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 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 3:07 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    EXEMPTION 2020-14

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

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

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

    EFFECTIVE DATE: March 6, 2020 0001 hours.

    TERMINATION DATE: May 31, 2020 2359 hours.

    SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

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

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

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


    Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Portal Support

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

    FMCSA Updates SMS Website

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

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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information about the 2021 event.



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

     


  • April 15, 2020 12:18 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    On April 15, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) granted a temporary regulatory exemption regarding the expiration of certain Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWICs).  TSA’s action extends, for 180 days, the expiration date of TWICs that expired on or after March 1, 2020.  In granting this exemption, TSA listed a number of reasons why this action poses little to no risk to transportation security. 

     


  • April 09, 2020 11:59 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hereby declares that a nationwide emergency continues to exist that warrants extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020- 002 issued on March 13, 2020, and expanded on March 26, 2020, and continuing 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.

    This Declaration extends the exemption through May 15, 2020, and further expands the relief expressly to cover liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems.

    Emergency Declaration 2020-002 was issued following the declaration of nationwide emergency by the President pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 5191(b) in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the public health emergency declared by the Health and Human Services Secretary, and the immediate risk these outbreaks present to public health and welfare. Emergency Declaration 2020-002 is set to expire on April 12, 2020. Because emergency conditions have not abated, FMCSA is extending Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25.

    This extension of the Emergency Declaration addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transport of essential supplies, equipment and persons.

    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 outbreaks 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 (such as food and fuel) related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.

    The extension of Emergency Declaration 2020-002 provides regulatory relief for 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;

    (7) equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19;

    (8) persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and

    (9) persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.

    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.1 Emergency Declaration Restrictions & Limitations By execution of this extension to Emergency Declaration 2020-002, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the Nationwide 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 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. 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.

    5. Nothing in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substance and alcohol uses and testing requirement (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.

    6. 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. 1 This Declaration extension and other FMCSA documents related to the COVID-19 outbreaks are posted at fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19.

    7. 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 the COVID-19 outbreaks 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 the COVID-19 outbreaks, 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 and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), May 15, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner. 

  • April 07, 2020 2:54 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    SMARTDRIVE has announced the Everyday Heroes in Trucking awards to recognize and thank the drivers who are on the front lines, keeping our grocery shelves stocked and medical care facilities supplied. They do this every day, but this pandemic has offered the opportunity to really showcase how hard the hard the job is and how integral it is to our everyday life. Most of all, it is our way of saying thank you! We'll be awarding and highlighting drivers each week and want to make sure that the word is out.

    Please click the link below and fill out the attached form and submit it for any driver you would like to nominate. https://bit.ly/DriversRHeroes

     


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