During a year in which truckers have been impacted by numerous legislative initiatives in Harrisburg and DC (with more are on the way), PMTA is providing two opportunities next month for members to connect with their lawmakers to discuss how actions in the Capitol affect their businesses.
Earlier this summer, in a deal with the Governor, the General Assembly put an end to bridge tolling, but other means of raising funds for transportation infrastructure will certainly be on the agenda in the near future. How will trucking be impacted? Come hear what ideas our legislative guests have to close PennDOT’s funding gap and bring ideas of your own!
Do you have thoughts on winter weather restrictions, CARB, lawsuit abuse, electric vehicles, or taxes? You may hear more from lawmakers about plans to address these issues and many more. Events are free, refreshments will be provided, and members are encouraged to bring questions and participate in a lively discussion. More information and registration are available at the links below. Register today!
Meet and Greet Your Legislator – Central PA (Altoona)
Friday, September 9 at 8:00 am (program begins at 9:00 am)
Ward Transport & Logistics, 1436 Ward Trucking Drive, Altoona
Guests: Senator Judy Ward, Senator Wayne Langerholc (Chairman, Senate Transportation Committee), Rep. Rich Irvin, Rep. Lou Schmitt, Rep. Jim Gregory, Rep. Tommy Sankey (others invited)
Meet and Greet Your Legislator – Western PA (Reno)
Friday, September 16 at 11:00 am (doors open at 10:00)
Klapec Trucking Company, 1355 Allegheny Blvd., Reno
Guests: Sen. Scott Hutchinson, Rep. Donna Oberlander (House Policy), Rep. Brian Smith, and representatives from Sen. Toomey’s, Sen. Casey’s, and Congressman GT Thompson’s offices.
PMTA is looking for a host for a similar event in eastern PA. Please contact Kelly Hawthorne ([email protected]) for questions or to volunteer.
See below for the full list of events going on in our association in September! Click to register.
Legislative Committee Meeting
When: September 06, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Legislative Committee Meeting will be held at 10AM on September 6, 2022.
Agenda will be sent via email.
Highland Chapter Board Meeting - OPEN TO MEMBERS
When: September 06, 2022
Location: Marzoni's, 164 Patchway Road, Duncansville, PA 16635
CONTACT - JIM SOLTIS ([email protected]) OR MANDY CROFT ([email protected])
DOT Compliance Seminar
When: September 08, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: PMTA Headquarters; 910 Linda Lane Camp Hill, PA 17011
Attending this class will better prepare you for compliance to CSA. The seminar will include discussion and overview of state and federal laws and regulations governing the motor carrier industry and commercial motor vehicles, e.g. driver qualifications files, commercial driver licenses, hours of service, drug and alcohol tests, etc. Each attendee will also receive the management edition of the current FMCSR handbook and Driver Qualifications File.
Registration: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
Seminar: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Instructor: John Rigney, PMTA Safety Director
2022 Meet & Greet Your Legislator - Central PA
When: September 09, 2022 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Ward Transport, 1436 Ward Trucking Dr., Altoona
Now that bridge tolling has been defeated, the trucking industry has other issues to focus on, you’re your representatives want to hear them from you! Come join other PMTA members to discuss your concerns for your industry. You are also invited to bring your truck to this event.
The event is free to attend but please, let us know you are coming by registering. Also, let us know if you will be bringing a truck. Registrations can be accessed at: https://www.pmta.org/event-4894902
Board of Directors Meeting
When: September 14, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: PMTA Headquarters; 910 Linda Lane Camp Hill, PA 17011
PMTA Chairman, Beth Hamilton, would like to invite you to the Board of Directors Meeting and Committee Meetings scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2022,
Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Board of Directors Meeting
When: September 14, 2022 5:30 PM
Location: The 1912 Club
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM Dinner
Any questions and/or reservations, contact Dave Spera at 215-620-8363 or [email protected]
Safety Management Council (SMC) Meeting
When: September 15, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: PMTA Headquarters; 910 Linda Lane Camp Hill, PA 17011
9:30 AM – Registration
10:00 AM - SMC Meeting
11:00 AM – Lloyd Hair, on Fleet Maintenance
12:00 PM - Lunch
2022 Meet & Greet Your Legislators - Western PA
When: September 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Location: Klapec Trucking Company, 1355 Allegheny Blvd, Reno, PA
Event Details: PMTA members and guests are invited to Klapec Trucking Company in Reno, PA on September 16 at 11:00 am to meet with their legislators and discuss current transportation issues.
Currently confirmed in attendance: Senator Scott Hutchinson; Representative Donna Oberlander; Representative Brian Smith; and Sheila Sterrett, Sen. Toomey’s Western PA Director
The event is free to attend but please, let us know you are coming by registering.
Mock Level-1 Inspection
When: September 22, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Location: PMTA Headquarters; 910 Linda Lane Camp Hill, PA 17011
This seminar will discuss the procedure inspectors use for determining compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations through the National Uniform Driver Vehicle Inspection Program. The 37 step inspection will be broken down to illustrate what is required to successfully navigate a Level I roadside inspection.
Lancaster Chapter Annual Jim Ingham Golf Outing
When: September 29, 2022 11:30 AM Location: Four Seasons Golf Course, Landisville
Foursomes are accepted on a first come, first serve basis
Golf & dinner: $100.00/pp
AM golf/no dinner: $70.00/pp
Dinner only - $35.00/pp
Questions? call or email
717-733-6556 ext 156
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched a short survey to better understand truck driver perspectives and issues with Driver-Facing Cameras (DFCs).
ATRI’s DFC research was a top research priority of its Research Advisory Committee in 2021. Previous FMCSA-sponsored research conducted by ATRI documented that truck drivers have very positive opinions about road-facing cameras, but numerous driver concerns were raised about driver-facing cameras. ATRI’s DFC survey is designed to better understand the specific issues and concerns truck drivers have, and to determine what, if any, strategies might address those concerns.
The OOIDA Foundation participated in both the prioritization of the DFC research, as well as in the DFC survey design.
The second component of ATRI’s DFC research will focus on how DFC video feeds could be used by defense attorneys to reduce unfavorable litigation outcomes against truck drivers and motor carriers.
The survey is available online here.
ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
Washington – The American Trucking Associations announced it is launching Women in Motion, a new program designed to elevate and highlight the contributions of women to the trucking industry, encourage more women to consider a career in trucking, and address important issues within the policy arena that specifically impact women.
“The trucking industry relies on women – whether in the boardroom, as a technician, or behind the wheel – and we believe that by highlighting the many contributions the women already in trucking make, we can demonstrate what a rewarding and lucrative career path it can be for millions of others,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The name Women in Motion is an apt description of our industry, and I’m pleased that ATA is once again taking the lead in recognizing these individuals who are critical to our industry, and looking for solutions to make their jobs even more gratifying and more secure.”
“As a woman in this industry, I know firsthand that while trucking can be a tough job – it is a rewarding and important one,” said Cari Baylor, President, Baylor Trucking. “I’m glad to see ATA launching this new initiative to celebrate the contributions of the many women in our industry and advocate for issues such as safe truck parking that our industry deserves.”
The Women in Motion program will focus on the core issues women face on the road and in the industry. Working with coalition partners, policymakers, and business leaders, Women in Motion will work to provide a more secure work environment for women in the industry, including advocating for issues like safer truck parking and increased diversity in trucking. The program will also provide support and development opportunities for women in the trucking industry, as well as promoting the industry as a career path to women across the country.
The Women in Motion Steering Committee and Speakers Bureau can be found on the website: www.trucking.org/women-in-motion. The site also features research and tools that women can use to promote and educate others about opportunities within the industry.
Today, nearly eight percent of professional drivers are women, an all-time high, but still lagging behind the national average for workforce participation for women. Similarly, just four percent of all diesel technicians are women – well below the national average. Women in Motion will help the industry reach this untapped and underutilized segment of the population, highlighting the importance of and opportunities in trucking.
“I’m proud to be a professional truck driver, but also proud to be a woman behind the wheel,” said Rhonda Hartman, professional truck driver, Old Dominion Freight Line. “This has been a great job—with great pay and benefits—and one that I truly believe more women should consider.”
Northbound Interstate 81 motorists can expect single left-lane closures and a possible closure of all northbound lanes July 12-13 for sinkhole repairs at mile marker 268.4 in Shenandoah County. Drivers and dispatchers should be prepared to use alternate routes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will repair a sinkhole located along the northbound I-81 left shoulder at mile marker 268.4 in Shenandoah County. The work zone set-up begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, extending from mile marker 266.5 to mile marker 269. The left lane and left shoulder will be closed within the work zone area.
This location is between exit 264 at Route 211 in the New Market area of Shenandoah County and exit 269 at Route 730 near Shenandoah Caverns.
Once the work zone is established, it will remain active until the repairs are complete. Repairs may extend into the day on Wednesday, July 13. It is possible, but unknown at this time, if both northbound lanes will need to be closed.
No detour is planned as the work zone begins, but if traffic begins to back up on I-81 travelers will be directed off of I-81 at exit 257 at Route 11 near Mauzy in Rockingham County and travel north on Route 11, rejoining I-81 at exit 269. Exit 264 will be closed at Route 211 in New Market due to tight turning areas for trucks trying to access Route 11 northbound.
On July 8, 2022, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a preliminary injunction stopping Pennsylvania from enforcing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) just days after the state was set to begin implementing the regulation on July 1.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative regulation, which was published by the Department of Environmental Protection on April 23, 2023, requires that Pennsylvania power plants pay a tax for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit. A report by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) said that electricity generators could spend upwards of $781 million annually on emissions credits at the RGGI auctions, warning lawmakers that "those costs would be pushed through to final consumers."
PMTA is concerned about increased costs of electricity at a time when inflationary and supply chain pressures are already straining all businesses, including those in the trucking industry. As the industry begins to consider electrification in the future, these costs will become ever more important to maintaining operations and profitability. RGGI would put Pennsylvania, a resource-rich state, at a competitive disadvantage.
The state legislature voted numerous times to block RGGI from taking effect, the most recent attempt earlier this year when the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds vote required to override Governor Wolf's veto of a bill to stop RGGI.
Legal challenges filed by the General Assembly, power producers, and trade unions that staff the power plants have proven initially successful in stopping the regulation from taking effect.
The temporary injunction allows impacted power plants to continue to operate competitively until a final decision by be reached in the courts.
In an end-of-fiscal-year compromise, legislators penned a deal with Governor Wolf to finally put an end to PennDOT’s P3 Major Bridge Tolling Initiative. The tolling scheme had already been halted by a state court twice – on May 18 with a temporary injunction and on June 30 with a permanent injunction in Commonwealth Court – but that decision could have been appealed.
“This is the third strike for bridge tolling, and it’s finally out. Game over,” said Rebecca Oyler, PMTA’s President and CEO. “Tolling would have been disastrous for the trucking industry in Pennsylvania, and especially for all the small businesses hit hardest by fuel prices and supply chain challenges. We are pleased that policymakers have recognized that tolling is not the way to fund transportation infrastructure and have now written this into the state’s P3 law.”
Sen. Wayne Langerholc’s SB 382, a bill supported by PMTA to stop the tolling projects and reform the P3 process, was amended to include compromise language that Governor Wolf has agreed to. Critically, the bill rescinds the P3 Board’s November 12, 2020 action approving the P3 Major Bridge Initiative. It provides that PennDOT may continue work on the nine bridges, while preserving preliminary designs and engineering plans, but prohibits tolls from paying for the projects as previously proposed.
The bill’s reforms to the P3 law will prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future by requiring increased transparency and oversight. SB 382 requires PennDOT to publish detailed analyses of proposed P3 projects and provides a new 30-day public comment period prior to the P3 Board voting on any project. Following a P3 Board meeting, PennDOT must distribute copies of the P3 Board’s resolutions, including to the General Assembly, which will have more time to assess proposed projects.
Although the revised law would still permit tolls to be proposed for P3 projects, they would be limited only to optional tolls and only for new projects or services (for example, a managed toll lane), not for existing infrastructure. And any project proposing an optional toll will require a unanimous vote of the P3 Board to approve.
“For more than a year and a half PMTA and its members have spoken out about the impact tolling these bridges would have on their businesses and their communities, and today we learned that the voices of the trucking industry were heard. This is a resounding win,” said Oyler.
“PMTA is grateful to Sen. Langerholc, who from his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, where PMTA testified in opposition to PennDOT’s tolling plans, has been steadfastly committed to ensuring that PennDOT can’t act alone and in the dark though its P3 process. Today, the General Assembly ensured that this is true now and in the future.”
On Wednesday, July 6, the PA Senate passed SB 1094 (Gebhard), which was already passed by the House and now goes to the Governor for his signature. This bill includes four separate items that PMTA provided input on as they were debated in the General Assembly.
SB 1094 was originally written to modernize the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, with changes supported by PMTA. The bill increases the size of the committee from 28 to 31, with PMTA retaining its two seats for the association. The members of the committee were revised, and representatives of the following were added: PA Manufactured Housing Association, PA Forest Products Association, the motor carrier manufacturing industry, the natural gas industry, the coal industry, and the construction material transportation industry. The bill provides for the filling of vacancies on the committee and allows the members to elect a chairperson and other officers. SB 1094 also revises the duties of the commission, which is now charged with:
SB 1094 was amended to add three additional provisions. First, the bill requires PennDOT to establish a system of staggered apportioned registration renewal in no less than four periods throughout the year, a proposal originally introduced by Rep. David Zimmerman (R-Lancaster). This proposal was supported by PMTA to ease the rush of apportioned renewals and resulting backlog at PennDOT at the end of May every year. PMTA looks forward to working with PennDOT as the new staggered registration system is implemented in the near future.
Second, the bill brings PA into compliance with FMCSA’s final rule regarding Commercial Driver’s Licenses and the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
And finally, SB 1094 provides requirements for the removal of snow and ice from vehicles. A long-time priority of Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), “Christine’s Law” was named after a woman who was tragically killed when a piece of ice dislodged from a box truck and crashed through her windshield in 2005.
The bill requires that a driver make a reasonable effort to remove snow or ice from a vehicle within 24 hours. However, it provides exceptions for motor carrier vehicles, mass transit vehicles, and buses from this requirement under the following circumstances:
PMTA had opposed previous versions of this legislation due to unrealistic and unattainable requirements for the removal of snow and ice for motor carriers. However, PMTA worked with Sen. Boscola to address these concerns and appreciates the exceptions that she provided in the legislation.
The snow and ice provisions will be in effect this coming winter.
Governor Wolf is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.
The Commonwealth Court ruled on Thursday that PennDOT’s P3 initiative to toll nine bridges violated Act 88 and has blocked the plan moving forward.
The court ruled in favor of the petitioners South Fayette Township, Bridgeville Borough and Collier Township in a 36-page opinion issued today. The ruling, penned by Judge Ellen Ceisler, states that the Major Bridge P3 Initiative is void ab initio (from the beginning).
Judge Ceisler noted that it was “clear that the (P3) Board had no specific bridges in mind when it approved the initiative in November 2020. There is no indication that the Board engaged in any meaningful consultation with “persons affected” by the Initiative, as Act 88 requires.” The opinion went on to state that “Instead, DOT purported to do so afterward once specific bridges were announced. This is inconsistent with Act 88’s procedural framework, both as shown by the statute’s text and as understood by the Board in its P3 Manual.”
The opinion pointed out that the board approved a “multi-billion dollar transportation project based on what was essentially a four-page powerpoint recommendation from DOT that failed to delineate which, or how many, pieces of public infrastructure the Initiative would affect.”
The opinion also noted the amicus brief filed by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association in a footnote that stated: “Berks County, along with several municipalities in Berks County, and the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association filed amicus curiae briefs, in which they raised concerns with the Initiative’s approval process, and the anticipated harm caused by the implementation of the Initiative.”
Judge Ceisler also issued an injunction in May in a similar case in Cumberland County, halting the projects from moving forward. Now, she has ruled that PennDOT and the P3 Board have violated the law.
“PMTA is grateful to Commonwealth Court for recognizing the necessity to put a halt to all nine bridge tolling projects across the state because it is clear from her opinion that PennDOT violated the P3 law from the beginning,” PMTA President and CEO Rebecca Oyler said. “From the day the initiative was announced in November 2020, PMTA has pointed out that the agency failed to follow basic steps not only required by law, but also expected of any government action – communicate before acting.
“Had they communicated with the Pennsylvania trucking industry, they would have heard that the consequences of tolling would be catastrophic. With diesel prices already at record levels, now is the worst possible time to add $5000+ per truck per year for trucking companies and other small businesses. These are costs that are ultimately passed on to consumers.”
“Today is a good day for the trucking industry and for the driving public in Pennsylvania.”
PMTA is undergoing a process of evaluating where it's been and where it plans to go in the future, and members are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation!
Strategic Planning kicked off last fall with a survey of members about their satisfaction with PMTA and what they value about the association. The PMTA Board discussed the results of the survey and has begun setting goals and objectives in all areas of the association. The board has asked each PMTA committee and the Safety Management Council to examine the goals and provide specific suggestions of how the association can best meet these goals.
PMTA's goals are as follows:
Membership: Increase membership: recruit new members, retain existing members, and maximize dues revenue.
Safety: Promote safety in the industry to reduce accidents and foster positive image of trucking.
Education: Provide valuable learning opportunities to members and educate the public on trucking.
Advocacy: Educate decision-makers and the media to advance policies necessary for a successful trucking industry.
Member Assistance: Be the premier resource for relevant information and effective and valuable services for trucking industry members.
Next Generation: Encourage and develop the next generation of trucking.
Economic Climate: Promote pro-growth initiatives to improve the business climate for trucking.
Revenue: Increase revenue and diversify sources of revenue.
Committees have begun their work this week, but it's not too late for members to join SMC or a committee they have an interest in to be engaged in this important process. These groups are meeting this summer via Zoom. Please contact Kelly Hawthorne ([email protected]) to join a committee's discussions. To join the SMC's meetings, please contact PMTA Director of Safety John Rigney ([email protected]).
There are eight permanent committees designated by the Board in addition to the Safety Management Council, which is chaired by Dean Yockey of Pitt Ohio and has committees of its own. The SMC is discussing PMTA objectives related to Safety, Education, and Member Assistance.
Just this week, the new Trade Committee, chaired by Emerson Hauck of Hauck Logistics, met to discuss how PMTA can: provide more opportunities for carrier and trade members to network, offer better sponsorship options, and reach out to other potential members. The Trade Committee is discussing PMTA objectives related to Education, Member Assistance, Revenue, and Economic Climate.
The AMC Planning Committee, which is chaired by PMTA Chairman Beth Hamilton of the Central PA Foodbank, works closely with the staff to plan and execute the Annual Membership Conference (AMC) and Expo. This process includes choosing a location and session topics and selecting speakers for the AMC as well as outlining a budget for the event. The AMC Planning Committee is discussing PMTA objectives related to Member Assistance, Revenue, and Education.
The Chapter Relations Committee, chaired by Dale Knox of Vorzik Transport Inc., consists of all the Chapter officers. The Chapter Presidents are required to either attend or send a representative to each of the four annual meetings of this committee. The committee works closely with the Director of Chapter Relations to help facilitate member engagement at the chapter level. The Chapter Relations Committee is discussing PMTA objectives related to Membership, Education, and Member Assistance.
The Legislative Committee, co-chaired by Phil Garber of GFI Transport and Tom Jacques of Waste Management, meets four times per year prior to the Board of Directors’ meetings, and it works with the President and CEO as well as PMTA’s hired lobbyists to track and discuss legislation and regulations that affect the transportation industry. The Legislative Committee is discussing PMTA objectives related to Advocacy, Economic Climate, Safety, and Revenue.
The NextGen Committee is designed to engage individuals that are either new to the transportation industry or in a position to take leadership roles in the future both with their company and PMTA. The NextGen Committee is discussing PMTA objectives related to Education, Member Assistance, and Economic Climate.
The Political Action Committee Management Committee, led by Scott Pauchnik of FedEx, manages the PA Truck PAC, which evaluates statewide political candidates and determines where and when contributions are made to legislators who are sympathetic with our industry's concerns. PAC Management Committee membership is limited to members of the state Board or Chapter Boards. The PAC Management Committee is discussing PMTA objectives relating to Advocacy.
The Nominating Committee, chaired by Mark Giuffre of UPS, selects potential new members of the Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Board appoints Nominating Committee members.
The Budget Committee works with the President and CEO and Director of Finance to define the association’s operating budget from year to year. The annual budget for the upcoming year is approved annually at the November Board meeting. Budget Committee membership is limited to members of the Board.
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