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Wolfgang Freese, president of HapagLloyd, Region Americas was presented with the Containerization & Intermodal Institute 2015 Connie Freese Award for his contribution to the container shipping industry over the last four decades at Hapag-Lloyd. FEDERAL UPDATE - from page 2 drug and alcohol testing rules and the hazardous materials regulations. Effective Jan. 29, 2016, the mandate provides drivers with procedures to report coercion incidents to the FMCSA and establishes response measures the agency can take as well as the potential penalties for coercion. Accused entities have the opportunity for a hearing with the FMCSA to defend themselves. ELDs Required By December 2017 In announcing its final rule for the use of electronic logging devices on Dec. 10, FMCSA claimed ELD use will result in an annual net benefit of more than $1 billion - largely by reducing the amount of required industry paperwork. It will also increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records, according to FMCSA. The rule requires commercial truck and bus drivers who currently use paper log books to maintain hours-of-service records to adopt ELDs within two years [by Dec. 18, 2017]. The agency anticipates approximately three million drivers will be impacted. It also prohibits commercial driver harassment. The final rule provides both procedural and technical provisions designed to protect commercial truck and bus drivers from harassment resulting from information generated by ELDs. It sets technology specifications detailing performance and design requirements for ELDs. And, the rule establishes new hours-of-service supporting document requirements, shipping documents, fuel purchase receipts, etc., that FMCSA says will result in additional paperwork reductions. In most cases, the agency said, a motor carrier would not be required to retain supporting documents verifying on-duty driving time. Motor carriers who have previously installed compliant Automatic OnBoard Recording Devices may continue to use the devices for an additional two years beyond the compliance date. Unified Registration System in First Phase The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched its new online process for USDOT registration. The Unified Registration System combines multiple legacy reporting forms into a single, online "smart form". Only new applicants for USDOT registration (truck and bus companies, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers, and cargo tank manufacturing, inspection and repair facilities) are able to use the online system in this initial phase. When fully implemented in 2016, FMCSA says URS will enable it to more readily identify unfit carriers and detect unsafe truck and bus companies seeking to evade agency enforcement actions. For an overview of the Unified Registration System, how to comply with the URS regulations and access to online training, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! VOTING MEMBERS Brandon Bayless Vice President Jetek Transportation Inc. 6095 Atlanta Highway Suite 100 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 678-866-0045 Fax: 678-866-0046 bbayless@jetektrans.com Motor Carrier Division Premium drayage company servicing all of the surrounding states back over the Atlanta rail ramps Michael Norton President Railbox Consulting, LLC 100 S. 5th Street Suite 1900 Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-260-2277 mike@railboxes.com www.railboxconsulting.com Supplier Division Logistics consulting focusing on drayage and portable storage Michael LeValley President Valtran, Inc. 2415 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02746 508-991-6868 Fax: 508-991-6878 mlevalley@valtran.net www.valtran.net Supplier Division Intermodal equipment rental, sales and repairs; transportation services January 2016 | Intermodal Insights 13 http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration http://www.railboxconsulting.com http://www.valtran.net

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - January 2016

Bill Would Eliminate Risk of Port Slowdowns
Driver Coercion Rule Finalized
Five-Year Transportation Bill Passed
Broome and George Join IANA Board
IANA Names New 2016 Officers
IANA Welcomes New General Counsel
Sustainability News
FAST Act Moves Freight Forward
Nominations Sought for Silver Kingpin Award
Legislation and Regulation Top the Intermodal Stories of 2015
Freight Reports
Port News
People in the News
Welcome New Members
In Brief
2015 Article Index by Subject
Intermodal Calendar

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