PMTA News

  • January 25, 2019 1:04 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. -- On Jan. 18, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a regional emergency that warranted the exemption of Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

    The declaration was made in anticipation of the upcoming winter storms and the resulting heating and other fuel shortages. The Declaration addresses the anticipated emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of heating fuels, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the affected States and provides necessary relief.

    From the release: "By execution of this extension of the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the Affected States are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein."

    Pennsylvania was one of the states included in the regional declaration. On Wednesday, the FMCSA amended the declaration to include more states. Pennsylvania was one of the original 12 states and remains on the list now that it has grown to 15 states. Those states are Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Vermont.

    For the full release from the FMCSA, click here.

  • January 24, 2019 11:22 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Sixth Annual Safety Day Conference is fast approaching and registration for the event is now open.

    The theme of this year’s event in Safety on the Cutting Edge: Learn the Future of Safety Today and it is presented by Marcello & Kivisto, LLC. The Conference will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 28th at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (located on the Camp Hill Bypass in Camp Hill).

    This year’s lineup will include Rebecca Brewster from the ATRI, Ross J. Froat from the ATA and Jeffrey Hickman from Virginia Tech. Brewster has been the President and COO of the ATRI for 26 years, Froat is the Director of Engineering and Information Technology and Hickman is a Research Scientest at VT’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety.

    There will also be a Round Table Discussion that will be held the evening prior to the conference (Wed. 3/27) at the Radisson from 7-9 pm. This session is included in your registration cost, but we ask that you select whether or not you plan to attend on your registration form. If you plan to attend, please bring questions or scenarios for discussion.

    On Thursday, registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and the speakers will begin at 9 a.m. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. lunch will be available, and that time will also be open for attendees to meet with the fine vendors that will also be in attendance. The conference will wrap up with a law enforcement panel discussion.

    The $25 registration fee covers both breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

    To register for the event, click here.

    If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at the event, click here.


  • January 23, 2019 11:44 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – Last Wednesday, Virginia state legislators introduced bills that would enact tolls along Interstate 81 amid heavy backlash from the transportation industry.

    The tolls would vary for commercial and passenger vehicles, starting at 17 cents per mile for trucks and 11 for other drivers. The bill allows for an annual pass for passenger vehicles that is expected to cost are $30 annually.

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates and the American Trucking Associations have both made strong statements against the legislation.

    “Putting tolls on Interstate 81 would have many negative consequences for not only western Virginia, but the whole commonwealth,” Stephanie Kane, spokeswoman for Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, told The Roanoke Times.

    “Imposing tolls on existing lanes of I-81 will increase shipping costs for goods, suppress consumer activity, waste revenues on bureaucratic administration, double-tax businesses, divert traffic onto local roads, and negative impact residents and communities located around toll facilities.”

    Last week, Jennifer Hall, who is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs for the ATA penned a letter to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam outlining that the proposed tolling “would not only be poor public policy, but would also raise serious legal issues.”

    The letter, which can be read in full here, cites U.S. Supreme Court cases that bring into question the constitutionality of the proposed bill. The ATFI went into more detail about the potential laws in a press release this morning.

    The ATFI has launched a new website, www.keeptollsoff81.com, to provide information about the potential legislation as well as a conduit for citizens to express their opposition to their representatives. According to the ATFI, more than 2400 letters have been sent to law makers and 130 people have signed the online petition at KeepTollsOff81.com.


  • January 23, 2019 9:18 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The 2019 Annual Membership Conference, set to begin May 16, is taking place in State College this year.

    In 2018, the event was held at the Hershey Hotel. This year, it will be at Toftrees Golf Resort and rooms can be reserved for just $99 per night, marking a significant discount from last year.

    Nestled within the secluded pine trees of Central Pennsylvania, Toftrees Golf Resort offers guests a unique experience with resort-like amenities in a peaceful, natural setting just minutes from downtown State College.

    The 2019 AMC will open with a golf outing at the 18-hole course at Toftrees and will be followed by fantastic food and drinks, great entertainment, excellent speakers and top-quality vendors.

    Follow this link to book your room in the PMTA’s block of rooms.

    And click here to register for the conference! Slots are limited this year and are filling up quickly so register today.


  • January 19, 2019 2:26 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – Following Governor Tom Wolf’s emergency declaration yesterday and plans announced in anticipation of a statewide storm featuring varying degrees of heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain, a commercial vehicle ban is now in effect through noon Sunday on most interstates and most of the Turnpike.

    The commercial ban went into effect at noon and includes all commercial traffic, including buses, though tow truck operators may perform their operations for motorists. Due to a reduction in anticipated storm severity in the southeast and south-central regions, the ban is in effect on all interstates except Interstate 95, I-676, I-476, I-76, and I-276 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The ban is also in effect on the U.S. 22 expressway in the Lehigh Valley and the Pennsylvania Route 33 expressway in Northampton and Monroe counties. See a map of restricted roadways applicable until 2:30 p.m.

    At 2:30 p.m., the ban will be lifted from I-83, I-81 south of I-83, I-283, I-180, and the Turnpike from the New Jersey state line to the Carlisle exit.

    A 45-mph speed restriction is in place on I-80 from the Ohio State line to I-99, as well as I-376 in Mercer and Lawrence counties. Additional speed restrictions on interstates and expressways may be implemented as the storm progresses.

    “We are monitoring the situation and forecast closely and are balancing safety and operations with the impact to travel across the state,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We will make decisions throughout the storm with safety as our top priority, but we will also adjust plans if conditions allow.”

    The Pennsylvania Department Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Pennsylvanian Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania State Police are in continued collaboration at the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center and with teams across the state.

  • January 18, 2019 2:12 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    HARRISBURG, Pa – Due to the heavy snowfall and projected winter weather for Saturday, PennDOT has issued a ban on all commercial vehicles on all interstates except I-95 from noon Saturday until noon Sunday. The ban will also be imposed on the Turnpike, U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley and PA Route 33 in Northampton and Monroe Counties.

    The restriction includes all commercial vehicles (loaded and empty), motorcycles, RV/Motorhomes and passenger vehicles pulling trailers.

    Additionally, PennDOT will issue a speed limit reduction to 45 MPH throughout the commonwealth as conditions occur.

    State officials urge all motorists to use caution during the storm and to postpone travel if possible.

    “We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a release declaring a state of emergency. “Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”

    The declaration of an emergency allows for additional help from neighboring states and standing up the Pennsylvania National Guard to ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities, and the vehicle bans will allow our snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.

    The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has also issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in support of the transport of heating fuel including propane, natural gas, heating oil and other fuel products including gasoline. The following 12 states fall under the declaration; Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

    The declaration will expire at midnight on Feb. 2.


  • January 17, 2019 1:29 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture is stepping up its efforts to combat the Spotted Lanternfly and its destructive capabilities. Beginning in May of 2019, all commercial vehicles conducting any business within the quarantined area will be required to have permits.

    The permits replace the compliance system that was previously in place and is designed to be easier for organizations to acquiesce as well as easier for the state to enforce.

    The quarantined area is made up of 13 counties in the southeastern part of the commonwealth. The affected counties are Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill.

    The Ag Dept. and the PA State Police will be partnering this summer to set up check points to ensure proper permits are on board trucks operating in the quarantine area. Failure to present the proper permit may result in citations and fines.

    The permits are free to obtain. An owner, manager, supervisor or other designated employee must complete the online course (accessible here extension.psu.edu/slf-permit) and then disseminate that information to all drivers. After the online course is passed, a printable certificate will be available and that will suffice as a permit until the physical stickers or window hangs arrive in the mail. The shipping process may take two to three weeks.

    Organizations may request as many permits as they need once the online course is passed.

    Contact slfpermit@pa.gov with any questions.


  • January 16, 2019 10:06 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – Now is the time to secure your spot as a part of PMTA’s 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo.

    While registration for attendees is ongoing for the May 16-18 conference at Toftrees Resort in State College, we are also in the process of lining up our sponsors. We have a limited number of sponsorship slots and a few of them have already been claimed (three months before the event!) so register today to make sure your company is well represented.

    For the 2019 conference, we have five tiers of sponsorship; contributing sponsor ($250), bronze sponsor ($750), silver sponsor ($1,500), gold sponsor ($3,000) and platinum sponsor ($7,500). We will only be accepting one platinum sponsor as our exclusive event title sponsor. Benefits for that sponsor will include signature event branding and signage, branded room keys at Toftrees, free web ad space at PMTA.org and on the PMTA app, a complimentary couple registration to AMCE ($400 value), a complimentary exhibitor table and more.

    Gold sponsors will receive a complimentary single registration ($225 value), half off an exhibitor table, event signage, PMTA website recognition, a feature article in PennTRUX and logo placement on the attendee bag. Silver sponsors will receive event signage, PMTA website recognition, a free ½ page ad in PennTRUX and addition PennTRUX recognition. Bronze sponsors will receive event signage (name only, no logos) and website and PennTRUX recognition. Contributing sponsors will receive name recognition on the PMTA website.

    Our exhibitor packages are $1,000 for members and $1,500 for non-members and that reserves a six-foot table and two chairs in our expo hall that comes fully equipped with electricity and wifi. That price also includes registration for the full conference. Exhibitors will also receive name recognition on the PMTA website and the opportunity to select a branded gift to be given to all attendees in our attendee gift bag.

    To claim your place as a sponsor at this year’s event or just for more information, click here.


  • January 15, 2019 10:48 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association’s Safety Management Council is now accepting applications for its annual Fleet Safety Awards.

    PMTA's Fleet Safety Awards recognize motor carriers for the safe operation of their vehicles. Awards are based on miles traveled and number of accidents. Entry forms must be submitted by March 31 to be considered.

    The full list of award criteria and the application is available here. Contact Direct of Safety Ken Morder (717-761-7122 ex. 102)


  • January 07, 2019 5:11 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – With a period of snow, sleet and freezing rain expected across the state through Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is imposing restrictions on certain trucks and other vehicles and limiting speed limits and urging motorists to prepare their vehicles for colder temperatures, potential black ice and inclement weather. 

     

    PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution during the icing event and generally reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.

     

    The restrictions will be in place between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday and will ban double trailers, empty trailers, non-commercial vehicles pulling trailers, recreational vehicles and motorcycles on these interstates:

     

    • Interstate 80 east of the junction with Interstate 79 to the New Jersey border.
    • Interstate 81 north of the junction with Interstate 78 to the New York border.
    • Interstates 84, 180 and 380 in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania.
    • Interstate 476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike north of the Lehigh Valley exit.

     

    Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on these interstates while the vehicle restrictions are in place. Additional speed restrictions on other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions. In response to the anticipated storm, PennDOT has applied anti icing materials to many roads across the state and is activating its statewide command center and regional command centers in areas most affected by the storm.

     

    PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said that PennDOT recognizes this week as Winter Driving Awareness Week to encourage motorists to plan ahead for this season’s winter storms, such as the one forecast for Monday. 

     

    “Refreshing yourself on winter driving and preparations is just as important in the winter as it is the rest of the year,” Richards said. “No matter whether they are taking short or long trips, it is important for drivers to ensure they are prepared for any type of weather and road condition.”

     

    To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

     

    511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

     

    Drivers should also prepare their vehicles by having a trusted mechanic check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires, and wiper blades, as well as all fluid levels, lights, wiper blades and tires often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.

     

    A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

     

    The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) works with county emergency management personnel to monitor unmet local needs during inclement weather affecting travel, utilities, and shelter. PEMA encourages Pennsylvanians to access Ready.pa.gov for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state.

     

    The National Weather Service says parts of the commonwealth could see an icy mix of rain and sleet dependent on local conditions, especially north of Interstate 80. While significant accumulations are not anticipated, even light amounts of snow and ice can create hazardous road conditions.

     

    Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

     

    When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

     

    • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
    • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
    • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width. 
    • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a "plow train." The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles. 
    • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can't see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
    • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle's wipers are on due to inclement weather.

     

    In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

     

    PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.

     

    For more information on safe winter travel, anemergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.


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