Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Deadlines on the following products will be extended effective May 12, 2020:
These extensions are in addition to those announced on May 1 related to driver’s licenses, photo ID cards, and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020 – these products are also extended through June 30, 2020. A camera card is considered a driver's license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver's license products.
Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.
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 communicate any changes with the public.
More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.
CAMP HILL, Pa – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) has announced that with the passing of the Association’s President, Kevin Stewart, PMTA’s First Vice Chairman Joe Butzer will serve as Interim President effective immediately.
Butzer has been in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. He has operated a trucking company along with a full-service truck leasing company in central Pennsylvania. Butzer has been a long-time member of PMTA serving as President of PMTA’s Lancaster Chapter and currently the chapter Treasurer.
He has been on the State PMTA Board for six years and has served as Chairman of its Legislative Committee.
“With Joe’s background in the transportation industry, along with his experience at PMTA, he is uniquely qualified to serve as Interim President of PMTA,” said current Chairman Gladys Knox of Wright Knox Motor Lines.
Butzer states, “while I was excited to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PMTA beginning May 15, 2020, with the passing of Kevin Stewart, who I considered a friend, I will surrender my Chairman’s position and I am honored to serve the hard working members of PMTA as the Interim President. These are trying times for every industry and I promise to do my best to serve our vital industry in Pennsylvania.”
The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association was organized in 1928. As part of a national integrated network of trucking associations and affiliates, we identify the key issues that impact the trucking industry and fight to preserve and strengthen the trucking industry and its jobs in each of the 67 counties and 2,567 municipalities in Pennsylvania, and with our elected officials in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. We also provide an array of tangible business services to our members, delivering education and awareness programs, up-to-the-minute industry news and trends, and money saving services.
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Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that would allow for increased alignment with the Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
Register as of May 11, 2020.
A coalition of 10 metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government in PA, NJ, NY and CT, the NJ Department of Transportation, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the NYC Department of Transportation want to know. With this 3 minute survey we are seeking feedback and insights from TRUCK DRIVERS and FLEET OPERATIONS MANAGERS.
The focus of this survey is to inform creation and operation of truck rest areas throughout the Northeast, including the Lehigh Valley.
A link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OmgEammf-EWoML-oTC4AUWQbGeaQMDNIgDV0PbiHCL1UN1FKRlIwVUhEWjBPTU5KN0FPQzhZWENSUC4u
Starting Monday, May 11 at 9 p.m., 7-Eleven will perform a systems upgrade, changing every point-of-sale (POS) system over to 7-Eleven systems in all 17 service plazas along the PA Turnpike. During the upgrade, which takes approximately six hours to complete at each location, fuel and convenience store purchases will not be available. The upgrades will last through June 3.
Below is a list of scheduled upgrades starting at 9 p.m. on their respective days. Work schedules are subject to change.
Monday, May 11
Cumberland Valley (milepost 219.1 eastbound)
New Stanton (milepost 77.6 westbound)
Tuesday, May 12
Lawn (milepost 258.8 westbound)
Oakmont Plum (milepost 49.3 eastbound)
Thursday, May 14
Allentown (milepost 55.9 northbound and southbound)
Monday, May 18
Blue Mountain (milepost 202.5 westbound)
Valley Forge (milepost 324.6 westbound)
Tuesday, May 19
King of Prussia (milepost 328.4 westbound)
South Midway (milepost 147.3 eastbound)
Wednesday, May 20
Sideling Hill (milepost 172.3 westbound and eastbound)
Tuesday, May 26
North Somerset (milepost 112.3 westbound)
South Somerset (milepost 112.3 eastbound)
Wednesday, May 27
Bowmansville (milepost 289.9 eastbound)
Thursday, May 28
North Midway (milepost 147.3 westbound)
Monday, June 1
Highspire (milepost 249.7 eastbound)
Tuesday, June 2
Peter J. Camiel (milepost 304.8 westbound)
Wednesday, June 3
Hickory Run (milepost 86.1 northbound and southbound)
7-Eleven acquired the Sunoco convenience stores inside the PA Turnpike service plazas in early 2018. A rebrand will also be taking place in the coming months, changing all signage to reflect 7-Eleven as the new convenience store.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all service plazas will have limited staffing for the safety of the employees of HMS Host and 7-Eleven, which operate the PA Turnpike service plazas. Fuel and all convenience stores inside the service plazas will continue to remain open 24 hours a day. Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike service plazas should keep in mind that no inside dining or seating is available, patrons should not congregate, and everyone is encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance.
For more information on service plazas, visit https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/service_plazas.aspx.
To report an accident or other emergency on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 via mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact, use one of these resources:
ON THE PA TURNPIKE
· Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike
· Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)
· Turnpike Roadway Information Program(toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)
· Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414 weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
ON THE WEB
· Check the PA Turnpike and all PA roadways at: www.511PA.com
· Travel Conditions Map — live, interactive conditions map; view at https://www.paturnpike.com/webmap
· Waze — a crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at https://www.waze.com
PennDOT has reopened a limited number of driver license centers that will provide Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL) services by appointment only, beginning Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Available services for commercial drivers at these locations will include CDL knowledge and skills testing, hazmat renewals and security threat assessments.
These locations will reopen for CDL services ONLY:
• Lehigh Valley – Address: 1710 Hoover Ave, Allentown;
• Somerset – Address: 5593 Glades Pike, Somerset;
• Lewistown – Address: 13217 Ferguson Valley Rd, Yeagertown; and
• Selinsgrove – Address: 1015 US-522, Selinsgrove.
Please note that Lehigh Valley only tests Class B and C. All other sites listed test Class A, B, and C.
Appointments will be scheduled based on demand and schedule availability. Individuals seeking CDL testing may call PennDOT’s Call Center at 717.412.5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request an appointment. When a request is received PennDOT staff will contact you within 1 business day to schedule an appointment.
In an abundance of caution to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, new safety measures must be followed when arriving for a CDL appointment at the Driver License Center: Details of the requirements will be supplied once the customer is contacted during the scheduling process.
To remove a vehicle from an apportioned account, Form MV-552A must be completed and submitted to remove the vehicle(s) from the account. Form MV-552A can be found at www.dmv.pa.us . The apportioned renewal will be processed for the remaining vehicles on the apportioned account. The registration plates for the removed vehicles will also need to be returned by June 10th in order for them to be eligible for prorated registration when they add the vehicles back onto the account. When the carrier is ready to put those removed vehicles back into service, the carrier will again need to complete another Form MV-552A to add the vehicle back to the apportioned account. The registration fees for those added will be charged at that time.
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:
Wrong Direction or Illegal Turns type of crash when the CMV was struck:
Parked or Legally Stopped type of crash when the CMV was struck:
Failure of the other vehicle to Stop type of crash when the CMV was struck:
Under the Influence type of crash when the CMV was struck:
Medical Issues, Falling Asleep or Distracted Driving type of crash when the CMV was struck:
Cargo/Equipment/Debris or Infrastructure Failure type of crash when the CMV:
Animal Strike type of crash when the CMV:
Suicide type of crash when the CMV:
Rare or Unusual type of crash when the CMV:
CPDP website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/crash-preventability-determination-program
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner's permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020.
These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 27.
Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16
As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, 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; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.
More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.
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.
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