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  • August 13, 2020 8:33 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FMCSA has extended—and modified—the emergency declaration that was set to expire on August 14th. The modified declaration provides regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, and has been expanded to included emergency restocking of distribution centers and stores.

     

    Specifically, the declaration is limited to the transportation of:

    1. Livestock and livestock feed;
    2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
    3. 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, and;
    4. Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

    Please note, this modified declaration is not effective until 12:00 A.M. (ET), August 15, 2020 and expires on September 14th, 2020. 

     

    Under this declaration, emergency regulatory relief is provided from parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs, including the hours-of-service regulations. Emergency relief does not include certain FMCSR’s related to the safe operation of CMVs, such as controlled substance and alcohol testing, financial responsibility requirements, CDL requirements, operation of a CMV while ill or fatigued, size and weight requirements, and additional FMCSR’s which are outlined in the declaration. We encourage everyone to review the applicability, restrictions, and limitations which are included in the exemption posted to the FMCSA’s website.


  • August 12, 2020 9:09 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is pleased to announce the addition of John Rigney to the staff as Director of Safety.

    Rigney comes to PMTA with more than 35 years of experience in transportation safety including 25 years with the Pennsylvania State Police which included heavy involvement with Motor Carrier Safety. After transitioning to the private sector in 2011, Rigney received his Certified Safety Supervisor accreditation and is a NATMI Certified Driver Trainer.

    After graduating from the PA State Police Academy in 1984, Rigney filled multiple roles with the PSP in his career there including a Patrol Trooper, Motor Carrier Inspector, Staff Services Section Supervisor, Physical Readiness Coordinator and a Troop Motor Carrier Safety Unit (MCSAP) Coordinator.

    “John has a lot of great experience in motor carrier safety here in Pennsylvania and will be a tremendous asset for our members,” Interim President Joe Butzer said. “His professionalism and expertise will help our members stay well informed and safe on the roadways. I am looking forward to working with John and am excited about what he brings to PMTA.”

    Since he retired from the PSP, he has worked as a CSA Analyst for Keen Transport. Inc, and a Compliance, Safety and Asset Protection Manager for Walmart. Through his involvement with those PMTA member companies, Rigney has worked as a volunteer at the PMTA Truck Driving Championships.

    Rigney, a graduate of Penn State University, will begin working with PMTA on Monday, August 17, 2020.


  • August 11, 2020 8:42 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that its contractor has postponed a traffic shift on an Interstate 83 improvement project at Exit 4 in southern York County. I-83 traffic is currently shifted toward the median while the outside portions of the structures and interstate are being reconstructed.

    The contractor originally had planned to begin implementation of a long-term traffic shift on southbound I-83 at Exit 4 this evening. The updated schedule follows:

    Next week its contractor will restrict Interstate 83 to a single lane near Exit 4 to shift traffic to the outside lane and shoulder, paint lines, and set barrier in preparation for construction of the interior sections of the I-83 bridge over Route 851, the Deer Creek culvert, and the left lanes and shoulders of the interstate.

    The contractor will shift southbound I-83 traffic overnight Monday, August 17, between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM, and northbound I-83 traffic on Tuesday, August 18, between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

    This section of I-83 averages more than 44,300 vehicles traveled daily.

    Flaggers will assist in shifting traffic on Route 851 between I-83 and Mt. Airy Road on Wednesday night, August 19. This section of Route 851 averages more than 16,000 vehicles traveled daily.

    This work is part of a $29.9 million Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) construction contract awarded to Kinsley Construction, Inc. of the City of York, York County. The project includes replacement of the northbound and southbound bridges that carry I-83 over Route 851 with two-span structures that will allow enough clearance for Route 851 to be widened to four lanes and realigned into the DDI configuration. Work under this contract will also lengthen and reconstruct the on and off ramps within the interchange and replace the culvert that carries Deer Creek beneath the interchange.

    Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction along I-83 during construction except for short-term off-peak lane closures to adjust traffic patterns. PennDOT expects the project to be completed in the Summer of 2021.

    Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to use caution when driving 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 1,000 traffic cameras, 103 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.


  • August 04, 2020 12:28 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    UPDATE: At 2:00 PM 8/4 all speed restrictions were lifted.


    In response to Tropical Storm Isaias PennDOT has issued the following speed restrictions.

    • 45 MPH Speed Restriction:
      • I-95 – Delaware State Line to Exit 32
      • I-476 – Beginning of I-476 to End of I-476 (Non-Turnpike)
      • I-76 – Beginning of I-76 TO End of I-76 (Non-Turnpike)
      • I-676 – Beginning of I-676 to New Jersey State Line (Entire Length)
      • US 422 – Stowe Exit to PA 23 (Montgomery County)


  • July 24, 2020 1:58 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner's permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

    Effective July 23, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through August 31, 2020, have been extended until August 31, 2020. These extensions are in addition to those announced on June 25.

    A camera card is considered a driver's license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver's license products. Camera cards with expiration dates within this timeframe are also extended through August 31, 2020.

    Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.   

    Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and schedule a driver's exam. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will communicate any changes with the public.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • July 22, 2020 11:56 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    August 5, 2020 9:00am - 4:30pm

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces a public meeting, “The FMCSA 2020 Trucking Safety Summit”, which will be held virtually on August 5, 2020, to solicit information on improving safe operation of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles on our Nation’s roadways. The virtual meeting will provide invited stakeholders -- including motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, Federal and State partners, and safety advocacy groups – as well as members of the public an opportunity to share their ideas on improving trucking safety. The event will be held online using the platform GoToWebinar.

    DATES: The virtual meeting will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EDT, with the first session to begin at 9:00AM. In order to access each session, a separate registration is required.

    Links for session registration and the agenda can be found by going to the following link and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.  

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/fmcsa-trucking-safety-summit-august-5-2020?fbclid=IwAR19L95jmNgROJXFyuqxQOKJF2eydKHZ8tBiuc1YihXB4-ofxCSKLVYi5rc 

    This event will be held virtually using the online platform, GoToWebinar. In-person access is not available. Access to sessions will require separate registrations. Please use the link above to register.


  • July 21, 2020 9:33 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    From the IRS Website:

    Use Form 2290 to:

    • Figure and pay the tax due on highway motor vehicles used during the period with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more;
    • Figure and pay the tax due on a vehicle for which you completed the suspension statement on another Form 2290 if that vehicle later exceeded the mileage use limit during the period;
    • Figure and pay the tax due if, during the period, the taxable gross weight of a vehicle increases and the vehicle falls into a new category;
    • Claim suspension from the tax when a vehicle is expected to be used 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles) during the period;
    • Claim a credit for tax paid on vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, sold, or used 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles);
    • Report acquisition of a used taxable vehicle for which the tax has been suspended;
    • Figure and pay the tax due on a used taxable vehicle acquired and used during the period.

    Current Revision

    Tax Year 2020 Form 2290 (Rev. 202007) (PDF)

    Tax Year 2020 Instructions for Form 2290 (Rev. 202007) (PDF) (HTML)

    Tax Year 2019 Form 2290 (Rev. 201907) (PDF)

    Tax Year 2019 Instructions for Form 2290 (Rev. 201907) (PDF) 

    Recent Developments

    Credit and debit card payments for Form 2290 returns temporarily suspended -- 13-FEB-2020

    Other Items You May Find Useful

    All Form 2290 Revisions

    Low Income Taxpayer Clinics

    Trucking Tax Center

    About Publication 947, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney

    About Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax

    Taxpayer Advocate Service

    Other Current Products


  • July 17, 2020 1:17 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that the Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be closed southbound on Sunday, July 19 from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. between the Quakertown Interchange, Exit 44, Bucks County and the Lansdale Interchange, Exit 31, Montgomery County. 

    Motorists traveling northbound on I-476 between the Lansdale and Quakertown interchanges will not be impacted during this closure.

    The closure is necessary for the protection of motorists and workers so crews can safely install bridge beams at milepost A-35.87.  The bridge, which carries I-476 over Perkiomen Creek, is in Montgomery County.  

    Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be positioned at the impacted areas to assist drivers. Changeable message signs will also provide information on closures and detours. Motorists are encouraged to plan travel accordingly. Work schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions.

    Southbound Detour

    Exit at the Quakertown Interchange, Exit 44, and turn left onto State Route 663 (John Fries Highway) north. Turn right onto State Route 309 south, then turn right onto US Route 202 south. Turn right onto State Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike).  Re-enter the PA Turnpike at the Lansdale Interchange, Exit 31.

     

    To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions, use one of these resources:

    ON THE TURNPIKE

    ON THE WEB

    BY PHONE


  • July 15, 2020 3:51 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Arlington, Virginia  The trucking industry generated $791.7 billion in revenue in 2019, moving 11.84 billion tons of freight, according to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ annual data compendium – ATA American Trucking Trends 2020.

    “Despite a challenging year, the data contained in American Trucking Trends shows the industry was in good shape entering the global pandemic,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Trends continues to be an indispensable, one-stop resource for decision makers to have the latest information about the state of the trucking industry.”

    Among the other findings in Trends:

    • In 2019, trucking’s revenues accounted for 80.4% of the nation’s freight bill;
    • Trucks moved 67.7% of surface freight between the U.S. and Canada and 83.1% of cross-border trade with Mexico, for a total of $772 billion worth of goods;
    • There are 7.95 million people employed in trucking-related jobs, up 140,000 from the previous year. This includes 3.6 million professional drivers;
    • Women make up 6.7% of the industry’s drivers and minorities account for 41.5% of truckers.
    • Most carriers are small companies – 91.3% of fleets operate six or fewer trucks and 97.4% operate 20 or fewer.

    “Sound policy relies on sound data; and American Trucking Trends contains the kind of up-to-date, reliable data that policymakers need to do their job. That is why Trends consistently is found in the offices of elected officials, regulators and industry executives across the country,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

    The report is essential for use by trucking companies, industry suppliers, logistics providers, analysts, public policy decision makers and many others. ATA American Trucking Trends 2020 is available for sale now at ATA Business Solutions. To purchase a copy, click here.

    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 Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward.


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