PennDOT has announced the bridge projects they have selected as targets to be funded by tolling.
I-78 Lenhartsville Bridge Replacement Project (Berks County);
I-79 Widening, Bridges and Bridgeville Interchange Reconfiguration (Allegheny County);
I-80 Canoe Creek Bridges (Clarion County);
I-80 Nescopeck Creek Bridges (Luzerne County);
I-80 North Fork Bridges Project (Jefferson County);
I-80 Over Lehigh River Bridge Project (Luzerne and Carbon counties);
I-81 Susquehanna Project (Susquehanna County);
I-83 South Bridge Project (Dauphin County); and
I-95 Girard Point Bridge Improvement Project (Philadelphia County).
See the release from PennDOT here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The Safety Management Council and the Truck Driving Championships Committee have decided to postpone the Truck Driving Championships again for 2021.
PMTA, as an organization, is focused on safety as one of its foundational pillars and could not, in good faith, move forward with an event that could potentially expose our truck drivers, volunteers and staff to COVID-19.
However, the association is continuing to plan for the 2022 Truck Driving Championships to be held in June at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA.
The American Trucking Associations announced yesterday its plans to cancel the National Truck Driving Championships as well. They plan to hold the 2022 event in Indianapolis.
TYPE OF OPERATION: Transportation of on road diesel fuels, home heating fuels, propane, and kerosene.
EXTENT OF EXEMPTION: Requirement to comply with driver hour of service limitations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 17, 2021
TERMINATION DATE: February 28, 2021
Operators are required to have a copy of this waiver when exceeding their normal HOS.
See the full document here.
On Friday, FMCSA announced that they have extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on February 28th. This extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, as included in the December 1st declaration.
The expanded declaration published today is limited to the transportation of:
Please note, this expanded declaration becomes effective at 12:00 A.M. February 17th, and expires on May 31st, 2021. Note, the Agency has indicated that “it is FMCSA’s intention to wind down the exemptions granted under this Emergency Declaration and related COVID-19 regulatory relief measures to the extent possible”. That is likely indication this may be one of the final extensions.
As with previous declarations, 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.
Additionally, ATA is monitoring several other waivers that are set to expire the end of this month, including the CDL/CLP and Medical Certificate waivers. We will provide an update if any extensions are issued.
We encourage everyone to review the applicability, restrictions, and limitations which are included in the exemption posted to the FMCSA’s website.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) is pleased to announce that its board of directors has appointed Rebecca K. Oyler as president and chief executive officer (CEO).
Oyler brings a wealth of experience in state government and public policy management to PMTA. She most recently served as Legislative Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in PA, and, prior to that, for nearly 20 years in several state agencies. She served as Director of Policy for the Pennsylvania Departments of State and the Conservation of National Resources, and as a policy specialist for the Department of Community and Economic Development.
“The PMTA Board of Directors is very pleased to have Rebecca join the team,” said PMTA Board Chairman Mark Giuffre. “She is the right person to lead our organization into the future.”
“I am very excited to join the PMTA team at such an important time,” said Oyler. “The trucking industry has been front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping our economy running, and now, distributing much-needed vaccines and supplies. I’m anxious to lead PMTA’s members as we continue to tackle the recovery, along with other critical issues for the industry.”
Oyler, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, will begin her duties at PMTA on Monday, February 15, 2021. PMTA Interim President Joe Butzer will oversee the transition.
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Robert “Bob” E. Shoemaker, age 79, of Orrstown, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 6, 2021 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on his annual trek to his favorite destination, Florida, with his wife, Constance “Connie” Shoemaker. He was born November 23, 1941 in Amberson, PA, the son of the late Martha (Shoemaker) Gursky and step-father, Julius Gursky.
Bob was an avid race fan and spent part of his youth working on and driving race cars on local tracks. He was a 50+ year member of Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chief Engineer for the past several years. Before retiring in 2012, he worked as a mechanic at Stouffer’s Garage for 27 years and then as an OTR Driver for Cressler Trucking in Shippensburg. A loving father and grandfather, Bob always made new friends wherever he went. He possessed the unique ability to talk and befriend almost everyone he met. He was an active member of the PA Motor Truck Association and volunteer as a safety trainer for Federal DOT as well as with local police departments.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Constance A. (Starliper) Shoemaker of Orrstown; brother, Ted and his wife, Jeanne Gursky of Greenville; sister, Nancy Gursky of Greenville; five children, Patricia Schaffer of Shippensburg, Rick and his wife, Elizabeth Shoemaker of Bloserville, Bobbi and her husband, Ralph Norcross of Chambersburg, Tim and his wife, Tawnya Burkholder of Shippensburg and Traci and her husband, Vernon Johnston of Mechanicsburg; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. As an avid dog lover, he is also survived by his two remaining fur babies, Madison and Puddles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Gursky and son, Robert “Bobby” Shoemaker.
Professional services are entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Shippensburg. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00 AM at Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg with Pastor Christopher Frye officiating. A Public Viewing will be held from 2 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM on Monday, February 15 at the funeral home and Tuesday, February 16 from 10:00 AM until time of services. Interment will be held in Lurgan Cemetery.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and for the safety of all in attendance, those attending are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as much as possible. The Shoemaker family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the ambulance service and staff at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, NC and the staff at UNC Chapel Hill, NC.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Department, 9722 Cumberland Highway, PO Box 115, Pleasant Hall, PA 17246.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced last week that it plans to increase tolls later this year. The full schedules of proposed toll changes may be viewed on the Commission website at www.drjtbc.org/newtolls. The first schedule is proposed for implementation on or after April 3, 2021. The second is proposed for implementation on or after January 6, 2024. The Commission also has published a webpage — www.drjtbc.org/tollcomments — to provide more information on the adjustments, the comment/hearings process on the proposals, and a series of capital projects that the prospective toll revenues would help fund.
The proposal would establish uniform per-axle rates for Class 2-to-7 vehicles (two or more axles and 8-feet and above in height) at $4.50 for E-ZPass and $5 for cash. Class 2 vehicles currently are charged $3.25 per-axle for E-ZPass and cash; Class 3 vehicles and larger currently are charged $4 per-axle for E-ZPass and cash. This would affect the following locations: Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1), New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202), I-78, Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22), Portland-Columbia (Routes 611, 46, and 94), Delaware Water Gap (I-80), and Milford-Montague (Route 206).
Pursuant to the declaration of emergency issued by the Governor's office, HOS rules have been amended for certain products. Below is the HOS exemption for transportation of essential food, dairy products, and pharmaceuticals to food distribution, retail and wholesale food establishments, and transportation and distribution of agricultural feed, and transportation of motor fuels, heating fuels, and propane. This waiver also applies to the carriers of agricultural feed and the transport of motor and home heating fuels. This exemption is effective immediately and will be in place until February 16, 2021. Maximum driving time is extended from 11 to 14 hours with 10 consecutive hours off and exempts the 60/70 rule. Haulers will be required to have a copy of this information with them while utilizing this exemption.
Download the exemption here.
Act 133 of 2008 and Act 131 of 2020 allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to waive the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Knowledge and/or Skills Test for Pennsylvania residents who are active or reserve duty military or recent honorably discharged veterans, provided those service members have at least two years' experience operating a commercial motor vehicle as part of their military job requirements. The waiver applies to CDL applicants who wish to operate vehicles similar to those they operated in the military.
Military members and recently separated veterans must first apply for a CDL by completing a DL-31CD (PDF), "Application to Add/Extend/Remove Commercial Driver's License", and return it to PennDOT along with the DL-11CD (PDF), "Self Certification Form" and applicable fee. The applicant will be sent a Knowledge Test Authorization Letter which they will take to their nearest Driver License Center to take the applicable knowledge tests. After successfully completing all applicable CDL knowledge testing, the applicant must present a completed DL-398 (PDF), "Military Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver Application". For more information about the CDL Skills Test Waiver and to find out if you are eligible, please refer to the Military Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Waiver Fact Sheet (PDF). Please visit the Locations Information Center to find a Driver License Center near you.
The Senate Transportation Committee held a public hearing on PennDOT's P3 Bridge Tolling Initiative yesterday January 25, 2021, at 11:30 a.m.
Both Interim President Joe Butzer and Chairman Mark Giuffre provided written testimonies to the committee and spoke during the hearing. You can read Mr. Butzer's testimony here, and you can read Mr. Giuffre's testimony here.
Mr. Butzer also provided the Committee with this PowerPoint presentation that outlines the effect of Act 89 (passed in 2013) and the considerable increases it made in the cost of operating a truck in Pennsylvania.
DOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian spoke to the committee after remarks from the PMTA representatives.
You can read more about the hearing here. And here (PennLive Paywall).
PMTA is dedicated to standing up for our industry and will continue the effort to stop this bridge tolling initiative in our state.
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