PMTA News

  • 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 22, 2020 10:00 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


    Atlanta, GA – Today, the American Transportation Research Institute is releasing new data that quantifies the continued impacts of COVID-19 business disruptions on the trucking industry. 

     

    ATRI’s latest analysis looked at truck activity across six states from February 9 through the most recent week ending April 18, by converting its real-time truck GPS dataset into a truck activity index. 

     

    “The GPS data we use is a valuable tool into what is going on in the economy and the trucking industry right now,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We knew from talking to drivers and carrier executives that there were significant impacts on operations as a result of COVID-19, but now, by analyzing this data we are able to put numbers and data to feelings and anecdotes.”

     

    From early February into March, the data shows a spike in initial truck activity in the analyzed states – documenting the response to high consumer demand for items such as non-perishable food and paper products, as well as the much-needed emergency medical supplies. 

     

    The analysis further documents the impacts of the stay-at-home orders that shut down major segments of the economy, with a resulting decline in April trucking operations. 

     

    • Of the six states analyzed, California had the earliest stay-at-home order issued on March 19. California also experienced the earliest upward spike in truck activity, occurring during the week of March 1. However, truck activity in California is now down 8.3 percent from early February.


    • In FloridaIllinois and New York, truck activity spiked the week of March 8 but is now down on average by over 10 percent from February 9.

     

    • In Pennsylvania and Washington, truck activity spiked during the week of March 15, but is now down by an average of nearly nine percent from February 9.

     

    There are initial signs of a return to normal, however. In New York, one of the earliest states to experience high numbers of cases, truck activity started a positive uptick during the week of April 12. 

     

    "In these unprecedented times, we need to rely on science and facts, not anecdotes and speculation. This ATRI research is able to tell us in near-real-time what the pandemic is really doing to the trucking industry,” said American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello

    About the American Transportation Research Institute

    ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

  • April 21, 2020 3:41 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

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    Contact Sam O'Donnell at sam@spiritsanitizer.com or 503-329-8753 with questions or to place an order and be sure to let them know you are members of PMTA.

  • April 17, 2020 4:45 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    EXEMPTION 2020-13A

    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 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 4, 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: April 17, 2020

  • April 17, 2020 3:10 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Allentown Bethlehem/Center Valley
    Transportation Partners Rate $79
    3800 West Drive, Center Valley, PA 18034 P: 610-709-9797 www.marriott.com/abecv

    All Suites, Free Hot Breakfast Buffet, Bar on site Coin Laundry, 1 mile from The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley Close to: I-78, I-476 , US 22 Hilton

    Garden Inn Wilkes Barre
    Transportation Partners Rate $79
    242 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702 P: 570-820-8595 www.wilkesbarre.HGI.com

    Restaurant on site, restaurants in walking distance Close to: I-80, I-81, I-476

    Reading Homewood Suites by Hilton
    Transportation Partners Rate $109
    2801 Papermill Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610 P: 610-736-3100 www.readinghomewood.com

    Full Kitchens, Coin Laundry, Restaurants nearby Close to: US222, I-176, 15 miles North of Denver, PA US222 PA Turnpike exit

    Hampton Inn Lancaster
    Transportation Partners Rate $79
    545 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 P: 717-299-1200 www.lancasterhampton.com

    Free Breakfast, Restaurants in walking distance, coin laundry Close to: Route 283, Route 30, 10 miles South of Denver, PA US222 PA Turnpike exit

    Residence Inn Lancaster
    Transportation Partners Rate $89
    1450 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 P: 717-299-9898 www.residenceinnlancaster.com

    Full Kitchens, Coin Laundry, and Shopping Mall with Grocery Store in walking Distance Close to: Route 283, Route 30, 10 miles South of Denver, PA US222 PA Turnpike exit

    Homewood Suites Harrisburg West
    Transportation Partners Rate $89
    5001 Ritter Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 P: 717-697-4900 www.harrisburghomewood.com

    Full kitchens at both Harrisburg Hotels, coin Laundry, Restaurants in walking distance, coined Laundry Close to: I-81, I-83, US-15 and PA Turnpike exit 236

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott Harrisburg West
    Transportation Partners Rate $79
    4915 Ritter Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 P: 717-691-1400 www.marriott.com/harmt

    Full kitchens at both Harrisburg Hotels, coin Laundry, Restaurants in walking distance, coined Laundry Close to: I-81, I-83, US-15 and PA Turnpike exit 236

    Hampton Inn York
    Transportation Partners Rate $69
    1550 Mount Zion Rd, York, PA 17402 P: 717-840-1500 www.yorkpa.hamptoninn.com Free Breakfast, Coin Laundry, located in Mall Parking Lot Close to: US 30, I-83

    Questions can be forwarded to Jason Schultz  JSCHULTZ@HIGHHOTELS.COM or p.717.796.8606.


  • 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.

     


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