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  • January 30, 2023 9:06 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Washington – Today, the American Trucking Associations unveiled its 2023 Law Enforcement Advisory Board—a panel formed in 2021 to advise the ATA Federation on strategies to grow and strengthen relationships between the trucking industry and law enforcement organizations across the country.

    The board is comprised of ATA members who have previous experience in federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as current and retired law enforcement officials who’ve contributed positively to the partnership between both groups. The 2023 LEAB has 38 members in total whose collective law enforcement experience totals over 900 years.

    Fred Fakkema, vice president of safety and compliance for Zonar Systems, will once again serve as LEAB Chairman. Prior to joining Zonar, Fakkema served 25 years in the Washington State Patrol.

    “This group continues to make a positive impact on highway safety by working to better align industry and law enforcement resources toward that common goal,” said Fakkema. “Last year, we helped advance the ball on truck parking through outreach to state departments of transportation across the country, alerting them to the federal funds available to build out capacity. That issue, in addition to others like human trafficking, aggressive and distracted driving, and marijuana legalization, will remain a top focus of ours in the year ahead.”

    The members of the 2023 LEAB are:

    • Fred Fakkema (Chairman), Zonar Systems 
    • Ron Cordova, Zonar Systems
    • Jeff Ferber, J.B. Hunt
    • Derek Barrs, HNTB Corporation
    • Parker Harrison, Old Dominion Freight Line
    • Mike Martin, Old Dominion Freight Line
    • Jim Kochenderfer, Werner Enterprises
    • Tim Cardwell, National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Assistance Center
    • Jeffrey Tippit, City of La Porte Police Department
    • Dana Moore, Texas Trucking Association
    • John Rigney, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
    • Kent Grisham, Nebraska Trucking Association
    • Will Cole, Montana Trucking Association
    • Steve Massey, North Carolina Trucking Association
    • Keith Eoff, J.B. Hunt
    • Marc Nichols, Drivewyze
    • Mark Savage, Drivewyze
    • John Samis, Delaware State Police
    • Mark Riordan, U.S. Auto Logistics
    • Christopher Vinson, Midlothian Texas Police Department
    • Rex Railsback, Railsback Hazmat Safety Professionals
    • Ray Miller, McAnally Wilkins Insurance
    • Jeff DeVere, DeVere Public Affairs
    • Rocco Marrari, EBE Technologies
    • Steve Dowling, Covenant Logistics
    • Steve Keppler, Scopelitis Transportation Consulting
    • Todd Armstrong, Illinois State Police
    • Jake Elovirta, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
    • Dennis Bailey, Walmart
    • Floyd Dixon, FedEx
    • Joshua Shelton, FedEx
    • Doug Beebe, American Moving & Storage Inc.
    • Gary McCarthy, Aurora Innovation
    • Kevin Kelley, Missouri State Highway Patrol
    • Milana Walters, TM Total Consulting
    • Martin Cepeda, Trancasa USA
    • David Guess, Usher Transport
    • Janice Mulanix, PrePass Safety Alliance


    ​​​​​​​The LEAB members have current or previous affiliation with the following 29 law enforcement entities:

    • City of La Porte, Texas Police Department
    • Colorado State Patrol
    • Texas State Highway Patrol
    • Florida State Highway Patrol
    • Pennsylvania State Police
    • Washington State Patrol
    • California State Highway Patrol
    • Rogers, Arkansas Police Department
    • Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office
    • Burlington, Vermont Police Department
    • Kansas State Highway Patrol
    • Midland, Texas Police Department
    • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    • North Carolina State Highway Patrol
    • City of Leclaire, Iowa Police Department
    • Illinois State Police
    • National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Assistance Center
    • Ocean City, Maryland Police Department
    • Alabama State Police
    • Louisiana Department of Public Safety
    • Louisiana State Police
    • Fayette County, Georgia Police Department
    • Austin, Indiana Police Department
    • New Mexico Department of Public Safety
    • Bunn, North Carolina Police Department
    • Missouri State Highway Patrol
    • Arizona Department of Transportation
    • Montana Motor Carrier Services
    • Delaware State Police


    American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward
     

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  • January 24, 2023 10:10 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Event Details
    Date: Tuesday, March 7
    Time: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd, Camp Hill, Pa., 17011


    What to Expect? 
    Join Barley Snyder attorneys and special guests as they guide an audience of business owners and professionals through challenges facing the distribution, transportation and logistics industry. The morning will begin with a special overview of the trucking industry in PA presented by Rebecca Oyler, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.

    David Confer, Barley Snyder attorney and chair of the Transportation, Logistics & Trade Industry Group, will discuss critical issues facing the trucking industry including supply chain challenges. The event will conclude with a panel discussion covering topics such as independent contractors and drug testing; the increase of nuclear verdicts; federal, state and local regulatory issues; risk transfer; insurance; and safety. 

    A complimentary, hot breakfast will be provided.

    Who Should Attend?
    This seminar is designed for business owners, executives, in-house counsel and risk managers within the transportation, logistics and trade sector. Whether you work for a transportation company, distribution center, or a business with its own private fleet of vehicles, you will find this seminar educational while providing the opportunity to network with fellow industry professionals. 

    Click here to register for this complimentary event!

    About the Speakers

    Keynote Speaker:
    Rebecca Oyler, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association


    Rebecca has led PMTA since February 2021. Her experience prior to joining the trucking industry includes almost 20 years in state government with the Departments of State, Conservation & Natural Resources, and Community & Economic Development. She also worked for several associations, most recently the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), where she advocated for small businesses in Harrisburg. Rebecca holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

    Speaker:
    David Confer, Counsel, Barley Snyder

    Dave is chair of Barley Snyder’s Transportation, Logistics & Trade Industry Group. He is also a member of the Business Practice Group and Alternative Dispute Resolution Service Team. He brings 40 years of experience in real-world problem solving to the firm in areas including transportation and logistics. Prior to joining the firm, Dave served as general counsel and chairman of the board of directors for York County mainstay, The Wolf Organization (currently Wolf Home Products), one of the premier names in home products in the United States.

    Moderator:
    Abby Tucker, Counsel, Barley Snyder

    Abby is an attorney in the firm’s BusinessReal Estate and Transportation, Logistics & Trade groups. In her business practice, Abby advises clients on all aspects of their business, ranging from entity selection and formation to succession planning, and regularly engages with clients on general business issues including contract drafting, review and negotiation. Abby focuses her transportation and trade practice on delivering sophisticated and practical advice to clients in a broad range on industries on both domestic and international regulatory and commercial matters, with the aim of minimizing supply chain disruptions and avoiding costly penalties, sanctions and shipping delays.

    Panelist:
    John Coles, Partner, Barley Snyder

    John is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate and Business practice groups regularly assisting business clients with a wide variety of general corporate issues, including such matters as entity formation, mergers and stock asset acquisitions. John has also provided counsel on commercial real estate, commercial leasing, planned communities, condominiums and the financing of all types of commercial transactions. He has also successfully represented clients in various industries involved in real estate tax assessment appeals throughout eastern Pennsylvania.

    Panelist:
    Michael Crocenzi, Partner, Barley Snyder

    Mike is a partner in the firm’s Employment and Litigation groups. Mike steadfastly guides clients through difficult and complex employment problems. Relying on more than three decades of experience, Mike listens to clients and provides practical solutions for a wide variety of employment issues. He routinely works closely with clients to develop strategies to avoid or minimize risks. In his transportation practice, Mike has advised trucking companies on independent contractors versus employee issues, overtime exemption, fringe benefits, terminations, and drafted agreements. He also has represented trucking companies in disputes involving classification of drivers.

    Panelist:
    Justin Tomevi, Partner, Barley Snyder

    Justin is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He assists businesses, institutions and individuals in identifying and managing litigation risk, resolving disputes and achieving their objectives. Justin navigates challenges on behalf of his clients in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Based on his strong local connections, he regularly serves as local counsel to assist attorneys in successfully navigating courts in the region. He also serves as outside general counsel to many small and midsize businesses in the region.


    Additional speakers to be announced!
     

    Click here to register!


  • January 24, 2023 9:01 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    PMTA is excited to announce that newly appointed PennDOT Secretary Michael Carroll will speak at the 2023 Chairman's Dinner at the Annual Membership Conference. Carroll was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006 and subsequently re-elected for seven additional terms, and he worked on transportation throughout his time in public office. Mike was Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee from 2018 through 2022.


    The Chairman's Dinner will take place on Wednesday evening (April 18). PMTA will announce the other speakers and full schedule of events for the conference in the coming weeks. 

    Registration for the Annual Membership Conference is open and you can reserve your spot today. First Time attendees are eligible for a $25 discount on registration. Contact Brandon Moree or respond to this email for the registration code.

    Sponsorship opportunities are also still available and more information on those is available here.


  • January 12, 2023 10:49 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The trucking industry needs talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic young leaders to drive us into the future. Do you know an emerging leader in the industry? Nominate them today for the second class of PMTA’s leadership program PA Trucking: FFWD.

    Participants will hear speakers, meet industry leaders, and participate in discussions that give them a 360-degree view of the industry and equip them to lead in their companies, their communities, and in the trucking industry.

    The first meeting of 2023 will be on February 1, at headquarters in Camp Hill. ATA's John Lynch will present to the group as well as PMTA's Rebecca Oyler and chair of the NextGen Committee Doug Marcello. 

    The cost of the annual program will be just $100 and includes an associate membership for those not already members of PTMA. 

    Those interested should fill out this application form.


  • January 12, 2023 10:32 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    -- From the Governor-Elect's press release

    Today, Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro announced four key cabinet appointments: Rick Siger to be Secretary of Community and Economic Development, former state Rep. Michael Carroll to be Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Sarah Hammer to be Secretary of Banking and Securities, and former state Sen. Pat Browne to be Secretary of Revenue. As Governor-Elect Shapiro emphasized throughout the campaign, his Administration will jump-start Pennsylvania’s economy by cutting red tape, lowering taxes, and making it easier to do business in the Commonwealth – and these highly qualified nominees will lead that effort in the Shapiro Administration.

    “I’m proud to nominate this well qualified, bipartisan group of public servants. I’m confident Rick Siger, Mike Carroll, Pat Browne, and Sarah Hammer will bring new energy to Pennsylvania state government and help make us a national leader in innovation, manufacturing, and job creation,” said Governor-Elect

    Michael Carroll

    Mike Carroll was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006 and subsequently re-elected for seven additional terms, and he worked on transportation throughout his time in public office. Mike was Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee from 2018 - 2022.

    In 2010, Mike was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council Distinguished Citizen Award for his work to rehabilitate the Stillwater Dam in Tobyhanna Township. In 2014, he was awarded the Jean Yates Award from the Pittston Memorial Library Board of Trustees based on his dedication and service to the library and the Joseph Battisto Award for his legislative service to the citizens of Monroe County. In 2015, he received the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL) State Elected Official Award. In May 2016, he received the BAYADA Home Health Care Champion award, and in June 2016 he was presented with the Silver Bayonet Award by AMVETS in grateful appreciation of services rendered to the community, state, and nation.

    Mike formerly worked as the chief of staff for then-state Rep. John Yudichak, served as legislative liaison for PennDOT under Gov. Robert Casey and served as district office director for Congressman Paul Kanjorski. A graduate of Pittston Area High School, Mike earned a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from the University of Scranton. A lifelong resident of Avoca, he is a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in Pittston, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca Division. Mike is father of three adult children, Matt, Mackenzie, and Ali.

    “I am deeply honored that Governor-Elect Shapiro has entrusted me with the leadership over a department that affects the daily life of millions of Pennsylvanians and ensures we can travel across the Commonwealth safely,” said former state Rep. Mike Carroll. “This historic moment in our Commonwealth presents a unique opportunity for this Administration. With $7.9 billion in federal funding coming to Pennsylvania, we will be able to fix our roads, highways and bridges – making it easier and safer for Pennsylvania drivers while creating good paying union jobs. As Secretary of Transportation, I will work to ensure PennDOT builds a better future for all Pennsylvanians.”


  • January 11, 2023 8:33 PM | Rebecca Oyler (Administrator)

    Wasting no time to address the issue on the minds of many Pennsylvanians this new year, the state Senate passed a bill during the first week of the new legislative session to reverse the 2023 tax increase that just went into effect on gasoline and diesel.

    SB 35, sponsored by Senator Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, passed the Senate by a vote of 29-19.

    On January 1, Pennsylvania’s gas tax, which is levied at the wholesale level, increased by 3 cents to more than 61 cents per gallon and its diesel tax increased by 4 cents to almost 79 cents per gallon. These rates make Pennsylvania fuel taxes the second highest in the nation.

    Fuel tax rates are set by a formula put in place by Act 89 of 2013, and this is the first time they have increased since the law went into effect. Act 89 set the floor of the “average wholesale price” of gas at $2.99. But if the average wholesale price remains above this level for 12 months, the Department of Revenue calculates a tax increase in the oil company franchise tax according to a formula in the law. Because the tax increase is mandatory, a change in the state law is required to stop it.

    SB 35 would amend the definition of “average wholesale price” to set it permanently at $2.99, thereby reversing the tax increase that went into effect at the beginning of the year and ensures that it will not increase going forward.

    Interested PMTA members should contact their House member to ask for their support of SB 35.

    See PMTA's support letter here: PMTA Support for Senate Bill 35 1-10-2023.pdf


  • January 11, 2023 10:03 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    WHAT: Make-A-Wish will hold the 34th Annual Mother’s Day Truck Convoy on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction in Manheim, PA. The Truck Convoy raises much needed funds that will grant 75% of wishes of children battling critical illnesses in the community. Wishes are waiting and we are looking for drivers and corporate sponsors to participate in this important and heartwarming event. Truck drivers are invited to register to drive in the Truck Convoy and raise money to support a child’s wish. Many drivers will have an opportunity to drive a wish kid during the Convoy route. Corporate sponsorships are also available and boast a plentiful array of benefits including premium truck parking, social media marketing, media opportunities and more!

    WHEN: Sunday, May 14, 2023

    WHERE: Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction, 1190 Lancaster Road, Manheim PA 17545 6 AM – Driver Truck Parking, Registration & Tailgate Area Opens 9 AM – Family Carnival, Famous Convoy clowns, food trucks, auction and more! 12 PM – Convoy program & Wish Kid celebration 1:30 PM – Convoy Kicks Off for 26-mile route through Manheim and Mount Joy, PA

    TO REGISATER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.wishconvoy.org

    Convoy Sponsor and Driver Contact: Lori Dietrich, Director of Development Lancaster, 717-283-4868 or [email protected]

    ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH® PHILADELPHIA, DELAWARE & SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY

    Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 24,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant more than 25 wishes every day. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley has fulfilled over 7,500 transformational wishes for local children with critical illnesses. For more information about Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, visit wish.org/philadesv



  • January 05, 2023 9:29 AM | Rebecca Oyler (Administrator)

    Two new research briefs from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) show trends leading to a declining number of workers in the state, which helps explain the continuing problem many employers have filling open positions.

    A December 2022 IFO report titled Young Workers Leave PA Workforce examines the decline in labor force participation rates for young workers. Since the start of pandemic through November 2022, the labor force participation rate declined by -2.4% for workers age 20 to 24. Although the participation rate also declined for older workers, the decline was more modest: -0.8% for ages 25 to 44 and -0.5% for age 45 to 54.  

    U.S. Census Bureau Data, which includes state employment data by age group (not including self-employed), shows that payroll jobs in Pennsylvania declined by 151,000 or -3.0% between 2020 Q1 and 2022 Q1. When broken down by age group, only workers in the age 65-74 category showed significant gains in employment (+2.1%), while jobs for workers under the age of 35 declined by -4.6%.

    The IFO report examines the ratio of payroll jobs to population and finds a contraction across all ages, but a much larger decline for younger age groups. It then calculates the number of additional workers that would be present in the state if the ratio had not changed since 2020. If workforce participation rates had not changed, there would be 113,000 additional workers, and more than half of these workers would be under the age of 35. This trend is a significant concern for the future as Pennsylvania’s workforce continues to age.


    Part of this decline in the number of workers can be explained by population changes, which IFO’s report also examines. Between 2020 and 2022, Pennsylvania’s population declined by -0.3%.

    A second IFO report, PA Population Contracts Since 2020, goes into more detail about the decline. Between April 1, 2020 and July 1, 2022, the state population contracted by 30,680. This contraction was mainly due to a natural decline, as the number of deaths (351,130) exceeded the number of births (294,980). Pennsylvania recorded the fifth largest natural contraction across all states.

    International migration, which added 37,560 residents over the course of the two years, helped to mitigate PA’s population decline.

    However, net domestic migration reduced state residents by 16,220 (more people moved out of PA to other states than moved into PA from other states).

    National figures reveal that states gaining population were in the west and south, with the largest beneficiaries of domestic migration being Idaho (4.8%), Montana (3.6%), South Carolina (3.2%), Florida (2.9%), and Delaware (2.7%). Pennsylvania’s -0.1% domestic migration loss places the state in a similar category, but not as high, as neighbors Ohio (-0.3%), Virginia (-0.3%), Maryland (-1.1%), New Jersey (-1.2%), and New York (-3.3%).

    A 2021 study by moving company United Van Lines helped to explain the out-migration trend in Pennsylvania, finding that about 35% of movers left the state for jobs, while 28% cited family, and 21% retirement as their reasons for leaving. This indicates that improving the economic and jobs climate in Pennsylvania is one of the keys to keeping workers in the state.

    Please join us for PMTA’s Annual Membership Conference on April 18-20, where Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel will join us as a speaker to discuss these and other topics.


  • December 29, 2022 3:19 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Trooper Mike Brooks for Troop J, York is in search of any information or in-cab video from 12/28/22 at approximately 2050 hours (8:50 PM) at the intersection of US 30 East and Route 83 South.  A woman was struck by a commercial vehicle on the Eastbound ramp at that location. 

    To reach Trooper Brooks, call 717-299-7650 and ask for Trooper Michael Brooks.



  • December 23, 2022 10:56 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    As of January 1, 2023, a Highway Use Fee will be imposed on certain carriers for the privilege of operating, or causing to be operated, certain heavy, multi-unit motor vehicles on any highway (i.e., public road) in Connecticut.

    The Highway Use Fee is applicable to any person that operates or causes to be operated on any highway in Connecticut any eligible motor vehicle. An eligible motor vehicle has a gross weight of twenty-six thousand pounds or more and carries a classification between Class 8 and Class 13, inclusive, under the Federal Highway Administration vehicle classification system must register for a Highway Use Fee Permit, state officials say.

    The Highway Use Fee is applicable to calendar months beginning on or after January 1, 2023. The first Highway Use Fee Return is due on or before February 28, 2023.

    Certain carriers will be required to register with DRS for the Highway Use Fee by January 1, 2023. After registering, a Highway Use Fee Permit will be available in myconneCT.

    See Taxpayer Services Special Bulletin 2022-7, Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Highway Use Fee.

    In addition, DRS has established a dedicated telephone number for questions related to the Highway Use Fee that is available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at 860-297-5677.

    Tax reports must be filed monthly and must include: VIN, registration plate, country, state/province, total miles driven in Connecticut, GVW of vehicle. If the vehicle is fully loaded and meets a class of 80,000 lbs or above initially but after unloading during a multi-stop trip falls to a lower class, the remainder of the trip will be taxed at the lower rate.

    The tax rates are as follows:

    2.5 cents per mile for GVW of 26,000 to 28,000
    with a graduating scale up to 17.5 cents per mile for GVW greater than 80,000.

    Reports are due at the end of the following month (i.e. January is due February 28) and there are penalties for late or incomplete filings as well as failures to file. 

    More information is available here: https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/Businesses/Highway-Use-Fee/HUF

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