The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association would like to thank everyone that participated in the Virtual Annual Membership Conference that took place on May 12-14.
The event was sponsored by Wright-Knox Motor Lines and several other contributing sponsors. Gold level sponsors for the even included ECBM, EROAD, Omnitracs, UPS and the Lancaster Chapter of PMTA. The York/Adams Chapter was also a supporting sponsor.
Video Sponsors included Hub international, Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance and Scraper Systems FleetPlow. Slide Sponsors included Barley Snyder, Maven Machines and Saxton & Stump Lawyers and Consultants.
The event began on Wednesday morning with a State of the Association update from Chairman Mark Giuffre and President and CEO Rebecca Oyler. After a roundtable discussion of legislative issues of interest in the second part of the morning session, PMTA announced the winners of the Fleet Safety Awards, presented by Great West Casualty Insurance.
Those winners are:
General Commodities – T/L
1st Place - Watsontown Trucking Company
2nd Place - WFM Transport, INC
General Commodities – LTL Under 15 Million Miles
1st Place – CLI Transport, LP/Sheetz
2nd Place – Peters Brothers, INC
3rd Place – Feeser’s INC
General Commodities – LTL Over 15 Million Miles
1st Place - Pitt Ohio
2nd Place - FedEx Freight, INC
1st Place - CLI Transport, LP
2nd Place - H R Ewell, INC
3rd Place - Lansberry Trucking, INC
1st Place - Lansberry Trucking, INC
2nd Place - Shiloh Paving and Excavating, INC
3rd Place - New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., INC
1st Place - Aaron Leasing Company, LLC
1st Place - CLI Transport, LP / SBK
You can view all of the Wednesday Session here.
On Thursday morning, Ed Gilroy, the Senior VP of Legislative Affairs at ATA and Elisabeth Barna, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs for ATA, gave an update on federal issues and ATA happenings.
You can view Elisabeth's presentation here.
Thursday's second session featured all four of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Transportation Committee Chairmen. Sen. Wayne Langerholc was unable to attend but provided this video message and Sen. John Sabatina, Rep. Tim Hennessey and Rep. Michael Carroll participated in a panel hosted by Rebecca Oyler. Notably, bridge tolling was discussed as well as Langerholc's SB 382, which would stop the current bridge tolling initiative proposed by PennDOT. Rep. Hennessey indicated that the House Transportation Committee would likely not address the bill at this time, even though it has already passed the Senate.
You can view the full legislative panel here.
On Friday, PMTA hosted its first in person event in more than 18 months at Fox Chase Golf Club in Stevens, PA. There were 22 teams of four golfer participating in the event which was sponsored by Five Star. The full list of sponsors include:
Closest to the Pin – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Longest Drive – Triumph Business Capital
Straightest Drive – UPS
Harding Yost Insurance Associates
Bergey Truck Centers
Peterbilt Motors Company
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Saxton & Stump
National Van Lines
Ball Sponsor - Service Tire
The winning team came from Harding & Yost. Dan Trump, Josh Becker, Matt Mordas and Marty Sowa posted a score of 18-under par.
Josh Macknik won the closest to the pin challenge, Bridget Ort hit the straightest drive and Derick Fritchey hit the longest drive.
The Department of Transportation (Department) will host a telephone town hall meeting for a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study exploring sustainable transportation funding options. The telephone town hall event will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 6 p.m.
Call in on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 6 p.m. to learn more about the Department Pathways draft PEL Study. Individuals can pre-register at https://dashboard.teletownhall.us/registration/XZ3RGB2WJC7V; visit: www.penndot.gov/funding and click on the registration button to receive a phone call to join at the start of the meeting; or individuals can dial in directly to the meeting at (855) 756-7520, Entry Code Ext: 73539#.
The PEL Study, in support of the Department Pathways Program (Program), is being conducted to identify near and long-term alternative funding solutions and establish a methodology for their evaluation. In February, the Department announced candidate bridge projects being considered as a part of the Major Bridges Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative. This initiative, the first of the Program, was formed in response to one of the early findings of the PEL Study—that tolling of major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation is a potential viable near-term funding solution. The draft PEL Study report is currently available for review and comment and identifies additional medium-term to long-term funding alternatives that could be considered for implementation.
In addition to the telephone town hall event, the Department is hosting an on-demand virtual public meeting for the PEL Study. The virtual public meeting takes place from April 29, 2021, to June 1, 2021, and will be accessible online at all hours of the day at www.penndot.gov/funding. Online comments can be submitted directly from the virtual public meeting web site or by other comment submission methods, including:
• E-mail: [email protected]
• Hotline: (717) 325-6129
The Department encourages everyone to learn more about the draft PEL Study and provide comments by means of the telephone town hall event or virtual public meeting.
For more information about the Program, individuals can visit www.penndot.gov/funding.
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today as part of the federal government’s efforts to actively assess the implications of the Colonial Pipeline incident and to avoid disruption to supply, that the USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking steps to create more flexibility for motor carriers and drivers.
FMCSA is issuing a temporary hours of service exemption that applies to those transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products to Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
USDOT’s top priority is safety, and while current circumstances dictate providing industry flexibility, FMCSA will work closely with its state and industry partners to monitor driver work hours and conditions for the duration of the exemption.
The full text of FMSCA’s action can be found here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/esc-ssc-wsc-regional-emergency-declaration-2021-002-05-09-2021
Arlington, Virginia – Today, the American Trucking Associations called for the nation’s safest and most professional truck drivers to participate in the 2021 National Battle of the States: Virtual Truck Driving Championships.
“Our industry has braved the front-line, providing essential services and delivering goods to American households throughout the nation in the fight against COVID-19. It’s yet another reason to celebrate our industry heroes – truck drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The National Battle of the States: Virtual Truck Driving Championships will provide our industry an opportunity to recognize the best of the best in our industry.”
The event will begin on July 31 with state-level trivia contests based on Facts for Drivers, federal and state laws, state trucking history and culture. That leads into the national competition that takes place on August 14 with the National Battle of the States.
“NTDC is annually one of the highlights of the ATA calendar, and we are very happy to bring the ‘Super Bowl of Safety’ back in this virtual format,” Spear said.
For more information on how to qualify for the National Battle of the States: Virtual Truck Driving Championships, visit BattleofTheStates.trucking.org.
More information on PMTA's participation will be available soon.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is hosting an on-demand virtual public meeting and comment period for a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study exploring sustainable transportation funding options. The public meeting is accessible online at all hours of the day through June 1, 2021, at www.penndot.gov/funding.
The PEL study, in support of the PennDOT Pathways program, is being conducted to identify near- and long-term alternative funding solutions and establish a methodology for their evaluation.
In February, PennDOT announced candidate bridge projects being considered as a part of the Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiative. This initiative, the first of the PennDOT Pathways Program, was formed in response to one of the early findings of the PEL study – that tolling of major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation is a potentially viable near-term funding solution. The draft PEL study report is currently available for review and comment and identifies additional medium- to long-term funding alternatives that could be considered for implementation.
PennDOT encourages the public to review the materials presented in the virtual meeting and to provide comments, which will be accepted throughout the duration of the meeting. Online comments can be submitted directly from the meeting website or via other comment submission methods, including:
For more information about the PennDOT Pathways program, visit www.penndot.gov/funding.
The Transportation Revenue Options Commission (TROC), which was established by Governor Tom Wolf's Executive Order on March 12, today received a briefing on the draft PEL study. When completed, the final PEL study will be provided to the TROC.
PennDOT will make all reasonable modifications to policies, programs, and documents to ensure that people with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf's COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Virtual Public Meeting will be held online only.
To request assistance to participate in the virtual public meeting or review the PEL study, please contact PennDOT's Communications Office by emailing [email protected] or calling 717-783-8800 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. PennDOT will not place a surcharge on an individual with a disability or those with limited English proficiency to cover the costs of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy. If you have other questions or challenges, please contact PennDOT's Bureau of Equal Opportunity to request help by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-800-468-4201; TTY (711).
Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news and traffic alerts at www.penndot.gov/news or choose a region under "Regional Offices." Information about the state's infrastructure and results the department is delivering for Pennsylvanians can be found at www.penndot.gov/results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.
Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.
(HARRISBURG) – On April 27, 2021, the Senate approved a plan launched by Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to reform the Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3) statute and to void the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative.
“I remain extremely concerned with the size, scope and precedent this initiative could have on the Commonwealth,” said Senator Langerholc, who is the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “A one-page resolution from PennDOT that does not fulfill the conditions required by legislation that created the P3 statute deserves further scrutiny by the General Assembly. The Senate voted today to hit the brakes on this reckless plan. The answer for transportation funding cannot just be to raise taxes or fees on the back of hardworking Commonwealth residents.”
Senate Bill 382 will:
On November 12, 2020, the P3 Board, under PennDOT’s jurisdiction, supported an ambiguous proposal to impose user fees or tolls on major bridges throughout the interstate system. This was the first time in the P3 Board’s history to consider a proposal with user fees.
The serious gaps in the P3 statute became clear when PennDOT finally announced the details of the proposal three months after the P3 Board meeting. The P3 statute requires a detailed analysis prior to the meeting.
PennDOT will proceed with imposing tolls on the following nine bridges, unless the General Assembly passes Senate Bill 382:
Senate Bill 382 was passed out of the Senate with a vote of 28-19. The legislation advances to the House for consideration.
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For more information on work zone safety, visit the campaign website.
Work Zone Crash Trends
· In 2019, the most recent year for which data are available, 842 people died in highway work zone crashes compared to 757 the year before. The 11.2-percent increase is the largest percentage increase of highway work zone fatalities this century.
Sharing the Road
· Work zones present challenges for truck drivers – narrowed lanes, sudden stops, traffic pattern shifts, and uneven road surfaces can lead to crashes and fatalities if they are not prepared and alert. Plan your route, reduce speed, stay alert, and do your part while traveling through work zones.
· Large blind spots, long stopping distances, and size constraints make maneuvering large trucks and buses in work zones particularly challenging. Passenger vehicles should be mindful that CMV drivers need to take extra precaution when driving through these areas.
· Pay close attention to road workers and flaggers – give them extra room, always slow when approaching them, and be prepared to stop if necessary.
How to Drive Safely Through Work Zones
· There are plenty of resources available to research your routes and check for upcoming work zones. Make sure you know of any road work before embarking on your route and when possible, use detours to avoid having to pass through these areas.
· Reduce speed while traveling through work zones, paying close attention to signs and signals.
· Be aware of passenger vehicle drivers around you, who may not be aware of commercial vehicle driving challenges, including large blind spots and longer stopping distances.
· When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible – pay close attention to vehicles around you that could be in your blind spot.
· Rear-end crashes are common in work zones – obey all speeds, avoid distractions and maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you at all times.
FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY COMPLIANCE SEMINARS
In support of its mission to improve truck and bus safety on our nation's highways, the FMCSA Pennsylvania Division will be hosting 3 different FREE educational seminars designed to help carriers familiarize themselves with important safety programs impacting the motor carrier industry.
June 3, 2021 - Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH)
June 8, 2021 - DataQ and Work Zone Safety
June 10, 2021 - Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)
See attached flyer for complete details.
Each session will run from 9:00am – 10:00am EST.
Registration Link https://forms.gle/h7UMxZ7ZRPdJmz7A9
Any questions please email the FMCSA Pennsylvania at: [email protected]
Hershey, Pa. -- The PMTA Road Team visited the Pennsylvania State Police Academy on Friday, April 16 for the academy's commercial vehicle familiarization program.
PMTA would like to thank the following members for their participation.
New Enterprise Stone and Lime
Click the photo below for more pictures from the event.
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