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The Trucker Newspaper - April 15, 2018

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14 • April 15-30, 2018 Nation THE TRUCKER STAFF Operators of trucks and buses based in California will be unable to register their vehicles at the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles beginning in 2020 if they don’t meet truck and bus regulations for cleaner air, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds which are model 2000 or older must replace it with a 2011 or newer model or “repower” it with a 2010 or newer engine by January 1, 2020. Models 2001 through 2005 must meet the standards above and be compliant by January 1, 2021. The same goes for truck models for 2006 through 2007, but the compliance date is January 1, 2022. Newer models 2008 through 2010 must also meet the standards and be compliant by January 1, 2023. There’s a catch, however. On its website, CARB notes that its Truck and Bus Regulations are already in effect and that older trucks with more polluting engines could be blocked from registering before the final compliance dates. “CARB can place a DMV registration block on your vehicle now if it does not meet current air quality regulations. The state of California is enforcing all diesel regulations in preparation for 2020,” the agency stated on its website. The regulation applies to nearly all privately or federally owned diesel-powered trucks and buses weighing more than 14,000 pounds. Keller offers program to prepare, train drivers on having successful inspection THE TRUCKER STAFF NEENAH, Wis. — A poor roadside inspection can lead to fines and a driver or vehicle being placed out of service. To help prepare drivers for successful roadside inspections, J. J. Keller & Associates has developed the Roadside Inspections for CMV Drivers training program. Designed by J. J. Keller’s in-house experts, this training program demonstrates how to prepare for a roadside inspection; details what happens during a roadside inspection and how to respond appropriately; and explains what to expect after they pass or fail a roadside inspection. “There is simply no such thing as too much training or preparation when it comes to roadside inspections. The wrong attitude, missing documents, or vehicle maintenance issues can result in violations and, if serious enough, an out-of-service order. Nobody needs that,” said Tom Bray, transportation consultant for J. J. Keller. “Our new training program will help prepare drivers for what the inspector will look at during an inspection, so they can focus on those items and make sure they’re compliant before an inspection occurs.” Comprising dynamic real-life video lessons that encourage active learning, “Roadside Inspections for CMV Drivers” is available in DVD, Video Training Book, Pay Per View and Online Course formats. To learn more, visit JJKeller. com/123896. PrePass provider HELP joins Arizona in helping rescue trafficking victims THE TRUCKER STAFF PHOENIX — HELP Inc., the nonprofit provider of PrePass services, has joined Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), the Arizona Trucking Association and PrePass carrier Albertsons to form a new statewide partnership to help rescue victims of human trafficking. TAT was on hand at a recent news conference with its Freedom Drivers Project, the first-of-its-kind mobile exhibit designed to help educate the public and members of the trucking industry about the realities of human trafficking and how the trucking industry can combat it. The event was planned in recognition of January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In 2015, Brnovich created a unit dedicated solely to combating sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Arizona. Attorneys have investigated more than 75 defendants with ties to sex trafficking, with approximately 30 currently open cases involving sexual exploitation of minors. In just the first six months of 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received more than 200 tips about human trafficking incidents in Arizona. The attorney general’s office will donate the funds to help pay for rescue stickers that will be placed on more than 25,000 tractortrailers traveling across the state. The window sticker states, “Do You Need Help?” and lists the National Human Trafficking Hotline or victims can text “HELP” to 233- 733 (Be Free). HELP President and CEO Karen Rasmussen spoke about the assistance that HELP, a platinum sponsor, is providing to raise awareness among the more than 57,000 fleets that utilize HELP’s PrePass system. “HELP’s goal is not to duplicate work that others are doing to raise awareness of the issue and of TAT training, but rather to augment it,” Rasmussen said. “We are doing this through social media posts and blogs that focus on the hundreds of thousands of drivers that utilize PrePass, as well as the distribution of TAT materials in driver areas at weigh stations where allowed.” TAT partners with many law enforcement agencies across the country in training truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking. Currently, 23 of the 32 states that deploy HELP’s PrePass system are actively engaged with TAT. Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Washington and Ohio also mandate that entry-level CDL holders receive TAT training. To order window stickers for your fleet, contact tat.truckers@gmail.com. For more information about PrePass, visit prepass.com. Indianapolis ponders commuter tax on suburbanites to fund city roads THE TRUCKER STAFF INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis officials desperate for money to repair roads are considering whether they should try to collect income taxes from suburbanites who don’t live in the city but who travel there for work. Such a plan would allow Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, to collect income taxes from people in other communities who work in Indianapolis. Marion County would need approval from the Legislature and possibly surrounding counties to collect the “commuter tax,” The Indianapolis Star reported. The tax has been discussed in Marion County intermittently for three decades. The latest discussion comes as Indianapolis officials estimate it would cost $732 million for city streets to be upgraded from poor to fair condition. They argue that people who commute to the city for work should help pay for road repairs because they are contributing to pavement wear and tear. “I would encourage a conversation to take place over the long term that might cause the General Assembly to more equitably distribute income taxes that we currently pay,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said recently. But some officials in nearby Hamilton County, where many people commute from, say a commuter tax would be unfair. “Whenever someone goes into the city and buys lunch, dinner, or goes to a Pacers game, they already pay a sales tax” and contribute to the local economy, said Hamilton County Councilor Fred Glynn. Glynn also said a commuter tax would amount to taxation without representation. “We’d be paying a tax without being able to hold the local elected officials who are THETRUCKER.COM Older diesel trucks, buses based in California could be blocked from registering vehicles News Roundup collecting it accountable because we can’t vote for them,” he said. The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has long supported such a tax but is open to suggestions, said Mark Fisher, vice president of government relations and policy development. “It remains a top priority,” Fisher said. “We think communities should be able to capture revenue from nonresidents who use our streets and other infrastructure.” Indianapolis also would need $178 million a year for upkeep, more than double the current annual funding that the city has available for all roads, bridge and sidewalk projects. Survey under way by Ontario officials to assess parking along area’s roads THE TRUCKER STAFF TORONTO — The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is currently exploring ways to improve truck parking along Southern Ontario highways. The Province of Ontario would like to identify where additional truck parking is needed. The firm SPR Associates has been contracted to carry out a survey to assess the availability of truck parking along various segments of major southern Ontario highways. “We are requesting the assistance of all those involved in the trucking sector in both Canada and the United States,” said Ted Harvey, the study’s director. “Our goal is to obtain the opinions of truck drivers who use Southern Ontario highways, including drivers from the U.S. The survey asks drivers to identify where they feel additional parking is needed and to identify any services or amenities that should be provided or improved at truck stops along Southern Ontario highways. Improved availability of truck parking is believed to have significant economic benefits to the entire North American trucking sector, according to studies by the American Transportation Research Institute and Trucker Path. Recent research has shown that a lack of truck parking costs around $4,600 for each truck on the road. The survey is supported by trucking associations across Canada and the U.S., and by Radio Nemo. “Since the survey was launched in November 2017, we have received responses from more than 1,500 truck drivers,” Harvey said, adding that SPR Associates would appreciate more responses. The survey website, which also contains direct weblinks to the survey, is available at surveycentral.ca. The Associated Press contributed to these reports. 8 Find us on Facebook search: The Trucker

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