consider 400000+ unrated carriers
Fleet Owner November 3
“Under the current system, as recognized time and again by FMCSA, it is extremely difficult for small businesses to obtain a satisfactory rating,” OOIDA ...

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