PMTA News

  • September 30, 2020 2:26 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania announced today they are extending the expiration date for CDLs and CLPs.  Below is a summary of the updated changes.

    Expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits are extended for Pennsylvania residents through November 29, 2020.

    Effective September 30, the following products' expiration dates are extended:

    • Commercial learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through November 29, 2020;
    • Commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through November 29, 2020; and
    • Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HME) for individuals who are 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.


  • September 29, 2020 9:35 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The new Hours of Service Regulations go into effect today, Sept. 29, 2020.

    See these documents for a quick review of the changes.

  • September 25, 2020 9:07 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Registration for the 2021 UCR registration year will open October 1, 2020, and 8:00 a.m. EDT. Fees will remain the same as they are for 2020 and are currently listed on the UCR Website. Registration for the 2019 registration year (except for state audit purposes) will end September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.EDT.


    2020 UCR Registration Year – Fees

    Bracket Number of commercial motor vehicles owned or operated by exempt or non-exempt motor carrier, motor private carrier, or freight forwarder Fee per entity for exempt or non-exempt motor carrier, motor private carrier, or freight forwarder Fee per entity for broker or leasing company
    B1 0-2 $59 $59
    B2 3-5 $176
    B3 6-20 $351
    B4 21-100 $1,224
    B5 101-1,000 $5,835
    B6 1,001 and above $56,977


  • September 18, 2020 3:09 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    • Major changes to the waiver: 
      • Extends most provisions of the waiver through December 31, 2020.
      • Waiver covers drivers whose medical certification or variance expired on or after March 1 and before June 1, 2020, until October 31, 2020.
      • Waiver covers drivers whose medical certification or variance expired on or after June 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020.
      • FMCSA does not anticipate waiving the medical certification requirements beyond October 31, 2020, for drivers whose medical certification or variance expired before June 1, 2020.
      • FMCSA urges these drivers to obtain a new medical certificate or variance as soon as practicable.  

    View the full waiver here.

  • September 15, 2020 11:08 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    PMTA and PennDOT are working together to conduct research on Commercial Vehicle Navigation. 

    This process begin in August and will continue over the next few months. At this stage, your participation in this survey on the Best Practices/Potential Solutions for Commercial Vehicle Navigation would be greatly appreciated.

    You may access the survey here, it should only take a few minutes of your time. Thank you for your consideration.  

  • September 14, 2020 10:05 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants the extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002.  This extension continues 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 as set forth below.  This notice extends the exemption through December 31, 2020, subject to the restrictions and limitations set forth in this Extension.

    Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 was issued following the declaration of a national emergency by the President pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the public health emergency declared by the Health and Human Services Secretary, and the immediate risk COVID-19 presents to public health and welfare.  Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 was previously set to expire on September 14, 2020.  FMCSA is continuing the exemption because the presidentially declared national emergency remains in place, and because a continued exemption is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some supply chains.  FMCSA is extending the modified expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25.  This extension addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers.    

    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 public health emergency 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 related to COVID-19 during the emergency.

    The extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of (1) livestock and livestock feed; (2) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (3) 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; and (4) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.  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.   In its modification of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 effective June 15, 2020, FMCSA concluded that there was no longer a need for emergency relief with respect to the other categories of supplies, equipment, and persons covered by the May 13 extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, and modified the Emergency Declaration to remove those categories.  Effective August 15, 2020, FMCSA reinstated emergency relief for emergency restocking of food, paper products and other groceries at distribution centers or stores.  This extension continues the relief granted in Emergency Declaration 2020-002 as modified on June 15, 2020 and August 15, 2020.      

    Emergency Declaration Restrictions & Limitations

    By execution of this extension of the modified expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the national 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 the 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. 49 CFR §§ 392.80 and 392.82 related to the prohibitions on texting while driving and using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. 
    5. 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. 
    6. Nothing in the Emergency Declaration or this Extension shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substance and alcohol uses and testing requirements (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.
    7. 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. 
    8. 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 COVID-19 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 COVID-19, 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 of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), September 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), December 31, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner. 


  • September 09, 2020 8:53 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is proposing and seeking public comments on a new pilot program to allow drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

    “This action will allow the Agency to carefully examine the safety, feasibility, and possible economic benefits of allowing 18 to 20-year-old drivers to operate in interstate commerce. Safety is always FMCSA’s top priority, so we encourage drivers, motor carriers, and interested citizens to review this proposed new pilot program and share their thoughts and opinions,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck. 

    FMCSA’s Federal Register notice requests comments on a new pilot program that would allow younger drivers to operate in interstate commerce.  The Agency proposes a pilot program to allow drivers to participate if they fall within two categories: 1) 18 to 20-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who operate CMVs in interstate commerce while taking part in a 120-hour probationary period and a subsequent 280-hour probationary period under an apprenticeship program established by an employer, or 2) 19 and 20-year-old commercial drivers who have operated CMVs in intrastate commerce for a minimum of one year and 25,000 miles. The study group drivers would not be allowed to operate vehicles hauling passengers or hazardous materials or special configuration vehicles.

    Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia already allow 18 to 20-year-old CDL holders to operate CMVs in intrastate commerce—meaning under-21 drivers may currently drive within state borders, such as from Houston to El Paso or from Miami to Tallahassee. 

    In July 2018, FMCSA announced the details of a Military Commercial Driver Pilot Program, which allows certain 18 to 20-year-olds with military training to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

    To view this Federal Register Notice and learn more about the proposed pilot program, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/proposed-pilot-program-allow-persons-ages-18-19-and-20.


  • September 08, 2020 12:59 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    On Friday, September 4, member of the Pennsylvania Road Team and members of PMTA visited the PA State Police Academy in Hershey for Cadet Commercial Motor Vehicle Familiarization Day.

    Bob Dolan of XPO gave a presentation to the cadets and the cadets also saw a demonstration of a level two inspection. Road Team members were on hand to answer questions about their equipment.

    Special thanks to XPO, Pitt Ohio, Walmart, UPS, Milton Transport. New Enterprise, RH Crawford and CLI Transport for participating in the event. 


  • September 01, 2020 3:04 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The emphasis for 2020 International Roadcheck will be on roadside inspection driver requirements. CVSA chose to focus on driver requirements this year to highlight the importance of this vital category of the roadside inspection process.

    To help drivers and motor carriers be prepared for this year’s International Roadcheck emphasis area of driver requirements, CVSA created an informational flyer.

    For more information on International Roadcheck, visit www.roadcheck.org

     


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