PMTA News

  • June 03, 2020 12:41 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    While PMTA understands there is a lot of information circling the internet and social media and it seems to change almost daily, there are resources specifically set forth for reopening your workplace/business. It is important to utilize only credible sources and understand there are guidelines, mandates and executive orders which can and do change. Also be sure to consider when your county moves from red to yellow to green and post green. It may be a constant struggle to keep up to date, but it is extremely important. PMTA has created a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information and resources and will continue to update via this site, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and topic specific member emails.

    Recently, the PA Chamber of Business & Industry hosted a 5-part series providing content and additional resources for any business to incorporate into their reopening. Below are presentation slides, recordings of the presentations and handouts all which can help give additional guidance and knowledge to assist you through the COVID-19 transitions.

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides an expansive wealth of resources for Businesses & Workplaces to “Plan, Prepare, and Respond” and the PA Department of Health also has extensive information available. As always, please ensure you are constantly checking these resources for any changes.

    Additionally, we are providing links to additional resources which you may find helpful.

    Series Highlights

    Part I: Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Reopening
    Part II: Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, and PPE 
    Part III: HR Guidelines  (DOL Regulations, Exhibits, Guidelines & Follow Up Questions)
    Part IV: Litigation and Liability Issues 
    Part V: Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your Business

    Part I:
    Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Reopening
    (Recording available)

    • Speakers:
      • Dennis Davin, Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development
      • Neil Weaver, Executive Deputy Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development
      • Denise Brinley, Executive Director, Office of Energy
    • Discussion Items:
      • How determinations are made
      • Latest guidelines from the state and CDC
      • Explanation of Red, Yellow and Green guidelines and differences between the three
      • Restrictions for work and social settings

    Part II:
    Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, and PPE (Part II is included in the Part I recording)

    • Speakers:
      • Joe Tibbs, President, HAPevolve
      • Margaret M. Miller Project Manager, Quality Initiatives, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
    • Covered the essentials of preparing a safe workplace environment including:
      • Best cleaning practices from CDC and EPA
      • PPE for employees and customers
      • Establishing best practices and protocols
         

    Part III:
    HR Guidelines
    (Recording available)

    • Speakers:
      • Brian Orsinger, COO, PA Chamber Insurance
      • Dee Yingst, Chief HR and Compliance Officer, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
    • Discussion Items: 
      • Addressing employee concerns with returning to work
      • Compliance concerns regarding safely reopening
      • Creative scheduling and work environment flexibility to preserve social distancing
      • Travel policies
      • Development of company checklist for daily cleaning measures and sanitation
      • Healthcare questions and guidance

    Part IV:
    Litigation and Liability Issues 
    (Recording available)

    • Speakers:
      • Christian Antkowiak, Esq., Shareholder – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
      • Erin McLaughlin, Shareholder – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC 
    • The attorneys review litigationed and liability issues companies could face in light of the COVID-19 pandemic including:
      • Potential legal issues employers could face (UC, coming back to work, ADA)
    • Best guidance to protect your business from issues arising from public concern/complaint/questions about compliancy 
       

    Part V:
    Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your Business
    (Recording available)

    • Speaker:
      • Jeff Vrabel, Partner, Baker Tilly 
    • Discussion Items: 
      • Financial resilience and growth
      • Supply Chain and Operations
      • Strategic Scenario Planning
      • Information Technology


  • June 03, 2020 9:44 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

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

    ACTION: Grant of waiver.

    SUMMARY: FMCSA grants a waiver to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), on behalf of intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) and motor carriers operating intermodal chassis, from the requirements of 49 CFR 396.17(c) to allow the operation of intermodal chassis with annual inspection decals (or similar documentation) that show an expiration date of March 31, 2020, or later. IEPs may include ocean carriers, railroads, and equipment leasing companies. This waiver is limited to the operation of intermodal chassis included in IANA’s Global Intermodal Equipment Registry (GIER), a database that includes more than 700,000 chassis and provides an electronic means of identifying the responsible IEP with specific pieces of intermodal equipment to facilitate compliance with FMCSA’s safety rules. Approximately 90 percent of the chassis in North America are managed in GIER. The waiver will help ensure the continued availability of intermodal chassis to transport critical products and supplies during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency and recovery.

    DATES: This waiver is effective June 1, 2020 and, unless otherwise extended, expires either on September 1, 2020, or upon the revocation of the President’s declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. §5191(b) concerning the COVID-19 public health emergency, whichever is sooner.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Luke Loy, Senior Engineer, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division (MC-PSV), Office Bus and Truck Standards, 202-366-2551, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.


  • June 02, 2020 8:31 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Saturday night in Pittsburgh, amid riots and protests like those going on around the nation, a driver from member company Summers Trucking found himself in a very difficult situation.

    He was stuck. Trapped in the road by protesters who were jumping on his tractor and flatbed trailer. The police on scene were unable to help because rioters had just set a police vehicle on fire near the truck.

    But the driver remained calm until he could safely leave and Summers Trucking routed him to a secure lot at fellow member Pitt Ohio.

    “Had it not been for our association with Pitt Ohio through PMTA, we would not have found a safe haven for our driver and our equipment,” said Becky Summers. “In my opinion, the networking is one of the more valuable tools PMTA has to offer.”

    A big thank you to Dean Yockey of Pitt Ohio and the rest of their staff who assisted in this desperate situation.


  • June 01, 2020 9:41 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    The HOS Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.  The link to the Federal Register publication is:
    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-01/pdf/2020-11469.pdf.  
     
    A copy of the rule can be downloaded here.
     
    Final rule is effective September 29, 2020. Petitions for
    Reconsideration of this final rule must be submitted to the FMCSA

    Administrator no later than July 1, 2020.


  • May 28, 2020 12:20 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association will begin gradually reopening the Camp Hill office on Monday, June 1. 
     
    Wendy Palermo will be accepting customers to handle titling and registration needs by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. All appointments must be scheduled here. Please bring all necessary paperwork to speed up the process and only enter the building if necessary.
     

    Though staff will be inside, the doors will remain locked to decrease walk-in traffic. Those that do enter the building, must call the office first at 717-761-7122 and then will be required to wear a mask or face covering.


  • May 27, 2020 10:47 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    EXEMPTION 2020-09C

    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 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. This Exemption applies to driver’s licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hereby issues the following exemption:

    TYPE OF OPERATION: Driver’s licenses and identification cards.

    EXTENT OF EXEMPTION: The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through June 30, 2020, is extended through June 30, 2020.

    EFFECTIVE DATE: March 16, 2020 0800 hours.

    TERMINATION DATE: June 30, 2020 2359 hours.

    SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

    1. This exemption applies statewide, excepting that the effective date for certain counties are as follows: Montgomery, March 13, 2020; Delaware, March 14, 2020; Bucks & Chester, March 15, 2020.

    DATE: May 26, 2020

  • May 27, 2020 10:33 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    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 Amended Specific Determination April 30, 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.

    This Exemption applies to individuals who have a Hazardous Material Endorsement (“HME”) that is scheduled to expire between March 6, 2020, and June 30, 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 June 30, 2020.

    EFFECTIVE DATE: March 6, 2020 0001 hours.

    TERMINATION DATE: June 30, 2020 2359 hours.


    Click here for TSA frequently asked questions: TSA _hme_exemption-faqs_040920_v1.pdf



  • May 21, 2020 12:18 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning Friday, May 22, 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 14, 2020.

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Friday, May 22:

    ·         Gettysburg Driver and Photo License Center, 37 North 4th Street, Gettysburg;

    ·         Beaver Falls Driver and Photo License Center, 2580 Constitution Boulevard, Beaver Falls;

    ·         Carlisle Driver and Photo License Center, 950 Walnut Bottom Road, Suite 13, Carlisle;

    ·         Summerdale Driver and Photo License Center, 429 North Enola Road, Enola;

    ·         Lewistown Driver and Photo License Center, 13217 Ferguson Valley Road, Yeagertown; and

    ·         York Driver and Photo License Center, 2130 South Queen Street, York;

    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.

    These locations will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

    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:

    ·         Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;

    ·         Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, permit testing, ID card issuance, and related transactions;

    ·         Photo license services;

    ·         Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;

    ·         Medical-related testing; and

    ·         Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing.


    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday May 22:

    ·         Duncannon, 5 Broadway Avenue, Duncannon; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    ·         York, 120 Roosevelt Avenue, York; hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    These locations will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Tuesday, May 26:

    ·         Stewartstown, 63 North Main Street, Stewartstown; hours of operation will be Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    Photo License Centers process photos only, and individuals must have a camera card for this service. 

    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 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:

    ·         Non-commercial road testing;

    ·         REAL ID applications and transactions, however, pre-verified customers can apply for REAL ID online; and

    ·         Transactions or services that can be completed online at www.dmv.pa.gov

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

    ·         Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;

    ·         Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;

    ·         Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat; 

    ·         The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;

    ·         Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;

    ·         Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;

    ·         Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and

    ·         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.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • May 20, 2020 12:12 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) is aware of multiple thefts from utility substations, communication towers, and worksites in Eastern Pennsylvania. Thieves targeted isolated sites during overnight hours. Sites were breached through loose fencing, unsecured gates, and/or over low barriers.

    Due to increased number of unemployed persons resulting from the coronavirus, thefts have intensified. Thieves targeted items such as tools, building materials, metal, and electronics. These items are easily removable from a substation or worksite and can be traded or sold.

    The PaCIC recommends:

    • Monitor the exterior of the site, especially loose barriers and fencing
    • Be aware of platforms and moveable objects around the exterior of the site which could be used to scale a barrier
    • Lock equipment in vehicles and out of view from the windows
    • Take personal equipment and devices home
    • Store equipment within a secure building
    • Document all suspicious activity and vandalism
    • Test security systems prior to departing the site and especially before a period of inactivity at the site such as prior to holiday or weekend.

    The PaCIC is providing this bulletin for informational and situational awareness. In the event of sabotage or vandalism, owners and operators should contact local law enforcement immediately. The PaCIC encourages all partners in the energy sector and the communications sector to increase security measures at communications towers, utility substations and worksites. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Unit at PaCIC using sp-protectpa@pa.gov. Additionally, Pennsylvania allows suspicious activity to be reported from a smartphone using the See Something Say Something app. This application is available for iOS and Android devices and allows the user to submit a description and also images of the suspicious activity. 

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