PMTA News

  • April 19, 2019 9:39 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Pocono Raceway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike are hosting a job fair on June 1 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

    The fair will take place at Pocono Raceway's Chalet Village located behind the grandstands and participation for companies is free. If companies would like to park a branded rig (cab only) in the job fair grounds, they may do so for $500 but spots are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Companies that participate will receive six free tickets to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that afternoon. For more information on the event, click here.

    To register, complete this form and return it to Christina Rodis-Durst, the Partnership Sales Manager at Pocono Raceway.

    Drivers looking for companies must present their CDL to gain entry to the job fair. Parking and admission to the fair is free and job seekers that attend will receive two tickets to the race as well as a $10 credit at the concession stand, courtesy of PA Turnpike.

    For more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com/trucking or call 1-800-RACEWAY.



  • April 16, 2019 2:18 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The ATA Technology & Maintenance Council holds a National Technician Skills Competition (“Supertech”) each year to recognize the skills of diesel truck technicians around the country.  This event is supported by those states that have launched their own competitions.  Although Pennsylvania does not currently have a competition, Maryland does.  PMTA has worked out an arrangement whereby any Pennsylvania based technicians can compete in Maryland’s competition.  If at least 5 techs from Pennsylvania compete, the winner will be recognized as the Pennsylvania champion and eligible to compete at the national Supertech event.

    What is Supertech Maryland?  A hands-on contest where technicians gather to test their abilities against their peers.  It showcases the knowledge, training and skill needed by today’s maintenance professionals.

    What skills are tested?  The event begins with a written test based on TMC Recommended Practices and/or Manufacturers’ Practices.  Contestants then proceed to hands-on skill stations, where they have 20 minutes to complete each station.  Stations include:

    • ·         Engine electrical – troubleshoot, service and repair engine electronics and related systems
    • ·         Preventive maintenance – demonstrate ability to perform preventive maintenance procedures
    • ·         Fasteners – demonstrate ability to service and repair fasteners
    • ·         Fifth wheel – conduct a hands on diagnostic and preventive maintenance inspection on a fifth wheel
    • ·         Service information – retrieve service information from currently accepted industry sources
    • ·         Brakes – perform tasks in accordance with USDOT, CVSA and SAF-Holland procedures
    • ·         Wheel end – troubleshoot, service and repair wheel ends
    • ·         Electrical – use a volt, amp and ohm meter to test circuits and components

     

    When & where?  Saturday, June 22, 2019, Center for Applied Technology – North, Severn, MD; 7:00 a.m.

    Who can participate?  Any truck technician in Maryland or an adjacent state without its own competition.

    What can you win?  Winners receive over $5,000 in cash and prizes such as tablets, trophies, a trip to the national TMC competition and more.  All contestants receive lunch, an event t-shirt, and a goody bag.

    How do I enter?  Go to http://www.mmtanet.com/files/2019SuperTechASEpacket.pdf or call 410-644-4600. 

    The entry deadline is May 31, 2019.  For more information, call Maryland Motor Truck Association, 410-644-4600.


  • April 11, 2019 10:12 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Two-Way Traffic to Operate in Southbound Bore

    Use I-695/Key Bridge or I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as Alternate Routes

    BALTIMORE, MD – As part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) $189 million I-895 Bridge Project, the northbound bore of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) will close 24/7 for 60 days starting the morning of Friday, April 12.  Two-way traffic – one adjacent lane in each direction – will operate in the southbound bore. 

    Motorists should use I-695/Key Bridge and I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as alternate routes.  We ask our customers to be patient as we deliver this long-overdue project and remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.

    As a reminder, northbound I-895 is closed 24/7 from the north side of the Harbor Tunnel to the Boston/O’Donnell Street exit ramp (Exit 11).  Two-way traffic remains in effect on southbound I-895.  Additionally, the I-895/Holabird Avenue exit ramp (Exit 10) remains closed 24/7.  Northbound I-895 and the Holabird Avenue exit ramp will reopen to traffic in spring 2020.

    In spring 2020, southbound I-895 will close 24/7 with two-way traffic operating on northbound I-895.  Additionally, the southbound bore of the Harbor Tunnel will close 24/7 for 60 days in spring 2020 with two-way traffic operating in the northbound bore.  Southbound I-895 will reopen to traffic in spring 2021. 

    The I-895 Bridge Project will replace the 60-year-old I-895 bridge, the MDTA’s only remaining structurally deficient bridge, located north of the Harbor Tunnel.  Work includes replacing the Holabird Avenue exit ramp and rehabilitating the Harbor Tunnel, including repairs to the tunnel portal, approach ramps and walls, deck and tiles.  Tutor Perini Corporation is performing the work.  The project began in April 2018 and is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

    Motorists should avoid I-895 and use I-695 and I-95 as alternative routes.  Motorists also should pay attention to electronic and static signs for up-to-date travel information.  To sign up for email/text alerts or view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  


  • April 11, 2019 8:30 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. -- At the Safety Management Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 18, Kevin T. McGarry, an associate at Post & Schell, P.C., will present “Witness to Everything: The Impact of Dash Cams on Litigation.”

    Kevin T. McGarry is an Associate in the Firm's Casualty Litigation Department, representing insurers, third-party administrators, and self-insured clients in claims involving general liability, as well as commercial transportation liability, premises liability, products liablity, and construction defect/injury. His clients include companies in the trucking, manufacturing, construction, retail, and hospitality/entertainment industries.

    Mr. McGarry is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. His experience includes the investigation and prosecution of felony and misdemeanor offenses with litigation appearances in both the Criminal Division and Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas. During his tenure, he served as head of the Office's Elder/Care Dependent Abuse Unit, head of its White Collar Crime Unit, and as a member of its Major Crimes Unit.

    He served as a clerk to The Honorable Kyran Connor, Superior Court of New Jersey.

    Registration for the meeting is open and can be completed here. 

  • April 09, 2019 8:28 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announce that hotel rooms at Toftrees Resort for this year’s Annual Membership Conference have sold out.

    In response to the high level of interest in attending the event, PTMA has secured more rooms at the Holiday Inn Express less than one mile away from Toftrees. There will be a shuttle available between the two hotels for the convenience of AMC attendees.

    Rooms at the Holiday Inn will be available for the same rate as rooms at Toftrees, $99 per night, for the duration of the conference and those can be booked by clicking here.

    The 2019 AMC is just five weeks away but there is still time to register for the event, which will feature speakers from the American Trucking Association, XM Radio host and former NFL Lineman Ross Tucker and others, in addition to some excellent vendors.

    Click here to claim your spot at the conference.


  • April 09, 2019 8:00 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched an online survey to solicit professional driver input on preferences for data formats and delivery mechanisms of truck parking availability information. This data collection is part of ATRI’s 2019 top priority research topic to standardize truck parking information systems based on driver preferences. 

     

    ATRI initially surveyed drivers on this topic at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville last month where over 300 drivers completed surveys. The online survey launched today will provide drivers who were not able to attend MATS the opportunity to provide input on this topic. The lack of available truck parking continues to rank as a top industry issue in ATRI’s annual industry survey and in 2018 was the number two issue for drivers after the Hours-of-Service rules.

    ATRI’s research findings will provide states and private sector entities providing truck parking information with the driver-preferred data formats and methods of information delivery.

    Drivers can provide confidential input on truck parking information systems by clicking here. ATRI will collect driver responses on the truck parking survey through the end of May.


    ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) 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.

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  • April 08, 2019 10:52 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


  • April 03, 2019 10:01 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo is taking place at the Toftrees Resort in State College this year on May 16-18.

    PMTA has sectioned off a group of rooms for attendees at the 2019 AMC and Toftrees has generously offered a discounted rate of $99 for those attending the conference. Attendees can book those rooms by clicking here.  

    Those rooms must be booked by April 16.

    There is still time to register for the conference as well but those spots are limited and they are filling up at a much quicker rate than they have in the past. So act now and reserve your spot today.

    Register for the 2019 AMC here.

    Nestled within the secluded pine trees of Central Pennsylvania, Toftrees Golf Resort offers guests a unique experience with resort-like amenities in a peaceful, natural setting just minutes from downtown State College. With 102 guest rooms and suites, our resort offers full-service amenities; a 4.5-star, 18-hole golf course; and a warm, welcoming staff.


  • April 01, 2019 8:21 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is hosting its annual sporting clay shoot on Sunday, April 7 at the Carlisle Fish and Game Association.

    Registration forms are available here.

    The initial cost for the clay shooting competition is $75 per person with the option for a $40 reshoot. In the morning, there will be the opportunity for skeet and wobble shooting for an additional cost of $20 each.

    The event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and will open at 11 for trap field and wobble. Lunch, which is included in the registration fee, will begin at 11:45. After a safety meeting at 12:45 p.m., the clay shoot competition will begin with the reshoot at 2:30.

    Teams will consist of six shooters but if an individual does not have a full team, they will be placed on one.

    Eye and ear protection are required and ammunition will not be provided.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event as well and start as low as $100 for a station sponsorship. PMTA is also looking for lunch and award sponsors.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the PMTA Government Relations Fund which helps defray the lobbying and lobbying related expenses the association incurs. Payment from incorporated and unincorporated businesses as well as personal checks will be accepted.


  • March 19, 2019 9:23 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announce Ross Tucker as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo, taking place at Toftrees Resort in State College May 16-18.

    Tucker, a native of Wyomissing, Pa., played seven seasons in the National Football League as an offensive lineman after playing four years at Princeton University. He was a second-team all conference selection in 2000, a two-time Academic All-American and was named to the 2003 All-Joe Team by USA Today.

    In his time in the NFL from 2001-2007, Tucker played for the Redskins, Cowboys, Bills and Patriots as well as a stint with the Browns on their practice squad. He played in 42 games, starting 28 of them, before retiring in March of 2008 due to a neck injury that bruised his spinal cord.

    Tucker turned to a career in the media after retiring from football and is currently a columnist for The Athletic, a host of both The Morning Kickoff and The Opening Drive on Sirius XM NFL Radio and a game analyst for CBS, NBC, ESPN and Westwood One. Ross is the host and owner of the highly successful RT Media Podcast Network which includes his flagship Ross Tucker Football Podcast.

    In 2007, while still a member of the Washington Redskins, Tucker co-founded and is still the CEO of GoBigRecruiting.com. Go Big allows student-athletes to submit their profile information and videos to colleges online and receive notification when it has been reviewed. He’s also involved in other Pennsylvania-based start-ups like MyFrontPageStory.com and BallCannon.com. 

    Tucker, along with his wife and two daughters, currently live in Harrisburg.

    The 2019 AMC will conclude on Saturday May 18 with Tucker’s presentation. He will be available for a meet and greet that morning at 10 before taking the podium at 10:30.

    To register for the conference, click here.  



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