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PITTSBURGH – The nine Pennsylvanians participating in the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships last week combined to bring home the Team Championship Trophy along with a few other pieces of hardware.
The champions from the PA Truck Driving Championships in June that participated in the nationals last week were: Robert Burnett (Step Van, FedEx Ground), Robert Dolan (XPO Logistics, Straight Truck), Andy Glock (A. Duie Pyle, 3-Axle), Matthew Fletcher (Martin Brower, 4-Axle), Bryan Krol (Martin Brower, 5-Axle), Brian Smeltzer (R.H. Crawford, Tanker), Terry Wood (Walmart, Sleeper), Zachary Eckenroth (FedEx Freight, Flatbed) and Eric Waybright (Walmart, Twins).
Three of those drivers advanced to the championship finals on Saturday where the top five drivers from each class competed for the top prize. Krol, Dolan and Wood each reached the finals.
Dolan and Wood each earned second-place finishes in their division. Dolan was also recognized with the highly-coveted Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence award.
Scott Woodrome from Middletown, Ohio representing team FedEx Freight, was named the Bendix Grand Champion for the second year in a row. He took top honors in the Twins division last week as well as being one of nine competitors to have a perfect score on the written exam.
ATA also recognized John Sanderson as the 2019 Rookie of the Year. Sanderson, representing FedEx Express from Oregon, claimed the title after an outstanding performance in the 3-axle division. To be a “rookie,” drivers must be first-time competitors at the state level who advanced to nationals. This year, there were 32 rookies competing at the National Truck Driving Championships. Sanderson was the only rookie who advanced to the championship round of competition.
Jason Imhoff of Walmart Transportation took home the Vehicle Condition Award for his outstanding performance during the pre-trip inspections.
The nine drivers with perfect scores on the exam were: Paul Brandon, Miguel Corral, Ina Daly, Brent Glasenapp, Julie Hjelle, Barry Kraemer, Jottyn Santos, Jimmie Wisley and Woodrome.
Nine drivers achieved perfect scores on the written exam phase of the championships and are receiving the Highest Written Exam Award for their efforts. The nine drivers were: Paul Brandon, Miguel Corral, Ina Daly, Brent Glasenapp, Julie Hjelle, Barry Kraemer, Jottyn Santos, Jimmie Wisley, and Scott Woodrome.
The National Truck Driving Championships are made possible by dozens of NTDC committee members and volunteers who judge the course, serve as liaisons to the drivers, conduct course walk-throughs and perform a number of other key tasks. As such, ATA and ATA’s Safety Management Council honor one volunteer each year with the Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award. This year’s Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to James Wilcox.
ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.
Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
ATA continues to develop relationships with key industry partners looking to promote the elite, dedicated drivers who lead the trucking workforce. As such, ATA thanks NTDC Corporate Sponsors AAA Cooper Transportation, ABF Freight System, Inc., FedEx, FedEx Express, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., PITT OHIO, PrePass Safety Alliance, UPS Freight, and Walmart Transportation LLC. ATA also recognizes Bendix as the Grand Champion award sponsor and PrePass Safety Alliance as the Breakfast of Champions sponsor.
Champions from each of the 9 vehicle classes were also announced. Joining Woodrome on the list of national champions are:
1 Brian Walker UPS Freight North Carolina
2 Jeffrey Slaten YRC Freight Florida
3 John Sanderson FedEx Express Oregon
1 Adam Heim FedEx Freight Idaho
2 David Rohman FedEx Express North Carolina
3 James Plaxco Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. Oregon
1 David Hall ABF Freight Arkansas
2 Ina Daly XPO Logistics Arizona
3 Alphonso Lewis YRC Freight Alabama
1 Basher Pierce FedEx Freight North Carolina
2 Scott Osborne FedEx Freight Mississippi
3 Eric Flick FedEx Freight Nevada
1 Mike White Walmart Transportation, LLC Indiana
2 Terry Wood Walmart Transportation, LLC Pennsylvania
3 Michael Barnes Walmart Transportation, LLC Virginia
1 Jason Imhoff Walmart Transportation, LLC Ohio
2 Robert Dolan XPO Logistics Pennsylvania
3 Matthew Hart FedEx Freight Nevada
1 Paul Brandon FedEx Freight Connecticut
2 George Wells Shamrock Foods Company Arizona
3 Cecil Hicks FedEx Freight North Carolina
1 Scott Woodrome FedEx Freight Ohio
2 David Mogler FedEx Freight Colorado
3 Shannon Lynch United Parcel Service, Inc. Indiana
1 Adam Stroup FedEx Express Nebraska
2 Gregory Long FedEx Express Virginia
3 Eric Damon FedEx Express Colorado
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our Nation’s highways and roads. In response, the Agency received more than 5,200 public comments.
Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules:
* The Agency proposes to increase safety and flexibility for the 30 minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes, and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty.
* The Agency proposes to modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.
* The Agency proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
* The Agency proposes to modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
* The Agency proposes a change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.
FMCSA’s proposal is crafted to improve safety on the Nation’s roadways. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.
In Addition, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service regulations is estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component to the national economy—employing more than seven million people and moves 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight.
The public comment period will be open for 45 days.
The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations/hours-service/474821/nprmfile08-08-2019-131534.pdf.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announced that the 2020 PA Truck Driving Championships will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, Pa.
Kalahari is the largest indoor water park in the United States and promises fun for the entire family.
The 2020 competition will run June 12-13.
More details about booking reservations and pricing will be available soon so stay tuned.
Six-hour, overnight closure needed for emergency sign structure removal.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) will be closed tonight in both directions between the Pittsburgh Interchange, Exit #57, and the New Stanton Interchange, Exit #75 in Westmoreland County.
The closure will begin tonight at approximately 11 p.m. and area will re-open to traffic by 5 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. This closure is required for emergency sign structure removal at milepost 56.9.
Drivers should use the following suggested detours:
Alternate-route cards will be available to travelers exiting at the Pittsburgh and New Stanton Interchanges during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during this time.
During this closure motorists will be able to enter the Turnpike at the Irwin Interchange, Exit #67, and travel east.
After December 16, 2019, all motor carriers and drivers subject to the ELD rule will be required to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to record hours-of-service data. To help the motor carrier industry and ELD providers prepare for this important deadline, FMCSA is hosting a series of live question and answer sessions.
To keep these sessions as informative for the participants as possible, FMCSA is segmenting the Q&A sessions by audience. Select the most relevant session for you and register using the links below.
Sessions for Motor Carriers and Drivers:
Sessions for ELD Providers:
Space is limited. Recordings of the sessions will be made available on the ELD website.
The Center for Traffic Safety and South Central PA Highway Safety is holding a “Traffic Safety” event at the Lawn, Bowmansville, Blue Mountain and Cumberland Valley Turnpike service plazas the week of July 14-20 which is “National Operation Safe Driver Week.”
On Monday, members of the Pennsylvania Road Team handed out informational brochures and informed motorists about driving safely around commercial motor vehicles at the PA Turnpike Service Plaza at Cumberland Valley.
Members of the road team at the event were: Doug Frombaugh, FedEx Freight; Brian Smeltzer, RH Crawford; John McKown, UPS Freight; Bob Dolan, XPO Logistics.
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The third quarter edition of PennTRUX just hit mailboxes last week and the digital version is available to members here.
Production for the next issue is already underway. The goal of this issue, which is expected to be published in August, is to highlight the benefits of membership with the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.
PMTA would like to use this issue as an opportunity for trade members to showcase what they offer to the membership. If members have any programs or practices that they offer specifically to our members, to our members at a discounted rate, or with a kickback to PMTA, we would like to feature that in the magazine.
For more information on how to claim your spot in the magazine, please contact Brandon Moree.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that starting Monday, June 24, through November 27 the southbound Interstate 81 off-ramp at Exit 67A to eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230, Cameron Street in the City of Harrisburg, will be closed for bridge repairs in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.
The southbound I-81 ramp for Cameron Street at Exit 67A averages more than 3,500 vehicles traveled daily. PennDOT encourages travelers to seek alternate routes. The primary detour uses southbound I-81 to the George N. Wade Bridge over the Susquehanna River to Exit 65 for U.S. 11/15 and return northbound on I-81 to Exit 67A for eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230, Cameron Street in Harrisburg. However, many motorists may want to consider using Exit 67B to westbound U.S. 22/322 to Route 39 then return using eastbound U.S. 22/322, to eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230 to Harrisburg or Exit 66 for Downtown Harrisburg and Front Street.
The $10,370,134 bridge preservation contract was awarded on April 24, 2019, to Deblin Inc. of Mechanicsburg Borough, Cumberland County, and includes repairs to three ramp bridges within the I-81 Exit 67 interchange with U.S. 22. Each of these steel I-beam bridges, the two bridges that carry portions of the southbound I-81 off-ramp to eastbound U.S. 22 and Cameron Street, and the 16-span flyover bridge that carries Cameron Street to southbound I-81, which will be repaired starting next spring, were built in 1977. The contractor will be replacing bridge expansion dams, repairing the concrete bridge decks and substructures, waterproofing the bridge decks with a latex-modified concrete overlay, painting the steel components of the bridge superstructures, and replacing the interchange highway lighting system.
Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. PennDOT inspects most state bridges at least once every two years. Based on inspection results or structural needs, PennDOT schedules bridge replacements or structural repairs to steel or concrete components.
Travelers are reminded to be alert for roadway construction operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve-Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Subscribe to PennDOT news in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties at www.penndot.gov/District8.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras, 101 of which are in the Midstate.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
YORK, Pa. – The 2019 Pennsylvania Truck Championships were held in at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York over the weekend and saw 128 of the state’s best drivers in action.
The drivers competed in a three-part competition that included a written test, a pre-trip exam and a driving course. The nine different classifications were straight truck, 3-axle, 4-axle, 5-axle, sleeper, tanker, flatbed, twins and step van.
Bryan Krol from Martin Brower was named grand champion of the competition after taking the top spot in the 5-axle division. His teammate Matthew Fletcher had the highest score on the written exam and also took first place in the 4-axle division. As a result, Martin Brower won the small team top prize.
FedEx Freight was named the top large team (five or more drivers) at the event.
The top three places in each class are listed below.
Small Team: Martin Brower
Large Team: FedEx Freight
Highest Written Test Score: Matthew Fletcher, Martin Brower
Highest Pre-Trip Score: Daniel Miller, FedEx Freight
Top Rookie: Jeff Johnson, FedEx Ground
Team Cooking Competition: Pitt Ohio
Each of the division winners punched their tickets to the National Truck Driving Championships which will be held in Pittsburgh this year. The NTDCs run August 14-17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
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