On February 15, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, with the help of legal counsel Saxton and Stump, submitted an Amicus Curiae Brief in the lawsuit South Fayette Township, Bridgeville Borough, and Collier Township v. PennDOT, Public Private Transportation Partnership Board (P3 Board) and Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E..
The case brought by the three townships against PennDOT and the P3 Board follows their decision to toll nine bridges across the Commonwealth including the I-79 bridge in Bridgeville, just south of Pittsburgh. The suit alleges that the state did not follow its own procedures in approving the plans to move forward the bridge projects and with bridge tolling.
The brief outlines PMTA's interest in the case and presents the arguments of the negative impact of tolling on our industry, the ineffectiveness of tolling as a revenue generator, the greater issues of prioritizing expenditures of transportation funding and the General Assembly's authority to appropriate and how it has rejected the Major Bridge P3 initiative.
The case was filed on November 11, 2021. Berks County, which is home to the the I-79 Lenhartsville Bridge which PennDOT also plans to toll in this project, has also submitted an Amicus Curiae Brief in this case.
To read the full brief, click here.
Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.
The 2022 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 300 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 1 million freight trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. ATRI’s truck GPS data is also used to support the U.S. DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative. The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations, although ATRI continuously monitors more than 300 freight-critical locations.
For the fourth year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is once again the Number One freight bottleneck in the country. The rest of the Top 10 includes:
ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2021, found traffic levels rebounded across the country as more Americans returned to work and consumer demand for goods and services continued to grow. Consequently, supply chain bottlenecks occurred throughout the country. Average rush hour truck speeds were 38.6 MPH, down more than 11 percent from the previous year.
“ATRI’s bottleneck list is a roadmap for federal and state administrators responsible for prioritizing infrastructure investments throughout the country. Every year, ATRI’s list highlights the dire needs for modernizing and improving our roads and bridges,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “We have seen, most recently in Pittsburgh, that the cost of doing nothing could also cost lives. It’s time to fund these projects and get our supply chains moving again.”
There are four Pennsylvania truck bottlenecks on the 2022 list, down from five in 2021. All of the locations are in Philadelphia.
#26 Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676
#43 Philadelphia, PA: I-476 at I-95
#46 Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at US 1
#66 Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-476
For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website here. ATRI is also providing animations created with truck GPS data for select bottleneck locations, all available on the website.
ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
PMTA is gathering information on towing abuse in PA. Please take a moment to fill out this survey as PMTA looks at its options to combat towing abuse.
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PA Trucking FFWD held its first meeting on January 26th beginning with a meeting at the offices in Camp Hill.
PATFFWD is a group of individuals employed at member companies with PMTA that are focused on the future of our industry and our association. The morning session consisted of presentations from PMTA President and CEO Rebecca Oyler, PMTA Safety Director John Rigney, FFWD Chairman Doug Marcello and Senior Vice President, Federation Relations and Industry Affairs of the American Trucking Associations John Lynch.
After lunch, the group met with State Senator Judy Ward and State Rep Doyle Heffley at the Capitol.
The group's next in person meeting will be in Pittsburgh where they will discuss data analytics, autonomous vehicles and will tour PITT-OHIO's new sustainable facility. For more information on joining the group, contact [email protected]
From the Daily Item:
Joan Ann Kieffer, 76, passed away at York Hospital on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
She was the wife of Sam Kieffer to whom she was married for more than 53 years.
Joan was born Dec. 22, 1945, to the late Harold and Ruth (Willow) Leininger. She was a graduate of Selinsgrove High School in Selinsgrove.
Joan was involved in many community activities throughout the years including serving as a Republican committee woman, judge of elections, and treasurer of the York/Adams Chapter of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.
She worked alongside her husband, Sam, for many years at KBS, Inc. Trucking Company in Thomasville including as safety director.
She enjoyed flower arranging, crafts and decorating her home to match the holidays and seasons. She was a dedicated wife, mother and an excellent cook. People enjoyed her food very much and never wanted to miss an event where Joan was making food.
Joan is survived by her husband, Sam; her son, Christopher Kieffer of Dover; brother, Larry Leininger of Northumberland; and her two beloved cats, Little Bit and Squirt, who will miss her presence.
Her brother, Barry Leininger, and sister, Janet Wilt, preceded her in death.
A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Rd., York, with Certified Celebrant Betty Frey officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
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FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This includes those applying to:
The ELDT regulations are not retroactive; individuals who were issued a CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement prior to February 7, 2022 are not required to complete training for the respective CDL or endorsement.
If an applicant who obtains a CLP prior to February 7, 2022, obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires, the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements.
Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements.
About the Training Provider Registry
Once operational, the FMCSA Training Provider Registry will retain a record of which CDL applicants have completed the new training and certification process outlined in the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations.
For more information about the ELDT regulations and the Training Provider registry, visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov.
The ELDT regulations and the Training Provider Registry were mandated under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The ELDT final rule was based, in part, on consensus recommendations from the Agency’s Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), a negotiated rulemaking committee that held a series of meetings in 2015.
See the Training Provider Registration Tutorial here.
After more than six years, weight class stickers are no longer required, effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin January 29, 2022.
PMTA gladly welcomes this change after opposing the regulation for many years.
From the Bulletin:
The Department of Transportation (Department), under the authority of 75 Pa.C.S. § 6103 (relating to promulgation of rules and regulations by department) and more generally 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 1301 and 1304(b) (relating to registration and certificate of title required; and registration criteria), deletes Chapter 55 (relating to registration class stickers) to read as set forth in Annex A.
Purpose of Chapter
This chapter implements 75 Pa.C.S. § 1304(b) regarding the classification of vehicles. Section 1304(b) of 75 Pa.C.S. authorizes the Department to ''identify vehicles by type as to weight, design, loading, use, ownership or other significant characteristics for purposes of registration.'' The Department adopted Chapter 55 in 1979 to implement the portion of section 1304(b) that concerns identifying vehicle according to weight for purposes of registration. Chapter 55 requires the affixation of a registration class sticker (Registration Class Sticker) to a windshield, which indicates the registered gross weight class of a truck, truck-tractor or combination registered in this Commonwealth in the registered gross weight classes 2 through 25.
PMTA is first and foremost a membership organization. Its strength comes from the commitment of its members, and the mission of the association is to support, advocate for, and grow its membership. The stronger PMTA’s membership, the better it can fulfill its mission. During the past two years of the pandemic, PMTA was able to continue to provide programming and support during a very challenging period for the industry. The members who have supported us during this time have been steadfast in ensuring that PMTA continues to lead the trucking community in Pennsylvania.
As we turn the corner to 2022, it’s time to focus on membership again. PMTA is launching a new program this year and recommitting to a traditional one, both of which are intended to grow our membership and strengthen our voice for the trucking community.
2022 Chapter Challenge
The 2022 Chapter Challenge will reward the single PMTA chapter that is able to grow its membership by the highest percentage during the calendar year. Every chapter represents PMTA in their local community, and their members are colleagues and associates of other local businesspeople. They are often the first encounter these companies have with PMTA, so chapters are membership representatives in their communities. PMTA headquarters is happy to support chapters in their efforts to engage new members and thereby grow stronger. PMTA will host an event for the winning chapter at the end of the contest to celebrate their success and recognize new members. The winning chapter will also be recognized at next year’s AMC.
At the same time, PMTA is relaunching the President’s Award this year. The President’s Award will be presented to the single member who refers the most new members to PTMA. This contest runs during the membership year (October 1 – September 30). Please make sure headquarters knows when you refer someone for membership – when they join PMTA, they will be counted as your referral.
The winner will receive a free AMC registration as well as a meal with a guest and PMTA’s president as a special thank you. PMTA will recognize a single President’s Award winner for the 2020-21 membership years to be announced at the 2022 AMC on May 19-20. The 2022 President’s Award will be presented at the 2023 AMC.
Now’s the time for a little friendly competition to spread the word about the good work PMTA is doing for the trucking industry in Pennsylvania. Let’s work together to make PMTA even stronger. Good luck!
ATA is recruiting motor carriers of all types and sizes to participate in its latest Driver Compensation Study. Last conducted in 2020, the study will be used to comprehensively evaluate trends in driver compensation. The participation of State Trucking Association members is integral to the success of study, so we hope you will encourage your members to participate to produce this one-of-a-kind benchmarking tool that will yield valuable information on driver pay.
Previous studies covered data from over 140,000 employee drivers and nearly 17,000 independent contractors, with data broken down by For-Hire TL carriers, LTL carriers and Private fleets. Survey participants will receive the comprehensive Driver Compensation Study for just $100 ($1,500 for non-participants), a free executive summary prior to the release of the report and an invitation to a participant-only, free of charge webinar hosted by ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello to discuss the results of the study and answer questions. This year’s Driver Compensation Study will be released in the second quarter of 2022.
If you are interested in participating, please download the survey below that best describes your carrier (TL, LTL, Private Carrier), complete the survey, and return it to ATA's economic analyst Lindsay Bur at [email protected] by Friday, February 25th
Optional: Carriers also have the option to sign a non disclosure agreement if they so choose. Please download, sign, and return the non disclosure agreement below with your completed survey. All data will be held in the strictest of confidence and no individual company data will be released. Only industry and sector aggregate data will be reported.
The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is now accepting applications for drivers to join the PA Road Team.
The applications, which can be downloaded here, must be mailed to the office in Camp Hill.
Please see below for the requirements.
Eligibility Requirements for consideration to PMTA Road team
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