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  • December 12, 2022 11:45 AM | Rebecca Oyler (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania’s notoriously litigious civil justice climate once again brought the Commonwealth the distinction of ranking as one of the nation’s worst judicial hellholes. This year, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the PA Supreme Court combined rose to the second worst judicial hellhole in the nation in the American Tort Reform Foundation’s 2022-23 Judicial Hellholes report.

    The report points to the recent PA Supreme Court decision to reverse the state’s successful medical liability venue rule as “perhaps the most disappointing decision in 2022.” This rule, which was put into place nearly 20 years ago to address skyrocketing liability premiums for healthcare professionals, was key to reining in healthcare costs and keeping physicians practicing in the state, especially in high-risk specialties. Prior to the rule being put into places, plaintiffs’ attorneys regularly brought medical liability lawsuits in high verdict jurisdictions like Philadelphia, in search of large payouts. Despite the success of the rule in helping to contain healthcare costs and keep doctors practicing, the Supreme Court eliminated the rule in August. The decision paves the way for a drastic increase in medical liability cases in high-verdict courts.

    Also contributing to the commonwealth’s position on this year’s list, Pennsylvania ranked third per capital for nuclear verdicts in a 2022 U.S. Chamber study, with 78 verdicts ($10 million or more) in personal injury and wrongful death cases over the last decade. More than 60% of these verdicts were medical malpractice and product liability cases, with the Philadelphia Court of Common Please hosting more than half.

    Several Pennsylvania decisions are cited in the report as contributing the state’s ranking, including Lorina v. Workers Compensation Appeal Board, where the PA Supreme Court reversed lower court decisions to find that it was mandatory for an employer to cover attorneys’ fees for a plaintiff in a worker’s comp appeal, even when the plaintiff chose counsel that charged premium rates and billed excessive hours.

  • December 06, 2022 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Washington, D.C. – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released a new report that assesses the infrastructure requirements for converting the U.S. vehicle fleet to battery electric. This analysis, a 2021 top priority of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee, focused on three critical challenges for nationwide vehicle electrification:

    ·     U.S. Electricity Supply and Demand

    ·     Electric Vehicle Production

    ·     Truck Charging Requirements

    The study found that full electrification of the U.S. vehicle fleet would require a large percentage of the country’s present electricity generation. Domestic long-haul trucking would use more than 10 percent of the electricity generated in the country today – while an all-electric U.S. vehicle fleet would use more than 40 percent. Some individual states would need to generate as much as 60 percent more electricity than is presently produced.

    ATRI’s analysis also quantified the tens of millions of tons of cobalt, graphite, lithium and nickel that will be needed to replace the existing U.S. vehicle fleet with battery electric vehicles (BEV), placing high demand on raw materials. Depending on the material, electrification of the U.S. vehicle fleet would require 6.3 to 34.9 years of current global production. This is the equivalent of 8.4 to 64.4 percent of global reserves for just the U.S. vehicle fleet.

    Finally, it was found that charging the nation’s long-haul truck fleet will prove challenging, partially due to the ongoing truck parking crisis. Current technology will necessitate more chargers than there are truck parking spaces in the U.S., with hardware and installation costs of $112,000 per unit, or more than $35 billion system-wide.

    “Carbon-emissions reduction is clearly a top priority of the U.S. trucking industry, and feasible alternatives to internal combustion engines must be identified,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, President, Engine Business, Cummins Inc. “ATRI’s research demonstrates that vehicle electrification in the U.S. will be a daunting task that goes well beyond the trucking industry – utilities, truck parking facilities and the vehicle production supply chain are critical to addressing the challenges identified in this research. Thus, the market will require a variety of decarbonization solutions and other powertrain technologies alongside battery electric.”

    Beyond BEV automobiles, the report concludes that while there are certain applications for BEV trucks, a completely new charging infrastructure is critical to increasing BEV truck adoption by the trucking industry. Furthermore, the research documents that existing raw material mining for BEV batteries will likely need to be re-sourced with an emphasis on domestic mining and production. 

    A copy of the full report is available through ATRI's website here.

    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.

  • December 05, 2022 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    Starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 5, a 36-hour work zone with major traffic impacts will occur to support the opening of a new interstate bridge over the Rappahannock River as part of the I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. The new bridge is located at mile marker 132, between the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. Within the same work zone, crews building the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension will place beams for a future flyover ramp north of exit 133.


    Next week, drivers with destinations north of the Fredericksburg area should access exit 104 (Route 207/Carmel Church) in Caroline County to use Route 301.


    Visit for https://improve95.org/traffic-shift/default.asp for important information about the lane closure schedule.

  • December 01, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Earlier this year, the American Trucking Research Institute released its annual Top 10 Issues in Trucking list. After not being ranked in the top 10 at all in 2021, fuel prices top the list in 2022 followed by the driver shortage and truck parking.

    When looking at issues presented by those specifically in Pennsylvania, the list is similar but there are some notable differences. The top 10 issues from Pennsylvanian responses were:

    1. Economy
    2. Driver Shortage
    3. Driver Retention
    4. Fuel Prices
    5. (Tie) CSA, Driver Distraction and Lawsuit Abuse Reform
    8. Transportation Infrastructure/ Congestion/ Funding
    9. Independent Contractor Status
    10. Truck Parking

    While the economy was the fifth largest concern nationwide it topped the list in Pennsylvania. Fuel prices check in at number four on the list in PA still falling behind the driver shortage and driver retention. 

    Pennsylvanians are more concerned with Driver Distraction, Transportation Infrastructure and Independent Contractor Status than the rest of the country as those did not even crack the top 13 issues in the national report. 

    You can read a more detailed report on the Pennsylvania specific responses to the ATRI study here.

  • December 01, 2022 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Farm Show is scheduled for January 7-14th and PMTA will once again have a display booth. This year's booth will be in the Giant Expo Center and will feature a truck driving simulation video game for visitors to try. 

    PMTA is looking for members to volunteer to staff the booth for four hour shifts. You can claim your spot here. PMTA will reimburse any parking fees incurred while volunteering at the booth. 

  • November 28, 2022 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Washington, DC – The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers and drivers to participate in a new ATRI data collection on the impact of predatory towing in the trucking industry.

    Predatory towing is any incident in which a tow truck operator egregiously overcharges, illegally seizes, damages by use of improper equipment, or withholds release of a truck and/or cargo. Recognizing its persistent negative impact on the industry, ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC) identified the need to better understand this problem as a top research priority earlier this year.

    The short survey asks fleets to share which types of predatory towing they deal with most frequently, what fees or delays they consider predatory, and in which states they have encountered predatory tows. It also seeks participants for a second round of more detailed data collection that will allow ATRI to quantify the frequency and operational impact of each type of predatory event. All data collected will be kept completely confidential.

    “We all know that predatory towing is an issue, yet until now there has been no robust analysis on how, when, and where it happens or the impact of legislation designed to regulate these predatory practices,” said Shawn R. Brown, Cargo Transporters Vice President of Safety. “By participating in ATRI’s data-driven research, carriers will be helping to answer these questions and outline solutions.”

    Motor carriers and drivers are encouraged to complete the survey by clicking here.

    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.

  • November 20, 2022 12:27 AM | Rebecca Oyler (Administrator)

    As winter rolls in across the state, Pennsylvania motorists are reminded that a new snow and ice removal law was signed by Governor Tom Wolf in July and is now in effect. “Christine’s Law” is a bill named for Christine Lambert, who died on Christmas Day in 2005 after a piece of ice dislodged from a passing box truck and crashed through her windshield.

    The new law, designed to prevent incidents like this, requires drivers of both passenger and commercial vehicles to make “reasonable efforts” to remove ice or snow from their vehicles within 24 hours of a winter storm.

    There are exceptions for motor carrier vehicles, mass transit vehicles, and buses from this requirement under the following conditions:

    • The driver is en route to a facility to remove accumulated ice or snow at the time they are stopped by law enforcement, or
    • Compliance would cause the driver to violate any other federal or state law or regulation regarding workplace safety or would be a threat to the health or safety of the driver.

    Under the new section 3721 of the Vehicle Code, law enforcement officers have discretion to pull over a vehicle where the buildup of snow or ice poses a potential hazard. Each offense is $50, regardless of whether any snow or ice is dislodged.

    However, should snow or ice become dislodged from a moving vehicle and strike another vehicle or pedestrian, causing death or serious injury, the fine is not less than $200 and not more than $1500 for each offense.

    Check out PMTA’s recent webinar on Winter Weather Restrictions and Snow/Ice Removal for details.

  • November 16, 2022 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    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 cost of the annual program will be just $100.

    Those interested should fill out this application form.

  • November 15, 2022 2:58 PM | Rebecca Oyler (Administrator)

    PMTA members are invited to join the PA Coalition for Civil Justice Reform's educational presentation next week about the impact of the recent PA Supreme Court action rescinding the Medical Liability Venue Rule. This ruling will impact medical costs and the availability of medical services statewide. Click below to register. 

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