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Posted By John Hausladen, Friday, February 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013

Congratulations to our New America’s Road Team Captains

 

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have John Borman of Koch Trucking and Nathan Wick of UPS Freight as members of the 2013 ATA America’s Road Team. I have had the pleasure of working with Road Team members for the past 17 years, and they are truly the best! You will not find safer and more articulate truck drivers anywhere on this planet. Their commitment to improving highway safety and telling the trucking story is unparalleled. I have also grown to appreciate the huge commitment the motor carriers make to support these drivers.

 

Great Minds Think Alike

 

I just have to comment on the amazing timing of two major honors for Nathan Wick. His selection and announcement as both a Road Team Captain AND MTA Driver of the Year are purely coincidental. The evaluation process for each honor proceeded independent of the other. It just goes to show what a solid individual Nathan is, and how great minds to think alike!

 

Minnesotans Hold Key Transportation Positions in Congress

 

From a congressional perspective, Minnesota retains key seats on the congressional committees charged with overseeing transportation issues. Senator Amy Klobuchar retains her position on the Senate Commerce Committee. Congressman Tim Walz returns to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with a new peer, newly elected Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN8).

 

Join Us for April Call on Washington

 

We will be meeting with the entire federal delegation when we make our 2013 Call on Washington, April 9 to 11. Every year for more than a decade we have made the trek to our nation’s capitol to educate lawmakers regarding our issues. These visits make a difference, as evidenced by many MTA priorities included in the 2012 Federal Highway Bill. The trip is open to all MTA members. In addition to our congressional visits, we include a little site seeing and have time to enjoy some great food.

 

MBUF Will Be Key Topic

 

The concept of mileage-based user fees is simply not going away. The Government Accounting Office says Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars. The agency was responding to a 2011 request for an analysis of vehicle mileage fees from the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. You can bet this will be one of the topics we will discuss when we go to Washington.

 

Regulations in the Pipeline for 2013

 

Recently, the Department of Transportation released its annual list of regulatory priorities. The relevant truck safety issues of particular significance include:

 

  • Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse – Proposed Rule Planned for April 2013
  • Mandatory Truck Speed Limiters - Proposed Rule Planned for May 2013
  • Electronic Logging Devices (EOBRs) – Supplemental Proposed Rule Planned for July 2013
  • Safety Fitness (CSA Safety Ratings) - Proposed Rule Planned for November 2013

These dates are merely targets and are not set in stone. In fact, it is far more common for agencies to miss these targets than to hit them. However, they do offer some indications of DOT’s priorities and when the industry might anticipate action on important issues. We’ll keep you updated as these and other issues move forward in 2013. Remember, we’ve got your back!

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Trucks Bring It! In 2013!

Posted By John Hausladen, Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013

I am proud to be a trucker. I know you are too. At the start of a new year it is good to remember just who we are and what we do for the State of Minnesota.

 

Trucking Drives the Economy

 

  • Provide 120,980 direct and industry-dependent jobs (one out of 18 in the state), representing totaling $5.6 billion in wages
  • Provide 44,460 truck driving jobs paying an average salary of $37,775
  • 14,550 trucking companies call Minnesota home, paying local property taxes
  • Trucks transport 85 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the Minnesota (528,529 tons per day)
  • Over 68 percent of Minnesota communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

 

Trucking Pays the Freight

 

  • Pay approximately $680 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees.
  • Pay 33 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Minnesota motorists, despite trucks representing only 8 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
  • Typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $6,240 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $7,771 in federal user fees and taxes.

 

Safety Matters to Truckers

 

  • Truck-related fatalities dropped to their lowest numbers in a decade
  • Fatal crashes involving trucks dropped 37 percent in the past decade
  • Persons injured involving trucks dropped 27 percent in the past decade
  • Persons killed involving trucks dropped 41 percent in the past decade Clean

 

Air Matters to Truckers

 

  • Combination trucks consumed over 57 billion fewer gallons of fuel than passenger vehicles in the U.S. Combination trucks accounted for just 17 percent of the total highway transportation fuel consumed.
  • New diesel truck engines produce 98 percent fewer particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions than a similar engine manufactured prior to 1990.
  • Sulfur emissions from diesel engines have also been reduced by 97 percent since 1999

 

Tell the Good News – With that refresher under the belt, be bold, be loud … and be truckers!

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