The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, is conducting its 2021 Top Industry Issues Survey. This annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue.
The data collected will help the trucking industry identify priorities and monitor issues across the country. From PMTA's perspective, it is critical that members participate so that data specific to Pennsylvania can be separately analyzed.
“We are asking PMTA members to take a few minutes to complete ATRI's survey. The data collected will help us put together a clearer picture of our industry across the country. For PMTA, it will help us focus our efforts on the issues that are most important in Pennsylvania. The more members who participate, the better,” said Rebecca Oyler, PMTA President and CEO.
The results of the 2021 survey will be released on October 24 at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.
All industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey by clicking here. The survey will remain open through October 15, 2021.
Join us at ATA's 2021 Management Conference & Exhibition (MCE), October 23-26, in Nashville, TN. MCE is the most important event of the year for trucking industry leaders and is your opportunity to meet with your peers in person as we shift into high gear. This year's event is expected to attract 4,000+ of trucking's top decision-makers for policy discussions, educational sessions, interactive exhibits, and opportunities to meet with colleagues.
At MCE, we invite you to join us in Celebrating the Growth of Trucking. Over the past year, the trucking industry played a vital role in keeping the supply chain moving - from providing hospitals and pharmacies with medical supplies and vaccines, to keeping grocery stores stocked with food and essentials. We'll celebrate these successes and accomplishments, while planning for the road ahead.
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PennDOT has issued 55 mph restrictions on I-81 near the 78-81 split and on I-80 from I-99 to NJ.
Check https://www.511pa.com/weatherRestrictions.aspx for the latest updates.
The proclamation means that there are no Hours of Service requirements for those responding in direct support of disaster operations. PennDOT has not implemented any restrictions or any waivers to weight requirements at this time. Only the CDL rules as defined in Title 67 Chapter 229 and 230 impacting 49 CFR parts 390-396.
You can view the proclamation here.
The declaration may last up to 20 days without legislative action. The Governor can end it at any time but would need legislative action to extend it past 20 days.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants extension of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002. The extension and amendment of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration continues the exemption granted from certain requirements in Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia.
See attached copy of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 for complete details.
The extension and amendment of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of (1) livestock and livestock feed; (2) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (3) vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19; (4) supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; (5) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores; (6) gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethyl alcohol; and (7) supplies to assist individuals impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., building materials for individuals displaced or otherwise impacted as a result of the emergency). Direct assistance does not include non-emergency transportation of qualifying commodities or routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration. To be eligible for the exemption, the transportation must be both (i) of qualifying commodities and (ii) incident to the immediate restoration of those essential supplies.
This extension and amendment of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), September 1, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), November 30, 2021, modification or termination by FMCSA, or revocation of the declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b), whichever is soonest.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly is currently on its summer break, with the Senate reconvening on September 20 and the House on September 27. The spring session leading up to the passage of the 2021-22 budget was a busy one, and PMTA was tracking several bills of interest to the trucking industry. Many of these bills may be considered when the legislature returns in the fall. Below is an overview.
Please note that PMTA is hosting several legislative events in September to give members a chance to meet face-to-face with lawmakers in their area to discuss these and other issues on their mind. Please register and make plans to attend the PMTA Legislative Meet-and-Greet nearest you:
Action to watch out for:
Weight Class Stickers: PMTA has urged repeal of the weight class sticker requirement for several years. It’s expected that PennDOT will publish the final regulation this fall, removing this onerous requirement that no other state in the nation has.
P3 Major Bridge Tolling Initiative: PennDOT is moving forward with tolling of nine interstate bridges across the state through a progressive public-private partnership (P3). SB 382, introduced by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, would halt the project to provide more transparency and public input, as well as require P3s with a user fee to be approved by the legislature. PMTA has strongly supported SB 382, which passed the state Senate 28-19 and is now in the House Transportation Committee.
Transportation Funding: Discussions continue over how to address the infrastructure funding gap. Sen. Langerholc has proposed the Drive Smart Act, which addresses funding in many areas, including the issuance of a federal GARVEE bond. The Governor’s Transportation Revenue Options Commission issued a report that, among other items, recommended moving to a Miles-Based User Fee. PMTA issued a statement on this report. Several legislative funding bills are moving, including HB 948, Rep. Mike Carroll’s bill to charge a road use fee for electric and hybrid vehicles. Sen. Joe Pittman’s SB 242 would speed up the reduction in funding transfers to the State Police from the Motor License Fund, ensuring more money is available for roads and bridges sooner.
Snow and Ice Removal: Sen. Boscola’s bill requiring snow and ice removal from motor vehicles (SB 114), passed the state Senate 47-0. PMTA advocated for providing flexibility for motor carriers and discretion for law enforcement in this bill. The current language requires drivers to “make reasonable efforts” to remove snow and ice within 24 hours. There are exceptions for motor carriers that are enroute to a removal facility and for when removal would cause a safety risk to the driver. If stopped by law enforcement, the driver could face a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $75. If snow or ice falls from a moving vehicle and causes harm to a person, the fine would be not less than $200 or more than $1500. The bill could be considered by the House this fall and would take effect in 60 days.
COVID Liability Protection: SB 273, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Lisa Baker, would provide protection for businesses from lawsuits arising from exposure to COVID-19 absent any finding of negligence. A similar measure passed in 2020 but was vetoed by Governor Wolf. PMTA supports the bill, which is still in the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 605, sponsored by Rep. Torren Ecker, would require compulsory arbitration for COVID-19 liability actions. This bill has passed the House 107-94 and is also in the Senate Judiciary Committee. PMTA supports these measures.
Registration Plate Stickers: HB 334, sponsored by Rep. Barry Jozwiak, would reinstate the issuance of validating registration stickers on license plates in Pennsylvania. PMTA opposes this measure, which could be considered finally in the House this fall.
Electronic Weigh Station Bypass:A hearing was recently held in the House Transportation Committee about Rep. Mindy Fee’s HB 1410, which would allow a weigh station preclearance systems and devices to be used in Pennsylvania, including Drivewyze and PrePass. The bill could be considered by the full House this fall, and a similar bill, Sen. Judy Ward’s SB 827 is currently in the Senate Transportation Committee.
For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, September 3, 2021. Participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the full report.
Click here to register.
On August 17, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF). In addition, OMB authorized the use of the old form through August 29, 2021. You can view the revised CCF here.
As of August 30, 2021, DOT-regulated employers and their service agents [collectors, laboratories, Medical Review Officers] must use the ‘revised CCF’.
To learn more about what this means for DOT drug testing, visit the web page at https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/Notice_Revised_CCF_August_2021.
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