PMTA News

  • May 06, 2020 12:27 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    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. 

     



  • May 01, 2020 4:39 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    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:

    • in the rear; or
    • on the side at the rear.

     

    Wrong Direction or Illegal Turns type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by a motorist driving in the wrong direction; or
    • by another motorist in a crash when a driver was operating in the wrong direction; or
    • by a vehicle that was making a U-turn or illegal turn.

     

    Parked or Legally Stopped type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • while legally stopped at a traffic control device (e.g., stop sign, red light or yield); or while parked, including while the vehicle was unattended.

     

    Failure of the other vehicle to Stop type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by a vehicle that did not stop or slow in traffic; or
    • by a vehicle that failed to stop at a traffic control device.

     

    Under the Influence type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by an individual under the influence (or related violation, such as operating while intoxicated), according to the legal standard of the jurisdiction where the crash occurred; or
    • by another motorist in a crash where an individual was under the influence (or related violation such as operating while intoxicated), according to the legal standard of the jurisdiction where the crash occurred.

     

    Medical Issues, Falling Asleep or Distracted Driving type of crash when the CMV was struck:

    • by a driver who experienced a medical issue which contributed to the crash; or
    • by a driver who admitted falling asleep or admitted distracted driving (e.g., cellphone, GPS, passengers, other).

     

    Cargo/Equipment/Debris or Infrastructure Failure type of crash when the CMV:

    • was struck by cargo, equipment or debris (e.g., fallen rock, fallen trees, unidentifiable items in the road); or crash was a result of an infrastructure failure.

     

    Animal Strike type of crash when the CMV:

    • struck an animal

     

    Suicide type of crash when the CMV:

    • struck an individual committing or attempting to commit suicide

     

    Rare or Unusual type of crash when the CMV:

    • Was involved in a crash type that seldom occurs and does not meet another eligible crash type (e.g., being struck by an airplane or skydiver or being struck by a deceased driver).

     

    CPDP website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/crash-preventability-determination-program    



  • May 01, 2020 10:14 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    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.


  • April 30, 2020 10:53 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    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. 

  • 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.



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