PMTA News

  • April 07, 2020 2:31 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The Safety Management Council's Truck Driving Championships Committee has decided to not hold the championships in 2020. The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is making the health of all our members a top priority and in light of that, and the cancellation of the National Truck Driving Championships, the decision was made.

    The 2020 event was scheduled for June 12-13 at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pa. Any participants that have already registered will be refunded. 

    PMTA will be continuing conversations with the Kalahari Resort and more updates about the 2021 TDCs will be made in the near future.

    Stay up to date by visiting www.pmta.org/news and following our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • April 03, 2020 4:37 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    To better assist motor carriers, FMCSA has set up a new phone line for support with the FMCSA Portal. The Portal Registration Call Center’s hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm, EDT.  FMCSA is continuing to work on streamlining support for this effort.

     

    FMCSA Portal Registration Call Center

    800-724-2811

     

    Clearinghouse Help Line

    844-955-0207

    Also available is the Clearinghouse Help form in the Contact Us page.

     

    Enforcement Resources

    For more information on how employers and other stakeholders are required to use the Clearinghouse, be sure to visit the Clearinghouse Enforcement Resources page. 


  • April 03, 2020 11:40 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    TSA is granting a temporary exemption from requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding expiration of TSA security threat assessments (STAs) for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) holders. 

    For the duration of this exemption, a State may grant an extension of up to 180 days for an HME that expired or would otherwise expire between March 1, 2020 and the end date of this exemption, even if the individual was unable to initiate or complete the required STA before the expiration date. If the state grants an extension, the individual with an expired HME must initiate the process of renewing his or her STA for an HME no later than 60 days before the end of the State granted extension.

    TSA may extend this exemption at a future date depending on the status of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Full Document 


  • April 01, 2020 3:35 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    On April 1, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a guidance document to provide additional clarity to: (1) State and local governments considering quarantine or travel restrictions; and (2) to drivers providing direct assistance for the COVID-19 National Emergency. The guidance encourages State and local government to consider the Department of Homeland Security guidelines that identify truck and bus drivers as essential workers when implementing actions that may impact freight and passenger transportation and recommends unrestricted movements and access for these workers.  This new FMCSA document also highlights the CDC’s Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which expressly excludes truck drivers and notes that these employees “have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules.”  Finally, the FMCSA document highlights the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to truck drivers which provides recommendations on how a driver can stay safe while delivering essential supplies.

    Additionally, Also of interest is a new document issued by AAMVA which lists all temporary operational changes to SDLA’s, which may provide a bit more authoritative document. You can find it here.


  • March 23, 2020 4:13 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    This guidance document provides clarity to DOT-regulated employers, employees, and service agents on conducting DOT drug-and-alcohol testing given concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  We, as a Nation, are facing an unprecedented public health emergency that is straining medical resources and altering aspects of American life, including the workplace. The Nation’s transportation industries, which are not immune to the impacts and disruptions resulting from the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, are playing a vital role in mitigating the effects of COVID-19.

    DOT is committed to maintaining public safety while providing maximum flexibility to allow transportation industries to conduct their operations safely and efficiently during this period of national emergency.  

    The attached guidance on compliance with the DOT and modal drug and alcohol testing programs apply during this period of national emergency.  

    Guidance Document

    Visit: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/compliance-with-dot-drug-and-alcohol-testing-regulations


  • March 23, 2020 11:40 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


    As many Americans are forced to quarantine, practice social distancing and work from home, our truck drivers aren't afforded those opportunities.

    The ones behind the wheel are the ones responsible for keeping the supply chain moving.

    From the American Trucking Association:

    Over the past week, Americans have rushed to stock up on goods as they prepare to hunker down to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We've watched schools, businesses, major sports and other cultural pillars come to a complete stop as personal health and well-being take top priority. 

    But one thing that won't stop: trucking. Because when trucking stops, all of America stops.

    The American trucker sits at a vital intersection in society. They are the critical link between the valued goods we produce and the demands of our most pressing needs. For the healthcare professional tending to the sick, for the mother providing for her family, for the scientist working overnight to develop a vaccine—truckers are sacrificing daily to ensure everyone has the essentials in hand to remain healthy, nourished and productive.

    So thank you Truck Drivers, thank you for the sacrifice that you and your families are making to keep America moving. 


  • March 04, 2020 10:17 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding yesterday announced that twelve counties have been added to Pennsylvania's Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone ahead of the 2020 spring hatch. With this addition, the quarantine for this invasive pest is now at 26 counties.

    "The Spotted Lanternfly is more than a pest in the literal sense," said Agriculture Secretary Redding. "It's wreaking havoc for home and business owners; kids who just want to play outside; Pennsylvania agriculture and the economy of the state we all call home. Whether you think it's your job or not, we need every Pennsylvanian to keep their eyes peeled for signs of this bad bug – to scrape every egg mass, squash every bug, and report every sighting. We need to unite over our hatred for this pest for our common love: Pennsylvania."

    The new dozen counties are not completely infested, but rather have a few municipalities with a known infestation which led to a quarantine being placed on the entire county out of an abundance of caution. Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Columbia, Cumberland, Huntingdon, Juniata, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, and York have been added to the quarantine for 2020.

    "Most of these municipalities have already been aggressively treated," said Dr. Ruth Welliver, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry. "With continued aggressive treatment and monitoring, and an actively engaged community, we can strike Spotted Lanternfly from these counties."

    Quick, aggressive treatment to newly identified populations of Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania was funded through the Rapid Response Disaster Readiness line of Governor Wolf's 2019 PA Farm Bill. The 2020 PA Farm Bill proposes another $3 million to combat Spotted Lanternfly, plus an extra $1 million that is uncommitted to readily act in the event of the next agricultural disaster.

    Businesses that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit; fines associated with noncompliance can be up to $300 for a criminal citation or up to $20,000 for a civil penalty. Homeowners with questions about treatment are encouraged to contact their local Penn State Extension office or learn about management, including approved sprays. Pennsylvanians who live inside the quarantine zone should also review and sign the Compliance Checklist for residents.

    For more information on Spotted Lanternfly, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly. For more about Governor Tom Wolf's PA Farm Bill and its investments in a sustainable agriculture industry visit agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.



  • February 19, 2020 1:30 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

    The 2020 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-involved congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 1 million heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.  ATRI’s truck GPS data is also used to support the U.S. DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative.  The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations, although ATRI continuously monitors more than 300 freight-critical locations.

    The intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is once again the Number One freight bottleneck in the country.  The rest of the Top 10 includes:

    1. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
    2. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
    3. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
    4. Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)
    5. Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94
    6. Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)
    7. Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75
    8. Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57
    9. Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105

    “ATRI’s bottleneck analysis is an important tool for TDOT as we work to maximize the safety and efficiency of our transportation system, and ensure we are making the smartest investments possible,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Assistant Bureau Chief Freight & Logistics Dan Pallme.  “The additional capacity we are providing as part of the ongoing I-440 Reconstruction Project should improve the safety and reliability of this important corridor, which we know is critical to freight movement.”

    ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2019, found that the number of locations experiencing significant congestion – with average daily speeds of 45 MPH or less – has increased 92 percent in just five years, far outpacing the 10 percent growth in traffic congestion for that same time period.

    “ATA has been beating the drum about the continued degradation of our infrastructure, and thanks to ATRI’s research we can see exactly how decades of ignoring the problem are impacting not just our industry but our economy and commuters everywhere,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “This report should sound the alarm for policymakers that the cost of doing nothing is too high, and provide a roadmap of where to target investments to really solve our nation’s mounting infrastructure crisis.”

    There are six locations in Pennsylvania in the top 100. There were just two in 2018 and five in 2019. Four of the six bottlenecks are in the Philadelphia are (I-76 at I-676, I-76 at US 1, I-476 at I-95 and I-76 at 476), one is in the Harrisburg area (SR 581 at I-83) and one is in Pittsburgh (I-70 at I-79 East).

    For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website at TruckingResearch.org.

    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.


  • February 11, 2020 11:53 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that fees for the 2020 UCR registration year will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, February 13. Upon publication, the fees will become effective and the 2020 registration period will officially open. FMCSA previously announced on its website the specific fee levels for 2020.

    Businesses subject to the UCR Act may register at  www.ucr.gov

    Since the opening of the 2020 registration period was delayed several months, UCR is requesting that states delay enforcement until June 1, 2020.


  • January 30, 2020 11:14 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comment.

    SUMMARY: FMCSA is amending its December 8, 2016, final rule, "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators" (ELDT final rule), by extending the compliance date for the rule from February 7, 2020, to February 7, 2022. This action will provide FMCSA additional time to complete development of the Training Provider Registry (TPR). The TPR will allow training providers to self-certify that they meet the training requirements and will provide the electronic interface that will receive and store entry-level driver training (ELDT) certification information from training providers and transmit that information to the State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs). The extension also provides SDLAs with time to modify their information technology (IT) systems and procedures, as necessary, to accommodate their receipt of driver-specific ELDT data from the TPR. FMCSA is delaying the entire ELDT final rule, as opposed to a partial delay as proposed, due to delays in implementation of the TPR that were not foreseen when the proposed rule was published.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Mr. Richard Clemente, Driver and Carrier Operations Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, (202) 366-4325, MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Operations, (202) 366-9826.


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