PMTA News

  • June 12, 2020 11:13 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FMCSA has released a report summarizing data reported to the Clearinghouse through May 2020. The report includes information on the number of Clearinghouse registrations, queries conducted, violations reported, and drivers in the return-to-duty (RTD) process.  

    View the report here.

  • June 12, 2020 8:45 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists to be prepared for possible overnight delays beginning June 15 as single-lane patterns and two-way traffic go into effect for the next eight months at the Allegheny Tunnel located at milepost 122 in Somerset County.

    Crews will be putting a crossover pattern in place to divert traffic into one tunnel resulting in bi-directional traffic Monday through Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. each night in June. The eastbound tunnel will be closed first, which means bi-directional traffic traveling in the westbound tunnel.

    This overnight work is part of a two-year project needed to replace all lighting in both tunnels. The traffic restrictions needed as a result of this project should end in January of 2021 depending on the weather conditions. This lighting project is in addition to the daytime maintenance work that is occurring inside the Allegheny Tunnel which will be completed June 25.

    Motorists should stay alert when approaching and entering the tunnel. Drivers are urged to slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle you are following; remain in your lane and do not pass in the tunnel.

    If you experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel, stay in your car, put on your hazard lights and wait for assistance. Tunnel personnel will monitor closed-circuit cameras and send help for disabled vehicles.

    No work will take place over the July 4th holiday. All restrictions will be lifted in anticipation of higher traffic volumes. After the holiday, crews will work a Monday through Friday schedule which will begin at approximately 8 p.m. each night.

  • June 11, 2020 10:57 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is pleased to announce that it is now capable of hosting webinars and online meetings.

    In this time of social distancing, PMTA is still dedicated to its goals of keeping its members educated and connected but that has been made more difficult by the cancellation of in person gatherings. Now, PMTA can and will be hosting online webinars.

    PMTA will be hosting a free webinar on June 23 at 11 a.m. as Doug Marcello of Marcello and Kivisto, LLC will address the recent changes to Hours of Service regulations. While it is a free webinar, registration is still required and you may sign up by clicking here.


  • June 11, 2020 9:09 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Starting today, FMCSA and NIC have made not preventable crash data available on commercial drivers’ PSP records. Feel free to share the following information and attached document with your members.

    Crashes that are determined not preventable through FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) are now notated in PSP. If there is a crash on a driver’s PSP record that meets the not preventable criteria under CPDP, it may be submitted for review through DataQs at https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov. More information on eligible crash types and how to submit a Request for Data Review (RDR) visit the CPDP.

    PSP records contain driver data including all FMCSA-reportable crashes that occurred in the last five years, and roadside inspections and violations that happened in the last three years.


  • June 09, 2020 1:50 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants the extension and modification of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002. This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia as set forth below. This notice extends the exemption through July 14, 2020, subject to the restrictions and limitations set forth in this Extension.

    Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 was issued following the declaration of a national emergency by the President pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the public health emergency declared by the Health and Human Services Secretary, and the immediate risk COVID-19 presents to public health and welfare. Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 was previously set to expire on June 14, 2020. FMCSA is continuing the exemption because the presidentially declared emergency remains in place, and because a continued exemption is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some supply chains. FMCSA is extending and modifying Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25. This extension addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers.

    By execution of this extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs, except as restricted herein. Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services (such as medical care) or essential supplies related to COVID-19 during the emergency.

    The extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of (1) livestock and livestock feed; (2) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and (3) supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants. Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration. FMCSA has concluded that there is no longer a need for emergency relief with respect to the other categories of supplies, equipment, and persons covered by the May 13 extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, and those categories are therefore no longer covered.

    Emergency Declaration Restrictions & Limitations

    By execution of this extension and modification of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the national emergency are not granted emergency relief from, and must continue to comply with, the following Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and conditions:

    1. 49 CFR § 392.2 related to the operation of a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with State laws and regulations, including compliance with applicable speed limits and other traffic restrictions.

    2. 49 CFR § 392.3 related to the operation of a commercial motor vehicle while a driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the motor vehicle.

    3. Motor carriers shall not require or allow fatigued drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver who informs a carrier that he/she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours before the driver is required to return to service.

    4. 49 CFR §§ 392.80 and 392.82 related to the prohibitions on texting while driving and using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving.

    5. A motor carrier whose driver is involved in a crash while operating under this emergency declaration must report any recordable crash within 24 hours, by phone or in writing, to the FMCSA Division Office where the motor carrier is domiciled. The carrier must report the date, time, location, driver, vehicle identification, and brief description of the crash.

    6. Nothing in the Emergency Declaration or this Extension shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substance and alcohol uses and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically exempted under 49 CFR § 390.23.

    7. Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA in writing.

    8. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services that are not in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce. (49 CFR § 390.23(b)). Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399. When a driver is moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operations, equals 14 hours.

    In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), June 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), July 14, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


  • June 08, 2020 8:46 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

    ACTION: Grant of waiver.

    SUMMARY: FMCSA grants a three-month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements applicable to employers of drivers subject to 49 CFR part 382. This action responds to the President’s Executive Order No. 13924, Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, issued on May 19, 2020, related to the economic consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

    DATES: This waiver is effective June 5, 2020, and ends on September 30, 2020. 

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David J. Yessen, Chief of the Compliance Division, Office of Enforcement and Compliance, 202-366-1812, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Legal Basis

    The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) (Pub. L. 105-178, 112 Stat. 107, June 9, 1998) provides the Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) authority to grant waivers from any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations issued under Chapter 313 of Title 49 of the United States Code or 49 U.S.C. § 31136, to a person(s) seeking regulatory relief (49 U.S.C. §§ 31136(e), 31315(a)). The Secretary must make a determination that the waiver is in the public interest and that it is likely to achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the waiver. Individual waivers may be granted for a specific unique event for a period up to three months. TEA-21 authorizes the Secretary to grant waivers without requesting public comment, and without providing public notice.

    The Administrator of FMCSA has been delegated authority under 49 CFR 1.87(e) and (f) to carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C. chapter 313, relating to commercial motor vehicle operators, and 49 U.S.C. chapter 311, subchapter I and III, relating to commercial motor vehicle programs and safety regulations.

    Background

    On May 19, 2020, the President issued Executive Order No. 13924 setting forth “the policy of the United States to combat the economic consequences of COVID-19 with the same vigor and resourcefulness with which the fight against COVID-19 itself has been waged.” Among other things, the Executive Order directed executive branch agencies to “address this economic emergency by … waiving [] or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery consistent with applicable law and with protection of the public health and safety ….” This waiver responds to the unique circumstances of certain preemployment testing requirements arising from the economic emergency identified in the President’s Executive Order, as further described below.

    Various measures employed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, and stay-at-home and business closure orders issued by State and local governments, have significantly decreased demand for motor carrier services, particularly from passenger carriers. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, many employers have imposed layoffs, furloughs, or otherwise temporarily removed employees from performing safety-sensitive functions, as defined in 49 CFR 382.107, resulting in their removal from the random pool for controlled substances and alcohol testing for a period greater than 30 days. As employers begin calling these drivers back to work, they will incur the cost of conducting pre-employment controlled substances testing before using these drivers to perform safety-sensitive functions, as required by 49 CFR 382.301. The administrative and cost burdens of pre-employment testing for furloughed drivers outside the random testing pool for more than 30 days falls on motor carrier employers at the very time they are attempting to return to expanded levels of operation. The Agency finds that temporary regulatory relief from this burden will aid in the economic recovery of motor carriers impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, without negatively impacting safety. FMCSA also concludes that this waiver will aid in the Nation’s overall economic recovery by enabling the efficient resumption of the transportation of people and cargo throughout the United States.

    FMCSA’s Determination and Regulatory Provisions Waived

    Consistent with the statutory requirements for waivers, FMCSA has determined that it is in the public interest to issue a waiver, until September 30, 2020, limited in scope and circumstances, that is likely to achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the waiver.

    Currently, pursuant to 49 CFR 382.301(a), prior to the first time a driver performs safety sensitive functions for an employer, the driver must undergo pre-employment testing for controlled substances and the employer must receive a verified negative controlled substances test result for that driver from a medical review officer or a consortium/third party administrator. This requirement also applies each time a driver returns to work after a furlough, lay-off, or other period of unemployment when the driver does not continue to be subject to random controlled substances testing in accordance with 49 CFR 382.305.

    Section 382.301(b) provides an exception allowing an employer to forgo administration of a preemployment test if the driver has participated in a controlled substances testing program that meets the requirements of 49 CFR part 382 within the previous 30 days; and, if while participating in that program, the driver either: (i) was tested for controlled substances within the past 6 months or (ii) participated in the random controlled substances testing program for the previous 12 months. In addition, under the exception, the employer would be required to ensure that no prior employer of the driver has records of a violation of 49 CFR part 382 or the controlled substances use rule of another DOT agency within the previous six months.

    As employers begin to recall drivers who were furloughed, laid off, or otherwise not working for the company for more than 30 days, the cost and logistical barriers of testing a large influx of drivers in a short timeframe are significant, at a time when the commercial trucking and motorcoach industry is facing unprecedented economic challenges. This problem is further compounded by the reduced availability of controlled substances testing resources due to continued facility closures or other testing impediments caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    This waiver would extend, from 30 days to 90 days, the period under which drivers would qualify for the pre-employment testing exception under 49 CFR 382.301(b). This relief would allow employers to forego pre-employment testing for drivers who have participated in a controlled substances testing program that meets the requirements of 49 CFR part 382 within the previous 90 days of hire or rehire. Allowing employers to forego pre-employment testing for drivers who were in a testing program within the previous 90 days will provide relief from the administrative burdens and costs associated with administering tests and allow them to return drivers to the workforce in a more efficient manner, thus promoting job creation and economic growth.

    Public Interest

    FMCSA finds that the granting of this waiver is in the public interest because it will facilitate the efficient return of furloughed commercial motor vehicle drivers to the workforce, allowing them to resume critical transportation functions performed by passenger and property motor carriers. In addition, this waiver will reduce the regulatory burden on employers and furloughed drivers subject to the pre-employment testing requirement.

    Safety Equivalency

    Due to the limited scope of this waiver and the ample precautions that remain in place, FMCSA has determined that the waiver is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to the level of safety that would be obtained absent the waiver. The waiver of a particular regulation should not be looked at in isolation but rather as part of the whole of all regulations governing the safety of drivers. Waiver determinations are made holistically, taking all relevant factors into account. See International Bhd of Teamsters v. DOT, 724 F.3d 206 (D.C. Cir. 2013). For example, in these circumstances, it is important to note that this waiver does not alter any of the remaining controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements for a driver performing safetysensitive functions, and that motor carrier employers subject to the waiver have access, in real time, to driver-specific drug and alcohol violation information through the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse).

    Section 382.301(b) sets forth the following conditions a driver must meet to be excepted from pre-employment testing:

    • (1) The driver has participated in a controlled substances testing program that meets the requirements of this part within the previous 30 days; and
    • (2) While participating in that program, either:
    • (i) Was tested for controlled substances within the past 6 months (from the date of application with the employer), or
    • (ii) Participated in the random controlled substances testing program for the previous 12 months (from the date of application with the employer); and
    • (3) The employer ensures that no prior employer of the driver of whom the employer has knowledge has records of a violation of [part 382] or the controlled substances use rule of another DOT agency within the previous six months.

    FMCSA finds that extending the period for which drivers would qualify for the pre-employment testing exception under 49 CFR 382.301(b)(1), from 30 to 90 days, will not negatively impact safety. The existing requirement that an employer relying on the § 382.301(b) exception must verify that the driver participated in the controlled substances testing specified in § 382.301(b)(2)(i) and (ii) and had no recorded violations of another DOT agency’s controlled substances use regulations within the previous 6 months remains in effect. Moreover, employers must conduct a pre-employment query of the Clearinghouse for returning drivers, as required by § 382.701(a). The Clearinghouse, which became operational on January 6, 2020, enables employers to identify drivers, including furloughed drivers, who have committed an FMCSA controlled substances and alcohol testing program violation that renders them ineligible to perform safety-sensitive functions. Such drivers are prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions until completing the return-to-duty process, as set forth in 49 CFR part 40, subpart O. The Clearinghouse provides employers with a useful new tool for identifying drivers’ drug and alcohol program violations that did not exist at the time the Agency enacted the 30-day limit for the exception in § 382.301(b). Further, employers must continue to complete a background investigation on returning or prospective drivers’ controlled substances and alcohol testing history with all DOT-regulated employers that employed the driver within the previous 3 years, in accordance with 49 CFR §§ 40.25, 382.413, and 391.23.

    FMCSA believes that the current regulatory framework, as well as the additional measures listed below under Terms, Conditions, and Restrictions of the Waiver, taken collectively, provide the assurance needed to meet the legal standard that granting the waiver is likely to achieve an “equivalent level of safety.” Therefore, FMCSA has determined that extending from 30 to 90 days the period for which drivers would qualify for the pre-employment testing exception under 49 CFR 382.301(b) during the period of the waiver is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the waiver.

    Unique Circumstances

    The COVID-19 public health emergency has led to unprecedented impacts to the Nation’s economy. Various measures employed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, and stay-at-home and business closure orders issued by State and local governments, have significantly decreased demand for motor carrier services, particularly from passenger carriers. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, many employers have imposed layoffs, furloughs, or otherwise temporarily removed employees from performing safetysensitive functions. FMCSA finds that the circumstances surrounding this waiver are unique due to the urgent need to remove regulatory barriers to allow the efficient resumption of motor carrier operations. For the reasons noted, FMCSA grants a three-month waiver as provided above, subject to the terms, conditions, and restrictions below.

    Terms, Conditions, and Restrictions of the Waiver

    This waiver covers employers of drivers subject to the requirements of 49 CFR part 382 for the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. (ET) on June 5, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2020.

    (1) Employers must verify that the driver participated in the controlled substances testing specified in § 382.301(b)(2)(i) and (ii) and had no recorded violations of another DOT agency’s controlled substances use regulations within the previous 6 months;

    (2) Employers must comply with the Clearinghouse pre-employment query requirement set forth in 49 CFR 382.701(a);

    (3) Employers must not allow a driver to perform any safety-sensitive function if the results of a Clearinghouse pre-employment query demonstrate that the driver is prohibited from doing so, in accordance with 49 CFR 382.701(d);

    (4) Employers must complete the investigations and inquiries required by 49 CFR §§ 40.25, 382.413, and 391.23;

    (5) Accident Notification. Each employer must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of an accident (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5), involving any driver operating under the terms of this waiver. See 49 CFR 390.15(b) (requiring maintenance of accident registry). Notification shall be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV. The notification must specify that the driver was operating under the terms of this waiver and must include the following information:

    i. Date of the accident;

    ii. City or town, and State in which the accident occurred, or closest to the accident scene;

    iii. Driver's name and license number;

    iv. Vehicle number and State license number;

    v. Number of individuals suffering physical injury;

    vi. Number of fatalities;

    vii. The police-reported cause of the accident (if available at time of the report); and

    viii. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, or motor carrier safety regulations; and

    (6) FMCSA reserves the right to revoke this waiver due to drivers’ involvement in accidents or employers’ failure to comply with the terms of this waiver.

  • June 05, 2020 11:55 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning Friday, June 5, 2020, additional Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

    These re-openings are in addition to those previously announced on May 28, 2020.  

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Friday, June 5:

    1. Reading Driver License Center, 530 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 5, Shillington;
    2. Dublin Driver License Center, 161 North Main Street, Dublin;
    3. Bensalem Driver License Center,4201 Neshaminy Boulevard, Suite 131, Bensalem;
    4. Malvern Driver License Center, 225 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern;
    5. Granite Run Driver License Center, 1097 West Baltimore Pike, Media;
    6. Dunmore Driver License Center, 81 Keystone Industrial Park, Dunmore;
    7. Lancaster Regency Square Driver License Center, 131 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster;
    8. Lancaster East Driver License Center, 2090 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster;
    9. Lehigh Valley Driver License Center, 1710 Hoover Ave, Allentown;
    10. Whitehall Driver License Center, 1101 MacArthur Road, Allentown;
    11. Huntingdon Valley Driver License Center, 2022 County Line Road, Huntingdon Valley;
    12. Norristown Driver License Center, 1700 Markley Street, Suite 30, Norristown;
    13. King of Prussia Driver License Center, 143 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia;
    14. Easton Driver License Center, 2473 Nazareth Road, Easton;
    15. Arch Street Driver License Center, 801 Arch Street, Philadelphia;
    16. South 70th Street Driver License Center, 2904 South 70th Street, Unit 8, Philadelphia;
    17. Whitman Plaza Driver License Center, 330 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia;
    18. West Oak Lane Driver License Center, 7121 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia; and
    19. Lawndale Driver License Center, 919-B Levick Street, Philadelphia.

    Hours of operation at the above locations will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

    As the Driver License Centers open, they will offer limited services. Customers will be able to obtain the following services as they plan their visit to one of these centers:

    1. Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;
    2. Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, permit testing, ID card issuance, and related transactions;
    3. Photo license services;
    4. Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;
    5. Medical-related testing; and
    6. Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing.

    For a list of driver license and photo license centers that will be open during the yellow phase, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

    Customers who have driver's skills tests scheduled on or after June 5 at these locations will be able to obtain a driver's skills test. The skills test has been modified to mitigate potential exposure of PennDOT staff and customers while maintaining the integrity of the testing process.

    Customers whose driver's skills tests were canceled due to the COVID-19 emergency will be given priority in rescheduling skills tests by contacting the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Call Center at 717-412-5300. All other customers will be able to schedule a skills tests in the appointment system beginning June 20, 2020.

    Customers seeking renewal of their non-commercial license or ID should renew online or by mail to avoid an unnecessary visit to the Driver License Center.

    In an effort to support social distancing and reduce initial volume and demand at driver license centers, the following customer services will not be initially available:

    1. REAL ID applications and transactions, however, pre-verified customers can apply for REAL ID online; and
    2. Transactions or services that can be completed online at www.dmv.pa.gov.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday June 5:

    1. Harleysville, 345 Main Street, Harleysville; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    2. Lancaster, 1356 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 101 Lancaster; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    3. Lawndale, 919-B Levick Street, Philadelphia; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    4. Oxford, 310 Limestone Road, Oxford; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    5. Pottstown, 978 East High Street, Pottstown; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    6. Upper Chichester, 486 Conchester Highway, Aston; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Wednesday June 10:

    1. South Waverly, 2523 Pennsylvania Avenue, South Waverly; hours of operation will be Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Thursday June 11:

    1. Ardmore, 30 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    2. Langhorne, 516 N. Oxford Valley Rd., Langhorne; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    3. Roosevelt Blvd, 9475 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    4. Upper Darby, 5233 West Baltimore Avenue, Clifton Heights; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday June 12:

    1. Mayfair, 6420 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Monday June 15:

    1. Allentown, 5 American Parkway, Allentown; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Monday June 22:

    1. Hecktown, 216 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

    In all reopened centers, the following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place: 

    1. Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;
    2. Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;
    3. Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat; 
    4. The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;
    5. Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;
    6. Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;
    7. Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and
    8. Markings on floors have been added to assist with social distancing along with signage to communicate special instructions to customers.

    As PennDOT reopens driver license and photo license centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff will work with each customer when they arrive to plan their visit, with additional staff serving as greeters to screen documents and provide information for a smooth and safe transaction as possible. PennDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates customers’ understanding during this transition.

    Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will continue to reopen other locations as soon as safely possible. We will continue to communicate any reopening and changes with the public.


  • June 04, 2020 3:33 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Three weeks of travel restrictions for tunnel maintenance work starting June 8.

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists to be prepared for possible delays beginning June 8 as single-lane patterns and two-way traffic go into effect at the Allegheny Tunnel located at milepost 122 in Somerset County.

    The westbound tunnel will close on June 8, 9, 10, 11, and 16 beginning at 8 a.m. each day. This means two-way traffic will be moving inside the eastbound tunnel.

    On June 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25 the eastbound tunnel will close at 8 a.m. each day. This means two-way traffic will be moving inside the westbound tunnel.

    Each year, the tunnel is closed so crews can safely perform drainage work, replace lighting and update cameras as well as other maintenance work. 

    Motorists should stay alert when approaching and entering the tunnel. Drivers are urged to turn on headlights, slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle you are following; remain in your lane and do not pass in the tunnel.

    If you experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel, stay in your car, put on your hazard lights and wait for assistance. Tunnel personnel will monitor closed-circuit cameras and send help for disabled vehicles.

    To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions, use one of these resources:

    ON THE TURNPIKE

    ON THE WEB

    BY PHONE


  • June 04, 2020 9:09 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA Transportation Security Council (TSC) provides the following recommendations for professional drivers and motor carriers operating in areas of protest and social unrest.

    The ongoing protests across our nation has put the trucking industry and professional drivers on the frontline once again. Remaining safe and secure is the number one priority and taking proper precautions when operating in these areas can protect drivers.

    While it is impossible to plan for each situation, there are key safety and security measures professional drivers can take when operating in areas with potential unrest. Below is a list of recommended practices to help professional drivers remain safe and secure:

    1.      Immediately report any emergency situation to local law enforcement by calling 911.

    2.      Avoid areas of unrest. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

    3.      Plan for road closures. If your route brings you through an area that has seen protests, check the local news, with your dispatcher, or the safety department to make sure interstates and roads along the route are open and the area you are delivering to is safe.

    4.      Contact the delivery location for current and timely situations and conditions. Traffic conditions are constantly changing.

    5.      Remain in regular communication with your dispatcher to provide travel updates.

    6.      Plan ahead, try to make deliveries in areas of unrest during the day, at night park in well-lit, safe areas.

    7.      Assess every situation prior to exiting the cab of your truck. If danger or exposure to large gatherings in the form of protest exist, abort delivery operations.

    8.      Conduct thorough pre-trip inspections before departing domiciled locations; eliminate maintenance breakdowns from the equation.

    9.      Always keep doors locked and windows closed. Remove keys from unattended vehicles and ensure trailer locking and latching mechanisms are functioning properly.

    10.  If you encounter a gathering, stop your vehicle and do not drive through. Avoid any interaction and do not provoke the group.

    11.  If available, utilize your in-cab camera in an unsafe situation to document your surroundings.

    Maintain continuous contact with your dispatcher and safety department for specific operating procedures and follow company policy.


  • June 04, 2020 9:00 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    EXEMPTION 2020-13B

    Pursuant to the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, regarding the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth, and pursuant to the March 13, 2020 determination by the President of the United States that an emergency exists nationwide under the Stafford Act, the Public Health Service Act and the National Emergencies Act, regarding the novel coronavirus (known as "COVID-19"), the Governor issued an Second Amended Specific Determination May 12, 2020, determining that to alleviate the emergency conditions it is necessary to modify compliance with certain provisions of Title 75, pursuant to 75 Pa. C.S. §6108. The waivers in this exemption apply to certain motor carriers engaged in operations necessary to respond to the disaster emergency declared by the Governor. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hereby issues the following exemption:

    TYPE OF OPERATION: Commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, including transportation to meet immediate needs for: (1) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (2) supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; (3) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores; (4) immediate precursor raw materials-such as paper, plastic or alcohol-that are required and to be used for the manufacture of items in categories (1), (2) or (3); (5) fuel; (6) liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems; and, (7) equipment and supplies necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19. Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of the above referenced goods and materials to obtain the benefits of this Exemption.

    EXTENT OF EXEMPTION: Requirement to comply with weight limitations and permitting for certain motor carriers on all roadways and bridges except for bridge restrictions noted in the special conditions below.

    EFFECTIVE DATE: April 3, 2020 1159 hours.

    TERMINATION DATE: June 30, 2020 2359 hours.

    SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

    1. The vehicle weight and permitting requirements of 67 Pa. Code, Chapter 179 (relating to Oversize and Overweight Loads and Vehicles) are hereby waived for motor carriers utilizing combination vehicles with divisible load limits equal to or less than 90,000 pounds that are providing direct assistance in transporting goods and materials necessary to respond to the COVID-19 virus disaster emergency.

    2. This Exemption does not apply to any bridge or roadway with a size or weight restriction posted in accordance with 67 Pa. Code, Chapters 189 (relating to Hauling in Excess of Posted Weight Limit), 191 (relating to Authorization to Use Bridges Posted Due to Condition of Bridge), and 193 (relating to Authorization to Use Highways Posted Due to Traffic Conditions).

    3. Structures spanning the Delaware River between the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey under the jurisdiction of the Delaware River Port Authority or the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission are not within the scope of this waiver; the terms and requirements for the crossing of those structures are as established by the respective authorities. Contact information for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is 1-800-363-0049 and Delaware River Port Authority is 1-877-567-3772.

    4. Structures spanning the Delaware River between the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey under the jurisdiction of the Burlington County Bridge Commission are not within the scope of this waiver; the terms and requirements for the crossing of those structures are as established by the respective authority. Contact information for the Burlington County Bridge Commission is 1-856-829-1900.

    5. Drivers must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s March 24, 2020, Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23, No. 2020-002, any future amendment to that Declaration, or any further Exemption or Order issue by the Governor or the Secretary as allowed by law.

    6. Nothing in this Exemption relieves compliance with all other applicable laws or regulations, unless otherwise waived or exempted by the governmental entity with jurisdiction to effect such an exemption or waiver.

    DATE: June 3, 2020


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