PMTA News

  • May 01, 2020 4:39 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The FMCSA announces the start of the Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP).  Under this program, if you have an eligible crash that occurred on or after August 1, 2019, you may submit a Request for Data Review (RDR) with the required police accident report and other supporting documents, photos, or videos through the Agency’s DataQs website.

     

    See attached presentation, which provides an overview of the CPDP.  Be sure to check out the CPDP website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/crash-preventability-determination-program  which contains Fact Sheet, FAQs, Eligibility and Submitter Guide documents.

     

    On July 27, 2017, FMCSA announced a Crash Preventability Demonstration Program to evaluate the preventability of eight categories of crashes through submissions of Requests for Data Review to its national data correction system known as DataQs.  On August 5, 2019, based on experiences with the demonstration program, FMCSA proposed a new CPDP with a streamlined process.  Based on comments received in response to the August 2019 proposal, FMCSA established the CPDP which will expand the types of eligible crashes, modify the Safety Measurement System to exclude crashes with not preventable determinations from the prioritization algorithm and note the not preventable determinations in the Pre-Employment Screening Program.

     

    The following crash types are eligible for participation in the program:

     

    Struck in the Rear type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • in the rear; or
    • on the side at the rear.

     

    Wrong Direction or Illegal Turns type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by a motorist driving in the wrong direction; or
    • by another motorist in a crash when a driver was operating in the wrong direction; or
    • by a vehicle that was making a U-turn or illegal turn.

     

    Parked or Legally Stopped type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • while legally stopped at a traffic control device (e.g., stop sign, red light or yield); or while parked, including while the vehicle was unattended.

     

    Failure of the other vehicle to Stop type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by a vehicle that did not stop or slow in traffic; or
    • by a vehicle that failed to stop at a traffic control device.

     

    Under the Influence type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by an individual under the influence (or related violation, such as operating while intoxicated), according to the legal standard of the jurisdiction where the crash occurred; or
    • by another motorist in a crash where an individual was under the influence (or related violation such as operating while intoxicated), according to the legal standard of the jurisdiction where the crash occurred.

     

    Medical Issues, Falling Asleep or Distracted Driving type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by a driver who experienced a medical issue which contributed to the crash; or
    • by a driver who admitted falling asleep or admitted distracted driving (e.g., cellphone, GPS, passengers, other).

     

    Cargo/Equipment/Debris or Infrastructure Failure type of crash when the CMV:

    • was struck by cargo, equipment or debris (e.g., fallen rock, fallen trees, unidentifiable items in the road); or crash was a result of an infrastructure failure.

     

    Animal Strike type of crash when the CMV:

    • struck an animal

     

    Suicide type of crash when the CMV:

    • struck an individual committing or attempting to commit suicide

     

    Rare or Unusual type of crash when the CMV:

    • Was involved in a crash type that seldom occurs and does not meet another eligible crash type (e.g., being struck by an airplane or skydiver or being struck by a deceased driver).

     

    CPDP website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/crash-preventability-determination-program    



  • April 30, 2020 10:53 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Kevin Stewart's family will hold its own private memorial and will have a public service at a later date due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

    Stewart's full obituary can be read here. 

  • April 29, 2020 10:12 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    It is with a heavy heart we share the news that PMTA President and CEO Kevin Stewart passed away the morning of Tuesday April 28, 2020. Kevin was a tremendous steward of the association for seven years, serving as the Safety Director for three years before taking over as President and CEO. 

    Kevin came to PMTA after a successful career with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

    Kevin’s knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to the association and those attributes will be nearly impossible to replace. Kevin worked tirelessly to ensure that the needs of the membership were met and stood up for the industry with both our State and Federal Governments. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

  • April 17, 2020 3:07 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    EXEMPTION 2020-14

    Pursuant to the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and 75 Pa. C.S. § 6108, the waivers in this exemption apply to individuals who have a Hazardous Material Endorsement (“HME”) that is scheduled to expire between March 6, 2020, and May 31, 2020. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hereby issues the following exemption:

    TYPE OF OPERATION: An individual who transports hazardous materials via commercial motor vehicle is required by Federal law, 49 CFR part 1572, to undergo a security threat analysis in order to be issued an HME under 75 Pa.C.S. § 1610. As part of the application process for renewal of an HME, the applicant must complete a security threat analysis no later than sixty (60) days before the current HME expires. 49 CFR part 1572.

    EXTENT OF EXEMPTION: The expiration date of an HME for an individual who is a Pennsylvania-licensed commercial driver’s license holder and who held a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after March 6, 2020, is extended until May 31, 2020.

    EFFECTIVE DATE: March 6, 2020 0001 hours.

    TERMINATION DATE: May 31, 2020 2359 hours.

    SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

    1. An individual whose HME is extended in accordance with this exemption must initiate a security threat analysis no later than sixty (60) days before the extended expiration date of the individual’s HME.

    2. The Federal Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, has authorized States to grant an extension for renewal of an HME. See: https://dps.sd.gov/application/files/3015/8628/8498/noticecovid-19-hme-exemption-20200402.pdf 

  • April 16, 2020 12:56 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


    Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Portal Support

    If you are experiencing difficulties that are preventing you from linking to your Portal account in the Clearinghouse, please contact the FMCSA Portal Registration Call Center at 800-724-2811. The Portal Registration Call Center’s hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. EDT.

    FMCSA Updates SMS Website

    FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the March 27, 2020 results.

    Complete SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all carrier safety data, while logged-in motor carriers can only view their own data. If you are a motor carrier and do not have login credentials, please click here for more information on how to obtain your PIN.

  • April 15, 2020 12:34 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    In light of the recent cancellation of the 2020 Truck Driving Championships, PMTA has continued conversations with The Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pa, the planned site of the event. 

    PMTA has now confirmed that the 2021 championships will be held at The Kalahari Resort June 17-19. Reservations that were made for the 2020 dates at the resort can be changed to the new 2021 dates or cancelled. 

    Click here for more information about the 2021 event.



  • April 15, 2020 12:19 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    On April 10, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance clarifying that confirmed COVID-19 cases may be considered recordable illness. In areas with ongoing community transmission however, OSHA is exercising enforcement discretion. Under the guidance, employers are not required to make a work-related determination except where:
    1. There is objective evidence that the cases may be work related, including multiple cases developing among workers working closely together; and
    2. Evidence was reasonably available to the employer that the cases may be work related.
    COVID-19 cases should be coded as a respiratory illness on the OSHA Form 300.

     


  • April 07, 2020 2:31 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The Safety Management Council's Truck Driving Championships Committee has decided to not hold the championships in 2020. The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is making the health of all our members a top priority and in light of that, and the cancellation of the National Truck Driving Championships, the decision was made.

    The 2020 event was scheduled for June 12-13 at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pa. Any participants that have already registered will be refunded. 

    PMTA will be continuing conversations with the Kalahari Resort and more updates about the 2021 TDCs will be made in the near future.

    Stay up to date by visiting www.pmta.org/news and following our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • April 03, 2020 4:37 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    To better assist motor carriers, FMCSA has set up a new phone line for support with the FMCSA Portal. The Portal Registration Call Center’s hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm, EDT.  FMCSA is continuing to work on streamlining support for this effort.

     

    FMCSA Portal Registration Call Center

    800-724-2811

     

    Clearinghouse Help Line

    844-955-0207

    Also available is the Clearinghouse Help form in the Contact Us page.

     

    Enforcement Resources

    For more information on how employers and other stakeholders are required to use the Clearinghouse, be sure to visit the Clearinghouse Enforcement Resources page. 


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