PMTA News

  • February 02, 2022 3:05 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    From the Daily Item:

    Joan Ann Kieffer, 76, passed away at York Hospital on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

    She was the wife of Sam Kieffer to whom she was married for more than 53 years.

    Joan was born Dec. 22, 1945, to the late Harold and Ruth (Willow) Leininger. She was a graduate of Selinsgrove High School in Selinsgrove.

    Joan was involved in many community activities throughout the years including serving as a Republican committee woman, judge of elections, and treasurer of the York/Adams Chapter of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.

    She worked alongside her husband, Sam, for many years at KBS, Inc. Trucking Company in Thomasville including as safety director.

    She enjoyed flower arranging, crafts and decorating her home to match the holidays and seasons. She was a dedicated wife, mother and an excellent cook. People enjoyed her food very much and never wanted to miss an event where Joan was making food.

    Joan is survived by her husband, Sam; her son, Christopher Kieffer of Dover; brother, Larry Leininger of Northumberland; and her two beloved cats, Little Bit and Squirt, who will miss her presence.

    Her brother, Barry Leininger, and sister, Janet Wilt, preceded her in death.

    A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Rd., York, with Certified Celebrant Betty Frey officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

    Send condolences at HeffnerCare.com

  • February 02, 2022 2:35 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This includes those applying to:

    • Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
    • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
    • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

    The ELDT regulations are not retroactive; individuals who were issued a CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement prior to February 7, 2022 are not required to complete training for the respective CDL or endorsement.

    If an applicant who obtains a CLP prior to February 7, 2022, obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires, the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements.

    Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements. 

    About the Training Provider Registry

    Once operational, the FMCSA Training Provider Registry will retain a record of which CDL applicants have completed the new training and certification process outlined in the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations.

    For more information about the ELDT regulations and the Training Provider registry, visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov.

    The ELDT regulations and the Training Provider Registry were mandated under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The ELDT final rule was based, in part, on consensus recommendations from the Agency’s Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), a negotiated rulemaking committee that held a series of meetings in 2015.

    See the Training Provider Registration Tutorial here.


  • January 28, 2022 3:40 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    After more than six years, weight class stickers are no longer required, effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin January 29, 2022.

    PMTA gladly welcomes this change after opposing the regulation for many years. 

    From the Bulletin:

    The Department of Transportation (Department), under the authority of 75 Pa.C.S. § 6103 (relating to promulgation of rules and regulations by department) and more generally 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 1301 and 1304(b) (relating to registration and certificate of title required; and registration criteria), deletes Chapter 55 (relating to registration class stickers) to read as set forth in Annex A.

    Purpose of Chapter

     This chapter implements 75 Pa.C.S. § 1304(b) regarding the classification of vehicles. Section 1304(b) of 75 Pa.C.S. authorizes the Department to ''identify vehicles by type as to weight, design, loading, use, ownership or other significant characteristics for purposes of registration.'' The Department adopted Chapter 55 in 1979 to implement the portion of section 1304(b) that concerns identifying vehicle according to weight for purposes of registration. Chapter 55 requires the affixation of a registration class sticker (Registration Class Sticker) to a windshield, which indicates the registered gross weight class of a truck, truck-tractor or combination registered in this Commonwealth in the registered gross weight classes 2 through 25.


  • January 27, 2022 11:52 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    PMTA is first and foremost a membership organization. Its strength comes from the commitment of its members, and the mission of the association is to support, advocate for, and grow its membership. The stronger PMTA’s membership, the better it can fulfill its mission. During the past two years of the pandemic, PMTA was able to continue to provide programming and support during a very challenging period for the industry. The members who have supported us during this time have been steadfast in ensuring that PMTA continues to lead the trucking community in Pennsylvania.

    As we turn the corner to 2022, it’s time to focus on membership again. PMTA is launching a new program this year and recommitting to a traditional one, both of which are intended to grow our membership and strengthen our voice for the trucking community.

     

    2022 Chapter Challenge

     

    The 2022 Chapter Challenge will reward the single PMTA chapter that is able to grow its membership by the highest percentage during the calendar year. Every chapter represents PMTA in their local community, and their members are colleagues and associates of other local businesspeople. They are often the first encounter these companies have with PMTA, so chapters are membership representatives in their communities.  PMTA headquarters is happy to support chapters in their efforts to engage new members and thereby grow stronger. PMTA will host an event for the winning chapter at the end of the contest to celebrate their success and recognize new members. The winning chapter will also be recognized at next year’s AMC.

     

    President’s Award

    At the same time, PMTA is relaunching the President’s Award this year. The President’s Award will be presented to the single member who refers the most new members to PTMA. This contest runs during the membership year (October 1 – September 30). Please make sure headquarters knows when you refer someone for membership – when they join PMTA, they will be counted as your referral.

    The winner will receive a free AMC registration as well as a meal with a guest and PMTA’s president as a special thank you. PMTA will recognize a single President’s Award winner for the 2020-21 membership years to be announced at the 2022 AMC on May 19-20. The 2022 President’s Award will be presented at the 2023 AMC.

    Now’s the time for a little friendly competition to spread the word about the good work PMTA is doing for the trucking industry in Pennsylvania. Let’s work together to make PMTA even stronger. Good luck!


  • January 24, 2022 8:49 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    ATA is recruiting motor carriers of all types and sizes to participate in its latest Driver Compensation Study. Last conducted in 2020, the study will be used to comprehensively evaluate trends in driver compensation. The participation of State Trucking Association members is integral to the success of study, so we hope you will encourage your members to participate to produce this one-of-a-kind benchmarking tool that will yield valuable information on driver pay.

    Previous studies covered data from over 140,000 employee drivers and nearly 17,000 independent contractors, with data broken down by For-Hire TL carriers, LTL carriers and Private fleets. Survey participants will receive the comprehensive Driver Compensation Study for just $100 ($1,500 for non-participants), a free executive summary prior to the release of the report and an invitation to a participant-only, free of charge webinar hosted by ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello to discuss the results of the study and answer questions. This year’s Driver Compensation Study will be released in the second quarter of 2022.

    If you are interested in participating, please download the survey below that best describes your carrier (TL, LTL, Private Carrier), complete the survey, and return it to ATA's economic analyst Lindsay Bur at [email protected] by Friday, February 25th

    Optional: Carriers also have the option to sign a non disclosure agreement if they so choose. Please download, sign, and return the non disclosure agreement below with your completed survey. All data will be held in the strictest of confidence and no individual company data will be released. Only industry and sector aggregate data will be reported.  


  • January 21, 2022 7:41 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is now accepting applications for drivers to join the PA Road Team.

    The applications, which can be downloaded here, must be mailed to the office in Camp Hill.

    Please see below for the requirements.

    Eligibility Requirements for consideration to PMTA Road team

    1. Candidates must be currently employed as a full-time truck driver, either as a company driver or independent owner-operator.
    2. Candidates must have an outstanding safety record. A minimum three years accident, citation, and violation free is recommended
    3. Candidates, if selected, must be willing to support PMTA events, (No Zone Demonstrations, Youth Driving Championships, PA State Police Familiarization, PMTA Safety Conference, etc.) spending from one to five days per event.
    4. Candidates must be able to clearly and convincingly communicate their commitment to safety and professionalism.
    5. The nominating company must be a full and current dues paying member of the PMTA.
    6. The nominator must either be a motor carrier executive with the authority to commit his or her company’s support of the program, or a self-sponsored owner-operator. The nominator must confirm before returning the application that the candidate is willing to participate in the program
    7. PMTA will pay all travel expenses associated with PMTA arranged Road Team appearances. The nominating company must be willing to continue to pay full salary and provide benefits to the driver. This would include time spent traveling for and representing the PMTA. In the case of an owner-operator, the company must be willing to pay the driver’s overhead costs, plus an additional sum equivalent to their profit per day for each day traveling for PMTA.
    8. An independent owner-operator who is a dues paying member of PMTA may act as both a nominating company and candidate. PMTA will pay all travel costs but will not be responsible for compensating a self-sponsored owner-operator for lost profits while traveling for the PMTA Road team.
    9. After the individual is nominated, it is the nominator’s responsibility to immediately notify PMTA if the candidate becomes ineligible at any time during the selection process
    10. A candidate and nominator/company must be prepared, if selected as a finalist, to provide a copy of the paperwork to PMTA prior to traveling to PMTA headquarters in Camp Hill, PA for the selection process. This paperwork, which will be shipped to all finalists, is mandatory for consideration to become a Pennsylvania Motor Truck Road Team Captain
    11. The official length of term for PMTA Road Team Captain shall be for two years. However, Road Team Captains will always be considered a Road Team captain, if he/she remains in good standing. Road Team Captains may be asked to mentor new Road Team Captains and/or support PMTA events when needed.


  • January 13, 2022 2:47 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Arlington, Virginia – Today, the American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the Biden Administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for employers:


    “Today, ATA has won a tremendous victory on behalf of the trucking industry and workers and employers everywhere. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court validates our claim that OSHA far overstepped its authority in issuing an emergency temporary standard that would interfere with individuals’ private health care decisions.

    “Trucking has been on the front lines throughout the pandemic – delivering PPE, medical supplies, food, clothing, fuel, and even the vaccines themselves. Thanks to this ruling, our industry will continue to deliver critical goods, as our nation recovers from the pandemic and we move our economy forward.”
  • January 13, 2022 8:51 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released updated FAQs on the vaccine-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard and its applicability to commercial truck drivers. 

    In the new FAQ, OSHA answers Does the vaccine-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard apply to truck drivers in this way:

    There is no specific exemption from the standard’s requirements for truck drivers. However, paragraph (b)(3) provides that, even where the standard applies to a particular employer, its requirements do not apply to employees “who do not report to a workplace where other individuals such as coworkers or customers are present” or employees “who work exclusively outdoors.” Therefore, the requirements of the ETS do not apply to truck drivers who do not occupy vehicles with other individuals as part of their work duties. Additionally, the requirements of the ETS do not apply to truck drivers who encounter other individuals exclusively in outdoor environments. On the other hand, the requirements of the ETS apply to truck drivers who work in teams (e.g., two people in a truck cab) or who must routinely enter buildings where other people are present. However, de minimis use of indoor spaces where other individuals may be present (e.g., using a multi-stall bathroom, entering an administrative office only to drop off paperwork) does not preclude an employee from being covered by these exemptions, as long as time spent indoors is brief, or occurs exclusively in the employee’s home (e.g., a lunch break at home). OSHA will look at cumulative time spent indoors to determine whether that time is de minimis.

    Even when the requirements of the ETS do not apply to specific truck drivers pursuant to paragraph (b)(3), those truck drivers are still counted for purposes of the 100-employee threshold for coverage under paragraph (b)(1) of the ETS. 

    The ATA and several other state associations are currently involved in a lawsuit that would remove the ETS and expect a final judgement from the Supreme Court soon. You can view this toolkit from the ATA to help prepare for compliance with the ETS.


  • January 10, 2022 11:04 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, into the Affected States (which includes Pennsylvania) are granted emergency relief from 49 CFR § 395.3, maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles, subject to the restrictions and conditions set forth herein.

    Please see Emergency Declaration for complete details.

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/esc-wsc-ssc-msc-regional-emergency-declaration-2022-001-heating-fuel-01-07-2022

    Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency-declarations


  • December 23, 2021 10:46 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Do you use 322 West to State College as a part of your business? Take this brief survey about potential changes to roadways in the area.

    Click here to take the survey.

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