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MMTA Past Chairmen and Lifetime Directors * Olen E. Butler * Paul E. Merrill * Gerald A. Cole * Stewart M. Taylor * Guy F. Dunton * Mark W. Ginn * Harry L. Milliken * Philip C. Gox F. Gilbert Congdon * H. Merrill Luthe Galen L. Cole Henry W. Saunders Richard S. Clement Dwin A. Gordon * H. Blaine Sanborn William G. Hepburn * C.L. Fox, Sr. George W. McNear * H. Blaine Sanborn David W. Harmon * Gerald A. Cole Herbert E. Ginn Joseph H. O’Donnell * Harry L. Milliken * F. Emmett O’Connor * David W. Fox Robert E. Ginn Richard J. Haley * George M. Hutchins H. Walker Noyes * Chester Sherrard Arthur W. Hicks * Virgil E. Beane George L. Parke * David L. Cole William Duddy * Clifton E. Halacy Mark A. Hutchins Donald B. Wiswell Pieter van Voorst Mert Brown Tom Keefer Barry Pottle * John Austin Brian Bouchard John Lightbody Jim McCurdy Chris Huff

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Brian Parke, Editor MMTA Officers 2014-2016

Chairman:

Vice Chairman:

Secretary:

Shawn Moore, R.C. Moore, Inc., Scarborough

Treasurer:

Duane Graves, Pottle’s Transportation, LLC, Bangor

Executive Committee:

State Vice President, ATA:

Chelsea Pottle, Pottle’s Transportation, LLC, Bangor

Alternate State V.P., ATA:

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Budget Committee:

Ed Therrien, United Insurance Group

Chris Huff, Hannaford Trucking, S. Portland

Duane Graves, Pottle’s Transportation, LLC, Bangor

Governmental Affairs Committee:

Barry Pottle, Pottle’s Transportation LLC, Bangor

Membership Committee:

Brian Bouchard, H.O. Bouchard, Inc., Hampden

Special Events Committee:

Nominating Committee:

Adam Beals, Pottle’s Transportation, LLC, Bangor Jim McCurdy, Maine Commercial Tire, Bangor

Directors FOR-HIRE CARRIERS

Jeff Castonguay - Hartt Transportation Systems (2016) Roland Crawford - Timberland Trucking (2016) Mark Giuffre- United Parcel Service (2015) Aaron Huotari - Central Maine Transport (2016) Kathryn Killory - FedEx Corporation (2016) Randy Macomber - Macomber Transportation (2016) Shawn Phelps - Dysart’s Transportation, Inc. (2015) Alan Reed - PAF Transportation (2016) Floyd Thayer - Ed Thayer, Inc. (2016)

PRIVATE CARRIERS

Ken Cannell - C. N. Brown Company (2015) Gary Cooper - J&S Oil Co., Inc., (2016) Bob Crosslin - Shaw’s Supermarkets (2015) George Downing - G. A. Downing Co., Inc. (2016) Tim Walton - Cianbro Corporation (2015)

SERVICE INDUSTRY

Gary Bangor - Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel (2015) Brian Boulet - Boulet’s Truck Service (2016) Tawnya Brown - Central Maine Partners in Health (2015)

*John Thut - Honorary Chairman

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Evan Keefer, Kris-Way Truck Leasing, Inc., S. Portland

Brian Hallowell - Freightliner and Western Star of Maine (2015) Andre La Brie - Ryder Transportation Services (2016) Kelly McDonald - Murray, Plumb & Murray (2016)

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MMTA CHAIRMAN PAGE When I graduated from high school I did what many of my other classmates did. I packed up and left the state of Maine for college. After graduating from Boston College in 1997 with an accounting/finance degree I chose not to return to Maine, but instead went to work in New York City in the financial services industry. My Wall Street career was fairly short lived and after two and a half years, including a quick stint in London, I went on to graduate school. Heading even farther from Maine I received a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Georgia. I was also lucky enough to work for the University of Georgia football team and the University of Georgia Athletic Department. It was a fantastic experience. I was also able to spend some time in Savannah, Georgia during the summer and for a while after school covering high school football for the local CBS affiliate. By an extreme fluke of chance I got involved in a political campaign while in Savannah and eventually became the press secretary for Barbara Dooley in her quest for a seat in the US Congress. Mrs. Dooley is the wife of the legendary football coach Vince Dooley of the University of Georgia. Unfortunately, she lost by less than 300 votes. Luckily for me, I was able to go on to work for Saxby Chambliss who was elected to the US Senate in 2002. During the campaign I had the exciting job of running his operation in South Georgia. I found myself at events like the Vidalia Onion Festival, The Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup, and an oyster roast. With Saxby’s win I was given an opportunity to move to Washington, DC. I ended up working for Spencer Bachus of Alabama in the US House as his press secretary both for his personal and committee chair offices. Congressman Bachus represents metro Birmingham and also is the chair of the Financial Services Committee. So instead of coastal Georgia, I was now surrounded by “Roll Tide”, “War Eagle!”, and Dixieland Delight. After two great years on Capitol Hill, I had the opportunity to work for the Bush Administration in the US State Department. Ironically, I was sent right back to Savannah, GA to work as the press secretary on the 2004 Sea Island G8 Summit. This was an amazing experience. I was able to meet Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder, and Silvio Berlusconi among other world leaders. I also had the pleasure of doing a press conference with Condaleeza Rice, and was able to do the opening press briefing of the summit. It truly was an opportunity of a lifetime. At the conclusion of the G8 (which was a yearlong assignment) I went to work for the US Small Business Administration as the Deputy Communications Director and spokesperson. I traveled extensively conveying the President’s message on small business. Given that my family has a small business I really enjoyed this assignment, and it also started me thinking about Kris-Way Truck Leasing and possibly returning home to Maine. And this brings me to the point of my story. My journey started like many of my high school classmates. I left Maine for college. And like a good percentage of my classmates (even the ones that had

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attended college in-state), I found work and made a life outside the state of Maine. But unlike many of my classmates, I was fortunate enough to have a great opportunity to come back to. Maine is a wonderful place that my time away has made me appreciate even more. G8 Summit and University of Georgia football aside, once I was married with children it became pretty clear that there is no better place to raise a family and grow up than Maine. I am very thankful and realize how lucky I am to have had the ability to come back. I know that many of my friends and family would also love that opportunity, but unfortunately opportunities such as I had are limited. The MMTA is a strong organization that is fighting to create an atmosphere where all of us in the transportation industry can grow and prosper. Our state has a lot going for it. A favorable business climate is not always one of those things. If we can grow our local economy, more opportunities will exist for young people to return to Maine. A strong transportation industry is vital to a strong local economy. It is why I believe the MMTA is so vital and why I am proud to be associated with it. As my predecessor Chris Huff aptly noted in his opening Chairman’s Page, 87% of all goods that move in our country are moved by the trucking industry. If we pursue policies that bolster our economy as a whole, more goods and services are produced. 87% of that increase will mean more work and opportunities for all of us. It’s nice to be wanted. We have the enviable position of being needed. One thing I do find troubling is I don’t believe our industry always does the best job of selling and marketing itself as an employer of choice. As I mentioned above, we’re needed. We offer stable and rewarding careers. But almost every day we hear of driver shortages. Diesel technicians are in short supply and high demand. I’ve talked about limited opportunities, but as we successfully create a strong business environment in Maine and grow our businesses we also need to make sure that young people know the great opportunities we offer. If there’s one area I’d like to focus on during my time at the MMTA it would be promoting our industry to young people and creating ranks of qualified candidates so that we may all benefit. In addition to finding qualified employees, our industry faces a great many challenges. Fuel costs, rising equipment costs, equipment performance and maintenance costs, increased regulation, etc, etc. I see these every day at Kris-Way Truck Leasing. Many of our members rely on us to provide maintenance and regulatory services as part of their transportation operation. The burden we all face seems to be growing not just on the state level, but also on the federal level. Luckily, the MMTA is a strong voice in Maine and also in Washington, DC. Having worked in Washington, I know how important it is to have a seat at the table when policies are being created. Without a seat and a voice, the end result usually isn’t one that is favorable. My journey in the transportation industry began painting steel rims white and pressure washing the insides of refrigeration trailers. I’ve been a fuel island attendant, transfer driver, rental manager, lease salesman, and just about anything that was needed. That’s what makes all of our member companies so great. We all do what we need to in order to get the job done. It’s why I have great hopes for the transportation industry in Maine. I believe we can be part of the wave that turns the tide for our great state. We can be a leading voice for prosperity and opportunity. And perhaps we can bring a few more of those men and women who left Maine back home and want to come back, just like I did.

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Maine Truck PAC Recognition

P.O. Box 857 | Augusta, Maine 04332-0857 | (207)623-4128 Through April 15, 2014

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Platinum Level BANGOR TRUCK & TRAILER H.O. BOUCHARD R.F. CHAMBERLAND FEDEX CORPORATION HARTT TRANSPORTATION J.J. KELLER PORTLAND AIR FREIGHT

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CENTER TRANSPORT INC. DENNIS K. BURKE INC. DYSART’S TRANSPORTATION INC. HUTCHINS TRUCKING CO. NRF DISTRIBUTORS INC.

Silver Level ATLANTIC HEATING CO., INC. CIANBRO FABIAN OIL INC. GERALD PELLETIER, INC. GRAY TRANSPORTATION J&S OIL J&S TRUCKING MARDEN’S INC. MERITOR HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS, LLC NEW ENGLAND TRANSPORTATION INC. PERRY TRANSPORT INC SARGENT TRUCKING TNT ROAD COMPANY INC.

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These contributors to the Maine Truck PAC are to be recognized for their generous support. This list does not include those who have supported the PAC through their contribution to the Golf Tournaments. Contributions and sponsors for the Golf Tournaments and the Annual Sponsorship Program will be separately recognized.

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The Committee would like to thank these contributors for their support of the trucking industry’s legislative efforts.

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MMTA MEMBERS RISE TO THE OCCASION ONCE AGAIN Every election cycle, the Maine Truck PAC reaches out to MMTA members to ask that they financially support the trucking industry’s ongoing efforts to elect and support business-friendly candidates. The consistent outpouring of contributions has always been amazing each time we embark on this fundraising campaign and this year has been no different. Each response envelope that we have opened was one more reason why we are so proud to be involved with the trucking industry. We want to express our sincerest gratitude to all of you who contributed. You know who you are – some are regulars who can be counted on year after year, while others are first-time donors who see an investment of any size as a way to support the future of Maine. We understand that times are tight for a lot of you, yet you still stepped up to the plate to make a difference.

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DOT Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus & Truck Industries Reprinted in part from an FMCSA Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. 

The proposed rule will ultimately reduce hours-ofservice violations by making it more difficult for drivers to misrepresent their time on logbooks and avoid detection by FMCSA and law enforcement personnel. Analysis shows it will also help reduce crashes by fatigued drivers and prevent approximately 20 fatalities and 434 injuries each year for an annual safety benefit of $394.8 million.

The proposed rulemaking would significantly reduce the paperwork burden associated with hours-ofservice recordkeeping for interstate truck and bus drivers – the largest in the federal government following tax-related filings – and improve the quality of logbook data.

“By implementing Electronic Logging Devices, we will advance our mission to increase safety and prevent fatigued drivers from getting behind the wheel,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “With broad support from safety advocates, carriers and members of Congress, we are committed to achieving this important step in the commercial bus and truck industries.”

“Today’s proposal will improve safety while helping businesses by cutting unnecessary paperwork - exactly the type of government streamlining President Obama called for in his State of the Union address,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “By leveraging innovative technology with Electronic Logging Devices, we have the opportunity to save lives and boost efficiency for both motor carriers and safety inspectors.”

The Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which was sent to the Federal Register to publish on March 12, supersedes a prior 2011 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to electronic on-board recorders. It includes provisions to:

Respect driver privacy by ensuring that ELD records continue to reside with the motor carriers and drivers. Electronic logs will continue to only be made available to FMCSA personnel or We have the loads with the Miles! law enforcement during roadside We are looking for Regional and Super Regional Company Drivers and Owner Operators to be based in inspections, compliance reviews and Maine - Poland & Scarborough post-crash investigations.

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Protect drivers from harassment through an explicit prohibition on harassment by a motor carrier owner towards a driver using information from an ELD.  It will also establish a procedure for filing a harassment complaint and creates a maximum civil penalty of up to $11,000 for a motor carrier that engages in harassment of a driver that leads May/June 2014


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to an hours-of-service violation or the driver operating a vehicle when they are so fatigued or ill it compromises safety. The proposal will also ensure that drivers continue to have access to their own records and require ELDs to include a mute function to protect against disruptions during sleeper berth periods. Increase efficiency for law enforcement personnel and inspectors who review driver logbooks by making it more difficult for a driver to cheat when submitting their records of duty status and ensuring the electronic logs can be displayed and reviewed electronically, or printed, with potential violations flagged.   In developing the updated proposal, FMCSA relied on input from its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, feedback from two public listening sessions and comments filed during an extended period following the 2011 proposed rule. The proposal also incorporates the mandates included in the most recent transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, and other statutes. FMCSA officially published its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to mandate the use of electronic logging devices in the Federal Register on March 28. The agency had released a preview of the proposal on March 13. Comments on the proposal will be accepted until May 27.

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ATA WELCOMES ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE PROPOSAL

  Arlington, Va. – On March 13th, American Trucking Associations officials said they welcomed the proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to mandate the use of electronic logging devices in commercial trucks as a potential improvement for highway safety.   “ATA supports FMCSA’s efforts to mandate these devices in commercial vehicles as a way to improve safety and compliance in the trucking industry and to level the playing field with thousands for fleets that have already voluntarily moved to this technology,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.   “It is past time to replace pencil and paper with 21st Century technology,” said ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C.   ATA successfully advocated for inclusion of a provision mandating ELDs in the most recent highway authorization law.   “We’re pleased that we’re now seeing a proposal from FMCSA,” said ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki. “After carefully considering stakeholder input on this proposal, we urge the agency to move quickly to craft a final rule that ensures deployment

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of tamper-proof equipment, while still ensuring the regulatory flexibility needed to accommodate the diversity of the trucking industry and the ELD vendor community.   “We especially appreciate FMCSA proposing that paper printouts of ELD data be an acceptable means of demonstrating hours of service compliance, but not requiring all ELDs to be printer-equipped,” he added.   The devil is always in the details, and ATA has a few concerns with some details relating to supporting document retention requirements and grandfathering of existing devices, among others, and will address those with FMCSA going forward. Editor’s Note: The Maine Motor Transport Association Board of Directors have not taken an official position on ELD’s. While there is recognition of the prospective compliance and competitive improvements, there is also an additional concern of time, administration and expense that impacts smaller Maine carriers/drivers.

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MEDICAL CARD COMPLIANCE As a reminder, medical exams performed on or after May 21, 2014 must be performed by a medical examiner that is nationally certified (Part 391.42). Drivers will no longer be able to obtain a DOT card from any physician, just those who have been certified and whose name is listed in the Registry. This may prove difficult in some rural parts of the state. Motor carriers must verify that the medical examiner is listed on the National Registry, and place a copy of the verification in the driver’s DQ file, along with a copy of the medical card (Part 391.51). This requirement was extended to January 30, 2015 as some states are not yet in compliance with the rule. The intent is that after that date, all states will be in compliance with the self-certification requirements, and medical cards will be linked to the CDL and therefore will no longer be required to be carried or filed (Part 391.41(2)).

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CDL drivers must send a copy of each new medical card to their home state BMV (Part 383.71). Failure to do so will result in a downgrade of the CDL. Motor carriers must verify the driver is certified by obtaining a new MVR within 15 days of receiving the new copy of the medical card. The paper copy may only be used as proof of certification up to 15 days (Part 391.51). To aid in the MVR and certification verification, Maine BMV has advised that they will soon begin printing the expiration date of the current medical card on file. This will significantly aid motor carriers in carrying out their responsibilities. We greatly appreciate BMV implementing a member suggestion. For more information on the CDL/Medical Card link, members may visit www.mmta.com Note: Medical cards issued prior to May 21, 2014, (even if issued by a doctor not nationally certified) will remain valid until the expiration date on the card.

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IRS RELEASES MEMO ON GLIDER KITS Reprinted from ATA’s State Laws Newsletter

Last month, the federal Internal Revenue Service released to the public a memo from its Chief Counsel’s Office on the application of the 12 percent federal excise tax to trucks in transactions involving glider kits.  This new memo explicitly supersedes one on the same subject released by IRS early last year, and appears to represent a change in position on IRS’s part.  The general rule has been – or understood by many in the industry to be – that the assembly of a vehicle using a glider kit was exempt from the FET if the cost of the transaction was  no more than 75 percent of the price of a comparable new vehicle.  In its memo, however, IRS lays out several fact situations, and holds that all of them yield a taxable result, unaffected by the 75-percent rule.  The memo points out that the statutory provision setting out the rule (26 U.S. Code sec. 4052(f)) speaks in

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terms of “repairs or modifications to” the vehicle.  The fact situations in the memo, on the other hand, all involve what IRS characterizes as the assembly of automotive components, some new and some used, into a new vehicle.  None of them, says IRS, involves repairs or modifications to any identifiable original vehicle.  This makes the 75-percent rule inapplicable and the transaction subject to FET, no matter how the cost of the transaction compares to the price of the resulting vehicle.  Moreover, and this is also new, IRS holds that the tax base is the price of the resulting vehicle, minus the value of used parts contributed to the transaction by the vehicle’s owner, plus a 4 percent mark-up.  We emphasize that all the situations included in the memo result in taxable transactions; IRS does not indicate what transactions it might consider exempt, either under the 75-percent rule or for other reasons.  Nevertheless, the memo probably indicates that IRS auditors will now be more aggressive about gliderkit transactions, and that at least some transactions that have been regarded as exempt may turn out not to be.  Office of Chief Counsel IRS Memorandum no. 201306019, dated October 31, 2013, and released January 17, 2014; available online here:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/1403014.pdf.

MEDICAL EXAMINER RULE COMPLIANCE DATE APPROACHES, OOIDA PETITIONS FOR DELAY Beginning May 21, 2014, all interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers will be required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Drivers who have already had an exam and have a current certificate can continue to use that certificate until its regular expiration date. In early April, however, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a petition with the Agency, asking FMCSA to delay the 20

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compliance date of the medical examiner registry rule until more Agency-certified examiners are available for truck operators. OOIDA argues that by the end of March, only 10,000 examiners had been certified by FMCSA, a number insufficient to meet the trucking industry’s needs. However, FMCSA says the number is higher, closer to 13,000 approved examiners. In addition, the Agency says there are nearly 20,000 more in the process of being approved at this time.

NTSB ISSUES NEW TRACTOR-TRAILER SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS On April 3, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued seven recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), addressing safety of tractor-trailers. The recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on single-unit trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well. Areas identified for safety improvements include the need to: enhance the ability of drivers of single-unit trucks to detect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists; prevent passenger vehicles from underriding the rears and sides of single-unit trucks; improve conspicuity of single-unit trucks; improve federal and state databases on large truck crashes; continue the functions of databases vital for accurate fatality data or that link hospital data with police reports; examine the frequency and consequences of singleunit truck drivers operating with an invalid license; and research the potential benefits of expanding the commercial driver’s licensure requirement to lower weight classes. In its April 3rd letter to NHTSA, the NTSB asked for a response within 90 days detailing the actions the agency plans to take relative to their recommendations.

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FERRO GRILLED ON HOS BY HOUSE TRANSPORTATIONS APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE: Reprinted from ATA’s Hill Report

On April 3, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held an oversight hearing to review Department of Transportation (DOT) modes. During the hearing, Subcommittee Members had the opportunity to hear from and question representatives from FMCSA, FAA, FHWA, FRA, PHMSA, and MARAD. During the hearing, multiple Subcommittee Members raised strong concerns for the new HOS regulations, and question FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro about the legitimacy of the research and studies done to justify the regulations. Specifically, Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) questioned Administrator Ferro on the agency’s failure to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the new rules and the lack of consideration of negative impacts on alternative factors, such as increased traffic during daytime hours. In an alarming response, Ferro acknowledged that FMCSA did not evaluate the impact of traffic on the road during daytime hours. ATA attended the hearing, and will continue to work with Members of Congress to address these wrongheaded HOS restart regulations.

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In an alarming response, Ferro acknowledged that FMCSA did not evaluate the impact of traffic on the road during daytime hours.

ATRI SEEKS DRIVER INPUT ON TWO CRITICAL INDUSTRY STUDIES The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched two separate online surveys targeting commercial driver input on critical operational issues – impacts from the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules and detention time impacts on safety and productivity.  The first on HOS impacts is a continuation of the driver data collection first reported in the November 2013 ATRI release, Operational and Economic Impacts of the New Hours-of-Service Rules. This survey is designed to further quantify impacts on commercial drivers from the rules changes which went into effect July 1, 2013. The second survey is a first step in ATRI’s study on Detention Time Impacts on Safety, Productivity and Compliance.  The driver survey seeks to evaluate the impact that shippers and receivers may have on truck drivers’ safety, productivity and hours-of-service (HOS) compliance. The detention time study will also utilize ATRI’s extensive truck position database to model the impact of driver delay on truck travel times at key distribution points around the country. The online version of the surveys will remain open through early May. The online surveys are available at www. atri-online.org. May/June 2014

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PRESIDENT OBAMA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE TRUCK FUEL EFFICIENCY/REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS BEYOND 2018 President Obama has laid out additional details for his plan to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from medium and heavy-duty trucks.  Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland on February 18th, the President instructed environmental and transportation agencies to work closely with industry and other stakeholders on the next round of standards for trucks, known commonly as “Phase II.”  Phase II builds on the 2011 joint rulemaking between EPA and NHTSA that set first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks for model years 2014-2018.   Under Obama’s latest timeline, the agencies are expected to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by March 2015 and issue a Final Rule by March 2016.    With fuel efficient trucks and technologies providing the backdrop for the event, the President also acknowledged the success of DOE’s SuperTruck program, a program aimed at improving freight hauling efficiency of heavy-duty Class 8 trucks by 50 percent by 2015.   The American Trucking Associations Chairman Phil Byrd participated in the event and had the opportunity to share the trucking industry’s perspectives in a closed-door meeting with the President, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  Chairman Byrd stressed, among other principles, that the Phase II standards must have a payback period of 18 months or less and be technologically and economically achievable.  May/June 2014

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FMCSA RELEASES PROPOSED RULE TO ESTABLISH THE COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S DRUG AND ALCOHOL CLEARINGHOUSE The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) outlining the creation of a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The proposed rule would require employers, medical review officers, third party administrators, and substance abuse professional to submit records relating to positive drug and alcohol tests, refusals to test, return to duty information, and traffic citations in connection with drug/alcohol misuse. The proposal does not require the submission of employer observations and employee admissions of drug and alcohol use to the Clearinghouse. Motor carriers would be required to query the Clearinghouse during preemployment screening of applicants, and on an annual basis for current drivers, upon payment of a “reasonable” fee.   Also, prospective employers would continue to be required to conduct inquires to past employers.  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published on February 20, 2014. Originally, comments were due April 21, 2014. However, FMCSA has decided to grant a 30-day extension, to May 21, 2014.

TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM REQUESTS FEEDBACK Longtime MMTA member, supporter and former Chairman, Galen Cole (Coles Express) has asked for the Maine trucking industry’s help. As many of our readers know, the Galen Cole Family Land Transportation Museum is located in Bangor and serves as a wonderful exhibit of the transportation industry’s long and distinguished history. As part of their 25th anniversary in 2015, the museum would like to distinguish itself as “the largest collection of one highway carrier’s (COLES EXPRESS) vehicles from a horse-drawn wagon to turnpike 18-wheelers on public display in America”. In order to support this claim, they are looking for feedback and comments from readers of the MMTA News Magazine since our readers would have widespread knowledge and involvement in such matters. To contact the museum, you can e-mail them at mail@ colemuseum.org, or send them at note via mail at 405 Perry Rd, Bangor, ME 04401.

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The United Bikers of Maine (UBM) is a motorcycle rights organization dedicated to all motorcyclists regardless of the brand of motorcycle they ride. The UBM is made up on many different people who share one common thread that ties us together, we ride and love motorcycles.

We have a voice in the decisions that are made regarding motorcycling, not only in Maine but also at the federal level in Washington D.C. UBM stands for ensuring your rights as a motorcyclist by fighting “anti-motorcycle” legislation and promoting “fair” motorcycle legislation. Along with the Maine Motorcycle Political Action Committee (MMPAC) we are the only groups in the state that defend your rights during Legislative sessions.

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SUMMARY OF FMCSA’S SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO MANDATE ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES Courtesy of the ATA – March 2014

Introduction: March 13, 2014, FMCSA issued a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to require the adoption and use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by all drivers currently required to complete paper records of duty status (logs). The agency had issued a proposed rule to mandate ELD adoption in February 2011, but subsequently identified a number of issues that needed to be addressed in an SNPRM. Specifically, FMCSA needed to better ensure it could meet a statutory requirement requiring the agency to consider how the devices could be used to “harass” drivers. Further, FMCSA needed to address a number of technical considerations including how data from the devices would be transferred to law enforcement personnel during roadside inspections. In the July 2012 highway reauthorization law known as MAP-21, Congress required that FMCSA mandate the use of ELDs. The following is a summary of the SNPRM’s main points. Device Adoption Deadline Date: The proposal would require fleets to adopt and use compliant devices within two years of publication of a final rule (note: this is merely a proposed rule). The soonest FMCSA is likely to issue a final rule is spring of 2015, meaning a final adoption deadline would be in the spring of 2017 at the very soonest. Grandfathering of existing equipment: FMCSA proposed to allow fleets using “ELD-like” devices meeting the current standards for Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (see 49 CFR 395.15) until two years after the final deadline for adoption of ELDs required by a forthcoming final rule. FMCSA also anticipates that many devices in use today, particularly those sold in the last few years, can be modified to comply with the new standards with a relatively simple and inexpensive software upgrade. Location Monitoring: ELDs would be required to record vehicle location at every change of duty status and at a minimum of 60 minute intervals. To ensure against harassment and protect driver privacy, the devices would record location during on-duty time at a precision of approximately one mile, and during off-duty time of within 10 miles (i.e., would not record exact location but generally where the vehicle is located). Note: Fleets may employ devices that report location more precisely; FMCSA has proposed minimum standards and has stipulated the location precision that must be reported to enforcement officials when electronic logs are being verified. Supporting Documents: Because ELDs effectively negate the need for supporting documents to verify driving time, FMCSA has proposed new document retention requirements to verify onduty, not driving time. The agency suggests that fleets should maintain a maximum of ten documents from several categories (trip records, payroll) per driver for each 24 hour period. Drivers

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would be required to submit such documents within eight days of receipt and produce those in their possession to law enforcement upon request. Fleets would be required to maintain them in a manner which would facilitate their being easily matched to the logs. Data Transfer: ELDs must be capable of either printing a paper record of the driver’s log or transferring it to a law enforcement officer electronically. The proposal sets forth the primary and back-up electronic transfer methods (e.g., email, Bluetooth) that would be considered acceptable. Certification: Manufacturers would be required to test and certify to FMCSA that their devices meet the new standards. FMCSA would create a public (i.e. Internet) registry of compliant devices and conduct tests to verify manufacturers’ claims. Harassment: FMCSA has proposed a number of protections to help ensure that the rules meet the statutory requirement with respect to harassment. Specifically, FMCSA suggests limited location precision (see above) and a prohibition on use of ELDs by employers to pressure drivers to violate the regulations. Also, FMCSA suggests that devices be capable of being muted to eliminate the possibility that a driver’s rest period in the sleeper berth could be interrupted. ELD Malfunctions: In the event that an ELD malfunctions, the driver would be required to immediately begin completing a paper log and to reconstruct logs for each of the past 7 days, unless hard copies are available by other means (e.g., back office system). ELDs must be repaired within 8 days, subject to an FMCSA-approved extension. Short Haul Drivers: Drivers who are not required to complete logs because they meet one of the short haul exemptions in section 395.1 (e) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations would not be required to use ELDs. FMCSA recognizes that these drivers occasionally don’t meet the conditions of these exemptions. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND SHARE THE ROAD! In those instances, drivers would be required to keep a paper log. Drivers who find themselves in The Trek Across Maine is coming these circumstances more than 8 days in any 30 June 13–15. Please be aware that your friends, families, day period would be required to use ELDs. Personal Conveyance and Yard Moves: Authorized use of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal conveyance would not be recorded as driving, but rather off-duty time. Similarly, authorized use of a CMV in a closed facility with restricted access (e.g., a yard) would be recorded as on-duty not driving time.

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Driver edits: Drivers would be able to make edits and annotations to their electronic logs, however the edits would not overwrite or erase the original record, which would be retained. Employers would be able to request edits or annotations, but those must be approved by the driver. Interoperability of devices and systems: FMCSA proposes that all ELDs be capable of exporting data in a standard file format to facilitate importing by other systems. However, devices and systems would not be required to be capable of importing these records.

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Trucking Groups Launch Image Campaign Reprinted from Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trucking industry groups launched a campaign to educate America on the importance of trucking to the nation’s economy and to help recruit a new generation of desperately needed drivers to keep freight moving. Top officials with American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and large industry suppliers known as ACT 1 kicked off Trucking Moves America Forward  on March 26,  the eve of the annual Mid-America Trucking Show. “We have to think about how to get more people into this industry. This is way overdue,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF’s vice chairman, president of truckload carrier Jet Express in Dayton, Ohio, and an ATA vice chairman.

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Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s executive vice president, said trucking has a great story to tell but has not done enough to date. “We pay a dear price for not singing our own praises,” he said. Mike Pennington, immediate past chairman of ACT 1, said the campaign will address government policymakers and the public about trucking’s importance to the U.S. economy.

Economic Growth & Jobs

• Trucks drive economic growth and jobs in America—in fact, the industry

currently supports almost 7 million jobs, including just over 3 million professional drivers. • Today, there are more than 30,000 job openings in the trucking industry. • Trucks stimulate economic activity in every sector of the American economy—including health care, fuel and transportation, waste removal, retail, food and agriculture, manufacturing, banking and finance, and many others.

Safety

• Truck drivers are skilled professionals who are required to take hours of

professional training each year. These skilled drivers follow stringent safety regulations, attend frequent training programs, and work with the public to educate them on how to drive with tractor-trailers on the road. • Today’s modern trucks are driven by new technologies that make them safer, smarter and more fuel efficient than they’ve ever been before.

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Technology

• The trucking industry has

embarked on technologies that help engage brakes automatically before an impending crash. These systems can reduce fatalities by as much as 57% in the future. • In addition to safety and environmental advances, new truck technology is improving the quality of food and other goods upon their delivery. For example, temperature-controlled trailers increase longevity of fresh items, significantly reducing waste and cost, while making consumers happier.

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TRUCKING MOVES AMERICA FORWARD

The Trucking Moves America Forward campaign has been developed to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. What We Do Every day, millions of trucks travel across the United States to deliver help move America forward. Whether you are a student, mother, homeowner, doctor, business executive or politician, you depend on trucks to deliver essential foods, medicines, office supplies, computers, cribs, and other products that help you live every day. Most Americans don’t realize how essential trucks are to their lives until there is a severe weather or adverse condition that prevents trucks from delivering. But the fact is trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. When they stop moving, the country stops moving. By telling our story—educating the public and working with policymakers at the state and federal level—we can ensure that the trucking industry remains the thriving industry it is today.

How You Can Get Involved Who Should Participate? We encourage all members of the trucking industry, their customers, family, friends and communities to pledge their support for our industry. Why Join the Movement? It’s simple. Despite the industry’s growth and outstanding performance, it is under attack by some policymakers at the federal and state levels. This campaign will inform legislators and regulators about the essentiality of trucking and build support for policies that will poise our industry for growth, create more jobs and strengthen our economy. How to Donate to the Movement: Pledge your support for an industry-wide effort to tell a powerful story about trucking in America: Online at: www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com Participate in employee engagement programs Community outreach Join and follow the movement on social media and share with your employees, family and friends:

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Sustainability

• The trucking industry is committed to environmentally healthy standards. In 2008, it initiated a sustainability program

to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one billion tons and fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons over 10 years.

• Trucks have partnered with the EPA to create the SmartWay program to increase fuel efficiency. The industry also

supports national fuel economy standards. • Trucks are embracing green technologies—hybrid electric and engine-powered systems—that reduce idling time and air pollution.

Community Partner

• Trucks connect and grow communities across the country every day, one truck at a time. And during times of

community need, we deliver.

• Trucks perform a massive service to victims of natural disaster, delivering everything from food to housing relief and

first aid.

• Following Hurricane Sandy, as many as 32 food trucks were dispatched on any given day, serving over 500 meals

apiece to storm victims in an area that was without access to food or restaurants.

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