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  • March 28, 2020 11:47 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    In response to the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in our state and at the advice of Governor Wolf, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association headquarters in Camp Hill will be closed to the public until April 6, 2020, however all staff members will still be working to assist our membership.

    PMTA staff will be available by phone at 717-761-7122 or by email during normal business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    The health and safety of our staff is a major priority at this time, but we assure you that we will be available to accommodate your needs.

    We will also continue to provide pertinent updates on our website and social media pages.

    Helpful coronavirus resources:
    Click here for the PA Department of Health Coronavirus website
    Click here for the latest recommendations from the CDC
    Click here for the PennDOT website

    Thank you,


  • March 27, 2020 4:19 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    PennDOT’s 30 rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place. On March 24, 23 select rest areas across Pennsylvania were reopened to all motorists, including the 13 facilities in critical locations that were reopened March 18 with portable restrooms and handwashing facilities.

    Additional cleaning and maintenance will be performed at all reopened locations.

    The following five locations have reopened:

    • Interstate 79 northbound in Greene County, 5 miles north of Exit 1;
    • Interstate 80 eastbound in Luzerne County, 8.5 miles east of Exit 262;
    • Interstate 80 eastbound in Monroe County, 1 mile east of I-80/I-380;
    • Interstate 83 northbound in York County, 2.5 miles north of the Maryland state line; and
    • Interstate 90 eastbound in Erie County, 3 miles east of the Ohio state line.

     

    The below locations were previously reopened:

    • Interstate 79 northbound in Allegheny County, 8 miles north of Exit 45;
    • Interstate 79 northbound in Crawford County, 8 miles north of Exit 154;
    • Interstate 79 southbound in Crawford County, 3 miles south of Exit 166;
    • Interstate 79 northbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles north of Exit 105;
    • Interstate 79 southbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles south of Exit 113
    • Interstate 79 northbound in Mercer County, 5 miles south of Exit 141;
    • Interstate 79 southbound in Mercer County, 6 miles north of Exit 130;
    • Interstate 80 eastbound in Centre County, 13 miles east of Exit 133;
    • Interstate 80 westbound in Centre County, .5 miles west of Exit 147;
    • Interstate 80 eastbound in Jefferson County, 1 mile east of Exit 86;
    • Interstate 80 westbound in Jefferson County, 10 miles west of Exit 97;
    • Interstate 80 eastbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles east of Exit 215;
    • Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles west of Exit 224;
    • Interstate 80 eastbound in Venango County, .5 miles east of Exit 29;
    • Interstate 80 westbound in Venango County, 4 miles west of Exit 35;
    • Interstate 81 northbound in Cumberland County, .5 miles north of Exit 37;
    • Interstate 81 southbound in Cumberland County, 5.5 miles south of Exit 44;
    • Interstate 81 northbound in Lackawanna County, .5 miles north of Exit 202;
    • Interstate 81 northbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles north of Exit 155;
    • Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles south of Exit 159;
    • Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County, 4 miles south of Exit 211;
    • Interstate 84 eastbound in Pike County, 6 miles east of Exit 20; and
    • Interstate 84 westbound in Pike County, 1 mile west of Exit 26.

     

    The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.

  • March 27, 2020 11:11 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    Media Statement
    For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 26, 2020
    Contact: Media Relations
    (404) 639-3286
    When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    Truck drivers and other people driving into the city to deliver needed supplies should stay in their vehicles as much as possible as supplies are loaded and unloaded, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible. If these drivers need to spend the night in the greater New York City area, they should stay in their hotel rooms or sleeper cab, when available, to the extent possible and continue to practice social distancing. Drivers who take these precautions should not need to self-quarantine when they leave the greater New York area, unless self-quarantine is recommended by state or local officials for all residents in the areas where they live.
    Truck drivers and other workers who obtain or deliver needed supplies who live in the greater New York area may continue to work both within and outside of the greater New York area but should stay at home and practice social distancing according to instructions of state and local officials when they are not working. While they are working either within or outside of the greater New York area, they should stay in their vehicles as much as possible, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible.
    We continue to recommend that all people take precautions to stay safe and keep others safe, including washing their hands regularly, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and maintaining distance from others.
    It remains our guidance that residents who were recently in the affected areas of New York, out of an abundance of caution, should self-quarantine for 14 days.
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    CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.


  • March 26, 2020 2:53 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    On Monday, March 30th at 11:30 am ET, join the PMTA and the attorneys of Post & Schell, P.C. for a webinar examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers in the commercial transportation and trucking industries.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • specific insights for employers related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, including:
    • What the Act means for employers broadly.
    • The two core components of the Act, the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.
    • recommendations for employers in responding to the Act.
    • Workers' Compensation impact of the Act, including:
    • Compensability of COVID-19 claims under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.
    • Requests for reinstatement of total or partial disability benefits from employees following furlough or layoff.
    • Employment taxes owed/not owed for employees on leave under the Act.
    • The Act's impact on FICA withholding
    • Related tax credits available for employers under the Act.

    When: Monday, March 30, 2020, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Speakers:

    • Andrea M. Kirshenbaum, Principal and Chair, Wage and Hour Practice Group, Post & Schell, P.C.
    • James R. Malone, Jr., Principal, Tax Controversy Practice Group, Post & Schell, P.C.
    • Stephen S. Bloomburg, Principal, Workers’ Compensation Department, Post & Schell, P.C.

    To register contact:

    • Paul Johnson, Post & Schell, P.C.
      pjohnson@postschell.com
    • After registering, a link for the live webinar will be sent your email address.


  • March 26, 2020 12:09 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    This Notice of Enforcement Policy, effective from March 24, 2020 to June 30, 2020, provides needed relief from specified FMCSRs for CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers and motor carriers using those drivers.  This Notice of Enforcement Policy applies to all CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers whose license was issued for less than the maximum period established by 49 CFR 383.25 and 383.73 and was valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020.

    Click here or go to https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/enforcement-notice-expiring-cdls-32420 for complete details.



  • March 26, 2020 12:06 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
    ACTION: Grant of waiver.
    SUMMARY: FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Agency has initiated this action in response to the President’s declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    DATES: This waiver is effective March 20, 2020 and expires on June 30, 2020.
    Background

    The President has declared a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This waiver is in response to COVID-19 outbreaks and their effects on people and the immediate risk they present to public health, safety, and welfare in the fifty States and the District of Columbia. Several States are experiencing greater than normal employee absences or have closed offices of their State Driver Licensing Agencies in response to the guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control to use social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a result, many CDL and CLP holders are unable to renew their CDLs and CLPs and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies. In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. As a result, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Given the national emergency, there is a public need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment, and persons, which requires an adequate and sustained supply of CDL holders, CLP holders, and drivers operating CMVs (non-CDL drivers). This waiver provides needed relief from specified FMCSRs for CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers.

    In accordance with the FMCSA waiver. PennDot will be extending CDL and Medical Card expirations.

    Full Document

  • March 26, 2020 11:12 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The President has declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b), and pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23(a)(l)(i)an emergency exists that warrants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreaks and their effects on people and the immediate risk they present to public health, safety and welfare in the fifty States and the District of ColumbiaThis Declaration addresses National emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSR for motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transport of essential supplies, equipment and persons.

    By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSR, except as restricted herein. Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services (such as medical care) or essential supplies (such as food and fuel) related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.

    This Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, including transportation to meet immediate needs for: (1) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (2) supplies and equipment necessary for community safetysanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masksgloveshand sanitizersoap and disinfectants; (3) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores; (4) immediate precursor raw materials-such as paper, plastic or alcohol-that are required and to be used for the manufacture of items in categories (1), (2) or (3)(5) fuel; (6) equipmentsupplies and persons necessarto establish and manage temporary housing, quarantineand isolation facilities related to COVID-19; (7) persons designated by FederalState or local authorities for medicalisolationor quarantine purposesand (8) persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency servicesthe supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response. Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration.

    Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services that are not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce. 49 CFR § 390.23(b). Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier's terminal or the driver's normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399.

    However, if the driver informs the motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest, the driver must be permitted at least 10 consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to the motor carrier's terminal or the driver's normal reporting location. Once the driver has returned to the terminal or the driver's normal reporting location, the driver must be relieved of all duty and responsibilities and must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.

    Nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver's license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 3 87), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically exempted under to 49 CFR § 390.23.

    Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA.

    In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET) on April 12, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.

  • March 26, 2020 9:12 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Note: This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law.

    Is wood pulp covered under the expanded emergency declaration?

    Wood pulp is covered if it is being used as a precursor to one of the essential items listed in the exemption as follows: (1) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (2) 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 or (3) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores;

    Are the raw materials used to manufacture bleach, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and similar items covered under the expanded emergency declaration?

    Yes, these items and their precursors are covered as “supplies necessary for community safety, sanitation and community prevention of. . .COVID 19.”

    Does the Declaration cover packaging for food -- for example, produce containers?

    Yes, packaging is covered as a precursor necessary to the production and transportation of products covered under the emergency exemption.

    Are feed and fertilizer covered under the emergency declaration?

    Yes, both are covered as precursors to essential items.

    Is pet food covered under the emergency declaration?

    No, pet food is not covered.

    The emergency declaration states that after completed work under the declaration and returning to normal operations, a commercial vehicle driver must take 10 hours off. What if there is nowhere at the location for the driver to park?

    The driver may proceed to the nearest reasonable, safe location to obtain the required 10 hours of rest.

    Is the time spent driving to pick up a truck regulated as on duty time?

    No. Time spent travelling to work in a personal vehicle does not meet the definition of on duty time in 49 CFR 395.2.

  • March 25, 2020 11:25 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    PMTA & Greenstar Solutions through our partners are offering free teleworker solutions to all members in need of assistance to be able to have your employees work from home.  VOIP Video Conferencing etc.

    Contact Steve Troutman

    steve@greenstar-us.com
    M: 717-497-2002
    O: 610-502-6085
    www.greenstar-us.com


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